William Russell

William Russell

Highest Rated: 100% The Man Who Never Was (1956)

Lowest Rated: 73% La Mort en direct (Death Watch) (Death in Full View) (1980)

Birthday: Apr 12, 1884

Birthplace: The Bronx, New York, New York, USA

Although largely forgotten today, virile-looking, six-foot, two-inch William Russell was one of the most popular stars of early American films. A former lawyer turned stock company juvenile, Russell worked briefly for the pioneering Biograph company before switching to Thanhouser, a leading independent. Excelling in playing robust action heroes, he reached an early peak as Robin Hood in 1912. But Russell disliked New York and three years later he was in California starring opposite Lottie Pickford and future director Irving Cummings in the gigantic 30-chapter serial The Diamond From the Sky. Russell later founded his own production company but his career was on the wane when he played the tough sailor Matt Burke opposite Blanche Sweet in Anna Christie (1923). A rather surprising comeback for an actor who had spent the greater part of his career in mindless programmers, the role did little for him in the long run and Russell was back starring in B-movies before succumbing to pneumonia at the young age of 42. He was survived by his second wife, actress and future publicist Helen Ferguson and a brother, actor/director Albert Russell.

Highest Rated Movies



74% The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep William $40.5M 2007
No Score Yet Doctor Who - The Sensorites Actor 2003
No Score Yet Doctor Who - Planet of Giants Actor 2003
No Score Yet Doctor Who: The Crusade Actor 1999
No Score Yet The Kill Off Rags 1989
No Score Yet Savage Lust Alfred 1989
No Score Yet Chester Zardis: The Spirit of New Orleans Actor 1989
No Score Yet A Time to Die Screenwriter 1982
73% La Mort en direct (Death Watch) (Death in Full View) Dr.Mason 1980
No Score Yet Terror Lord Garrick 1979
No Score Yet Doctor Who: Destiny of the Daleks Actor 1979
94% The Great Escape Sorren 1963
No Score Yet Doctor Who - The Aztecs Actor 1963
No Score Yet Doctor Who - An Unearthly Child Actor 1963
100% The Man Who Never Was Joe 1956
No Score Yet Above Us the Waves Ramsey 1955
No Score Yet One Good Turn Alec 1955
No Score Yet They Who Dare Lt. Poole 1954
No Score Yet Gay Dog Leslie Gowland 1954
No Score Yet Best of the Badmen Director 1951
No Score Yet Julius Caesar Casca 1950
No Score Yet The Green Promise Director 1949
No Score Yet The Blue Eagle Big Tim Ryan 1926
No Score Yet Boston Blackie Actor 1923
No Score Yet Anna Christie Matt Burke 1923
No Score Yet Power of the Press Turner Morgan 1914


93% Doctor Who
Appearing 2013
No Score Yet Doctor Who: The Doctors Revisited
Ian Chesterton 2013
68% Doctor Who
Ian Chesterton Ian 2003


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