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William Russell

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

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
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 Chester Zardis: The Spirit of New Orleans
  • Actor
1989
No Score Yet A Time to Die
  • Screenwriter
1982
79% La Mort en direct (Death Watch) (Death in Full View)
  • Dr.Mason
1980
No Score Yet Doctor Who - Destiny of the Daleks
  • Actor
1979
No Score Yet Terror
  • Lord Garrick
1979
93% 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 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

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
88% Doctor Who
2006
  • Appearing
  • 2013
No Score Yet Doctor Who: The Doctors Revisited
2013
  • Ian Chesterton
  • 2013

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