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William Russell (I) (1884–1929)

Silent-film star William Russell was born in the Bronx, New York, in the late 1880s (various sources give it as 1884, 1886 and 1889). His mother, Clara, was a highly regarded stage actress. Russell studied law at Fordham University (and, some sources say, Harvard University). He started a law practice in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, but it wasn't ... See full bio »

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Known For

The Roof Tree Ken Thornton
Robin Hood Robin Hood
The Love Hermit Tom Weston
Children of the Night Jerrold Jarvis Jones


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 1929 Madonna of Avenue A
Bit Part (uncredited)
 1929 Girls Gone Wild
Dan Brown
 1928 The Midnight Taxi
Joseph Brant
 1928 State Street Sadie
The Bat
 1928 Danger Patrol
Sgt. John Daley
 1928 The Escape
Jerry Magee
 1928 The Head of the Family
The Plumber
 1928 Woman Wise
 1927 Brass Knuckles
'Brass Knuckles' Lamont
 1927 The Girl from Chicago
Big Steve Drummond
 1927 The Desired Woman
Captain Maxwell
 1926 Wings of the Storm
Bill Martin
 1926 The Blue Eagle
Big Tim Ryan
 1926 The Still Alarm
Richard Fay
 1925 Big Pal
Dan Williams
 1925 Before Midnight
Tom Galloway
 1925 My Neighbor's Wife
Eric von Greed
 1925 The Way of a Girl
 1925 On Thin Ice
Dapper Crawford
 1924 The Beloved Brute
David Hinges
 1923 Anna Christie
Matt Burke
 1923 When Odds Are Even
Jack Arnold
 1923 High Gear Jeffrey
Jeffrey Claiborne
 1923 Times Have Changed
Mark O'Rell
 1923 Alias the Night Wind
Bing Howard
 1923 Boston Blackie
Boston Blackie
 1923 Goodbye Girls
Vance McPhee
 1923 Man's Size
Tom Morse
 1922 The Great Night
Larry Gilmore
 1922 Mixed Faces
Judge J. Woodworth Granger / Jimmy Gallop
 1922 The Crusader
Peter Brent
 1922 A Self-Made Man
Jack Spurlock
 1922 The Men of Zanzibar
Hugh Hemingway
 1922 Money to Burn
Lucky Garrity
 1922 Strength of the Pines
Bruce Duncan
 1921 The Roof Tree
Ken Thornton
 1921 Desert Blossoms
Stephen Brent
 1921 The Lady from Longacre
Lord Anthony Conway
 1921 Singing River
Long Rush
 1921 Children of the Night
Jerrold Jarvis Jones
 1921 Colorado Pluck
Colorado Jim
 1921 Bare Knuckles
Tim McGuire
 1921 The Cheater Reformed
Jordan McCall / Dr. Luther McCall
 1920 The Iron Rider
Larry Lannigan
 1920 The Challenge of the Law
Captain Bruce Cavanaugh
 1920 The Man Who Dared
Big Jim Kane
 1920 Twins of Suffering Creek
Bill Lark
 1920 Leave It to Me
Dick Derrickson
 1920 Shod with Fire
Bruce Bayard
 1920 The Valley of Tomorrow
Dabney Morgan
 1919 The Lincoln Highwayman
Jimmy Clunder
 1919 Eastward Ho!
Buck Lindsay
 1919 Sacred Silence
Capt. James Craig
 1919 Six Feet Four
Buck Thornton
 1919 This Hero Stuff
Captain November Jones
 1919/I A Sporting Chance
John Stonehouse
 1919 Some Liar
Robert Winchester McTabb
 1919 Brass Buttons
Kingdon Hollister
 1919 Where the West Begins
Cliff Redfern
 1919 When a Man Rides Alone
William Sykes
 1918 All the World to Nothing
Richard Chester
 1918 Hobbs in a Hurry
J. Warren Hobbs, Jr.
 1918 Up Romance Road
Gregory Thorne
 1918 Hearts or Diamonds?
Larry Hanrahan
 1918 The Midnight Trail
Jack Woodford
 1918 In Bad
Monty Miles
 1917 New York Luck
Nick Fowler
 1917 Snap Judgment
James Page / 'Arizona' Pete Rawley
 1917 The Sea Master
Bull Dorgan
 1917 Sands of Sacrifice
Big Bill Darcey
 1917 Pride and the Man
Jack Hastings
 1917 The Masked Heart
Philip Greycourt
 1917 The Shackles of Truth
Gerard Hale
 1917 The Frame-Up
Jeffrey Claiborne
 1917 High Play
John Sevier
 1917 My Fighting Gentleman
Frank Carlisle
 1916 The Twinkler
Bob Stephany, the Twinkler
 1916 Sequel to the Diamond from the Sky
Arthur Stanley / Blair Stanley
 1916 Lone Star
Lone Star
 1916 The Love Hermit
Tom Weston
 1916 The Torch Bearer
John Huntley-Knox Sr. / John Huntley-Knox Jr.
 1916 The Man Who Would Not Die
Clyde Kingsley / Ward Kingsley
 1916 The Strength of Donald McKenzie
Donald McKenzie
 1916 The Highest Bid
Oliver Strong
 1916 Soul Mates
Lowell Sherman
 1916 Madelaine Morel (Short)
Frederick von Armen
 1916 The Bruiser
'Big Bill' Brawley
 1916 The Craving
Foster Calhoun
 1916 Pique (Short)
Arthur Standish
 1916 The Smugglers of Santa Cruz (Short)
Robert Langdon
 1916/I The Thoroughbred
Kelso Hamilton
 1915 Curly (Short)
Arthur Brewster
 1915 Dora Thorne (Short)
 1915 Garden of Lies
Dennis Mallory
 1915 The Diamond from the Sky
Blair Stanley
 1915 The Dancing Girl
John Christison
 1914 Under the Gaslight
Ray Trafford
 1914 The Straight Road
Bill Hubbell
 1914 The Power of the Press (Short)
Turner Morgan
 1914/I The Cricket on the Hearth (Short)
 1914 Her Primitive Model (Short)
The Brute
 1914 The Science of Crime (Short)
Henry Jameston
 1914 Her Big Scoop (Short)
The Senator
 1914 The Bondage of Fear (Short)
 1914 The Dilemma (Short)
The Governor
 1914 His Fireman's Conscience (Short)
The Railroad Fireman
 1913 The Bush Leaguer's Dream (Short)
The Baseball Hero
 1913 Peggy's Invitation (Short)
Henry Farland, a Young Banker
 1913 The Problem Love Solved (Short)
Tom Burleigh, a Cashier
 1913 Curfew Shall Not Ring Tonight (Short)
Basil Underwood - a Cavalier (as Mr. Russell)
 1913 Little Brother (Short)
The Lover
 1913 The Water Cure (Short)
One of Bella's Admirers
 1913 A Twentieth Century Farmer (Short)
The Farmer
 1913 The Mystery of the Haunted Hotel (Short)
The Hotelkeeper
 1913 A Peaceful Victory (Short)
Mr. Fairly, the Father
 1913 A Deep Sea Liar (Short)
 1913 Moths
Prince Zouroff
 1913 Robin Hood
Robin Hood
 1913 The Missing Witness (Short)
Prosecuting District Attorney
 1913 Oh! Such a Beautiful Ocean (Short)
The Clubman
 1913 In the Nick of Time (Short)
The Husband
 1913 Little Dorrit (Short)
Arthur Clennam
 1913 Tannhäuser (Short)
 1913 King René's Daughter (Short)
Pierre, Captain of the Guards
 1913 A Modern Lochinvar (Short)
Percy Lochinvar
 1913 While Baby Slept (Short)
The Husband
 1913 The Caged Bird (Short)
The Farmer
 1913/I Carmen (Short)
Escamillo, the Toreador
 1913 The Marble Heart (Short)
The Editor
 1913 Rosie's Revenge (Short)
Rosie's Office Boss
 1913/IV Retribution (Short)
The Husband
 1913 Cymbeline (Short)
King Cymbeline
 1913 For Her Boy's Sake (Short)
 1913 Won at the Rodeo (Short)
The Cowboy
 1913 An Honest Young Man (Short)
 1913 The Way to a Man's Heart (Short)
 1913 Some Fools There Were (Short)
Second Unsuspecting Bachelor
 1912 The Star of Bethlehem (Short)
 1912 The Repeater (Short)
The Political Reformer
 1912 A Will and a Way (Short)
The Lawyer
 1912 The Forest Rose (Short)
Captain Maywood
 1912 In Time of Peril (Short)
The Young Farmer
 1912/II Through the Flames (Short)
The Salesman
 1912/I The Little Girl Next Door (Short)
The Other Father
 1912 Put Yourself in His Place (Short)
Squire Raby
 1912 For the Mikado (Short)
The Russian Traitor
 1912 When Mercy Tempers Justice (Short)
The Judge
 1912 Miss Robinson Crusoe (Short)
 1912 Undine (Short)
Spirit of the Brook
 1912 Orator, Knight and Cow Charmer (Short)
Congressman Casey
 1912 A Star Reborn (Short)
A Millionaire
 1912 Lucile (Short)
Duc de Luvois
 1912 The Wrecked Taxi (Short)
The Husband
 1912 The Merchant of Venice (Short)
 1912 The Portrait of the Lady Anne (Short)
Lady Anne's Rejected Suitor
 1912 Pa's Medicine (Short)
Willie's Father
 1912/I Under Two Flags (Short)
The Colonel
 1912 The Night Clerk's Nightmare (Short)
The Hotel Clerk
 1912 On the Stroke of Five (Short)
 1912 The Ring of a Spanish Grandee (Short)
Don Rodrigo
 1912 Jess
Frank Muller, the Treacherous Boer
 1912 The Little Shut-In (Short)
Manly Feet
 1912 Jilted (Short)
The Suitor
 1912 The Saleslady (Short)
 1912 The Cry of the Children (Short)
The factory owner
 1912 Rejuvenation (Short)
The Lighthouse Keeper
 1912 Into the Desert (Short)
The American Girl's Fiancé
 1912 A Love of Long Ago (Short)
The Commandant
 1912 The Girl of the Grove (Short)
The Doctor
 1912 For Sale -- A Life (Short)
The Card Player
 1912 Flying to Fortune (Short)
The Doctor
 1912 Extravagance (Short)
The Sweetheart
 1912 The Arab's Bride (Short)
The Young Arab
 1912 The Guilty Baby (Short)
The Plumber (unconfirmed)
 1912 A Message from Niagara (Short)
 1912 The Silent Witness (Short)
The Young Husband
 1912 The Trouble Maker (Short)
The Husband
 1912 East Lynne (Short)
Francis Levison
 1912 A Niagara Honeymoon (Short)
The Groom
 1912 The Twelfth Juror (Short)
The Twelfth Juror
 1911 The Lady from the Sea (Short)
Alfred, the Sailor
 1911/II The Last of the Mohicans (Short)
 1911 Their Burglar (Short)
 1911 David Copperfield (Short)
Ham Peggotty (in part two)
 1911 The Higher Law (Short)
 1911 Young Lochinvar (Short)
Young Lochinvar
 1911 The Lie (Short)
The Broker
 1911 The Cross (Short)
First Mate
 1911 The Train Despatcher (Short)
The Railroad Manager
 1911 A Doll's House (Short)
The Loan Agent
 1911 Lorna Doone (Short)
 1911 The Stepmother (Short)
 1911 Get Rich Quick (Short)
Bunco artist
 1911 The Colonel and the King (Short)
 1911 The Railroad Builder (Short)
 1911 The Sinner (Short)
 1911 The Charity of the Poor (Short)
 1911 His Younger Brother (Short)
 1911 Bertie's Brainstorm (Short)
Bertie Fawcett
 1911 The Pasha's Daughter (Short)
 1910 Hypnotized (Short)
 1910 The Vicar of Wakefield (Short)
 1910 Looking Forward (Short)
 1910 John Halifax, Gentleman (Short)
 1910 Under Western Skies (Short)
A Marriage Witness
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Stage: Appeared in "Cousin Kate" on Broadway. Also in cast: Ethel Barrymore.

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Alternate Names:

Mr. Russell | William E. Russell


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