Russ Tamblyn

Actor, Dancer, Screenwriter
A boundlessly energetic presence in films for over five decades, Russ Tamblyn's extraordinary talent as a dancer was a key element to some of Hollywood's greatest musicals, including "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" ... Read more »
Born: 12/30/1934 in Los Angeles, California, USA

Filmography

Actor (70)

Twin Peaks 2016 - 2017 (TV Show)

Actor

Days of Our Lives 1965 - 2016 (TV Show)

Actor

The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret 2010, 2012, 2016 (Tv Show)

Actor

Hits 2015 (Movie)

Dale (Actor)

General Hospital 1962 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

Django Unchained 2012 (Movie)

Son of a Gunfighter (Actor)

Drive 2011 (Movie)

Doc (Actor)

Joan of Arcadia 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

TV Road Trip: New York 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Babylon 5 1993 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Invisible Dad 1998 (Movie)

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Johnny Mysto Boy Wizard 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Invisible Mom 1997 (Movie)

Dr Wooter (Actor)

Nash Bridges 1989 - 1990, 1996 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

Attack of the 60 Ft. Centerfold 1994 (Movie)

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Cabin Boy 1994 (Movie)

Chocki (Actor)

Dennis Hopper 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Wizards of the Demon Sword 1991 (Movie)

Ulric (Actor)

Aftershock 1990 (Movie)

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Quantum Leap 1989 - 1990 (Tv Show)

Actor

B.O.R.N. 1989 (Movie)

Hugh (Actor)

Necromancer 1988 (Movie)

Professor Charles DeLonge (Actor)

The Last Movie 1988 (Movie)

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The Phantom Empire 1988 (Movie)

Bill (Actor)

Cyclone 1987 (Movie)

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Blood Screams 1986 (Movie)

Frank (Actor)

Commando Squad 1986 (Movie)

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The Fantasy Film World of George Pal 1985 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Human Highway 1981 (Movie)

Fred Kelly (Actor)

Black Heat 1975 (Movie)

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Win, Place or Steal 1974 (Movie)

Raymond (Actor)

Dracula Vs. Frankenstein 1973 (Movie)

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Satan's Sadists 1970 (Movie)

Anchor (Actor)

The Female Bunch 1970 (Movie)

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War of the Gargantuas 1969 (Movie)

Dr Paul Stewart (Actor)

Son of a Gunfighter 1965 (Movie)

Johnny (Actor)

The Haunting 1963 (Movie)

Luke Sanderson (Actor)

The Long Ships 1963 (Movie)

Orm (Actor)

Follow the Boys 1962 (Movie)

Lt Smith (Actor)

How the West Was Won 1962 (Movie)

Reb Soldier (Actor)

The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm 1962 (Movie)

The Woodsman (Actor)

West Side Story 1961 (Movie)

Riff (Actor)

Cimarron 1960 (Movie)

The Kid (Actor)

High School Confidential 1958 (Movie)

Tony Baker (Actor)

Tom Thumb 1958 (Movie)

Tom Thumb (Actor)

Don't Go Near the Water 1957 (Movie)

Ensign Tyson (Actor)

Peyton Place 1957 (Movie)

Norman Page (Actor)

The Fastest Gun Alive 1956 (Movie)

Eric Doolittle (Actor)

The Last Hunt 1956 (Movie)

Jimmy (Actor)

Hit the Deck 1955 (Movie)

Danny Xavier Smith (Actor)

Many Rivers to Cross 1955 (Movie)

Shields (Actor)

Deep in My Heart 1954 (Movie)

Berrison Jr (Actor)

Seven Brides For Seven Brothers 1954 (Movie)

Gideon Pontipee (Actor)

The Winning Team 1952 (Movie)

Willie Alexander (Actor)

As Young As You Feel 1950 (Movie)

Willie McKinley (Actor)

Captain Carey, U.S.A. 1950 (Movie)

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Gun Crazy 1949 (Movie)

Bart Tare--age 14 (Actor)

The Boy With Green Hair 1948 (Movie)

Classmate (Actor)

Backstory (TV Show)

Actor

Father of the Bride (Movie)

Tommy Banks (Actor)

Father's Little Dividend (Movie)

Tommy Banks (Actor)

Inherit the Wind (TV Show)

Actor

My Magic Dog (TV Show)

Actor

Retreat, Hell! (Movie)

Jimmy McDermid (Actor)

Running Mates (TV Show)

Actor

Samson and Delilah (Movie)

Saul (Actor)

Take the High Ground (Movie)

Paul Jamison (Actor)

The Kid from Cleveland (Movie)

Johnny Barrows (Actor)

Twin Peaks (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

A boundlessly energetic presence in films for over five decades, Russ Tamblyn's extraordinary talent as a dancer was a key element to some of Hollywood's greatest musicals, including "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" (1954) and "West Side Story" (1961). A juvenile performer from the age of 13, he played all-American kids in "Father of the Bride" and "Retreat, Hell!" (1952) before displaying his tremendous strength and agility in Michael Kidd's intense routines for "Seven Brides" (1954). He also fared well in straight dramatic roles, earning an Oscar nomination for "Peyton Place" (1957) before landing the role that largely defined his career: the devil-may-care Riff, leader of the Jets, in "West Side Story." Unfortunately, his time in the spotlight was short-lived, leaving Tamblyn to devote his energies to the fine arts while paying the bills in dreadful low-budget films. David Lynch's "Twin Peaks" (ABC, 1990-91) gave his profile a brief boost, but he preferred to manage the acting career of his daughter, Amber Tamblyn, as well as work on eclectic stage shows like Neil Young's "Greendale" tour than returning to the Hollywood scene. However, his best screen work kept his legacy in the public eye for decades.

Relationships

Elizabeth Kempton

Wife
married 1960 divorced

Venetia Stevenson

Wife
divorced daughter of director Robert Stevenson and actor Anna Lee

Bonnie Tamblyn

Wife
mother of Amber

Amber Tamblyn Actor

Daughter
Born May 14, 1983; mother, Bonnie Tamblyn

Edward Tamblyn

Father

Amber Tamblyn

Daughter
mother, Bonnie Tamblyn appeared on ABC soap "General Hospital"

Eddie Tamblyn Actor

Father

Sally Tripplet

Mother

EDUCATION

North Hollywood High School

North Hollywood , California

Milestones

2011

Acted opposite Ryan Gosling in the action film "Drive"

2010

Appeared on the British series "The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret"

2004

Landed a three-episode arc on CBS drama "Joan of Arcadia"

2000

Guest-starred on daytime series "General Hospital"

1992

Made TV-movie debut on HBO romantic comedy "Running Mates"

1991

Appeared as an interview subject on the Cinemax documentary "Dennis Hopper: Crazy About the Movies"

1989

Guest-starred on the sci-fi drama "Quantum Leap," co-starring Stockwell

1989

Portrayed Dr. Lawrence Jacoby, a recurring character on the cult TV series "Twin Peaks"

1982

Made feature screenwriting debut, co-writing with Neil Young, Dean Stockwell, Jeanne Fields and James Beshears in) "Human Highway"; directed by Young under a pseudonym (also acted)

1970

Appeared briefly in Dennis Hopper's disastrous "The Last Movie"

1969

Starred in his first feature for exploitation producer-director Al Adamson, "Satan's Sadists"

1964

Cast in last significant appearance in a big-budget release, the international co-production "The Long Ships" starring Richard Widmark and Sidney Poitier

1963

Made last significant appearance in a major Hollywood release for three decades in Wise's "The Haunting"

1961

Co-starred as Riff in Robert Wise's hit musical "West Side Story"

1957

Nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his performance in the popular melodrama "Peyton Place"

1956

Cast in first film-starring role in "The Young Guns"

1954

Demonstrated acrobatic dancing skills in his first musical Stanley Donen's "Seven Brides For Seven Brothers"

1948

Made film debut in Joseph Losey's "The Boy With Green Hair," his first appearance with fellow child actor Dean Stockwell

1944

Landed stage debut at age ten in "Stone Jungle"

Made first TV appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show" as a child

Discovered at age ten by Lloyd Bridges

Bonus Trivia

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Tamblyn exhibited his artwork at the Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. His work, including poetry, was featured in international arts publications.

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