John Russell

Biography

John Russell (January 3, 1921 – January 19, 1991) was an American actor most noted for playing Marshal Dan Troop in the western television series Lawman from 1958 to 1962. Born John Lawrence Russell in Los Angeles, California, he fit the Hollywood image of tall, dark, and handsome. He attended the University of California as a student athlete. Following the outbreak of World War II, he joined the United States Marines, though he was initially rejected because of his height.[1] He was commissioned as second lieutenant on 11 November 1942 and was assigned to the 6th Marine Regiment. His division was sent to Guadalcanal where he served as an assistant intelligence officer. He contracted malaria and returned home with a medical discharge.[2] He was discovered by a talent agent while in a Beverly Hills restaurant and made his film debut in 1945. Russell was contracted to 20th Century Fox in several supporting roles, and later was signed with Republic Pictures. He primarily played secondary roles, often in western films, but in 1952 starred opposite Judy Canova in Oklahoma Annie. In 1955 Russell was given the lead role in a television drama called Soldiers of Fortune. The half-hour adventure show placed him and his sidekick, played by Chick Chandler, in a dangerous jungle setting. While the show proved popular with young boys, it did not draw enough adult viewers to its prime slot and was canceled in 1957. In 1957 Russell made a memorable appearance as a tough lawman in Untamed Youth. In 1959, Russell guest starred in an episode of NBC's adventure series Northwest Pasasge, a fictionalized account of the exploits of Major Robert Rogers in the French and Indian War. In 1958, Russell was cast in his best-known role as Marshal Dan Troop, the lead character in Lawman, an ABC western series that ran for five years. Co-starring with Peter Brown, who played Deputy Johnny McKay, Russell portrayed a U.S. frontier peace officer mentoring his younger compatriot. Russell appeared in other motion pictures for Warner Brothers, notably as the villain in Yellowstone Kelly with other Warner Brothers Television contract stars as well as the Howard Hawks 1959 western, Rio Bravo, which starred John Wayne, Dean Martin, and Walter Brennan. Through the 1960s to the 1980s, he returned to secondary roles, appearing in more than twenty films including three directed by his friend Clint Eastwood. Russell appeared in the second season of the Filmation children's science fiction series Jason of Star Command. He played the role of Commander Stone, a blue skinned alien from Alpha Centauri. He replaced James Doohan who played the Commander in the previous season but left to start working on Star Trek: The Motion Picture. John Russell died from emphysema in 1991 and was interred in the Los Angeles National Cemetery, a former U.S. Veterans Administration cemetery in Los Angeles, California.

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The Swingin' Maiden

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Rio Bravo

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Yellowstone Kelly

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Fort Massacre

Pvt. Robert W. Travis

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The sun Shines Bright

Ashby Corwin

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The Fat Man

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Danny Morgan

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The Gal Who Took the West

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The Dark Corner

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