The Info List - Bing Russell

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Bing Russell (May 5, 1926 – April 8, 2003) was an American actor and Class A minor league baseball club owner. He was the father of Golden Globe Award-nominated actor Kurt Russell
Kurt Russell
and grandfather of ex-major league baseball player Matt Franco.


1 Personal life 2 Career 3 Death 4 Filmography 5 References 6 External links

Personal life[edit] Russell was born Neil Oliver Russell in Brattleboro, Vermont, the son of Ruth Stewart (née Vogel) and Warren Oliver Russell. He always wanted to become an actor and studied drama at Brattleboro High School. As a boy, he was dubbed an unofficial mascot of the New York Yankees, becoming good friends with such players as Lefty Gomez
Lefty Gomez
and Joe DiMaggio.[1] Also, Lou Gehrig, who was already weakened by illness, gave him the last bat he used to hit a home run before his retirement.[1] During part of the 1950s, Bing ran "Teddy's Restaurant" in Newport, New Hampshire, where a co-working waitress, Alfreda Couitt (Barney), introduced Bing to his future wife, Louise.[2] Career[edit] Russell made his debut in the film Cavalry Patrol, and had some uncredited roles in his early career. Best known as Deputy Clem Foster on Bonanza
(1959) and Robert in The Magnificent Seven (1960), he guest starred in episodes of many television series, including Playhouse 90, Highway Patrol, Wagon Train, The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp, The Loretta Young Show, Johnny Ringo, Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color, The Rifleman, Maverick, Zane Grey Theater, Route 66, Rawhide, Ben Casey, The Untouchables, Hazel, The Andy Griffith Show, The Twilight Zone, The Donna Reed Show, The Munsters, Combat!, Branded, The Fugitive, The Monkees, I Dream of Jeannie, Ironside,The Big Valley, Death Valley Days, Adam-12, The Virginian, Alias Smith and Jones, The Mod Squad, Mannix, The Rockford Files, The Streets of San Francisco, Emergency! and Little House on the Prairie. In 1963, he was cast as John Quigley, a Chicago
mobster, in the episode "Five Tickets to Hell" of Jack Webb's CBS
anthology series, GE True. In the storyline, Quigley travels to Chihuahua, Mexico, where he robs the mint of $500,000 and kills seven men in the commission of the crime. Police Lieutenant Juan Garcia (Carlos Romero) tracks down Quigley and his three accomplices. BarBara Luna
BarBara Luna
also appears in the episode.[3] In another 1963 appearance in the episode "The Measure of a Man" on the syndicated Western series Death Valley Days, Russell plays the outlaw Burt Alvord, who is promised a lenient sentence if he will surrender and reveal the location of the notorious bandit Augustine Chacon (Michael Pate). Rory Calhoun
Rory Calhoun
was cast as the Arizona Ranger Burt Mossman
Burt Mossman
who convinces a reluctant Alvord to set a trap to catch Chacon. Mossman has Chacon handcuffed and orders Alvord to toss away the key. Chacon is hanged thereafter for a past conviction of which he had escaped.[4] Russell appeared in the original pilot (filmed in November 1965) for The Monkees TV series as Rudy, a record store owner and the group's manager; after the show was greenlit by NBC, the concept of a manager was discarded and Russell's character was not retained. An edited version of this pilot, in which Russell appears, was broadcast as a regular episode of the first season, and is part of the show's syndication package to this day. Russell much later played Vernon Presley
Vernon Presley
to his son Kurt's Elvis Presley in the television movie, Elvis (1979). Russell owned the Portland Mavericks, the only independent team in the Class A Northwest League. Russell kept a 30-man roster because he believed that some of the players deserved to have one last season. His motto was fun. He created a park that kept all corporate sponsorship outside the gates, hired the first female general manager, Lanny Moss,[5] in professional baseball, and named the first Asian American GM/Manager. His team set a record for the highest attendance in minor league history, but lost the 1977 pennant to the Bellingham Mariners. Subsequently, Major League Baseball
Major League Baseball
regained interest in Portland and resurrected the Class AAA
Class AAA
Portland Beavers minor league franchise. The Portland area was recovered but paid Russell the highest payout in history for a minor league territory after Russell took the matter to arbitration. Ex-major leaguers and never-weres who could not stop playing the game flocked to his June try-outs, which were always open to anyone who showed up. The team and archival footage of Russell were featured in the documentary The Battered Bastards of Baseball (2014). Death[edit] Russell died from complications of cancer on April 8, 2003, in Thousand Oaks, California. Filmography[edit]

The Living Christ Series (1951) as Lazarus Big Leaguer
Big Leaguer
(1953) as Undetermined Role (uncredited) Soldier (1953, TV series) as Sgt. Corbett The Public Defender (1954, TV series) as 2nd Cop Crashout
(1955) as Young Man with Girl in Bar (uncredited) Kiss Me Deadly
Kiss Me Deadly
(1955) as Police Detective (uncredited) Cult of the Cobra
Cult of the Cobra
(1955) as Laundry Man (uncredited) Tarantula (1955) as Deputy (uncredited) Lucy Gallant
Lucy Gallant
(1955) as One of Casey's Air Force Buddies (uncredited) You Are There (1953–1955, TV Series) as Disheartened Soldier Cavalry Patrol (1956, TV Movie) as Jenner The Price of Fear (1956) as Maxie (uncredited) Behind the High Wall (1956) as Guard (uncredited) Attack (1956) as Medic (uncredited) Science Fiction Theatre
Science Fiction Theatre
(1956, TV series) as Radio Operator Highway Patrol
Highway Patrol
(1956–1957, TV Series) as Toby Larkin Teenage Thunder (1957) as Used-car salesman Drango
(1957) as Lieutenant with Supply Wagon The True Story of Jesse James (1957) as Jayhawker Sergeant (uncredited) Fear Strikes Out
Fear Strikes Out
(1957) as Ballplayer Holding Trophy (uncredited) Navy Log (1956–1957, TV Series) as Bob Harris The Ford Television Theatre
The Ford Television Theatre
(1957, TV Series) as Lieutenant Young The Silent Service (1957, TV Series) as Lieutenant Jackson The Deadly Mantis
The Deadly Mantis
(1957) as State Trooper at Train & Bus Wrecks (uncredited) Hellcats of the Navy
Hellcats of the Navy
(1957) as Frogman on Submarine (uncredited) Bailout at 43,000
Bailout at 43,000
(1957) as Flyer at Bar (uncredited) Gunfight at the O.K. Corral
Gunfight at the O.K. Corral
(1957) as Harry (Griffin bartender) (uncredited) Playhouse 90
Playhouse 90
(1957, TV Series) Beau James (1957) as Reporter (uncredited) The Land Unknown
The Land Unknown
(1957) as Radio operator (uncredited) The Web
The Web
(1957, TV Series) as Police Officer The Walter Winchell File
(1957, TV Series) Harbor Command (1957, TV Series) as Jim Casey Jones (1957, TV Series) as Baylor Wagon Train
Wagon Train
(1957, TV Series) as Private Cullen Bombers B-52
Bombers B-52
(1957) as Operator (uncredited) Ride a Violent Mile
Ride a Violent Mile
(1957) as Corporal Norman Tombstone Territory
Tombstone Territory
(1957, TV Series) as Ollie Williams Suspicion (1957, TV Series) as Mechanic Teenage Thunder (1957) as Used-Car Salesman Flight (1958, TV Series) as Pilot The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp
The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp
(1958, TV Series) as Sergeant Turner The Lady Takes a Flyer
The Lady Takes a Flyer
(1958) as First Tower Controller (uncredited) Suicide Battalion
Suicide Battalion
(1958) as Lt. Chet Hall The Loretta Young Show (1955–1958, TV Series) as Convict Sugarfoot
(1958, TV Series) as Sergeant McKinnock Cattle Empire (1958) as Douglas Hamilton The Lineup (1958, TV Series) as Theodore Northwest Passage (1958, TV Series) as Pvt. Ben Smith Good Day for a Hanging
(1959) as George Fletcher Rio Bravo (1959) as Cowboy murdered in saloon (uncredited) Colt .45 (1958–1959, TV Series) as Jack Lowden The Horse Soldiers
The Horse Soldiers
(1959) as Dunker, Yankee Soldier Amputee Last Train from Gun Hill
Last Train from Gun Hill
(1959) as Skag, Belden Hand The Texan (1959, TV Series) as Larry Boland Black Saddle
Black Saddle
(1959, TV Series) as Ken Wilson Johnny Ringo
Johnny Ringo
(1959, TV Series) as Dick Walsh Disneyland (1959, TV Series) as Arne Texas John Slaughter (1959, TV Series) as Arne Tales of Wells Fargo
Tales of Wells Fargo
(1959, TV Series) as Captain Maynard The Alaskans
The Alaskans
(1960, TV Series) as Edward Carse Wanted: Dead or Alive (1959–1960, TV Series) as Billy Hemp Shotgun Slade
Shotgun Slade
(1960, TV Series) as Deputy U.S. Marshal Benton Wrangler (1960, TV Series) as Ritter Tate (1960, TV Series) as Corey The Rifleman
The Rifleman
(1959–1960, TV Series) as Hode Evans & Sanchez The Magnificent Seven
The Magnificent Seven
(1960) as Robert, (Henry's traveling companion) Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theater
Zane Grey Theater
(1956–1960, TV Series) as Cole The Great Impostor
The Great Impostor
(1961) as Morgan (uncredited) Surfside 6
Surfside 6
(1961, TV Series) as Ron Kaslow Saint of Devil's Island (1961) as Gerard The Brothers Brannagan (1961, TV Series) as Fenner in "Tough Guy" The Blue Angels (1961, TV Series) as Denton in episode "The Duster" Maverick (1957–1962, TV Series) as Luke Storm Bronco (1959–1962, TV Series) as Jeb Thomas Rawhide (1962, TV Series) as Jack Harris Alcoa Premiere (1962, TV Series) as Hogan Ben Casey
Ben Casey
(1962, TV Series) as John Have Gun - Will Travel
Have Gun - Will Travel
(1958–1962, TV Series) as Andy Dawes The Untouchables (1961–1962, TV Series) as Officer Cavanaugh Stakeout! (1962) as Joe The Andy Griffith Show
The Andy Griffith Show
(1963, TV Series) as Mr. Burton Stoney Burke (1963, TV Series) as Neeley Laramie (1960–1963, TV Series) as Reeves Sam Benedict
Sam Benedict
(1963, TV Series) as Len George G.E. True
G.E. True
(1963, TV Series) as John Quigley The Stripper
The Stripper
(1963) as Mr. Mulvaney A Gathering of Eagles
A Gathering of Eagles
(1963) as Captain (uncredited) The Twilight Zone
The Twilight Zone
(1961–1963, TV Series) as Ben Braden One Man's Way
One Man's Way
(1964) as Tom Rayburn Cheyenne Autumn
Cheyenne Autumn
(1964) as Braden's Telegraph Operator (uncredited) The Donna Reed Show
The Donna Reed Show
(1964, TV Series) as Bill Gayley The Munsters
The Munsters
(1965, TV Series) as The Second Ranger Combat!
(1965, TV Series) as Gaines The Hallelujah Trail (1965) as Horner (miner) A Man Called Shenandoah
A Man Called Shenandoah
(1965, TV Series) as Clem Branded (1965–1966, TV Series) as Sheriff Gorman Incident at Phantom Hill (1966) as General's Aide (uncredited) The Fugitive (1963–1966, TV Series) as Davis Madame X (1966) as Police Sgt. Riley Billy the Kid versus Dracula
Billy the Kid versus Dracula
(1966) as Dan 'Red' Thorpe The Monroes (1966, TV Series) as Aaron The Monkees (1966, TV Series) as Rudy Gunther Run for Your Life (1966, TV Series) as Deputy I Dream of Jeannie
I Dream of Jeannie
(1967, TV Series) as Amos Lincoln Ride to Hangman's Tree (1967) as Keller (uncredited) Dundee and the Culhane (1967, TV Series) as H.P. Graham Hondo (1967, TV Series) as Thompson Blackbeard's Ghost
Blackbeard's Ghost
(1968) as Second Official (uncredited) Journey to Shiloh (1968) as Greybeard Ironside (1968, TV Series) as Cal Bristold The Love Bug
The Love Bug
(1968) as Race Track Starter (uncredited) The Guns of Will Sonnett
The Guns of Will Sonnett
(1967–1969, TV Series) as Bartender The Outcasts (1969, TV Series) as Grainer The Big Valley
The Big Valley
(1965–1969, TV Series) as Clint Death Valley Days
Death Valley Days
(1961–1969, TV Series) as Jack Alvord The Virginian (1962–1969, TV Series) as Donovan The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes
The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes
(1969) as Angelo Adam-12
(1969–1970, TV Series) as Johnson The Young Lawyers
The Young Lawyers
(1970, TV Series) as McCracken Yuma (1971, TV Movie) as Rol King (as Neil Russell) The Million Dollar Duck
The Million Dollar Duck
(1971) as Mr. Smith A Taste of Evil (1971, TV Movie) as Sheriff O'Hara, U.S. Treasury
O'Hara, U.S. Treasury
(1971, TV Series) as Bob Rasmussen Alias Smith and Jones
Alias Smith and Jones
(1972, TV Series) as Sheriff Longstreet (1972, TV Series) as Police Lieutenant Now You See Him, Now You Don't
Now You See Him, Now You Don't
(1972) as Alfred Bonanza
(1961–1973) (TV series) as Deputy Clem Foster Set This Town on Fire (1973, TV Movie) as Chuck The Mod Squad
The Mod Squad
(1973, TV Series) as Kerner Satan's School for Girls (1973, TV Movie) as Sheriff Runaway! (1973, TV Movie) as Fireman Gunsmoke
(1956–1974, TV Series) as Ed Shelby A Cry in the Wilderness (1974, TV Movie) as Mr. Griffey The Sex Symbol (1974, TV Movie) as Public Relations Man Death Sentence (1974, TV Movie) as Trooper The Rockford Files
The Rockford Files
(1974, TV Series) as Lieutenant Mannix (1970–1974, TV Series) as George Enright The Apple Dumpling Gang (1975) as Herm Dally The Streets of San Francisco
The Streets of San Francisco
(1973–1975, TV Series) as Dan Riggs Emergency!
(1973–1975, TV Series) as Captain Wilson Petrocelli
(1975, TV Series) as John Miller Little House on the Prairie (1976, TV Series) as Len Coty The New Daughters of Joshua Cabe (1976, TV Movie) Arthur Hailey's the Moneychangers (1976, TV Mini-Series) as Timberwell The Loneliest Runner (1976, TV Movie) as Fred Dawkins Elvis (1979, TV Movie) as Vernon Presley Overboard (1987) as Sheriff Earl (Elk Cove) Sunset (1988) as Studio Guard Tango & Cash (1989) as Van Driver Dick Tracy
Dick Tracy
(1990) as Club Ritz Patron


^ a b Hoffarth, Tom. "From Gehrig to Bing to Kurt to Matt: A bat, and the story that went with it". Farther off the wall (blog). Retrieved November 12, 2011.  ^ "Alfreda L. Couitt of Unity, New Hampshire Obituary 1922 - 2016". Stringer Funeral Home. 27 January 2016. Retrieved 9 January 2017.  ^ "GE True". Classic Television Archive. Retrieved March 1, 2013.  ^ "The Measure of a Man on Death Valley Days". Internet Movie Data Base. Retrieved August 3, 2015.  ^ "Sports Illustrated vault: Scorecard: Lanny Moss". cnn.com. 

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WorldCat Identities VIAF: 109176247 LCCN: n50051733 ISNI: 0000 0001 1003 3752 SELIBR: 197611 SUDOC: 152236120 BNF: