Robert Russell (English actor)
|Born||Robert Jason A. Russell
24 May 1936
|Died||12 May 2008
|Occupation||Film, television actor|
He was born in Kent, England but emigrated with his family to South Africa for 9 years from the age of 11. He worked in a gold mine after leaving school. He returned to England and trained as an actor at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art. He then appeared on stage with stars such as Laurence Olivier and Michael Gambon, as a member of the National Theatre touring company.
He made numerous appearances on UK television, often playing tough characters and villains due to his imposing stature, including The Avengers, The Sweeney, Space: 1999, Blake's 7 and Doctor Who, playing a guard in the serial entitled The Power of the Daleks and a Highland Games Champion, The Caber, in Terror of the Zygons. His other film appearances included Bedazzled with Peter Cook and Dudley Moore and the 1965 film of Othello.
* Note: This is from a Public Member Trees search on Ancestry, where the date of death is oddly given as 18 May 2008 (see discussion).
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