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Russ Tamblyn is a Actor, Scriptwriter and Co-Executive Producer American born on 30 december 1934 at Los Angeles (USA)

Russ Tamblyn

Russ Tamblyn
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Birth name Russell Irving Tamblyn
Nationality USA
Birth 30 december 1934 (89 years) at Los Angeles (USA)

Russell Irving "Russ" Tamblyn (born December 30, 1934) is an American film and television actor and dancer, who is best known for his performance in title role of the 1958 Tom Thumb and the 1961 movie musical West Side Story as Riff, the leader of the Jets gang. He is also known for appearing in such films as Seven Brides For Seven Brothers, The War of the Gargantuas, Peyton Place and The Haunting, as well as for his portrayal of Dr. Lawrence Jacoby in the television drama Twin Peaks.


He has been married three times and has two children from his first and third marriages.

He is the father of actress Amber Tamblyn, who played the starring role in the CBS television series Joan of Arcadia and Two and a Half Men from 2013 to the series finale episode. Tamblyn acted opposite his daughter in several episodes of the former as God in the form of a man walking dogs. The two have also worked together in Rebellious, Johnny Mysto: Boy Wizard, and in The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret. Russ and Amber also both have cameos in Quentin Tarantino's film Django Unchained, billed as "Son of a Gunfighter" and "Daughter of a Son of a Gunfighter" respectively, an allusion to Russ's leading role in the 1965 western Son of a Gunfighter.

Currently he is working on his autobiography, titled Dancing On The Edge. According to his official website, he is half way done with the book and just completed the chapter on his experiences making West Side Story.

Tamblyn underwent open heart surgery in October 2014. There were complications following the surgery and during the rehabilitation, although his health had reportedly improved as of February 2015.

Best films

West Side Story (1961)
Tom Thumb (1958)

Usually with

Fred Olen Ray
Fred Olen Ray
(4 films)
Al Adamson
Al Adamson
(4 films)
Sam Seder
Sam Seder
(1 films)
Neil Young
Neil Young
(1 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Russ Tamblyn (58 films)

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Hits (2014)
, 1h40
Directed by David Cross
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama
Actors Julia Stiles, Matt Walsh, James Adomian, Erinn Hayes, David Koechner, Meredith Hagner
Roles Dale
Rating57% 2.8932152.8932152.8932152.8932152.893215
Municipal worker Dave's life changes completely when videos of his rants about potholes at City Hall go viral on YouTube.
Django Unchained, 2h45
Directed by Quentin Tarantino
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Action, Western, Spaghetti Western
Themes Films about slavery, Films about racism
Actors Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Samuel L. Jackson, Kerry Washington, Walton Goggins
Roles Son of a Gunfighter
Rating81% 4.0986654.0986654.0986654.0986654.098665
In Texas 1858, the Speck brothers, Ace and Dicky, drive black slaves on foot. Among the shackled slaves is Django, sold off and separated from his wife, Broomhilda von Shaft. The Speck brothers are stopped by Dr. King Schultz, a German ex-dentist and bounty hunter from Düsseldorf, Prussia. Schultz asks to buy one of the slaves; when he questions Django about his knowledge of the Brittle brothers, for whom Schultz is carrying a warrant, Ace becomes irritated and aims his shotgun at Schultz. Schultz quickly kills Ace and leaves Dicky at the mercy of the newly freed slaves, who shoot Dicky in the head.
Drive (2011)
, 1h43
Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action, Noir, Crime
Themes Transport films, Films about automobiles, Road movies, Chase films
Actors Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Bryan Cranston, Christina Hendricks, Ron Perlman, Oscar Isaac
Roles Doc
Rating77% 3.89813.89813.89813.89813.8981
The unnamed driver (Ryan Gosling), who lives in an Echo Park, Los Angeles apartment, works repairing cars and as a part-time movie double. Managed in both jobs by auto shop owner Shannon (Bryan Cranston), the duo also provides a getaway driver service. With Shannon organizing the events, the driver gives criminals only five minutes to perpetrate robberies and reach his car. After meeting his new neighbor, Irene (Carey Mulligan), the driver soon becomes close to her and befriends her young son, Benicio (Kaden Leos), while Irene's husband, Standard Gabriel (Oscar Isaac), is in prison. After her husband is freed, Irene still asks the driver to visit them.
Cinerama Adventure, 1h33
Origin USA
Genres Documentary
Themes Documentary films about business, Documentary films about the film industry
Actors Carroll Baker, Merian C. Cooper, Joe Dante, Russ Tamblyn, Kevin Brownlow, Mike Todd Jr.
Roles Self
Rating76% 3.8143653.8143653.8143653.8143653.814365
Documentaire à propos du parcours du Cinérama entre 1952 et 1962, procédé technique permettant de tourner des films dans un format très large à l'aide de trois caméras. Le Cinérama est à l'origine du cinémascope que nous connaissons bien aujourd'hui.
Invisible Mom, 1h31
Directed by Fred Olen Ray
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Fantasy
Actors Barry Livingston, Dee Wallace, Russ Tamblyn, John Ashley, Stella Stevens, Christopher Stone
Roles Dr. Woorter
Rating37% 1.861871.861871.861871.861871.86187
A family's life is thrown into comical chaos after mom accidentally drinks her inventor husband's latest concoction, an invisibility potion.
Attack of the 60 Foot Centerfold, 1h24
Directed by Fred Olen Ray
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Comedy, Comic science fiction
Themes Comedy science fiction films
Actors J.J. North, Tim Abell, Stanley Livingston, Ted Newsom, Ross Hagen, John LaZar
Roles Gas Attendant
Rating40% 2.013012.013012.013012.013012.01301
The three finalists for Plaything Magazine's "Centerfold of the Year" are Inga (Raelyn Saalman), Betty (Tammy Parks) and Angel Grace (J. J. North). During a photoshoot, Betty makes some rather scathing remarks regarding Angel's appearance. Angel becomes self-conscious, and goes to Dr. Lindstrom at his clinic. Angel had taken beauty enhancing treatments previously, but now wants to get back on the program. Though Lindstrom warns her that any additional doses could be fatal, Angel still pleads to be put back on the program. Dr. Lindstrom gives her a case with several vials, cautioning her to only take one a day. That night, Angel takes her first vial. The result of it causes her breasts to increase in size.
Cabin Boy
Cabin Boy (1994)
, 1h20
Directed by Adam Resnick
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Fantasy, Adventure
Actors Brion James, James Gammon, Andy Richter, Melora Walters, Alfred Molina, Chris Elliott
Roles Chocki
Rating52% 2.6497952.6497952.6497952.6497952.649795
Nathaniel Mayweather (Chris Elliott) is a snobbish, self-centered, virginal man. After graduation, he is invited by his father to sail to Hawaii aboard the Queen Catherine. After annoying the limo driver who is taking him to board the boat, he is forced to walk the rest of the way.
Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me, 2h15
Directed by David Lynch
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Fantastic, Horror, Crime
Themes Films about families, Films about sexuality
Actors Sheryl Lee, Moira Kelly, David Bowie, Dana Ashbrook, Chris Isaak, Harry Dean Stanton
Rating73% 3.650743.650743.650743.650743.65074
FBI Regional Bureau Chief Gordon Cole (David Lynch) sends Agents Chester Desmond (Chris Isaak) and Sam Stanley (Kiefer Sutherland) to investigate the mysterious murder of Teresa Banks in the town of Deer Meadow. They receive mysterious clues from Lil the dancer, most of which Desmond later explain to Sam. However he declines to explain the blue rose pinned to Lil's red dress. After difficulty with the local sheriff's department, Desmond and Stanley view Teresa's body at the morgue. They realize that her ring is missing and the letter "T" has been placed under her fingernail. The Agents question the town residents about Teresa, but come up with few clues. Stanley leaves Deer Meadow, while Desmond remains behind. Desmond discovers Teresa's missing ring under a trailer. As he reaches out to it, the screen fades to black.
Running Mates, 1h32
Directed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Romantic comedy, Romance
Themes Political films
Actors Diane Keaton, Ed Harris, Ed Begley Jr., Russ Tamblyn, Ben Masters, Robert Harper
Roles Frank Usher
Rating56% 2.810052.810052.810052.810052.81005
Running for President, Senator Hugh Hathaway must go up against scandal and controversy after the woman he loves comes under political attack.
Aftershock (1990)
, 1h31
Directed by Frank Harris
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Action
Actors James Lew, Russ Tamblyn, Christopher Mitchum, Elizabeth Kaitan, John Saxon, Chris DeRose
Roles Hank Franklin
Rating42% 2.135782.135782.135782.135782.13578
An alien (Elizabeth Kaitan) visits Earth during World War III.
Necromancer, 1h28
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Horror
Actors Elizabeth Kaitan, Russ Tamblyn
Roles Charles DeLonge
Rating44% 2.21262.21262.21262.21262.2126
Three friends, Paul, Carl and Allan break into their professor's office to steal the answers for an important test, what they do not know is that they are not alone. Fellow student Julie Johnson is finishing some work when she spots Allan, it is not long before the three of them gang up on Julie. While Carl holds her, Paul pulls out a knife and threatens to cut her, only to cut her underwear off and rape her as the others watch on, soon after they threaten and blackmail her to keep quiet.
Cyclone (1987)
, 1h29
Directed by Fred Olen Ray
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Thriller, Action, Spy
Themes Spy films
Actors Heather Thomas, Jeffrey Combs, Martin Landau, Martine Beswick, Russ Tamblyn, Huntz Hall
Rating44% 2.2096652.2096652.2096652.2096652.209665
Rick has developed the ultimate motorcycle, the Cyclone. It is a $5 million bike equipped with rocket launchers and laser guns. Rick meets his fate and it is up to his girlfriend Teri to keep the Cyclone from falling into the wrong hands. Teri can trust no one but herself.
The Phantom Empire, 1h25
Directed by Fred Olen Ray
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Fantasy, Adventure, Horror
Actors Ross Hagen, Jeffrey Combs, Sybil Danning, Michelle Bauer, Russ Tamblyn, Dukey Flyswatter
Roles Bill
Rating38% 1.936461.936461.936461.936461.93646
When a man-eating cave creature appears with a fortune in uncut diamonds around his neck, Dr. Chambers' daughter Denae hires adventurers C & C Salvage to find the underground source of the gems. Accompanied by archaeological intern Andrew Paris, mineralogist Prof. Strock, and C&C's scruffy owners Cort Eastman and Eddy Colchilde, Denea's hopes of emerging from her famous father's shadow become as remote as getting out of the caves alive!