Tim Russ

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Tim Russ
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At the 2004 Motor City Comic Con.
BornTimothy Darrell Russ
(1956-06-22) June 22, 1956 (age 58)
Washington, D.C., US
OccupationActor, musician, screenwriter
Years active1985–present
 
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Tim Russ
Tim Russ.JPG
At the 2004 Motor City Comic Con.
BornTimothy Darrell Russ
(1956-06-22) June 22, 1956 (age 58)
Washington, D.C., US
OccupationActor, musician, screenwriter
Years active1985–present

Timothy Darrell "Tim" Russ (born June 22, 1956)[1] is an American actor, film director, screenwriter and musician. He is known for his roles as Lieutenant Commander Tuvok on Star Trek: Voyager, as Frank on Samantha Who?, and as Principal Franklin, a recurring character on the Nickelodeon live-action teen sitcom iCarly.

Life and career[edit]

Russ was born in Washington, D.C. to a state government employee mother and a U.S. Air Force officer father.[2] He spent part of his childhood in Turkey.[3]

Star Trek and other roles[edit]

Russ has been extensively involved in the Star Trek franchise, as a voice and film actor, writer, director and producer. He played several minor roles before landing the role as the main character Tuvok. Russ originally screen-tested for the role of Geordi La Forge on Star Trek: The Next Generation before gaining the role of Tuvok.

Previous to Star Trek, Russ made a brief but memorable appearance in the comedy movie Spaceballs as the trooper who shouts "We ain't found shit!" while 'combing' the desert.

While many Trek actors claim to have had little interest in the franchise before they signed on for their role, Russ went into Voyager as a dedicated Trekkie with an extensive knowledge of Vulcan lore.[4]

Aside from Tuvok on the Star Trek: Voyager series, Russ has played the following roles in Star Trek:

In 1995, Russ co-wrote the story for the Malibu Comics Star Trek: Deep Space Nine #29 and 30, with Mark Paniccia. Russ performed voice acting roles as Tuvok for the computer games Star Trek: Voyager – Elite Force and Star Trek: Elite Force II. Russ is also the director and one of the stars of the fan series Star Trek: Of Gods and Men, the first third of which was released in December 2007, with the remaining two-thirds released in 2008.[5]

He also did a clip of Star Trek Titan for a tour.

Russ's character's name D.C. Montana in The Highwayman was a reference to Trek writer D. C. Fontana.

In 1990 he played a role for Freddy's Nightmares, a television series that was part of the A Nightmare on Elm Street. The episode had multiple quotes and hints suggesting to Star Trek fandom, such as: "Beam me up Scotty," "Captain! The dilithium crystals are running out," and Tim Russ' character being named Picard. This can be considered an early precursor to his extensive Star Trek career.

Russ is currently directing and co-starring in the fan financed Star Trek: Renegades, and in both 2013 and 2014 reprised his role as the voice of Tuvok in the MMO Star Trek Online.

Later work[edit]

Russ appeared as Frank, a sarcastic doorman in Christina Applegate's ABC comedy, Samantha Who? from 2007 to 2009, and appeared for 7 seasons as Principal Ted Franklin in Nickelodeon's show iCarly. He also portrayed a surgeon on an episode of Hannah Montana, "I Am Hannah, Hear Me Croak." Russ is also a television public service ad director/producer. He produces many of them with close friend/business associate Nate Thomas. In 2010 Russ received a commendation from FBI Director Robert Mueller for creating with Thomas "Family Dinner", a 30-second television public service ad on cyber predators. In 2013 the FBI's Los Angeles Field Office released a series of television and radio public service ads, produced and directed along with Nate Thomas, highlighting the devastating effects of intellectual property theft and cyber bullying. The television version of these ads garnered him an Emmy Award in 2014.[6]

Music[edit]

Russ's band went head-to-head in a competition with Howard Stern's band The Losers on an episode of Stern's radio show. The judges ultimately crowned Stern's band the winners.

His band can occasionally be seen playing at the Kibitz Room at Canter's Deli.

The music video for the song "Kushangaza" can be seen as part of the Special Features for season 2 of Star Trek: Voyager – highlight part of the ship on page 3 of the features menu.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1986CrossroadsRobert Johnson
1986Fire with FireJerry Washington
1987SpaceballsThe Guy Who Said "We ain't found shit"
1987Death Wish 4: The CrackdownJesse
1987TimestalkersSergeant FiltonTV Film
1988BirdHarris
1988PulsePoliceman
1988Roots: The GiftMarcellus (slave doorman)TV Film
1991Eve of DestructionCarter
1991Dead SilenceDep. Ryan
1992Night Eyes 2Jesse Younger
1992Mr. Saturday NightAssistant director
1993Journey to the Center of the EarthJoe BriggsTV film
1994Dead ConnectionDet. Chuck Roland
1994Star Trek GenerationsEnterprise-B Bridge Officer
1998East of Hope StreetCasey
2005The Cabinet of Dr. CaligariTown Clerk
2006The Oh in OhioDouglas
2006Unbeatable HaroldDiner Manager
2007Live Free or Die HardAgent Summers
2008InAlienablenews anchor
2011RampartCommand Staff Member #1
2014Asteroid vs. EarthCaptain Rogers[7]
2014GreyscaleGavin Calhoun


Television[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1985Hill Street BluesParamedicSeason 5, Episode 17, Passage to Libya
1985Hill Street BluesBurtonSeason 6, Episode 10, The Virgin and the Turkey
1985The Twilight ZoneOfficer #2Season 1, Episode 8, Kentucky Rye
1986Amazing StoriesSecurity Guard #1Season 2, Episode 5, You Gotta Believe Me
1986Heart of the CityCollinsSeason 1, Episode 3, When Push Comes to Shove
1987Hill Street BluesBen ChildersSeason 7, Episode 19, Days of Swine and Roses
1987Jake and the FatmanPeteSeason 1, Episode 7, Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?
1987StarmanTyrone WashingtonSeason 1, Episode 12, The System
1987–1988The HighwaymanD.C. Montana
1987The Twilight ZoneArcherSeason 2, Episode 19, Voices in the Earth
1987thirtysomethingSalesmanSeason 1, Episode 1, Pilot
1987ThrobMan #2Season 2, Episode 6, Whose Coup Is It Anyway?
198821 Jump StreetRay DaviesSeason 3, Episode 2, Slippin' Into Darkness
1989Alien NationRonald KetnesSeason 1, Episode 1, Pilot
1989Beauty and the BeastLt. Eric ParkerSeason 2, Episode 6, Sticks and Stones
1989The People Next DoorAnswering Machine GuySeason 1, episodes 1 & 5
1990Cop RockJurorSeason 1, episodes 9 & 10
1990Family MattersJeffSeason 1, Episode 18, Sitting Pretty
1990Freddy's NightmaresDr. Henry PicardSeason 2, Episode 20: Dust to Dust
1990Mancuso, FBIRashadSeason 1, Episode 10, Conspiracy
1990The Fresh Prince of Bel-AirEugeneSeason 1, Episodes 8 & 9, Someday Your Prince Will Be in Effect (Part 1 & 2)
1991LifestoriesK.C.Season 1, Episode 10, Darryl Tevis
1992Tequila and BonettiLinkSeason 1, Episode 3, The Rose Cadillac
1992The Fresh Prince of Bel-AirAgent CollinsSeason 2, Episode 20, Those Were the Days
1993Hangin' with Mr. CooperVictorSeason 2, Episode 8, Seoul Shake
1993Living SingleOfficer TaylorSeason 1, Episode 14, Burglar in the House
1993Murphy BrownSecret Service OfficerSeason 5, Episode 23, The Egg & I
1993Star Trek: Deep Space NineT'KarSeason 2, Episode 4, Invasive Procedures
1993Star Trek: The Next GenerationDevorSeason 6, Episode 18, Starship Mine
1994Hangin' with Mr. CooperVictorSeason 2, Episode 16, Wedding Bell Blues
1994Melrose PlaceRoger ChambersSeason 3, Episode 2, It's a Bad World After All
1994SeaQuest DSVMartin Clemens, A.K.A. "Mycroft"Season 1, Episode 13, Photon Bullet
1995Star Trek: Deep Space NineMirror TuvokSeason 3, Episode 19, Through the Looking Glass
1995–2001Star Trek: VoyagerLt. Commander Tuvok170 episodes
2002Any Day NowJurorSeason 4, Episode 15, The Real Thing
2005ERDr. MedfordSeason 11, Episode 15, Alone in a Crowd
2005UnfabulousOfficer JonesSeason 2, Episode 3, The Job
2006–2007General HospitalDr. Trent (Oncologist)Four episodes
2006NCISJerry KemperSeason 3, Episode 22, Jeopardy
2006Twenty Good YearsMartyThree episodes
2007Hannah MontanaDr. Meyer (Throat specialist)Season 2, Episode 5, I Am Hannah, Hear Me Croak
2007–2012iCarlyPrincipal Ted Franklin11 episodes
2007–2009Samantha Who?Frank the doorman35 episodes
2007Without a TracePhil Hansen, NTSB consultantSeason 5, Episode 12, Tail Spin
2009Lincoln HeightsPrincipalSeason 4, Episode 10, Lucky
2009Trust MeGordon BenedictTwo episodes
2010CSI: MiamiLeonard SterlingSeason 8, Episode 21, Meltdown
2010The Secret Life of the American TeenagerVicarSeason 2, Episode 24, Ben There, Done That
2011Good Luck CharlieDr. MeijerSeason 2, Episode 6, L.A.R.P. in the Park
2011SuitsRobert Geller, lawyerSeason 1, Episode 8, Identity Crisis
2011The Young and the RestlessJudge MorrisonEpisodes 9,741 and 9,742
2012The Soul ManDevonSeason 1, Episode 9, How to Be a Church Lady
2013CastleDr. Malcolm WickfieldSeason 6, Episode 5, Time Will Tell
2013Guys with KidsSpecialistSeason 1, Episode 16, Rare Breed
2013Lab RatsSpecial Agent GordonSeason 2, Episode 8, Parallel Universe

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