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Neil "Bing" Russell
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Birth: May 5, 1926
Brattleboro
Windham County
Vermont, USA
Death: Apr. 8, 2003
Thousand Oaks
Ventura County
California, USA

American Actor
Born Neil Oliver Russell
May 5, 1926
Brattleboro, Vermont, U.S.A.
Died April 8, 2003 (aged 76)
Thousand Oaks, California, U.S.A.
Other name Bing Russell
Spouse Louise Julia Crone
Bing Russell was an American actor, and was the father of Golden Globe-nominated actor Kurt Russell.

Russell was born Neil Oliver Russell in Brattleboro, Vermont, the son of Ruth (née Vogel), and Warren Russell. Russell always wanted to become a successful actor and did drama at the Brattleboro Middletown High School and his drama was so good and successful, he made his first debut in Cavalry Patrol and also made some uncredited roles in the back years. Russell died from complications from cancer on April 8th 2003 in Thousand Oaks, California.

Career
Although known as Deputy Clem Foster on TV's Bonanza (1959) and Robert in the motion picture The Magnificent Seven (1960), he also played Vernon Presley to son, Kurt's Elvis in the 1979 TV movie "Elvis".

Russell's claim to fame on a national level was as the owner of the Portland Mavericks Baseball Club. Helming the only independent team in the Class A Northwest League, Russell was an innovator. Before Bull Durham (1988), there were the Mavericks. Russell kept a 30-man roster because he believed that some of the players deserved to have one last season. His motto was simply one three lettered word (not win—although the Mavericks did just that). The word was fun.

Managing baseball
Russell created a park that kept all corporate sponsorship outside the gates, hired the first female general manager in professional baseball, and the following year hired the first Asian American GM/Manager. That same season his team set a record for the highest attendance in Minor league history, and went on to win the pennant. Ex-major leaguers and never-weres who couldn't stop playing the game flocked to his June try-outs, that were always open to anyone that showed up.

Trivia
Father of actor Kurt Russell.

Father-in-law of actor-producer Larry J. Franco
Grandfather of actor Wyatt Russell, Phronsie Franco and Matt Franco.

In Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957) about the life of lawman Wyatt Earp, Bing plays a bartender. In Tombstone (1993), Bing's son Kurt Russell, portrays Wyatt Earp. Kurt's son with actress Goldie Hawn is named Wyatt.

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Actor. Russell is best remembered for his role as 'Deputy Clem Foster' on the "Bonanza" television series from 1962 to 1973, and he was the father of actor Kurt Russell. He appeared in the films "Dick Tracy" (1990), "Tango & Cash" (1988), "Sunset" (1988), "Overboard" (1987), "Elvis" (1979), "The Loneliest Runner" (1976), "Arthur Hailey's The Money Changers" (1976), "The Apple Dumpling Gang" (1975), "Death Sentence" (1974), "The Sex Symbol" (1974), "A Cry In The Wilderness" (1974), "Runaway!" (1973), "Satan's School For Girls" (1973), "Set This Town On Fire" (1973), "Now You See Him, Now You Don't" (1972), "A Taste Of Evil" (1971), "1,000,000 Duck" (1971), "Yuma" (1971), "The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes" (1969), "Journey To Shiloh" (1968), "Blackbeard's Ghost" (1968), "Ride To Hangman's Tree" (1967), "Billy The Kid Versus Dracula" (1966), "An Eye For An Eye" (1966), "Madame X" (1966), "The Hallelujah Trail" (1965), "Cheyenne Autumn" (1964), "One Man's Way" (1964), "The Stripper" (1963), "Flashing Spikes" (1962), "Stakeout!" (1962), "Saint Of Devil's Island" (1961), "The Magnificient Seven" (1960), "Last Train From Gun Hill" (1959), "The Horse Soldiers" (1959), "Rio Bravo" (1959), "Suicide Battalion" (1958), "Cattle Empire" (1958), "Bombers B-52" (1957), "Fear Strikes Out" (1957), "Teenage Thunder" (1957), "Ride A Violent Mile" (1957), "The Land Unknown" (1957), "The Deadly Mantis" (1957), "Gunfight At The O.K. Corral" (1957), "Behind The High Wall" (1956), "Tarantula" (1955), "Crashout" (1955), "Big Leaguer" (1955), and "The Living Christ Series" (1951). He also appeared in the television shows "Little House On the Prairie," "Emergency," "Gunsmoke," "Mannix," "The Virginian," and "I Dream Of Jeannie." (bio by: K) 
 
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