Tim Russ

Tim Russ

Infobox Actor
name = Tim Russ

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caption = At the 2004 Motor City Comic Con.

birthname = Timothy Darrell Russ
birthdate = birth date and age|1956|06|22
birthplace = Washington, D.C., U.S.

Timothy Darrell Russ (born June 22, 1956)cite web | url=http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0750913/bio | title=Biography for Tim Russ | publisher=at the Internet Movie Database | accessdate=2007-10-30 ] is an American actor, film director, screenwriter, and musician. He is best known for his roles on "" as Lieutenant Commander Tuvok and "Samantha Who?" as Frank the doorman.


Russ was born in Washington, D.C. to a state government employee mother and an Air Force officer father. [ [http://www.filmreference.com/film/92/Tim-Russ.html Tim Russ Biography (1956-) ] ]

"Star Trek" & other roles

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.Fact|date=February 2008

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. In various interviews, the show's writers have described their occasional clashes with Russ over realistic behavior for a Vulcan, with Russ typically insisting on following continuity.Fact|date=February 2008

Aside from Tuvok, Russ has played the following roles in Trek:

* Devor, a mercenary in the "The Next Generation" episode "Starship Mine" (1993)
* T'Kar, a Klingon in the "Deep Space Nine" episode "Invasive Procedures" (1993)
* A human tactical Lieutenant on the "Enterprise-B" in the film "Star Trek Generations." (1994)

Russ's 1994 appearance on the Enterprise-B in "Generations" can cause viewer confusion, as it was later established in the "Voyager" episode "" that Russ's character Tuvok was a serving Starfleet Ensign on the USS Excelsior during the events of the previous film , which predated the Enterprise-B. As the Enterprise-B officer was portrayed with human ears it cannot be the early Tuvok, therefore the possibility arises of Tuvok having had a serving human lookalike in Starfleet.

As a result of his multiple character appearances, Russ is one of only two actors to have appeared with 4 out of 5 captains of the "Star Trek" series, the other being Jonathan Frakes (Commander Riker).Fact|date=February 2008

In 1995 Russ co-wrote the story for the Malibu Comics ' #29 and 30, with Mark Paniccia. Russ performed voice acting roles as Tuvok for the computer games ' and '; and for the 2006 machinima animated feature film "Borg War". Russ is also the director and one of the stars of the fan series ', the first third of which was released in December 2007, with the remaining two thirds released in 2008.Fact|date=July 2008

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

Later work

Russ currently appears as Frank, a sarcastic doorman in Christina Applegate's ABC comedy, "Samantha Who?", as well as Principal Ted Franklin in Nickelodeon's show "iCarly"


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.

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.

* "Only a Dream in Rio" (1998)
* "Tim Russ" (2000)
* "Kushangaza" (2001)
* "Brave New World" (2003)


Acting roles

* "Crossroads" (1986) ... as Robert Johnson
* "Fire with Fire" (1986) ... as Jerry Washington
* "Spaceballs" (1987) ... as Trooper
* "" (1987) ... as Jesse
* "Pulse" (1988) ... as Policeman
* "The Highwayman" (1988) ... as D.C. Montana
* "Murphy Brown"...as Secret Service Officer
* "Bird" (1988) ... as Harris
* "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" (1990) ... as Eugene
* "Eve of Destruction" (1991) ... as Carter
* "Night Eyes 2" (1992) ... as Jesse Younger
* "Mr. Saturday Night" (1992) ... as Assistant director
* "" (1993) ... as Devor (Season 6, Episode 18)
* "SeaQuest DSV" (1994) ... as Martin Clemens, A.K.A. "Mycroft" (guest)
* "" (1994) ... as T'Kar (guest)
* "Dead Connection" (1994) ... as Det. Chuck Roland
* "" (1995-2001) ... as Lt. Commander Tuvok
* "Star Trek Generations" (1995) ... Enterprise-B Bridge Officer
* "" (1995) ... as Mirror Tuvok (guest)
* "East of Hope Street" (1998)
* "ER" (2005) (guest)
* "Unbeatable Harold" (2005)
* "Twenty Good Years" (2006)
* "The Oh in Ohio" (2006)... as Douglas
* "Hannah Montana" (2007)...Throat Doctor
* "Without a Trace" (2007) ... as Phil Hansen, NTSB consultant (Season 5, Episode 12)
* "General Hospital" (2007)....Dr. Trent (Oncologist) - Several Episodes
* "Live Free or Die Hard" (2007) ... as Agent Summers
* "iCarly" (2007-present) ... as Principal Ted Franklin
* "Samantha Who" (2007)... as Frank the doorman
* "NCIS" (2008) ... as Garage Attendant (guest)

Voice acting roles

* "" (2006) ... as Bandero

Elite Force I & II

Dragon Age

LA Law


* "East of Hope Street" (1998)


* "Plugged" short film satirizing advertising (2007 in final edits)
* "" (2007 fan production)
* "Star Trek: Voyager" episode: "Living Witness"


External links

* http://www.timrusswebpage.net - Official webpage
* http://www.timrusstribute.com - extensive information and tons of pictures; timrusswebpage and timrusstribute complement each other; information on Tim Russ that cannot be found on either one of these pages is likely not available online.
* [http://ctva.csun.edu/Movies/E!%20Trailer.mov E! News Daily (Video Clip) - Tim Russ, "East of Hope Street"]
*imdb name|id=0750913|name=Tim Russ
*tvtome person|id=1813|name=Tim Russ
* http://www.borgwarmovie.org/ Borg War machinima film web page

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