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Who Is The Most Famous Russell In The World?

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How many celebrities with the last name Russell can you think of? The famous Russells below have many different professions, including notable actors with the last name Russell, famous musicians named Russell, and even athletes named Russell.

Kurt Russell is certainly one of the most famous Russells on this list. One of the famous actors with the last name Russell, he started his career as a child appearing in several live-action Disney films. He went on to star in such movies as The Thing, Escape from New York, and Death Proof.

Another of the famous people with the last name Russell is Keri Russell. She is the actress who starred in Felicity and The Americans. Mission: Impossible III, August Rush, and Free State of Jones are among her film credits.

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    Kurt Russell

    1951-03-17

    Age70

    BirthplaceSpringfield, Massachusetts, United States of America

    Kurt Vogel Russell (born March 17, 1951) is an American actor. He began acting on television at the age of 12 in the western series The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters (1963–1964). In the late 1960s, he...  more

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    Keri Russell

    1976-03-23

    Age45

    BirthplaceFountain Valley, California, USA

    Keri Lynn Russell (born March 23, 1976) is an American actress and dancer. She came to fame for portraying the title role of Felicity Porter on the WB drama series Felicity (1998–2002), for which she...  more

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    AgeDec. at 69 (1907-1976)

    BirthplaceWaterbury, Connecticut, United States of America

    Catherine Rosalind Russell (June 4, 1907 – November 28, 1976) was an American actress, comedian, screenwriter and singer, known for her role as fast-talking newspaper reporter Hildy Johnson in the...  more

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    Jane Russell

    1921-06-21

    AgeDec. at 89 (1921-2011)

    BirthplaceBemidji, Minnesota, United States of America

    Ernestine Jane Geraldine Russell (June 21, 1921 – February 28, 2011) was an American film actress and one of Hollywood's leading sex symbols in the 1940s and 1950s. Russell moved from the Midwestern...  more

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    Age62

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    David Owen Russell (born August 20, 1958) is an American film director, screenwriter, and producer. His early directing career includes the comedy films Spanking the Monkey (1994), Flirting with...  more

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    Betsy Russell

    1963-09-06

    Age57

    BirthplaceSan Diego, California, United States of America

    Elizabeth "Betsy" Russell (born September 6, 1963) is an American actress who is best known for her roles in Private School (1983), Tomboy (1985), and Jill Tuck, one of the primary characters of the...  more
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    Arthur Russell

    1951-05-21

    AgeDec. at 40 (1951-1992)

    BirthplaceOskaloosa, Iowa, United States of America

    Arthur Russell (born Charles Arthur Russell Jr.; May 21, 1951 – April 4, 1992) was an American cellist, composer, producer, singer, and musician from Iowa, whose work spanned a disparate range of...  more

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    Gail Russell

    1924-09-21

    AgeDec. at 36 (1924-1961)

    BirthplaceUSA, Chicago, Illinois

    Gail Russell (born Elizabeth L. Russell, September 21, 1924 – August 26, 1961) was an American film and television actress....  more
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    Leon Russell

    1942-04-02

    Age79

    BirthplaceLawton, Oklahoma, United States of America

    Leon Russell (born Claude Russell Bridges; April 2, 1942 – November 13, 2016) was an American musician and songwriter who was involved with numerous bestselling pop music records during his 60-year...  more

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    Theresa Russell

    1957-03-20

    Age64

    BirthplaceSan Diego, California, USA

    Alternative NameTheresa Roeg, Theresa Russell

    Theresa Lynn Russell (née Paup; born March 20, 1957) is an American actress. Russell made her film debut in The Last Tycoon (1976) directed by Elia Kazan, followed by a lead role opposite Dustin...  more
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    Age56

    BirthplaceNew York City, USA, New York

    Kimberly Russell is an American actresses best known for her role as Sarah Nevins on the 1986–1991 sitcom Head of the Class and as Bill Cosby's daughter in the 1990 comedy film Ghost Dad. Other parts...  more
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    Brenda Russell

    1949-04-08

    Age72

    BirthplaceNew York City, USA, New York

    Brenda Russell (née Gordon; born April 8, 1949) is an American singer-songwriter and keyboardist. Russell has a diverse musical style which encompasses pop, soul, dance, and jazz. She has received a...  more

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    Ken Russell

    1927-07-03

    AgeDec. at 84 (1927-2011)

    BirthplaceEurasia, South West England, Dorset, United Kingdom, Southampton

    Henry Kenneth Alfred Russell (3 July 1927 – 27 November 2011) was a British film director, known for his pioneering work in television and film and for his flamboyant and controversial style. His...  more
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    Graham Russell

    1950-06-11

    Age71

    BirthplaceUnited Kingdom

    Graham Cyril Russell (born 11 June 1950) is an English musician, songwriter, and singer/guitarist of the soft rock duo Air Supply.In 1975, with Russell Hitchcock, he formed Air Supply in Australia. ...  more
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    Cameron Russell

    1987-06-14

    Age34

    BirthplaceBoston, Massachusetts

    Cameron Chase Russell (born June 14, 1987) is an American model. Born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, she graduated from Columbia University with majors in Economics and Political science. Russell began...  more
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    Tom Russell

    1947-03-05

    Age74

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California

    Thomas George "Tom" Russell is an American singer-songwriter. Although most strongly identified with the Americana music tradition, his music also incorporates elements of folk, rock, and the cowboy...  more
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    David Russell

    1953-01-01

    Age68

    BirthplaceGlasgow, United Kingdom

    David Russell (born 1953 in Glasgow) is a classical guitarist. He plays Matthias Dammann guitars. Widely known for his near flawless tone and diverse repertoire, Russell is one of the most...  more
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    Nipsey Russell

    1918-09-15

    AgeDec. at 87 (1918-2005)

    BirthplaceAtlanta, Georgia, USA

    Julius "Nipsey" Russell (September 15, 1918 – October 2, 2005) was an American comedian, poet, and dancer best known for his appearances as a panelist on game shows from the 1960s through the 1990s,...  more
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    Willy Russell

    1947-08-23

    Age73

    BirthplaceWhiston, United Kingdom

    William Russell (born 23 August 1947) is an English dramatist, lyricist and composer. His best known works are Educating Rita, Shirley Valentine, Blood Brothers and Our Day Out....  more
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    Harold Russell

    1914-01-14

    AgeDec. at 88 (1914-2002)

    BirthplaceCanada

    Harold John Avery Russell (January 14, 1914 – January 29, 2002) was a Canadian-born American World War II veteran who became one of only two non-professional actors to win an Academy Award for acting...  more

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    George Russell

    1923-06-23

    AgeDec. at 86 (1923-2009)

    BirthplaceCincinnati, Ohio, United States of America

    George Allen Russell (June 23, 1923 – July 27, 2009) was an American jazz pianist, composer, arranger and theorist. He is considered one of the first jazz musicians to contribute to general music...  more
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    Calvin Russell

    1948-11-01

    AgeDec. at 62 (1948-2011)

    BirthplaceAustin, Texas

    Calvin Russell (born Calvert Russell Kosler, November 1, 1948 – April 3, 2011) was an American blues and roots rock singer-songwriter and guitarist....  more
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    Pee Wee Russell

    1906-03-27

    AgeDec. at 62 (1906-1969)

    BirthplaceUSA, St. Louis, Missouri, Maplewood

    Charles Ellsworth "Pee Wee" Russell (March 27, 1906 – February 15, 1969), was a jazz musician. Early in his career he played clarinet and saxophones, but he eventually focused solely on...  more
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    Lillian Russell

    1861-12-04

    AgeDec. at 60 (1861-1922)

    BirthplaceClinton, Iowa, United States of America

    Lillian Russell (born Helen Louise Leonard; December 4, 1860/1861 – June 6, 1922), was an American actress and singer. She became one of the most famous actresses and singers of the late 19th and...  more
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    William Russell

    1884-04-12

    AgeDec. at 44 (1884-1929)

    BirthplaceNew York City, USA, New York

    William Russell (April 12, 1884 – February 18, 1929), born William Francis Lerche, was an American actor, director, producer and screenwriter. He appeared in over two hundred silent era motion...  more
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