Russom as Willis Frame and Toni Kalem as Angie Perrini in Another World, 1976.
December 6, 1941 |
Little Rock, Arkansas
Russom has appeared in numerous television shows, particularly soap operas. He portrayed Admiral Toddman (in the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "The Die is Cast") and the Starfleet Commander-in-Chief in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. More recently, he has appeared in shows such as Bones, Jericho, Prison Break, and Cold Case. Russom has also worked with the Coen brothers twice, playing bit parts in The Big Lebowski (1998) and True Grit (2010).
Russom's first acting work was on the CBS soap opera Guiding Light in the late 1960s. He subsequently appeared in another CBS soap opera, Love is a Many Splendored Thing as Joe Taylor from 1972-1973. Russom was the second actor to play the role of Willis Frame on the NBC soap, Another World a role that he kept for several years. His early film career included The Trial of the Catonsville Nine as David Durst and Stephen King's Silver Bullet. He also appeared on the TV show Mission: Impossible as Sam Evans.
In the 1991 Emmys Leon Russom received a nomination for his work in the category Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Special for his work on the 1991 television movie The Long Road Home. He starred as Titus Wardlow.
Leon Russom's later work included many appearances in dramas, mainly legal or crime. He appeared in many TV shows in the 1990s and the early 2000s, including L.A. Law, Bones, Cold Case, Law & Order, JAG, NYPD Blue, John Doe, The X-Files, Dark Skies, and other shows. He played the police chief of Malibu in the Coen brothers' The Big Lebowski (1998). Recently he appeared in Prison Break as General Jonathan Krantz, head of The Company. His role in the series was initially minor, restricted to sporadic non-speaking appearances. But from the third season on, his role took on increasing importance, culminating in his becoming the main antagonist, right up to The Final Break.
Russom is also a stage actor, and in 2012 was nominated for an LA Weekly Theater Award for his portrayal of "Hamm" in Samuel Beckett's Endgame at Los Angeles' Sacred Fools Theater Company, where he served as a co-Artistic Director for the company's sixteenth season, alongside fellow company members French Stewart and Alyssa Preston. In 2013, he appeared as the Earl of Gloucester in King Lear with The Porters of Hellsgate, alongside Larry Cedar as King Lear.