Russell Arms

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Russell Arms
Russell Arms Your Hit Parade 1956.JPG
Arms in 1956.
Born Russell Lee Arms[1]
(1920-02-03)February 3, 1920
Berkeley, California, U.S.
Died February 13, 2012(2012-02-13) (aged 92)
Hamilton, Illinois, U.S.
Occupation Actor, singer
Years active 1942–1985
Spouse(s) Mary Lynne Arms (19??–2012; his death)
Barbara J. McGinnis (1966–1974; divorced)

Russell Lee Arms[1] (February 3, 1920,[2] – February 13, 2012[3]) was an American actor and singer.


Arms was born in Berkeley, California, and began his career on radio, moving up to minor screen roles during World War II as a contract player with Warner Brothers and later as a freelance performer, mostly in Westerns. Subsequently he appeared in supporting roles in both feature films and television. He was well known for his 1957 hit single, "Cinco Robles (Five Oaks)", which entered the charts on January 12, 1957 and stayed for 15 weeks, peaking at No. 22. He released an album with Era, "Where Can A Wanderer Go", in 1957.

From 1952 to 1957, he was best known as a vocalist on Your Hit Parade, an NBC television series that reviewed the popular songs of the day and on which a regular cast of vocalists would perform the top seven songs of the week. Arms and Eileen Wilson (who starred on the show from 1950 to 1952) were the only surviving lead performers from the show until Arms' death in 2012 in Illinois. He authored an autobiography in 2005, My Hit Parade ... and a Few Misses. Arms made three guest appearances on Perry Mason, including the roles of Attorney Everett Dorrell in the 1960 episode, "The Case of the Credulous Quarry," and Roger Correll in the 1963 episode, "The Case of the Greek Goddess."

Arms played the role of Chester Finley in the film By the Light of the Silvery Moon (1953) as the piano instructor and hopeful suitor to Doris Day.

In 1976, Arms appeared in an episode of the NBC dramatic series Gibbsville.

Military years[edit]

He was a graduate of the Signal Corps OCS program out of Ft. Monmouth, New Jersey (1941–46) and again at Ft. Monmouth (1951–53).[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Arms and his second wife, Mary Lynne, resided in Palm Springs, California for many years. They then moved to Hamilton, Illinois, where Arms died in 2012, aged 92.

Further reading[edit]

  • Arms, Russell (2005). My Hit Parade ... and a Few Misses. BearManor Media. ISBN 1-59393-024-0. 


  1. ^ a b [1]
  2. ^ Arms was born in 1920, not 1922, as per paid Intelius search
  3. ^ [2]

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