Russell Collins

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Russell Collins
Russell Collins (1958).jpg
Born Russell H. Collins
(1897-10-11)October 11, 1897
Indianapolis, Indiana
Died November 14, 1965(1965-11-14) (aged 68)
West Hollywood, California
Occupation Actor
Years active 1932 - 1965

Russell Collins (October 11, 1897 Indianapolis, Indiana – November 14, 1965 West Hollywood, California) American actor

Russell H. Collins first appeared on stage in 1922. He had roles in a few early Group Theatre productions with Success Story being his Broadway debut. Probably his most noted Broadway role was as the star of the 1935 musical play Johnny Johnson. He enjoyed a long career on Broadway, in films and television. By the 1950s he often appeared in many of the television live play-like dramas and was in high demand as a character actor in many TV series to the end of his career.

He played Doc in the 1950 London production of Mr. Roberts at the Coliseum Theatre with Tyrone Power as Mr. Roberts and Jackie Cooper as Ensign Pulver.

He died of a heart attack on November 14, 1965 in West Hollywood, California.


Collins attended Indiana State University.

Selected Broadway roles[edit]

  • Gentlewoman (1934) as Havens
  • Paradise Lost (1935) as homeless man
  • Missouri Legend (1938) as Jim Cummins
  • Here Come the Clowns (1938) as John Dickinson
  • The Moon is Down (1942) as Major Hunter
  • Carousel (1945) as Starkeeper and as Dr. Seldon
  • The Liar (1950) as Brighelia
  • Romulus (1962) as Achilles
  • Calculated Risk (1962) as Jonathan Travis

Selected Filmography[edit]

  • Seeds of Freedom (1943)
  • Close-Up (1948) as Beck
  • Canyon Crossroads (1956) as Dr. Andrew Rand
  • The Rabbit Trap (1959) as Hughie Colt


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