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Russell Gilbert at Sexpo, Darling Harbour, Sydney, Australia, in March 2013
October 17, 1959 |
Footscray, Victoria, Australia
He has appeared in several Australian TV comedies, first attracting notice as 'Russ the Postie' on The Comedy Company (1988–89), which led to a nine-year stint on Hey Hey It's Saturday (1990–1999). Russell also played Kev the tow-truck driver in the sitcom Bingles (1992). In the late 1990s he began starring in his own Nine Network shows, all of which were short-lived: even though they all rated well. The Russell Gilbert Show (1998), a sketch comedy show; Russell Gilbert Live (2000), a Saturday-evening variety show featuring celebrity interviews, and live and sketch comedy; and Russell Gilbert Was Here! (2001), another sketch series. He also hosted dog game show Bark-Off (2003) with Livinia Nixon. In 2004, he ventured into radio, as host of Weekend Leave Pass on SEN 1116 with Mark Fine. Most recently, Russell made guest appearances on the cult Channel 31 Melbourne sketch comedy show The Shambles and the comedy program Thank God You're Here (2006).
Russell has acted in four Australian films: Nirvana Street Murder (1990), Ned Kelly (2003) playing Constable Hall, The Extra (2005) and Housos vs. Authority (2012). He also appeared unbilled in the Jason Donovan telemovie Loot (2004).
Gilbert is also a passionate supporter of the AFL club Western Bulldogs and has made several guest appearances at AFL Legends Matches. In 2002 he kicked a goal while on the bench in an AFL Legends Game. In 2010 Russell made a comeback to the EJ Whitten Legends Game. He kicked a goal in the third quarter and then another in the fourth. Russell has been with his partner Rochelle for 18 years and they have 2 cats; Derek and Clive.
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