Tim Russ

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Tim Russ
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At the 2004 Motor City Comic Con.
Born Timothy Darrell Russ
(1956-06-22) June 22, 1956 (age 58)
Washington, D.C., US
Occupation Actor, musician, screenwriter
Years active 1985–present

Timothy Darrell "Tim" Russ (born June 22, 1956)[1] is an American actor, film director, screenwriter and musician. He is known for his roles as Lieutenant Commander Tuvok on Star Trek: Voyager, as Frank on Samantha Who?, and as Principal Franklin, a recurring character on the Nickelodeon live-action teen sitcom iCarly.

Life and career[edit]

Russ was born in Washington, D.C. to a state government employee mother and a U.S. Air Force officer father.[2] He spent part of his childhood in Turkey.[3] During his early life, Tim Russ had many dogs.

Star Trek and other roles[edit]

Russ has been extensively involved in the Star Trek franchise, as a voice and film actor, writer, director and producer. He played several minor roles before landing the role as the main character Tuvok. Russ originally screen-tested for the role of Geordi La Forge on Star Trek: The Next Generation before gaining the role of Tuvok.

Previous to Star Trek, Russ made a brief but memorable appearance in the comedy movie Spaceballs as the trooper who shouts "We ain't found shit!" while 'combing' the desert.

While many Trek actors claim to have had little interest in the franchise before they signed on for their role, Russ went into Voyager as a dedicated Trekkie with an extensive knowledge of Vulcan lore.[4]

Aside from Tuvok on the Star Trek: Voyager series, Russ has played the following roles in Star Trek:

In 1995, Russ co-wrote the story for the Malibu Comics Star Trek: Deep Space Nine #29 and 30, with Mark Paniccia. Russ performed voice acting roles as Tuvok for the computer games Star Trek: Voyager – Elite Force and Star Trek: Elite Force II. Russ is also the director and one of the stars of the fan series Star Trek: Of Gods and Men, the first third of which was released in December 2007, with the remaining two-thirds released in 2008.[5]

He also did a clip of Star Trek Titan for a tour.

Russ's character's name D.C. Montana in The Highwayman was a reference to Trek writer D. C. Fontana.

In 1990 he played a role for Freddy's Nightmares, a television series that was part of the A Nightmare on Elm Street. The episode had multiple quotes and hints suggesting to Star Trek fandom, such as: "Beam me up Scotty," "Captain! The dilithium crystals are running out," and Tim Russ' character being named Picard. This can be considered an early precursor to his extensive Star Trek career.

Russ is currently directing and co-starring in the fan financed Star Trek: Renegades, and in both 2013 and 2014 reprised his role as the voice of Tuvok in the MMO Star Trek Online.

Later work[edit]

Russ appeared as Frank, a sarcastic doorman in Christina Applegate's ABC comedy, Samantha Who? from 2007 to 2009, and appeared for 7 seasons as Principal Ted Franklin in Nickelodeon's show iCarly. He also portrayed a surgeon on an episode of Hannah Montana, "I Am Hannah, Hear Me Croak." Russ is also a television public service ad director/producer. He produces many of them with close friend/business associate Nate Thomas. In 2010 Russ received a commendation from FBI Director Robert Mueller for creating with Thomas "Family Dinner", a 30-second television public service ad on cyber predators. In 2013 the FBI's Los Angeles Field Office released a series of television and radio public service ads, produced and directed along with Nate Thomas, highlighting the devastating effects of intellectual property theft and cyber bullying. The television version of these ads garnered him an Emmy Award in 2014.[6]

Music[edit]

Russ's band went head-to-head in a competition with Howard Stern's band The Losers on an episode of Stern's radio show. The judges ultimately crowned Stern's band the winners.

His band can occasionally be seen playing at the Kibitz Room at Canter's Deli.

The music video for the song "Kushangaza" can be seen as part of the Special Features for season 2 of Star Trek: Voyager – highlight part of the ship on page 3 of the features menu.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1986 Crossroads Robert Johnson
1986 Fire with Fire Jerry Washington
1987 Spaceballs The Guy Who Said "We ain't found shit"
1987 Death Wish 4: The Crackdown Jesse
1987 Timestalkers Sergeant Filton TV Film
1988 Bird Harris
1988 Pulse Policeman
1988 Roots: The Gift Marcellus (slave doorman) TV Film
1991 Eve of Destruction Carter
1991 Dead Silence Dep. Ryan
1992 Night Eyes 2 Jesse Younger
1992 Mr. Saturday Night Assistant director
1993 Journey to the Center of the Earth Joe Briggs TV film
1994 Dead Connection Det. Chuck Roland
1994 Star Trek Generations Enterprise-B Bridge Officer
1998 East of Hope Street Casey
2005 The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari Town Clerk
2006 The Oh in Ohio Douglas
2006 Unbeatable Harold Diner Manager
2007 Live Free or Die Hard Agent Summers
2008 InAlienable news anchor
2011 Rampart Command Staff Member #1
2014 Asteroid vs. Earth Captain Rogers[7]
2014 Greyscale Gavin Calhoun


Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1985 Hill Street Blues Paramedic Season 5, Episode 17, Passage to Libya
1985 Hill Street Blues Burton Season 6, Episode 10, The Virgin and the Turkey
1985 The Twilight Zone Officer #2 Season 1, Episode 8, Kentucky Rye
1986 Amazing Stories Security Guard #1 Season 2, Episode 5, You Gotta Believe Me
1986 Heart of the City Collins Season 1, Episode 3, When Push Comes to Shove
1987 Hill Street Blues Ben Childers Season 7, Episode 19, Days of Swine and Roses
1987 Jake and the Fatman Pete Season 1, Episode 7, Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?
1987 Starman Tyrone Washington Season 1, Episode 12, The System
1987–1988 The Highwayman D.C. Montana
1987 The Twilight Zone Archer Season 2, Episode 19, Voices in the Earth
1987 thirtysomething Salesman Season 1, Episode 1, Pilot
1987 Throb Man #2 Season 2, Episode 6, Whose Coup Is It Anyway?
1988 21 Jump Street Ray Davies Season 3, Episode 2, Slippin' Into Darkness
1989 Alien Nation Ronald Ketnes Season 1, Episode 1, Pilot
1989 Beauty and the Beast Lt. Eric Parker Season 2, Episode 6, Sticks and Stones
1989 The People Next Door Answering Machine Guy Season 1, episodes 1 & 5
1990 Cop Rock Juror Season 1, episodes 9 & 10
1990 Family Matters Jeff Season 1, Episode 18, Sitting Pretty
1990 Freddy's Nightmares Dr. Henry Picard Season 2, Episode 20: Dust to Dust
1990 Mancuso, FBI Rashad Season 1, Episode 10, Conspiracy
1990 The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Eugene Season 1, Episodes 8 & 9, Someday Your Prince Will Be in Effect (Part 1 & 2)
1991 Lifestories K.C. Season 1, Episode 10, Darryl Tevis
1992 Tequila and Bonetti Link Season 1, Episode 3, The Rose Cadillac
1992 The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Agent Collins Season 2, Episode 20, Those Were the Days
1993 Hangin' with Mr. Cooper Victor Season 2, Episode 8, Seoul Shake
1993 Living Single Officer Taylor Season 1, Episode 14, Burglar in the House
1993 Murphy Brown Secret Service Officer Season 5, Episode 23, The Egg & I
1993 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine T'Kar Season 2, Episode 4, Invasive Procedures
1993 Star Trek: The Next Generation Devor Season 6, Episode 18, Starship Mine
1994 Hangin' with Mr. Cooper Victor Season 2, Episode 16, Wedding Bell Blues
1994 Melrose Place Roger Chambers Season 3, Episode 2, It's a Bad World After All
1994 SeaQuest DSV Martin Clemens, A.K.A. "Mycroft" Season 1, Episode 13, Photon Bullet
1995 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Mirror Tuvok Season 3, Episode 19, Through the Looking Glass
1995–2001 Star Trek: Voyager Lt. Commander Tuvok 170 episodes
2002 Any Day Now Juror Season 4, Episode 15, The Real Thing
2005 ER Dr. Medford Season 11, Episode 15, Alone in a Crowd
2005 Unfabulous Officer Jones Season 2, Episode 3, The Job
2006–2007 General Hospital Dr. Trent (Oncologist) Four episodes
2006 NCIS Jerry Kemper Season 3, Episode 22, Jeopardy
2006 Twenty Good Years Marty Three episodes
2007 Hannah Montana Dr. Meyer (Throat specialist) Season 2, Episode 5, I Am Hannah, Hear Me Croak
2007–2012 iCarly Principal Ted Franklin 11 episodes
2007–2009 Samantha Who? Frank the doorman 35 episodes
2007 Without a Trace Phil Hansen, NTSB consultant Season 5, Episode 12, Tail Spin
2009 Lincoln Heights Principal Season 4, Episode 10, Lucky
2009 Trust Me Gordon Benedict Two episodes
2010 CSI: Miami Leonard Sterling Season 8, Episode 21, Meltdown
2010 The Secret Life of the American Teenager Vicar Season 2, Episode 24, Ben There, Done That
2011 Good Luck Charlie Dr. Meijer Season 2, Episode 6, L.A.R.P. in the Park
2011 Suits Robert Geller, lawyer Season 1, Episode 8, Identity Crisis
2011 The Young and the Restless Judge Morrison Episodes 9,741 and 9,742
2012 The Soul Man Devon Season 1, Episode 9, How to Be a Church Lady
2013 Castle Dr. Malcolm Wickfield Season 6, Episode 5, Time Will Tell
2013 Guys with Kids Specialist Season 1, Episode 16, Rare Breed
2013 Lab Rats Special Agent Gordon Season 2, Episode 8, Parallel Universe

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