Gordon Russell (writer)

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Gordon Russell
Born August 15, 1929
Salem, Massachusetts, United States[1]
Died January 19, 1981(1981-01-19) (aged 51)[1]
New York City, New York, United States[1]
Occupation Television writer, actor
Spouse(s) Merri Russell
Children Cynthia Meyer, Wendy, Pamela, Amy
Parent(s) Janet Russell
Relatives Peggy Clark (sister)
Norman Russell (brother)
Larry Russell

Gordon Russell (August 15, 1929 – January 19, 1981) was an American daytime soap opera writer.[1]


A former actor, Russell wrote for several daytime soaps, including The Doctors, Dark Shadows, and A Time For Us.

He is best known for a long run as the writer of One Life to Live, which began in 1971 and lasted until his death. [1] He frequently collaborated with writer Sam Hall, and they worked together on both Dark Shadows and One Life to Live [2]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Daytime Emmy Awards


  • (1980 & 1981; Best Writing; One Life to Live)

Writers Guild of America Award


  • (1979 season; One Life to Live)

Head writing tenure[edit]

Preceded by
Agnes Nixon
Paul Roberts
Don Wallace
Head Writer of One Life to Live
(with Agnes Nixon: August 1972 — September 1973)
(with Sam Hall: November 1978 — March 1980)

August 1972 — March 1980
Succeeded by
Sam Hall
Peggy O'Shea


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