Tim Russ

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Tim Russ
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Russ at the Paradise City Comic Con, December 2016
Timothy Darrell Russ

(1956-06-22) June 22, 1956 (age 64)
OccupationActor, musician, screenwriter, voice actor, producer, director, singer
Years active1985–present

Timothy Darrell Russ (born June 22, 1956) is an American actor, director, screenwriter, and musician. He is best known for his roles as Lieutenant Commander Tuvok on Star Trek: Voyager, Robert Johnson in Crossroads (1986), and East of Hope Street (1998), Frank on Samantha Who?, Principal Franklin, a recurring character on the Nickelodeon live-action teen sitcom iCarly, and D.C. Montana on The Highwaymen (1987-1988). He is also an amateur astronomer.

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.[1] He spent part of his childhood in Turkey. He also went to Rome Free Academy Highschool.[2] During his early life, Tim Russ owned many dogs.[1]

Star Trek and other roles[edit]

In 1985, Russ appeared in The Twilight Zone episode "Kentucky Rye" as "Officer #2."

Russ made a brief appearance in the comedy movie Spaceballs as the trooper who shouts "We ain't found shit!" while "combing" the desert with an afro comb.[3][4]

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, a character seen from the first, January 1995 episode of Star Trek: Voyager. Russ screen-tested, in 1987, for the role of Geordi La Forge on Star Trek: The Next Generation before gaining the role of Tuvok. Russ went into Voyager as a dedicated Trekkie with an extensive knowledge of Vulcan lore[5] and has played the following roles in the Star Trek universe :

  • Devor, a mercenary hijacking the Enterprise-D disguised as a service engineer in the "Starship Mine" episode of The Next Generation (1993)
  • T'Kar, a Klingon in the Deep Space Nine episode "Invasive Procedures" (1993)
  • A human tactical Lieutenant on the USS Enterprise-B in the film Star Trek Generations (1994).
  • The Mirror Universe counterpart of his Voyager character, Tuvok, who was a member of the Terran Resistance in the Deep Space Nine (1995) episode "Through the Looking Glass".

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.[6]

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

In 1990, he appeared in an episode of Freddy's Nightmares.[7]

Russ directed and co-starred in Star Trek: Renegades, and in both 2013 and 2014 reprised his role as the voice of Tuvok in the MMO Star Trek Online.[8]

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 seven seasons as Principal Ted Franklin in Nickelodeon's show iCarly. He also portrayed a doctor on an episode of Hannah Montana, "I Am Hannah, Hear Me Croak."

Russ won an Emmy Award in 2014 for public service ads he did for the FBI's Los Angeles Field Office on intellectual property theft and cyber bullying.[9]

He played Captain Kells in the 2015 Bethesda Game Studios video game Fallout 4.[10]


Russ has been a lifelong musician and a singer.[11]


Tim Russ film work
Year Title Role Notes
1986 Crossroads Robert Johnson
1986 Fire with Fire Jerry Washington
1987 Spaceballs Trooper
1987 Death Wish 4: The Crackdown Jesse
1988 Bird Harris
1988 Pulse Policeman
1991 Eve of Destruction Carter
1992 Night Eyes 2 Jesse Younger
1992 Mr. Saturday Night Assistant director
1994 Dead Connection Detective 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 Alongside Night General Jack Guerdon
2014 Asteroid vs. Earth Captain Rogers[12]
2014 Greyscale Gavin Calhoun
2015 Star Trek: Renegades Tuvok Also director
2018 5th Passenger Commander Franklin
2018 A Fairy's Game Warlock (voice)
2018 Junkie Martin Green
2018 Karma Frank Hudson
2018 Dick Dickster Sammy Davas Jr.
2019 Vitals The Surgeon
2020 The Midnight Sky Mason Mosley
Tim Russ television work
Year Title Role Notes
1985, 1987 Hill Street Blues Paramedic / Burton / Ben Childers 3 episodes
1985 The Twilight Zone Officer #2 Episode: "Kentucky Rye"
1986 Amazing Stories Security Guard #1 Episode: "You Gotta Believe Me"
1986 Heart of the City Collins Episode: "When Push Comes to Shove"
1987 Jake and the Fatman Pete Episode: "Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?"
1987 Starman Tyrone Washington Episode: "The System"
1987 Timestalkers Sergeant Filton TV film
1987 The Twilight Zone Archer Episode: "Voices in the Earth"
1987 Thirtysomething Salesman Episode: "Pilot"
1987 Throb Man #2 Episode: "Whose Coup Is It Anyway?"
1987–1988 The Highwayman D.C. Montana 9 episodes
1988 21 Jump Street Ray Davies Episode: "Slippin' Into Darkness"
1988 Roots: The Gift Marcellus the slave doorman TV film
1989 Alien Nation Ronald Ketnes Episode: "Pilot"
1989 Beauty and the Beast Lieutenant Eric Parker Episode: "Sticks and Stones"
1989 The People Next Door Answering Machine Guy 2 episodes
1990 Cop Rock Juror 2 episodes
1990 Family Matters Jeff Episode: "Sitting Pretty"
1990 Freddy's Nightmares Dr. Henry Picard Episode: "Dust to Dust"
1990 Mancuso, FBI Rashad Episode: "Conspiracy"
1990, 1992 The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Eugene / Agent Collins Episodes: "Someday Your Prince Will Be in Effect Pt. 1 and Pt. 2" and "Those Were the Days"
1991 Lifestories K.C. Episode: "Darryl Tevis"
1991 Dead Silence Deputy Ryan TV film
1992 Tequila and Bonetti 'Link' Episode: "The Rose Cadillac"
1993 Hangin' with Mr. Cooper Victor Episode: "Seoul Shake"
1993 Living Single Officer Taylor Episode: "Burglar in the House"
1993 Murphy Brown Secret Service Officer Episode: "The Egg & I"
1993 Star Trek: The Next Generation Devor Episode: "Starship Mine"
1993, 1995 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine T'Kar / Mirror Universe Tuvok Episode: "Invasive Procedures" and "Through the Looking Glass"
1993 Journey to the Center of the Earth Joe Briggs TV film
1994 Hangin' with Mr. Cooper Victor Episode: "Wedding Bell Blues"
1994 Melrose Place Roger Chambers Episode: "It's a Bad World After All"
1994 SeaQuest DSV Martin 'Mycroft' Clemens Episode: "Photon Bullet"
1995–2001 Star Trek: Voyager Lieutenant Commander Tuvok 170 episodes
2002 Any Day Now Juror Episode: "The Real Thing"
2005 ER Dr. Medford Episode: "Alone in a Crowd"
2005 Unfabulous Officer Jones Episode: "The Job"
2006 NCIS Jerry Kemper Episode: "Jeopardy"
2006 General Hospital Dr. Trent 4 episodes
2006 Twenty Good Years Marty 3 episodes
2007 Hannah Montana Dr. Meyer Episode: "I Am Hannah, Hear Me Croak"
2007 Without a Trace Phil Hansen Episode: "Tail Spin"
2007–2012 iCarly Principal Ted Franklin 11 episodes
2007–2009 Samantha Who? Frank the Doorman 35 episodes
2009 Lincoln Heights Principal Episode: "Lucky"
2009 Trust Me Gordon Benedict 2 episodes
2010 CSI: Miami Leonard Sterling Episode: "Meltdown"
2010 The Secret Life of the American Teenager Vicar Episode: "Ben There, Done That"
2011 Good Luck Charlie Dr. Meyers Episode: "L.A.R.P. in the Park"
2011 Suits Robert Geller Episode: "Identity Crisis"
2011 The Young and the Restless Judge Morrison Episodes 9,741 and 9,742
2012 The Soul Man Devon Episode: "How to Be a Church Lady"
2013 Castle Dr. Malcolm Wickfield Episode: "Time Will Tell"
2013 Guys with Kids Specialist Episode: "Rare Breed"
2013 Lab Rats Special Agent Gordon Episode: "Parallel Universe"
2015 The Night Shift Bossman Episode: "Recovery"
2015 Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! General Gottlieb TV film
2017 The Good Doctor Patient Chuck Episode: "Oliver"
2018 Criminal Minds Agent Lawrence Episode: "Surprise de minuit"
2018 9-1-1 Marriage Counsellor Episode: "Let Go"
2018 NCIS: New Orleans Felix Episode: "Ties That Bind"
2018 Superior Donuts Professor Mills Episode: "Grades of Wrath"
2018 Supergirl Councilman Jul-Us Episode: "Dark Side of The Moon"
2019 Black Monday Walter Darcy Episode: "339"
2019 PEN15 Mr. Wyzell 2 episodes
2019 The Orville Dr. Sherman Episode: "Lasting Impressions"
2019 NASA's Unexplained Files Himself, Astronomer Episode: "Did Aliens Nuke Mars?"
2019 Swamp Thing Dr. Chowodury 2 episodes
2019 American Horror Story: 1984 David Chambers Episode: "Red Dawn"
2019 How to Get Away with Murder Judge Kofi Bonaparte Episode: "I Want to Be Free"
2020 The Resident Tyrone Griffiths Episode: "Last Shot"
2021 Them The Custodian 2 Episodes
Tim Russ television voice acting work
Year Title Role Notes
1997 Spider-Man Hobie Brown / Prowler Episode: "The Prowler"
2010–2011 Sym-Bionic Titan Solomon 9 episodes
2014 Regular Show Sergeant / Helicopter Pilot Episode: "Portable Toilet"
Tim Russ video game work
Year Title Role Notes
2000 Star Trek: Voyager – Elite Force Lieutenant Commander Tuvok
2003 Star Trek: Elite Force II Lieutenant Commander Tuvok
2005 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Various
2006 Lost Planet: Extreme Condition Bandero
2009 Stormrise Donovan
2009 Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2 Black Panther
2009 Dragon Age: Origins Zathrian
2012 The Secret World Harrison Blake
2013 Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII Additional voices English dub
2013–2014 Star Trek Online Tuvok
2014 The Elder Scrolls Online Blademaster Qariar
2015 Fallout 4 Lancer Captain Kells
2016 Mirror's Edge: Catalyst Birdman
2016 Mafia III Additional voices
2017 Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus Gunslinger Joe
2020 The Last of Us Part II Additional Voices
2020 World of Warcraft: Shadowlands Thenios
Tim Russ production work
Year Title Notes
1998 East of Hope Street Credited with Nate Thomas
Tim Russ writing work
Year Title Notes
1998 East of Hope Street Credited with Nate Thomas
Tim Russ directing work
Year Title Notes
1998 Star Trek: Voyager Episode: "Living Witness"
2007 Star Trek: Of Gods and Men Fan production
2007 Plugged Short film satirizing advertising (in final edits)
2014 Star Trek: Renegades Fan production


  1. ^ a b "Tim Russ Biography (1956-)". filmreference.com.
  2. ^ "Knight Time Interview w Tim Russ".
  3. ^ "Clip of "combing the desert", from the movie "Spaceballs"".
  4. ^ "IMDB page with cast listing of the movie "Spaceballs"".
  5. ^ "Set Report: iF Magazine Boldly Goes To Vulcan For Star Trek: Of Gods And Men" Archived February 2, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ Administrator. "Star Trek: Of Gods and Men".
  7. ^ Englund, Robert; Bergman, Sandahl; Brestoff, Richard; Dow, Tony (1990-02-25). "Dust to Dust".[full citation needed]
  8. ^ "Star Trek producers and Voyager actor Tim Russ discuss Renegades". Film Industry Network. November 17, 2012.
  9. ^ "National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Pacific Southwest Chapter 2014 Emmy Recipients List" (PDF). Retrieved June 26, 2014.
  10. ^ "LANCER CAPTAIN KELLS". Behind the Voice Actors. Archived from the original on November 15, 2015. Retrieved April 26, 2021. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  11. ^ "Tim Russ – Star Trek: Voyager's Tuvok". Success Circuit. Archived from the original on April 8, 2015. Retrieved April 4, 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  12. ^ Movie Credits

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