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 62)
OccupationActor, musician, screenwriter, voice actor, producer, director, singer
Years active1985–present

Timothy Darrell Russ (born June 22, 1956)[citation needed] 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.[1] He spent part of his childhood in Turkey. During his early life, Tim Russ owned many dogs.[2]

Star Trek and other roles[edit]

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.

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[3] and 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.[4]

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.[5]

Russ is directing and co-starring in 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 seven 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 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.[6]


Russ has been a musician for over 40 years, and a singer for at least 35.[7]

  • Only a Dream in Rio (1998)
  • Tim Russ (2000)
  • Kushangaza (2001)
  • Brave New World (2003)
  • 2nd Thoughts (2007)



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 TV Film
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[8]
2014 Greyscale Gavin Calhoun
2015 Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! General Gottlieb TV film
2015 Star Trek: Renegades Directed and played Tuvok
2018 5th Passenger Commander Franklin


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, "Kpentucky 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: The Next Generation Devor Season 6, Episode 18, "Starship Mine"
1993 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine T'Kar Season 2, Episode 4, "Invasive Procedures"
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"
1995–2001 Star Trek: Voyager Lt. Commander Tuvok 170 episodes
1995 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Mirror Tuvok Season 3, Episode 19, "Through the Looking Glass"
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. Meyers 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"
2015 The Night Shift Bossman Season 2, Episode 1, "Recovery"
2017 The Good Doctor Patient Chuck Season 1, Episode 3, "Oliver"
2018 9-1-1 Marriage Counsellor Season 1, Episode 2, "Let Go"
2018 NCIS: New Orleans Felix Season 4, Episode 13, "Ties That Bind"
2018 Superior Donuts Professor Mills Season 2, Episode 11, "Grades of Wrath"
2018 Supergirl Councilman Jul-Us Season 3, Episode 20, "Dark Side of The Moon"

Voice acting roles[edit]


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"[9]


Year Title Role Notes
2000 Star Trek: Voyager – Elite Force Lt Cdr Tuvok
2003 Star Trek: Elite Force II
2005 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Various
2006 Lost Planet: Extreme Condition Bandero [9]
2009 Stormrise Donovan
Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2 Black Panther
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 [9]
Mafia III Additional Voices
2017 Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus Gunslinger Joe





  1. ^ "Tim Russ Biography (1956-)".
  2. ^ "Tim Russ Biography (1956-)".
  3. ^ "Set Report: iF Magazine Boldly Goes To Vulcan For Star Trek: Of Gods And Men" Archived February 2, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ Administrator. "Star Trek: Of Gods and Men".
  5. ^ Englund, Robert; Bergman, Sandahl; Brestoff, Richard; Dow, Tony (1990-02-25), Dust to Dust |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  6. ^ "National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Pacific Southwest Chapter 2014 Emmy Recipients List" (PDF). Retrieved June 26, 2014.
  7. ^ "Tim Russ – Star Trek: Voyager's Tuvok". Retrieved April 4, 2015.
  8. ^ Movie Credits
  9. ^ a b c https://www.behindthevoiceactors.com/Tim-Russ/

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