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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 18 February 1925Glasgow, Strathclyde, Scotland, UK
Date of Death 26 February 2004Edinburgh, Scotland, UK  (lung cancer)
Birth NameRussell Ellis

Mini Bio (1)

Russell Hunter was born on February 18, 1925 in Glasgow, Strathclyde, Scotland as Russell Ellis. He was an actor, known for Callan (1967), American Cousins (2003) and The Gaffer (1981). He was married to Una McLean, Caroline Blakiston and Marjorie Thompson. He died on February 26, 2004 in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Spouse (3)

Una McLean (1991 - 26 February 2004) (his death)
Caroline Blakiston (1970 - ?) (divorced) (2 children)
Marjorie Thompson (1949 - ?) (divorced) (2 children)

Trivia (6)

He was to play "Willie Mackay" in Doctor Who (1963): The Highlanders but had to pull out and was replaced by Andrew Downie.
Peter Jackson used much of his unique look, mannerisms and facial expressions in the CGI character of "Smeagol/Gollum" in his "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy. Jackson remembered him from the UK television series, Callan (1967), where his character "Lonely" was a lowlife informant criminal.
Former member of the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Appeared at the first ever Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 1947 with the Unity Theatre group in "The Plough and the Stars".
Before becoming an actor, he worked in a shipyard on the river Clyde as an apprentice.
He frequently referred to his ex-wife Caroline Blakiston as "my best friend" after they were divorced.

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