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Overview (5)

Born in Brattleboro, Vermont, USA
Died in Thousand Oaks, California, USA  (cancer)
Birth NameNeil Oliver Russell
Nickname Bing
Height 5' 11" (1.8 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Although best known as the deputy on Bonanza (1959) and Robert in The Magnificent Seven (1960), Russell's notoriety on a national level was as the owner of the Portland Mavericks Baseball Club. Helming the only independent team in the class A Northwest League, Russell was an innovator. Before Bull Durham (1988), there were the Mavericks. Russell kept a 30 man roster because he believed that some of the players deserved to have one last season. His motto was simply one three lettered word - not WIN - although the Mavericks did just that - no, the word was FUN. He created a park that kept all corporate sponsorship outside the gates, hired the first female general manager in professional baseball, and the following year hired the first Asian American GM/Manager. That same season his team set a record for the highest attendance in Minor league history, and went on to win the pennant. Ex-major leaguers and never-weres who couldn't stop playing the game flocked to his June tryouts, which were always open to anyone that showed up. From as far away as Capetown, and France, players would head to Portland for a chance with Russell's Mavericks.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: W. Field

Spouse (1)

Louise Julia Crone (5 October 1946 - 8 April 2003) (his death) (4 children)

Trivia (7)

Father of Kurt Russell and Jill Russell.
Ex-father-in-law of actor-producer Larry J. Franco and Season Hubley.
In Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957) about the life of lawman Wyatt Earp, Bing plays a bartender. In Tombstone (1993), Bing's son Kurt Russell, portrays Wyatt Earp. Kurt's son with actress Goldie Hawn is named Wyatt.
Grandfather of filmmakers Chapman Way, Maclain Way and musician Brocker Way.
In Elvis (1979), his son Kurt Russell played Elvis Presley while he played his father Vernon Presley.
Bing was born Neil Oliver Russell, and was the son of Ruth Stewart (Vogel) and Warren Oliver Russell. He was of English, German, Scottish, and Irish descent.

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