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(3/15/47) Radio: Appeared (as "Homer Parrish") in "The Hedda Hopper Show - This Is Hollywood" broadcast of "The Best Years of Our Lives".
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I got my award for special contributions, and I'm hanging around backstage. I found out, months later, that when I was nominated for Supporting Actor, they figured I didn't have a chance, the other guys [Charles Coburn
, William Demarest
, Claude Rains
, Clifton Webb
] had too much background. When they got to Supporting Actor, they practically threw me out on the stage.
Director William Wyler
told Russell after The Best Years of Our Lives
(1946) wrapped, "There aren't that many parts for a guy with no hands. You should go back to college, get your degree." Russell followed the advice, got a business degree from Boston University and became an ardent advocate for the disabled.