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Russell Thorson (1906–1982)

Russell Thorson was born on October 14, 1906 in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA as Delos Russell Thorson. He was an actor, known for The Detectives (1959), Hang 'Em High (1968) and I Want to Live! (1958). He died on July 6, 1982 in Van Nuys, California, USA. See full bio »

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 1978 The Rockford Files (TV Series)
Arthur Kenner
- The House on Willis Avenue (1978) ... Arthur Kenner
 1975-1977 Barnaby Jones (TV Series)
Dr. Sloan / Franklin
- Deadly Homecoming (1977) ... Dr. Sloan
- The Alpha-Bravo War (1975) ... Franklin
 1977 Tales of the Unexpected (TV Mini-Series)
Scottie
- Devil Pack (1977) ... Scottie
 1976 The Streets of San Francisco (TV Series)
Freddie Olburn
- Clown of Death (1976) ... Freddie Olburn
 1975 Guilty or Innocent: The Sam Sheppard Murder Case (TV Movie)
Judge Edwards
 1969-1975 Marcus Welby, M.D. (TV Series)
Dr. Gregson / Dr. Sloan / Dr. Smedley
- The Time Bomb (1975) ... Dr. Gregson (as Russ Thorson)
- Cynthia (1971) ... Dr. Sloan
- The White Cane (1969) ... Dr. Smedley
 1972-1974 Cannon (TV Series)
Jeep Driver / Andy Summers / Harry Smith
- The Exchange (1974) ... Jeep Driver
- The Stalker (1974) ... Andy Summers
- A Deadly Quiet Town (1972) ... Harry Smith
 1974 The Manhunter (TV Series)
 1974 Manhunter (TV Movie)
Salesman
 1974 Adam-12 (TV Series)
John Evans
- Krash (1974) ... John Evans
 1973 Police Story (TV Series)
Dana
- Line of Fire (1973) ... Dana
 1973 The Magician (TV Series)
 1973 Emergency! (TV Series)
George Burke
- The Promise (1973) ... George Burke
 1973 The Blue Knight (TV Movie) (uncredited)
 1973 Doc Elliot (TV Series)
Dr. Maddox
- A Man of Importance (1973) ... Dr. Maddox
 1973 Walking Tall
Ferrin Meaks
 1971-1973 The Odd Couple (TV Series)
Mr. Coswell / Herman
- Sometimes a Great Ocean (1973) ... Mr. Coswell
- Trapped (1971) ... Herman
 1966-1972 The F.B.I. (TV Series)
Busboy / Al Arthur / Andrew Paisley / ...
- The Outcast (1972) ... Busboy
- The Innocents (1970) ... Al Arthur
- Gamble with Death (1969) ... Andrew Paisley
- The Nightmare (1968) ... Wentworth, the wino
- By Force and Violence: Part 1 (1967) ... Mr. Hurley
 1972 The Rookies (TV Series)
Old Man
- A Bloody Shade of Blue (1972) ... Old Man
 1962-1972 Bonanza (TV Series)
Judge Phelps / Simon / George Owens
- The Hidden Enemy (1972) ... Judge Phelps
- The Real People of Muddy Creek (1968) ... Simon
- The Tall Stranger (1962) ... George Owens
 1972 Night Gallery (TV Series)
Dr. Coolidge
- Spectre in Tap-Shoes (1972) ... Dr. Coolidge
 1972 The Screaming Woman (TV Movie)
Man
 1970-1972 Ironside (TV Series)
Elderly Man / Mr. Farr
- Unreasonable Facsimile (1972) ... Elderly Man
- Tom Dayton Is Loose Among Us (1970) ... Mr. Farr
 1971 Mission: Impossible (TV Series)
Warden / Chief Danby
- Nerves (1971) ... Warden
- Takeover (1971) ... Chief Danby (as Russel Thorson)
 1971 Incident in San Francisco (TV Movie)
 1970 Night Slaves (TV Movie)
Dr. Sanders
 1962-1970 The Virginian (TV Series)
Sheriff Stan Evans / Judge / Josh Dorcas / ...
- Rich Man, Poor Man (1970) ... Josh Dorcas
- Bitter Autumn (1967) ... Judge
- Star Crossed (1967) ... Judge
- The Lady from Wichita (1967) ... Judge Craig
- A Welcoming Town (1967) ... Daniel Marsh
 1968-1969 Lancer (TV Series)
Dr. Sam Poovy / Doc Jenkins
- Blind Man's Bluff (1969) ... Dr. Sam Poovy
- Jelly (1968) ... Doc Jenkins
 1969 The Learning Tree
Judge Cavanaugh
 1968-1969 Hawaii Five-O (TV Series)
Captain at Harbor / Port Captain
- Cocoon: Part 1 (1969) ... Captain at Harbor (uncredited)
- Pilot (1968) ... Port Captain (as Russell Thorsen)
 1969 The Big Valley (TV Series)
Otis Clark
- Point and Counterpoint (1969) ... Otis Clark
 1968 The Stalking Moon
Ned
 1968 The Outsider (TV Series)
George Lund
- The Land of the Fox (1968) ... George Lund
 1967-1968 Peyton Place (TV Series)
William Kennerly
- Episode #5.20 (1968) ... William Kennerly
- Episode #4.29 (1967) ... William Kennerly
- Episode #4.22 (1967) ... William Kennerly
- Episode #4.15 (1967) ... William Kennerly
- Episode #3.96 (1967) ... William Kennerly (uncredited)
 1967-1968 Judd for the Defense (TV Series)
Judge / Aldo Reese
- The Gates of Cerberus (1968) ... Judge (as Russell Thorsen)
- Tempest in a Texas Town (1967) ... Aldo Reese
 1968 The Name of the Game (TV Series)
Ed Shroder
- Fear of High Places (1968) ... Ed Shroder
 1968 Hang 'Em High
Maddow (as Russell Thorsen)
 1968 Cimarron Strip (TV Series)
Hank Martin
- Fool's Gold (1968) ... Hank Martin
 1967 The Invaders (TV Series)
Sheriff
- The Enemy (1967) ... Sheriff
 1967 A Covenant with Death
Dr. Shilling
 1962-1967 Lassie (TV Series)
Les Simms / Veterinarian Doc Anderson / Dr. L.F. Reynolds
- Once Upon a Horse (1967) ... Veterinarian Doc Anderson
- The Waif (1965) ... Dr. L.F. Reynolds
- Lassie and the Piglets (1964) ... Les Simms
- The Twister (1963) ... Les Simms
- Deadly Goats (1962) ... Les Simms
 1966 The Plainsman
Marshal Hart (uncredited)
 1966 A Man Called Shenandoah (TV Series)
Judge Harvey
- Rope's End (1966) ... Judge Harvey
 1965 Days of Our Lives (TV Series)
Dr. Donald White
- Episode #1.30 (1965) ... Dr. Donald White
- Episode #1.21 (1965) ... Dr. Donald White
- Episode #1.8 (1965) ... Dr. Donald White
 1959-1965 Rawhide (TV Series)
Sheriff / Mayor Thurman Osgood / Mort Billings
- Crossing at White Feather (1965) ... Sheriff (uncredited)
- Incident of the Pale Rider (1963) ... Sheriff
- The Gentleman's Gentleman (1961) ... Mayor Thurman Osgood
- Incident of the 13th Man (1959) ... Mort Billings
 1965 The Smothers Brothers Show (TV Series)
Pop Hardy
- Halo in the Ring (1965) ... Pop Hardy
 1965 Run for Your Life (TV Series)
Judge Andy Harris
- Never Pick Up a Stranger (1965) ... Judge Andy Harris
 1965 My Blood Runs Cold
Sheriff R. Seaton
 1956-1965 Gunsmoke (TV Series)
Mace / Pa Willis / Brady / ...
- Song for Dying (1965) ... Mace
- Pa Hack's Brood (1963) ... Pa Willis
- Chester's Mail Order Bride (1956) ... Brady (as Russ Thorson)
- Helping Hand (1956) ... Bowers (as Russ Thorson)
 1965 Gilligan's Island (TV Series)
Gen. Bryan
- X Marks the Spot (1965) ... Gen. Bryan
 1965 36 Hours
Gen. Allison
 1965 Two on a Guillotine
Mr. Carmichael, Val's editor
 1965 Death Valley Days (TV Series)
Don Davidson
- A Bell for Volcano (1965) ... Don Davidson
 1957-1964 Wagon Train (TV Series)
Simon Landis / Major / Sheriff Ed Harris / ...
- The Captain Dan Brady Story (1961) ... Major
- The Eleanor Culhane Story (1961) ... Sheriff Ed Harris
- The Les Rand Story (1957) ... Warden (as Russ Thorson)
 1964 Where Love Has Gone
Mayor Barrett (uncredited)
 1964 Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre (TV Series)
Ganoulian
- A Case of Armed Robbery (1964) ... Ganoulian
 1964 The Greatest Show on Earth (TV Series)
Hickey
 1958-1964 Perry Mason (TV Series)
Farrell Moorefield / Mel Topham / Lt. Col. Brice / ...
- The Case of the Arrogant Arsonist (1964) ... Farrell Moorefield
- The Case of the Petulant Partner (1959) ... Mel Topham
- The Case of the Sardonic Sergeant (1958) ... Lt. Col. Brice
- The Case of the Long-Legged Models (1958) ... Glenn Falkner
 1963 Temple Houston (TV Series)
Red Gilman
- The Siege at Thayer's Bluff (1963) ... Red Gilman
 1963 The Lieutenant (TV Series)
Sallaway's Father
- A Million Miles from Clary (1963) ... Sallaway's Father (as Russell Thorsen)
 1963 It Happened at the World's Fair
Sheriff Garland (uncredited)
 1963 Sam Benedict (TV Series)
Thomas Morgan
- Of Rusted Cannons and Fallen Sparrows (1963) ... Thomas Morgan
 1963 Empire (TV Series)
Austin
- A House in Order (1963) ... Austin
 1962-1963 Ben Casey (TV Series)
Chief Donley / Dr. Harrison
- Preferably, the Less-Used Arm (1962) ... Dr. Harrison
 1963 The Alfred Hitchcock Hour (TV Series)
Deputy Sheriff Geary
- Forecast: Low Clouds and Coastal Fog (1963) ... Deputy Sheriff Geary (as Russ Thorsen)
 1963 The Dakotas (TV Series)
Sheriff
- Red Sky Over Bismarck (1963) ... Sheriff
 1962 Target: The Corruptors (TV Series)
Garst
- Goodbye Children (1962) ... Garst
 1962 The Tall Man (TV Series)
Major Graves
- The Black Robe (1962) ... Major Graves
 1962 The Dick Powell Theatre (TV Series)
Albert King
- Savage Sunday (1962) ... Albert King
 1959-1962 Bronco (TV Series)
Frank Sutton / Armitage / Currier
- A Town That Lived and Died (1962) ... Frank Sutton
- A Sure Thing (1962) ... Armitage
- Borrowed Glory (1959) ... Currier (as Russ Thorsen)
 1962 Dr. Kildare (TV Series)
Father Ryan
- A Very Present Help (1962) ... Father Ryan (as Russell Thorsen)
 1962 Alcoa Premiere (TV Series)
1st Committeeman
- Second Chance (1962) ... 1st Committeeman
 1957-1962 Tales of Wells Fargo (TV Series)
Wells Fargo Manager / Jug Perry / Carter, Wells Fargo Manager / ...
- Incident at Crossbow (1962) ... Jug Perry
- The Wade Place (1960)
- The Prisoner (1958) ... Wells Fargo Manager (as Russ Thorson)
- The Walking Mountain (1958) ... Wells Fargo Manager (as Russ Thorsen)
- Barbary Coast (1957) ... Wells Fargo Manager (as Russ Thorsen)
 1961 Outlaws (TV Series)
- The Verdict (1961)
 1961 The Rifleman (TV Series)
Marshal Gene Burks
- The Wyoming Story: Part 2 (1961) ... Marshal Gene Burks
- The Wyoming Story: Part 1 (1961) ... Marshal Gene Burks
 1961 The Untouchables (TV Series)
Ferguson
- The Big Train: Part 1 (1961) ... Ferguson (uncredited)
 1960 The Music Box Kid
Margaret's Father (uncredited)
 1960 The Man from Blackhawk (TV Series)
Perry
- Trial by Combat (1960) ... Perry
 1960 Laramie (TV Series)
Townsman
- Hour After Dawn (1960) ... Townsman
 1958-1960 Wanted: Dead or Alive (TV Series)
Sheriff / Col. Sykes
- The Monster (1960) ... Sheriff
- Fatal Memory (1958) ... Col. Sykes
 1960 Gunfighters of Abilene
Marshal Wilkinson
 1959 Battle of the Coral Sea
Adm. Gibney (uncredited)
 1959 The Last Angry Man
Bennett, City Editor of New York Mirror (uncredited)
 1959 Trackdown (TV Series)
Sheriff Jesse Jackson / Dr. Aaron Hosper
- The Protector (1959) ... Sheriff Jesse Jackson
- McCallin's Daughter (1959) ... Dr. Aaron Hosper
 1958-1959 Lawman (TV Series)
Sheriff Lang / Wilson - Townsman
- The Brand Release (1959) ... Sheriff Lang (as Russ Thorsen)
- Wanted (1958) ... Wilson - Townsman (as Russ Thorson)
 1959 Man with a Camera (TV Series)
Lt. Hollis
- The Last Portrait (1959) ... Lt. Hollis
 1959 Good Day for a Hanging
Harry Landers
 1958 Half Human
Prof. Philip Osborne
 1958 Tales of the Texas Rangers (TV Series)
- Ambush (1958)
 1958 The Texan (TV Series)
Sheriff
- The Widow of Paradise (1958) ... Sheriff
 1958 I Want to Live!
San Quentin Sgt.
 1958 Tarawa Beachhead
Casey Nelson
 1958 When Hell Broke Loose
Col. Crandall (uncredited)
 1957-1958 Zane Grey Theater (TV Series)
Walter Harrison / Mason / Judge
- The Scaffold (1958) ... Walter Harrison
- Trial by Fear (1958) ... Mason (as Russell Thorsen)
- Ride a Lonely Trail (1957) ... Judge
 1958 The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin (TV Series)
John Burton
- Escape to Danger (1958) ... John Burton
 1958 Bitter Heritage (TV Movie)
Sheriff Piets
 1958 Jefferson Drum (TV Series)
Bert Temple
- The Hanging of Joe Lavett (1958) ... Bert Temple
 1958 Gunman's Walk
Cattleman (uncredited)
 1958 Whirlybirds (TV Series)
Andy Anderson
- Infra-Red (1958) ... Andy Anderson (as Russ Thorson)
 1958 Playhouse 90 (TV Series)
Sheriff Piets
- Bitter Heritage (1958) ... Sheriff Piets
 1958 Studio 57 (TV Series)
- Robin (1958)
 1958 Run Silent Run Deep
Submarine Crewman (uncredited)
 1958 The True Story of Lynn Stuart
Man at Coroner's Inquest (uncredited)
 1958 Cowboy
Cattle Buyer (uncredited)
 1957-1958 General Electric Theater (TV Series)
General / Col. Gleason
- Incident (1958) ... General (as Russ Thorsen)
- Bitter Choice (1957) ... Col. Gleason (as Russ Thorson)
 1957-1958 M Squad (TV Series)
Dr. A.K. Loring / Reverend Cabot
- Dolly's Bar (1958) ... Dr. A.K. Loring
- Face of Evil (1957) ... Reverend Cabot
 1957-1958 Sugarfoot (TV Series)
Sheriff / Jim Travis
- Deadlock (1958) ... Sheriff
- Trail's End (1957) ... Jim Travis (as Russ Thorson)
 1958 Maverick (TV Series)
Marshal Walt Hardie
- Day of Reckoning (1958) ... Marshal Walt Hardie (as Russ Thorsen)
 1958 Gun Fever
Thomas Ram
 1957 Cheyenne (TV Series)
Sheriff Hardin
- Hired Gun (1957) ... Sheriff Hardin
 1957 Have Gun - Will Travel (TV Series)
Col. Harrison
- The Yuma Treasure (1957) ... Col. Harrison (as Russ Thorsen)
 1957 The O. Henry Playhouse (TV Series)
Colonel Derbin
- The Emancipation of Billy (1957) ... Colonel Derbin
- A Trick of Nature (1957) ... Colonel Derbin
 1957 Zero Hour!
Vancouver Flight Dispatcher
 1957 Undersea Girl
Cmdr. Watkins (uncredited)
 1957 The Millionaire (TV Series)
Dave Barry
- The Matt Kirby Story (1957) ... Dave Barry
 1957 Alfred Hitchcock Presents (TV Series)
Dr. Rhody
- The West Warlock Time Capsule (1957) ... Dr. Rhody (as Russ Thorson)
 1957 The Sheriff of Cochise (TV Series)
Willis
- The Safe Man (1957) ... Willis (uncredited)
 1957 State Trooper (TV Series)
Nelson Miller
- Voice of the Bug (1957) ... Nelson Miller (as Russ Thorson)
 1957 Destination 60,000
Dan Maddox
 1957 Leave It to Beaver (TV Series)
Man with Milk Bottles
- It's a Small World (1957) ... Man with Milk Bottles (as Russ Thorsen)
 1957 The Gray Ghost (TV Series)
Greene
- Resurrection (1957) ... Greene (as Russ Thorson)
 1956 The Adventures of Hiram Holliday (TV Series)
- Hawaiian Hamzah (1956) ... (as Russ Thorson)
 1956 Cavalcade of America (TV Series)
 1956 Johnny Concho
Sheriff (uncredited)
 1956 Hot Rod Girl
Detective Captain (as Russ Thorson)
 1956 Big Town (TV Series)
- Waterfront (1956)
- Arsonist (1956)
 1956 Please Murder Me
The Judge (as Russ Thorson)
 1954 Dangerous Mission
Downriver Radio Operator (uncredited)
 1951 Double Dynamite
IRS Tailman (as Russ Thorson)
 1949 One Man's Family (TV Series)
Paul Barbour
 1949 Easy Living
Hunk 'Eddie' Edwards (as Russ Thorson)
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Unsold pilot: Served as the host for the pilot for a proposed detective anthology series called "Official Detective Story", produced by Desilu, based on stories carried by the magazine of the same title. See more »

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He was the only significant cast member of the radio soap opera "One Man's Family" to make the transition to the television version. Even though the storyline started over from the beginning as heard in the 1930s, the much older Thorson played his same role. See more »

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