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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 2 December 1975Gloucester, Massachusetts, USA
Birth NameRussell Arthur Benson Jr.
Nicknames Russ
Rusty
Height 5' 9½" (1.77 m)

Mini Bio (2)

Russell Arthur Benson Jr. was born to Cynthia Lattof and Russell Benson. Russell Benson Sr. was a union plumber who had come back from Vietnam. Cynthia Lattof was a student at Gloucester State College. They divorced in 1979. Cynthia had moved Russell and his infant brother out to Sacramento, California where she met future husband Frank Russo. Frank adopted the two boys and Russell Arthur Benson Jr. name changed legally to Russell Austin Russo. The family then moved to Phoenix, Arizona before settling for a cross country drive in December 1982 to Long Branch, New Jersey where Frank's family lived. The family rented homes and duplexes while having three more children. In April 1992, the Russo family moved to Rumson, New Jersey. Russ finished his senior year of high school at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional and graduated in 1994.He then moved with long time girlfriend Laura Wood to Clearwater, Florida in June 1996. The relationship dissolved and in November 1997, Russell moved back to Rumson, New Jersey. Russ was studying business-finance at Brookdale College. In February 1999, he stumbled upon the Jewelbox Theatre. Jade Greene, the director of the theatre, was offering internships for acting classes. In the months to follow, he studied Alexander, Meisner, Stella Adler, Lee Strausberg and Method acting. Russ worked as a utility actor in various plays during the internship before landing a lead role in Clifford Oddet's classic "Awake & Sing" playing Moe Axelrod, a role previously performed by Sanford Meisner. Russ began traveling to NYC to study at Tisch in various acting workshops as well as working with the NJ Theatre Exchange. In March 2002, he landed the lead role in the Independent film "Envy" portraying a character with multiple personality disorder. "Envy" won the Buzz award at the NY Independent Film Festival. Russ continues to act in various plays and films.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Anonymous

Russ Russo is a working New York City actor ranging from art house short projects to Off-Broadway theater to Independent film. Russ has gained a reputation in the New York acting community as a rogue actor who dissolves into each role specifically to adhere to the character. After working for several years in stage and on film, The 2005 Indie B Movie Awards saw him nominated for "Best Supporting Actor" for his role as Irish 'Jonah Joe' in the cult Indie hit "The Land of College Prophets". Russ has over Ten Feature Films in production for 2006.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: anonymous

Trivia (21)

Grandson of John Lattof, one of the founders of the famous Gorton's in Gloucester, Massachusetts.
While filming the independent feature film "Land of the College Prophets", stayed in character, portraying Irish gangster 'Jonah Joe', throughout the entire production, In fact, most cast and crew assumed he was fresh off the boat from Ireland until the wrap party
"Best Supporting Actor" nomination at the 2005 B Movie Awards for his role of Irish Gangster 'Jonah Joe' in "The Land of College Prophets"
He gained 30 lbs. of muscle to play the role of Irish Jonah Joe in "The Land of College Prophets"
Won the New Jersey State District 23 wrestling championship
Method Acting during an art piece film 'Give Me a Reason' playing a psychotic punk, Russ was almost hit by a cab while filming a purse snatching scene and sprinting across the street with actor Alex Kikis during one take across from the Plaza near Central Park. LA Director Ariana Malik kept this footage within the context of the film
Interviewed and named Filmthreat Magazine's Indie Actor to Watch July 2006.
Won a Best Actor award for the film "Williamsburg" at the 1st annual International Film Festival at Long Island Wine Country.
Maverick Movie Award Nominee Best Supporting Actor 2009 in a category with Academy Award Nominee Tom Berenger (Inception, Platoon) and Andre M. Hennicke (German Television Award Winning Actor).
filming the short drama "Prices" by director Thomas Torrey in which Russ plays con 'Porter Raggs'. [April 2005]
working on the Le Wilhelm play "Look but You Better Not Touch" opposite actress Margaret Champagne. The play takes place in Missouri and explores the relationship between a retarded yet sexual young woman and an over eager rebel simpleton. [March 2005]
In Portugal filming "The Blake Farber Project", Farber is a cinema genuis who cames from photo royalty as the son of famed art photographer Robert Farber. He will be playing a messenger for a wealthy NYC businessman who discovers culture, betrayal and American companionship played by actress Margaret Champagne. [February 2005]
Filming the much anticipated short film "Devolution" directed by Justin Morrow. [August 2004]
Filming "Tom Devil's New Year", a musical comedy in which he is playing an executive and prophet. [January 2005]
portraying Ron Goldman (Russ Russo) in an upcoming OJ Simpson Docu-drama due out in June coincidentally the 10th Anniversary of the famous double murder (Directed by Bob Morgan) [April 2004]
playing a Russian immigrant, Volgo the Red, who lives in his car in the Hale Manor Production Feature Film, London Betty, directed by Thomas Edward Seymour, starring opposite Margaret Champagne & Nicole Lewis. [September 2006]
playing the role of 'Julio Cortez' in the feature film "A New Wave" with an ensemble cast of Andrew Keegan, Lacey Chabert, William Sadler, John Krasinski, Dean Edwards and Nicole Nadeau. Directed by Jason Carvey. Produced by Bruce Seymour. [July 2004]
Working on the independent feature film "Land of the College Prophets" written by Thomas Edward Seymour and directed by Mike Aransky. Starring Philip Guerette, Thomas Edward Seymour, Margaret Champagne and Chris Renna [August 2003]
The off-Broadway show "Better Places to Go" at the Creative Space Theatre playing Nathan, an abusive boyfriend to Britney and secret lover of Rosie (Margaret Champagne). [January 2004]
On location in New Paltz, New York filming the Independent Feature Film "Black Pearl" portraying 'Fari' a warrior in the Huron tribe who is turned to the Darkside and shows up later in the film with war paint and a mohawk to defeat his former friend 'Kurupi', the Huron leader. [November 2004]
Won Best Actor, Manny Award at the 2014 Take Two Film Festival NYC *An Act of War fka The Projectionist.

Personal Quotes (1)

The goal is to remain completely anonymous, which for the most part, in an acting career, doesn't seem to be too hard

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