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Russell Simpson (I) (1880–1959)

His grim, beady-eyed, sharp-nosed, weatherbeaten face was always familiar despite the small roles he appeared in. Every once in a while character actor Russell Simpson would stand out in a small scene, but his main purpose seemed to be adding rustic authenticity to his westerns or small-town dramas. Born on June 17, 1880 in San Francisco, ... See full bio »

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Known For

The First Auto Hank Armstrong
My Darling Clementine John Simpson
Ever Since Eve Jim Wood


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 1959 The Horse Soldiers
Sheriff Goodbody
 1959 The Texan (TV Series)
Zeb Waters
- The Man Behind the Star (1959) ... Zeb Waters
 1959 Mackenzie's Raiders (TV Series)
Albert Penn
- Terror in Chuma Valley (1959) ... Albert Penn
 1958 The Gray Ghost (TV Series)
- Epidemic (1958) ... Slocum
 1958 Goodyear Theatre (TV Series)
Mr. Austin
- Taps for Jeffrey (1958) ... Mr. Austin
 1958 The Court of Last Resort (TV Series)
- The Joel Sheldon Case (1958) ... Glover
 1957 Sergeant Preston of the Yukon (TV Series)
- The Old Timer (1957) ... Jonah
 1957 The Tin Star
Clem Hall
 1957 Wagon Train (TV Series)
Mr. Carr
- The Ruth Owens Story (1957) ... Mr. Carr
 1957 The Lonely Man
Red Bluff Poker Player (uncredited)
 1956 The Brass Legend
Deputy 'Pop' Jackson
 1956 Friendly Persuasion
Brother Griffith - Elder (uncredited)
 1956 The Millionaire (TV Series)
Frank Mackeever
- The Charles Hartford Simpson Story (1956) ... Frank Mackeever
 1956 These Wilder Years
Farmer (uncredited)
 1956 Crossroads (TV Series)
 1955 The 20th Century-Fox Hour (TV Series)
Old Man
- The Ox-Bow Incident (1955) ... Old Man
 1955 Oklahoma!
The Minister (uncredited)
 1955 The Tall Men
Emigrant (uncredited)
 1955 The Last Command
The Parson
 1955 Many Rivers to Cross
Man at Inn (uncredited)
 1955 TV Reader's Digest (TV Series)
Sheriff Jim Roberts
- The Last of the Old Time Shooting Sheriffs (1955) ... Sheriff Jim Roberts
 1954 Public Defender (TV Series)
- Open Season (1954) ... Lundquist
 1953-1954 Cavalcade of America (TV Series)
Judge Eleazar Grant / Quatermaster
- The Forge (1954) ... Judge Eleazar Grant
- Night Strike (1953) ... Quatermaster
 1954 Broken Lance
Judge (uncredited)
 1954 Gypsy Colt
Mr. Minter (uncredited)
 1953 The Lone Ranger (TV Series)
Jack Brewster
- The Old Cowboy (1953) ... Jack Brewster
 1953 The Sun Shines Bright
Dr. Lewt Lake
 1953 Meet Me at the Fair
Sheriff Evans
 1952 Feudin' Fools
Grandpa Smith
 1952 Ma and Pa Kettle at the Fair
Clem Johnson
 1952 Gang Busters (TV Series)
George Dunkin
- The Old Trapper ... George Dunkin
 1952 Lone Star
Maynard Cole
 1952 Personal Appearance Theater (TV Series)
 1951 Across the Wide Missouri
Hoback (uncredited)
 1951 Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok (TV Series)
- Ghost Town Story (1951) ... Sam
 1950 Call of the Klondike
Andy McKay
 1950 Saddle Tramp
 1950 Wagon Master
Adam Perkins
 1950 The Outriders
Farmer (uncredited)
 1949 Free for All
 1949 The Gal Who Took the West
Bartender (as old Timer)
 1949 Tuna Clipper
Capt. Fergus MacLennan
 1948 Joan of Arc
Old Man with Pipe (uncredited)
 1948 Sundown in Santa Fe
Sheriff Jim Wyatt
 1948 The Untamed Breed
Minister (uncredited)
 1948 Tap Roots
Big Sam Dabney
 1948 Coroner Creek
Walt Hardison
 1948 Albuquerque
Abner Huggins
 1947 The Fabulous Texan
Wade Clayton
 1947 Bowery Buckaroos
Luke Barlow
 1947 The Romance of Rosy Ridge
Dan Yeary
 1947 The Millerson Case
Squire Tuttle (uncredited)
 1946 A Boy and His Dog (Short)
Mr. Thornycroft
 1946 My Dog Shep
Matt Hodgkins
 1946 Lady Luck
Daniel Boone (uncredited)
 1946 My Darling Clementine
John Simpson
 1946 Death Valley
Old Silas Bagley
 1946 Bad Bascomb
Elijah Walker
 1946 California Gold Rush
Colonel Parker
 1945 They Were Expendable
'Dad' Knowland
 1945 Incendiary Blonde
Jenkins (uncredited)
 1945 Along Came Jones
Pop de Longpre
 1945 Roughly Speaking
The Colonel - Drill Instructor (uncredited)
 1944 The Big Bonanza
Adam Parker
 1944 Tall in the Saddle
Pat Foster (uncredited)
 1944 Man from Frisco
Dr. Hershey
 1944 Roaring Guns (Short)
Farmer MacKenzie
 1944 Texas Masquerade
J.K. Trimble
 1943 The Woman of the Town
 1943 Moonlight in Vermont
Uncle Rufus
 1943 Riding High
Frenchy McQuire (uncredited)
 1943 Colt Comrades
Sheriff (uncredited)
 1943 Border Patrol
Orestes Krebs
 1942 Tennessee Johnson
 1942 The Spoilers
Flapjack Sims
 1942 Lone Star Ranger
Tom Duane
 1942 Shut My Big Mouth
Mayor Potter
 1942 Wild Bill Hickok Rides
Edward 'Ned' Nolan
 1942 Nazi Agent
2nd Captain (uncredited)
 1941 Swamp Water
Marty McCord
 1941 Last of the Duanes
Tom Duane
 1941 Wild Geese Calling
Marshal Len Baker
 1941 Bad Men of Missouri
Hank Younger
 1941 Citadel of Crime
Jess Meekins
 1941 Meet John Doe (uncredited)
 1941 Tobacco Road
Chief of Police
 1940 Santa Fe Trail
Shubel Morgan
 1940 Wyoming
Mr. Bronson (uncredited)
 1940 Brigham Young
U.S. Army Major
 1940 Three Faces West
 1940 Virginia City
 1940 The Grapes of Wrath
Pa Joad
 1939 Geronimo
Army Scout (uncredited)
 1939 Drums Along the Mohawk
Dr. Petry
 1939 Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
Kenneth Allen (uncredited)
 1939 Desperate Trails
Sheriff Big Bill Tanner
 1939 The Bill of Rights (Short)
Frontiersman (uncredited)
 1939 Western Caravans
Winchester Thompson
 1939 Young Mr. Lincoln
Woolridge (uncredited)
 1939 Dodge City
Jack Orth
 1939 The Arizona Wildcat
Rancher (uncredited)
 1938 Heart of the North
Dave MacMillan
 1938 The Sisters
First Sailor (uncredited)
 1938 Valley of the Giants
 1938 Sons of the Plains (Short)
 1938 The Girl of the Golden West
Fred - Outrider in Prologue (uncredited)
 1938 Gold Is Where You Find It
 1937 Paradise Isle
 1937 Wild West Days
Matt Keeler
 1937 Yodelin' Kid from Pine Ridge
Bayliss Baynum
 1937 Parnell
Dead Child's Father (uncredited)
 1937 That I May Live
Bish Plivens
 1937 Mountain Justice
Mr. Matthew Turnbull
 1937 Green Light
Sheep Man
 1937 Maid of Salem
Village Marshal (uncredited)
 1936 Wild Brian Kent
Race Judge (uncredited)
 1936 Ramona
 1936 Back to Nature
Sheriff (uncredited)
 1936 The Crime of Dr. Forbes
Sheriff Neil
 1936 San Francisco
'Red' Kelly
 1936 Girl of the Ozarks
Bascomb Rogers
 1936 The Harvester
Abner Prewett
 1936 Man Hunt
Jeff Parkington
 1936 Paddy O'Day
 1935 Way Down East
Squire Amasa Bartlett
 1935 Motive for Revenge
 1935 The Hoosier Schoolmaster
Doc Small
 1935 The County Chairman
Vance Jimmison
 1934 West of the Pecos
Roy Neal
 1934 Radio Scout (Short)
Pappy Tolliver
 1934 The World Moves On
Notary (1825)
 1934 Ever Since Eve
Jim Wood
 1934 Three on a Honeymoon
Ezra MacDuff
 1934 Carolina
 1934 Frontier Marshal
Editor Pickett
 1934 Sixteen Fathoms Deep
A.B. Crockett
 1933 The Power and the Glory
College Engineering Professor (uncredited)
 1933 The Moonshiner's Daughter (Short)
Paw Catfield - The Moonshiner (as Russel Simpson)
 1933 Secrets
Doctor (uncredited)
 1933 Face in the Sky
Pa Nathan Brown
 1932 Born to Fight
 1932 Silver Dollar
 1932 Call Her Savage
Old Man in Wagon Train
 1932 White Eagle
Gray Wolf (uncredited)
 1932 The Cabin in the Cotton
Uncle Joe
 1932 Hello Trouble
Jonathan Kenyon
 1932 The Honor of the Press
Dan Perkins - City Editor
 1932 Flames
 1932 The Riding Tornado
 1932 Rule 'Em and Weep (Short)
King's Aide
 1932 The Famous Ferguson Case
Banker Craig
 1932 Lena Rivers
Grandfather Nichols
 1932 Law and Order
Judge R.W. Williams
 1932 Ridin' for Justice
Marshal Joseph Slyde
 1931 Alexander Hamilton
Harvey Taylor - Ex-Soldier (uncredited)
 1931 The Great Meadow
Thomas Hall
 1930 Man to Man
Uncle Cal
 1930 Billy the Kid
Angus McSween
 1930 Abraham Lincoln
Lincoln's Employer
 1930 After the Fog
Joshua Barker
 1930 The Lone Star Ranger
Colonel John Aldridge
 1929 The Sap
The Banker
 1929 Innocents of Paris
Emile Leval
 1929 My Lady's Past
John Parker
 1929 Call of the Rockies
Gunner Bill
 1929 The Kid's Clever
John Decker
 1929 Noisy Neighbors
 1928 Tropical Nights
Singapore Joe
 1928 The Bushranger
Sir Eric
 1928 Life's Mockery
Wolf Miller
 1928 The Trail of '98
Old Swede
 1927 Wild Geese
Caleb Gare
 1927 Now We're in the Air
Lord Abercrombie McTavish
 1927 The First Auto
Hank Armstrong
 1927 The Frontiersman
Andrew Jackson
 1927 The Heart of the Yukon
'Cash' Cynon
 1927 Annie Laurie
 1927 God's Great Wilderness
Richard Stoner
 1926 Lovey Mary
 1926 The Social Highwayman
The Mayor's Partner
 1926 Rustling for Cupid
Hank Blatchford
 1926 The Earth Woman
Ezra Tilden
 1925 Ship of Souls
Angus Garth
 1925 The Splendid Road
Capt. Lightfoot
 1925 The Eagle
The Eagle's Lieutenant / Coach Driver (uncredited)
 1925 Why Women Love
Silas Martin
 1925 Thunder Mountain
Si Pace
 1925 Paint and Powder
 1925 Faint Perfume
Grandpa Crumb
 1925 Old Shoes
 1925 Beauty and the Bad Man
Chuckwalla Bill
 1925 The Re-Creation of Brian Kent
Jap Taylor
 1925 The Narrow Street
 1924 Painted People
Fred Lane
 1923 Desire
Patrick Ryan
 1923 The Virginian
 1923 Defying Destiny
Mr. Wilkens
 1923 The Huntress
Big Jack Skinner
 1923 Circus Days
Eben Holt
 1923 The Rip-Tide
The Maharajah
 1923 The Girl of the Golden West
Jack Rance
 1922 The Kingdom Within
Caleb Deming
 1922 Peg o' My Heart
Jim O'Connell
 1922 Hearts Aflame
Black Joe
 1922 Fools of Fortune
Magpie Simpkins
 1922 Rags to Riches
The Sheriff
 1922 Human Hearts
Paul Logan
 1922 Across the Deadline
Enoch Kidder
 1921 Shadows of Conscience
Jim Logan
 1921 Under the Lash
Simeon Krillet
 1921 Snowblind
Hugh Garth
 1921 Bunty Pulls the Strings
Tammas Biggar
 1920 Godless Men
'Black' Pawl
 1920 The Branding Iron
John Carver
 1920 Lahoma
'Brick' Willock
 1920 The Deadlier Sex
Jim Willis
 1920 Out of the Dust
Captain John Evans, U.S.A.
 1919 The Blue Bandanna
Jim Yancy
 1919/I Desert Gold
 1919 Fighting Cressy
Hiram McKinstry
 1919 Bill Apperson's Boy
Bill Apperson
 1919 The Brand
Dan McGill
 1918 The Challenge Accepted
Uncle Zeke Sawyer
 1918 Oh, Johnny!
Adele's Father
 1918 The Uphill Path
James Lawton
 1918 The Border Legion
Overland Bradley
 1918 Riders of the Night
Sally's Grandfather
 1918 Breakers Ahead
Captain Scudder
 1918 A Weaver of Dreams
Martin Chandler
 1917 Salt of the Earth
Sinful John
 1917 Blue Jeans
Jacob Tutwiler
 1917 The Girl Without a Soul
Judge (uncredited)
 1917 The Food Gamblers
Samuel Sloane
 1917 The Barrier
John Gaylord / John Tale
 1916 The Feud Girl
Zeb Bassett
 1916 Lovely Mary
Peter Nelson
 1915 The Old Homestead
 1914 Sherman Was Right (Short)
 1914 The Virginian
Rancher (uncredited)
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Gertrude Aller  (his death)  (1 child)

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Erroneously reported in some sources to be the brother of stuntman Barlow Simpson, but U.S. Census records clearly indicate different parents and no readily apparent relationship. See more »

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