Russ Tamblyn

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Russ Tamblyn might as well face it...he will be a Jet "till his last dying day." Indelibly linked to the "womb to tomb" role of Riff, the knife-wielding, rocket-tempered, Edward Villella-styled gang leader of the streetwise Jets in the musical film masterpiece West Side Story (1961), it's not a bad way to be remembered! Russ was actually 25 when ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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 2018 The Haunting of Hill House (TV Series)
Dr. Montague
- The Bent-Neck Lady (2018) ... Dr. Montague
 2017 Twin Peaks (TV Series)
Dr. Lawrence Jacoby
- Part 13 (2017) ... Dr. Lawrence Jacoby
- Part 12 (2017) ... Dr. Lawrence Jacoby
- Part 10 (2017) ... Dr. Lawrence Jacoby
- Part 5 (2017) ... Dr. Lawrence Jacoby
- Part 3 (2017) ... Dr. Lawrence Jacoby
 2015 Chatty Catties
 2014 Twin Peaks: The Missing Pieces
Dr. Lawrence Jacoby
 2014 Hits
 2012 Django Unchained
Son of a Gunfighter
 2011/I Drive
 2004 Joan of Arcadia (TV Series)
Dog Walker God
- Friday Night (2004) ... Dog Walker God
- Do the Math (2004) ... Dog Walker God
- Night without Stars (2004) ... Dog Walker God
 2000 General Hospital (TV Series)
Doctor Jacoby / Dr. Jacoby
- Episode #1.9601 (2000) ... Doctor Jacoby
- Episode #1.9600 (2000) ... Dr. Jacoby
- Episode #1.9599 (2000) ... Doctor Jacoby
 1999 Inherit the Wind (TV Movie)
Ed Morse
 1998 Little Miss Magic
Brenden Moran
 1997 My Ghost Dog (TV Movie)
 1997 Johnny Mysto: Boy Wizard (Video)
 1997 Nash Bridges (TV Series)
Jim the Penman
- The Counterfeiters (1997) ... Jim the Penman
 1996 Invisible Mom (Video)
Dr. Woorter
 1995 Attack of the 60 Foot Centerfold
Gas Attendent
 1995 Rebellious
Old Guy
 1995 Starstruck
Wheeler / Homeless Man
 1994 Babylon 5 (TV Series)
Capt. Jack Maynard
- A Distant Star (1994) ... Capt. Jack Maynard
 1994 Desert Steel
 1994 Cabin Boy
 1993 Little Devils: The Birth
Doc Clapton
 1992 Running Mates (TV Movie)
Frank Usher
 1992 Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me
Dr. Lawrence Jacoby (scenes deleted)
 1989-1991 Twin Peaks (TV Series)
Dr. Lawrence Jacoby
- Episode #2.21 (1991) ... Dr. Lawrence Jacoby
- Episode #2.22 (1991) ... Dr. Lawrence Jacoby
- Episode #2.17 (1991) ... Dr. Lawrence Jacoby
- Episode #2.15 (1991) ... Dr. Lawrence Jacoby
- Episode #2.14 (1991) ... Dr. Lawrence Jacoby
 1990 Aftershock
Hank Franklin
 1989 The Bloody Monks
 1989 Quantum Leap (TV Series)
Bert Glasserman
- Thou Shalt Not... - February 2, 1974 (1989) ... Bert Glasserman
 1989 B.O.R.N.
 1988 Necromancer
Charles DeLonge
 1988 The Phantom Empire (Video)
 1987 Rags to Riches (TV Series)
- Vegas Rock (1987) ... Roger
 1987 Commando Squad
 1986-1987 Fame (TV Series)
Michael Taftner / Russ, the Choreographer / The Choreographer
- Baby, Remember My Name (1987) ... Michael Taftner
- Hold That Baby (1986) ... Russ, the Choreographer
- Losin' It (1986) ... The Choreographer
 1982 Human Highway
Fred Kelly
 1981 Nero Wolfe (TV Series)
Police Detective
- Before I Die (1981) ... Police Detective
 1978 The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams (TV Series)
Milton Wright
- The Skyrider (1978) ... Milton Wright
 1976 The Quest (TV Series)
- The Captive (1976) ... Kelly
 1976 Black Heat
 1974 Win, Place or Steal
 1972 Cade's County (TV Series)
- Ragged Edge (1972) ... Brewster
 1971 The Female Bunch
 1971 The Last Movie
Member of Billy's Gang
 1969 Scream Free!
 1969 The Name of the Game (TV Series)
John Earl
- A Hard Case of the Blues (1969) ... John Earl
 1969 Satan's Sadists
 1967 Iron Horse (TV Series)
- Decision at Sundown (1967) ... Kehoe
 1966 Tarzan (TV Series)
- Leopard on the Loose (1966) ... Bell
 1966 The War of the Gargantuas
Dr. Paul Stewart (as Rasu Tanburin)
 1965 Days of Our Lives (TV Series)
Dr. Hayden (1999)
 1965 Son of a Gunfighter
Johnny Ketchum
 1965 Gunsmoke (TV Series)
Billy Waters
- He Who Steals (1965) ... Billy Waters
 1965 Burke's Law (TV Series)
- Who Killed Rosie Sunset? (1965) ... Maximillian
 1964 The Long Ships
 1963 Channing (TV Series)
Hal Langley
- The Last Testament of Buddy Crown (1963) ... Hal Langley
 1963 The Greatest Show on Earth (TV Series)
Tom Tuttle
- Silent Love, Secret Love (1963) ... Tom Tuttle
 1963 The Haunting
Luke Sanderson
 1963 Follow the Boys
Lt. (j.g.) Wadsworth 'Smitty' Smith
 1962 How the West Was Won
Confederate deserter
 1962 The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm
The Woodsman ('The Dancing Princess') / Tom Thumb
 1961 West Side Story
 1960 Cimarron
William Hardy / The Cherokee Kid
 1958 Tom Thumb
Tom Thumb
 1958 High School Confidential!
Tony Baker / Mike Wilson
 1957 Peyton Place
Norman Page
 1957 Don't Go Near the Water
Ens. Tyson
 1956 The Young Guns
Tully Rice
 1956 The Fastest Gun Alive
Eric Doolittle
 1956 The Last Hunt
Jimmy O'Brien
 1955 Hit the Deck
Danny Xavier Smith
 1955 Many Rivers to Cross
Shields Cherne
 1954 Deep in My Heart
Lazar Berrison, Jr. (uncredited)
 1954 Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
Gideon Pontipee
 1953 Take the High Ground!
Paul Jamison
 1952 The Winning Team
Willie Alexander (as Rusty Tamblyn)
 1952 Retreat, Hell!
Jimmy W. McDermid (as Rusty Tamblyn)
 1951 Cave of Outlaws
Young Peter (uncredited)
 1951 As Young as You Feel
Willie McKinley (as Rusty Tamblyn)
 1951 Father's Little Dividend
Tommy Banks (as Rusty Tamblyn)
 1950 What Happened to Jo Jo? (Short)
Nick (as Rusty Tamblyn)
 1950 Father of the Bride
Tommy Banks (as Rusty Tamblyn)
 1950 The Vicious Years
Tino (as Rusty Tamblyn)
 1950 Gun Crazy
Bart Tare (age 14) (as Rusty Tamblyn)
 1949 Captain Carey, U.S.A.
Pietro (as Rusty Tamblyn)
 1949 Samson and Delilah
Saul (as Russell Tamblyn)
 1949 The Kid from Cleveland
Johnny Barrows (as Rusty Tamblyn)
 1949 Reign of Terror
Pierre's Oldest Son (uncredited)
 1948 The Boy with Green Hair
Classmate (uncredited)
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Alternate Names:

Russell Tamblyn | Rusty Tamblyn | Rasu Tanburin


5' 9½" (1.77 m)

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[on his performance as "Riff" in West Side Story (1961)] Life is so strange. "West Side Story" was one of the high points of my career. Yet, when I first saw it, I was really disappointed in how I came off. Since then, Fred Astaire has told me how much he admired my dancing in it. Now I see it very differently.


Has done art work such as painting, drawing and creating collages. His "spacescapes" have been displayed at exhibitions at the Los Angeles County Art Museum and the Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art. See more »


Has often played odd, slightly off-kilter characters

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