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William Russ

Biography

Longtime actor who’s best remembered for his part while Alan Matthews for the ABC series, Son Meets Globe. He was for the dive group at the College or university of Michigan. He previously film tasks in the critically acclaimed dramas, America History X (1998) and THE PROPER Stuff (1983). He offers two kids with celebrity and wife, Clare Wren. He performed Ben Savage’s on-screen dad for 8 months on Boy Matches World.

Quick Facts


Full Name William Russ
Date Of Birth October 20, 1950
Place Of Birth Portsmouth, VA
Height 1.83 m
Profession TV Actor
Education Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre, University of Michigan
Nationality American
Spouse Clare Wren
Nominations Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead
Movies American History X, Disorganized Crime, Dead of Winter, Traces of Red, Death Bed: The Bed That Eats, The Unholy, Aspen Extreme, Finding John Christmas, Wanted: Dead or Alive, Have You Seen My Son, A Fork in the Road, Just You and Me, Kid, California Solo, Crisis at Central High, Replacing Dad, When Danger Follows You Home, Crazy from the Heart, Pastime, A Strange Affair, Nasty Boys, Green Guys, Come On Get Happy: The Partridge Family Story, Rehearsal for Murder, Gone to Texas, Eyes of Fire, Cruising, Beer, The Long Hot Summer, Drones, Jonestown, You Stupid Man, Cattle Annie and Little Britches, Blood & Orchids, Big Dreams and Broken Hearts: The Dottie West Story, Night Sins, Trail of Tears, Magic Hour, Drive Like Lightning, Raw Courage, Gary's Walk, The Test of Love, A Secret Life, Olde E, Four Faces of God, Blackout, The Maestro, Deadline, A Promise to Keep, 1,001 Ways to Enjoy the Missionary Position, Sexual Advances
TV Shows Mister Sterling, Boy Meets World, Another World, Wiseguy, Capital News, Middle Ages, Night Sins
Star Sign Libra

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#Fact
1Only regular cast member to direct any Boy Meets World (1993) episodes, although guest stars Jerry Levine, Micky Dolenz, and Fred Savage also directed episodes.
2He wore the same brown leather jacket with a number 13 patch on the front in The Right Stuff (1983), in Hunter (1984) as the troubled Vietnam vet in the Fire Man episode and as the Roger LoCocco character in Wiseguy (1987).
3A self-affirmed "Navy brat" who graduated from the University of Michigan, where he studied drama.
4Trained at the Neighborhood Playhouse, he appeared on stage with Al Pacino in "The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel" and Holly Hunter in "Ghost on Fire."
5Married to actress Clare Wren and has a daughter and son.
6He started filming Life as a House (2001) playing Officer Kurt Walker, but was injured in a motorbike crash and replaced by Scott Bakula.
7Enjoys high-wind windsurfing.


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
In Between Days2017post-productionSonny
The Maestro2017post-productionAbe Herst
Open Season2017Short completedDoctor Burton
Girl Meets World2014-2017TV SeriesAlan Matthews
Chasing the Rain2016Ed
Olde E2016ShortSean Pennington
Magic Hour2015Bruce Fox
Scandal2015TV SeriesFrank Holland
Realm2015ShortPriest
NCIS: Los Angeles2013TV SeriesMartin Lake
Jonestown2013ShortLeo Ryan
Drones2013General Lawson
902102011-2013TV SeriesSalty
Vegas2012TV SeriesMert Hayes
NCIS2012TV SeriesPhilip Wickes
Awake2012TV SeriesJim Mayhew
Criminal Minds2012TV SeriesDonald Collins
California Solo2012Rusty
Home at Last2011-2012TV SeriesBob Snow
Green Guys2011Peter Donnelly
Home at Last2011Video shortBob
Leverage2011TV SeriesMorris Beck
The Defenders2011TV SeriesEMT Carrick
The Whole Truth2010TV SeriesBridgeport Detective
1,001 Ways to Enjoy the Missionary Position2010Evan
The Event2010TV SeriesOfficer Nugent
Make It or Break It2010TV SeriesWalter
Cold Case2010TV SeriesTim Hudson '10
The Young and the Restless2009-2010TV SeriesTucker McCall
A Fork in the Road2009Detective Ross
The Mentalist2009TV SeriesDooley Gerber
The Ex List2008-2009TV SeriesJimmy Bloom
Pawn2009ShortJustin Elliot Randolph
Gary's Walk2009Vernon
Boston Legal2005-2008TV SeriesA.D.A. Christopher Palmer
Wildfire2008TV SeriesCongressman Dean Nichols
Demons2007TV MovieSenator Carney
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation2007TV SeriesJonah Quinn
Standoff2007TV SeriesWarren Keegan
Numb3rs2007TV SeriesMichael Shannon
Ghost Whisperer2007TV SeriesBill Bristow
Reunion2006TV SeriesCongress Clark
Just Legal2006TV SeriesBartender
The Sopranos2006TV SeriesPaul Calviac
Without a Trace2005TV SeriesMax Cassidy
The West Wing2005TV SeriesDan
Silver Lake2004TV MoviePhil Patterson
NYPD Blue2004TV SeriesHal Matheson
JAG2004TV SeriesGeneral Earl Watson
CSI: NY2004TV SeriesMr. Prescott
Deadwood2004TV SeriesOtis Russell
Finding John Christmas2003TV MovieHank McAllister
The Brotherhood of Poland, New Hampshire2003TV SeriesReverend Deeker
Dragnet2003TV SeriesTed Paris
Mister Sterling2003TV SeriesTommy Doyle
Robbery Homicide Division2002TV SeriesElliot Ayers
MDs2002TV SeriesJames Wiles
Crossing Jordan2002TV SeriesD.A. Jack Olson
The Division2002TV SeriesJesse Whalen
Touched by an Angel2001TV SeriesProf. Thomas North
Life as a House2001uncredited
Buck Naked Arson2001Ranger Joe Lightcap
Blackout2001/ITV MovieDavid Robbins
Level 92000TV SeriesDeputy Director John Colter
Ally McBeal2000TV SeriesMichael Bassett
Boy Meets World1993-2000TV SeriesAlan Matthews / Costello / Boris
The Test of Love1999TV MovieMark Whitman
Come On, Get Happy: The Partridge Family Story1999TV MovieJoseph Bonaduce
Replacing Dad1999TV MovieGeorge Marsh
American History X1998Dennis Vinyard
When Danger Follows You Home1997Detective Tyler Barnes
Stargate SG-11997TV SeriesCaptain Jonas Hanson
Night Sins1997TV MovieSheriff Steiger
Nash Bridges1996TV SeriesScott Lamont / 'The Monk'
A Husband, a Wife and a Lover1996TV MovieArt Maskin
Have You Seen My Son1996TV MovieVan Stein
Trail of Tears1995TV MovieDavid
Legend1995TV SeriesWild Bill Hickock
The Marshal1995TV SeriesLoyal Truscott
Big Dreams & Broken Hearts: The Dottie West Story1995TV MovieBill West
Viper1994TV SeriesMr. Townsend
SeaQuest 20321993TV SeriesRusty Thomas
CBS Schoolbreak Special1993TV SeriesCoach Jim Doane
The Adventures of Brisco County Jr.1993TV SeriesJack Randolph
Aspen Extreme1993Dave Ritchie
Bay City Story1992TV MovieJim Malone
Middle Ages1992TV SeriesTerry Hannon
Traces of Red1992Michael Dobson
Sexual Advances1992TV MovieJack French
Drive Like Lightning1992TV MovieBoll Donner
Crazy from the Heart1991TV MovieDewey Whitcomb
The Young Riders1991TV SeriesRoger
Gabriel's Fire1991TV SeriesBrad Fixx
Pastime1990Roy Dean Bream
A Promise to Keep1990TV MovieCarl
Wiseguy1988-1990TV SeriesRoger LoCocco
Nasty Boys1989-1990TV SeriesBen Farlow
ABC TGIF1990TV SeriesAlan
Capital News1990TV SeriesRedmond Dunne
Nasty Boys1989TV MovieBen Farlow
Disorganized Crime1989Nick Bartkowski
The Unholy1988Luke
The Loner1988TV MovieJake Willis
Tour of Duty1987TV SeriesSgt. Earl Ray Michaels
Wanted: Dead or Alive1987Det. Danny Quintz
Dead of Winter1987Rob Sweeney
Houston: The Legend of Texas1986TV MovieWilliam Travis
Crime Story1986TV SeriesDet. Wes Connelly
Second Serve1986TV MovieJosh
Blood & Orchids1986TV MovieLloyd Murdoch
St. Elsewhere1986TV SeriesPatrick O'Casey
The Long Hot Summer1985TV MovieJody Varner
Beer1985Merle Draggett
Command 51985TV MovieJ.D. Smith
Hunter1985TV SeriesJack Lachman
Miami Vice1985TV SeriesEvan Freed
Riptide1985TV SeriesMack McPherson
MacGruder and Loud1985TV SeriesOwen
Courage1984Sonny
The Right Stuff1983Slick Goodlin
V1983TV Mini-SeriesBrad
Remington Steele1983TV SeriesChance McCormick
The Dukes of Hazzard1982TV SeriesScroggins
Rehearsal for Murder1982TV MovieFrank Heller
CBS Library1982TV SeriesRattlesnake
The Border1982Jimbo
Cattle Annie and Little Britches1981Little Dick Raidler
Crisis at Central High1981TV MovieJ.O. Powell
Cruising1980Paul Gaines
Just You and Me, Kid1979Demesta
Death Bed: The Bed That Eats1977Sharon's Brother (as Rusty Russ)
Another World1964TV SeriesBurt McGowan (1978)

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Girl Meets World2015-2016TV Series production staff - 42 episodes

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Girl Meets World2015TV Series 1 episode
Lizzie McGuire2003TV Series 1 episode
Rude Awakening2000TV Series 1 episode
Boy Meets World1998-2000TV Series 9 episodes

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Bum Rap2009Short special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Pat Sajak Show1989TV SeriesHimself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The BubbleDocumentary completedAlan Matthews
Miami Vice1988TV SeriesEvan Freed
Crime Story1986TV SeriesDet. Wes Connelly

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2012Silver Ace AwardLas Vegas International Film FestivalFeaturesGreen Guys (2011)· Sean Meier
· Cole Mueller
· Ryan Bragg
· Kris Lemche
· Christopher Redman
· David J. Phillips
· Darrel Davenport
· Nathan Marlow
· Roberto 'Sanz' Sanchez
· Christie Rounds
· Gino Calabro
· Corbin Timbrook
· Jarett Poll
· Melissa Scheinwald
· Lucas Vidal
· Grady Daub
· Aaron Schurman
· Matt Marzulo
· Matt Garrison

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1992Independent Spirit AwardIndependent Spirit AwardsBest Male LeadPastime (1990)


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#Quote
1[on playing bad guy roles] In L.A., when you start out you work in TV and on TV there's the good guy who's usually someone like Don Johnson and then there's the bad guy. On a series all year there is only one good guy, but every week there's a different bad guy. If you can't play a bad guy, you won't work very much.
2[about his 'Wiseguy' character] 15 years later, people still say to me, "How's it going, buckwheat?"

#Trademark
1Often plays stern fathers or violent criminals

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