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Tim Russ

At the 2004 Motor City Comic Con.
Born Timothy Darrell Russ
June 22, 1956 (1956-06-22) (age 53)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Occupation Actor, Director, Screenwriter, Musician
Years active 1985—present

Timothy Darrell "Tim" Russ (born June 22, 1956)[1] is an American actor, film director, screenwriter and musician. He is best known for his roles on Star Trek: Voyager as Lieutenant Commander Tuvok, Samantha Who? as Frank and on iCarly as Principal Franklin.

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Biography

Russ was born in Washington, D.C. to a state government employee mother and an Air Force officer father.[2] He spent part of his childhood in Turkey.[3]

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Star Trek and other roles

Russ has been extensively involved in the Star Trek franchise, as a voice and film actor, writer, director and producer.[4] He played several minor roles before landing the role as the main character Tuvok. Russ originally screen-tested for the role of Geordi La Forge on Star Trek: The Next Generation before gaining the role of Tuvok.[4]

While many Trek actors claim to have had little interest in the franchise before they signed on for their role, Russ went into Voyager as a dedicated Trekkie with an extensive knowledge of Vulcan lore.[5]

Aside from Tuvok, Russ has played the following roles in Trek:[4]

  • Devor, a mercenary in the The Next Generation episode "Starship Mine" (1993)
  • T'Kar, a Klingon in the Deep Space Nine episode "Invasive Procedures" (1993)
  • A human tactical Lieutenant on the Enterprise-B in the film Star Trek Generations. (1994)

Russ's 1994 appearance on the Enterprise-B in Generations can cause viewer confusion, as it was later established in the Voyager episode "Flashback" that Russ's character Tuvok was a serving Starfleet Ensign on the USS Excelsior during the events of the previous film Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, which predated the Enterprise-B. As the Enterprise-B officer was portrayed with human ears it cannot be the early Tuvok, therefore the possibility arises of Tuvok having had a serving human lookalike in Starfleet.

In 1995 Russ co-wrote the story for the Malibu Comics Star Trek: Deep Space Nine #29 and 30, with Mark Paniccia. Russ performed voice acting roles as Tuvok for the computer games Star Trek: Voyager – Elite Force and Star Trek: Elite Force II; and for the 2006 machinima animated feature film Borg War. Russ is also the director and one of the stars of the fan series Star Trek: Of Gods and Men, the first third of which was released in December 2007, with the remaining two thirds released in 2008.[6]

He also did a clip of Star Trek Titan for a tour.

Russ's character's name D.C. Montana in The Highwayman was a reference to Trek writer D. C. Fontana.

Later work

Russ most recently appeared as Frank, a sarcastic doorman in Christina Applegate's ABC comedy, Samantha Who? from 2007 to 2009, and currently appears as Principal Ted Franklin in Nickelodeon's show iCarly

Music

Russ's band went head-to-head in a competition with Howard Stern's band the Losers on an episode of Stern's radio show. The judges ultimately crowned Stern's band the winners.

The music video for the song "Kushangaza" can be seen as part of the Special Features for season 2 of Star Trek: Voyager - highlight part of the ship on page 3 of the features menu.

Filmography

Acting roles

Voice acting roles

  • Dragon Age: Origins (2009) – Zathrian
  • Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2 (2009) – Black Panther
  • Lost Planet: Extreme Condition (2006) – Bandero
  • Spider-Man (1997) – Prowler

Writer

Director

  • Plugged short film satirizing advertising (2007 in final edits)
  • Star Trek: Of Gods and Men (2007 fan production)
  • Star Trek: Voyager episode: Living Witness

References

External links


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