Russ Tamblyn

Born Dec 30, 1934

Russell Irving "Russ" Tamblyn is an American film and television actor, who is arguably best known for his performance in the 1961 movie musical West Side Story as Riff, the leader of the Jets gang. He is also known for appearing in such films as Seven Brides For Seven Brothers, Peyton Place and The Haunting.… Read More

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  • Robert Wise's 'the Haunting' Marks 50 Years With Russ Tamblyn
    LATimes - Oct 29, 2013
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    Huffington Post - Mar 12, 2013
  • Celeb Birthdays For The Week Of Dec. 30 Jan. 5
    Yahoo News - Dec 27, 2012
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    Huffington Post - Oct 24, 2012


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1934 Birth Born on December 30, 1934.


1950 15 Years Old He played the younger version of John Dall's character in the 1950 film noir Gun Crazy. … Read More
1953 18 Years Old He also played a young soldier in boot camp in 1953's Take the High Ground!
1954 19 Years Old His training as a gymnast in high school and abilities as an acrobat prepared him for his breakout role as Gideon, the youngest brother, in 1954's Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. … Read More


1957 22 Years Old 1 More Event
Though uncredited, he served as a choreographer for Elvis Presley in 1957's Jailhouse Rock.
1958 23 Years Old 1 More Event
Tamblyn then played Tony Baker in 1958's High School Confidential prior to his being drafted into the United States Army.
1960 25 Years Old In 1960, he portrayed The Cherokee Kid in Cimarron.
1962 27 Years Old He appeared in two 1962 MGM-Cinerama movies, The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm and How the West Was Won. … Read More


1988 53 Years Old He appeared in the horror film Necromancer in 1988. … Read More
1990 55 Years Old From 1990–91, Tamblyn starred as Dr. Lawrence Jacoby on the David Lynch-created series Twin Peaks (alongside his "West Side Story" co-star Richard Beymer who played Ben Horne), though his scenes in the 1992 film Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me were cut. … Read More


1997 62 Years Old He also appeared on General Hospital in 1997 dancing with his daughter Amber during the Nurses Ball.
2004 69 Years Old In 2004 he appeared with Amber again, playing the "Dog Walker God" manifestation of God encountered by her in three episodes of Joan of Arcadia. … Read More
2013 78 Years Old He is the father of actress Amber Tamblyn, who played the starring role in the CBS television series Joan of Arcadia and Two and a Half Men from 2013 to the series finale episode. … Read More
2015 80 Years Old There were complications following the surgery and during the rehabilitation, although his health had reportedly improved as of February 2015.
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