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Tony Russel (I) (1925–2017)

One of several American actors who migrated to Europe in the early 60s when their careers here weren't panning out, Antonio Pietro Russo was born in 1925 in Wisconsin of Italian immigrants. Brought up with a strong religious foundation, he developed an interest in acting at a relatively young age and, following his honorable discharge with the Air... See full bio »


(age 91) in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

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The Last Charge Fra Diavolo
The War of the Planets Cmdr. Mike Halstead
Target Goldseven Alan Milner
Zorro Carlos Martinez / Pedro Avila


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 1992 Hearts Are Wild (TV Series)
 1984 The Vegas Strip War (TV Movie)
Morgan Steinman
 1984 The Mystic Warrior (TV Movie)
Red Lake
 1979 Vega$ (TV Series)
- Shadow on a Star (1979) ... Photographer
 1977 CHiPs (TV Series)
- Aweigh We Go (1977) ... Eduardo
 1977 Lou Grant (TV Series)
Mr. Hall
- Scoop (1977) ... Mr. Hall
 1974 The Invasion of Carol Enders (TV Movie)
Dan Petrie
 1973 Soul Hustler
Evin Calder
 1973 Hec Ramsey (TV Series)
Gentleman Jim Sachet
- The Mystery of Chalk Hill (1973) ... Gentleman Jim Sachet
 1971 The Hard Ride
Big Red
 1971 Night Gallery (TV Series)
Director (segment "Make Me Laugh")
- Make Me Laugh/Clean Kills and Other Trophies (1971) ... Director (segment "Make Me Laugh")
 1970 The High Chaparral (TV Series)
- No Trouble at All (1970) ... Ricardo
 1969 Death Valley Days (TV Series)
Mike Cassidy
- Drop Out (1969) ... Mike Cassidy
 1966 Honeymoons Will Kill You
Barone Frescobaldi
 1966 Target Goldseven
Alan Milner (as Tony Russell)
 1966 The War of the Planets
Cmdr. Mike Halstead (as Tony Russell)
 1966 The Wild, Wild Planet
Cmdr. Mike Halstead (as Tony Russell)
 1965 Sea of Souls
 1965 Oath of Zorro
Patriciao / Alfonso / Zorro
 1964 Secret of the Sphinx
 1964 Hercules Against the Moon Men
Tirteo (English version, voice)
 1964 L'ultima carica
Rocco Vardarelli (as Tony Russell)
 1964 Sword of Damascus
 1963 The Secret Seven
 1963 Knights of Terror
 1962 The Last Charge
Fra Diavolo
 1961 War Is Hell
Sgt. Keefer
 1959 Last Train from Gun Hill
Pinto (uncredited)
 1959 Don't Give Up the Ship
Lieutenant, s.g. (uncredited)
 1957-1959 Zorro (TV Series)
Carlos Martinez / Pedro Avila
- An Affair of Honor (1959) ... Pedro Avila (as Tony Russo)
- Zorro, Luckiest Swordsman Alive (1957) ... Carlos Martinez (as Tony Russo)
- Double Trouble for Zorro (1957) ... Carlos Martinez (as Tony Russo)
 1959 Peter Gunn (TV Series)
Michael Delak
- February Girl (1959) ... Michael Delak (as Tony Russo)
 1958 King Creole
Chico (uncredited)
 1958 Broken Arrow (TV Series)
- Escape (1958) ... Anaka (as Tony Russo)
 1957 26 Men (TV Series)
Black Eagle
- Indian Gunslinger (1957) ... Black Eagle (as Tony Russo)
 1956 Telephone Time (TV Series)
- Felix the Fourth (1956) ... (uncredited)
 1956 The Star and the Story (TV Series)
- The Senora (1956)
 1956 Anything Goes
French Sailor (uncredited)
 1955 Highway Patrol (TV Series)
Jimmy Wilson
- Retired Gangster (1955) ... Jimmy Wilson (as Tony Russo)
 1955 Jump Into Hell
Radio Operator (uncredited)
 1954 The Silver Chalice
Sicarii (uncredited)
 1954 The Lone Wolf (TV Series)
Assay Clerk
- The Mexico Story ... Assay Clerk (as Tony Russo)
 1952 Hiawatha (uncredited)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

(10/74) Stage: Appeared in "Wilson", Alley Theater, Houston, TX. Musical. NOTE: The play was about US President Woodrow Wilson and the founding of the League of Nations.

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Alternate Names:

Tony Russell | Tony Russo

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Turned down the lead in Sergio Leone's A Fistful of Dollars (1964) because he thought the script was terrible and the idea of an Italian western was ludicrous. Clint Eastwood got the part and became a superstar. See more »

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