Actor William Russ – Net Worth, Height, Wife, Biography

Who is actor William Russ?

William Hardy Russ IV was born in Portsmouth, Virginia, United States on October 20, 1950. His zodiac sign is Leo and he holds American citizenship. William is an actor, who is perhaps best known for his portrayal of Alan Matthews, one of the main characters in the 1990s television comedy series “Boy Meets World”, also starring Ben Savage, Rider Strong and William Daniels, and which follows a teenager who, with her best friend, tests her theories about growing up together – the series has won five awards and been nominated for 17 more.

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Early life and education

William was raised as an only child in Portsmouth by his father who was a taxi driver and his mother who was a housewife.

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His parents urged him to focus on his studies, but William spent half of his time studying in high school and the other half playing sports like football and soccer with his friends. He enrolled in 1968, then enrolled in college where he became interested in acting and began practicing his talents at a local theater – he began acting in his early plays while attending his senior year, and after graduating in 1972, William focused on his acting career, and spent the next five years acting solely in plays and honing his craft, before moving on to television.

Film roles

William has been credited with around 140 appearances in movies and TV series, and we are about to mention some of his most notable performances in this article.

He made his first film appearance in 1977, when he played Sharon’s brother in the surreal horror film “Death Bed: The Bed That Eats”, written and directed by George Barry, and two years later, William portrayed secondary character Demesta in the comedy. “Just You and Me, Kid” with George Burns, Brooke Shields and Lorraine Gary. He rose to prominence in 1980 when he played Paul Gaines in the erotic thriller “Cruising”, which starred acclaimed actor Al Pacino, Paul Sorvino and Karen Allen, and was based on the novel of the same name written by Gerald Walker – the story follows a killer soap opera that only targets gay men, especially those in leather clothing.

The following years saw William appear in several critically acclaimed films, such as the 1982 neo-noir drama “The Border” which starred Jack Nicholson, the epic historical drama “The Right Stuff” based on the same novel Tom Wolfe’s title in 1983. , and the comedy “Beer” in 1985. 1988 saw him portray Luke in the horror film “The Unholy”, which starred Ben Cross and Hal Holbrook, and in 1989, he starred as Nick Bartkowski in the comedy heist “Disorganized Crime.” .

In 1991, William played lead character Roy Dean Bream in the drama ‘Pastime’, which tells a story about aging and follows a white baseball pitcher who begins coaching a young black pitcher in 1957 – the film won an award and was nominated for five more.

He went on to appear in the neo-noir erotic thriller “Traces of Red” in 1992, and the drama “Aspen Extreme” in 1993. In 1998, William was asked to play supporting character Dennis Vinyard in the leafy crime drama persistent ‘American History X’, starring Edward Norton and Edward Furlong and which follows a neo-Nazi ex-skinhead as he tries to guide his brother away from the gangs – he has won four awards as he has been nominated for 15 more including an Oscar, and sits No. 39 on the list of the best movies ever made compiled by movie and TV series ranking website IMDb.

Three of William’s most recent performances in movies have been in the 2001 drama “Life as a House,” the 2012 indie feature “California Solo” and the 2018 thriller “Drones.”

William Russ

It has been announced that William has been cast in two upcoming films, comedy thriller ‘Keeping Company’ and drama ‘Chasing the Rain’.

Roles in television series

William made his first TV series appearance in 1978, when he played Burt McGowan on the soap opera ‘Another World’ starring Victoria Wyndham, Constance Ford and Hugh Marlowe, which is about the people of Bay City. It was wildly popular in the United States and won 43 awards while it was nominated for 176 others, including a Primetime Emmy when it aired from 1964 to 1999.

William went on to appear in many one-offs, such as the 1982 action comedy “The Dukes of Hazzard,” the 1985 crime drama “Miami Vice,” and the 1986 medical drama “St. Elsewhere.”

He gained recognition in 1988 when he was cast as Roger Lococo, one of the main characters in the crime drama “Wiseguy”, created by Stephen J. Cannell and filmed in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. 1992 saw William guest star in three episodes of the comedy ‘Middle Ages’ and then again appear in a single episode of numerous series including the ‘Socrates’ Sister’ episode of the bizarre western series ‘The Adventures’. of Brisco County, Jr”. .” in 1993, the episode “The Life, Death, and Life of Wild Bill Hickok” of the sci-fi western “Legend” in 1995, and the episode “The First Commandment” of the sci-fi adventure series Canadian-American military “Stargate SG -1” in 1997.

William’s next starring role came in 2003, when he played Tommy Doyle in the drama series ‘Mister Sterling’, which also starred Josh Brolin and Audra McDonald in the story following the California Governor’s son who is elected senator. In 2005, William appeared as Assistant District Attorney Christopher Palmer in five episodes of the comedy-drama “Boston Legal”, while some of his next roles were in the supernatural series “Ghost Whisperer” in 2007, the comedy drama “The Ex List” in which he played supporting character Jimmy Bloom in nine episodes in 2008, and the episodic comedy web series “Home at Last,” which saw him play Bob in six episodes.

Three of William’s most recent TV series roles have been in three episodes of the 2017 sci-fi drama “Colony” in which he played Hennessey, three episodes of the police procedural web series “Bosch” as Captain Garwood in 2018, and two episodes of the procedural series “9-1-1” in 2019, portraying Chuck.


In 1992 William was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead for “Pastime”, and in 2012 he and his colleagues won a Silver Ace Award at the Las Vegas International Film Festival for “Green Guys”.

In 2019, William was nominated for the Best Actor Jury Prize at the Open World Toronto Film Festival, for his performance in the short film “Father by Law”.

Love life and woman

William met his future half Clare Wren in the mid-90s, and they started dating about a week later – not everyone was supportive of their relationship, as William is 12 years older than Clare, however, they still got married in the early 2000s in a private ceremony attended by their closest friends and family. Clare is an actress who is perhaps best known for her roles in the films “Steel and Lace” and “Midnight Edition”, as well as the series “JAG”. Several months after the wedding, Clare gave birth to their first child while their second child followed three years later – Clare and William both kept their children away from the media.

William has not spoken of any other women he might have been with before meeting Clare, and as of September 2020 he is married with two children.

Hobbies and other interests

William was physically quite active during his 20s and 30s, as it was important for his acting career, and he had several gym workouts each week and followed a somewhat strict diet.

He enjoys portraying bad guys and violent characters, and luckily for him, he’s usually cast in those kinds of roles.

He is an animal lover and has had several pet dogs, while his favorite animals are horses. William has donated money to several animal shelters, as well as ranches that take in sick or abandoned animals.

He has his own favorite actors and actresses, including the late Robin Williams, the late Leslie Nielsen, and Natalie Portman, and some of his favorite movies are “The Fisher King,” “Airplane!” and “V for Vendetta”.

Height and net worth

William’s age is 69. He has short brown hair and brown eyes, he is 1.83m tall and weighs around 77kg.

As of September 2020, his net worth is estimated to be over $1.9 million.

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