Bing Russell

Bing Russell

  • Born on
    • May 5th, 1926
  • Died on
    • April 8th, 2003
Although best known as the deputy on Bonanza (1959) and Robert in The Magnificent Seven (1960), Russell's was also well known on a national level as the owner of the Portland Mavericks Baseball Club. Helming the only independent team in the class A Northwest League, Russell was an innovator. Before Bull Durham (1988), there were the Mavericks. Russell kept a 30 man roster because he believed that some of the players deserved to have one last season. His motto was simply one three lettered word - not WIN - although the Mavericks did just that - no, the word was FUN. He created a park that kept all corporate sponsorship outside the gates, hired the first female general manager in professional baseball, and the following year hired the first Asian American GM/Manager. That same season his team set a record for the highest attendance in Minor league history, and went on to win the pennant. Ex-major leaguers and never-weres who couldn't stop playing the game flocked to his June tryouts, which were always open to anyone that showed up. From as far away as Capetown, and France, players would head to Portland for a chance with Russell's Mavericks.

Starring Bing Russell on Plex


Acting (23 Credits)

1990Dick Tracy as Club Ritz Patron
1989Tango & Cash as Van Driver
1987Overboard as Elk Cove: Sheriff Earl
1979Elvis as Vernon Presley
1975The Apple Dumpling Gang as Herm Dally
1973Satan's School for Girls as Sheriff
1972Now You See Him, Now You Don't as Alfred
1971A Taste of Evil as Sheriff
1971Yuma as Rol King (as Neil Russell)
1971The Million Dollar Duck as Mr. Smith
1969The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes as Angelo
1968Blackbeard's Ghost as Second Track Meet Official
1966Madame X as Police Sgt. Riley
1965The Hallelujah Trail as Horner
1960The Magnificent Seven as Robert
1959Last Train from Gun Hill as Skag, Belden Hand
1959The Horse Soldiers as Dunker, Yankee Soldier Amputee
1959Good Day for a Hanging as George Fletcher
1959Rio Bravo as Cowboy Murdered in Saloon (uncredited)
1958Cattle Empire as Douglas Hamilton
1957The Land Unknown as Radio Operator (uncredited)
1957The Deadly Mantis as State Trooper
1957Bombers B-52 as Operator (uncredited)

Himself (1 Credits)

2014The Battered Bastards of Baseball as Himself (Archive Footage)

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