(1848–1902), comic actor. The lanky, bright-eyed comedian was born in Brunswick, Missouri, and made his stage debut at the age of twelve in Jacksonville, Illinois. He toured for many years both as an actor and as a monologist, whose most celebrated turn was the spoof of a European lecturer. Russell spent some time withAugustin Daly's ensemble beginning in 1874, but was best known for three roles that he played around the country for many years: the seeming ne'er-do-well Tom Dilloway in Edgewood Folks (1880), the inventive, itinerant beggar Noah Vale in A Poor Relation (1889), and the dedicated bookworm David Holmes in A Bachelor's Romance (1897).
From The Oxford Companion to American Theatre in Oxford Reference.