Russ Tamblyn

D.O.B: Dec 30, 1934 |  Los Angeles, California, USA

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Russ Tamblyn might as well face it...he will be a Jet till his last dying day.

Biography

Russ Tamblyn might as well face it...he will be a Jet till his last dying day. Indelibly linked to the womb to tomb role of Riff, the knife-wielding, rocket-tempered, Edward Villella-styled gang leader of the streetwise Jets in the musical film masterpiece West Side Story (1961), its not a bad way to be remembered! Russ was actually 27 when he portrayed the teenage troublemaker who became the 50s equivalent of the Mercutio character in the Romeo and Juliet-inspired adaptation. To describe Tamblyn as talented and extremely agile is a huge understatement. This awesome musical performer was born in Los Angeles, California on December 30, 1934, and groomed early for stardom. He is the son of Sally Aileen (Triplett) and Eddie Tamblyn (Edward Francis Tamblyn), both actors and entertainers. Discovered at age ten by actor Lloyd Bridges for the play Stone Jungle, Russ was soon performing on radio and in L.A.-based musical revues. Billed as Rusty Tamblyn then, the tousle-haired scrapper played a student extra in his first film The Boy with Green Hair (1948) starring another child actor, Dean Stockwell. Having taken up dancing and acrobatics from the age of 6, Tamblyn marked his abilities with his very first TV appearance on the The Ed Sullivan Show.