Tim Russ

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Tim Russ
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Russ at the Paradise City Comic Con, December 2016
Timothy Darrell Russ

(1956-06-22) June 22, 1956 (age 63)
OccupationActor, musician, screenwriter, voice actor, producer, director, singer
Years active1985–present

Timothy Darrell Russ (born June 22, 1956)[citation needed] is an American actor, film director, screenwriter, and musician. He is known for his roles as Lieutenant Commander Tuvok on Star Trek: Voyager, as Frank on Samantha Who?, and as Principal Franklin, a recurring character on the Nickelodeon live-action teen sitcom iCarly.

Life and career[edit]

Russ was born in Washington, D.C. to a state government employee mother and a U.S. Air Force officer father.[1] He spent part of his childhood in Turkey. During his early life, Tim Russ owned many dogs.[1]

Star Trek and other roles[edit]

Russ made a brief appearance in the comedy movie Spaceballs as the trooper who shouts "We ain't found shit!" while "combing" the desert with an afro comb.

Russ has been extensively involved in the Star Trek franchise, as a voice and film actor, writer, director, and producer, he played several minor roles before landing the role as the main character Tuvok, a character seen from the first, January 1995 episode of Star Trek: Voyager. Russ screen-tested, in 1987, for the role of Geordi La Forge on Star Trek: The Next Generation before gaining the role of Tuvok. Russ went into Voyager as a dedicated Trekkie with an extensive knowledge of Vulcan lore[2] and has played the following roles in Star Trek:

  • Devor, a mercenary hijacking the Enterprise-D disguised as a service engineer in the "Starship Mine" episode of The Next Generation (1993)
  • T'Kar, a Klingon in the Deep Space Nine episode "Invasive Procedures" (1993)
  • A human tactical Lieutenant on the USS Enterprise-B in the film Star Trek Generations (1994).
  • The Mirror Universe counterpart of his Voyager character, Tuvok, who was a member of the Terran Resistance in the Deep Space Nine (1995) episode "Through the Looking Glass".

In 1995, Russ co-wrote the story for the Malibu Comics Star Trek: Deep Space Nine #29 and 30, with Mark Paniccia. Russ performed voice acting roles as Tuvok for the computer games Star Trek: Voyager – Elite Force and Star Trek: Elite Force II. Russ is also the director and one of the stars of the fan series Star Trek: Of Gods and Men, the first third of which was released in December 2007, with the remaining two-thirds released in 2008.[3]

Russ's character's name D.C. Montana in The Highwayman was a reference to Trek writer D. C. Fontana.[citation needed]

In 1990, he appeared in an episode of Freddy's Nightmares.[4]

Russ directed and co-starred in Star Trek: Renegades, and in both 2013 and 2014 reprised his role as the voice of Tuvok in the MMO Star Trek Online.[5]

Later work[edit]

Russ appeared as Frank, a sarcastic doorman in Christina Applegate's ABC comedy, Samantha Who? from 2007 to 2009, and appeared for seven seasons as Principal Ted Franklin in Nickelodeon's show iCarly. He also portrayed a doctor on an episode of Hannah Montana, "I Am Hannah, Hear Me Croak."

Russ won an Emmy Award in 2014 for public service ads he did for the FBI's Los Angeles Field Office on intellectual property theft and cyber bullying.[6]


Russ has been a musician for over 40 years, and a singer for at least 35.[7]

  • Only a Dream in Rio (1998)
  • Tim Russ (2000)
  • Kushangaza (2001)
  • Brave New World (2003)
  • 2nd Thoughts (2007)



Year Title Role Notes
1986 Crossroads Robert Johnson
Fire with Fire Jerry Washington
1987 Spaceballs The Guy Who Said "We ain't found shit"
Death Wish 4: The Crackdown Jesse
1988 Bird Harris
Pulse Policeman
1991 Eve of Destruction Carter
1992 Night Eyes 2 Jesse Younger
Mr. Saturday Night Assistant director
1994 Dead Connection Det. Chuck Roland
Star Trek Generations Enterprise-B Bridge Officer
1998 East of Hope Street Casey
2005 The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari Town Clerk
2006 The Oh in Ohio Douglas
Unbeatable Harold Diner Manager
2007 Live Free or Die Hard Agent Summers
2008 InAlienable News Anchor
2011 Rampart Command Staff Member #1
2014 Asteroid vs. Earth Captain Rogers[8]
Greyscale Gavin Calhoun
2015 Star Trek: Renegades Tuvok Also director
2018 5th Passenger Commander Franklin
A Fairy's Game Warlock (voice)
Junkie Martin Green
Karma Frank Hudson


Year Title Role Notes
1985 Hill Street Blues Paramedic Episode: "Passage to Libya"
Hill Street Blues Burton Episode: "The Virgin and the Turkey"
The Twilight Zone Officer #2 Episode: "Kentucky Rye"
1986 Amazing Stories Security Guard #1 Episode: "You Gotta Believe Me"
Heart of the City Collins Episode: "When Push Comes to Shove"
1987 Hill Street Blues Ben Childers Episode: "Days of Swine and Roses"
Jake and the Fatman Pete Episode: "Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?"
Starman Tyrone Washington Episode: "The System"
Timestalkers Sergeant Filton TV film
The Twilight Zone Archer Episode: "Voices in the Earth"
thirtysomething Salesman Episode: "Pilot"
Throb Man #2 Episode: "Whose Coup Is It Anyway?"
1987–1988 The Highwayman D.C. Montana 9 episodes
1988 21 Jump Street Ray Davies Episode: "Slippin' Into Darkness"
Roots: The Gift Marcellus (slave doorman) TV film
1989 Alien Nation Ronald Ketnes Episode: "Pilot"
Beauty and the Beast Lt. Eric Parker Episode: "Sticks and Stones"
The People Next Door Answering Machine Guy 2 episodes
1990 Cop Rock Juror 2 episodes
Family Matters Jeff Episode: "Sitting Pretty"
Freddy's Nightmares Dr. Henry Picard Episode: "Dust to Dust"
Mancuso, FBI Rashad Episode: "Conspiracy"
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Eugene Episodes: "Someday Your Prince Will Be in Effect" pts 1 and 2
1991 Lifestories K.C. Episode: "Darryl Tevis"
Dead Silence Dep. Ryan TV film
1992 Tequila and Bonetti Link Episode: "The Rose Cadillac"
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Agent Collins Episode: "Those Were the Days"
1993 Hangin' with Mr. Cooper Victor Episode: "Seoul Shake"
Living Single Officer Taylor Episode: "Burglar in the House"
Murphy Brown Secret Service Officer Episode: "The Egg & I"
Star Trek: The Next Generation Devor Episode: "Starship Mine"
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine T'Kar Episode: "Invasive Procedures"
Journey to the Center of the Earth Joe Briggs TV film
1994 Hangin' with Mr. Cooper Victor Episode: "Wedding Bell Blues"
Melrose Place Roger Chambers Episode: "It's a Bad World After All"
SeaQuest DSV Martin Clemens, A.K.A. "Mycroft" Episode: "Photon Bullet"
1995–2001 Star Trek: Voyager Lt. Commander Tuvok 170 episodes
1995 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Mirror Tuvok Episode: "Through the Looking Glass"
2002 Any Day Now Juror Episode: "The Real Thing"
2005 ER Dr. Medford Episode: "Alone in a Crowd"
Unfabulous Officer Jones Episode: "The Job"
2006 NCIS Jerry Kemper Episode: "Jeopardy"
General Hospital Dr. Trent 4 episodes
Twenty Good Years Marty 3 episodes
2007 Hannah Montana Dr. Meyer Episode: "I Am Hannah, Hear Me Croak"
Without a Trace Phil Hansen Episode: "Tail Spin"
2007–2012 iCarly Principal Ted Franklin 11 episodes
2007–2009 Samantha Who? Frank the doorman 35 episodes
2009 Lincoln Heights Principal Episode: "Lucky"
Trust Me Gordon Benedict 2 episodes
2010 CSI: Miami Leonard Sterling Episode: "Meltdown"
The Secret Life of the American Teenager Vicar Episode: "Ben There, Done That"
2011 Good Luck Charlie Dr. Meyers Episode: "L.A.R.P. in the Park"
Suits Robert Geller Episode: "Identity Crisis"
The Young and the Restless Judge Morrison Episodes 9,741 and 9,742
2012 The Soul Man Devon Episode: "How to Be a Church Lady"
2013 Castle Dr. Malcolm Wickfield Episode: "Time Will Tell"
Guys with Kids Specialist Episode: "Rare Breed"
Lab Rats Special Agent Gordon Episode: "Parallel Universe"
2015 The Night Shift Bossman Episode: "Recovery"
Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! General Gottlieb TV film
2017 The Good Doctor Patient Chuck Episode: "Oliver"
2018 Criminal Minds Agent Lawrence Episode: "Surprise de minuit"
9-1-1 Marriage Counsellor Episode: "Let Go"
NCIS: New Orleans Felix Episode: "Ties That Bind"
Superior Donuts Professor Mills Episode: "Grades of Wrath"
Supergirl Councilman Jul-Us Episode: "Dark Side of The Moon"
2019 Black Monday Walter Darcy Episode: "339"
PEN15 Mr. Wyzell 2 episodes
The Orville Dr Sherman Episode: "Lasting Impressions"
NASA's Unexplained Files Himself, Astronomer Episode: "Did Aliens Nuke Mars?", first aired May 30, 2019
Swamp Thing Dr. Chowodury Episode: "Pilot"

Voice acting roles[edit]


Year Title Role Notes
1997 Spider-Man Hobie Brown/Prowler Episode: "The Prowler"
2010–2011 Sym-Bionic Titan Solomon 9 Episodes
2014 Regular Show Sergeant / Helicopter Pilot Episode: "Portable Toilet"[9]

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2000 Star Trek: Voyager – Elite Force Lt Cdr Tuvok
2003 Star Trek: Elite Force II Lt Cdr Tuvok
2005 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Various
2006 Lost Planet: Extreme Condition Bandero [9]
2009 Stormrise Donovan
Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2 Black Panther
Dragon Age: Origins Zathrian
2012 The Secret World Harrison Blake
2013 Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII Additional voices English Dub
2013–2014 Star Trek Online Tuvok
2014 The Elder Scrolls Online Blademaster Qariar
2015 Fallout 4 Lancer Captain Kells
2016 Mirror's Edge: Catalyst Birdman [9]
Mafia III Additional Voices
2017 Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus Gunslinger Joe





  1. ^ a b "Tim Russ Biography (1956-)". filmreference.com.
  2. ^ "Set Report: iF Magazine Boldly Goes To Vulcan For Star Trek: Of Gods And Men" Archived February 2, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Administrator. "Star Trek: Of Gods and Men".
  4. ^ Englund, Robert; Bergman, Sandahl; Brestoff, Richard; Dow, Tony (1990-02-25). "Dust to Dust".[full citation needed]
  5. ^ "Star Trek producers and Voyager actor Tim Russ discuss Renegades". Film Industry Network. November 17, 2012.
  6. ^ "National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Pacific Southwest Chapter 2014 Emmy Recipients List" (PDF). Retrieved June 26, 2014.
  7. ^ "Tim Russ – Star Trek: Voyager's Tuvok". Retrieved April 4, 2015.
  8. ^ Movie Credits
  9. ^ a b c https://www.behindthevoiceactors.com/Tim-Russ/

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