Neil Oliver Russell (1926 - 2003)

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Birthplace: Brattleboro, VT, USA
Death: Died in Thousand Oaks, CA, USA
Managed by: David Usherwood
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About Neil Oliver Russell

Bing Russell (born Neil Oliver Russell) was an American actor, and was the father of Golden Globe-nominated actor Kurt Russell. As an actor, he is best known for his role as the Deputy Clem Foster on Bonanza (1959) and Robert in The Magnificent Seven (1960), but his claim to fame on a national level was 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). The word was fun.

Russell died from complications from cancer on April 8, 2003 in Thousand Oaks, California.


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Bing Russell's Timeline

May 5, 1926
Brattleboro, VT, USA
March 17, 1951
Age 24
Springfield, Massachusetts, USA
April 8, 2003
Age 76
Thousand Oaks, CA, USA