William Russell (William Lerche)

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The Bronx, New York City, New York, USA
Silent-film star William Russell was born in the Bronx, New York, in the late 1880s (various sources give it as , 1884, 1886 and 1889). His mother, Clara, was a highly regarded stage actress. Russell studied law at Fordham University (and, some sources say, Harvard University). He started a law practice in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, but it wasn't particularly successful. He tried a variety of other jobs--including bookmaker and boxing instructor--before deciding to give the stage a shot. Read more...


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Movie Memories 1934