Russell Simpson (actor)

Russell Simpson (actor)

Russell McCaskill Simpson (17 June, 188012 December, 1959) was an American character actor.

Born in San Francisco, California, Simpson is best known for his work in the films of John Ford and, in particular, for his portrayal of Pa Joad in "The Grapes of Wrath" in 1940.

Simpson reportedly prospected for gold in Alaska in his youth, but by 1909 had gone into the theatre. He appeared in at least two plays on Broadway between 1909 and 1912, and made his motion picture debut in Cecil B. DeMille's 1914 original film version of "The Virginian" in a bit part. By 1923, when the film was remade, Simpson had progressed to playing the lead heavy.

Gaunt, lanky, and rustic-sounding, Simpson was a familiar character actor for almost forty-five years, particularly as a member of the John Ford Stock Company. He worked up to 1959, the year of his death. His final film was "The Horse Soldiers", his tenth film for Ford. He died in Woodland Hills, California.

He was survived by his wife Gertrude. Simpson had two children, Russell Jr. and Roberta. [U.S. Census for 1920, Los Angeles, California, Sheet 10B]

elected filmography

* "The Virginian" (1914)
* "The Deadlier Sex" (1920)
* "Peg o' My Heart" (1922)
* "Annie Laurie" (1927)
* "The Trail of '98" (1928)
* "Frontier Marshal" (1934)
* "The World Moves On" (1934)
* "Three Faces West" (1940)
* "The Spoilers" (1942)
* "A Boy and His Dog"
* "The Romance of Rosy Ridge" (1947)
* "Tap Roots" (1948)
* "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" (1954)

External links

*imdb name|id=0801193|name=Russell Simpson
* [ Russell Simpson's Photo & Gravesite]


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