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Tim Russ (1956)

Timothy Darrell Russ

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Timothy Darrell "Tim" Russ 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.


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

 Star Trek and other roles

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. Russ originally screen-tested for the role of Geordi La Forge on Star Trek: The Next Generation before gaining the role of Tuvok.

While many Trek actors claim to have had little interest in the franchise before they signed on for their role, Russ went into Voyager as a dedicated Trekkie with an extensive knowledge of Vulcan lore.

Aside from Tuvok on the Star Trek: Voyager series, Russ has played the following roles in Trek:

  • Devor, a mercenary in the "Starship Mine" episode of The Next Generation
  • T'Kar, a Klingon in the Deep Space Nine episode "Invasive Procedures"
  • A human tactical Lieutenant on the Enterprise-B in the film Star Trek Generations.
  • Tuvok, a Vulcan part of the rebel group in the Mirror Universe "Through the Looking Glass" episode of Deep Space Nine

Russ's 1994 appearance on the Enterprise-B in Generations can cause viewer confusion, as it was later established in the Voyager episode "Flashback" that Russ's character Tuvok was a serving Starfleet Ensign on the USS Excelsior during the events of the previous film Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, which predated the Enterprise-B. As the Enterprise-B officer was portrayed with human ears it cannot be the early Tuvok, therefore the possibility arises of Tuvok having had a serving human lookalike in Starfleet.

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.''

He also did a clip of Star Trek Titan for a tour.

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

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


Russ's band went head-to-head in a competition with Howard Stern's band The Losers on an episode of Stern's radio show. The judges ultimately crowned Stern's band the winners.

His band can occasionally be seen playing at the Kibitz Room at Canter's Deli.

The music video for the song "Kushangaza" can be seen as part of the Special Features for season 2 of Star Trek: Voyager - highlight part of the ship on page 3 of the features menu.

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Name Duration Released
Louisiana 1927 00:00 1998
Imelda 00:00 1998
Only a Dream in Rio 00:00 1998
Rosalinda's Eyes 00:00 1998


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