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  • BIRTH 16/06/1880
  • DEATH 12/12/1959
  • Country United States
  • MOVIES 25

Russell Simpson

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Russell McCaskill Simpson (June 17, 1880, Danville, California – December 12, 1959, Woodland Hills, California) was an American character actor who appeared in over 500 movies. He is best known for his "grizzled old man" appearances. 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.

At age 18 Simpson prospected for gold in Alaska. He began taking acting classes in Seattle, Washington. In 1910 he married Gertrude Alter from New York City.

By 1909, he 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 villain.

Throughout his career, Simpson worked for 12 years in road shows, stock companies, and on Broadway. He didn't usually perform lead roles, but he did star in many movies throughout the silent movie era. He performed a lead role as the grandfather in Out of the Dust (1920).

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 (1940). His final film was The Horse Soldiers, his tenth film for Ford. Simpson worked up to 1959, the year of his death.

He was the president of the Overseas Phonograph Accessories Corporation.

Russell Simpson

Movies (25)

The Grapes of Wrath
The Grapes of Wrath
Pa Joad
My Darling Clementine
My Darling Clementine
John Simpson
Wagon Master
Wagon Master
Adam Perkins
Virginia City
Virginia City
Gaylord
The Horse Soldiers
The Horse Soldiers
Henry Goodbody
Santa Fe Trail
Santa Fe Trail
Shubel Morgan
Along Came Jones
Along Came Jones
Pop de Longpre
The Tin Star
The Tin Star
Clem Hall
San Francisco
San Francisco
'Red' Kelly
Drums Along the Mohawk
Drums Along the Mohawk
Dr. Petry
They Were Expendable
They Were Expendable
'Dad' Knowland
The Spoilers
The Spoilers
Flapjack
Colt Comrades
Colt Comrades
Sheriff
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
Fred Bixby
The Gal Who Took the West
The Gal Who Took the West
Bartender (as old Timer)
Swamp Water
Swamp Water
Marty McCord
Man to Man
Man to Man
Uncle Cal
The Outriders
The Outriders
Farmer (uncredited)
Lone Star
Lone Star
Maynard Cole
Tobacco Road
Tobacco Road
Chief of Police
Billy the Kid
Billy the Kid
Angus McSween
Dodge City
Dodge City
Orth
The Eagle
The Eagle
The Eagle's Lieutenant / Coach Driver (uncredited)
Call Her Savage
Call Her Savage
Old Man in Wagon Train
Way Down East
Way Down East
Squire Amasa Bartlett