Russ Tamblyn

Russ Tamblyn

Appeared in three episodes of "Joan of Arcadia" (2003) on which his daughter Amber Tamblyn starred: "Night without Stars", "Do the Math" and "Friday Night".

Co-starred with Richard Beymer in both West Side Story (1961) and "Twin Peaks" (1990).

Father of China Tamblyn (member of the Kirby Grips musical group).

Godfather of his daughter Amber Tamblyn is Dean Stockwell.

Has always claimed that his biggest professional disappointment was not getting the title role in the post-Broadway tour of "Barnum". The part went to Tony Orlando, instead.

Has done art work such as painting, drawing and creating collages. His "spacescapes" have been displayed at exhibitions at the Los Angeles County Art Museum and the Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art.

Has starred in with Natalie Wood and her sister Lana Wood : as Riff in West Side Story (1961) with Natalie and as Link in Scream Free! (1969) with Lana. Both films also co-starred Richard Beymer.

His standout dance sequence while performing the role of Eric in The Fastest Gun Alive (1956) duplicated some of his dance moves from Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954) and, in fact, added some athletics that went beyond those original moves.

In 1997, he made a one-shot guest appearance on "General Hospital" (1963) in a song-and-dance sketch that featured his daughter, Amber Tamblyn.

In July 2006, he was a guest at the Western Film Fair in Charlotte, North Carolina along with Ben Murphy, Roger Davis, Steve Kanaly, Marjorie Lord, Coleen Gray, Mark Goddard, Ronnie Schell, Tom Reese and Cheryl Rogers.

Married three times; all his wives were involved in show business. Venetia Stevenson was a film actress, British Elizabeth Kempton (born 1935) was a Vegas showgirl and present wife, Bonnie Tamblyn, is a folk singer.

Originally auditioned for the part of "Tony" in West Side Story (1961), but was cast as "Riff" instead, while the part of "Tony" went to Richard Beymer.

Son of Eddie Tamblyn. Brother of Larry Tamblyn of the rock band The Standells. Father of Amber Tamblyn.

Was a gymnast at North Hollywood High School. A buoyant dancer and tumbler, Tamblyn began acting in films in 1948. His abilities as an acrobat and gymnast led to his being cast in such spectacular and dynamic dance films as Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954) among others.

Was considered for the role of Cookie in the Elvis Presley picture G.I. Blues (1960), according to the Hal B. Wallis papers at AMPAS Library.