Bing Russell Biography
(Actor and Owner of the ‘Portland Mavericks’)
Birthday: May 5, 1926 (Taurus)
Born In: Brattleboro, Vermont, United States
Bing Russell was a former professional baseball player who also had a four-decade-long acting career, during which he appeared in hundreds of films and television shows. Best recognized for his appearances in westerns, he worked on John Sturges' 'The Magnificent Seven' (1960) and later became popular for portraying Deputy Clem Foster on the television series 'Bonanza' (1961-73). Some other TV shows that he was a part of include 'The Fugitive', 'The Guns of Will Sonnett', 'The Big Valley', 'Death Valley Days', 'The Virginian', 'Gunsmoke', 'Mannix', and 'Emergency!' He was close to several renowned New York Yankees players, and had in his possession the last bat pitcher Lou Gehrig used to score a home run. It was later auctioned off by his daughter Jill Franco in November 2011. He owned the independent Class A Northwest League team Portland Mavericks, which registered the highest attendance in minor league history, but lost to Bellingham Mariners in 1977. Archive footage of him and his team was featured in the 2014 documentary 'The Battered Bastards of Baseball'. He is the father of Golden Globe-nominated actor Kurt Russell and grandfather of former major league baseball player Matt Franco.