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Russ here as the late, great Hall of Fame football coach Vincent Thomas Lombardi in the NFL sponsored Super Bowl LV commercial (Feb. 7, 2021). Voice and face enhanced by cgi and computer tech.
Having a little fun with his girls they re-create a scene from the Ballywood classic, Sholay and the famous lines, Kitne aadmi the
Distraught officer/father from Murder on the Orient Express
Russ as Governor Nix from the Disney movie, Tomorrowland
Vince Lombardi speech, What It Takes To Be Number One
Kitne aadmi the - how many men? The most famous Ballywood quote from Sholay
Russ grew up in a tough neighborhood in Topeka, Kansas, playing football, basketball, and baseball and continues to enjoy lifelong friendships from those days. Every year they meet on Thanksgiving day to raise food and money for a local charity during the annual Turkey Bowl football game. He learned Jeet Kune Do and Hawaiin Kempo in his early years and took up soccer when he was 20. He continues to play and began practicing yoga in his late 30s.
Russ's first theatrical production was with Topeka Civic Theater in 1993 at the ripe old age of 29 . He was nominated for a Renna award and was hooked on acting.
He continued working in commercials, theater and film for the next 28 years. He has worked for directors Ang Lee, Philip Grecian, Robert Altmann, Max Malkin and many other greats, and actors, Gary Senise, Martin Sheen, Tobey Maguire, Jewell, Patty Duke, Skeet Ulrich, and many other great actors.
His most recent endeavor is portraying his childhood hero, the late, great Hall of Fame NFL coach Vincent Thomas Lombardi in the Super Bowl LV commercial. This was a wonderful message by the National Football League to unite the world, coming together AS ONE to defeat the pandemic.
In addition to acting, Russ is a licensed Realtor and owns and manages several rental properties and an alfalfa farm. He continues to throw over 1,500 bales of hay each year and enjoys hard work! Namaste :)
Russ is available for professional and inspirational events, acting, voice over and hosting. Please see his resumé for the details of his experience and skills, and, engage the contact button here on this site to contact him directly via email.
During the pandemic Russ has been fine tuning skills, working on commercials and Theater of the Mind productions. with his collaboration group, The Air Command. To hear more of what he is up to, follow him on social media, Facebook and Instagram.
Grade school friends and our sons at the annual Turkey Bowl football game
Russ in the tunnel at the frozen tundra, Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin
The late great Vincent Thomas Lombardi
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