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Russell Irving ‘Russ’ Tamblyn was born in Los Angeles, California (30th December 1934). He is an American film and television actor and dancer who is well known for his performance in the movie musical West Side Story (1961) as Riff, the leader of the Jets gang. The 1961 movie version went on to win an incredible ten Oscars, with its innovative music, hard-edged lyrics and breathlessly athletic choreography. He is also known for appearing in such films as Seven Brides, For Seven Brothers, Peyton Place and The Haunting.  In 1959 he was nominated as the top male musical performer by Producers Guild of America (PGA). Russ Tamblyn was a gymnast at North Hollywood High School. A buoyant dancer and tumbler, he was discovered at the age of 10 by a director Lloyd Bridges and began acting in films in 1948. His abilities as an acrobat and gymnast led him to being cast in spectacular and dynamic dance films. Additionally, as an artist, his painting, drawing and collages have been displayed in exhibitions at the Los Angeles County Art Museum and the Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art. Russ Tamblyn has spent the past several years managing his daughter, actress and poet Amber Tamblyn.  He  has written his autobiography entitled “Dancing on the Edge” which contains rich vignettes of his memoirs and reflections of his contemporaries in the fields of entertainment and modern art. Also included is his original artwork, personal stories of his 60 years in show business as well as many photos from his private collection.

 


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