Bonanza’s Bing Russell

Bing Russell in The Magnificent Seven.
Bing Russell (center) as a traveling salesman in The Magnificent Seven.

Character actor Bing Russell is best known for the recurring role as a deputy on the long-running TV series Bonanza.  He appeared in a number of Westerns, both on the small and big screens, over his 40 year career.

He can be seen (though wasn’t credited) as a Fort Griffin bartender in the classic 1957 Gunfight at the OK Corral, and on three other occasions he was in Tombstone-related TV shows.  And there’s an irony there—for his son Kurt Russell would have his own turn at the gunfight when he starred as Wyatt Earp in 1993’s Tombstone.

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Mark Boardman

Mark Boardman is the features editor for True West Magazine as well as the editor of The Tombstone Epitaph. He also serves as pastor for Poplar Grove United Methodist Church in Indiana.