William Russ Biography

Biography by Published on Updated on 12 Jul, 2021
Facts of William Russ
Date of Birth: 1950 , October-20
Age: 70 years old
Birth Nation: United States of America
Height: 6 Feet
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William Russ is an actor and director best known for his performance in the comedy series Boy Meets World as Alan Matthews. Also, he has appeared in several movies, including The Right Stuff,  American History X, and many more. 

Short Biography

William Hardy Russ IV was born on 20 October 1950 in Virginia, United States. His mother is a housewife, and his father was a taxi driver. The actor was born under the sign Libra and holds American citizenship. As of July 2021, he stands tall at the height of 6 feet 0 inches and ages 70 years. 

Moving towards academics, his parents wanted him to concentrate on his studies, but William spent half of his time in high school studying and the other half playing sports with his friends, such as football and soccer. Though he was never interested in studies, he finished college graduating from the University of Michigan. 

Net Worth And Career 

As of 2021, William's net worth hasn't been revealed yet; however, it is assumed at around $2 million. The primary source of his income is through his successful career as an actor and some parts of Direction. As per sources, the average salary of an American actor is $59,516, and the range typically falls between $48,289 to $72,526.

Throughout his career, he has appeared in many movies. Most of Russ' films are box office smashes, including American History X, $23.9 million, The Unholy,6.3 million, Between Waves,$2.6 million.

CAPTION: William Russ's net worth is estimated at around $10 million SOURCE: Girl Meets World

William had his first appearance on television in 1978 when he played Burt McGowan in Another World. It was a massive hit in the United States, winning 43 awards. Later, he appeared in single episodes of a variety of shows, including The Dukes of Hazzard in 1982, Miami Vice in 1985, and St. Elsewhere in 1986.

In 1997 he guest-starred in the episode of The First Commandment, a Canadian-American military science fiction series. In 1988, he rose to prominence after being cast as Roger Lococo, one of the main characters in the crime drama Wiseguy. Russ's next leading part was in the 2003 serial drama Mister Sterling, where he played Tommy Doyle with Josh Brolin.

Later, the Another World star appeared in five episodes of comedy-drama Boston Legal in 2005, and some of his subsequent projects include Ghost Whisperer, The Ex List, and Home at Last. Some of his recent credits to the industries are Bosch, Captain Garwood, and 9-1-1 in 2019.

William has a total of 140 film appearances to his name. In 1977, he made his cinematic debut as Sharon's brother in George Barry's surrealist horror film "Death Bed: The Bed That Eats," Two years later, he played Demesta in Just You and Me, Kid starring alongside Brooke Shields.  

He rose to prominence in 1980, when he played Paul Gaines in the sensual thriller Cruising, which also starred Al Pacino, Paul Sorvino, and Karen Allen.  In the years that followed, William appeared in numerous critically praised films, including Jack Nicholson's neo-noir drama "The Border" in 1982, Tom Wolfe's epic historical drama The Right Stuff in 1983, and the comedy Beer in 1985. and played Luke in the horror film The Unholy, in 1988, and Nick Bartkowski in the heist comedy Disorganized Crime, in 1989.

The Pastime star in 1993 became one of the cast members of the popular television sitcom Boy Meets World as Alan Matthews. He even directed few episodes of the show.

In 1998, he was cast as Dennis Vinyard, a supporting character in the evergreen crime thriller film American History X. His most recent prominent film roles include the drama "Life as a House" from 2001, the independent feature film "California Solo" from 2012, and the thriller "Drones" from 2018. 

Happily Married To Clare Wren 

The 70-year-old actor is married to Clare Wren. The couple met in the mid-90s and started dating a week after the first meeting. Although not everyone supported their relationship because William is 12 years older than Clare, they married in the early 2000s in a private ceremony attended by their closest friends and family.

His wife is also an actress best known for her roles in the films Steel and Lace and Midnight Edition, as well as the television series JAG. Clare gave birth to their first kid a few months after the wedding, and their second child arrived three years later — both Clare and William have kept their children out of the spotlight.

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