- Was raised all over the world, as his father was frequently transferred by the U.S. Air Force.
- Made his film debut in 1986, playing bluesman Robert Johnson in the biopic Crossroads.
- Impressed Rick Berman and Gene Roddenberry when auditioning for the role of Star Trek: The Next Generation's Geordi LaForge; Russ lost the role to LeVar Burton, but soon made appearances on TNG and Deep Space Nine.
- Finally landed a Star Trek series regular role on UPN's Voyager, playing Vulcan Tactical Officer Tuvok throughout the show's seven-season run.
- A singer, guitarist and bassist, Russ has released several soft-rock albums, including Tim Russ (2000) and Kushangaza (2003).
- Bugsters, an audio book he co-wrote, co-produced and did voice-overs for, won a National Parenting Publications Award in 2003.
- Plays a rare comedic role, Frank the doorman, on ABC sitcom Samantha Who?
- Angela Russ — Sister
- Michael Russ — Brother
- Madison Russ — Daughter
- St. Edward's University, Austin, Texas, United States (BS in Theatre Arts); attended Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois, United States
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