my ex-porn star roommate) dated him. He was a fixture in the bars, at the French Quarter, and at the AIDS Project of Los Angeles. Later he was named AIDS Coordinator of the City of Los Angeles (he died in 1994).
Russell's career began during the 1950s, with lots of roles in Westerns and sci-fi movies: look for him in the MST3K rendition of The Space Children (1958).
The Professor was an egghead of the old school, an expert in every field of science from astronomy to zoology, who constantly amazed kids in the 1960s by concocting radios from coconuts. His utter lack of interest in the two female castaways, Ginger and Mary Anne, gave me some of my first gay subtexts.
And some of my first beefcake, in his occasional shirtless scenes.
His last screen role was in 1997, in Meego, about an alien boy hiding out on Earth. He played "The Professor."
Russell died in 2014.