Russell Arms (Russell Arms)

Russell Arms

Entertainer. Best remembered as a featured vocalist on the music program “Your Hit Parade” (1952 to 1957). His parents divorced when he was young and during his high school years, he caught the acting bug. While attending junior college, he initiated his career in entertainment with parts in a radio drama for a local San Francisco station. He strengthened his skills at the Pasadena Playhouse and later marked his motion picture debut in the Bette Davis picture “The Man Who Came to Dinner” (1942). This was followed by “Captain of the Clouds” (1942) and “Wings for the Eagle” (1942). At this point the United States was involved in World War II, and Arms would be called upon to help make military training films. After the war, he appeared in a variety of Westerns with a bevy of cowboy heroes which included Lash La Rue, Roy Acuff and Gene Autry. By the early 1950s, Arms had moved to New York to seek new opportunities in the field. The second phase of his career began, when he was approached to try his vocal abilities. His singing impressed radio executives so that he received his own program. TV work followed with commercials which led to his spot on the popular “Your Hit Parade”. His status as a singer earned a Top-30 placing on the Pop Charts with “Cinco Robles (Five Oaks)”, reaching number 22 in 1957. When rock and roll captured the music scene during the 1960s, Arms returned to his acting roots and accumulated a large body of work on such series as “Rawhide”, “Perry Mason” and “Marcus Welby, M.D.”, among many others. (bio by: C.S.)


  • February, 03, 1920
  • USA


  • February, 02, 2012
  • USA


  • Calvary Cemetery
  • Illinois
  • USA

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