While studying communications at Toronto's Seneca College , Russell's acting instructor suggested he seriously take up an acting career. From there he auditioned and got accepted in a summer program which was being offered by The University of Toronto in conjunction with Theatre Ontario.
Following the end of that program he went to Los Angeles for one year and did some private studying and theatre performance.
After returning to Toronto, Russell spent three years at a private acting studio where he was mentored in classical studies varying from Italian Comedia, Comedy Francais and British Farce and drama.
After a short period of performing, he again returned to his studies at the world renowned "Second City" and completed their six level program in improvisation.
Russ' career has allowed him to work with varying directing/acting luminaries such as James Cameron, Paul W.S. Anderson, Peter Deluise, Sturla Gunnarsen, Mario Azzopardi, Jason Statham, Rick Moranis, Richard Dean Anderson, Henry Winkler and many more.
Russell now makes Toronto his home and has appeared in over thirty-five lead and large principal roles for union film & television projects together with over fifty national commercials.
Toronto Academy of Acting welcomes Russell as one of their new teachers.