Russell Anthony Hodgkinson is an American theater, film and television actor. He became widely known when he began acting in the television project of the SyFy channel "Nation Z" as "Doc" by Stephen Beck.
The actor has 45 roles in television and film projects. Russell began acting in 1990 at the age of 30. Up to this point, he served in the Coast Guard, and in his spare time he played in the Fort Bragg amateur theater.
Russell Anthony was born in the United States in the summer of 1959. The boy spent all his childhood in Florida. He began to be interested in creativity and theater early, but did not plan to become an actor.
During his school years, he played leading roles in many plays directed by students of the theater studio. Russell became a successful and popular student of the school and was elected "king of the ball" at the prom.
After receiving his elementary education, Russell decided to devote further years to the army. He served with the 82nd US Airborne Division from 1977 to 1983. But he did not give up his creative activities, so he soon began to play in the famous Fort Bragg amateur theater, located on the territory of a military base.
After completing his service, Hodgkinson lived in New York for some time, and after 2 years he enlisted in the California Coast Guard, where he worked for 5 years. Interestingly, during the service, Russell managed to save up a decent amount of money, earning money as a ship's hairdresser.
During this period, Russell did not abandon his work and once came to audition at one of the local theaters. There he met a girl named Shelley Ponsi. In June 1990, they became husband and wife. After 2 years, the young people moved to New Orleans, where they performed in local theaters for 11 years.
Hodgkinson also played on the stage at the City Line Theater in Philadelphia, where he co-starred in The Rain Seller alongside acclaimed actor Joe Namet.
The artist has won the Big Easy Entertainment Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Musical for 3 years in a row. He was also nominated for the 2009 Footlight Awards.
In 2003, the couple moved to Seattle, where Russell resumed his acting career and began acting in films.
Hodgkinson first appeared on the screen in 1990. He played a completely invisible role in a television project and was not even credited. Then there was a long break, and the next filming in the movie took place with the actor only in the early 2000s.
In 2003, Russell got a small role in the thriller "Wild Fortune". In the same year, he played a farmer in the famous film "Big Fish" by Tim Burton.
In the further career of the actor, there were roles in several popular projects: "Plunder the Loot", "ZMP: Zombies of Mass Destruction", "Grimm", "Eden", "21 and more". Hodgkinson has also starred in several short films and independent projects.
In 2014, Russell joined the main cast of the science fiction series Z Nation, where he got the role of Stephen Beck's Doc. He starred in the project for 5 seasons.
Also in 2014 he took part in the filming of several short films and films: "Ball", "Seven Minutes".
In 2017, Russell played the role of Stephen in the TV science fiction film Shark Tornado 5: Global Swarming. A year later, he appeared on the screen in the TV series "Love" in the image of Bob.
Currently, the actor continues to work in new projects. He spends his free time with his family. Russell has 2 adult daughters and 5 grandchildren.