Russell Hicks

Edward Russell Hicks (June 4, 1895 June 1, 1957) was an American film actor.[1] Hicks was born in 1895 in Baltimore, Maryland. During World War I, he served in the U.S. Army in France. He later became a lieutenant Colonel in the California State Guard.[2]

Russell Hicks
Russell Hicks in Fit for a King (1937)
Edward Russell Hicks

(1895-06-04)June 4, 1895
DiedJune 1, 1957(1957-06-01) (aged 61)
Resting placeLos Angeles National Cemetery
Years active1915–1956

Hicks appeared in nearly 300 films between 1915 and 1956. His first appearance was an uncredited role in The Birth of a Nation (1915). He often appeared as a smooth-talking confidence man, or swindler as in the W.C. Fields film The Bank Dick (1940). Distinguished, suave and a consummate actor, Hicks played a variety of judges, corrupt officials, crooked businessmen and attorneys, working in a variety of mediums almost until his death. Hicks appeared once in the syndicated western television series The Cisco Kid as an uncle of the Gail Davis character, whom he threatens to disinherit if she marries a known gangster.

On June 1, 1957, Hicks suffered a heart attack after an automobile accident and was dead on arrival at Santa Monica Receiving Hospital. He was 61.[2]



  1. "Russell Hicks". NY Times. Retrieved March 28, 2015.
  2. "Russell Hicks, Veteran Film-Stage Actor, Dies". The Los Angeles Times. California, Los Angeles. June 2, 1957. p. 2. Retrieved December 22, 2018 via
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