Betsy Russell

Elizabeth "Betsy" Russell (born September 6, 1963) is an American actress who is best known for her roles in Private School (1983), Tomboy (1985), and as Jill Tuck, one of the primary characters of the Saw film series from 2006 to 2010. Russell was born in San Diego, California, the daughter of Constance (née Lerner) and Richard Lion Russell, a stock analyst, and the granddaughter of journalist and educator Max Lerner. Her father and maternal grandfather were Jewish. Russell wanted to be an actress since the age of eight and started acting in school plays. She appeared in a Pepsi commercial that was taped locally while in high school. After graduating from Mission Bay High School in 1981, she moved to Los Angeles and began taking acting classes before landing her first role. She did a masters program in Spiritual Psychology at the University of Santa Monica and is a certified hypnotist and life coach, also from the University of Santa Monica. Russell's first role was in the 1982 film Let's Do It! That same year, she landed roles on T. J. Hooker, Family Ties, and The Powers of Matthew Star. In 1983, Russell's breakout role came as Jordan Leigh-Jensen in the sex comedy Private School. While shooting the action film Avenging Angel, she was offered to audition for the 1985 film Silverado but turned it down. She said in an interview, "Everything happens for a reason. I always believe my career would have been different had I done that part. I can't say if it would have been ...

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Saw III (2006)

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Jigsaw has disappeared. Along with his new apprentice Amanda, the puppet-master behind the cruel, intricate games that have terrified a community and baffled police has once again eluded capture and vanished. While city detective scrambles to locate him, Doctor ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Darren Lynn Bousman
CAST:  Tobin Bell  •  Angus Macfadyen  •  Dina Meyer  •  Kim Roberts

Jigsaw has disappeared. Along with his new apprentice Amanda, the puppet-master behind the cruel, intricate games that have terrified a community and baffled police has once again eluded capture and vanished. While city detective scrambles to locate him, Doctor ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Darren Lynn Bousman
CAST:  Tobin Bell  •  Angus Macfadyen  •  Dina Meyer  •  Kim Roberts

Saw 3D (2010)

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As a deadly battle rages over Jigsaw's brutal legacy, a group of Jigsaw survivors gathers to seek the support of self-help guru and fellow survivor Bobby Dagen, a man whose own dark secrets unleash a new wave of terror.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kevin Greutert
CAST:  Tobin Bell  •  Cary Elwes  •  Costas Mandylor  •  Betsy Russell

As a deadly battle rages over Jigsaw's brutal legacy, a group of Jigsaw survivors gathers to seek the support of self-help guru and fellow survivor Bobby Dagen, a man whose own dark secrets unleash a new wave of terror.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kevin Greutert
CAST:  Tobin Bell  •  Cary Elwes  •  Costas Mandylor  •  Betsy Russell

Cheerleader Camp (1988)

A cheerleader named Alison is plagued by nightmares about the upcoming all-state finals and attends a summer training camp with her teammates. When a number of deaths start occurring at the camp, Alison's nightmares turn twisted and brutal, and she begins to ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Quinn
CAST:  Betsy Russell  •  Leif Garrett  •  Lucinda Dickey  •  Lorie Griffin

A cheerleader named Alison is plagued by nightmares about the upcoming all-state finals and attends a summer training camp with her teammates. When a number of deaths start occurring at the camp, Alison's nightmares turn twisted and brutal, and she begins to ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Quinn
CAST:  Betsy Russell  •  Leif Garrett  •  Lucinda Dickey  •  Lorie Griffin

My Trip Back to the Dark Side (2014)

Shawn Stone is having a bad day. The funding for his film project is not there, his personal life is in shambles, he's out of time and money. He sees only one way to solve his problems - he must turn to the dark side and ask the King of Porn for some cash  (more)

DIRECTION:  Shane Stanley
CAST:  Betsy Russell  •  Patrick Bristow  •  Courtney Gains  •  Ryan Judd

Shawn Stone is having a bad day. The funding for his film project is not there, his personal life is in shambles, he's out of time and money. He sees only one way to solve his problems - he must turn to the dark side and ask the King of Porn for some cash  (more)

DIRECTION:  Shane Stanley
CAST:  Betsy Russell  •  Patrick Bristow  •  Courtney Gains  •  Ryan Judd

Mandrake (2010)

An expedition led by adventurer Darren McCall and funded by the wealthy Harry Vargas braves the impenetrable jungle to retrieve a fabled bejeweled dagger from an ancient burial ground. But pulling the dagger from its rightful resting place awakens the long-dormant ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tripp Reed
CAST:  Max Martini  •  Betsy Russell  •  Benito Martinez  •  Jon Mack

An expedition led by adventurer Darren McCall and funded by the wealthy Harry Vargas braves the impenetrable jungle to retrieve a fabled bejeweled dagger from an ancient burial ground. But pulling the dagger from its rightful resting place awakens the long-dormant ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tripp Reed
CAST:  Max Martini  •  Betsy Russell  •  Benito Martinez  •  Jon Mack

The Break (1995)

A washed-up tennis pro begins coaching a hopeful teen, Joel Robbins, whose overbearing father wants to discourage him from playing.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lee H. Katzin
CAST:  Martin Sheen  •  Rae Dawn Chong  •  Valerie Perrine  •  Vincent Van Patten

A washed-up tennis pro begins coaching a hopeful teen, Joel Robbins, whose overbearing father wants to discourage him from playing.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lee H. Katzin
CAST:  Martin Sheen  •  Rae Dawn Chong  •  Valerie Perrine  •  Vincent Van Patten

Chain Letter (2010)

Six friends receive a mysterious chain letter via text messaging and in their email accounts from a maniac who's hunting down teenagers who fail to forward his online chain letter. Who knew they should take the threats in the chain letter seriously? Or that chain ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Deon Taylor
CAST:  Nikki Reed  •  Keith David  •  Brad Dourif  •  Michael Bailey Smith

Six friends receive a mysterious chain letter via text messaging and in their email accounts from a maniac who's hunting down teenagers who fail to forward his online chain letter. Who knew they should take the threats in the chain letter seriously? Or that chain ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Deon Taylor
CAST:  Nikki Reed  •  Keith David  •  Brad Dourif  •  Michael Bailey Smith

Delta Heat (1992)

An L.A. cop investigates the death of his partner in the swamps of Louisiana. Enlisting the help of an ex-cop who lost his hand to an alligator many years before.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Fischa
CAST:  Anthony Edwards  •  Lance Henriksen  •  Betsy Russell  •  Linda Dona

An L.A. cop investigates the death of his partner in the swamps of Louisiana. Enlisting the help of an ex-cop who lost his hand to an alligator many years before.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Fischa
CAST:  Anthony Edwards  •  Lance Henriksen  •  Betsy Russell  •  Linda Dona

Saw VI (2009)

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Special Agent Strahm is dead, and Detective Hoffman has emerged as the unchallenged successor to Jigsaw's legacy. However, when the FBI draws closer to Hoffman, he is forced to set a game into motion, and Jigsaw's grand scheme is finally understood.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kevin Greutert
CAST:  Tobin Bell  •  Costas Mandylor  •  Betsy Russell  •  Mark Rolston

Special Agent Strahm is dead, and Detective Hoffman has emerged as the unchallenged successor to Jigsaw's legacy. However, when the FBI draws closer to Hoffman, he is forced to set a game into motion, and Jigsaw's grand scheme is finally understood.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kevin Greutert
CAST:  Tobin Bell  •  Costas Mandylor  •  Betsy Russell  •  Mark Rolston

Roxanne: The Prize Pulitzer (1989)

When young Roxanne Ulrich (Chynna Phillips) meets wealthy charmer Herbert Pulitzer (Perry King) and enters the scandal-ridden world of the rich and famous, her life changes forever. After a whirlwind courtship, the two wed, but their marriage is quickly torn apart ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard A. Colla
CAST:  Chynna Phillips  •  Perry King  •  Courteney Cox  •  Betsy Russell

When young Roxanne Ulrich (Chynna Phillips) meets wealthy charmer Herbert Pulitzer (Perry King) and enters the scandal-ridden world of the rich and famous, her life changes forever. After a whirlwind courtship, the two wed, but their marriage is quickly torn apart ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard A. Colla
CAST:  Chynna Phillips  •  Perry King  •  Courteney Cox  •  Betsy Russell

Amore! (1993)

Saul Schwartz, a married successful businessman, is bored with his life and decides he has had enough. So he gets a divorce, quits his job, and goes off to pursue his dream, in Hollywood to be a movie star. Only becoming a movie star isn't as easy as he thought. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lorenzo Doumani
CAST:  Jack Scalia  •  Kathy Ireland  •  Norm Crosby  •  George Hamilton

Saul Schwartz, a married successful businessman, is bored with his life and decides he has had enough. So he gets a divorce, quits his job, and goes off to pursue his dream, in Hollywood to be a movie star. Only becoming a movie star isn't as easy as he thought. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lorenzo Doumani
CAST:  Jack Scalia  •  Kathy Ireland  •  Norm Crosby  •  George Hamilton

Camp Fear (1991)

Some sorority sisters opt for camping in the woods with a handsome professor instead of going to Palm Springs for spring break. However, the orgy is interrupted when some druids appear and decide they need to sacrifice the sisters to prevent the apocalypse at the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Thomas Edward Keith
CAST:  Vincent Van Patten  •  Betsy Russell  •  Peggy McIntaggart  •  Erika Nann

Some sorority sisters opt for camping in the woods with a handsome professor instead of going to Palm Springs for spring break. However, the orgy is interrupted when some druids appear and decide they need to sacrifice the sisters to prevent the apocalypse at the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Thomas Edward Keith
CAST:  Vincent Van Patten  •  Betsy Russell  •  Peggy McIntaggart  •  Erika Nann

Saw V (2008)

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Detective Hoffman is seemingly the last person alive to carry on the Jigsaw legacy. But when his secret is threatened, he must go on the hunt to eliminate all the loose ends.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Hackl
CAST:  Julie Benz  •  Meagan Good  •  Shawnee Smith  •  Tobin Bell

Detective Hoffman is seemingly the last person alive to carry on the Jigsaw legacy. But when his secret is threatened, he must go on the hunt to eliminate all the loose ends.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Hackl
CAST:  Julie Benz  •  Meagan Good  •  Shawnee Smith  •  Tobin Bell

Avenging Angel (1985)

Molly, former baby prostitute "Angel" from Sunset Boulevard, has managed to leave her street life with help of Lt. Andrews. She studies law at an university and aims to become attorney. When she learns that Andrews was shot during a failed observation by brutal ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Vincent O'Neil
CAST:  Betsy Russell  •  Rory Calhoun  •  Susan Tyrrell  •  Ossie Davis

Molly, former baby prostitute "Angel" from Sunset Boulevard, has managed to leave her street life with help of Lt. Andrews. She studies law at an university and aims to become attorney. When she learns that Andrews was shot during a failed observation by brutal ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Vincent O'Neil
CAST:  Betsy Russell  •  Rory Calhoun  •  Susan Tyrrell  •  Ossie Davis

Private School (1983)

Private-school student Christine loves Jim. But her classmate, Jordan, is also vying for Jim's attention and trying to end his relationship with Christine. Meanwhile, Jim's friend Bubba embarks on a series of sexual escapades, including dressing up as a woman to ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Noel Black
CAST:  Phoebe Cates  •  Betsy Russell  •  Matthew Modine  •  Michael Zorek

Private-school student Christine loves Jim. But her classmate, Jordan, is also vying for Jim's attention and trying to end his relationship with Christine. Meanwhile, Jim's friend Bubba embarks on a series of sexual escapades, including dressing up as a woman to ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Noel Black
CAST:  Phoebe Cates  •  Betsy Russell  •  Matthew Modine  •  Michael Zorek

Tomboy (1985)

A budding female race-car driver finally meets her racing idol and unbelievably they fall in love...a love that's quickly put to the test when, having received the chance to show her racing talents, the two find themselves in a race for a multi-million dollar ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Herb Freed
CAST:  Betsy Russell  •  Gerard Christopher  •  Richard Erdman  •  Philip Sterling

A budding female race-car driver finally meets her racing idol and unbelievably they fall in love...a love that's quickly put to the test when, having received the chance to show her racing talents, the two find themselves in a race for a multi-million dollar ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Herb Freed
CAST:  Betsy Russell  •  Gerard Christopher  •  Richard Erdman  •  Philip Sterling

Knock 'em Dead (2014)

Three rival actresses and their crew, desperate and hating each other, reunite for a horror movie sequel when someone starts killing them off just like in their movie, in this bitchy, raunchy comedy mystery.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David DeCoteau
CAST:  Daniel Bernhardt  •  Rae Dawn Chong  •  Candice Coke  •  Jackée Harry

Three rival actresses and their crew, desperate and hating each other, reunite for a horror movie sequel when someone starts killing them off just like in their movie, in this bitchy, raunchy comedy mystery.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David DeCoteau
CAST:  Daniel Bernhardt  •  Rae Dawn Chong  •  Candice Coke  •  Jackée Harry

Non-Stop (2013)

Mysterious emotional thriller about a woman who, after being left at the altar, has a brief liaison with a handsome stranger on a plane which ultimately puts her – and everyone else on the flight – in terrible danger.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Gabai
CAST:  Lacey Chabert  •  Amy Davidson  •  Will Kemp  •  Betsy Russell

Mysterious emotional thriller about a woman who, after being left at the altar, has a brief liaison with a handsome stranger on a plane which ultimately puts her – and everyone else on the flight – in terrible danger.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Gabai
CAST:  Lacey Chabert  •  Amy Davidson  •  Will Kemp  •  Betsy Russell

Blood of 1000 Virgins (2013)

The question of "who hunts virgins" and more will be stripped down and explored in the sexiest trailers hosted by Playboy's Nikki Leigh.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Charles Band
CAST:  Nikki Leigh  •  Colin Rodgers  •  Linda Blair  •  John Carradine

The question of "who hunts virgins" and more will be stripped down and explored in the sexiest trailers hosted by Playboy's Nikki Leigh.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Charles Band
CAST:  Nikki Leigh  •  Colin Rodgers  •  Linda Blair  •  John Carradine

Saw IV (2007)

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Jigsaw and his apprentice Amanda are dead. Now, upon the news of Detective Kerry's murder, two seasoned FBI profilers, Agent Strahm and Agent Perez, arrive in the terrified community to assist the veteran Detective Hoffman in sifting through Jigsaw's latest grisly ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Darren Lynn Bousman
CAST:  Tobin Bell  •  Scott Patterson  •  Costas Mandylor  •  Betsy Russell

Jigsaw and his apprentice Amanda are dead. Now, upon the news of Detective Kerry's murder, two seasoned FBI profilers, Agent Strahm and Agent Perez, arrive in the terrified community to assist the veteran Detective Hoffman in sifting through Jigsaw's latest grisly ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Darren Lynn Bousman
CAST:  Tobin Bell  •  Scott Patterson  •  Costas Mandylor  •  Betsy Russell
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