Mark Russell Biography (1932-)

Original name, Mark Ruslander, name legally changed, 1956; born August 23, 1932, in Buffalo, NY; son of Marcus Joseph (an oil company employee) and MarieElizabeth (Perry) Ruslander; married; wife's name Becky (divorced); married Alison Kaplan (a radio station advertising and promotion manager), December 17, 1978; children: (first marriage) Monica, John, Matthew. Career: Comedian and political satirist, best known for his regular appearances on PBS. Worked as a pianist in various clubs and bars in and around Washington, DC, 1956-58; Carroll Arms Bar, Washington, DC, comedian and pianist, 1958-61; Shoreham Hotel, Washington, DC, comedian and pianist, 1961-81; Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles, CA, author of the syndicated column "Mark Russell's World," 1975-. Military service: U.S. Marine Corps, 1953-56. Member:American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, American Federation ofMusicians. Awards, Honors: Elizabeth Ann Seton Award, Sons of the American Revolution, 1975; Mark Twain Award for political comedy, International Platform Association, 1980 and 1986; Litt.D., Union College, 1987; L.H.D., Canisius College, 1988; L.H.D., Goucher College, 1990; Lucy Award, Shea's Buffalo, 1992; National Humor Treasure Award, National Humor Conference, 1995; named Washingtonian of the year, Washingtonian, 1996. Addresses: Office: P.O. Box 9904, Washington, DC 20016.

comedian, satirist
Birth Details
August 23, 1932
Buffalo, New York, United States

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