Lucas Russell

Lucas Russell, an award-winning theatre maker from the UK, specializes in pub theatre. His eclectic approach has led to an expansive and successful career. Lucas published 300 Thoughts for Theatremakers (Nick Hern Books 2022).

This book offers inspiration and practical advice. For instance, thought number 27 suggests that actors maintain artistic ownership over their work.

Early Life and Education

Lucas is an expert on U.S.-Middle East relations and Arabic culture, serving as a professor of history at Michigan State University’s Global Studies in the Arts and Humanities department as well as having appeared in off-Broadway shows such as Corpus Christi and Shakespeare in the Parking Lot.

Russell was lightly recruited, yet found an advocate in Hal DeJulio who saw him play for USF. Soon thereafter he quickly flourished into a vital defensive contributor that helped them win NCAA titles in 1955 and 1956.

As much as Russell avoided stirring up any controversy on the court, he was an active supporter of American civil rights movements and critic of Vietnam War. Thankfully, however, his brilliant play as a basketball player granted him amnesty when it came to stirring up trouble off-court.

Professional Career

Lucas was an outstanding shooter and rebounder who played on both Ohio State’s national championship team and US Olympic gold medal squads. One of his distinguishing traits was being one of the first basketball players ever to participate on champion teams at all three levels: high school, college, and Olympics (a feat later accomplished by Quinn Buckner and Magic Johnson).

After his graduation from Ohio State, Lucas was approached by Cleveland advertisers Howard Marks and Carl Glickman with an offer of a combination business/player contract. Taking up this offer, Lucas accepted.

Bob Cousy was hired as coach of the Royals, looking for small forwards who could drive to the basket. Lucas didn’t fit that mold and was traded to San Francisco where he saw more regular playing time and improved both scoring and rebounding abilities, earning All-Star status the following season.

Achievement and Honors

Lucas was an esteemed founding member of the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS) and widely revered for his advanced hair restoration techniques, compassionate care for his patients, and philosophical approach to medicine. A true Renaissance man, Lucas enjoyed flying ultralight planes as well as hang gliding, water skiing and scuba diving – among many other hobbies!

After his college career, Lucas was selected by the Cincinnati Royals as a territorial selection in the 1962 NBA draft and joined Ohio State teammates John Havlicek and Oscar Robertson on an NBA tour through Poland, Romania and Yugoslavia in 1964.

Lucas excelled as both an A student and basketball player simultaneously. Later, he taught physical education classes at Herron Hill Junior High School and Schenley High School in Pittsburgh.

Personal Life

Lucas is a proud father and grandfather with many friends and professional colleagues. Additionally, he serves as an adjunct professor at Michigan State University teaching classes on Middle Eastern politics and culture as well as global studies theory.

After years of struggling in small theatre productions, Lucas finally made his breakthrough on Broadway with Terrence McNally’s off-Broadway play Corpus Christi. Since then, he has gone on to appear in larger Hollywood properties; playing such roles as progressive basketball coaches, child murderers, right-hand men of geniuses and eccentric bohemians.

Recently he appeared in Little Accidents and New York indie The Mend. Additionally he is creating a theatre piece which will simultaneously utilize English and American Sign Language performance techniques.

Net Worth

In 1967, Lucas co-founded American Zoetrope with Francis Ford Coppola and produced Electronic Labyrinth: THX 1138 4EB which won first prize at a national student film festival. Star Wars (1977), his next science fiction epic film was an instant critical and commercial success.

Lucas created the Indiana Jones films, producing and co-writing Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) and Temple of Doom (1984), as well as directing Return of the Jedi (1983). Furthermore, he has supported various educational and arts causes through charitable organizations and campaigns.

He is an outstanding actor renowned for captivating audiences with his captivating performances. His commitment to his craft has enabled him to establish himself within the industry, portraying various characters that showcase his versatility.

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