Tim Russell


Tim Russell


Tim Russell is a well-known Minneapolis radio personality and voice actor (SAG-AFTRA). Using his many character voices, Tim has voiced award-winning (CLIO) radio and television commercials since 1975. He’s noted for his versatility, comic timing and variety of announcer and character voice styles. As an actor on A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor, a nationally known public radio show heard weekly by over four million listeners, Tim has performed celebrity voices from presidents (Bush, Kerry) to celebrity governors (Ventura, Scwarzenegger) to dozens of regular characters in the show’s popular comedy sketches. Tim is the voice behind Dusty from Lives of the Cowboys, Fred Farell, and all of the “Famous Celebrities” to name a few. Tim’s character voices for A Prairie Home Companion have made his voice and comedy acting nationally recognized.

Tim Russell is heard weekday mornings from 5-9 a.m. as entertainment editor on 830 WCCO Radio. He’s been voted “Best Radio Host” by Mpls / St. Paul Magazine and “Outstanding Broadcast Personality” by the Minnesota Broadcasters Association. Tim has worked at WCCO radio stations in Minneapolis for over thirty years.

To learn how Tim Russell got his start as a radio personality and voice actor, read his Career History.

…Tim as the mafioso, callow youth, Yale smoothie, prickly curmudgeon, Paris boulevardier, Russian artiste, Swedish sourpuss, and cowpoke president…

Garrison Keillor


To hire Tim Russell: contact Amy Oppegaard of Wehmann Models and Talent, Inc. in Minneapolis at 612.333.6393.

LA representation: Contact Wes Stevens of VOX in Los Angeles at 323.655.8699.

All of the wonderful characters…Dusty and Fred Farrell and all of Guy Noir’s various clients, not to mention thugs, demented geezers, Japanese waiters, Russians, Swedes, gastric distress of all kinds, and of course the ever-amazing Famous Celebrities segment…stunning impersonations of Fred and George and Ted and Julia and all of the others…such a joy for…a writer. A bewildering plethora of possibilities.

Garrison Keillor

Tim Russell is well-known among writers, producers and engineers of commercial audio as one of the finest voice actors in the nation. I have had the pleasure of working with Tim for over 20 years, and have yet to see him get frustrated or impatient with any client. When I first met Tim, he was mostly known for his world-class impressions. Later he became known as a voice talent who could do great character voices, as well as a huge variety of announcer styles. His longevity in a fickle advertising business is a credit to his talent and professionalism.

Doug Dixon

President, Audio Ruckus

I’ve rarely seen or heard anybody who is as capable as Tim when it comes to creating characters or imitations on the fly. Tim has an amazing sense of timing. I’m not simply referring to his comedic gifts that are so readily apparent. Tim can seemingly hit the most impossible voice-over timings with relative ease and fluidity. Tim’s other rare talent is his ability to ad-lib lines that will have the recording room burst into peals of laughter. The only difficulty is that we’re always trying to find ways to add Tim’s character voice riffs to the radio spot – a dilemma I’m only too happy to oblige

André Bergeron

Engineer/Owner, Babble-On Recording Studios, Inc.

If you only know him from ‘A Prairie Home Companion,’ you don’t know the half of Tim Russell. Put Tim in a recording booth, and you’ve got a versatile actor with more voices in his head than Son of Sam…and most of them won’t be telling him to kill you. Seriously, Tim is a consommé pro. That’s right. When he’s not rocking the mic for some national advertiser, he makes an awesome bouillabaisse.

Gary Bingner

President, Quasimodo Advertising

Tim has been at WCCO radio in Minneapolis for twenty-some years, since he was 20 or so, The Good Neighbor to the Great Northwest, the powerhouse station of my youth, and he’s done various announcing shifts there and now is a sort of cultural reporter and reviews movies. A good gig for him. And then for [A Prairie Home Companion] he does dead-on Schwarzenegger and Bush and Julia Child and Bill Clinton and every other impression, acts, can do double-talk French so Gallic that Francophones double over laughing (plus Swedish, German, Russian, Arabic, and very fast Italian).

Garrison Keillor

Rhubarb Tour Diary

Impressions and voices are where [Tim] Russell has made his mark as a radio personality. He does just about anyone you can imagine…’A Prairie Home Companion’ remains his favorite gig. He’s been with Garrison Keillor’s radio variety show since 1994.

Jeffrey Pieters

“From Dubuque to ‘A Prairie Home Companion,’ he’s left Lasting Impressions”


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