Richard Rust

Richard Rust


7/14/1938, Boston



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Rust's mother died when he was five, his father was a naval officer, so Rust lived with his aunt. Studied at the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York City, 340 East 54th Street. He was a replacement in the play Long Day's Journey into Night on Broadway in the…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • In the episode Who Killed Cock Robin? of 77 Sunset Strip, in which Rust plays method actor Walter Legal, he rushes in to say that someone tried to kill him and when explaining to Jeff Spencer played by Roger Smith, he says "I was looking for cues" instead of CLUES and they simply left that in!

    • Rust not only read about psychoanalysis, he tried his hand at writing about it.

      He also appeared at the Ivar Theatre in 1959 in Tennessee Williams' Suddenly Last Summer.

    • He was not only a great actor, he could fence, ride a horse or a motorcycle in a spectacular manner, juggle, play trumpet (it seems...see Bourbon Street Beat, Torch Song for Trumpet)... seems like what can't he do??

  • Quotes

  • Richard Rust takes command on screen no matter who the star is...whether it's Barbara Stanwyck, Tony Curtis, Michael Landon, Raymond Burr, William Holden, Richard Widmark, etc. Not only is he tall & handsome, he has major talent and a wondmoreless

    I've seen most of Rust's performances on film and tv -- so far, my favorites are as Oliver the enforcer in Walk on the Wild Side, Gus the killer in Underworld USA and Walter Legal the method actor in 77 Sunset Strip, Kip Kiley the musician in Bourbon Street Beat. When Rust is on the screen, I don't notice anyone else. Not only is he tall & handsome, he looks good in a suit. But it's his voice, his manner, his beautiful hands and MOST OF ALL, his magnificent acting that really caught my attention and caused me to collect everything about him that I can get my hands on. As they used to say about The Lone Ranger, "he was a fabulous individual!" I think Rust might end up getting more attention now, after his death, than he ever did while he was alive. He might appreciate that, too.moreless