Pittsburgh Comedian And Actress Barbara Russell Has Died At 85

She appeared in the very first episode of 'Mister Rogers' Neighborhood'

Andrew Limberg
August 27, 2018 - 12:05 pm

Rick Sebak

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PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - Pittsburgh actor and comedian Barbara Russell, best-known for her work with “Chef” Don Brockett, died Saturday at the age of 85.

Russell also appeared on the very first episode of “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood," the George Romero film “Day of the Dead” and many other productions, including an upcoming film called “The Great One”, a film about the impact Pirates great Roberto Clemente had on Pittsburgh’s children.

WQED producer Rick Sebak, who plays Russell’s husband in the “The Great One” says, “She was one of the greats of Pittsburgh comedy and theater.”

Sebak adds that Russell played a woman who collected lampshades in that first episode of “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood”.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

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