Nothing is known about Russ' life prior to or as the outbreak began.
Russ is among the militia to listen to the leaders' speeches before they launch their assault on the Sanctuary. After successfully ambushing the Saviors' headquarters, he and the others leave in their vehicles so the incoming horde may swarm the factory. He splits off and heads to one of the Savior outposts with other militia members.
Russ is among the group of Alexandrians to ambush a Savior outpost from their vehicles. As they continuously fire at the Saviors, they manage to kill off several Saviors in an effort to have them reanimate and overrun their comrades.
As the militia returns to Alexandria, Russ and the other survivors disembark from the vehicles and proceed to walk down the street toward their homes to rest and debrief.
As the Saviors arrive outside Alexandria, Russ is among the residents warned to evacuate to the sewers. He and several other residents, including Tobin, flee down the street towards the sewers just before grenades begin exploding all over town.
Russ travels through the woods to the Hilltop Colony with the surviving Alexandrians. Later, he arrives with the rest of the Alexandria refugees and walks around the community.
Russ hides inside of the Barrington House while the Hilltoppers defend the community from the Saviors. He later flees outside as the reanimated residents begin to attack.
Russ accompanies the militia to fight the Saviors in the final battle. After most of the Saviors are wiped out due to Eugene's faulty bullets, he helps the others fight the surviving Saviors until they surrender. He then watches on as Negan is defeated and captured while Rick addresses the crowd, declaring peace among all communities. Afterwards, Russ returns to Alexandria to re-establish the previously destroyed community.
In a flashback, Russ is murdered by Jocelyn and her group in the middle of the night, presumably because he caught them stealing supplies and/or attempting to kidnap the children. The next day, Scott discovers his body lying against the side of a building. Michonne and Frankie run over and stare at the body in horror, until Michonne pieces together what happened and who did it.
- Killed By
- Jocelyn's Group (Off-Screen)
While protecting Alexandria during the night, Russ is killed by a member of Jocelyn's Group.
This list shows the victims Russ has killed:
- "Mercy" (No Lines)
- "The Damned" (No Lines)
- "The King, the Widow, and Rick" (No Lines)
- "How It's Gotta Be" (No Lines)
- "Dead or Alive Or" (No Lines)
- "Do Not Send Us Astray" (No Lines)
- "Wrath" (No Lines)
- "Scars" (Flashback, No Lines)
- While his name has not been mentioned in dialogue nor has the character been credited, the name Russ was given to the actor for the filming of "Scars".
- Despite this extra being killed off in "Scars", he reappears alive after the time skip in "Guardians". This is an error due to filming not occurring in plot chronological order due to the time skip.