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Production: 'The Great Society' (See all 11 roles)

Richard Russell (Lead)

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Casting "The Great Society." Thrust by the assassination of John F. Kennedy into the office he always wanted, Lyndon B. Johnson cajoles, seduces, and strong arms senators into endi...more

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Male, ages 64-70, All Ethnicities

Role Description

Richard Russell: (Lead) the Senator from Georgia – a southern patrician who, nonetheless, speaks with down home folksiness. He is a father figure to LBJ, though their relationship breaks apart as their differences in political views become too much. Founder and leader of the conservative coalition that dominated Congress from 1937 to 1963, he was for decades a leader of Southern opposition to the Civil Rights movement. An early opponent of Vietnam, he comes to support the war for the sake of the U.S. keeping its commitments. He rejects Robert McNamara's strategy of ''limited war,'' and urges LBJ to ''go all in or all out.'' Alternately, folksy and slick. (Star names preferred).