Fred Russell
(1862-1957)

Died aged c. 95

Thomas Frederick Parnell OBE (29 September 1862 – 14 October 1957), known professionally as Fred Russell, was an English ventriloquist. Usually credited as being the first to use a knee-sitting figure, he is known as "The Father of Modern Ventriloquism".

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Fred Russell 1862-1957 Father of modern ventriloquism lived here in flat No.71 1914-1926

Kenilworth Court, Lower Richmond Road, Putney, London, United Kingdom where they lived