Russ Abbott Russ Abbot (born Russell Roberts 16 September 1947 in Chester, UK) is a British musician, comedian, and actor.
He was the 5th of six sons born to Donald and Elizabeth Roberts (who were not in showbusiness).
As a drummer Abbot founded the Black Abbots, who signed their first record-contract in 1977. Later on he appeared as a comedian, winning five times the award as Funniest Man On Television.
From 1980 Abbot released some albums as a solo artist and played successfully in several TV series. His own Russ Abbot Show, showed his talents as an "all round entertainer" and attracted millions of viewers.
After many years, Abbot bought the performing rights to his hit "Atmosphere" and refuses to allow it to be played on radio as he considers it to be a dire representation of his talents, however many consider this to be a classic novelty hit (it spent no less than two months in the UK top 20 in 1984).
Abbot's theatre roles include Alfred P. Doolittle in My Fair Lady and the narrator in The Rocky Horror Show.
In 1967 he married Tricia Simpson and he has 4 children, Gary, Richard, Christopher and Erika. He has two grandchildren Laing (B :1994) and Charlotte (B : October 2004).