Russell Morash Bio|
Source: This Old House Online
This archived bio was presented with reference to his work on This Old House and was replaced by a new one, which you can find here.
Creative Director and Founder
This Old House
Providing home enthusiasts nationwide with award-winning programming, Russell Morash is the father of the "how-to" and "know-how" television concept. As the This Old House creator, executive producer and director since 1979, Russ introduced the premier home improvement television series to America. His latest program, Ask This Old House, in which Russ and his team tackle viewer questions on-air, debuted this fall on PBS.
"A few lucky souls, who just happen to be located near an Ask This Old House camera, may get their questions answered in-person by one of our experts," says Russ. "Although you may not have your home profiled on This Old House, if you 'ask'...you just might get a visit from the best fix-up team on television."
Russ, whose forebears were carpenters and shipwrights, conceived the idea of This Old House in 1976 while remodeling his own home. The first thirteen-week This Old House series, featuring the renovation of a Victorian home in the Dorchester section of Boston, set a new ratings record for WGBH when it was broadcast locally in 1979. The series was aired nationally on PBS the following season and quickly became a perennial favorite. With original broadcasts reaching more than 4.2 million weekly PBS viewers, This Old House remains the highest-rated home improvement series in television history.
Russ's production credits include the WGBH-produced series The Victory Garden (which premiered in 1975 and he retired from in 2001), The French Chef, Julia Child & Company, Julia Child & More Company, Dinner at Julia's, Last Chance Garage and The New Yankee Workshop (which premiered in 1989). Russ's other public television credits include The Advocates, The National Theatre of the Deaf and several other Emmy Award-winning programs. He has also produced more than 100 home videocassettes, including the best-selling This Old House home improvement video and dozens of The New Yankee Workshop companion videos. Russ has received fourteen national Emmy Awards, including a 2001-2002 Daytime Emmy for "Outstanding Directing in a Service Show," and currently ranks 4th on the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences list of Top 100 Daytime Emmy Award winners. Along with his home improvement team, he currently serves on the editorial board of This Old House magazine, published by This Old House Ventures, Inc.
A native of Lexington, Massachusetts, Russ trained as a theater director at Boston University, where he received a bachelor of fine arts degree in 1957. He joined the WGBH staff that same year, and in 1958 was made a producer/director, a hands-on role he has never relinquished.
Russ and his wife, Marian, formerly known as The Victory Garden's "Chef Marian" Morash, live in a Massachusetts farmhouse that he has completely rebuilt. The Morashes have two daughters and five exceptional grandchildren.