Russell Alan Steele
Russell Alan Steele was born November 22, 1965, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. After a few years of living in Grand Prairie, Texas, the family settled in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Russell's father, the late Benny Ray Steele, was the Business Manager at Oklahoma State University, and his mother, the late Linda Ione Steele, owned a local travel agency. Russell is survived by his sister, Alicia Bailey, his brother-in-law, Brad Bailey, and niece, Stacey Bailey, all of whom he adored.

Russell graduated Stillwater High School in 1984 before continuing his education at Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts, with a degree in professional writing. Upon graduation, he moved to California where he pursued a career in the movie/television industry as a production accountant. He worked for years at Paramount Pictures, ABC, and CBS on a variety of projects, and his work took him around the world. He lived and worked in Canada, Prague, New Zealand, Australia, and most recently in Hawaii on the hit CBS television show, Hawaii 5-0.

Russell had a wealth of knowledge on a variety of topics, especially music, film, literature, and presidential trivia. He will be remembered as a genuine friend, colleague, and family member to all who knew him. Russell passed away from natural causes in his Studio City apartment in California on November 9, 2019.
Published on November 19, 2019
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Marilyn Sodowsky King
Dec 11, 2019
Alicia I am so sorry I was unable to attend Russell's memorial service last Friday. I wanted to be sure and give you a hug and let you know how special both you and Russell were to me. Both of you were so talented and my heart was so warmed by all his accomplishes. I am so sorry for your loss and just wanted you to know I care! Thoughts and prayers for you and your family.
With love from Teri Freas (Paramount Days)
Dec 04, 2019
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Nancy, Susan & Bob, Diane & Stan, Sally & Todd
Dec 03, 2019
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Eric Seyfert
Nov 20, 2019
Russell was one of the nicest people I’ve ever met. We hung out first semester freshman year at Emerson and we inseparable. But as happens, the next semester we moved on to other groups and other interests. Throughout the rest of our time at Emerson, our paths crossed many times and we would smile at each other & catch up. He was always friendly and receptive to what was going on in my life as I was in his. The memory of Russell will always be a happy one, and I guess that’s all anyone could ask for. Cheers to you Russell, you made many smile.
Carrie Lynn Binkley
Nov 20, 2019
I met Russell while working as a bartender in North Hollywood. Russell quickly helped me feel welcome and became like a brother. Even after leaving CA, Russell was a person I held dear. He will be missed and continued to be loved. Rest my friend, until next next time.
Anne Evans
Nov 20, 2019
I had the pleasure of attending high school with Russell. We were in school plays together and he was always sweet and kind. Even though we lived mere miles from each other as adults, I hadn't seen him in a long time. I will always remember him as fun and full of life. I send my deepest sympathies to Alicia, Brad, Stacey and to all of those who loved him dearly.
Tom Field
Nov 20, 2019
Russell:

You were one of my oldest and dearest friends, but 35 years weren't enough. I wanted more time, more experiences, more memories with you.

The only positive to come from your sad passing is that I've had the opportunity to reconnect with several mutual friends from college, and they uniformly have joined me in toasting your friendship, which was rare and pure and lasting.

I found myself watching a lot of Star Trek last week because I know how much you loved it. Two quotes emerged that say so much about how I feel about you:

Spock: I have been, and always shall be, your friend.

Kirk: Of all the souls I have known, his was the most human...

Love you, Russell.

best always,

Tom
Alicia Bailey
Nov 16, 2019
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