He is portrayed by Gregg Henry.
Russell makes his first and only appearance in the episode Ballad, where Russell walks in on Quinn and his wife preparing for a Celibacy Father/Daughter Dance. The family plan to invite Finn over to their house for dinner. During dinner, he makes one of his "famous toasts," in which he says he's very proud of Quinn's dress for the Chastity Ball. After this, Finn, who has been feeling overwhelmed by Quinn's secret pregnancy (along with other issues), sings (You're) Having My Baby to Quinn to explain how deeply he feels for her and the baby.
Quinn's parents are at first confused by the song, and Russell demands answers. Quinn finally admits to her family that she is pregnant, and implies that Finn is the father. She then asks Russell to accept her and the pregnancy. Russell however is furious and horrified that his daughter could do something he deems so irresponsible and socially unacceptable. When Quinn tries to get her mother's help (who knew she was pregnant, but chose to ignore it), she's forced to agree with Russell's judgment. Russell kicks Quinn out of the house. Quinn goes to live with Finn, then Puck's family, and then, eventually, Mercedes' family during her stint away from her family.
His wife, Judy Fabray, returns in the episode Journey, inviting their daughter Quinn back to live with her. It is revealed that he had been having an affair with a "tattooed freak" whose gender is unknown. As a result, Judy had kicked him out. Their divorce is confirmed in Sexy.
He is mentioned briefly by Quinn, when she talks of her past. Quinn asked him if she could get a nose job and he said yes.
He is mentioned by Quinn when she is deciding on who to vote for Senior Class President. She says that just like her dad, who had always voted for the candidate that was least "ethnic," she would vote on the one that was most "girl."
Although seemingly rather jolly, Russell is an obviously over-bearing patriarch, quick to judge, conservative and closed-minded. He is very proud of his family, expecting them to be perfectly good Christians. As a result his family comes off as stereotypical WASPs. Aside from Quinn, he has another daughter named Frannie that is married to a Christian man. He, like his wife, seems to be a strong Christian, but some of aspects his faith are over-bearing. He is very protective of his girls, but throws Quinn out upon learning that she is pregnant.
She is his wife. Several cues throughout the episode Ballad may suggest that their relationship was superficial. As of Journey, we learned that Judy kicked him out of the house because he cheated on her with a "tattooed freak."
Russell cheated on his wife with a "tattooed freak." The gender of this person has not been revealed, although it's likely a woman. An extremely upset Judy leaves him in the episode Journey, throwing him out of the house. After Judy kicks him out, it is rumoured that Russell goes and stays with this person.
- His affair may be interpreted as a playful parody to the Sandra Bullock/Jesse James/Bombshell McGee controversy.