Russell Thorson (October 14, 1906 – July 6, 1982, born in Wisconsin), was an American actor, perhaps best known for his co-starring role as Det. Lt. Otto Lindstrom in ABC's 1959-62 hit crime drama, The Detectives Starring Robert Taylor.
Thorson began his acting career in small roles for film and television in Double Dynamite (1953), with Jane Russell and Frank Sinatra, Dangerous Mission (1954). He has also appeared in several classic movies, including Johnny Concho (1956), 36 Hours (1965), The Stalking Moon (1968), and Walking Tall (1973).
Most of his career was spent on television. He is best remembered for playing the role of Det.Lt. Otto Lindstrom in The Detectives from 1959 to 1961. He made four guest appearances on CBS's Perry Mason, including three episodes during the first two seasons from 1958 to 1959.
He appeared in guest-starring roles in such television series as Tales of Wells Fargo, Trackdown, Wagon Train, Lassie, Peyton Place, and The Virginian, and is also known for his role as a ship captain in "Cocoon", the pilot episode of CBS's original Hawaii Five-O, starring Jack Lord.