- December 27, 1998 (age 22)
- Jerry Russell, Crystal Russell
Grayson Russell (born December 27, 1998) is an American film and television child actor. He is best known for his roles in Talladega Nights and the Diary of a Wimpy Kid film series.
Russell was born in Clanton, Alabama, the son of Crystal and Jerry Russell, who has a Christian music ministry. He attends public high school in Clanton.
His television career began at the age of six when he appeared as Cowboy Grayson in a series of television commercials for a local car dealership. Other commercials include appearances in a regional McDonald’s spot and a Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee commercial.
Russell’s film career began with an open casting call for a role in Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby. His mother, Crystal Russell, has stated that Grayson auditioned to gain some experience with the process, and the family was surprised to learn that he would be playing Texas Ranger Bobby, the son of racecar driver Ricky Bobby (played by Will Ferrell).