Ron and Russell Mael
musicians, performers, actors, songwriters
Ron and Russell Mael are American musicians, performers, actors and songwriters with Russian-Jewish ancestry, best known for their band The Sparks.
Ron and Russell Mael – The Sparks
Ronald David Mael was born on August 12, 1945, in Culver City, California, and his younger brother Russell Craig Mael was born on October 5, 1948, in Santa Monica, California.
The Mael brothers grew up in Pacific Palisades – a well-to-do suburb of Los Angeles - with their father, Meyer Mael, son of Jewish immigrants from the Austrian and Russian empire a well known graphic designer and caricaturist for the Hollywood Citizen-News newspaper, and their mother, Miriam Mael (née Moskowitz), a librarian and daughter of Jewish immigrants from Poland, former Russian empire.
Being multi-talented teens, both brothers played keyboard and guitar, while Russel also played football. They both enrolled at UCLA, with Ron choosing a course in Cinema and Graphic Arts in 1963, and Russell – a course in Theater Arts and Filmmaking between 1966-1968.
In 1971 the brothers formed the Sparks band, which quickly gained a small, but cult-like following. They recorded 22 albums, with some of the tracks reaching high positions in the international charts – including "This Town Ain't Big Enough for Both of Us", which reached number 2 in the U.K. Singles Chart.
Russel is know for his signature falcetto vocals, while Ron draws attention with his Chaplin-style mustache and his tendency to stand completely still while playing the keyboard.
The brothers appear as themselves in the 1977 disaster film Rollercoaster, performing live. They also appeared in episode twenty-two of season six of the Gilmore Girls.
Russel Mael is also the co-founder of Lil' Beethoven Records.
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