Character Bio from Farewell My Life by Cynthia Sally Haggard: MR. RUSSELL

Mr. Russell is:

A young Nicholas Russell (played by Conrad Veidt) just before World War I
  • 27 years old
  • Superb pianist
  • Studying at Georgetown University’s School for Foreign Service
  • Charming
  • Highly Intelligent
  • Speaks French, German and Italian fluently
  • Has charming smile
  • A suitable suitor for Grace, except who is he?
Nicholas Russell aged 27, when he first met Grace, again played by Conrad Veidt

I know the photo in the hat makes Mr. Russell looks like someone associated from the mafia (and a most unsuitable suitor at that,) but it was hard to find an actor that captured his magnetic eyes, was suitable for the time period, and made him look slightly sinister when angry. I was very lucky to stumble upon German actor Conrad Veidt, who had all those qualities. When Russell looks at Grace, his more vulnerable side comes out, and he looks more like the young man in the top picture, as he was before the war. He also has a charming smile which illuminates his face and banishes his sinister qualities…