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Black Ops Cold War: Who is Russell Adler?

In Black Ops Cold War, Russell Adler joins the cast as an important member of the CIA. But… Who actually is he? Adler is an engimatic man with a past that you don’t want to get on the wrong side of.

Russell Adler, born 1937, is a “mystery even to those who have worked by his side for years”. The only thing we know is that after joining the CIA in 1966, he was assigned to the MACV-SOG unit in Vietnam.

The MACV-SOG unit was assigned to investigate any covert Soviet activity in the region. The knowledge he has from this alone makes him an important asset to the CIA and their Cold War efforts.

Adler is a mysterious CIA operative called in for some of the most difficult assignments. He’s a black box, even to some of his closest associates.

Murray Kraft, Lead Writer @ Raven Software

Despite officially being off the record post-Vietnam, Adler remained involved with a number of clandestine operation. He has an authority that coldly commands those in the room around him, with a dry wit to challenge any wordsmith.

Black Ops Cold War Adler
Do you know how I got these scars? / Credit: Treyarch

He enjoys intimidation tactics, using his disarming charisma and emotionless brutality to great effect. He is reportedly fluid in Russian and German, along with having years of experience both in the field and with espionage-based operations.

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Adler begins the Black Ops Cold War campaign at the head of his own strike team, hunting an important lead in Amsterdam. His team is made of both familiar and fresh faces, all tried and tested operatives in the field.

Who Voices Russell Adler in Black Ops Cold War?

You might not know his face, but Russell Adler’s voice will be familiar to some. Bruce Thomas lends his voice acting skills to Black Ops Cold War and brings his talents to his performance of Adler.

Black Ops Cold War Adler
Credit: MGM

You might know him from Gears Tactics, as the voice of Sid Redburn, or Legally Blonde & Legally Blonde 2 as the UPS Guy. He also has acting credits in Hall Pass, roles in various Batman titles as Commissioner Gordon, and as both Hank Bradley and Carl Schmidt in Beverly Hills, 90210.

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