He played the role of Fregley Breck in Diary of a Wimpy Kid alongside Zachary Gordon. His role in Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby launched his career.
He guest-starred in an episode of I'm in the Band.
He played the role of Texas Ranger Bobby in Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, starring Will Ferrel.
He started acting in commercials when he was 6. These included ads for McDonald's, Blue Cross, and a car dealer.
His parents are named Crystal and Jerry Russel. They raised him in Alabama, where they ran a Christian music ministry.
- The meaning of the name Russell: Red