Russell Kairouz was a HouseGuest on Big Brother 11. Russell was a member of the Athletes clique. In the house, Russell was known for his explosive personality and tense confrontations with fellow HouseGuests Jeff Schroeder, Jordan Lloyd, Chima Simone, and Michele Noonan (with whom he shared a love-hate relationship). Jeff and Russell were aligned for three weeks before Jeff backdoored him. Russell was the seventh player evicted from the house, placing sixth and becoming the third member of the Jury.
Known to his friends as "Russell the Lovemuscle," this commercial real-estate broker is certain to be a favorite in the BIG BROTHER house. Loud and brash, Russell holds nothing back and is always ready for a fight. In fact, his brash personality is probably his biggest asset outside the house, where he is a mixed martial arts fighter. He claims nothing scares him and that includes the game of BIG BROTHER.
Russell's biggest pet peeve is people who don’t think before they act, but only because he's made mistakes while doing just that. In college, he was in a motorcycle accident while trying to impress a group of girls. The crash left him temporarily paralyzed and it took six surgeries to get him back into fighting form.
Now Russell is ready to tackle a new form of competition against his fellow Houseguests. It's a challenge and he'll do with a smile on his face because, according to Russell, "if you’re not smiling, you’re not living."
Russell has previously lived in Southern California and Lebanon. His birth date is September 1, 1984.
Russell and Lydia Tavera were the first two HouseGuests to be nominated for eviction by a Head of Household who would later be expelled. They were nominated by Chima Simone, who was expelled the following week.
Russell was the first HouseGuest to win an HOH and a POV in Big Brother 11.