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Funeral Details

Russell Allan Astor


Interment - Private

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Blackdog All Breed Dog Rescue
PO Box 2743
Glenview, Illinois 60025-6743


Russell Allan Astor, 50, passed away suddenly on March 28, 2021. He married the love of his life, Jenny Doyle, in April 2012 and was a devoted husband to her and loving dog-dad to their rescue pup Max. He was the cherished son of Gloria Jean Astor and Michael Astor, both deceased. Russ leaves behind his sister, Stephanie, his favorite niece Madeline and brother-in-law, John Owens. He was adored by his in-laws Jill and the late Ed Doyle. He was born in Skokie, IL on March 5, 1971. Russ attended Niles North High School in Skokie. He spent over 20 years as a theater manager for noted chains like Loews, AMC and the Davis Theatre in Chicago’s Lincoln Square neighborhood. As a long-time concessions purchasing manager for Levy Restaurants, Russell Astor was a well-known fixture at Chicago-area sports venues like Wrigley, Guaranteed Rate Field, United Center and his most recent property, Now Arena in Hoffman Estates. He was universally loved and respected by his colleagues. “Whoever Russell worked with became family,” said his sister, Stephanie. “He established amazing work and friendships with anyone he encountered. He was loved by all.” He was a voracious sports fan; especially the Cubs, Bears and Blackhawks and professional wrestling. He was a Metallica super-fan and saw them live dozens of times. To keep everyone safe and healthy, the chapel service and internment are private. His funeral will be available to watch via livestream. The live stream can be attended by going to the Chicago Jewish Funerals website ( In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Blackdog All Breed Dog Rescue, PO Box 2743, Glenview, IL 60025-6743, To attend the funeral live stream, please visit our website. Arrangements by Chicago Jewish Funerals - Skokie Chapel, 847.229.8822,


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Jason Beyer

Russell was one of my managers at Arlington Theaters back in 2001-2002. I have fond memories of discussing Star Trek and wrestling with him. Working at the theater is where I met my wife, Diann. Russell helped make sure our schedules would line up so we could work together and have days off together. He had a big heart and a wonderful sense of humor. Diann and I offer our condolences to the Astor family.

Ed Cohen

Russell was a dear friend in middle and high school. We lived close to each other and hung out a lot during the summer. We played many of whiffle ball games in the front yard and fast pitch at Gross Point Park. I will remember those days fondly. My condolences to his family. May his memory be a blessing.

Adam Benarroch

I have known Russell since High School. We became closer friends are senior year of high school as we had typing and advertising classes together and sat right next to each other. There was never a dull moment being Russell's friend. He always made you laugh and did have a mean bone in his body. One of my favorite memories is when we went to see all 3 Back to the Future Movies in 1990 at the Lincoln Village Theater. We had other memories such as discussing Star Wars, Brady Bunch, playing Techno Bowl, Baseball Stars on Nintendo. As adults, we would try our best to meet up for lunch when he had his occasional day off and we would have our choices of Josh's of Northbrook, Dengeos, Grill House, and City BBQ. He will and always be a good friend to me. My heart goes out to Jenny, Stephanie and his niece Madison. And finally to Pete Stern, he was more than a friend to you but a brother. Love you all.

Julie Berman

I’m so sorry for your sudden loss. Your sadness is felt by all who loved him.

Evan Bruce

Russell was and always will be one of my favorite family members. He was always able to bring a smile to my face, and manage to give me a hard time for being a cardinals fan. Ill root for your teams a bit this year for you russ. Thank you for everything. Ill always love you

Miss Susie L

Thank you for all that you gave to all of us through your kindness. I loved every time I got my little brother *hug* -mostly in the middle of the movie theater. Your generosity of love towards those in your inner circle was and remains amazing. I am so glad you have been part of my life. You will be so very missed. All my love, Susie

Thi Kim

Russell and I manage the Davis Theater together for nearly a decade. We loved the theater business and enjoy creating Magic at the Movies. We would do special screenings at the Davis Theater, a screening experience only few would understand. Legs up, nacho in hand enjoying what we loved. Every so often we would attend The National Theater Owner Association convention in Lake Geneva Wi. Meeting guess celebrities and screening movies, days if not weeks in advance. It was a great work/life balance, nothing glamorous but something we really enjoyed. The Davis Theater has gone through allot of changes in the time that we were there, molding the culture and experiences of the theater as we felt right. A theater once considered run down was turnaround with the help of Russell and the crew, pass and present. Russell's Impact on the Historic century Old Theater will always have its place in Chicago. His existence will be miss, may he rest in peace exactly as he would've imagine peace to be. My condolence to Russell's wife Jenny, who I've heard many stories about but never met, as well as his love ones. Best wishes.
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