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Kurt Russell



One of the most iconic action stars of all time, Kurt Russell (born March 17th, 1951) is among the few to make the successful transition from child star to successful adult actor. As a youth, Russell aspired to follow the footsteps of his father, Bing Russell, who, in addition to being a big league baseball player, was also an actor (he was perhaps best known for his role as the sheriff on the TV Western Bonanza). That his heroes Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris did the same thing only strengthened Russell's resolve to have both a baseball and acting career.

He first broke into acting on television, starring in the series The Travels of Jamie McPheeters, and he made his film debut playing the boy who kicks Elvis in the 1963 Elvis Presley vehicle It Happened at the World's Fair.



After signing a ten-year contract with Disney, Russell got his big break as a juvenile actor in 1966, starring opposite Fred MacMurray in Disney's live-action feature Follow Me Boys! His association with the studio lasted through 1975, and produced such comedic family movies as The Horse in the Gray Flannel Suit (1968), The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes (1969), The Barefoot Executive (1971), and The Strongest Man in the World (1975). The last film marked Russell's final collaboration with Disney, aside from his voicing the character of Copper in the studio's The Fox and the Hound (1981). Still an avid baseball enthusiast during those years, Russell nurtured his dreams of becoming a professional ball player until a shoulder injury permanently changed his plans.



After ending his association with Disney, Russell disappeared from features for a few years. He appeared in a few television movies, most notably playing the title role in Elvis, John Carpenter's made-for-television biopic. His next role as a sleazy used car salesman in Robert Zemeckis' hilariously caustic Used Cars (1980) allowed him to counter his wholesome, all-American nice guy image, and prove that he was an actor of untapped range. Director Carpenter recognized this and cast Russell as ruthless mercenary Snake Plissken in his brooding sci-fi/action film Escape From New York (1981). The role would prove to be one of legendary status, and one that would cement Russell as a cult hero for generations to come. Carpenter also cast Russell as a scientist stranded in the Antarctic in his chilling 1982 remake of The Thing. Realizing that his characters were larger than life, Russell typically played them with a subtle tongue- in-cheek quality. He also used this comic intuition in comedies like 1987's Overboard, in which he starred alongside his long-time life-partner and mother of his child Golide Hawn.



In 1983, Russell moved to serious drama, playing opposite Cher and Meryl Streep in Silkwood. The success of that film helped him break into a more mainstream arena, and he was later able to win praise for his dramatic work in such films as Swing Shift (1984), Tequila Sunrise (1988), and Winter People (1989). However, it is with his performances in action films that Russell remains most widely associated. He has appeared in a number of such films, all of disparate quality. Some of Russell's more memorable projects include Big Trouble in Little China (1986), Tango and Cash (1989), Backdraft (1991), Tombstone (1993), and Executive Decision (1996). In 1996, he reprised his Snake Plissken character for Carpenter's Escape From L.A. The following year, he starred opposite Kathleen Quinlan in the revenge thriller Breakdown before returning to the sci-fi/action realm with Soldier in 1998. It would be two years before movie-going audiences would again catch a glimpse of Russell, though with his roles in 2000 Miles to Graceland (again carrying on the Elvis associations that have haunted his career) and Cameron Crowe's Vanilla Sky, the versatile actor proved that he was still very much on the scene. Is some of Russell's later day roles had stressed the action angle a bit

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
  • Actor
2017
83% Deepwater Horizon
  • Jimmy Harrell
2016
No Score Yet 21 Years: Quentin Tarantino
  • Actor
2016
75% The Hateful Eight
  • John "The Hangman" Ruth
2015
79% Furious 7
  • Petty
2015
100% The Battered Bastards Of Baseball
  • Actor
2014
45% The Art of the Steal
  • Crunch Calhoun
2014
38% Touchback
  • Coach Hand
2012
No Score Yet Cutlass
  • Actor
2007
83% Grindhouse
  • Stunt Man Mike
2007
67% Death Proof
  • Stuntman Mike
2007
33% Poseidon
  • Robert Ramsey
2006
64% Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story
  • Ben Crane
2005
73% Sky High
  • Steve/The Commander
2005
22% Jiminy Glick in Lalawood
  • Himself
2005
No Score Yet John Carpenter: Fear Is Just the Beginning... The Man and His Movies
  • Actor
2004
80% Miracle
  • Herb Brooks
2004
58% Dark Blue
  • Eldon Perry
2003
80% Interstate 60
  • Captain Ives
2002
No Score Yet John Carpenter - The Man and His Movies
  • Actor
2002
42% Vanilla Sky
  • Dr. Curtis McCabe
2001
14% 3000 Miles to Graceland
  • Michael Zane
2001
10% Soldier
  • Todd
1998
80% Breakdown
  • Jeff Taylor
1997
53% John Carpenter's Escape from L.A.
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
  • Snake Plissken
1996
63% Executive Decision
  • Dr. David Grant
1995
73% Tombstone
  • Wyatt Earp
1993
24% Captain Ron
  • Captain Ron
1992
75% Unlawful Entry
  • Michael Carr
1992
72% Backdraft
  • Stephen McCaffrey
1991
33% Tango & Cash
  • Gabe Cash
1989
13% Winter People
  • Wayland Jackson
1989
42% Tequila Sunrise
  • Nick Frescia
1988
50% Overboard
  • Dean Proffitt
1987
82% Big Trouble in Little China
  • Jack Burton
1986
33% The Best of Times
  • Reno Hightower
1986
57% The Mean Season
  • Malcolm Anderson
1985
92% Swing Shift
  • Mike 'Lucky' Lockhart
1984
75% Silkwood
  • Drew Stephens
1983
81% The Thing
  • R.J. MacReady
1982
69% The Fox and the Hound
  • Hound
1981
85% Escape from New York
  • Snake Plissken
1981
75% Used Cars
  • Rudy Russo
1980
No Score Yet Elvis
  • Elvis Presley
1979
No Score Yet The Christmas Coal Mine Miracle
  • Johnny
1978
No Score Yet The Captive: The Longest Drive 2
  • Actor
1976
No Score Yet The Captive
  • Actor
1976
No Score Yet The Quest (The Longest Drive)
  • Morgan Beaudine
1976
No Score Yet The Strongest Man in the World
  • Dexter
1975
No Score Yet Search for the Gods
  • Shan Mullins
1975
No Score Yet The Deadly Tower
  • Charles Whitman
1975
No Score Yet Superdad
  • Bart
1973
No Score Yet Charley and the Angel
  • Ray Ferris
1973
No Score Yet Now You See Him, Now You Don't
  • Dexter Riley
1972
No Score Yet Fools' Parade
  • Johnny Jesus
1971
83% The Barefoot Executive
  • Steven Post
1971
50% The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes
  • Dexter
1969
No Score Yet The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band
  • Sidney Bower
1968
No Score Yet The Horse in the Gray Flannel Suit
  • Ronnie Gardner
1968
No Score Yet Follow Me, Boys!
  • Whitey
1966
No Score Yet Mosby's Marauders
  • Actor
1966
No Score Yet Guns of Diablo
  • Jaimie McPheeters
1964
17% It Happened at the World's Fair
  • Boy Who Kicks Elvis
1963

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
1993-2015
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With James Corden
2015
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson
2005-2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet The View
1997
  • Guest

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