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Rene Russo

Highest Rated:   95% Nightcrawler (2014)
Lowest Rated:   6% Yours, Mine & Ours (2005)
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Birthplace:   Burbank, California, USA
Born February 17th, 1954, former model Rene Russo's first dramatic role of note was on the 1987 TV series Sable, in which she played Eden Kendall, the literary agent to a children's author-turned-crimefighter. Her breakthrough theatrical feature was Major League (1989), wherein the statuesque blonde actress was saddled with portraying the "misguided" heroine who foolishly prefers marriage with a stable, secure lawyer over a relationship with boozing, philandering ballplayer Tom Berenger.Since then, happily, the message conveyed by Russo's characters has been "Don't mess with me: I can cope." In One Good Cop (1991), she played the strongly supportive wife of police officer Michael Keaton, for whom she successfully tackles the sudden responsibility of caring for the surly children of Keaton's late partner. In Lethal Weapon 3 (1993), Russo could be seen as the karate-chopping cop who wins the confidence (and the love) of "loose cannon" Mel Gibson by proudly showing off her line-of-duty wounds and evincing a fascination with the Three Stooges. In In the Line of Fire (1992), Russo was once more partnered on an equal basis with the leading man, in this case Secret Service agent Clint Eastwood; one of her best scenes featured her wired for sound -- despite a most revealing evening gown -- at a Washington social affair. Apparently there are still reviewers out there who can't quite grasp the concept of a leading lady who can match her leading man blow for blow in a tight situation. In 1995, some observers seemed surprised that Russo, playing a biohazard-suited military research operative in Outbreak, was "as good as" her male counterparts Dustin Hoffman and Morgan Freeman. Despite such ill-founded critical misgivings, Russo has continued to do strong work playing strong women: The acclaimed Get Shorty (1995) featured her as a B-movie actress, while she re-teamed with Gibson for Ron Howard's crime thriller Ransom (1996) and Lethal Weapon 4 (1998). She also played a psychologist who puts the swing back into washed-up golfer Kevin Costner's game in the well-received Tin Cup (1996), and generated considerable heat as a crime investigator who hunts and then beds down with art thief Pierce Brosnan in the 1999 remake of The Thomas Crown Affair.Russo continued worked sporadically through early to mid-2000s, her most recognizable role being that of Natasha Fatale in the live-action adaptation of Rocky and Bullwinkle. In 2005, following her supporting performances in Two for the Money and Yours, Mine, and Ours, Russell took a long break from acting. It wasn't until 2012 that she appeared on the big screen again for the mythological fantasy adventure Thor in the role of Frigga, Thor's mother.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Villa Capri
  • Actor
2017
No Score Yet Frank and Cindy
  • Cindy
2016
61% The Intern
  • Fiona
$60.9M 2015
95% Nightcrawler
  • Nina
2014
66% Thor: The Dark World
  • Frigga
$206.4M 2013
77% Thor
  • Frigga
$181.1M 2011
No Score Yet All In
  • Actor
2006
6% Yours, Mine & Ours
  • Helen North
$53.4M 2005
22% Two for the Money
  • Toni Morrow
  • Executive Producer
$22.9M 2005
48% Big Trouble
  • Anna Herk
2002
25% Showtime
  • Chase Renzi
$38M 2002
43% The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle
  • Natasha
$0.5M 2000
70% The Thomas Crown Affair
  • Catherine Banning
1999
52% Lethal Weapon 4
  • Lorna
1998
25% Buddy
  • Gertrude Lintz
1997
No Score Yet Bloodmoon
  • Terry's Girl
1997
75% Ransom
  • Kate Mullen
1996
69% Tin Cup
  • Dr. Molly Griswold
1996
86% Get Shorty
  • Karen Flores
1995
59% Outbreak
  • Robby Keough
1995
95% In the Line of Fire
  • Lilly Raines
1993
57% Lethal Weapon 3
  • Lorna Cole
1992
14% Freejack
  • Julie Redlund
1992
15% One Good Cop
  • Rita Lewis
1991
38% Mr. Destiny
  • Cindy Jo
1990
83% Major League
  • Lynn Wells
1989

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
  • Guest
  • 2002
No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
1993-2015
  • Guest

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