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Also Known As: Kurt Vogel Russell Died:
Born: March 17, 1951 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Springfield, Massachusetts, USA Profession: actor, producer, screenwriter, singer, minor league baseball player

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After getting his start as a child star in several movies for Walt Disney Studios, actor Kurt Russell managed to shed his wholesome image to play some of cinema's most notorious and hard-edged tough guys. Russell first broke the Disney mold with an acclaimed portrayal of the King in the made-for-television biopic, "Elvis" (ABC, 1979), which many hailed as one of the finest performances of his career. Having partnered with director John Carpenter, he next essayed one of his most enduring characters, Snake Plissken, the antihero of Carpenter's cult classic "Escape from New York" (1981). Russell delivered another solid performance as memorable hard-case R.J. MacReady in Carpenter's gory remake of "The Thing" (1982). While making the troubled romantic comedy, "Swing Shift" (1984), Russell became romantically involved with co-star Goldie Hawn, with whom he forged a lasting partnership that resembled a marriage, but without the actual legal certificate. He was even considered by Hawn's two children from a previous marriage, actress Kate Kudston, and her brother, Oliver, to be - at least in spirit - their father. Meanwhile, Russell thrived throughout the 1980s with "Big Trouble in Little China" (1986) and...

After getting his start as a child star in several movies for Walt Disney Studios, actor Kurt Russell managed to shed his wholesome image to play some of cinema's most notorious and hard-edged tough guys. Russell first broke the Disney mold with an acclaimed portrayal of the King in the made-for-television biopic, "Elvis" (ABC, 1979), which many hailed as one of the finest performances of his career. Having partnered with director John Carpenter, he next essayed one of his most enduring characters, Snake Plissken, the antihero of Carpenter's cult classic "Escape from New York" (1981). Russell delivered another solid performance as memorable hard-case R.J. MacReady in Carpenter's gory remake of "The Thing" (1982). While making the troubled romantic comedy, "Swing Shift" (1984), Russell became romantically involved with co-star Goldie Hawn, with whom he forged a lasting partnership that resembled a marriage, but without the actual legal certificate. He was even considered by Hawn's two children from a previous marriage, actress Kate Kudston, and her brother, Oliver, to be - at least in spirit - their father. Meanwhile, Russell thrived throughout the 1980s with "Big Trouble in Little China" (1986) and "Tequila Sunrise" (1988), which carried over into the next decade with "Backdraft" (1991), "Captain Ron" (1992) and a dead-on portrayal of Wyatt Earp in "Tombstone" (1993). Following box office success with "Stargate" (1994) and "Executive Decision" (1996), Russell offered up his most engaging performance in the tense thriller "Breakdown" (1997). Though he later faltered with "3000 Miles to Graceland" (2001) and "Poseidon" (2006), Russell nonetheless remained one of the most engaging actors in Hollywood.

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CAST: (feature film)

2.
 Black Marks, The (2014)
3.
 Bone Tomahawk (2014)
4.
 Ashes To Ashes (2009)
5.
 Grindhouse (2007)
6.
 Poseidon (2006)
7.
 Sky High (2005) Cmdr. Stronghold
9.
 Miracle (2004) Herb Brooks
10.
 Dark Blue (2003) Sergeant Eldon Perry Jr
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Signed a 10-year contract with Walt Disney Studios
1962:
First TV role was a guest spot on "Our Man Higgins" (ABC)
1963:
Played title role on the ABC TV Western series, "The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters"
1966:
Made his feature acting debut in "Follow Me Boys!"
1968:
Appeared in "The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band" with his future partner, Goldie Hawn
1971:
First non-Disney film was "Fools' Parade" with James Stewart
1974:
Played the supporting role of Bo Larsen in the short-lived ABC Western, "The New Land"
1975:
Final film with Walt Disney Studios, "The Strongest Man in the World"
1975:
Acted in the TV-movie "Search for the Gods" (ABC)
1975:
Gained notice for his adult portrayal of mass-murderer Charles Whitman in the NBC TV-movie, "The Deadly Tower"
1976:
Starred as Morgan Baudine in the short-lived NBC western series, "The Quest"
1979:
Earned an Emmy nomination playing the title role in the ABC biopic "Elvis"; first collaboration with John Carpenter
1980:
Returned to features with his first adult role, "Used Cars"
1980:
Appeared in the ABC TV-movie, "Amber Waves"
1981:
First feature collaboration with John Carpenter, "Escape From New York"
1982:
Made stage debut in a Los Angeles Music Center production of "The Hasty Heart"
1983:
Earned a Golden Globe nomination playing Meryl Streep's lover in "Silkwood"
1984:
Began an off screen love affair with Goldie Hawn after starring together in "Swing Shift"
1986:
Re-teamed with John Carpenter for "Big Trouble in Little China"
1987:
Re-teamed with Goldie Hawn for the romantic comedy "Overboard"
1991:
Starred in the action film "Backdraft"; also credited for his own stunts
1992:
Co-starred in the psychological thriller "Unlawful Entry"
1993:
Portrayed Wyatt Earp in the Western "Tombstone"
1994:
Appeared as himself on the NBC documentary TV special, "100 Years of the Hollywood Western"
1994:
Had surprise success as a military man who is transported back to ancient Egypt in the sci-fi thriller "StarGate"
1996:
Co-wrote and starred in "John Carpenter's Escape From Los Angeles"; also produced
1997:
Starred in the well-reviewed thriller "Breakdown"
1998:
Offered a virtually wordless performance in the title role of "Soldier"
2001:
Played an Elvis impersonator in "3000 Miles to Graceland" opposite Kevin Costner, Christian Slater and Courtney Cox
2001:
Played a psychiatrist trying to help Tom Cruise in Cameron Crowe's "Vanilla Sky"
2003:
Played a hardened L.A.P.D. police detective in "Dark Blue"
2004:
Portrayed Herb Brooks, the coach of the 1980 USA Hockey in the film "Miracle"; film is based on the true story of the USA Olympic team's victory over the Russians
2005:
Starred opposite Kelly Preston, playing superheroes in Walt Disney's "Sky High"
2005:
Cast in "Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story," as a horse trainer, who is inspired by his daughter (Dakota Fanning) to nurse an injured horse back to health
2006:
Starred in director Wolfgang Petersen's remake of "The Poseidon Adventure"
2007:
Starred in "Death Proof," Quentin Tarantino's half of the goretastic double feature "Grind House"; film is a collaboration with Robert Rodriguez
2007:
Appeared in the short film "Cutlass," written and directed by Kate Hudson, the daughter of his longtime companion Goldie Hawn
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Education

Thousand Oaks High School: Thousand Oaks , California -

Notes

Russell is a licensed pilot.

Many sources have indicated that Russell made his film debut in an uncredited role in Disney's "The Absent Minded Professor" (1961), but in a 1997 interview with Larry Mendte of the TV show "Access Hollywood", the actor stated that he was not in the film.

"You know, I feel when an audience sees my name attached to a film, they think it'll probably be a pretty good movie. The movies I do, if we make them well, will be fun to watch. They may not be the best movie of the year, and I may not be your favorite actor, but people come up to me all the time and say, 'I like the movies you do'." --Kurt Russell, quoted in MOVIELINE, January-February 1996

Companions close complete companion listing

wife:
Season Hubley. Actor. Married in 1979; divorced in 1983; mother of Russell's son Boston; born on May 14, 1951.
companion:
Goldie Hawn. Actor. Together since 1982 when they met during filming of "Swing Shift".

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father:
Bing Russell. Actor. Played the sheriff for 14 years on "Bonanza"; appeared with his son in the films "The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes" (1970), "Overboard" (1987) and "Tango and Cash" (1989).
son:
Boston Russell. Born c. 1980; mother, Season Hubley.
son:
Wyatt Russell. Born on July 10, 1986 in Los Angeles; mother Goldie Hawn.
grandson:
Ryder Russell Robinson. Born January 7, 2004; parents are Kate Hudson and Chris Robinson.
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