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Also Known As: Died:
Born: April 23, 1953 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Queens, New York, USA Profession: actor, director, screenwriter

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One of Hollywood's most prolific character actors, James Russo specialized in playing thugs, gangsters and villains in everything from straight-to-video thrillers to major studio films. Following small but memorable turns in movies like "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" (1982), Russo gained notoriety in the Eddie Murphy action-comedy, "Beverly Hills Cop" (1984), and the adaptation of the off-Broadway play "Extremities" (1986) opposite Farrah Fawcett. Following character parts in "My Own Private Idaho" (1991) and "Bad Girls, he gained well-deserved critical acclaim for his role as the vicious, street-wizened gangster Paulie in the award-winning film "Donnie Brasco" (1997) starring Al Pacino and Johnny Depp, while increasingly making more appearances on popular TV shows like "Without a Trace" (CBS, 2002-08) and "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (CBS, 2000- ). After joining Kevin Costner for "Open Range" (2003) and Robert Duvall for "Broken Trail" (AMC, 2006), Russo reunited with Depp in the epic gangster movie "Public Enemies" (2009), in which he had a small but pivotal role in the movie's jarring opening sequence. While Russo did not gain the mainstream recognition that other supporting players received,...

One of Hollywood's most prolific character actors, James Russo specialized in playing thugs, gangsters and villains in everything from straight-to-video thrillers to major studio films. Following small but memorable turns in movies like "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" (1982), Russo gained notoriety in the Eddie Murphy action-comedy, "Beverly Hills Cop" (1984), and the adaptation of the off-Broadway play "Extremities" (1986) opposite Farrah Fawcett. Following character parts in "My Own Private Idaho" (1991) and "Bad Girls, he gained well-deserved critical acclaim for his role as the vicious, street-wizened gangster Paulie in the award-winning film "Donnie Brasco" (1997) starring Al Pacino and Johnny Depp, while increasingly making more appearances on popular TV shows like "Without a Trace" (CBS, 2002-08) and "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (CBS, 2000- ). After joining Kevin Costner for "Open Range" (2003) and Robert Duvall for "Broken Trail" (AMC, 2006), Russo reunited with Depp in the epic gangster movie "Public Enemies" (2009), in which he had a small but pivotal role in the movie's jarring opening sequence. While Russo did not gain the mainstream recognition that other supporting players received, his reputation as a dependable tough guy performer was well known within the industry for the duration of his long and venerable career.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Class Project (2014)
2.
 Bronx Bull, The (2014)
3.
 Samuel Bleak (2013)
4.
 Miss Bala (2011)
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 Stiletto (2009)
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 Public Enemies (2009)
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Milestones close milestones

1982:
Made film acting debut in "A Stranger Is Watching"
1982:
Breakthrough theater role, Raul in "Extremities"
1986:
Reprised stage role in the film version of "Extremities" opposite Farrah Fawcett
1991:
Co-starred with Deborah Harry in Showtime movie "Intimate Stranger"
1993:
Co-starred with Harvey Keitel and Madonna in "Dangerous Game"
1997:
Co-starred Al Pacino and Johnny Depp in "Donnie Brasco," and Kevin Costner in "The Postman"
2000:
Appeared opposite Depp in Roman Polanski's "The Ninth Gate"
2000:
Cast in featured role as a mobster on CBS drama "Falcone," adapted from the same source material as "Donnie Brasco"
2003:
Portrayed Frank Sinatra in "Stealing Sinatra"
2003:
Feature writing debut, "The Box"
2009:
Again acted with Depp in crime drama "Public Enemies"
2012:
Featured opposite Jamie Foxx in "Django Unchained," a Western drama set in Mississippi; film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino
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Education

New York University: New York , New York -

Notes

"The good thing about 'Dangerous Game' is your not going to see Harvey Keitel/Madonna/James Russo cups at Taco Bell." --James Russo

"It's all energy I think, playing these monsters." --James Russo from PAPER, March 1994

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