Kurt Russell Biography
Birth Name - Kurt Vogel Russell
Date of Birth - March 17, 1951
Springfield, Massachusetts, USA
Height - 5' 10" (1.78 m)
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Kurt Russell landed a part in the Elvis Presley movie, It Happened at the World's Fair (1963) when he was 10 years old. In 1960, Walt Disney himself signed Russell to a 10 year contract. Once his stint as a child actor ended, he spent the early 1970's playing minor league baseball. In 1979, he gave a classic performance as Elvis Presley in John Carpenter's ABC-TV movie. He followed with roles in a string of well-received films: Used Cars (1980), Escape from New York (1981), The Thing (1982) and Silkwood (1983). In 1983 he met Goldie Hawn when they worked together on Swing Shift (1984). The two have lived together ever since. The movie was a failure - as was their next one together, Overboard (1987). During the 1980's, Russell starred in a rash of disappointments: The Best of Times (1986), Big Trouble in Little China (1986) and Winter People (1989). Finally, his career seemed to be seriously stalled. He only landed Tango & Cash (1989) after Patrick Swayze dropped out; Dennis Quaid was the first choice for the part in Backdraft (1991). In the end, these two roles were key in re-establishing him as a box-office draw. Russell and Goldie Hawn live on a 72-acre retreat, Home Run Ranch, outside of Aspen. He has two sons, Boston Russell (from a brief marriage to actress Season Hubley) and Wyatt Russell with Goldie Hawn).
More Interesting Information for Kurt Russell
Spouse - Season Hubley (1979 - 1984) (divorced) 1 son
Rode along with the Chicago Fire Dept.'s Squad 5 in preparation for his role in Backdraft (1991).
Played pro baseball (2nd base, AA club- California Angels) until a torn shoulder muscle forced retirement in 1973. Was hitting .563 at the time. His friend, Ron Shelton wrote the Crash Davis role in Bull Durham (1988) for him - the studio insisted on Kevin Costner though.
Father is Bing Russell a former baseball player, who played the deputy sherriff on "Bonanza" (1959) for 6 years.
He appeared in the music video and sang in the choir on the song "Voices That Care."
He is an FAA licensed Private Pilot holding single/multi- engine and instrument ratings.
Performs many of his stunts himself.
Father of Wyatt Russell (with Goldie Hawn)
He and longtime companion Goldie Hawn both appeared in The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band (1968).
Partner of Goldie Hawn [1983 - present]
He and partner Goldie Hawn formerly took summer vacations in the Muskoka region in Ontario, Canada. They gave up their cottage after too many unwelcomed visitors would stare at their cottage through binoculars from Lake Rosseau.
Atlanta Braves' first baseman, Matt Franco, is his nephew.
His character Snake Plissken (of Escape from New York (1981)) is about to become a comic book. Published by theCrossGen imprint Code 6 Comics, the book will be known as The Snake Plissken Chronicles. It is marked for publication beginning in 2003.
Started Cosmic Entertainment with partner Goldie Hawn, stepdaughter Kate Hudson, and stepson Oliver Hudson in 2003.
Is a card carrying member of the NRA
Was the best man at Ted Nugent's wedding.
Father of Boston Russell who was born in 1980 with Season Hubley.
Graduate of Thousand Oaks High School, Thousand Oaks, California with Michael Richards, Kramer from "Seinfeld" (1990). Class of 1969, who voted him "Best Looking.".
Brother-in-law of Larry J. Franco.
Is a big fan of Elvis Presley, Patrick Rondat and Tom Robinson.
Auditioned for the role of Han Solo in Star Wars (1977).
In his audio commentary for The Thing (1982), he joked with director John Carpenter about the scene where he threw a stick of dynamite at the character Palmer (who was turning into the Thing) and how the explosion was more powerful than he had expected. In truth, he could have been seriously injured.
Was one of the first actors to do audio commentary on DVDs.
The presence of Lee Van Cleef on the set of Escape from New York (1981) inspired him to talk in a raspy voice similar to Clint Eastwood's from the Man With No Name trilogy.
During the filming of 3000 Miles to Graceland (2001) in Vancouver, he visited the nearby set of "Stargate SG-1" (1997) and met the cast. Russell starred as Colonel Jack O'Neil in the original Stargate (1994). His role was adopted by Richard Dean Anderson in the spin-off series and the character's name was changed slightly (to Colonel Jack O'Neill).
Is good friends with stunt man Dick Warlock, who was his stunt double for over 20 years.
Portrayed cult classic heroes in four different movies: Escape from New York (1981), The Thing (1982), Stargate (1994) and Escape from L.A. (1996).
Said in his audio commentary for Big Trouble in Little China (1986) that the test audiences reacted so well to the film that he thought for sure that he and director friend John Carpenter had a box office hit on their hands. However, the studio put so little effort into advertising the film that it ultimately didn't do as well at the box office but became a cult favorite instead.
Is a libertarian, meaning that he believes in "leftist" social values but more conservative fiscal policies (and that his beliefs overlap with both Democrats and Republicans).
Made his film debut in the Elvis Presley film, It Happened at the World's Fair (1963). He later went on to play him in Elvis (1979/I) (TV), and to provide his voice in Forrest Gump (1994).
When he and director John Carpenter were discussing the character of MacReady in The Thing (1982), they thought about making MacReady a former Vietnam chopper pilot who felt displaced by his service in the war and, as a result, was much more isolated than the other characters. This ultimately did not make it into the film.
Auditioned for the role of Flash Gordon (1980). The part went to Sam J. Jones instead.
He and his Tombstone (1993) co-star, Val Kilmer, have both played Elvis Presley. Val Kilmer played him in True Romance (1993), while Russell played him in a television movie, and provided his voice in Forrest Gump (1994). In Tombstone (1993), he plays Wyatt Earp. In 3000 Miles to Graceland (2001), he works with Kevin Costner, who played the role a mere six months later in the film Wyatt Earp (1994).
Is good friends with director John Carpenter
He claims that he often felt an outcast in Hollywood because of his Libertarian beliefs, and so moved to live in an area outside Aspen, Colorado, where he started to try his hand at writing.
Kate Hudson, daughter of his longtime companion Goldie Hawn, named her son Ryder Russell Robinson. The middle name is an homage to Kurt, whom Hudson always considered to be her father.
Has starred in films with two of his former brother-in-laws, Larry Franco in John Carpenter's The Thing (1982), and Whip Hubley in Executive Decision (1996).
Has two younger sisters.
A member of the conservative Wednesday Morning Club in Hollywood, Russell introduced guest speaker Newt Gingrich in 1999.
Received The Disney Legends Award 1998 for living up to the Disney principals of: The Disney Legends award has three distinct elements that characterize the contributions made by each talented recipient. The Spiral ... stands for imagination, the power of an idea. The Hand ... holds the gifts of skill, discipline and craftsmanship. The Wand and the Star ... represent magic: the spark that is ignited when imagination and skill combine to create a new dream.
Personal quotes from Kurt Russell
"If it ain't broke, don't fix it." (On why he won't marry Goldie Hawn)
"I seem to have a knack for picking movies that go on to be cult favorites."
"If it hadn't been for video cassette, I may not have had a career at all."
[Talking about the fight scene with Ox Baker from Escape from New York (1981)]: "I remember Dick Warlock helped set up the fight and he came out with this big purple lump on the side of his head, and all he said to me was 'Keep your head down and be careful, man.'"
"I was brought up as a Republican. But when I realized that at the end of the day there wasn't much difference between a Democrat and Republican, I became a libertarian."
Kurt Russell Filmography
Grindhouse (2007) .... Stuntman Mike (segment "Death Proof")
... aka Quentin Tarantino's Death Proof (USA: poster title)
... aka Robert Rodriguez's Planet Terror (USA: poster title)
Poseidon (2006) .... Robert Ramsey
Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story (2005) .... Ben Crane
... aka Dreamer (Australia: TV title)
Sky High (2005) .... Steve Stronghold/The Commander
Miracle (2004) .... Herb Brooks
Dark Blue (2002) .... Eldon Perry
Interstate 60 (2002) .... Captain Ives
... aka I-60 (USA: promotional abbreviation)
... aka Interstate 60: Episodes of the Road (USA)
Vanilla Sky (2001) .... Dr. Curtis McCabe
3000 Miles to Graceland (2001) .... Michael Zane
Soldier (1998/I) .... Todd
Breakdown (1997/I) .... Jeffrey 'Jeff' Taylor
Escape from L.A. (1996) .... Snake Plissken
... aka John Carpenter's Escape from L.A. (USA: complete title)
Executive Decision (1996) .... Dr. Phil. David Grant
Stargate (1994) .... Col. Jonathan 'Jack' O'Neil
... aka Stargate, la porte des étoiles (France)
Forrest Gump (1994) (voice) (uncredited) .... Elvis Presley
Tombstone (1993) .... Wyatt Earp
Captain Ron (1992) .... Captain Ron
Unlawful Entry (1992) .... Michael Carr
Backdraft (1991) .... Stephen 'Bull' McCaffrey/Dennis McCaffrey
Tango & Cash (1989) .... Gabriel 'Gabe' Cash
Winter People (1989) .... Wayland Jackson
Tequila Sunrise (1988) .... Det. Lt. Nicholas 'Nick' Frescia
Overboard (1987) .... Dean Proffitt
Big Trouble in Little China (1986) .... Jack Burton
... aka John Carpenter's Big Trouble in Little China (USA: complete title)
The Best of Times (1986) .... Reno Hightower
The Mean Season (1985) .... Malcolm Anderson
Swing Shift (1984) .... Mike 'Lucky' Lockhart
Silkwood (1983) .... Drew Stephens
The Thing (1982) .... R.J. MacReady
... aka John Carpenter's The Thing (USA: complete title)
The Fox and the Hound (1981) (voice) .... Adult Copper
Escape from New York (1981) .... Snake Plissken
... aka John Carpenter's Escape from New York (USA: complete title)
Used Cars (1980) .... Rudolph 'Rudy' Russo
Amber Waves (1980) (TV) .... Laurence Kendall
Elvis (1979/I) (TV) .... Elvis Presley
Christmas Miracle in Caufield, U.S.A. (1977) (TV) .... Johnny
... aka The Christmas Coal Mine Miracle
"Hawaii Five-O" .... Peter Valcher (1 episode, 1977)
... aka McGarrett (USA: rerun title)
- Deadly Doubles (1977) TV Episode .... Peter Valcher
"The Quest" (1976) TV Series .... Morgan Beaudine (unknown episodes)
The Quest (1976) (TV) .... Morgan 'Two Persons' Bodeen
... aka The Longest Drive (USA: video title)
The Quest: The Longest Drive (1976) (TV) .... Morgan 'Two Persons' Bodeen
The Captive: The Longest Drive 2 (1976) .... Morgan 'Two Persons' Bodeen
"Police Story" .... J.D. Crawford / ... (2 episodes, 1974-1975)
- The Empty Weapon (1975) TV Episode .... Officer David Singer
- Country Boy (1974) TV Episode .... J.D. Crawford
The Deadly Tower (1975) (TV) .... Charles Joseph Whitman
... aka Sniper
Search for the Gods (1975) (TV) .... Shan Mullins
"Harry O" .... Todd Conway (1 episode, 1975)
- Double Jeopardy (1975) TV Episode .... Todd Conway
The Strongest Man in the World (1975) .... Dexter Riley
"The New Land" .... Bo Larsen (1 episode, 1974)
- The Word Is: Acceptance (1974) TV Episode .... Bo Larsen
"Hec Ramsey" .... Kane (1 episode, 1974)
- Scar Tissue (1974) TV Episode .... Kane
"Gunsmoke" .... Buck Henry Woolfe / ... (2 episodes, 1964-1974)
... aka Gun Law (UK)
... aka Marshal Dillon (USA: rerun title)
- Trail of Bloodshed (1974) TV Episode .... Buck Henry Woolfe
- Blue Heaven (1964) TV Episode .... Packy Kerlin
Superdad (1973) .... Bart
"Love Story" .... Scott (1 episode, 1973)
- Beginner's Luck (1973) TV Episode .... Scott
Charley and the Angel (1973) .... Ray Ferris
Now You See Him, Now You Don't (1972) .... Dexter Reilly
"Disneyland" .... Rich Evans / ... (6 episodes, 1967-1972)
... aka Disney's Wonderful World (USA: new title)
... aka The Disney Sunday Movie (USA: new title)
... aka The Magical World of Disney (USA: new title)
... aka The Wonderful World of Disney (USA: new title)
... aka Walt Disney (USA: new title)
... aka Walt Disney Presents (USA: new title)
... aka Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color (USA: new title)
- Dad, Can I Borrow the Car (1972) TV Episode (voice) .... Narrator
- The Secret of Boyne Castle: Part 3 (1969) TV Episode .... Rich Evans
- The Secret of Boyne Castle: Part 2 (1969) TV Episode .... Rich Evans
- The Secret of Boyne Castle: Part 1 (1969) TV Episode .... Rich Evans
- Willie and the Yank: The Mosby Raiders (1967) TV Episode .... Private Willie Prentiss
Fools' Parade (1971) .... Johnny Jesus
... aka Dynamite Man from Glory Jail (UK)
The Barefoot Executive (1971) .... Steven Post
"Room 222" .... Tim (1 episode, 1971)
- Paul Revere Rides Again (1971) TV Episode .... Tim
"Storefront Lawyers" .... Jerry Patman (1 episode, 1970)
... aka Men at Law (USA: new title)
- This Is Jerry, See Jerry Run (1970) TV Episode .... Jerry Patman
Dad, Can I Borrow the Car? (1970) (TV) .... Narrator
"The High Chaparral" .... Dan Rondo (1 episode, 1970)
- The Guns of Johnny Rondo (1970) TV Episode .... Dan Rondo
"Love, American Style" .... (segment "Love and the First Nighters") (1 episode, 1970)
- Love and the Banned Book/Love and the First Nighters/Love and the King (1970) TV Episode .... (segment "Love and the First Nighters")
The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes (1969) .... Dexter Reilly
"Then Came Bronson" .... William P. Lovering (1 episode, 1969)
- The Spitball Kid (1969) TV Episode .... William P. Lovering
"Daniel Boone" .... Jed / ... (5 episodes, 1965-1969)
- Target Boone (1969) TV Episode .... Nathan
- Bickford's Bridge (1969) TV Episode .... Paul
- The Young Ones (1967) TV Episode .... Jed
- The Price of Friendship (1965) TV Episode .... Mathew
- The First Stone (1965) TV Episode .... William Craig
Guns in the Heather (1969) .... Rich
... aka Spy Busters
... aka The Secret of Boyne Castle
The Horse in the Gray Flannel Suit (1968) .... Ronnie Gardner
The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band (1968) .... Sidney Bower
... aka The Family Band (USA: TV title)
"The Road West" .... Jay Baker (1 episode, 1967)
- Charade of Justice (1967) TV Episode .... Jay Baker
Mosby's Marauders (1967) .... Pvt. Willie Prentiss
... aka Willie and the Yank
Follow Me, Boys! (1966) .... Whitey
"The Fugitive" .... Eddie / ... (2 episodes, 1964-1966)
- In a Plain Paper Wrapper (1966) TV Episode .... Eddie
- Nemesis (1964) TV Episode .... Philip Gerard. Jr
"The F.B.I." .... Dan Winslow (1 episode, 1966)
- The Tormentors (1966) TV Episode .... Dan Winslow
"Lost in Space" .... Quano (1 episode, 1966)
- The Challenge (1966) TV Episode .... Quano
"Laredo" .... Grey Smoke (1 episode, 1966)
- Meanwhile, Back at the Reservation (1966) TV Episode .... Grey Smoke
"The Legend of Jesse James" .... Elick Harte (1 episode, 1966)
- The Colt (1966) TV Episode .... Elick Harte
"The Virginian" .... Andy Denning / ... (2 episodes, 1964-1965)
... aka The Men from Shiloh (USA: new title)
- The Brothers (1965) TV Episode .... Andy Denning
- A Father for Toby (1964) TV Episode .... Toby Shea
"Gilligan's Island" .... Jungle Boy (1 episode, 1965)
- Gilligan Meets Jungle Boy (1965) TV Episode .... Jungle Boy
"The Man from U.N.C.L.E." .... Christopher Larson (1 episode, 1964)
- The Finny Foot Affair (1964) TV Episode .... Christopher Larson
"The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters" .... Jamie McPheeters (26 episodes, 1963-1964)
- The Day of the Reckoning (1964) TV Episode .... Jamie McPheeters
- The Day of the Dark Deeds (1964) TV Episode .... Jamie McPheeters
- The Day of the Pretenders (1964) TV Episode .... Jamie McPheeters
- The Day of the 12 Candles (1964) TV Episode .... Jamie McPheeters
- The Day of the Picnic (1964) TV Episode .... Jamie McPheeters
Guns of Diablo (1964) .... Jamie McPheeters
"Our Man Higgins" .... Bobby (1 episode, 1963)
- Delinquent for a Day (1963) TV Episode .... Bobby
"The Eleventh Hour" .... Peter Hall (1 episode, 1963)
- Everybody Knows You Left Me (1963) TV Episode .... Peter Hall
It Happened at the World's Fair (1963) (uncredited) .... Boy Who Kicks Mike
"Sam Benedict" .... Knute (1 episode, 1963)
- Seventeen Gypsies and a Sinner Named Charlie (1963) TV Episode .... Knute