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Kurt Russell

Kurt RussellAKA Kurt Vogel Russell

Born: 17-Mar-1951
Birthplace: Springfield, MA

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Actor
Party Affiliation: Libertarian [1]

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Call him Snake

Kurt Russell's father, Bing Russell, was a familiar character actor in TV and movies for decades, appearing as Deputy Clem on Bonanza, and was Kurt's route to show business, often working on the same projects with young Kurt. Bing had a guest role on the TV western Sugarfoot starring Jack Elam, and six-year-old Kurt ended up with a recurring role. At 10, Kurt signed a long-term contract with Disney. At 11, he met Elvis Presley -- and kicked him, in It Happened at the World's Fair. At 12, Russell had the lead in his own TV show, The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters, a western co-starring Charles Bronson and several Osmond brothers.

His Disney work carried him from child star to young adult roles, including The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes and The Barefoot Executive. After that, Russell cut back on acting and played minor league baseball for two summers, but his not-quite-major league athletic skills brought him back to Hollywood. His breakout role came in 1979, as Elvis in a sprawling TV movie that won him an Emmy. Since then Russell has worked almost exclusively in cinema, films including Escape from New York, the 1982 remake of The Thing, Big Trouble in Little China, Tombstone, Backdraft, Breakdown, and Miracle.

Continuing his long association with Elvis, Russell provided Presley's voice for Forrest Gump, and played an Elvis impersonator in 3,000 Miles to Graceland.

Russell is a member of the Libertarian Party.


[1] "I'm not a Republican; I'm a libertarian." Variety (19-Jan-1998)

Father: Bing Russell (actor, b. 5-May-1926, d. 8-Apr-2003)
Mother: Louise Crain (or Louise Crone)
Wife: Season Hubley (actress, m. 1979, div. 1983, one son)
Son: Boston Russell (b. 1980)
Girlfriend: Goldie Hawn (actress, b. 21-Nov-1945, cohabited 1983-2004)
Daughter: Kate Hudson (stepdaughter, actress, b. 19-Apr-1979)
Son: Wyatt Russell (b. 10-Jul-1986)

    High School: Thousand Oaks High School, Thousand Oaks, CA

    Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association
    National Rifle Association

    TELEVISION
    The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters Jamie McPheeters (1963-64)

    FILMOGRAPHY AS ACTOR
    The Battered Bastards of Baseball (20-Jan-2014) · Himself
    The Art of the Steal (11-Sep-2013)
    Touchback (2011) · Coach Hand
    Death Proof (22-May-2007)
    Grindhouse (6-Apr-2007)
    Poseidon (10-May-2006)
    Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story (10-Sep-2005)
    Sky High (29-Jul-2005)
    Jiminy Glick in La La Wood (18-Sep-2004) · Himself
    Miracle (2-Feb-2004) · Herb Brooks
    Dark Blue (14-Dec-2002) · Eldon Perry
    Interstate 60 (13-Apr-2002)
    Vanilla Sky (10-Dec-2001) · McCabe
    America: A Tribute to Heroes (21-Sep-2001) · Himself
    3000 Miles to Graceland (20-Feb-2001) · Michael Zane
    Soldier (23-Oct-1998) · Todd
    Breakdown (2-May-1997) · Jeff Taylor
    Escape from L.A. (9-Aug-1996) · Snake Plissken
    Executive Decision (15-Mar-1996)
    Stargate (28-Oct-1994) · Col. Jonathan "Jack" O'Neil
    Tombstone (25-Dec-1993) · Wyatt Earp
    Captain Ron (18-Sep-1992)
    Unlawful Entry (26-Jun-1992)
    Backdraft (24-May-1991) · Stephen McCaffrey
    Tango & Cash (22-Dec-1989) · Cash
    Winter People (12-Jan-1989)
    Tequila Sunrise (2-Dec-1988) · Frescia
    Overboard (16-Dec-1987) · Dean Proffitt
    Big Trouble in Little China (2-Jul-1986) · Jack Burton
    The Best of Times (31-Jan-1986) · Reno Hightower
    The Mean Season (15-Feb-1985) · Malcolm Anderson
    Swing Shift (13-Apr-1984)
    Silkwood (14-Dec-1983)
    The Thing (25-Jun-1982) · MacReady
    The Fox and the Hound (10-Jul-1981) [VOICE]
    Escape from New York (10-Jul-1981) · Snake Plissken
    Used Cars (11-Jul-1980)
    Elvis (11-Feb-1979)
    The Deadly Tower (18-Oct-1975)
    The Strongest Man in the World (6-Feb-1975)
    Superdad (14-Dec-1973)
    Charley and the Angel (23-Mar-1973)
    Now You See Him, Now You Don't (23-Aug-1972)
    Fools' Parade (18-Aug-1971)
    The Barefoot Executive (17-Mar-1971)
    The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes (31-Dec-1969)
    The Horse in the Gray Flannel Suit (20-Dec-1968)
    The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band (21-Mar-1968) · Sidney Bower
    Follow Me, Boys! (24-Aug-1966)
    Guns of Diablo (1964) · Jamie McPheeters


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