Russell, Kurt 1951–

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Russell, Kurt 1951–


Full name, Kurt Vogel Russell; born March 17, 1951, in Springfield, MA; son of Bing Oliver (a professional baseball player and actor) and Louise Julia (maiden name, Crone) Russell; married Season Hubley (an actress), March 17, 1979 (divorced, 1984); companion of Goldie Hawn (an actress, producer, and director), beginning 1983; children: (with Hubley) Boston; (with Hawn) Wyatt. Politics: Libertarian. Avocational Interests: Auto racing (world class modified stock), flying (licensed pilot), skiing.


Agent—Creative Artists Agency, 2000 Avenue of the Stars, Los Angeles, CA 90067.


Actor. Appeared in television commercial for Zero-M Toys, 1966; Cosmic Entertainment, cofounder, 2003. Minor league baseball player, including stints with the Rainbows, Bend, OR, and Sun Kings, El Paso, TX, 1971-73. Military service: California Air National Guard.


Screen Actors Guild, American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, Professional Baseball Players Association, and Stuntman's Association.

Awards, Honors:

Emmy Award nomination, best actor in a limited series or special, 1979, for Elvis; Golden Globe Award nomination, best supporting actor in a motion picture, 1984, for Silkwood; Blockbuster Entertainment Award, favorite actor in an adventure or drama, 1997, for Executive Decision; The Disney Legends Award, 1998; DVD Premiere Award nomination (with others), best audio commentary, library release, 2003, for Used Cars; Life Career Award, Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films, 2003. Has also received ten baseball awards, one golf championship trophy, and several auto racing trophies.


Film Appearances:

The Absent-Minded Professor, Buena Vista, 1961.

(Uncredited) Boy who kicked Mike, It Happened at the Worlds Fair, 1963.

Jamie McPheeters, Guns of Diablo, 1964.

Whitey, Follow Me, Boys!, Buena Vista, 1966.

Willie Prentiss, Mosby's Marauders (also known as Willie and the Yank), 1966.

Ronnie Gardner, The Horse in the Grey Flannel Suit, Buena Vista, 1968.

Sidney Bower, The One and Only Genuine Original Family Band (also known as The Family Band), 1968.

Rich, Guns in the Heather (also known as Spy-Busters and The Secret of Boyne Castle), 1969.

Dexter Riley, The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes, Buena Vista, 1970.

Narrator, Dad, Can I Borrow the Car?, 1970.

Steven Post, The Barefoot Executive, Buena Vista, 1971.

Johnny Jesus, Fools' Parade (also known as Dynamite Man from Glory Jail), Columbia, 1971.

Dexter Riley, Now You See Him, Now You Don't, Buena Vista, 1972.

Ray Ferris, Charley and the Angel, Buena Vista, 1972.

Bart, Superdad, Buena Vista, 1974.

Dexter Riley, The Strongest Man in the World, Buena Vista, 1975.

Morgan "Two Persons" Bodeen, The Captive (also known as Captive: The Longest Drive 2 and The Longest Drive), 1976.

Rudy Russo, Used Cars, Columbia, 1980.

Snake Plissken, Escape from New York (also known as John Carpenter's "Escape from New York"), Avco Embassy, 1981.

Voice of adult Copper, The Fox and the Hound (animated), Buena Vista, 1981.

MacReady, The Thing (also known as John Carpenter's "The Thing"), Universal, 1982.

Drew Stephens, Silkwood, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1983.

Mike "Lucky" Lockhart, Swing Shift, Warner Bros., 1984.

Malcolm Anderson, The Mean Season, Orion, 1985.

Reno Hightower, The Best of Times, Universal, 1986.

Jack Burton, Big Trouble in Little China (also known as John Carpenter's "Big Trouble in Little China"), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1986.

Dean Proffitt, Overboard, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, 1987.

Wayland Jackson, Winter People, Columbia, 1988.

Lieutenant Nick Frescia, Tequila Sunrise, Warner Bros., 1988.

Gabriel "Gabe" Cash, Tango and Cash, Warner Bros., 1989.

Lieutenant Stephen "Bull" McCaffrey and Dad McCaffrey, Backdraft, Universal, 1990.

Michael Carr, Unlawful Entry, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1992.

Title role, Captain Ron, Buena Vista, 1992.

Wyatt Earp, Tombstone, Buena Vista, 1993.

(Uncredited) Voice of Elvis Presley, Forrest Gump, 1994.

Colonel Jonathan "Jack" O'Neil, Stargate (also known as Stargate, la porte des etoiles), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1994.

Dr. David Grant, Executive Decision (also known as Critical Decision), Warner Bros., 1996.

Snake Plissken, Escape from L.A. (also known as John Carpenter's "Escape from L.A."), Paramount, 1996.

Jeff Taylor, Breakdown, Paramount, 1997.

Sergeant Todd, Soldier, Warner Bros., 1998.

Himself, "The Thing:" Terror Takes Shape (documentary; also known as John Carpenter's "The Thing: Terror Takes Shape"), Universal, 1998.

Michael Zane, 3000 Miles to Graceland, Warner Bros., 2001.

Dr. Curtis McCabe, Vanilla Sky, Paramount/DreamWorks Distribution, 2001.

Interstate 60 (also known as I-60 and Interstate 60: Episodes of the Road), Redeemable Features, Samuel Goldwyn, 2001.

Himself, The Making of "Tombstone" (documentary short), 2002.

Eldon Perry, Dark Blue, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 2002.

Himself, Prelude to a Dream (documentary short), Paramount Home Video, 2002.

Himself, Blue Code (documentary short), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Home Entertainment, 2003.

Himself, Return to "Escape from New York" (documentary short), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Home Entertainment, 2003.

Herb Brooks, Miracle, Buena Vista, 2004.

Himself, First Impressions: Herb Brooks with Kurt Russell & the Filmmakers, 2004.

Himself, The Making of "Miracle" (documentary short), 2004.

Himself, Jiminy Glick in Lalawood, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 2004.

Steve Stronghold/The Commander, Sky High, Buena Vista, 2005.

Ben Crane, Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story (also known as Dreamer), DreamWorks, 2005.

Robert Ramsey, Poseidon, Warner Bros., 2006.

Himself, "Poseidon": A Ship on a Soundstage (short), Warner Home Video, 2006.

Stuntman Mike, "Death Proof," Grindhouse (also known as Quentin Tarantino's "Death Proof"), Dimension Films, 2007.

Film Work:

Stunt performer, Backdraft, Universal, 1990.

Producer, Escape from L.A. (also known as John Carpenter's Escape from L.A.), Paramount, 1996.

Television Appearances; Series:

Jaimie McPheeters, The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters, ABC, 1963-64.

Various roles, Daniel Boone, NBC, 1965-69.

Bo Larsen, The New Land, ABC, 1974.

Morgan Beaudine, The Quest, NBC, 1976.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Jamie McPheeters, Guns of Diablo, 1964.

Charles Joseph Whitman, The Deadly Tower (also known as Sniper), NBC, 1975.

Shan Mullins, Search for the Gods, ABC, 1975.

Morgan "Two Persons" Beaudine, The Quest (also known as The Longest Drive and The Quest: The Longest Drive), NBC, 1976.

Johnny, Christmas Miracle in Caulfield, USA (also known as The Christmas Coal Mine Miracle), CBS, 1977.

Elvis Presley, Elvis (also known as Elvis the Movie), ABC, 1979.

Laurence Kendall, Amber Waves, ABC, 1980.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Super Comedy Bowl 2, 1972.

NBC team, Battle of the Network Stars, ABC, 1977.

The Making of "The Mean Season," 1985.

Premiere Presents: Christmas Movies '89, Fox, 1989.

The 61st Annual Academy Awards Presentation, ABC, 1989.

Voices That Care, Fox, 1991.

First Person with Maria Shriver, NBC, 1991.

An American Saturday Night, ABC, 1991.

100 Years of the Hollywood Western, 1994.

Presenter, The Blockbuster Entertainment Awards, CBS, 1995.

The American Film Institute Salute to Steven Spielberg, 1995.

The 2nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, NBC, 1996.

Presenter, The 68th Annual Academy Awards, ABC, 1996.

Blockbuster Entertainment Awards, UPN, 1997.

Intimate Portrait: Halle Berry, Lifetime, 1998.

Masters of Fantasy: John Carpenter, 1998.

The 73rd Annual Academy Awards, ABC, 2001.

America: A Tribute to Heroes, 2001.

Dobe and a Company of Heroes, 2002.

AFI Tribute to Meryl Streep (also known as AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Meryl Streep), USA Network, 2004.

Moving Image Salutes Ron Howard, Bravo, 2006.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Sugarfoot (also known as Tenderfoot), 1957.

Our Man Higgins, c. 1962.

Knute, "Seventeen Gypsies and a Sinner Named Charlie," Sam Benedict, 1963.

Peter Hall, "Everybody Knows You Left Me," The Eleventh Hour, 1963.

Bobby, "Delinquent for a Day," Our Man Higgins, 1963.

Packy Kerlin, "Blue Heaven," Gunsmoke (also known as Gun Law and Marshal Dillon), CBS, 1964.

Philip Gerard, Jr., "Nemesis," The Fugitive, ABC, 1964.

Toby Shea, "A Father for Toby," The Virginian, NBC, 1964.

Christopher Larson, "The Finny Foot Affair," The Man from U.N.C.L.E., NBC, 1964.

Jungle boy, "Gilligan Meets Jungle Boy," Gilligan's Island, CBS, 1965.

Amdu Denning, "The Brothers," The Virginian, NBC, 1965.

Elick Hart, "The Colt," The Legend of Jesse James, ABC, 1966.

Grey Smoke, "Meanwhile, Back at the Reservation," Laredo, NBC, 1966.

Quano, "The Challenge," Lost in Space, CBS, 1966.

Dan Winslow, "The Tormenters," The FBI, ABC, 1966.

Eddie, "In a Plain Paper Wrapper," The Fugitive, ABC, 1966.

"Willie and the Yank," The World of Disney, NBC, 1967.

"The Mosby Raiders," The World of Disney, NBC, 1967.

"The Matchmaker," The World of Disney, NBC, 1967.

"Terror on the Trail," The World of Disney, NBC, 1967.

Jay Baker, "Charade of Justice," The Road West, 1967.

Rich, "The Secret of Boyne Castle" (also known as "Guns in the Weather" and "Spy Busters"), The World of Disney, NBC, 1969.

"Blue Heaven," Gunsmoke, CBS, 1969.

"Target Boone," Daniel Boone, NBC, 1969.

William P. Lovering, "The Spitball Kid," Then Came Bronson, NBC, 1969.

Dan Rondo, "The Guns of Johnny Rondo," High Chaparral, NBC, 1970.

"Disneyland Showtime," Disneyland (also known as Disney's Wonderful World, The Disney Sunday Movie, The Magical World of Disney, The Wonderful World of Disney, Walt Disney, Walt Disney Presents, and Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color), 1970.

"Love and the First Nighters," Love, American Style, ABC, 1970.

Jerry Patman, "This Is Jerry. See Jerry Run? Run, Jerry, Run, Run, Run, Run," Storefront Lawyers (also known as Men at Law), CBS, 1970.

"Paul Revere Rides Again," Room 222, ABC, 1971.

"Beginner's Luck," Love Story, NBC, 1973.

J. D. Crawford, "Country Boy," Police Story, NBC, 1974.

Buck Henry, "Trail of Bloodshed," Gunsmoke (also known as Gun Law and Marshal Dillon), CBS, 1974.

Kane, "Scar Tissue," Hec Ramsey, NBC, 1974.

Todd Conway, "Double Jeopardy," Harry O, ABC, 1975.

Officer David Singer, "Empty Weapon," Police Story, NBC, 1975.

Peter Valcher, "Deadly Doubles," Hawaii Five-O (also known as McGarrett), CBS, 1977.

The Arsenio Hall Show, syndicated, 1989.

Wogan (also known as The Wogan Years), 1991.

Late Show with David Letterman (also known as The Late Show), NBC, 1994, 2006.

The Rosie O'Donnell Show, syndicated, 1996, 1997, 1998.

The Entertainment Business, 1998.

"Kurt Russell: Hollywood's Heavy Hitter," Biography, Arts and Entertainment, 1999.

Late Night with Conan O'Brien, NBC, 2003.

The Heaven and Earth Show (also known as Heaven and Earth with Gloria Hunniford), BBC, 2004.

The O'Reilly Factor, Fox News, 2004.

The Oprah Winfrey Show (also known as Oprah), syndicated, 2004.

The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, NBC, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007.

Die Johannes B. Kerner Show (also known as JBK), 2005.

60 Minutes, CBS, 2005.

Today (also known as NBC News Today and The Today Show), NBC, 2005.

"The Making of ‘Poseidon,’" HBO First Look, HBO, 2006.

Corazon de …, 2006.

Entertainment Tonight (also known as E.T.), syndicated, 2007.

Jimmy Kimmel Live, ABC, 2007.

Last Call with Carson Daly, NBC, 2007.

Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show, syndicated, 2007.

"Festivalen I Cannes Death Proof," Nyhetsmorgon, 2007.

Television Work; Movies:

Executive producer, 14 Hours, TNT, 2005.

Stage Appearances:

The Hasty Heart, Ahmanson Theatre, Los Angeles, 1982.



Appeared in the music video "Voices That Care."



(With others) Escape from L.A. (also known as John Carpenter's "Escape from L.A."), Paramount, 1996.



Newsmakers, Issue 4, Gale Group, 2007.


Starlog, February, 1995; November, 1996; January, 1999.

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