Kurt Russell biography
Date of Birth: March 17, 1951
Kurt Russell is the son of a baseball player turned actor named Bing Russell (he played the Deputy Sheriff in Bonanza). You could say it's a situation of "like father, like son" because Kurt also had baseball ambitions, although he'd begun acting by the age of six with a regular role in the TV series Sugarfoot and by the time he was 12, had the lead in the TV show The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters.
At the age of 14, he starred opposite Fred MacMurray in the hit Disney film Follow Me Boys! (1966) as the tough kid Whitey and in Disney's The One and Only, Genuine Original Family Band (1968), but he gave that all up to try and make it, as his father had, in big league baseball. When an injury put an end to that career, he came back to the movies.
Kurt made a string of Disney feature comedies such as The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes, Now You See Him, Now You Don't and The Strongest Man in the World, playing a squeaky clean teenager named Dexter Riley, but when he got the opportunity to play a sniper in the TV movie The Deadly Tower (1975), Kurt jumped at the chance to show his range. He next took on the role of a young man raised by Native Americans in the 1976 TV western The Quest, but when it was slotted into the same time as the hit series Charlie's Angels, his new show didn't last long before it was cancelled.
It was his 1979 performance as Elvis in a made-for-TV movie that established him a star to watch. He married his co-star Season Hubley that same year and they had a son together. A short time later he made a place for himself on Hollywood's A-list of movie stars with his starring performance in John Carpenter's Escape from New York.
A stalwart in the Hollywood food chain ever since, Russell's paychecks kept rising with his popularity. For StarGate (1994) he earned a cool $7 million, $10 million for Escape From L.A. (1996) and $20 million for soldier (1998). "Hey," Russell says, "If they're willing to pay me that, I must be worth it." He more recently starred in The Art of the Steal (2013), Furious 7 (2015), Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight (2015), and the true story epic Deepwater Horizon (2016).
Kurt has been involved with Goldie Hawn since 1983 when the two filmed Swing Shift (although they'd met years earlier when Kurt had a starring role in The One and Only, Genuine Original Family Band and Goldie had a bit part as a "giggly girl"). He divorced his wife in 1984 and has been with Goldie ever since.
For several years, Kurt and Goldie lived in Vancouver, so their son, Wyatt (b.1986) could pursue his dream to become a professional hockey player. They also have a cottage in Muskoka, Ontario, Canada.
The Hateful Eight
The Art of the Steal
Interstate 60 (2002)
3000 Miles To Graceland
Escape from L.A. (1996)
Executive Decision (1996)
Captain Ron (1992)
Unlawful Entry (1992)
Tango & Cash (1989)
Winter People (1989)
Tequila Sunrise (1988)
The Best of Times (1986)
Big Trouble In Little China
The Mean Season (1985)
Swing Shift (1984)
Escape from New York
The Fox and the Hound (1981) (voice)
Used Cars (1980)
Strongest Man in the World (1975)
Charley and the Angel (1973)
Now You See Him, Now You Don't (1972)
The Barefoot Executive (1971)
Fools' Parade (1971)
The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes (1970)
Guns in the Heather (1968)
The Horse in the Gray Flannel Suit (1968)
The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band (1968)
Follow Me, Boys! (1966)
Mosby's Marauders (1966)
Guns of Diablo (1964)
It Happened at the World's Fair (1963)