Kurt Russell Biography
Kurt Vogel Russell is an American actor. Kurt Russell has appeared in numerous actions, comedic and dramatic roles. Among those successful movies of all time, he has been famous for his remarkable roles in few films as like Escape from New York and Silkwood. His first acting roles were as a child in television series, including a lead role in the Western series The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters (1963–64). In the 1970s, he signed a ten-year contract with the Walt Disney Company, where he became, according to Robert Osborne, the "studio's top star of the '70s". In 1979, Russell was nominated for an Emmy Award for the made-for-television film Elvis.
Russell was born on March 17, 1951 in Springfield, Massachusetts, to actor Neil Oliver "Bing" Russell and dancer Louise Julia (Crone) Russell. He grew up in Thousand Oaks, California, with parents Bing and Louise. He is of English, German, Scottish, and Irish descent. For his academic qualification, in 1969, Russell graduated from Thousand Oaks High School.
Russell's father was an actor, and Russell himself became a child star, appearing in a number of television and film roles. He had a small part in the Elvis Presley film It Happened at the World’s Fair (1963), then went on to play the lead in the Western series The Travels of Jamie McPheeters (1963-64).
Russell signed a 10-year contract with Walt Disney Studios. The Disney films he appeared in include Follow Me Boys! (1966), The Horse in the Gray Flannel Suit (1968), The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes (1969), The Barefoot Executive (1971) and The Strongest Man in the World (1975).
Russell began his acting career in 1957 with an appearance as a child in the pilot of the ABC western television series Sugarfoot with Will Hutchins. His film career began at the age of eleven in an un-credited part in Elvis Presley's It Happened at the World's Fair, and two extra episodes, celebrating the tenth anniversary of the then defunct series Rin Tin Tin. On April 24, 1963, Russell guest starred in the ABC series Our Man Higgins, starring Stanley Holloway as an English butler in an American family. He played Peter Hall in the 1963 episode "Everybody Knows You Left Me" on the NBC medical drama about psychiatry The Eleventh Hour.
Unlike many child stars, Russell was able to segue into a successful acting career as an adult. He received acclaim for his turn in the title role in the made-for-TV movie Elvis (1979). The performance also garnered Russell an Emmy Award nomination.
Being cast in director John Carpenter’s futuristic action film Escape from New York (1981), in which he played warrior-turned-criminal Snake Plissken, helped Russell demonstrate a tougher onscreen persona. In 1996, he reprised the role of the eye-patched cult hero in Escape from L.A.
A versatile actor, Russell has moved from action to comedy to drama, and back again. In 1983, he worked opposite Meryl Streep and Cher in Silkwood. Russell was given a Golden Globe nomination for his performance in the film. Russell's other standout movies from the 1980s include Big Trouble in Little China (1986), Overboard (1987) and Tequila Sunrise (1988). Among his notable later films are Backdraft (1991), Stargate (1994), Breakdown (1997), Dark Blue (2003) and Poseidon (2006). Though Russell has made fewer film appearances in recent years, he found time to work with Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez on Grindhouse (2007). Russell also has a role in Fast & Furious 7, a film whose production was impacted by the tragic death of franchise star Paul Walker.
In 1979, Russell married actress Season Hubley, who had starred alongside him in the TV movie Elvis. The couple had one son, Boston, before divorcing in 1983. Russell entered into a relationship with actress Goldie Hawn when the two starred in Swing Shift (1984). Russell and Hawn have been together ever since. Their son, Wyatt, was born in 1986. 2014 saw the release of The Battered Bastards of Baseball, a documentary about Kurt's father Bing Russell and the Mavericks directed by Chapman and Maclain Way, the ballplayer's grandsons.