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Russell at the 2016 San Diego Comic-Con
Kurt Vogel Russell

March 17, 1951 (1951-03-17) (age 70)
Education Thousand Oaks High School
Occupation Actor
Years active 1962–present
Season Hubley
(m. 1979; div. 1983)
Partner(s) Goldie Hawn (1983–)
Children 2 including Wyatt Russell
Parent(s) Bing Russell

Kurt Vogel Russell (born March 17, 1951) is an American actor. He began acting on television at the age of 12 in the western series The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters (1963–1964). In the late 1960s, he signed a ten-year contract with The Walt Disney Company where, according to Robert Osborne, he became the studio's top star of the 1970s.

Russell was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture for his performance in Silkwood (1983). In the 1980s, he starred in several films directed by John Carpenter, including anti-hero roles such as army hero-turned-robber Snake Plissken in the futuristic action film Escape from New York (1981), and its sequel Escape from L.A. (1996), helicopter pilot R.J. MacReady in the remake of the horror film The Thing (1982), and truck driver Jack Burton in the dark kung-fu comedy action film Big Trouble in Little China (1986), all of which have since become cult films. He was nominated for an Emmy Award for the television film Elvis (1979).

Russell starred in other films, including Overboard (1987), Backdraft (1991) Tombstone (1993), Stargate (1994), Death Proof (2007), The Hateful Eight (2015), Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019). He also appeared in The Fast and the Furious franchise, having starred in Furious 7 (2015) and The Fate of the Furious (2017).

Early life

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Kurt Russell as Jaimie McPheeters from the television program The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters

Born in Springfield, Massachusetts, Russell is the son of actor Bing Russell (1926–2003) and dancer Louise Julia (née Crone) Russell. He has three sisters.

Russell played little league baseball throughout his grade school years and also on his high school baseball teams. He graduated from Thousand Oaks High School in 1969. His father, Bing, played professional baseball.

From 1969 to 1975, Russell served in the California Air National Guard, and belonged to the 146th Tactical Airlift Wing, then based in Van Nuys.

Early career

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Kurt Russell David Janssen - The Fugitive

Russell made his film debut for an uncredited part in Elvis Presley's It Happened at the World's Fair, and appeared in two extra episodes.

He played the title role in the ABC western series The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters (1963–64). The show was based on Robert Lewis Taylor's novel, which won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1959.

In 1964, Russell guest-starred in "Nemesis", an episode of the popular ABC series The Fugitive in which, as the son of police Lt. Phillip Gerard, he is unintentionally kidnapped by Richard Kimble. He appeared in five episodes of Daniel Boone in various roles.

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Tim Matheson and Kurt Russell from the TV series The Quest 1976

At age 13, Russell played the role of Jungle Boy on an episode of CBS's Gilligan's Island, which aired on February 6, 1965. He guest-starred on ABC's western The Legend of Jesse James. In 1966, Russell played a 14-year-old Indian boy, Grey Smoke, adopted by the Texas Rangers in the NBC western series Laredo.

While filming the Sherman Brothers theatrical film musical The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band, Russell met his future partner Goldie Hawn.

In a March 1966 episode of CBS's Lost in Space entitled "The Challenge", he played Quano, the son of a planetary ruler played by Michael Ansara.

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Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell 1989

Personal life

Russell married actress Season Hubley, whom he met while filming Elvis, in 1979, and had a son, Boston born in 1980. After his divorce from Hubley in 1983, Russell began his relationship with Goldie Hawn, and appeared alongside her in Swing Shift and Overboard.

They have a son, Wyatt Russell born in 1986 and own homes in Vancouver, British Columbia; Snowmass Village, Colorado; Manhattan, New York; Brentwood and Palm Desert, California.

Hawn's daughter with Bill Hudson, actress Kate Hudson, considers Russell to be her father. In February 2003, Russell and Hawn moved to Vancouver, British Columbia, so that their son could play hockey.

Russell is a hunter and a strong supporter of gun rights, and said that gun control will not reduce terrorism. He is also an FAA-licensed private pilot and is an Honorary Council Member of the humanitarian aviation organization Wings of Hope.

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