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

(1951-03-17) March 17, 1951 (age 73)
Education Thousand Oaks High School
Occupation Actor
Years active 1962–present
Season Hubley
(m. 1979; div. 1983)

Partner(s) Goldie Hawn
Children 2, including Wyatt
Parent(s) Bing Russell (father)
Relatives Matt Franco (nephew)

Kurt Vogel Russell (born March 17, 1951) is an American actor. At the age of 12, he began acting 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 he starred as Dexter Riley in films such as The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes (1969), Now You See Him, Now You Don't (1972), and The Strongest Man in the World (1975). For his portrayal of rock and roll superstar Elvis Presley in Elvis (1979), he was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie. According to Robert Osborne of Turner Classic Movies, Russell 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 Mike Nichols' Silkwood (1983). Also in the 1980s, he starred in several films directed by John Carpenter in which he played anti-hero roles: the futuristic action film Escape from New York (1981), its sequel Escape from L.A. (1996), the horror film The Thing (1982), and the kung-fu comedy action film Big Trouble in Little China (1986).

Russell starred in various other films, including Used Cars (1980), The Best of Times (1986), Overboard (1987), Tango & Cash (1989), Backdraft (1991), Tombstone (1993), Stargate (1994), Executive Decision (1996), Breakdown (1997), Vanilla Sky (2001), Miracle (2004), Sky High (2005), Death Proof (2007), The Hateful Eight (2015) and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019). He also appeared in the Fast & Furious franchise as Mr. Nobody (starring in Furious 7 (2015), The Fate of the Furious (2017), and F9 (2021)). He also portrayed Ego in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) installments Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) and What If...? (2021), and played the role of Santa Claus in The Christmas Chronicles (2018) and The Christmas Chronicles 2 (2020).

Early life

Kurt Vogel Russell was born on March 17, 1951, at Wesson Maternity Hospital in Springfield, Massachusetts. His father, Bing Russell, was also an actor. His mother, Louise Julia (née Crone) Russell, is a dancer. Russell is of English, Irish, German, and Scottish ancestry. He has three sisters, Jill Franco, Jamie and Jody. His family relocated to California when he was a child, and Russell grew up in Thousand Oaks. Russell played little league baseball throughout his grade school years and also on his high school baseball team as a second baseman. He graduated from Thousand Oaks High School in California in 1969. His father played professional baseball. His sister, Jill, is the mother of baseball player Matt Franco. 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.


Child actor

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Russell with Robert Vaughn in a 1964 episode of The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

Russell made his film debut with an uncredited part for It Happened at the World's Fair, playing a boy who kicked a pilot (Elvis Presley) in the leg. 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.

Later, 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 eponymous novel, which won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1959.

In 1964, Russell guest-starred in "Nemesis", an episode of the ABC series The Fugitive in which, as the son of police Lt. Phillip Gerard, he is unintentionally kidnapped by his father's quarry, Doctor Richard Kimble. In NBC's The Virginian, he played the mistaken orphan whose father, played by Rory Calhoun, was an outlaw who was still alive and recently released from prison looking for his son.

Russell played a similar role as a kid named Packy Kerlin in the 1964 episode "Blue Heaven" for the western series Gunsmoke. 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.

Disney star

In 1966, Russell was signed to a ten-year contract with Walt Disney Productions, where he became, according to Robert Osborne, the "studio's top star of the '70s". Russell's first film for Disney was Follow Me, Boys! (1966). Walt Disney described Russell as "a 15-year-old boy for whom I predict a great acting future", in what would prove to be Disney's last filmed appearance before his death in December 1966. One of the last things Disney ever wrote was the name "Kurt Russell" (though misspelled as "Kirt") on a piece of paper. In January 1967, Russell played Private Willie Prentiss in the episode "Willie and the Yank: The Mosby Raiders" in Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color, released theatrically in some markets as Mosby's Marauders (1967). During this time, Russell continued to guest star on non-Disney TV shows. He, Jay C. Flippen and Tom Tryon appeared in the episode "Charade of Justice" of the NBC western series The Road West starring Barry Sullivan. In a March 1966 episode of CBS's Lost in Space entitled "The Challenge", he played Quano, the son of a planetary ruler.

While filming the Sherman Brothers musical The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band (1968), Russell met his future partner Goldie Hawn.

For Disney, he made The Horse in the Gray Flannel Suit (1969) and Guns in the Heather (1969).


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Russell in a 1974 publicity photo

Disney promoted Russell to star roles with The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes (1969) which was a big hit. He followed it with The Barefoot Executive (1971), another success.

In 1971, he co-starred as a young robber released from jail, alongside James Stewart in Fools' Parade. Later, he guest-starred in an episode of Room 222 as an idealistic high school student who assumed the costumed identity of Paul Revere to warn of the dangers of pollution.

However, the bulk of his film work was for Disney in films such as Now You See Him, Now You Don't (1971), Charley and the Angel (1973), and Superdad (1973).

Baseball career

Russell, like his father, had a baseball career. In the early 1970s, Russell was a switch-hitting second baseman for the California Angels minor league affiliates, the Bend Rainbows (1971) and Walla Walla Islanders (1972) in the short season Class A-Short Season Northwest League, then moved up to Class AA in 1973 with the El Paso Sun Kings of the Texas League.

While Russell was in the field turning the pivot of a double play early in the season, the incoming runner at second base collided with him and tore the rotator cuff in Russell's right (throwing) shoulder. He did not return to El Paso, but was a designated hitter for the independent Portland Mavericks in the Northwest League late in their short season. The team was owned by his father, and he had been doing promotional work for them in the interim. The injury forced his retirement from baseball in 1973 and led to his return to acting.

TV star

In the autumn of 1974, he appeared in the ABC series The New Land, inspired by the 1972 Swedish film of the same name. Critically acclaimed, it suffered very low ratings and aired only six of the 13 episodes. He returned to Disney for The Strongest Man in the World (1975).

Transition into Hollywood

Russell was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or a Special for the 1979 television film Elvis, in which his then-wife Season Hubley played Priscilla. This would transition Russell's Hollywood career after years as a child actor. It was directed by John Carpenter and led to a series of collaborations between the two men.

Russell starred in Amber Waves (1980) and the comedy Used Cars (1980). He then played Snake Plissken in Escape from New York (1981), directed by Carpenter.

He returned to Disney to provide the voice of Copper as an adult for The Fox and the Hound (1981) then reunited with Carpenter for The Thing (1982), based upon the short story Who Goes There? by John W. Campbell, Jr., which had been interpreted on film before, albeit loosely, in 1951's The Thing from Another World.

He was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture for his performance in Silkwood (1983).

Russell made Swing Shift (1984) co-starring Goldie Hawn, who became his romantic partner. He starred in The Mean Season (1986) and The Best of Times (1986), then played an antihero truck driver caught in an ancient Chinese war in Big Trouble in Little China, another Carpenter film which, like The Thing, was initially a critical and commercial disappointment but has since gained a cult audience. More popular at the box office was Overboard (1987), a comedy with Goldie Hawn.


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Russell in 2006

Russell credited his performance in Tequila Sunrise (1988) with getting Hollywood to regard him differently. He starred in Winter People (1989) and co-starred with Sylvester Stallone in Tango & Cash (1989).

Russell played Lt. Stephen "Bull" McCaffrey in Backdraft (1991), Wyatt Earp in Tombstone (1993) and Colonel Jack O'Neil in the military science fiction film Stargate (1994). He also had an uncredited role as the voice of Elvis Presley in the 1994 film Forrest Gump. His portrayal of U.S. Olympic hockey coach Herb Brooks in the 2004 film Miracle, won the praise of critics. "In many ways", wrote Claudia Puig of USA Today, "Miracle belongs to Kurt Russell." Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times wrote, "Russell does real acting here." Elvis Mitchell of The New York Times wrote, "Mr. Russell's cagey and remote performance gives ''Miracle'' its few breezes of fresh air."

In 2006, Russell claimed in one interview that he had ghost-directed the hit 1993 western film Tombstone on behalf of credited director George P. Cosmatos, saying he gave Cosmatos shot lists. Russell claimed Stallone recommended Cosmatos to him after the removal of the first director, writer Kevin Jarre, but Cosmatos had also worked with Tombstone executive producer Andrew G. Vajna before on Rambo: First Blood Part II. Russell said he promised Cosmatos he would keep it a secret as long as Cosmatos was alive; Cosmatos died in April 2005. Russell said he did not get a chance to edit his version, but Vajna gave him a tape of "everything on the movie" and that he might try to "reconstruct the movie", although he would need to go back to the script and all his notes.

Russell played the villainous Stuntman Mike in Quentin Tarantino's segment Death Proof of the film Grindhouse (2007), and was in two more Tarantino films, The Hateful Eight (2015) and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019). He also had a major role in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. After a remake of Escape from New York was announced, Russell was reportedly upset with Gerard Butler for playing his signature character, Snake Plissken, as he believed the character 'was quintessentially [...] American.'

Russell co-starred in the action thriller Furious 7 in 2015. That same year, Russell garnered attention for his portrayal of Sheriff Franklin Hunt in the western-horror film Bone Tomahawk.

On May 4, 2017, Russell and Goldie Hawn received stars in a double star ceremony on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for their achievements in motion pictures, located at 6201 Hollywood Boulevard.

Personal life

Russell at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival

Russell married actress Season Hubley, whom he met while filming Elvis, in 1979, and they had a son, Boston (born February 16, 1980). After his divorce from Hubley in 1983, Russell began his relationship with Goldie Hawn, and appeared alongside her in Swing Shift and Overboard, having previously appeared with her in The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band in 1968. They have a son, Wyatt Russell (born July 10, 1986), and have owned homes in Vancouver, British Columbia; Snowmass Village, Colorado; Manhattan, New York; Brentwood and Palm Desert, California. In an interview with People in December 2020, Russell revealed that he and Hawn never felt the need to marry, stating that a "marriage certificate wasn't going to create anything that otherwise we wouldn't have."

Russell is a libertarian. In 2020, he stated that celebrities should keep their political opinions to themselves, believing that it negatively impacts their work.

Russell is a hunter and a staunch supporter of gun rights, and said that gun control will not reduce terrorism. He is also an FAA-licensed private pilot holding single/multi-engine and instrument ratings, and is an Honorary Council Member of the humanitarian aviation organization Wings of Hope. In 2010, he was inducted as part of the Living Legends of Aviation, receiving the "Aviation Mentor Award" from fellow actor-pilot John Travolta.

In February 2003, Russell and Hawn moved to Vancouver so that their son could play hockey.



Year Title Role Notes Ref.
1963 It Happened at the World's Fair Boy Kicking Mike Uncredited cameo
1964 Guns of Diablo Jamie McPheeters
1966 Follow Me, Boys! Whitey
1967 Mosby's Marauders Willie Prentiss
1968 The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band Sidney Bower
The Horse in the Gray Flannel Suit Ronnie Gardner
1969 The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes Dexter Riley
1971 The Barefoot Executive Steven Post
Fools' Parade Johnny Jesus
1972 Now You See Him, Now You Don't Dexter Riley
1973 Charley and the Angel Ray Ferris
Superdad Bart
1975 The Strongest Man in the World Dexter Riley
1980 Used Cars Rudy Russo
1981 Escape from New York Snake Plissken
The Fox and the Hound Copper Voice
1982 The Thing R.J. MacReady
1983 Silkwood Drew Stephens
1984 Swing Shift Lucky Lockhart
1985 The Mean Season Malcolm Anderson
1986 The Best of Times Reno Hightower
Big Trouble in Little China Jack Burton
1987 Overboard Dean Proffitt
1988 Tequila Sunrise Nick Frescia
1989 Winter People Wayland Jackson
Tango & Cash Lieutenant Gabriel Cash
1991 Backdraft Lieutenant Stephen "Bull" McCaffrey /
Captain Dennis McCaffrey
Dual role; also stunt
1992 Unlawful Entry Michael Carr
Captain Ron Captain Ron Rico
1993 Tombstone Wyatt Earp
1994 Forrest Gump Elvis Presley Uncredited voice
Stargate Jack O'Neill
1996 Executive Decision Dr. David Grant
Escape from L.A. Snake Plissken Also writer and producer
1997 Breakdown Jeff Taylor
1998 Soldier Sergeant Todd "3465"
2001 3000 Miles to Graceland Michael Zane
Vanilla Sky Curtis McCabe
2002 Interstate 60 Captain Ives
Dark Blue Eldon Perry
2004 Miracle Herb Brooks
Jiminy Glick in Lalawood Himself
2005 Sky High Steve Stronghold / The Commander
Dreamer Ben Crane
2006 Poseidon Robert Ramsey
2007 Death Proof Stuntman Mike McKay
Cutlass Dad Short film
2011 Touchback Coach Hand
2013 The Art of the Steal Crunch Calhoun
2014 The Battered ... of Baseball Himself Documentary
2015 Furious 7 Mr. Nobody
Bone Tomahawk Sheriff Franklin Hunt
The Hateful Eight John "The Hangman" Ruth
2016 Deepwater Horizon Jimmy Harrell
2017 The Fate of the Furious Mr. Nobody
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Ego the Living Planet
2018 The Christmas Chronicles Santa Claus
2019 Crypto Martin Duran, Sr.
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Randy Lloyd / The Narrator Dual role
QT8: The First Eight Himself Documentary
2020 The Christmas Chronicles 2 Santa Claus Also producer
2021 F9 Mr. Nobody
TBA The Rivals of Amziah King TBA Post-production


Year Title Role Notes Ref.
1962 Dennis the Menace Kevin Episode: "Wilson's Second Childhood" (uncredited)
The Dick Powell Show Boy / Vernon 3 episodes
1963 Sam Benedict Knute Episode: "Seventeen Gypsies and a Sinner Named Charlie"
The Eleventh Hour Peter Hall Episode: "Everybody Knows You Left Me"
Our Man Higgins Bobby Episode: "Delinquent for a Day"
1963–1964 The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters Jaimie McPheeters Series regular (26 episodes)
1964 The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Christopher Larson Episode: "The Finny Foot Affair"
1964–1965 The Virginian Toby Shea / Andy Denning 2 episodes
1964–1966 The Fugitive Eddie / Philip Gerard Jr. 2 episodes
1964, 1974 Gunsmoke Packy Kerlin / Buck Henry 2 episodes
1965 Gilligan's Island Jungle Boy Episode: "Gilligan Meets Jungle Boy"
The F.B.I. Dan Winslow Episode: "The Tormentors"
1965–1969 Daniel Boone Various 7 episodes
1966 Lost in Space Quano Episode: "The Challenge"
Laredo Grey Smoke Episode: "Meanwhile, Back at the Reservation"
1967 The Road West Jay Baker Episode: "Charade of Justice"
1967–1976 Disneyland Rich Evans / Pvt. Willie Prentiss / Narrator 7 episodes
1969 Guns in the Heather Rich Evans Originally broadcast on Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color;
a.k.a. The Secret of Boyne Castle (European theatrical release)
Then Came Bronson William P. Lovering Episode: "The Spitball Kid"
1970 Storefront Lawyers Jerry Patman Episode: "This is Jerry, See Jerry Run"
The High Chaparral Dan Rondo Episode: "The Guns of Johnny Rondo"
Love, American Style Johnny Segment: "Love and the First-Nighters"
1971 Room 222 Tim Episode: "Paul Revere Rides Again"
1973 Love Story Scott Episode: "Beginner's Luck"
1974 Hec Ramsey Matthias Kane Episode: "Scar Tissue"
The New Land Bo Larsen Series regular (6 episodes, plus 7 unaired)
1974–1975 Police Story J.D. Crawford / Officer David Singer 2 episodes
1975 Harry O Todd Conway Episode: "Double Jeopardy"
The Deadly Tower Charles Whitman TV film
Search for the Gods Shan Mullins TV film
1976 The Quest Morgan "Two Persons" Bodden Series regular (15 episodes)
The Quest: The Longest Drive Morgan "Two Persons" Bodden TV film
1977 Hawaii Five-O Peter Valchek Episode: "Deadly Doubles"
Christmas Miracle in Caufield, U.S.A. Johnny TV film
1979 Elvis Elvis Presley TV film
1980 Amber Waves Laurence Kendall TV film
2021–2023 What If...? Ego Voice, 3 episodes: "What If... T'Challa Became a Star-Lord?", "What If... the Watcher Broke His Oath?", "What If... Peter Quill Attacked Earth's Mightiest Heroes?"
2023–2024 Monarch: Legacy of Monsters Lee Shaw Main role


Year Award Category Nominated work Results Ref.
2003 AARP Movies for Grownups Awards Best Breakaway Performance Dark Blue Nominated
2004 Best Actor Miracle Nominated
2005 Dreamer Nominated
1996 Blockbuster Entertainment Awards Favorite Actor – Action/Adventure Executive Decision Won
1998 Disney Legends Awards Film Legends Award N/A Inducted
2002 DVD Exclusive Awards Best Audio Commentary – Library Release Used Cars Nominated
2016 Fangoria Chainsaw Awards Best Actor Bone Tomahawk Won
Fangoria Hall of Fame N/A Won
2015 Fright Meter Awards Best Actor in a Leading Role Bone Tomahawk Nominated
1983 Golden Globe Awards Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture Silkwood Nominated
1989 Golden Raspberry Awards Worst Supporting Actress Tango & Cash Nominated
2001 Worst Screen Couple 3000 Miles to Graceland Nominated
2015 Hollywood Film Awards Ensemble Award The Hateful Eight Won
1982 Jupiter Awards Best International Actor Escape from New York Nominated
1983 The Thing Nominated
2019 Online Film & Television Association Awards Best Ensemble Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Nominated
1979 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or a Special Elvis Nominated
2002 Saturn Awards The Life Career Award N/A Won
2007 Scream Awards Most Vile Villain Death Proof Nominated
2004 Stinkers Bad Movie Awards Worst Fake Accent – Male Miracle Nominated
2017 Teen Choice Awards Choice Hissy Fit Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Nominated
2021 Western Heritage Awards Hall of Great Western Performers N/A Inducted
2024 Critics' Choice Super Awards Best Actor in a Science Fiction/Fantasy Series, Limited Series or Made-for-TV Movie Monarch: Legacy of Monsters Won

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