Life, career, the best films of a fantastic actor..Kurt Russell

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American actor who became a child star in the 1960s, appearing in a number of Disney films, and then transitioned to a successful career as a leading man, perhaps best known for his action dramas.

When Russell was four, his family moved from Massachusetts to California. There his father, Neil (“Bing”) Russell, a former professional baseball player, pursued an acting career, notably appearing in the television series Bonanza. The younger Russell was interested in sports, especially baseball, though he also occasionally acted. In 1962 he made his television debut, appearing on Dennis the Menace and The Dick Powell Theatre. He auditioned for the movie Safe at Home! (1962), hoping to meet baseball legends Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris, but was not cast. Russell later starred in the TV series The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters (1963–64) and had roles on such shows as The Man from U.N.C.L.E. and Gilligan’s Island. In addition, in 1963 he appeared in his first film, It Happened at the World’s Fair.

In 1966 Russell acted in Follow Me, Boys!, the first of his Walt Disney movies, which also included The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes (1969) and Superdad (1973). During this time he continued to play baseball, and he later was a member of several minor-league teams. In 1973, however, he tore his rotator cuff, and the injury effectively ended his baseball career. He subsequently focused on his acting, and, unlike many child performers, he easily transitioned to adult roles. He earned particular acclaim for two TV movies: The Deadly Tower (1975), in which he portrayed Charles Whitman, a mass murderer responsible for the attack known as the Texas Tower shooting of 1966, and Elvis (1979), a biopic about the legendary performer. The latter was directed by John Carpenter, and the duo collaborated on several subsequent films, perhaps most notably Escape from New York (1981). In that action thriller, Russell played Snake Plissken, a war hero turned criminal who is sent to Manhattan, which has become a maximum-security prison. Officials, however, vow to release him if he can save the U.S. president, whose plane has crashed in the borough. The film became a cult classic, and Russell solidified his status as a star.

Russell reteamed with Carpenter on The Thing (1982), a sci-fi horror film, and then starred with Meryl Streep in Mike Nichols’s acclaimed drama Silkwood (1983). In 1984 he appeared in the romantic comedy Swing Shift, which also featured Goldie Hawn. Although the film was a disappointment, Russell and Hawn became one of Hollywood’s most enduring couples. He then starred in a series of crime dramas, including The Mean Season (1985) and Tequila Sunrise (1988); the latter, a commercial hit about drug dealing, also featured Mel Gibson and Michelle Pfeiffer. Russell teamed with Sylvester Stallone for the action comedy Tango & Cash (1989), which was critically panned but became a box-office hit.

Russell earned better reviews for Backdraft (1991), Ron Howard’s action drama about firefighters in Chicago. Also popular was the western Tombstone (1993), in which he portrayed Wyatt Earp. After appearing in the sci-fi Stargate (1994), Russell reprised his role as Snake Plissken in Carpenter’s Escape from L.A. (1996), though the film failed to connect with moviegoers.

Russell remained a sought-after actor into the 21st century. In 2004 he starred in the crowd-pleaser Miracle, about the U.S. men’s ice hockey team that upset the Soviets at the 1980 Olympics in Lake Placid, New York. Two years later he appeared in Poseidon, a remake of the 1972 cult classic about an ocean liner that capsizes. He then was cast in Quentin Tarantino’s Death Proof (2007), playing a murderous stunt driver. He reunited with Tarantino on The Hateful Eight (2015) and then appeared in the action drama Deepwater Horizon (2016), about the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. During this time he was also cast in two installments of the blockbuster series The Fast and the Furious: Furious 7 (2015) and The Fate of the Furious (2017). In addition, Russell had a role in the box-office hit Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017), which features a Marvel Comics superhero team. In the family comedy The Christmas Chronicles (2018), he portrayed Santa Claus, with Hawn as Mrs. Claus; the couple also appeared in the sequel (2020). In 2019 Russell made a brief appearance as a stunt coordinator in Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood, a dramedy set in 1969 Los Angeles.

Kurt Russell, in full Kurt Vogel Russell, (born March 17, 1951, Springfield, Massachusetts, U.S.)

BEST FILM

15.Executive Decision

Halle Berry, Steven Seagal

Executive Decision is a 1996 American action film directed by Stuart Baird in his directorial debut. The film stars Kurt Russell, Steven Seagal, Halle Berry, Oliver Platt and John Leguizamo. The film..

14.Used Cars

Kurt Russell, Michael McKean

Used Cars is a 1980 comedy satire film. It stars Kurt Russell, Jack Warden, Deborah Harmon, and Gerrit Graham. Kurt Russell portrays a devious car salesman working for affable but..

13.Breakdown

Kurt Russell, Kathleen Quinlan

Breakdown is a 1997 American thriller film, written and directed by Jonathan Mostow. The film stars Kurt Russell, J. T. Walsh, and Kathleen Quinlan. The original music score was composed by..

12.Death Proof

Rose McGowan, Rosario Dawson

This film is a 2007 American action-exploitation film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino. The film centers on a psychopathic stunt man, Stuntman Mike played by Kurt Russell, who stalks..

11.Soldier

Kurt Russell, Gary Busey

Soldier is a 1998 American science fiction action film directed by Paul Anderson, written by David Webb Peoples, and starring Kurt Russell, Jason Scott Lee, Jason Isaacs, Connie Nielsen, Sean..

10.Tango & Cash

Sylvester Stallone, Teri Hatcher

Tango & Cash is a 1989 American buddy cop action comedy film directed by Andrei Konchalovsky, although Albert Magnoli took over in the later stages of filming, and starring Sylvester Stallone..

9.Captain Ron

Kurt Russell, Roselyn Sánchez

Captain Ron is a 1992 American comedy film directed by Thom Eberhardt, produced by David Permut, and written by John Dwyer for Touchstone Pictures. It stars Kurt Russell as the title..

8.Miracle

Kurt Russell, Patricia Clarkson

Miracle is a 2004 American sports docudrama about the United States men’s hockey team, led by head coach Herb Brooks, that won the gold medal in the 1980 Winter Olympics. The USA team’s..

7.Stargate

Kurt Russell, James Spader

Stargate is a 1994 French-American adventure science fiction film released through Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Carolco Pictures. Created by Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich, the film is..

6.Backdraft

Robert De Niro, Kurt Russell

Backdraft is a 1991 action thriller film directed by Ron Howard and written by Gregory Widen. The film stars Kurt Russell, William Baldwin, Scott Glenn, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Rebecca De Mornay,.

5.Overboard

Goldie Hawn, Kurt Russell

Overboard is a 1987 American romantic comedy film starring Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell. It was directed by Garry Marshall, produced by Roddy McDowall, and loosely inspired by the 1974 Italian..

4.Escape from New York

Jamie Lee Curtis, Kurt Russell

Escape from New York is a 1981 American science fiction action film co-written, co-scored, and directed by John Carpenter. The film is set in a then near-future 1997 in a distopian United States..

3.Big Trouble in Little China

Kurt Russell, Kim Cattrall

Big Trouble in Little China is a 1986 American action film directed by John Carpenter, and starring Kurt Russell, Kim Cattrall, Dennis Dun and James Hong. The film was released in the United..

2.The Thing

Kurt Russell, Keith David

The Thing is a 1982 American science fiction horror film directed by John Carpenter, written by Bill Lancaster, and starring Kurt Russell. The film’s title refers to its primary antagonist: a..

1.Tombstone

Val Kilmer, Kurt Russell

Tombstone is a 1993 American western film directed by George P. Cosmatos, written by Kevin Jarre and starring Kurt Russell and Val Kilmer, with Sam Elliott, Bill Paxton, Powers Boothe..
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