Biography of Kurt Russell
Kurt Russell is an old-school actor, adored by viewers around the world for his indescribable charisma and talent for reincarnation. Elvis Presley, a police detective, a fireman, a psychotic maniac – in the filmography of the actor there are many brilliant roles marked by prestigious film awards.
Pictured: Kurt Russell
Childhood. First roles
Kurt Russell was born on March 17, 1951 to Bing Russell. In the late 50s, thirty-year-old Bing, who was a basketball star in his youth and owned a fashionable restaurant in New Port, was able to fulfill his dream and act in films, after which he became a sought-after actor, and his wife Louise left her career as a dancer and devoted herself entirely to raising three daughters and son.
One day, his father brought 6-year-old Kurt to the set of the cowboy series Sugarfoot, and the little actor starred in the popular show for four seasons.
Kurt Russell in his youth
At school, Kurt was not the best student, he often missed classes due to filming, and devoted his free time to sports, dreaming of becoming a professional basketball player.
In 1963, Kurt became a regular participant in the television project Jamie McPheeters Travels, and in 1965 he played in the Disney film Follow Me Boys!, in which the stars of the Golden Hollywood era Freddie McMurray and Lillian Gish played.
Kurt Russell in his youth
During this period of his life, Kurt still dreamed of becoming a famous basketball player, but an injury during which he received a ligament rupture in his shoulder joint put an end to his plans.
The contract that the parents entered into on behalf of Kurt with the Disney company provided for the participation of the young actor in shows and serials, so from 1966 to 1969 he periodically appeared on the television screen, and after graduating from school he was called up for military service.
After graduation, Kurt served 5 years in the National Guard
After serving five years in the National Guard, Kurt returned to acting, landing a role in the true-life drama thriller The Tower of Death, where he played student Charles Whitman. The excellent physical form and acting skills of the twenty-four-year-old actor, who managed to show the metamorphoses that occurred with an ordinary American guy who became one of the first mass shooters, became the key to the success of the picture and the beginning of Kurt Russell’s career.
In the 1979 film Elvis, later named one of the best films dedicated to the King of Rock and Roll, the young actor managed to embody the image of a great artist, which earned recognition of his talent with an Emmy nomination. Film critics noted the almost photographic resemblance of Kurt to his hero, the skillfully conveyed tragedy of the great artist’s life and the energy with which he literally infected his fans.
Elvis Presley (left) and Kurt Russell (right)
The following year, Kurt also showed his talent as a comedian, co-starring with Deborah Harmon and Jack Warden in the comedy Used Cars. In the 1981 fantasy action movie Escape from New York, the actor saved the world and the President of America, played by Donald Pleasence. The film was included in the 100 best science fiction films of all time. The role of Serpent Pliskin was originally intended for Tommy Lee Jones, but when he saw Russell on the audition, director John Carpenter realized that only this actor could play the role of a hero. Charles Brosnon was also considered for the role.
Shot from the movie “Used Cars”
From 1982 to 1986, his career went uphill, Kurt played in several films, playing the main roles and fully justifying the status of a young bright movie star.
The comedy “Overboard”, in which Kurt played the role of a rude father of many children, who took up the re-education of a spoiled lady, is considered one of the best in the actor’s piggy bank. In the comedy, which has firmly entered the golden fund of cinema, Kurt’s partner was Goldie Hawn.
Kurt Russell in the movie “Overboard”
In company with Mel Gibson, Raul Julia and Michelle Pfeiffer, the actor played in the cult crime thriller Drunken Dawn, playing the role of a police officer forced to make a difficult choice between friendship, love and professional honor.
Shot from the movie “Drunken Dawn”
With Sylvester Stallone, the actor played in the comedy thriller Tango and Cash. Andrei Konchalovsky’s hilarious story of cops trying to prove to each other that only one is the best has become one of the funniest cop comedies of the decade.
Kurt Russell and Sylvester Stallone
From 1990 to 2000, Russell played in more than twenty films, in each of which he revealed to the audience new facets of his talent. His most significant works of this period are the role of a firefighter in the thriller “Backdraft”, in which Robert De Niro also played, the role of Colonel O’Neill in the fantasy adventure Stargate and the role of Serpent Pliskin in “Escape from L.A.”, where the actor again saved the world of the future from moral decay.
Since the beginning of the 21st century, the cinema has undergone changes, during which many old-school actors have become unclaimed due to the triumphant advent of the era of action games, generously seasoned with special effects, which did not affect Russell’s career in any way.
Young actor Kurt Russell
In the 2004 film about the legendary hockey match between the USA and the USSR, which took place in 1980, Russell played a coach who managed to set his wards to win in a duel with the strongest opponent. Also in the film were Kenneth Welsh and Noah Emmerich.
In the role of a maniac using his car as a deadly weapon, the actor appeared in the 2007 thriller Death Proof. The role of a psychopath who miscalculated in the choice of victims and became a victim himself surprised the artist’s fans, but proved that Kurt Russell can play any role. Vanessa Ferlito, Sidney Tamiia Poitier and Jordan Ladd played the three tough girls who opened the hunting season for bad guys, and Rosario Dawson also starred in the film. The director of the picture was the master of the bloody action Quentin Tarantino.
In the 2011 fantasy sports drama The Way Back, the actor worked with Brian Presley and Mark Blucas, and in the 2103 comedy The Black Marks with Katheryn Winnick and Kenneth Welsh.
In the thriller The Hateful Eight, the actor again collaborated with Quentin Tarantino, playing one of the bounty hunters. The roles of other bad guys in the best thriller of 2015 were played by Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Madsen, Demian Bichir and Tim Roth.
Russell played the role of Mr. Nobody, joining the all-star cast of the Fast & Furious franchise in the 2015 and 2017 films, and in the 2018 magical Christmas comedy The Christmas Chronicles, the actor portrayed Santa Claus, whom children helped save the holiday. The role of Mrs. Santa was played by Goldie Hawn, and Oliver Hudson also played in a kind and beautiful fairy tale.
Personal life of Kurt Russell
The amazing love story of the actor with Goldie Hawn is considered one of the Hollywood legends, but Goldie was not the first chosen one of the actor.
Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell
Russell entered into a marriage with Season Hubley at the very beginning of his ascent to the film Olympus, and although Season gave her husband a son in 1980, the marriage soon broke up. A romantic relationship with Goldie Hawn, with whom the actor had known since his youth, began in 1984, and in 1986 the couple had a son, Wyatt. The actor raised the children of charming Goldie from her marriage to musician Billy Hudson as his own children, and they responded to him with mutual love. Kate Hudson and Oliver Hudson always remember their childhood fondly and call Kurt their real father.
Kurt and Goldie with children
Hawn is five years older than Kurt. Despite the fact that they have been together since 1984, the actors never got married. The couple lives on a ranch in California, enjoying the visits of their children and grandchildren.
Kurt Russell now
Since 2018, the filming of the film “Crypto” has been underway, which tells about the emergence of cryptocurrencies. The actor starred in the company of Luke Hemsworth and Alexis Bledel.
Kurt Russell now
In the Quentin Tarantino thriller Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, which is expected to premiere in mid-2019, the actor collaborates with Leonardo DiCaprio, Damian Lewis, Tim Roth and Margot Robbie. The events of the film are based on the story of the Hollywood butcher Manson, one of whose victims was the wife of Roman Polanski. It is known that the famous Polanski will also take part in the film of a colleague.