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. He made his film debut in an uncredited appearance in It Happened at the World’s Fair (1963), with Elvis Presley.
He made his credited film debut in Guns of Diablo (1963), with Charles Bronson and Susan Oliver. Other roles in the 1960s include ￼Follow Me, Boys! (1966), with Fred MacMurray, Vera Miles, Lillian Gish, and Charles Ruggles; Mosby’s Marauders (1967), with James MacArthur, Nick Adams, Jack Ging, Peggy Lipton, Donald Harron, and Jeanne Cooper; The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band (1968), with Walter Brennan, Buddy Ebsen, Lesley Ann Warren, and John Davidson; The Horse in the Gray Flannel Suit (1968), with Dean Jones, Diane Baker, and Lurene Tuttle; Guns in the Heather (1969), with Glenn Corbett and Alfred Burke; and The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes (1969), with Cesar Romero, Joe Flynn, and William Schallert.
Roles in the 1970s include The Barefoot Executive (1971), with Joe Flynn, Wally Cox, Heather North, and John Ritter; Fools’ Parade (1971), with James Stewart, George Kennedy, Strother Martin, William Windom, Mike Kellin, and Anne Baxter; Now You See Him, Now You Don’t (1972), with Romero, Flynn, and Jim Backus; Charley and the Angel (1973), with Fred MacMurray, Cloris Leachman, Harry Morgan, and Kathleen Cody; Superdad (1973), with Bob Crane, Barbara Rush, Flynn, and Cody; and The Strongest Man in the World (1975), with Flynn, Eve Arden, Romero, and Phil Silvers.
TV movie roles in the 1970s include The Deadly Tower (1976), with Richard Yniguez, Ned Beatty, and Pernell Roberts; Search for the Gods (1975), with Stephen McHattie; Christmas Miracle in Caufield, U.S.A. (1977), with Mitch Ryan, Andrew Prine, John Carradine, Barbara Babcock, Don Porter, Melissa Gilbert, and Bill McKinney; and Elvis (1979), with Shelley Winters, Season Hubley, and his father Bing Russell. He was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or a Special, and marked his first of many collaborations with filmmaker John Carpenter.
Roles in the early 1980s include Robert Zemeckis’s Used Cars (1980), with Jack Warden; Escape from New York (1981), with Lee Van Cleef, Donald Pleasence, Ernest Borgnine, Isaac Hayes, Adrienne Barbeau, and Harry Dean Stanton; The Thing (1982), with Wilford Brimley, T.K. Carter, David Clennon, Keith David, Richard Dysart, Charles Hallahan, Peter Maloney, Richard Masur, Donald Moffat, Joel Polis, and Thomas G. Waites; Mike Nichos’s Silkwood (1983), with Meryl Streep and Cher; Jonathan Demme‘s Swing Shift (1984), with Goldie Hawn, Christine Lahti, Fred Ward, Ed Harris, and Holly Hunter; and The Mean Season (1986), with Mariel Hemingway, Richard Jordan, Richard Masur, Joe Pantoliano, and Andy García.
Films in the mid to late 1980s include The Best of Times (1986), with Robin Williams; Big Trouble in Little China (1986), with Kim Cattrall, Dennis Dun, Victor Wong, and James Hong; Garry Marshall’s Overboard (1987), with Hawn, Edward Herrmann, Katherine Helmond, and Roddy McDowall; Robert Towne’s Tequila Sunrise (1988), with Mel Gibson, Michelle Pfeiffer, Raul Julia, J.T. Walsh, Arliss Howard, Gabriel Damon, and Budd Boetticher; Winter People (1989), with Kelly McGillis and Lloyd Bridges; and Tango & Cash (1989), with Sylvester Stallone, Jack Palance, and Teri Hatcher.
Films in the early 1990s include Ron Howard‘s Backdraft (1991), with William Baldwin, Scott Glenn, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Rebecca De Mornay, Donald Sutherland, Robert De Niro, Jason Gedrick, and Walsh; Unlawful Entry (1992), with Madeleine Stowe and Ray Liotta; Captain Ron (1992), with Martin Short, Mary Kay Place, Meadow Sisto, and Benjamin Salisbury; George P. Cosmatos‘s Tombstone (1993), with Val Kilmer, Sam Elliott, Bill Paxton, Powers Boothe, Michael Biehn, Dana Delany, Billy Zane, and Charlton Heston; and Stargate (1994), with James Spader, Jaye Davidson, Alexis Cruz, Mili Avital, and Viveca Lindfors.
Films in the mid to late 1990s include Executive Decision (1996), with Steven Seagal, Halle Berry, Oliver Platt, David Suchet, and John Leguizamo; Escape from L.A. (1996), with Steve Buscemi, Stacy Keach, Bruce Campbell, and Pam Grier; Breakdown (1997), with Walsh and Kathleen Quinlan; and Soldier (1998), with Jason Scott Lee, Jason Isaacs, Connie Nielsen, Sean Pertwee, and Gary Busey.
Films in the early 2000s include 3000 Miles to Graceland (2001), with Kevin Costner, Courteney Cox, David Arquette, Bokeem Woodbine, Christian Slater, and Kevin Pollak; Cameron Crowe’s Vanilla Sky (2001), with Tom Cruise, Penélope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, Jason Lee, and Noah Taylor; Interstate 60 (2002), with James Marsden, Gary Oldman, Amy Smart, Christopher Lloyd, and Chris Cooper; Dark Blue (2002), with Ving Rhames and Brendan Gleeson; Miracle (2004), with Patricia Clarkson; Sky High (2005), with Michael Angarano, Danielle Panabaker, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and Kelly Preston; and Dreamer (2005), with Kris Kristofferson, Elisabeth Shue, Dakota Fanning, Luis Guzmán, and David Morse.
Films in the mid to late 2000s and early 2010s include Wolfgang Petersen‘s Poseidon (2006), with Josh Lucas, Richard Dreyfuss, Emmy Rossum, Jacinda Barrett, Mike Vogel, Jimmy Bennett, and Andre Braugher; Quentin Tarantino‘s Death Proof (2007), with Rosario Dawson, Vanessa Ferlito, Jordan Ladd, Rose McGowan, Sydney Tamiia Poitier, Tracie Thoms, and Winstead, and Zoë Bell; The Art of the Steal (2013), with Jay Baruchel, Chris Diamantopoulos, Matt Dillon, and Katheryn Winnick; Furious 7 (2015), with Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Jordana Brewster, Djimon Hounsou, and Jason Statham; Bone Tomahawk (2015), with Patrick Wilson, Matthew Fox, Richard Jenkins, Lili Simmons, Evan Jonigkeit, David Arquette, and Sid Haig; and The Hateful Eight (2015), with Samuel L. Jackson, Leigh, Walton Goggins, Demián Bichir, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, and Bruce Dern.
Later films include Deepwater Horizon (2016), with Mark Wahlberg, John Malkovich, Gina Rodriguez, Dylan O’Brien, and Kate Hudson; The Fate of the Furious (2017), with much of the returning cast from the previous installments and Charlize Theron; MCU‘s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017), with Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff, Elizabeth Debicki, Chris Sullivan, Sean Gunn, and Stallone; The Christmas Chronicles (2018), with Judah Lewis, Darby Camp, Lamorne Morris, Kimberly Williams-Paisley, and Oliver Hudson; Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019), with Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, and Al Pacino; and The Christmas Chronicles 2 (2020), with Hawn, Julian Dennison, Tyrese Gibson, Sunny Suljic, Darlene Love, and Malcolm McDowell.
Each review will be linked to the title below below.
(*seen originally in theaters)
(**seen rereleased in theaters)
- It Happened at the World’s Fair (1963) – directed by Norman Taurog – uncredited
- Guns of Diablo (1964) – directed by Boris Sagal & Boris Ingster
- Follow Me, Boys! (1966) – directed by Norman Tokar
- Mosby’s Marauders (1967) – directed by Michael O’Herlihy
- The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band (1968) – directed by Michael O’Herlihy
- The Horse in the Gray Flannel Suit (1968) – directed by Norman Tokar
- Guns in the Heather (1969) – directed by Robert Butler – TV movie
- The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes (1969) – directed by Robert Butler
- Dad… Can I Borrow the Car (1970) – directed by Ward Kimball – short
- The Barefoot Executive (1971) – directed by Robert Butler
- Fools’ Parade (1971) – directed by Andrew McLaglen
- Now You See Him, Now You Don’t (1972) – directed by Robert Butler
- Charley and the Angel (1973) – directed by Vincent McEveety
- Superdad (1973) – directed by Vincent McEveety
- The Strongest Man in the World (1975) – directed by Vincent McEveety
- The Search for the Gods (1975) – directed by Jud Taylor – TV movie
- The Deadly Tower (1975) – directed by Jerry Jameson
- The Quest (1976) – directed by Lee H. Katzin – TV movie/Pilot
- Christmas Miracle in Caufield, U.S.A. (1977) – directed by Jud Taylor – TV movie
- Elvis (1979) – directed by John Carpenter – TV movie
- Amber Waves (1980) – directed by Joseph Sargent – TV movie
- Used Cars (1980) – directed by Robert Zemeckis
- Escape from New York (1981) – directed by John Carpenter
- The Fox and the Hound (1981) – directed by Ted Berman, Richard Rich, & Art Stevens
- The Thing (1982)** – directed by John Carpenter
- Silkwood (1983) – directed by Mike Nichols
- Swing Shift (1984) – directed by Jonathan Demme
- The Mean Season (1985) – directed by Phillip Borsos
- The Best of Times (1986) – directed by Roger Spottiswoode
- Big Trouble in Little China (1986)** – directed by John Carpenter
- Overboard (1987) – directed by Garry Marshall
- Tequila Sunrise (1988) – directed by Robert Towne
- Winter People (1989) – directed by Ted Kotcheff
- Tango & Cash (1989) – directed by Andrei Konchalovsky, Albert Magnoli (uncredited), & Peter MacDonald (uncredited)
- Backdraft (1991) – directed by Ron Howard
- Unlawful Entry (1992) – directed by Jonathan Kaplan
- Captain Ron (1992) – directed by Thom Eberhardt
- Tombstone (1993) – directed by George P. Cosmatos
- Forrest Gump (1994) – directed by Robert Zemeckis – uncredited voice
- Stargate (1994) – directed by Roland Emmerich
- Executive Decision (1996) – directed by Stuart Baird
- Escape from L.A. (1996) – directed by John Carpenter – also co-writer, producer
- Breakdown (1997) – directed by Jonathan Mostow
- Soldier (1998) – directed by Paul W.S. Anderson
- 3000 Miles to Graceland (2001) – directed by Demian Lichtenstein
- Vanilla Sky (2001) – directed by Cameron Crowe
- Interstate 60 (2002) – directed by Bob Gale
- Dark Blue (2002) – directed by Ron Shelton
- Miracle (2004)* – directed by Gavin O’Connor
- Jiminy Glick in Lalawood (2004) – directed by Danny Leiner – cameo as himself
- Sky High (2005)* – directed by Mike Mitchell
- Dreamer (2005) – directed by John Gatins
- Poseidon (2006) – directed by Wolfgang Petersen
- Grindhouse (2007)* – directed by Robert Rodriguez & Quentin Tarantino – double feature – appears in Tarantino segment
- Cutlass (2007) – directed by Kate Hudson – short
- Touchback (2011) – directed by Don Handfield
- The Art of the Steal (2013) – directed by Jonathan Sobol
- The Battered Bastards of Baseball (2014) – directed by Chapman & Maclain Way – documentary – himself
- Furious 7 (2015) – directed by James Wan
- Bone Tomahawk (2015) – directed by S. Craig Zahler
- The Hateful Eight (2015)* – directed by Quentin Tarantino
- Deepwater Horizon (2016) – directed by Peter Berg
- The Fate of the Furious (2017) – directed by F. Gary Gray
- Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)* – directed by James Gunn
- The Christmas Chronicles (2018) – directed by Clay Kaytis
- Crypto (2018) – directed by John Stalberg Jr.
- Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood (2019)* – directed by Quentin Tarantino
- QT8: The First Eight (2019) – directed by Tara Wood – documentary – himself
- The Christmas Chronicles 2 (2020) – directed by Chris Columbus