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->''"I've never looked at my career in terms of, 'What haven't I done that I want to do?', I just generally find a story that I think is a good one and go to work."''

Kurt Russell (born March 17, 1951) is an American actor who began his career as a child in the Western series ''[=Sugarfoot=]''. He signed a ten-year contract with Creator/{{Disney}} early in his career that [[ContractualPurity almost led to a lifelong series of typecasting]]. His best-known adult roles are those of {{Anti Hero}}es, especially in his films with director Creator/JohnCarpenter.
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!!Roles of Note:
* ''Series/LostInSpace'': Quano
* ''Film/TheComputerWoreTennisShoes'', ''Film/NowYouSeeHimNowYouDont'', and ''Film/TheStrongestManInTheWorld'': Dexter Riley
* ''Disney/TheFoxAndTheHound'': Adult Copper (voice)
* ''Film/BigTroubleInLittleChina'': Jack Burton
* ''Film/{{Overboard}}'': Dean Proffitt
* ''Film/TequilaSunrise'': Detective Nick Frecia
* ''Film/TangoAndCash'': Detective Gabriel "Gabe" Cash
* ''Film/{{Backdraft}}'': Lieutenant Stephen 'Bull' [=McCaffrey=] / Captain Dennis [=McCaffrey=]
* ''Film/CaptainRon'': Captain Ron
* ''Film/UnlawfulEntry'': Michael Carr
* ''Film/{{Tombstone}}'': Wyatt Earp
* ''Film/{{Stargate}}'': Col. Jack O'Neil
* ''Film/{{Breakdown}}'': Jeff Taylor
* ''Film/EscapeFromNewYork'' and ''Film/EscapeFromLA'': Snake Plissken
* ''Film/TheThing1982'': R.J. [=MacReady=]
* ''Film/ExecutiveDecision'': Dr. David Grant
* ''Film/{{Soldier}}'': Todd
* ''Film/DarkBlue'': Eldon Perry
* ''Film/SkyHigh2005'': Steve "The Commander" Stronghold
* ''Film/{{Poseidon}}'': Robert Ramsey
* ''Film/{{Miracle}}'': Coach Herb Brooks
* ''Film/DeathProof'': Stuntman Mike
* ''Film/FuriousSeven'': "Mr. Nobody"
* ''Film/TheHatefulEight'': John "The Hangman" Ruth
* ''Film/BoneTomahawk'': Sheriff Franklin
* ''Film/DeepwaterHorizon'': Jimmy Harrell
* ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxyVol2'': [[GeniusLoci Ego the Living Planet]]

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!!Associated Tropes:
* AntiHero: Despite the majority of his roles being in family-fare comedy, his best known roles are his anti-heroes.
* ContractualPurity: For a long time during and after his stint with Creator/{{Disney}} he was only cast in family-friendly comedy roles.
* UncreditedRole: He had an uncredited cameo as Music/ElvisPresley in ''Film/ForrestGump''. It's hard to notice, considering that Presley's face in the film is never shown except for one blurry background shot.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** Before his adult acting career, Russell was actually a pro baseball player, making it as far as Double-A before a collision at second base ruined his rotator cuff and his career.
** He was considered to star as Han Solo in ''[[Film/ANewHope Star Wars]]''.
** Creator/WaltDisney's last words were to simply scribble "Kurt Russell" on a piece of paper. Not even Russell knows what it meant, but the most likely theory is that it was some movie idea that Disney considered the young Russell would have been perfect for.
* WrittenByCastMember: He co-wrote ''Film/EscapeFromLA''.
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