'''Kurt Russell''' (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 roles are those of {{Anti Hero}}es, especially in his films with director Creator/JohnCarpenter.
!!Roles of Note:
* ''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}}'': Stephen 'Bull' [=McCaffrey=] / Dennis [=McCaffrey=]
* ''Film/CaptainRon'': Captain Ron
* ''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/SkyHigh'': 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
!!Associated Tropes:
* AntiHero: Despite the majority of his roles being in family-fare comedy, his best known roles are his anti-heroes.
* {{Badass}}: Goes without saying. But also happens to be one in [[http://www.cracked.com/article_18905_11-celebrities-who-were-secretly-total-badasses.html real life]].
* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** Before his 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 ''Franchise/StarWars''.
** Creator/WaltDisney's last words were simply "Kurt Russell" scrawled on a piece of paper. Not even Russell knows what it means, but the most likely theory is that it was some movie idea that the young Russell would have been perfect for.