Creator / Kurt Russell

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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 Disney early in his career that almost led to a lifelong series of typecasting. His best-known adult roles are those of Anti Heroes, especially in his films with director John Carpenter.

Roles of Note:


Associated Tropes:

  • Anti-Hero: Despite the majority of his roles being in family-fare comedy, his best known roles are his anti-heroes.
  • Contractual Purity: For a long time during and after his stint with Disney he was only cast in family-friendly comedy roles.
  • Uncredited Role: He had an uncredited cameo as Elvis Presley in Forrest Gump. It's hard to notice, considering that Presley's face in the film is never shown except for one blurry background shot.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • 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 Star Wars.
    • Walt Disney'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.
  • Written by Cast Member: He co-wrote Escape from L.A..

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