* ContractualPurity: For a long time during and after his stint with Creator/{{Disney}} he was only cast in family-friendly comedy roles.
* HilariousInHindsight:
** With Kurt Russell playing Ego the Living Planet in ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxyVol2'', his {{Memetic Badass}}ness that came from shedding his ContractualPurity with Creator/{{Disney}} is finally used in a Disney film that's connected with the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse.
** In ''Film/ExecutiveDecision'', Russell's character wields an HK USP mocked up to resemble the {{rare|Guns}}r Mark 23, because actual Mark 23's weren't available to civilians at the time the film was made in 1996. Come ''Film/{{Soldier}}'' two years later, and Russell became the first actor to use an ''actual'' Mark 23 in a film.
* MemeticBadass: As [[Film/EscapeFromNewYork Snake Plissken]], [[Film/BigTroubleInLittleChina Jack Burton]] and [[Film/TheThing1982 R. J. MacReady]].
* 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 simply "Kurt Russell" scrawled 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 the young Russell would have been perfect for.