* ContractualPurity: For a long time during and after his stint with Disney he was only cast in family-friendly comedy roles.
* 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 Star Wars.
** Walt Disney'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.