Russell’s dad was an actor, and Russell himself became a child star, appearing in several television and movie characters. The actor had a little part in the Elvis Presley movie It Happened at the World’s Fair (1963), subsequently went to play the lead in the Western show The Travels of Jamie McPheeters (1963 64).
Russell shortly signed a 10-year contract with Walt Disney Studios. The Disney movies the actor appeared in contain Follow Me Boys!
While still under contract to Disney, Kurt Russell decided he wished to play baseball as well as playing. In 1971, Russell started out in the minor league together with the Class A Bend Rainbows of the Northwest League.
At one point, Russell played for the Portland Mavericks, a minor league team possessed by his dad, Bing. A second baseman, Russell was successful enough to continue in the minor league to get several years, but a 1973 shoulder injury put an end to his baseball career.
Unlike a lot of child stars, Russell could segue into an effective performing career as an adult. The actor received acclaim because of his turn in the title role in the made-for-TV movie Elvis (1979).
Being cast in director John Carpenter’s futuristic action film Escape from New York (1981), where he played warrior-turned-criminal Snake Plissken, helped Russell present a tougher onscreen character. In 1996, he reprised the part of the eye-patched cult hero in Escape from L.A.
A flexible performer, Russell has moved from action to comedy to play, and back again. In 1983, Russell worked opposite Meryl Streep and Cher in Silkwood. Russell was given a Golden Globe nomination because of his performance in the picture.
Russell’s other standout films in the 1980s contain Big Trouble in Little China (1986), Overboard (1987) and Tequila Sunrise (1988). Among his famous later pictures are Backdraft (1991), Stargate (1994), Breakdown (1997), Dark Blue (2003) and Poseidon (2006).
Though Russell has made fewer movie appearances lately, he found time to work with Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez on Grindhouse (2007). Russell also offers a part in Fast & Furious 7, a movie whose production was affected by the terrible passing of franchise star Paul Walker.
In 1979, Russell wed actress Season Hubley, who’d starred alongside him in the TV movie Elvis.
Russell entered right into a connection with actress Goldie Hawn when the two starred in Swing Shift (1984). Russell and Hawn have been together ever since. Their son, Wyatt, was created in 1986.
2014 found the launch of The Battered Bastards of Baseball, a documentary about Kurt’s dad Bing Russell as well as the Mavericks directed by Chapman and Maclain Way, the ballplayer’s grandsons.