His Early Life
Kurt Russell was born as Kurt Vogel Russell in Springfield, Massachusetts on March 17, 1951. He is the son of Bing Russell and Louise Julia Russell. His father was a character actor who starred in Bonanza playing the role Clem Foster the sheriff’s deputy. His mother on the other hand was a dancer. Thus we see the early influences that surrounded him that later aided him in gaining his achievements. Kurt graduated from high school in the 1960s from Thousand Oaks High.
Kurt Russell has been in show business since 1957 and is currently active in the industry. He began appearing on TV with Will Hutchins in the western television series Sugarfoot. On the other hand, his first movie appearance was on It Happened at the World’s Fair with Elvis Presley. He played the part of the ugly child but his role was not credited. He also appeared in two episodes of Rin Tin Tin.
As a juvenile actor, he was able to take a major role in the western TV series The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters playing the role of Jaimie. This series co-starred an easily recognizable list of names like the Osmond brothers, Dan O’Herlihy, Robert Lewis Taylor, and John Maloney. He also appeared in two series in 1964 namely The Fugitive and The Virginian.
Other TV series in which Russell appeared in includes The Legend of Jesse James in 1965, Lost in Space in 1966, and The Road West in 1967. Another big break came his way when he signed a decade long contract with the famed Walt Disney Company. He starred in a lot of films under the Disney Company and was dubbed as the studio’s top star. From that decade on he starred and played roles in various films throughout the years.
Awards and Other Achievements
Kurt Russell is famous for being one of the few Hollywood stars to be able to forge a successful career from childhood. He was nominated for a Golden Globe Award in 1984 for the Film Silkwood. His 2004 film entitled Miracle was highly acclaimed by many film critics.
Other than his achievements in the movie and film industry, Kurt Russell has also established a baseball career. He began playing in the 70s for the California Angels on second base. With a batting average of .563 he led the Texas League in terms of hitting. An unfortunate accident forced him to retire in 1973.
Charity Work and Causes
Russell supports several charitable causes including The Hawn Foundation, Pangea Day, and the Listen Campaign. He is involved in causes such as disaster relief, homelessness, human rights, fighting hunger, literacy, and refugee support among others.