Kurt Russell is a famous American movie and TV actor. He is best known for his action roles, such as the ones from “Big Trouble in Little China”, The Thing”, and “Escape from New York”. Read on to learn more about his personal life, successful acting career, and net worth.
Early and Personal Life
Kurt Vogel Russell was born on March 17, 1951, in Springfield, Massachusetts. He is the father of Bing Russel (1926 – 2002), the famous actor and baseball player, while his mother Louise Julia Russel worked as a dancer.
Kurt has three sisters, Jill, Jody, and Jamie. The son on Jill is Matt Franco, a professional baseball player. Kurt himself played little league baseball during his grade school years and high school. He graduated from Oaks High School in 1969.
Regarding his relationships, he was married to Season Hubley from 1979 until 1983. They have a son together, Boston. After this, he dated Goldie Hawn. He also has a son with her, Wyatt Russel. Goldie has a son and a daughter from before, Kate Hudson and Oliver Hudson. Both of them consider Kurt as their dad. They live in Palm Desert in California.
When it comes to baseball, Kurt was the switch-hitting second baseman during the 1970s, playing for the California Angels minor league team, the Bend Rainbows. He was also a member of the Walla Walla Islanders in 1972 in the Class A-Short Season Northwest League. The following year, he moved to Class AA with the El Paso Sun Kings team, from the Texas League. During one of the game, a runner from the opposing team collided with Kurt Russell, resulting in a serious shoulder injury. This is when he decided to become a full-time actor.
Kurt actually started acting when he was just a boy. In 1964, he was a guest star in the popular TV series “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.”, starring Robert Vaughn, and in “Our Man Higgins”, alongside Stanley Holloway. In one episode of the series “Everybody Knows You Left Me”, he played Peter Hall in 1963. Then came something more important, as he was the title character of an ABC western “The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters”, running from 1963 until 1964. In “Nemesis”, another ABC series, he was a guest star in 1964. Russell also played an orphan whose father played by Rory Callhoun was imprisoned, in “The Virginian” on NBC.
In the year 1966, the actor signed a 10-year long contract with The Walt Disney Company. He then played Private Willie Prentiss in “Willie and the Yank: The Mosby Raiders”. Then came roles in “The One and Only”, “Genuine, Original Family Band”, and “The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes”. He met Goldie Hawn while working on Sherman Brothers Theatrical musicals.
Regarding action roles in movies, Kurt Russell played Lieutenant Stephen “Bull” McCaffrey in “Backdraft” from 1991, Wyatt Earp in “Tombstone”, in 1993, and Colonel Jack O’Neil in “Stargate”, the famous sci-fi movie from 1994.
In 2004, he portrayed the USA Olympic hockey coach Herb Brooks in “Miracle”, while in 2014, he appeared in a documentary about his father, “The Battered Bastards of Baseball”. More recently, he appeared in “Furious 7” in 2015, “The Hateful Eight” the same year, and “Guardians of the Galaxy: Volume 2” in 2017. This year, he will appear in “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”.
Regarding recognition for his work in the Hollywood movie industry, Kurt Russell has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, which he received on May 4, 2017. He has one Emmy Award nomination from 1980.
Net Worth and Salaries
As of this year, Kurt Russell has an estimated net worth of around $70 million. Thanks to his numerous TV and movie roles, he managed to accumulate this wealth. He also earned $15 million when he sold his California mansion. In addition, he owns a Malibu estate, worth almost $10 million.
Regarding earnings from some of his roles in movies and series, Kurt Russell earned $7 million from “Stargate”, $10 million for “Escape from LA”, $15 million for “Breakdown”, another $15 million from “Soldier”, and $5 million for “Vanilla Sky”.
Currently, he is one of the most famous and well-known American actors. Fans regard him as one of the legendary action movie actors from the ‘80s and ‘90s. At 66 years of age, he still regularly appears in blockbusters and has no plans to stop.