Kurt Vogel Russell (born March 17, 1951) is an American actor. He became known during the late 1970s, having starred in several Hollywood films, and has continued appearing in leading roles since, including Escape from New York, Stargate and most recently Grindhouse.
Russell was born in Springfield, Massachusetts, though he classes Rangeley, Maine, as his hometown. His parents are Louise Crone, a dancer, and Bing Russell, a character actor known as Deputy Clem Foster on Bonanza. His grandfather was a professional baseball player who, after leaving Russell's grandmother, was linked to alleged bisexual actor Cary Grant and twice convicted for burning the United States flag. He is the 4th great-grandson of Jason Russell, a Revolutionary War patriot who was killed by the British at the Battle of Menotomy, April 19 1775. The site of the battle, the Jason Russell House still stands and is a historic site and museum in Arlington, Massachusetts.
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Grindhouse is a 2007 anthology film co-written, produced and directed by Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino. The film is a double feature consisting of two feature-length segments bookended by fictional trailers for upcoming attractions, advertisements, and in-theater announcements. The film's title derives from the U.S. film industry term "grindhouse," which refers to a movie theater specializing in B movies, often exploitation films, shown in a multiple-feature format. The film's cast includes Rose McGowan, Freddy Rodriguez, Naveen Andrews, Bruce Willis, Kurt Russell, Rosario Dawson, Jordan Ladd, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, stuntwoman Zoë Bell, and Vanessa Ferlito.
Rodriguez's segment, Planet Terror, revolves around an outfit of rebels attempting to survive an onslaught of zombie-like creatures as they feud with a military unit, while Tarantino's segment, Death Proof, focuses on a misogynistic, psychopathic stunt man who targets young women, murdering them with his "death proof"...,
Poseidon is a 2006 remake of the classic disaster film The Poseidon Adventure, based on the novel by Paul Gallico. It was released on May 12, 2006 and stars Kurt Russell, Josh Lucas, Emmy Rossum and Richard Dreyfuss. It is directed by Wolfgang Petersen and was produced and distributed by Warner Bros., in association with Virtual Studios. The film also had a simultaneous release in the IMAX format. Executive Producers are Kevin Burns and Jon Jashni, Sheila Allen and Benjamin Waisbren. It was nominated for a single Academy Award in the visual effects category.The story centers on the Poseidon, a luxury ocean liner, named for the Greek god of the sea, in the midst of a transatlantic crossing.The beginning focuses on a brief introduction to the main characters, as they go about their activities and business throughout the ship: Jennifer Ramsey (Emmy Rossum) and Christian (Mike Vogel) are a young couple hoping to soon be engaged, but her father former New York City Mayor Robert Ramsey (...,
Dreamer: Inspired By a True Story is a 2005 film starring Kurt Russell and Dakota Fanning, inspired by the true story of an injured Thoroughbred racehorse named Mariah's Storm. It marked the directing and screenwriting debut of John Gatins.The movie opens with a view of the beautiful countryside of Lexington, Kentucky, on a summer morning. The camera zooms into a horse farm, owned by the Crane family—a family of horsetrainers. There, we are introduced to the warm-hearted, precocious eleven-year-old girl Cale, the youngest member of that family, who lives at the Crane Farm with her parents, Ben and Lilly. She has just woken up, and tells us, through voice-over, that there used to be horses in their barn—but now they're probably the only horse farm in Lexington that doesn't have any horses. Her father Ben was once a great horseman, but now his talent is being wasted on making other men's fortunes.This morning, the disillusioned Ben is finally going to let Cale into his life and take her...,
Sky High is a superhero film from Walt Disney Pictures that opened in the United States on July 29, 2005. It was directed by Mike Mitchell and was written by Paul Hernandez, Robert Schooley, and Mark McCorkle.
Sky High is the story of fourteen-year-old William Theodore Stronghold (Michael Angarano), the son of two famous superheroes; the incredibly strong, seemingly invulnerable Commander (Kurt Russell) and the high-speed flying Jetstream (Kelly Preston). He and his best friend, Layla (Danielle Panabaker) are facing their first day of high school, which is even more daunting for Will since he will attend his parents' alma mater, a school for superheroes called Sky High. What Will hasn't told his parents is that he doesn't actually know if he actually has any powers of his own. Along with other super-powered teenagers, Will and Layla are driven to school in a flying schoolbus piloted by a man named Ron Wilson (Kevin Heffernan). When the kids arrive, they're accosted by two bullies,...,
Miracle (2004) is an American biographical sports film about the United States men's hockey team, led by head coach, Herb Brooks, that won the gold medal in the 1980 Winter Olympics. The USA team's victory over the heavily favored Soviet team in the medal round was dubbed the Miracle on Ice. Miracle was directed by Gavin O'Connor and written by Eric Guggenheim. Sports Action by ReelSports.
The movie chronicles the journey of the 1980 US Olympic Men's ice hockey team. The opening credits feature a montage of the 1970s, depicting events such as Watergate and the Iran hostage crisis. Then University of Minnesota head coach Herb Brooks (played by Kurt Russell) interviews with the United States Olympic Committee, discussing his philosophy on how to beat the Soviet team. Despite the fact that they seem very skeptical of his ambitious goal, Brooks is hired.
Brooks meets his assistant coach Craig Patrick at the tryouts in Colorado Springs. However, Brooks has already preselected a...,
Dark Blue is a 2002 film directed by Ron Shelton.
Set in the Los Angeles Police Department in April 1992, the movie is a thriller that takes place just days before the acquittal of four officers (three white and one Hispanic) in the beating of black motorist Rodney King and the subsequent L.A. riots. In this racially-charged climate, the LAPD's elite Special Investigations Squad (SIS) is assigned a high-profile quadruple homicide. As they work the case, veteran detective Eldon Perry, known for his tough street tactics and fiery temper, tutors SIS rookie Bobby Keough in the grim realities of police intimidation and corruption. Meanwhile, Assistant Chief Arthur Holland believes the SIS to be corrupt and is the only ranking officer in the department willing to stand up to the SIS and their corrupt commander Jack Van Meter. Holland has recently turned down a position as chief of the Cleveland Police Department in order to become Los Angeles' first African American police chief. While...,
Vanilla Sky is a 2001 American film which has been variously characterized by published film critics as "an odd mixture of science fiction, romance, and reality warp" , "part Beautiful People fantasy, part New Age investigation of the Great Beyond" a "love story, a struggle for the soul, or an existential confrontation with the eternal", and an "erotic adventure, romance, comedy, mystery and psychological thriller, with a dose of science fiction".
The film is a "very close remake" of the 1997 Spanish film Abre los ojos (Open Your Eyes), which was written by Alejandro Amenábar and Mateo Gil. It stars Tom Cruise, Cameron Diaz, Penélope Cruz (a reprise of her performance in Abre los ojos), Jason Lee, and Kurt Russell. It was directed by Cameron Crowe, who produced the film together with Cruise and Paula Wagner.
The film opens with David Aames (Tom Cruise) waking up in bed. He is an affluent, handsome young man. As he drives to work, he finds the streets of New York strangely deserted at...,
Soldier is a 1998 science fiction film directed by Paul W.S. Anderson. The film, classified as a thriller, starred Kurt Russell as Sgt. Todd, a soldier trained from birth. The film also featured Gary Busey, Jason Scott Lee, Jason Isaacs, Connie Nielsen, Sean Pertwee and Michael Chiklis.
It was written by David Peoples, who co-wrote the script for Blade Runner. By his own admission, he considers Soldier to be a "sidequel"/spiritual successor to Blade Runner. It also obliquely references various elements of stories written by Philip K. Dick (who wrote the novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, on which Blade Runner is based), or film adaptations thereof.
The film begins in the year 1996 (year zero). A group of infants are chosen by a commander in the American forces, to be raised as soldiers. We watch one of the infants, Todd, as he matures and undergoes extreme mental and physical training to prepare for his career. This includes phrase repetition conditioning, running, weapons...,
Breakdown is a 1997 film, written and directed by Jonathan Mostow. The film stars Kurt Russell, J.T. Walsh and Kathleen Quinlan. The film was released on May 2, 1997 by Paramount Pictures. It was filmed on location in Sacramento, California, Moab, Utah and Sedona, Arizona.Jeff and Amy Taylor, a married couple, are driving across the country to move to California. Jeff's problems start when he nearly hits another man's truck. He is confronted by the man, named Earl, at a gas station later and is unsettled by him. His wife doesn't seem to be bothered until their car breaks down on the road in the middle of the desert. Amy accepts a ride with a friendly trucker named Warren "Red" Barr to a small diner to call for help while Jeff stays with the car. Jeff discovers that their car troubles were caused by dislodged wires and starts his car up again. He drives to the diner to find that no one in the diner had seen his wife. When he catches up with Warren, the trucker swears that he has never...,
Escape From L.A. (also known as John Carpenter's Escape From L.A.) is a 1996 film directed by John Carpenter. The sequel to the action film Escape from New York, the film follows war hero Snake Plissken, played by Kurt Russell. It co-stars Steve Buscemi, Stacy Keach, Bruce Campbell and Pam Grier.
In the year 2000, an earthquake reaching 9.6 magnitude hits the city of Los Angeles, causing it to be separated from the continental mainland by flooding the San Fernando Valley (now called the "San Fernando Sea") and turning it into an island from Malibu to Anaheim. Just prior to this, an American presidential candidate (played by Cliff Robertson), who is also an out-spoken Christian militant, had made a doomsday prediction of the disaster during his campaign, saying L.A. was a "city of sin", and that; "Like the mighty hand of God, waters will rise up and separate this sinful, sinful city, from our country."
In the chaos that followed, the candidate is elected as the new President and a...,
Executive Decision is an action film, released on Friday, March 15, 1996.The film opens with a raid on a Chechen mafia safehouse by a United States Army special forces team whose objective is to recover a stolen Soviet nerve agent, DZ-5. The raid is unsuccessful, and one of the commandos is killed. The team is led by Lieutenant Colonel Austin Travis (Steven Seagal).We are introduced to Dr. David Grant (Kurt Russell), who is taking a flying lesson and nervous about flying on his own for the first time. Later, at the office, he is informed that the world's most feared terrorist, El Sayed Jaffa (Andreas Katsulas), has been taken into custody.Oceanic Airlines Flight 343 takes off from Athens bound for Washington Dulles. Soon after, the 747 is hijacked by Jaffa's number two man, Nagi Hassan (David Suchet), and a number of Jaffa's men. In London, a suicide bomber blows up a London restaurant, and the American embassy is notified by one of Jaffa's men using a tape recorder playing into a...,
Stargate is a science fiction/action film released in 1994, directed by Roland Emmerich and written by Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich, with a soundtrack by David Arnold.Tagline: It will take you a million light years from home. But will it bring you back?It is the beginning of the Stargate franchise. It was originally intended as the first of a trilogy of films, but creators Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin were distracted by Independence Day. Instead, it inspired the television series Stargate SG-1, which concluded its ten-year run in 2007, as well as its spin-off, Stargate Atlantis, and a poorly-received animated series Stargate Infinity (not considered canon). Two straight-to-DVD Stargate SG-1 movies are being filmed as of 2007. See Stargate for more about this science fictional universe.In Egypt, Giza, 1928, a colossal coverstone is uncovered, which houses a stone ring underneath it. The expedition commissioner’s daughter takes an amulet inscribed with the wadjet of Ra from a work...,
Tombstone is a 1993 Western movie written by Kevin Jarre and directed by George P. Cosmatos. The story involves Wyatt Earp and his brothers moving to Tombstone, Arizona where they and Doc Holliday face off against a band of criminals called the Cowboys.
The movie is loosely based on the 1957 classic, Gunfight At The O.K. Corral.
Wyatt Earp (played by Kurt Russell), a retired peace officer with quite a reputation, re-unites with his brothers Virgil (Sam Elliott) and Morgan (Bill Paxton) in Tucson, Arizona, where they venture on towards Tombstone, a small but growing mining town, to settle down. There they encounter Wyatt's longtime friend Doc Holliday (Val Kilmer), a southern rogue who seeks relief from his tuberculosis in Arizona's drier environment.
All is not perfect however. Wyatt's wife, Mattie Blaylock (Dana Wheeler-Nicholson) , is slowly becoming dependent on laudanum (opium) which she acquired to treat her headaches. Just as Wyatt and his brothers begin to benefit from the...,
Captain Ron is a 1992 film starring Martin Short and Kurt Russell. A family in Chicago inherits a yacht formerly owned by Clark Gable. They decide to sail it from the island of Ste. Pomme de Terre to Miami and hire a local to sail it for them, Captain Ron. He guides them from island to island in the treacherous Caribbean, making friends with revolutionaries, partying with the locals, and running afoul of the dreaded "Pirates of the Caribbean."Martin Harvey (Martin Short) is a middle aged man living in Chicago with his wife, Katherine (Mary Kay Place), and two children Ben (Benjamin Salisbury) and Caroline (Meadow Sisto). While at work, he receives a package explaining the death of their distant relative, whom bought the yacht from the Clark Gable estate, and are going to inherit his yacht. He then decides to find out how much it is worth, and goes home to inform his wife. After some hesitation, they finally decide to take their kids and go down to the island of Ste. Pomme de Terre to...
Backdraft is an American movie released in 1991, directed by Ron Howard and written by Gregory Widen. Kurt Russell, William Baldwin, Robert De Niro and Scott Glenn star. Donald Sutherland, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Rebecca De Mornay, Jason Gedrick and J.T. Walsh are also featured. The story is about firefighters in Chicago on the trail of a serial arsonist.
The film received three Academy Award nominations (Sound Effects Editing, Visual Effects and Best Sound). It also received two nominations at the first annual MTV Movie Awards.
Featured in the film are original songs performed by The Drovers, a Chicago band that was heavily influenced by Irish traditional music. The titles of the tracks are "Unpromised Land," "Nothing for You" and "Granuille Reels." The Drovers appeared several years later in the motion picture Blink, also filmed in Chicago. In the film, Madeleine Stowe plays the band's violinist.
There is an exhibit at Universal Studios based on the film.
The movie tells the story of...
Tango & Cash is a 1989 American action/comedy film directed by Andrei Konchalovsky (Albert Magnoli took over in the later stages of filming), starring Sylvester Stallone, Kurt Russell, Teri Hatcher and Jack Palance.
Ray Tango (Stallone) and Gabriel Cash (Russell) are two highly successful Los Angeles-based narcotics cops, who work in different precincts and cannot stand each other because of their vastly different styles. Tango is a smooth, organized businessman who spends the morning with the Wall Street Journal, while Cash is a sloppy bachelor in the tradition of Martin Riggs. Between the two of them, they have seized millions of dollars of drugs and weapons that belong to crimelord Yves Perret (Palance).
The movie starts with Ray Tango in his car, driving down a desert highway, pursuing a tractor trailer. When Tango tries to pass the truck, the truck blocks the pass. Eventually, Tango gets around, and drives a far enough distance ahead of the truck. He pulls out his .357...,
Tequila Sunrise is a 1988 movie written and directed by Oscar-winner Robert Towne. It stars Mel Gibson, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Kurt Russell. The supporting cast includes Raul Julia, J.T. Walsh, Arliss Howard, Arye Gross, and Gabriel Damon.Damon was nominated for the "Best Young Actor Supporting Role in a Motion Picture" Young Artist Award, and cinematographer Conrad L. Hall won an American Society of Cinematographers award for "Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in Theatrical Releases".The official motion picture soundtrack features some jazz cuts by Dave Grusin, Lee Ritenour and David Sanborn. It also features great songs by The Church -("Unsubstantiated"), Crowded House -("Recurring Dream"). Bobby Darrin's "Beyond the Sea," and "Surrender To Me," a duet sung by Robin Zander and Ann Wilson, which reached the Billboard Top 10. Bobby Darrin's Beyond the Sea is on the soundtrack as well.Mac Mckussic (Mel Gibson) is an unlikely drug dealer who wants to go straight. His old and...
Overboard is a movie starring Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell that was released in the summer of 1987. It was directed by Garry Marshall.Goldie Hawn is Joanna Stayton, the pampered wife of a pretentious socialite Grant Stayton III (Edward Herrmann). When their boat gets stuck for repairs, Joanna employs carpenter Dean Proffitt (Kurt Russell) to improve her closet space. But when Dean asks to be paid, he's blatantly turned down by the "nothing is ever good enough for me" Joanna. So when Joanna falls overboard and gets a bad case of amnesia, Dean takes advantage of the situation and, in a stroke of retributive genius, tells her that she's his wife and the mother of his four unruly children.A Korean drama television series, 환상의 커플 (Fantasy Couple), based on this movie was broadcast in 2006.A Bollywood film running on similar themes and plot was made in 1992 with Salman Khan named Ek Ladka Ek Ladki.This film is an adaptation of the 1974 classic Swept Away by an Unusual Destiny in the Blue...,
Big Trouble in Little China (also known as John Carpenter's Big Trouble in Little China) is a 1986 comedy/action film, directed by John Carpenter and starring Kurt Russell and Kim Cattrall, set in San Francisco's Chinatown. Although, originally envisioned as a Western set in the 1880s, screenwriter W. D. Richter (and director of cult film The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai) was hired to extensively rewrite the script and modernize everything.
Big Trouble was a commercial failure, grossing $11,100,000 in North America and well below its estimated $25,000,000 budget. It received critically mixed reviews which left Carpenter disillusioned with Hollywood and influencing his decision to become an independent filmmaker yet again. The film has since gone on to become a cult film due in large part to its success on home video.
A roguish long-haul truck driver named Jack Burton (Russell) has his rig, The Pork Chop Express, stolen in the course of the kidnapping of his friend Wang Chi's (Dennis...,
The Best of Times was released in the United States in 1986.
Robin Williams plays Jack Dundee, a thirty-something banker obsessed with a pivotal failure in his life: the moment he dropped a perfectly-thrown forward pass in an important high school football game. Since then, nothing seems to have gone right for Jack. The worst of it is that everyone continually reminds him that it was his clumsiness that lost Taft its one chance for glory by beating Bakersfield. Jack is married to the daughter of Bakersfield High's biggest supporter, a bank owner. Jack works at his father-in-law's bank and has to hear his put-downs of Jack's inability to catch a football, especially the one time that would have finally beat Bakersfield, and how Taft could never and will never beat Bakersfield.
Thirteen years later, Jack coerces Reno (Kurt Russell), star quarterback of the fateful game and now a financially struggling garage owner in debt to banker Jack, into helping him replay the game. He convinces...
The Mean Season is a 1985 thriller directed by Phillip Borsos. The film starred Kurt Russell, Mariel Hemingway, Richard Jordan, Richard Masur, Joe Pantoliano, and Andy Garcia. The screenplay was written by Leon Piedmont, based on the novel In the Heat of the Summer by John Katzenbach.
Malcolm Anderson (Russell) is a reporter for a Miami newspaper, who is burned out from years of covering the worst crimes in the city. He promises his girlfriend Christine (Hemingway) that they will move away from the city, but he ends up covering a series of grisly murders by a serial killer who calls him telling the reporter that he will kill again. The lines between covering the story and becoming part of it are blurred.
Kurt Russell ... Malcolm Anderson Mariel Hemingway ... Christine Connelly Richard Jordan ... Alan Delour Richard Masur ... Bill Nolan Richard Bradford ... Phil Wilson Joe Pantoliano ... Andy Porter Andy Garcia ... Ray Martinez William Smith ... Albert O'Shaughnessy...,
Silkwood is a 1983, Oscar-nominated film which dramatizes the story of Karen Silkwood, who died under suspicious circumstances while investigating alleged wrongdoing at the Kerr-McGee plutonium plant where she worked. It stars Meryl Streep in the title role, as well as Kurt Russell, Cher, Craig T. Nelson, David Strathairn, Bruce McGill, Diana Scarwid, Ron Silver, Susie Bond and Fred Ward.The movie was written by Alice Arlen and Nora Ephron. It was directed by Mike Nichols and filmed in Howe, Texas.It was nominated for Academy Awards for Best Actress in a Leading Role (Meryl Streep), Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Cher), Best Director, Best Film Editing and Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen.Tagline:On November 13, 1974 , Karen Silkwood, an employee of a nuclear facility, left to meet with a reporter from the New York Times. She never got there....,
The Thing is a 1982 science fiction film, directed by John Carpenter. Ostensibly a remake of the 1951 Howard Hawks film The Thing from Another World, Carpenter’s film is actually more faithful to the original novella, “Who Goes There?” by John W. Campbell, Jr. (writing under the pseudonym of Don A. Stuart). The film’s musical score was composed by Ennio Morricone, a rare instance of Carpenter not scoring one of his own films. Carpenter considers the film to be the first part of his Apocalypse Trilogy, followed by 1987’s Prince of Darkness and 1995’s In the Mouth of Madness.
An American Antarctic research station is infiltrated by an alien creature with the ability to perfectly imitate any animal or human that it physically contacts. The crew of the station come to distrust each other as they cannot discern who is human and who is not. One by one they are killed, either by the creature or by each other.
The crew realize that if the creature were to reach the outside world, it would...,
Escape from New York is a 1981 science fiction/action film directed and scored by John Carpenter. He also co-wrote the screenplay with Nick Castle. Set in the near future of a United States so crime-ridden that Manhattan Island in New York City has become a maximum security prison, ex-soldier and legendary fugitive "Snake" Plissken is given 23 hours to find the President of the United States, who has been captured by inmates after Air Force One crashed on the island. Carpenter originally wrote the film in the mid-1970s as a reaction to the Watergate scandal, but no studio wanted to make it because it was deemed too dark and violent. After the success of Halloween, he had enough influence to get the film made and shot most of it in St. Louis, Missouri, where significant portions of the city were used in the place of New York City.The film's total budget was estimated to be USD $7 million. It was a commercial hit, grossing over $50 million worldwide. It has...,
The Fox and the Hound may refer to:
The Fox and the Hound is a 1981 animated feature produced by Walt Disney Productions, first released to movie theatres in the U.S. on July 10, 1981. It is #5 on the all-time Disney cartoon rankings. The twenty-fourth animated feature in the Disney animated features canon, the film is loosely based on the Daniel P. Mannix novel The Fox and the Hound. The film centers around the story of two unlikely friends, a bloodhound and a red fox, who struggle to preserve their friendship. At the time of release it was the most expensive animated film produced to date, costing $12 million. A direct-to-video "midquel," The Fox and the Hound 2, was released on December 12, 2006. Mickey Rooney's voice sounds simmliar to Arnold Stang's who is well-known as the voice of Top Cat from Top Cat.
A young red fox kit is left orphaned when his mother is shot by a hunter. A kindly owl, named Big Mama, arranges him to be adopted by the compassionate Widow Tweed as a pet on her farm....
Used Cars is a 1980 comedy satire film. It stars Kurt Russell, Jack Warden (in a dual role), Deborah Harmon, and Gerrit Graham. The supporting cast includes David L. Lander, Michael McKean, Al Lewis, Dub Taylor, Dick Miller, and Betty Thomas.The movie was directed by Robert Zemeckis and written by Zemeckis and his long-time writing partner Bob Gale with Steven Spielberg and John Milius as executive producers. The original music score was composed by Patrick Williams.The movie was released on July 11, 1980. Although not a box-office success at the time, it has since developed cult film status due to its dark, cynical humor and the Zemeckis style. It is also marketed with the tagline "Like new, great looking and fully loaded with laughs."The film is rated R for violence, brief nudity, adult language and adult situations and humor.Kurt Russell portrays a devious car salesman who goes to work for affable but monumentally unsuccessful used car dealer Jack Warden. Warden's principal rival...
Elvis is an early TV film by John Carpenter and is based upon the life of 'The King of Rock 'n' Roll' Elvis Presley. However, it ends in 1970 and does not depict the last few years of Elvis' life and career.Elvis is notable in Carpenter's career for two reasons. It was made after Halloween had wrapped, so it offered him an avenue to try his hand at a film away from the horror genre. It was also the first time Carpenter had worked with Kurt Russell, who became a frequent collaborator of Carpenter's. Russell subsequently starred in Escape from New York (1981), The Thing (1982), Big Trouble in Little China (1985), and Escape from L.A. (1996).Feature films:Dark Star •Assault on Precinct 13 •Halloween •The Fog •Escape from New York •The Thing •Christine •Starman •Big Trouble in Little China •Prince of Darkness •They Live •Memoirs of an Invisible Man •In the Mouth of Madness •Village of the Damned •Escape from L.A. •Vampires •Ghosts of Mars •PsychopathMade for television:Someone's Watching...
The Barefoot Executive is a live-action film released by the Walt Disney Company in 1971 starring Kurt Russell, Joe Flynn, Wally Cox, Heather North and John Ritter (in his film debut), about a pet chimpanzee who can predict the popularity of television programs. A satire of network television, the movie follows the adventures of an ambitious mailroom clerk, Steven Post (Russell) at the fictional UBC Network who discovers his girlfriend's pet chimpanzee has the ability to predict which television programs will receive the highest ratings. Post successfully masks the chimp's abilities as his own and rises to vice president of UBC, now the top rated area network. Fearing that Post's seemingly miraculous abilities will make their own jobs unnecessary, network executives E. J. Crampton (Morgan) and Francis X. Wilbanks (Joe Flynn) attempt to discover his secret to success. Using a telescope to peer through his apartment window at night, the executives discover the chimpanzee watching...
The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes is a Walt Disney film from 1969, starring Alan Hewitt, Kurt Russell, Frank Webb, and Joe Flynn. It was the first in a trilogy of films made by Disney using the setting of Medfield College. Tagline:Programmed for laughs!The film is about a student, Dexter Riley (Kurt Russell), as well as his alma mater, Medfield College, a struggling private college that receives a computer from its sponsor, the A.J. Arno company. The trade between the company and Medfield seems harmless, until we find out that the A.J. Arno company's namesake and founder (Cesar Romero) is really the boss of a gambling ring with illegal operations all over the state. The computer that the company has given to the school is loaded with illegal information, which is put into Dexter Riley's head after he receives a huge shock while installing a new part into the computer. Dexter is now a human computer, able to complete the toughest exams in a minute, capable of speaking in other languages,...,
Follow Me, Boys! is a 1966 family movie released through Walt Disney Pictures, based on the book God and My Country by MacKinlay Kantor. The film starred Fred MacMurray, Vera Miles, Lillian Gish, Charles Ruggles, and Kurt Russell, was co-produced by Walt Disney and Winston Hibler, directed by Norman Tokar, and written by Louis Pelletier. It is one of the few movies where Boy Scouts are key to the film and is Disney's paean to the Boy Scouts. The title song "Follow Me, Boys!" was written by studio favorites: Bob and Dick Sherman. For a time, after the film was released, the Boy Scouts of America was considering using the song as their anthem but efforts toward this end were eventually dropped. The film is also known as On My Honor, which was its working title. This is the first of ten Disney films which Kurt Russell would appear in over the next ten years. A DVD version was released on February 3, 2004.
After one year too many on the road with a ramshackle jazz band, Lem Siddons ...,
Kurt Russell was born in Springfield, Massachusetts, Hampden County