Biography of Kurt Russell

Kurt Russell


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Russell’s acting career started from a very early age when he started playing roles in Hollywood films during the 1960’s. He made his first appearance in ’Sugarfoot’ with Will Hutchinson which was a pilot project for the ABC Western television. His film career officially started when he was 11 after he performed in an uncredited role in “Elvis Presley’s It Happened at the World’s Fair” as “Ugly Child” and two extra episodes. He also went on to guest star in the ABC series Our Man Higgins which starred Stanley Holloway as an English butler in an American family. In 1963 he appeared in the episode “Everybody Knows You Left Me” on the NBC medical drama about psychiatry called ‘The Eleventh Hour’.

As a juvenile actor, Russell landed a big part in 1963 as the lead character alongside Dan O’Herlihy, John Maloney and the Osmond Brothers in the ABC Western series based on a book by Robert Lewis Taylor called ‘The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters’ which ran from 1963 to 1964. On February 6, 1965 Russell played on an episode of CBS’s Gilligans Island as a Jungle Boy and then in 1967 he guest starred on ABC’s western ‘The Legend of Jesse James’. He appeared with Jay C. Flippen and Tom Tryon on the ‘Charade of Justice’ episode on the NBC western series “The Road West” which starred Barry Sullivan. Russell later signed a 10 year contract with Walt Disney Company and starred in many Disney films like Follow Me, Boys!, The One and Only, Original Family Band and Genuine.

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