The talented and amazing Kurt Russell celebrates his 70th birthday on March 17. A staple of the Hollywood industry for over five decades, Russell navigated being a teen idol and graduating to become one of the most bankable and skilled actors of his generation. To celebrate, we chose 10 of the best performances of his film career.
Despite an impressive resume, the Massachusetts-born actor has never found his way to an Oscar ceremony. His closest bout came with Mike Nichols’ drama “Silkwood,” which garnered him a Golden Globe nomination for best supporting actor in a motion picture.
From his turn as truck driver Jack Burton in the comedy “Big Trouble in Little China” to the MCU dad villain in “Guardians of the Galaxy 2,” he hasn’t slowed down, even popping up in other Oscar-bait and prestige pics such as Peter Berg’s “Deepwater Horizon” and Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in…Hollywood.”
Though this list focuses on film, his television work has offered plenty of memorable turns like playing musician Elvis Presley in the TV film “Elvis,” which got him an Emmy nomination for outstanding actor in a limited series or a special. With plenty more to love (“Executive Decision”) and a handful to criticize (“Captain Ron”?), the dynamite star is a gift to our industry.
After the popular Netflix film, “The Christmas Chronicles: Part Two” last year, there aren’t any announced films on his IMDB page as of yet, but we’re looking forward to his upcoming projects.
Here are 10 of best performances.
Honorable mentions: “Overboard” (1987), “Unlawful Entry” (1992), “Stargate” (1994)