Happy Birthday Kurt Russell: Celebrating the Hollywood Icon’s Best Moments

by Will Shepard
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Kurt Russell has a special birthday, mainly because he was born on St. Patrick’s Day. This probably means that his birthday parties are absolutely bonkers, or at least they used to be.

In recognition of the incredible actor’s birthday, let’s take a look back at some of his best moments. This list will go over some of his movies as well as general life moments. But, as always, there will be certain things that the list misses, so don’t take this list as a be-all-end-all of moments.

It also has to be said that Kurt Russell definitely has plenty of incredible moments left to be had in his life. So, perhaps there will be another article later on covering more of his accomplishments.

Kurt Russell Began His Career at a Young Age and Never Looked Back

It is certainly not an easy task to boil a career down to a handful of standout moments. Nonetheless, with Kurt Russell, some moments stand out as exceptionally memorable in the 70-year-old’s career.

Kurt Russell began his acting career at just 12 years old after being cast in The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters. Afterward, in 1966, he signed a ten-year contract with The Walt Disney Company. He was hailed as the company’s most valuable actor that Disney had under contract at the time.

Nonetheless, some of his most iconic moments have come later in his life. Of course, a few of those moments come from his roles in movies. Although Kurt Russell has yet to win an Oscar. That is still a possibility, so perhaps when he turns 80, that will be under his belt. So, without further ado, let’s take a look at five of his most iconic moments.

The Great Moments From the Wonderful Actor’s Career

5. The Hateful Eight

The Hateful Eight is just one of the Quentin Tarantino movies that Kurt Russell has been in. But, it is arguably the best one he is involved with. The movie has everything that a good Tarantino film has. Kurt Russell plays John “The Hangman” Ruth who is a bounty hunter.

His character is abrasive and yet somehow lovable. Kurt Russell teamed up with some other incredible actors to give an amazing performance. Altogether The Hateful Eight was nominated for a ton of awards, 116 in total. The movie also won 41 awards with those nominations, in part due to his contributions.

4. Tombstone

In 1993, Kurt Russell starred in Tombstone as Wyatt Earp. This is arguably one of his best performances on screen. His brashness as a person gives the character an undeniable edge over other actors portraying the character.

His acting ability was on full display for the movie. Unfortunately, he was overlooked for the awards that year, yet it is still one of the best of his career. Many people argue that not winning any awards for the role was an insane misstep and should be re-done. Nonetheless, it lands in a top spot on this list.

3. Miracle

The three movies on this list are probably interchangeable. Miracle, however, is arguably the best sports movie ever made. Kurt Russell plays the fiery USA hockey coach, Herb Brooks, and does an outstanding job.

This role taps into another side of the actor that hadn’t really been explored to this point in his career. For those who play sports, there is likely no one who has not seen his iconic speech. The speech is before the U.S. team plays the powerhouse Soviet hockey team. Kurt Russell stands in front of his team and addresses his players. The speech is a goosebumps-inducing one that will have you ready to do just about anything.

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2. Goldie Hawn

For most people, getting married is the happiest day of your life. This certainly seems to be the case for Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn. The two began their relationship right around Valentine’s Day in 1983. They met in the mid-1960s, though, after filming The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band.

The two actors were reconnected after getting involved with Swing Shift. Even though they found each other again, the two have never tied the knot.

1. Having Children

Kurt Russell has two children, and while no one can speak for anyone else about their kids, this certainly has to rank in the top two for the actor.

His first kid, Boston Russell, was born in 1980 with his then-wife, Season Hubley. Their marriage lasted only four years, but it leads to Kurt Russell’s partnership with Goldie Hawn. Despite never marrying Hawn, the two of them have a son together. Wyatt Russell was born in 1986 and is a movie star, just like his father.