In 2004, Russell starred as coach Herb Brooks in the real-life drama Miracle, which chronicled the inspiring story of the underdog U.S. ice hockey team's gold medal victory in the 1980 Olympic Games. His recent film credits also include Sky High, with Kelly Preston; Ron Shelton's Dark Blue; Cameron Crowe's Vanilla Sky, with Tom Cruise; and 3000 Miles to Graceland, with Kevin Costner.
Russell made his film debut at the age of ten in the Elvis Presley film It Happened at the World's Fair, marking the beginning of a career that now spans more than four decades. During his successful career as a child star, he appeared in ten Disney movies, including Follow Me Boys!, The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes, The Barefoot Executive and The Strongest Man in the World.
In 1979, Russell was cast as Elvis Presley in director John Carpenter's acclaimed television biopic Elvis, earning an Emmy nomination for his remarkable portrayal of the King. Russell later re-teamed with Carpenter on four films: Escape from New York, The Thing, Big Trouble in Little China and Escape from L.A., the last of which Russell also co-wrote and co-produced.
Russell earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Mike Nichols' true-life drama Silkwood, opposite Meryl Streep and Cher. He subsequently starred in such films as Jonathan Demme's Swing Shift, with Goldie Hawn; The Mean Season; The Best of Times, with Robin Williams; Garry Marshall's Overboard, also opposite Goldie Hawn; Robert Towne's Tequila Sunrise, with Mel Gibson and Michelle Pfeiffer; Tango & Cash; Ron Howard's Backdraft, with Robert De Niro; Jonathan Kaplan's Unlawful Entry; Captain Ron; Tombstone; Roland Emmerich's Stargate; Executive Decision, with Halle Berry; Breakdown and Soldier.
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