Kurt Russell is a recognizable American actor who has starred in numerous films, the bulk of the popular ones having been filmed in the 1980s and 1990s. He has done action, comedy and some drama as well. While he has a family with long-time partner Goldie Hawn, he continues to work, so fans can count on seeing more movies from him. If you want to see something from his early years, such as Disney's The Fox and the Hound, it is typically easy to find them among free movies online.
Escape from New York
One of Kurt Russell's most enduring roles was as Snake Plissken in Escape from New York, a role that he reprised in Escape from L.A. years later. In this action film, Russell's character is a skilled ex-military man who has turned to a life of crime. Unfortunately for him, the government needs him to rescue the president. Russell does the sort of gritty tough guy well and does so several times over the course of his career.
Overboard is a comedy about a wealthy woman who loses her memory in a yachting accident. She is taken in by a blue-collar single father who wants to teach her a lesson about being a privileged snob, but the two wind up hitting it off hilariously in the long run. Russell stars as the single father, and his real-life partner Goldie Hawn plays the snob with amnesia.
Captain Ron is a stand out comedy in Kurt Russell's repertoire. In it, he plays a daffy and lovable captain who takes a family aboard his boat only to have the father hate him and a lot of things go wrong. Russell did not stick to comedies after the success of Captain Ron and Overboard, but movies like this are proof positive that he can do funny.
Tombstone is the story of the actual town of Tombstone, the gunfight at the O.K. Corral, the Earp brothers and Doc Holliday. Kurt Russell plays the legendary lawman Wyatt Earp. It is an interesting combination of action and drama for Russell that he pulls off quite well. The film was a widely enjoyed one.
Stargate is a science-fiction film in which Kurt Russell plays a colonel who is charged with commanding a mission through the so-called stargate, which takes them to another galaxy. The film has become something of a science fiction classic and has inspired a number of sequels and television adaptations.
Vanilla Sky is a surreal film about a man whose life is turned upside down in the wake of a single tragic event. The film uses a nonlinear timeline, so it is hard to tell what is happening, what is real and what is imagined. In Vanilla Sky, Kurt Russell plays a psychiatrist, but there is something about this man that pulls together the whole film in the end.
In Quentin Tarentino's Death Proof, Kurt Russell plays a stuntman who, in something of a break from Russell's usual fare, is a very bad man. He kills women for fun, with the title of the film being a reference to his claims that his stunt car is death proof for the driver. It is soon revealed that only the driver is safe in his car.