Rene Russo

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Real Name: Rene Russo
Birthday: 17 February 1954
Birth Place: Burbank, Los Angeles, California, USA
Education: John Burroughs High School, Burbank, CA, USA


Biography And Filmography:

With blue eyes, and a playful outlook, Rene Russo has turned a successful modeling career into a flourishing acting career. While still in high school, she grabbed the attention of a talent agent who hired her to work with a modeling agent. She was an instant smash hit and became one of the top models of the 1980's. Russo was on the covers of numerous fashion magazines including Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, and Vanity Fair.

Rene Russo transitioned into acting when she was cast for the role of Eden, the agent and romantic love interest, on the adventure series "Sable" (1987). It marked the first of many "girlfriend" type roles that she would play. Rene made her feature debut in the comedy "Major League" (1989) featuring Wesley Snipes, as a librarian hesitant to revive a romance with Tom Berenger. She then played the wife of James Belushi in "Mr. Destiny" (1990) with Courtney Cox, and then appeared next to Michael Keaton in "One Good Cop" (1991) featuring a young Benjamin Bratt.    

Russo then landed the career making role of Detective Lorna Cole in Richard Donner's "Lethal Weapon 3" (1992). As the serious Internal Affairs officer who glows when she works with Riggs (Mel Gibson) and Murtaugh (Danny Glover), she showed her capability as an action hero.

Russo followed with a role as the Secret Service agent and romantic love interest for Clint Eastwood in Wolfgang Petersen's "In the Line of Fire" (1993), where Secret Service Agent Frank Horrigan (Clint Eastwood) is an agent working for the President, yet the guilt of not being able to save President Kennedy back in the 60's still haunts him.

Rene next starred with Dustin Hoffman as his ex-wife and fellow scientist in the thriller "Outbreak" (1995) with Morgan Freeman and Cuba Gooding Jr., where extreme measures are necessary to contain an epidemic of a deadly airborne virus. She was also impressive as a movie queen in Barry Sonnenfeld's "Get Shorty" (1995) starring John Travolta, where a mobster travels to Hollywood to collect a debt and discovers that the movie business is much the same as his current job. Rene Russo next played the girlfriend torn between Kevin Costner and Don Johnson, in the golfing drama "Tin Cup" (1996) about a washed up golf pro working at a driving range who tries to qualify for the US Open in order to win the heart of his successful rival's girlfriend..

In Ron Howard's "Ransom" (1996), Russo worked again with Mel Gibson, in the story about when a rich man's son is kidnapped and he tries a unique tactic against the criminals. She then headlined a film in the biopic "Buddy" (1997), where she played the real-life eccentric Gertrude Lintz who raised a Gorilla on her estate. 

Still sexy in her 40's, Rene Russo gave her best performance yet as an insurance investigator who romances the prime suspect in an art theft in the remake of "The Thomas Crown Affair" (1999). At first troubled by the nude scenes and the overt sexuality of the character, the actress prayed before accepting the role. Her onscreen chemistry with co-star Pierce Brosnan helped to amaze reviewers and audiences, winning her new fans. She followed with the role of Natasha Fatale, in the live action animated feature "The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle" (2000) with Robert De Niro as the "Fearless Leader".

After “Rocky and Bullwinkle,” Russo appeared in the action comedy “Showtime” (2002), as the producer of a reality show that teams an arrogant actor (Eddie Murphy), and an old-school cop (Robert De Niro). Rene then played the unhappy housewife with an unhappy daughter in “Big Trouble” (2002), an ensemble comedy about a group of people brought together by a suitcase bomb at a Miami airport. The film sat idle for a year due to the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.

Russo then took a few years vacation, but returned in 2005 to star alongside Al Pacino and Matthew McConaughey in “Two For the Money,” a gambling story about a college basketball player (McConaughey) who turned to sports betting after being trained by a consultant (Pacino) who sees his talent for predicting the right outcome for games.

Russo then starred opposite Dennis Quaid in the romantic comedy, “Yours, Mine and Ours” (2005), about  widowed Coast Guard Admiral and a widow handbag designer who fall in love and marry, much to the dismay of her 10 and his 8 children.

In 2011, Russo tried her hand in the action thriller “Thor” starring alongside Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, and Anthony Hopkins. The fantasy action movie tells the story of the powerful but arrogant warrior Thor who is cast out of the realm of Asgard and sent to live amongst humans on Earth where he soon becomes one of their finest defenders. 


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