James Russo

Biography

James Vincent Russo (born April 23, 1953) is an American film and television actor. He has appeared in over 90 films in three decades. Early Life Russo was born in New York City, New York. A graduate of New York University (NYU), of Italian descent,[citation needed] he wrote and starred in the prize-winning short film, The Candy Store. Before his first break in acting, he drove for a cab company and was also a gravedigger. He was raised in Flushing, NY and spent his formative years on 156th street. Career Russo's first role in his acting career was in the 1981 made-for-television movie Chicago Story. He would then go on to star in many hit films of the 1980s. His big break (but small role) came in the 1982 classic comedy film Fast Times at Ridgemont High, as a convenience store robber. In 1984, his other big role came in the hit film Beverly Hills Cop as Mikey Tandino, the friend of Axel Foley who gets murdered. Also in 1984, he starred in The Cotton Club, and played small-time hood Bugsy in Sergio Leone's Once Upon a Time in America. Russo's other big role was as a brutal rapist in the 1986 drama Extremities, opposite Farrah Fawcett. He also starred in the 1988 drama-suspense-thriller film Freeway. Russo's film roles in the 1990s include State of Grace (1990), A Kiss Before Dying (1991) - in which he played a private investigator who is helping Sean Young's character investigate the murder of her twin sister - and My Own Private Idaho (also 1991). Russo also had roles in the 1994 movie Western Bad Girls, the 1997 hit films The Postman (as Idaho, the brutal sergeant of the Holnist army), and Donnie Brasco. In 2009 he had a small role in Michael Mann's Public Enemies as a member of John Dillinger's gang. In 2003, Russo was reunited with his co-star from The Postman, Kevin Costner, in the Western film Open Range. He has also made guest appearances in many TV dramas and movies, including The Equalizer, Miami Vice, CSI, CSI: Miami and Las Vegas. In the summer of 2009, Russo starred in a sort of psychological thriller entitled "7E" along with Brendan Sexton III, John Savage and Natasha Lyonne. The film has yet to be released. In September 2011 it was announced that Russo would have a brief appearance in Quentin Tarantino's 2012 film Django Unchained. Credits Film (selection): A Stranger Is Watching (1982) Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982) Vortex (1982) Once Upon a Time in America (1984) Beverly Hills Cop (1984) The Cotton Club (1984) Extremities (1986) China Girl (1987) The Blue Iguana (1988) Freeway (1988) The Vineyard (1989) We're No Angels (1989) State of Grace (1990) A Kiss Before Dying (1991) My Own Private Idaho (1991) Cold Heaven (1991) Da Vinci's War (1993) Trauma (1993) Dangerous Game (1993) Bad Girls (1994) The Set Up (1995) Condition Red (1995) No Way Home (1996) Small Time (1996) Laws of Deception (1997) Donnie Brasco (1997) The Postman (1997) My Husband's Secret Life (1998) (TV film) Charades (1998) (aka Felons) Sonic Impact (1999) The Unscarred (1999) Jimmy Zip (1999) The Ninth Gate (1999) Bad Guys (2000) Deep Core (2000) Pendulum (2001) Shattered Lies (2002) The House Next Door (2002) Redemption (2002) Stealing Sinatra (2003) A Good Night to Die (2003) Paris (2003) The Box (2003) Open Range (2003) Target (2004) Confessions of a Pit Fighter (2005) Cut Off (2006) One Among Us (2006) Broken Trail (2006) (TV film) Shut Up and Shoot! (2006) Chill (2007) The Pink Conspiracy (2007) Blue Lake Massacre (2007) The Hit (2007) On the Doll (2007) Little Red Devil (2008) Dark World (2008) Stiletto (2008) Deadwater (2008) Good God Bad Dog (2009) Public Enemies (2009) Charlie Valentine (2009) Dark Woods (2009) Dreams and Shadows (2009) Love Sick Diaries (2010) One in the Gun (2010) Boy Wonder (2010) An American Hero (2010) Break (2010) Django Unchained (2012)

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Birth Name

James Vincent Russo

Birth Place

Nueva York, Nueva York, Estados Unidos

Birth Date

4/23/1953
Known For
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My Own Private Idaho

Richard Waters

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Extremities

Joe

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Broken Trail

Captain Billy Fender

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Code of Honor

Romano

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China Girl

Alby

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Dangerous Game - Snake Eyes

Francis Burns

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Boy Wonder

Larry Childs

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The House Next Door

Carl Schmidt

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Black Ops

Commander Combs

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Hitman

Rocco

Starring In
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Pig Killer

Rat

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Starf*cker

'Daddy' / Carl

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Take Back

Det. Chalmers

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Cerebrum

Kirk Davis

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The Penitent Thief

Castor

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A Soldier's Revenge

Walsh

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Final Kill

Bob

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5th Borough

Det. Ricci

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The Great Alaskan Race

Wild Bill

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Badland

Fred Quaid

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Possession Diaries

Father Brien

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Living Among Us

Aaron

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Cirque en Folie

Banker Pete Melnick

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Desolate

Duke Stone

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Vigilante Diaries

Mr. Hanover

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Code of Honor

Romano

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The Bronx Bull

Rocky Graziano

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Black Mass

Agent Scott Gariola

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American Justice

Agent Cobb

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Voiceless

Pastor Gil

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Strike One

Paul Fairfield

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Perfect Sisters

Steve Bowman

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513 Degrees

Agent Acevedo

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Django Unchained

Dicky Speck

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Yellow Rock

Max Dietrich

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Miss Bala

Jimmy

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The One Warrior

Claudius

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Forbidden Attraction

Sheriff Demming

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Boy Wonder

Larry Childs

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1 in the Gun

Jimmy

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Public Enemies

Walter Dietrich

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Hitman

Rocco

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Never Surrender

Jimmy

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The WWE: The Best of Saturday Night's Main Event

Frank Salvo 1 episode, 2010

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Stiletto

Engelhart

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Little Red Devil

Mr. Trundell

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Dark World

Charlie

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Shoot First and Pray You Live (Because Luck Has Nothing to Do with It)

Bob McGurk

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Kings Of The Evening

Ramsey

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The Pink Conspiracy

Cox

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Black Ops

Commander Combs

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Chill

Detective Defazio

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On The Doll

Janitor

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Broken Trail

Captain Billy Fender

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Satanic

Eddie

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The Hit

Mr. Santucci

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Blackwater Valley Exorcism

The Bishop

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Machine

Butch

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All In

Dr. Pennington

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Confessions of a Pit Fighter

Sharkey

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Shut Up and Shoot!

David Sanchez

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Target

Donovan

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Open Range

Sheriff Poole

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Paris

Leon King

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A Good Night to Die

Roy

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The Box

Frank Miles

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Stealing Sinatra

Frank Sinatra, Sr.

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Shattered Lies

Smiler

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Redemption

Capt. Grill

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The House Next Door

Carl Schmidt

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Pendulum

Edward Mills

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Double Deception

Snake

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Diamonds

Damian (uncredited)

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The Unscarred

Mickey Vernon

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Deep Core

Darryl Simmons

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Paper Bullets

John Rourke

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The Ninth Gate

Bernie

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Bittersweet

Joe Massa

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Jimmy Zip

Otis Campbell

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My Husband's Secret Life

Sal Bianculli

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Voodoo Dawn

Luc

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Heist

Nick the Stick

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First Degree

Max Targenville

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Never 2 Big

Juke Box Danny

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Detour

Ziggy Rotella

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The Postman

Idaho

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Donnie Brasco

Paulie

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Playboy - Farrah Fawcett - All of Me

Himself (archive footage)

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The Girl Gets Moe

Brannagin

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No Way Home

Tommy

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American Strays

Eddie

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The Bitch

Ted Burke

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Condition Red

Dan Cappelli

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Panther

Rodgers

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The Set Up

Kliff

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Bad Girls

Kid Jarrett

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Trauma

Capt. Travis

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Dangerous Game - Snake Eyes

Francis Burns

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Illicit Behavior

Bill Tanner

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My Own Private Idaho

Richard Waters

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A Kiss Before Dying

Dan Corelli

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Cold Heaven

Daniel Corvin

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Intimate Stranger

Nick Ciccini

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State of Grace

DeMarco (uncredited)

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We're No Angels

Bobby

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The Vineyard

Teddy

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Freeway

Frank Quinn

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China Girl

Alby

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Extremities

Joe

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Beverly Hills Cop

Mikey Tandino

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The Cotton Club

Vince Hood

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Once Upon a Time in America

Bugsy

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Surexposé

Nick

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Fast Times at Ridgemont High

Robber

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A Stranger Is Watching

Ronald Thompson

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Come As You Are/Getting It

Benny

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