James Vincent Russo (born April 23, 1953) is an American film and television actor. He has appeared in over 150 films in three decades.
James Vincent Russo
April 23, 1953
|Alma mater||New York University|
|Spouse||Bettina Russo (1995-2020 Divorced)|
Russo was born in New York City, New York, to an Italian father and German mother. A graduate of the High School of Art and Design and New York University (NYU), 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, worked as a construction worker and a gravedigger. He was raised in Flushing, New York and spent his formative years on 156th street.
Russo's first role in his acting career was in the 1981 made-for-television film Chicago Story. He then went on to star in many hit films of the 1980s.
His big break (but small role) came in the 1982 comedy film Fast Times at Ridgemont High, as a convenience store robber. In 1984, he appeared in Beverly Hills Cop as Mikey Tandino, a friend of Axel Foley who is murdered. That same year 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 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), and My Own Private Idaho (1991). Russo also had roles in the 1994 Western Bad Girls, the 1997 films The Postman, 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 made guest appearances in many TV dramas and films, including The Equalizer, Miami Vice, CSI, CSI: Miami, and Las Vegas.
In the summer of 2009, Russo starred in the psychological thriller 7E with Brendan Sexton III, John Savage and Natasha Lyonne. The film was released on December 10, 2013. Russo had a supporting role in Quentin Tarantino's 2012 film Django Unchained.
|1982||A Stranger Is Watching||Ronald Thompson|
|Fast Times at Ridgemont High||Robber|
|1984||Once Upon a Time in America||Bugsy|
|Beverly Hills Cop||Mikey Tandino|
|The Cotton Club||Vince Hood|
|1988||The Blue Iguana||Reno|
|1989||The Belt||Vittorio De Simone|
|We're No Angels||Bobby|
|1990||State of Grace||DeMarco||Uncredited|
|1991||A Kiss Before Dying||Dan Corelli|
|My Own Private Idaho||Richard Waters|
|Cold Heaven||Daniel Corvin|
|Intimate Stranger||Nick Ciccini||TV film|
|1992||In the Shadow of a Killer||Charlie Van||TV film|
|Illicit Behavior||Bill Tanner|
|1993||Desperate Rescue: The Cathy Mahone Story||Don Feeney||TV film|
|Da Vinci's War||Mintz|
|Double Deception||Jon Kane||TV film|
|Dangerous Game||Francis Burns|
|1994||Bad Girls||Kid Jarrett|
|1995||The Secretary||Ted Burke||TV film|
|Condition Red||Dan Cappelli|
|The Set Up||Kliff|
|1996||Livers Ain't Cheap a.k.a. The Real Thing||Rupert Little|
|No Way Home||Tommy|
|Laws of Deception||Gino Carlucci|
|The Girl Gets Moe a.k.a. Love to Kill||Brannagin|
|Under Oath||Warren Erickson|
|1998||Heist||Nick the Stick|
|My Husband's Secret Life||Sal Bianculli||TV film|
|Butter a.k.a. Never 2 Big||Juke Box Danny|
|Fait Accompli a.k.a. Voodoo Dawn||Luc|
|Charades a.k.a. Felons||Max Targenville|
|Jimmy Zip||Otis Campbell|
|The Ninth Gate||Bernie|
|2000||Sonic Impact||Agent Nick Halton|
|The Unscarred||Mickey Vernon|
|Deep Core||Darryl Simmons|
|Paper Bullets||John Rourke|
|Hidden War||Matt Forman|
|Bad Guys||John Tykor|
|Double Deception a.k.a. 24 Hours to Die||Snake|
|The House Next Door||Carl Schmidt|
|My Daughter's Tears||Mr. Quinn|
|2003||Stealing Sinatra||Frank Sinatra|
|A Good Night to Die||Roy|
|The Box||Frank Miles|
|Open Range||Marshal Poole|
|2005||One Among Us||Ryan Brannigan (the Ex-Cop)|
|Come as You Are||Benny|
|Confessions of a Pit Fighter||Sharkey|
|2006||All In||Dr. Pennington|
|Broken Trail||Captain Billy Fender||TV film|
|Shut Up and Shoot!||David Sanchez|
|Blackwater Valley Exorcism||The Bishop|
|Blue Lake Massacre||Sheriff Jack|
|The Pink Conspiracy||Cox|
|The Hit||Mr. Santucci|
|On the Doll||Janitor|
|2008||Little Red Devil||Mr. Trundell|
|Kings of the Evening||Ramsey|
|Born of Earth||Tom Reeser|
|Shoot First and Pray You Live (Because Luck Has Nothing to Do with It)||Bob McGurk|
|Public Enemies||Walter Dietrich|
|Dreams and Shadows||John Brunette|
|Taken by Force|
|2010||One in the Gun||Jimmy|
|Dark Woods||Sheriff Demming|
|Boy Wonder||Larry Childs|
|Love Sick Diaries||Lorenzo De'mon|
|2011||Good God Bad Dog||Peter Elias|
|The Dragon Warrior||Claudius|
|Yellow Rock||Max Dietrich|
|2012||Django Unchained||Dicky Speck|
|2013||Samuel Bleak||Charles Bleak|
|Five Thirteen||Agent Acevedo|
|Chavez Cage of Glory||Tony|
|2014||Perfect Sisters||Steve Bowman|
|Strike One||Paul Fairfield|
|The Bag Man||Original screenplay|
|Black Mass||Agent Scott Gariola||Uncredited|
|An American Hero|
|2016||Vigilante Diaries||Mr. Hanover|
|2017||Living Among Us||Aaron|
|2020||A Soldier's Revenge||Walsh|
|2021||Flag Day||Lead Biker|
|1985||The Equalizer||Police Detective||Episode: "China Rain"|
|Miami Vice||Frank Sacco||Episode: "The Prodigal Son"|
|1987||Crime Story||Nat Martino||Episode: "Ground Zero"|
|1988||Friday the 13th: The Series||Janos Korda||Episode: "Symphony in B-Sharp"|
|1991||Gabriel's Fire||Charles Crowley||Episode: "Belly of the Beast"|
|1997||C-16: FBI||Frank Saretti||Episode: "Eight Pounds of Pressure"|
|2000||Falcone||Victor Mura||Episode: "Pilot"|
|2004||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Sinclair||Episode: "Getting Off"|
|Without a Trace||Michael Krauss||Episode: "Lost and Found"|
|2005||Joan of Arcadia||James Karon||Episode: "Trial and Error"|
|2006||Las Vegas||Warren Pemberton||Episode: "The Story of Owe"|
|2006–2008||CSI: Miami||Joey Salucci||2 episodes|
|2008||The Capture of the Green River Killer||Jeb Dallas||2-part miniseries|
|2009||Numb3rs||John Curtis||Episode: "12:01 AM"|
|Dark Blue||Robert Franzine||Episode: "Pilot"|
|2012–2013||Vegas||Anthony 'Red' Cervelli||15 episodes|
|2014–2015||Chicago Fire||Papa Lullo||3 episodes|
|Star Wars: The Old Republic||Additional Voices||Grouped under "Additional Voices provided by"|
|2013||Of the Night||Bastille|
|1983||Theatre World Award||Extremities||Won|
|2004||San Diego Film Festival||Best Actor||The Box||Won|
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- Sneider, Jeff (November 9, 2011). "Thesps line up for 'Django Unchained'". Variety. Retrieved November 11, 2011.
- Trendell, Andrew (October 9, 2013). "Bastille to re-release Bad Blood with new tracks and new single". Gigwise. Retrieved October 14, 2013.
- James Russo - Awards Archived October 20, 2012, at the Wayback Machine at Internet Broadway Database
- "Award Winners". August 28, 2010. Archived from the original on August 28, 2010. Retrieved September 23, 2019.