James Russo

D.O.B: Apr 23, 1953 |  New York City, New York, USA

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A Manhattan-born character player who attended New York University, actor James Russo wrote and starred in a prize-winning short film, The Candy Store, while attending college. His first big film break was as a convenience store robber in Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982).

Biography

A Manhattan-born character player who attended New York University, actor James Russo wrote and starred in a prize-winning short film, The Candy Store, while attending college. His first big film break was as a convenience store robber in Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982). Possessed with a stare that can bring shivers down ones back, he has been quite the accessible villain over the years, memorably portraying a number of gritty psychopaths and gangsters, among other undesirables. Surprisingly, Russo is not a name or commodity, yet an intense and dependable tough guy performer he has proven to be. One only needs to be reminded of his sadistic sexual animal role in Extremities on stage (in which he won a 1983 Theatre World) and in film (in which he terrorized Farrah Fawcett), to recall how chillingly effective he can be. Other decent roles in films include Kevin Costners The Postman (1997) and Open Range (2003), plus Beverly Hills Cop (1984), Were No Angels (1989), Donnie Brasco (1997), No Way Home (1996), and a number of low-budget crimers. On stage, he has Welcome to Andromeda, Deathwatch, Marat/Sade and the afore-mentioned Extremities to his credit. Russo appeared opposite Johnny Depp in Roman Polanskis The Ninth Gate (1999), and portrayed mobster Victor Mura in TVs short-lived, Falcone (2000), the following year. More recently, he offered a penetrating cameo as Frank Sinatra in Stealing Sinatra (2003).

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