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Wyatt Russell

Wyatt Russell Biography

Hockey Player, Television Actor, Film Actor (1986–)
Wyatt Russell, a professional hockey player turned actor, has appeared in films like '22 Jump Street' and currently stars on AMC's 'Lodge 49.'

Who Is Wyatt Russell?

The son of longtime Hollywood stars Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn, Wyatt Russell attempted to forge a career as a professional hockey player, until injuries forced him from the sport in his mid-20s. Turning to acting, he found his way into blockbusters like Cowboys & Aliens and 22 Jump Street, but mainly built his credits via indie fare like Everybody Wants Some!! and Folk Hero & Funny Guy. Russell landed his first small screen starring role on AMC's Lodge 49 in 2018, and later that year was set to star in J.J. AbramsOverlord.

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Wyatt Russell visits Build to discuss the TV series 'Lodge 49' at Build Studio on August 6, 2018 in New York City. 

'Lodge 49' and Other TV Work

In August 2018, Wyatt Russell began his starring run on AMC's Lodge 49 as Sean "Dud" Dudley, a free spirit who finds camaraderie alongside the other wayward souls of a mysterious fraternal order. Created by Jim Gavin, the series marked a sharp turn from some of the network's violent hits like The Walking Dead and Preacher, focusing instead on an eclectic band of characters who discover their own versions of truth amid life's twists and turns. The New York Times had high praise for the show, likening the experience of watching it to "hanging out at an oddball dive bar that you ignored the instinct to keep walking past," while Russell described it simply as "about everyday normal life with a twist of magical realism."

Prior to Lodge 49, Russell starred in a memorable episode of Netflix's Black Mirror, as a backpacker who gets taken for a twisted ride in a reality-game simulation. He also made early career appearances in Law & Order: L.A. and Arrested Development.

Movies

'Cowboys & Aliens' and Other Early Roles

After an appearance in the stoner comedy High School (2010), Russell found himself alongside Harrison Ford and Daniel Craig in the throwback monster movie Cowboys & Aliens (2011). A dry spell followed, interrupted by another brief part in Judd Apatow's This Is 40 (2012), before Russell seized his first semi-meaty role as a small-town sheriff in Jim Mickle's horror film We Are What We Are (2013).

'22 Jump Street' to 'Folk Hero & Funny Guy'

Russell's role in 22 Jump Street (2014), as the college quarterback who bonds with Channing Tatum's undercover agent, was his biggest to date. More indie roles followed, with the actor also appearing that year in Mickle's crime drama Cold in July and another fright flick, At the Devil's Door.

Back in hippie-stoner mode, Russell enjoyed a scene-stealing turn in Richard Linklater's Everybody Wants Some!! (2016). However, it was his performance in another indie film from that year, as the musical half of the buddy duo in Folk Hero & Funny Guy, that proved the actor had the charisma and presence to shoulder a leading role.

'Goon' to 'Overlord'

His momentum continuing into 2017, Russell opened the year with an appearance in the dark comedy Ingrid Goes West, and soon was seen alongside Anna Kendrick, Lisa Kudrow and Craig Robinson as a jerk ex-boyfriend in Table 19. He then dipped into his hockey-playing roots for Goon: Last of the Enforcers, as the hard-hitting antagonist to Sean William Scott's main character.

Following another small role in Ethan Hawke's acclaimed Blaze (2018), about the short life of underground country musician Blaze Foley, Russell was set to return to big budget fare later that year in J.J. Abrams's Overlord.

Son of Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn

Wyatt Hawn Russell, the only child of celebrated Hollywood actors Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn, was born on July 10, 1986, in Los Angeles, California. Hawn's two children from a previous relationship with musician Bill Hudson, Oliver and Kate Hudson, also became successful actors.

A young Russell did appear in two of his dad's movies, Escape From L.A. (1996) and Soldier (1998), but unlike his siblings, he had little interest in show business. Having fallen in love with hockey as a preschooler, he spent most of his free time in skating rinks, away from the studios of Tinseltown.

Hockey Career

At age 15, Russell left SoCal with his family to pursue a hockey career as a goalie in the junior leagues of Vancouver, Canada, where the cut-throat competition relished the chance to beat up on a Hollywood scion. After enduring his lumps in Vancouver for four years, Russell moved on to stints in Chicago and Toronto, before spending two years at the University of Alabama in Huntsville.

Russell followed his pro dreams to Germany and Holland, but his career was derailed by a series of groin pulls and concussions, and he finally called it quits after breaking his hip at age 24. Unsure of what to do next, he discovered a love for film while rehabilitating, and decided to give the family business a try. Ironically, it was similar to the path followed by his father, who wanted to become a professional baseball player until injuries forced him out of the sport.

Height

Russell stands 6'2", besting his big-shot dad by about three inches.

Relationships and Personal

Russell met his fiancée, Search Party co-star Meredith Hagner, while the two were filming Folk Hero & Funny Guy. He was previously married to stylist Sanne Hamers from 2012 until 2017.

After a lifetime spent avoiding the celebrity spotlight, Russell gave in to the demands of his burgeoning screen career and purchased a home in the L.A. community of Sherman Oaks in early 2018. He had previously lived in Austin, Texas, where he also invested in a real estate company.

A fan of progressive country musician Sturgill Simpson, Russell is a talented guitarist and singer in his own right, as he demonstrated with his performances in Folk Hero.

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