James Vincent Russo is an American television and film actor. He has acted in more than 156 films in last 30 years.
James Russo was born in the New York City. He graduated from New York University (NYU). He was the scriptwriter for a prize-winning short film named The Candy Store and also got starred in it. Before he started acting, he was a gravedigger and worked as a driver for a driving company. He spent his childhood in Flushing.
Russo got his break from a 1981 movie named Chicago Story. He got starred in many films of the 1980’s era. His one of the most effective breaks came in 1982 for a classic comedy movie named Fast Times at Ridgemont High.
Once again in 1984, Russo appeared in the movie named The Cotton Club. He played a hood Bugsy in Sergio Leone’s Once Upon a Time in America. Russo played the role of a rapist in the Extreamities(1988). He was also in the cast of the suspense, drama and thriller film Freeway.
During the 1990s, Russo worked in the State of Grace (1990), My Own Private Idaho (also 1991) and A Kiss Before Dying (1991). Russo had also played in the 1994 movie Western Bad Girls, and the 1997 movie The Postman. In the year 2009, he played a small role in Michael Mann's film named Public Enemies.
In the year 2003, Russo reunited with his co-star,
Kevin Costner from the movie The Postman, in the Western film Open Range. James is also known to make guest appearances on many TV and dramas, some of them are,
The Equalizer, CSI, and the TV series named Miami Vice during 1984-1990.
During the summer of 2009, Russo played in the psychological thriller movie 7E along with co-actor Brendan Sexton III and actress
Natasha Lyonne. The film is yet to release.
In Django Unchained (2012) he was playing the role of supporting actor, under the direction of
Quentin Tarantino. He was also in the Bastille's music video named "Of the Night". He was the winner of Theatre World Award for the movie Extremities in 1983.