urt Russell has had an eclectic film career to say the least—one that extends all the way back to his work as a child actor. His earliest credit is for an episode of Dennis the Menace in 1962. He did a bunch of TV shows through the 60s and in the 1970s, starred in a bunch of light-hearted family films like The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes and The Barefoot Executive plus a number of episodes of Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color with a few TV westerns thrown in here and there. In 1975, he took the unlikely role of Charles Whitman for a TV movie about the mass murderer. This was the first time he used a gun in a movie, and after that, he regularly tapped into the action genre during his long film career, though many of his choices were a bit unconventional. He didn't usually go for super tough guy roles where he was nigh invincible. After playing Elvis Presley in a TV movie, Russell starred in the low-budget cult favorite Escape from New York in 1981, which proved to the film world that the Disney kid could indeed play a tough guy.