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Rene Russo Biography

Birth Name:
Rene Marie Russo
Birth Place:
Los Angeles, California, United States
Actor, model

Fast Facts

  • Dropped out of high school in the 10th grade; classmate Ron Howard later directed her in 1996's Ransom
  • As a teen, she was spotted outside a concert by an agent and signed to a modeling contract; became a top model of the 1970s and early 1980s
  • Breakthrough role was as a tough detective in 1992's Lethal Weapon 3; she reprised the role six years later in Lethal Weapon 4
  • Was scheduled to play opposite Michael Keaton in 1995's Batman Forever; when Keaton dropped out and was replaced by Val Kilmer (who was eight years his junior), Russo was replaced by the younger Nicole Kidman
  • Returned to the big screen after a six-year hiatus in 2011, appearing as the title character's stepmother in the Marvel epic Thor
  • Has promoted products for Buffalo's White Cow Dairy


  • 2015BAFTA Film Awards-Best Supporting Actress: nominated
  • 2014Los Angeles Film Critics Association-Best Supporting Actress (Runner-up): winner
  • 1995Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: nominated


  • Rose Gilroy -- Daughter
  • Nino Russo -- Father
  • Shirley Russo -- Mother
  • Toni Russo -- Sister