Today isn’t just St. Patrick’s Day, it’s also Kurt Russell‘s birthday. The iconic star of too many great movies to mention turns 70 years old today, and fans from all over are taking to social media to share their love for the legendary actor’s work and to wish him a happy day.
Russell has been a familiar face on our screens for virtually his whole life, He started out as one of Disney’s favorite go-to child stars in the 1960s, appearing in the likes of The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes. By the 80s, he transformed himself into an action hero, starring in major hits such as Big Trouble in Little China and Escape from New York, in which he portrayed Snake Plissken, a role he reprised 12 years later for Escape from L.A.
Fast forward to now and Russell’s had a particularly busy past decade. He’s teamed up with Quentin Tarantino for The Hateful Eight and Once Upon a Time… In Hollywood, turned up in a couple of Fast & Furious films as Mr. Nobody and joined the Marvel universe in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 as Ego, the Living Planet.
With a rich cinematic history like that, it’s no wonder the internet’s full of well wishes for Russell this Wednesday.
Happy 70 birthday to Kurt Russell. Hope that he has a wonderful birthday. ???????? pic.twitter.com/5HzkwRbBRn
— Kare Thompson (@kellyripacool23) March 17, 2021
It’s time to watch Kurt Russell movies all damn day.
Happy birthday to one of my favorite actors of all time. Kurt Russell movies all damn day. Happy 70th big guy. pic.twitter.com/G0H3WdUXvc
— MILLER?? (@HUBCITYMILLER) March 17, 2021
An “ultimate badass.”
Happy 70th Birthday to ultimate badass and film legend, Kurt Russell!
Kurt has starred in several of my all time favourite films and is one of my old school heroes.
Kurt, I salute you, sir. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/fB6v27DZGc
— Slasher Trash (@SlasherTrash) March 16, 2021
What a career.
Happy 70th Birthday to Kurt Russell! pic.twitter.com/b2k3JvYxDX
— Pop Darling (@ThePopDarling) March 17, 2021
Petition to rename St. Patrick’s Day to St. Plissken’s Day.
Happy Birthday, Kurt Russell! And a Happy St. Plissken’s Day to you all!
— James Chesser (@DietPizza) March 17, 2021
No one rocks a mullet like Kurt.
Today on his birthday, the many mullets of Kurt Russell. pic.twitter.com/SXQZ29sEZI
— Grady Hendrix (@grady_hendrix) March 17, 2021
Fun fact: Russell made his movie debut in It Happened at the World’s Fair, opposite Elvis Presley. He then later played The King himself twice – including voicing him in Forrest Gump.
A tween Kurt Russell kicking Elvis on the shin in 1963's 'It Happened at the World's Fair'. A very happy birthday to the granite-jawed genre film legend who turns the big 7-0 today. pic.twitter.com/0wvh5fvJLQ
— FilmPhonic (@FilmPhonic) March 17, 2021
The understatement of the century.
Happy 70th Birthday Kurt Russell!
“I seem to have a knack for picking movies that go on to be cult favourites.” pic.twitter.com/Lj6QvsnnIp
— Marshall Julius (@MarshallJulius) March 17, 2021
Most recently, Russell has portrayed Santa Claus in Netflix’s The Christmas Chronicle movies, which have seen him paired with real-life partner Goldie Hawn. The couple’s son, Wyatt Russell, is set to follow in his dad’s footsteps as well as he’s making his MCU debut in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, hitting Disney Plus this week.
Happy birthday, Kurt Russell!