Rene Marie Russo is an American actress, producer, and model. Russo began her career as a fashion model in the 1970s, appearing on magazine covers such as Vogue and Cosmopolitan.
Rene Marie Russo was born on February 17th of 1954 in Burbank, California. Raised in a working-class family with mainly Italian roots, Rene's father left the family when she was two years old. During her high school years, Rene struggled immensely with scoliosis, a spinal condition. She was forced to wear a full-torso brace, and her tall height earned her the nickname "jolly green giant" during her school years.
By the tenth grade, Russo had been bullied so severely that she decided to drop out. Her family often struggled to get by financially, and she worked a number of part-time jobs along with her sister to help out. Eventually, Russo was spotted by a modeling scout (allegedly at a Rolling Stones concert) and whisked away to New York City, where she began her career as a model.
After being signed by Ford Modeling Agency, Russo quickly rose to the top of the modeling world throughout the 70s and 80s. During this period, she appeared in magazines like "Vogue," "Mademoiselle," and "Cosmopolitan." She also booked parts in a number of advertisements and commercials. Seeing that her modeling career was waning by the time she had entered her 30s, Rene veered more and more towards acting. Soon enough, she was appearing in just a few commercials as a model, while devoting much of her time towards studying theatre and acting.
Although she started by booking theatre roles in small productions throughout LA, Rene eventually made her TV debut in 1987 in the series "Sable." She then booked her first film role in "Major League," which became a critical and commercial success. In the 90s, Russo followed up with movies like "Mr. Destiny" and "One Good Cop," the latter representing her first lead role. By 1992, she had achieved her mainstream breakthrough after playing a detective in "Lethal Weapon 3."
During the rest of the 90s, Russo earned praise for her roles in movies like "In the Line of Fire," "Outbreak," and "Get Shorty." All three were critically and commercially successful. By the end of the 90s, she was appearing in films like "Ransom," "Buddy," "Lethal Weapon 4," and "The Thomas Crown Affair." Again, these films proved to be mostly successful.
In the 2000s, Russo's strong streak faltered after booking a voice acting role in the animated film "The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle," a movie which crashed at the box office and received mixed reviews. Things didn't get much better after she appeared in "Showtime" and "Big Trouble." However, Rene bounced back with "Two for the Money" and "Yours, Mine and Ours" before taking a five-year break from acting.
Russo jumped right back into the action with three Marvel Cinematic Universe films, starting with "Thor" in 2011. She then followed up with "Thor: The Dark World." Together, these movies raked in more than $1 billion in box office revenue. Rene also felt that they reinvigorated her career. In 2014, Russo booked a central role alongside Jake Gylenhaal in the film "Nightcrawler." Throughout the next few years, she followed up with roles in movies like "Frank and Cindy," "The Intern," and "Just Getting Started." She ended the 2010s with a role in "Velvet Buzzsaw" and brief appearance in "Avengers: Endgame" (the highest-grossing film of all time, as of 2020).
Rene Russo is an American actress and former model who has a net worth of $40 million. Russo started off as a model, and throughout the 70s she was a recognizable figure that appeared on the covers of a number of high-profile magazines.