JUST GETTING STARTED
RENE RUSSO (Suzie) continues to show her range and versatility as an actress
with each of her roles.
Russo's most recent role was starring opposite Robert DeNiro and Anne
Hathaway in The Intern, written and directed by Nancy Myers for Warner Bros.
and, just prior, in Nightcrawler, written and directed by her husband, Dan
starring opposite Jake Gyllenhaal.
Prior to Nightcrawler, Russo appeared opposite Anthony Hopkins as
Queen Frigga in Thor, the indie comedy Frank and Cindy and in the Paramount hit
comedy Yours, Mine & Ours, opposite Dennis Quaid.
When Russo starred with Pierce Brosnan in United Artists' remake of the
classic 1968 film The Thomas Crown Affair, critics raved about her sultry and
captivating performance. Russo has also shown her penchant for comedy-costarring
with Kevin Costner and Don Johnson in Warner Bros.' Tin Cup-as well
as her range as a dramatic actress-starring opposite Mel Gibson, Gary Sinise
and Delroy Lindo as a mother whose son has been kidnapped in Touchstone's
successful thriller Ransom, directed by Ron Howard.
Russo appeared opposite Robert DeNiro and Eddie Murphy in Warner
Bros.' action/comedy Showtime, as a driven reality-television producer who
creates a hit show for an unlikely pair of cops (DeNiro and Murphy). She was
also seen in Disney's comedy Big Trouble, directed by Barry Sonnenfeld and
based on a novel by Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper columnist Dave Barry.
In Lethal Weapon 3, Russo first starred opposite Mel Gibson and Danny
Glover, garnering mass attention from moviegoers. Her portrayal of an internal
affairs detective who's the female counterpart of Gibson's character received
strong critical acclaim. In 1998, Russo reprised her role as Lorna, the
that first endeared her with audiences worldwide, in Lethal Weapon 4, which
reunited her with Mel Gibson, Danny Glover and Joe Pesci.
Her earlier films have also drawn audience and critical approval. In 1994,
Russo starred with Clint Eastwood and John Malkovich in the box office success
In the Line of Fire, portraying the feisty secret service agent who romances
Eastwood. She followed that performance with a starring role opposite Dustin
Hoffman and Morgan Freeman in Warner Bros.' thriller, Outbreak, portraying a
doctor on the trail of a deadly virus that threatens to wipe out the entire
Subsequently, she garnered critical praise in MGM's box office success Get
Shorty, portraying a B-movie actress opposite John Travolta, Gene Hackman and
Danny DeVito. She starred as Gertrude Lintz in Buddy, a heartwarming true
story set in the 1920's and '30s about a wealthy socialite (Lintz) who raises
animals in her home. She was also seen alongside Robert DeNiro and Jason
Alexander in Universal Pictures' live-action/special effects feature The
of Rocky & Bullwinkle, based on Jay Ward's classic cartoon.
Since her film debut in 1989 in Major League, Russo's additional film
credits include Mr. Destiny, One Good Cop with Anthony LaPaglia and Freejack
with Emilio Estevez.
A native Californian, Russo grew up in Burbank. At the age of 18, she was
'discovered' at a Rolling Stones' concert and encouraged to become a fashion
model. Soon afterward, Russo moved to New York and became a top model for
the Ford Agency. She graced the covers of every fashion magazine throughout
her successful modeling career in the late '70s and early '80s.
Rene and her husband, screenwriter/director, Dan Gilroy, live in Los
Angeles and have a daughter, Rose.
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