Theresa Russell

Actor, Model
A sensual actress who often projects an untrained, even somewhat amateurish air, Theresa Russell made an auspicious debut as the daughter of a movie studio head in Elia Kazan's "The Last Tycoon" (1976). Raised in ... Read more »
Born: 03/19/1957 in San Diego, California, USA

Filmography

Actor (62)

A Woman's Guide to Adultry 2014 (Movie)

Rose (Actor)

Baby-O 2014 (Movie)

Oona (Actor)

Dark World 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Destiny 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Street 2014 (Movie)

Jan (Actor)

The Box 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Delete 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

Liz & Dick 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

Born to Ride 2011 (Movie)

(Actor)

Rid of Me 2011 (Movie)

Mrs. Lockwood (Actor)

16 to Life 2010 (Movie)

Louise (Actor)

Cold Case 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Jolene 2010 (Movie)

Aunt Kay (Actor)

Fringe 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

American Heiress 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Spider-Man 3 2007 (Movie)

Emma Marko (Actor)

Law & Order: Criminal Intent 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

On the Doll 2006 (Movie)

(Actor)

Empire Falls 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Now & Forever 2005 (Movie)

Dori Wilson (Actor)

Until the Night 2004 (Movie)

(Actor)

Passionada 2003 (Movie)

Lois Vargas (Actor)

Searching for Debra Winger 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Glory Days 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The Believer 2002 (Movie)

Lina Moebius (Actor)

GvsE 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Nash Bridges 1999 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

Luckytown 1999 (Movie)

(Actor)

Wild Things 1998 (Movie)

Sandra Van Ryan (Actor)

Grotesque 1997 (Movie)

Lady Harriet Coal (Actor)

Running Woman 1997 (Movie)

(Actor)

Public Enemy #1 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Hotel Paradise 1995 (Movie)

Woman (Actor)

The Proposition 1995 (Movie)

(English-language version) (Actor)

Trade-Off 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

A Young Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court 1994 (Movie)

Morgan Le Fay (Actor)

Being Human 1994 (Movie)

The Storyteller (Actor)

The Spy Within 1994 (Movie)

(Actor)

Thicker Than Water 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Cold Heaven 1992 (Movie)

Marie Davenport (Actor)

Kafka 1991 (Movie)

Gabriela (Actor)

Whore 1991 (Movie)

Liz (Actor)

Impulse 1990 (Movie)

Lottie Mason (Actor)

Physical Evidence 1989 (Movie)

Jenny Hudson (Actor)

Aria 1988 (Movie)

King Zog (Actor)

Track 29 1988 (Movie)

Linda Henry (Actor)

Black Widow 1987 (Movie)

Catharine (Actor)

Insignificance 1985 (Movie)

Actress (Actor)

Eureka 1984 (Movie)

Tracy (Actor)

The Razor's Edge 1984 (Movie)

Sophia (Actor)

Bad Timing 1979 (Movie)

Milena Flaherty (Actor)

Straight Time 1978 (Movie)

Jenny Mercer (Actor)

The Last Tycoon 1975 (Movie)

Cecilia Brady (Actor)

Blind Ambition (TV Show)

Actor

Blind Injustice (TV Show)

Actor

Complicated Women (TV Show)

Actor

Earth Vs. the Spider (TV Show)

Actor

Love Comes Softly (TV Show)

Actor

Once You Meet a Stranger (TV Show)

Actor

Project Viper (TV Show)

Actor
Music (1)

Insignificance 1985 (Movie)

("Life Goes On") (Song Performer)

Biography

A sensual actress who often projects an untrained, even somewhat amateurish air, Theresa Russell made an auspicious debut as the daughter of a movie studio head in Elia Kazan's "The Last Tycoon" (1976). Raised in Southern California by her single mother, the alluring, throaty-voiced performer began posing for provocative photos when she was barely a teenager. After dropping out of high school, Russell moved in with a much older man, a primal scream therapist, whom she credits for unleashing repressed feelings that in turn led to her pursuit of an acting career. Trained in the Method at the Lee Strasberg Institute, she proved effective in her early film roles, especially opposite Dustin Hoffman in "Straight Time" (1978). Russell was first directed by her future husband, Nicolas Roeg, in "Bad Timing: A Sensual Obsession" (1980), which cast her in the close to autobiographical role of a young patient who falls under the sway of a psychiatrist. Russell has subsequently six more of his films (to date); she is perhaps best known for her portrayal of a Marilyn Monroe-type figure in Roeg's "Insignificance" (1985).

Relationships

Nicolas Roeg

Husband
born 1928 married in 1982 divorced

Maxim Roeg

Son
born c. 1985 father, Nicolas Roeg

Statten Roeg

Son
born c. 1983 father, Nicolas Roeg

EDUCATION

The Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute

Los Angeles , California

Burbank High School

Burbank , California
dropped out at age 16

Milestones

2007

Portrayed the wife of Flint Marko, a.k.a. the Sandman (Thomas Haden Church) in "Spider-Man 3"

2005

Co-starred in the HBO mini-series "Empire Falls"

2002

Had regular role as the town tramp on the midseason replacement series "Glory Days" (The WB)

2001

Appeared in the controversial "The Believer", as a supporter of neo-Nazis; screened at Sundance; aired on Showtime in 2002 before theatrical release

1998

Had supporting role as Denise Richards' mother in "Wild Things"

1996

Cast as Ma Barker in "Public Enemy No 1" (HBO)

1996

Appeared opposite Jacqueline Bisset in "Once You Meet a Stranger", a loose, distaff remake of "Strangers on a Train"

1994

Had dual role as telepathic twins in "Thicker Than Water" (aired in the USA on A&E)

1992

Played Jeremy Irons' co-worker in "Kafka"

1991

Had title role in Ken Russell's "Whore"

1990

Delivered a strong performance as a narcotics officer in "Impulse"

1987

Cast in the leading role of a serial killer in "Black Widow"

1984

Portrayed the prostitute Sophia in the remake of "The Razor's Edge"; Gene Tierney played the role in the 1946 version

1983

Had strong role as a Marilyn Monroe-like actress in "Insignificance"

1980

First film with Nicholas Roeg, "Bad Timing"

1979

Portrayed Maureen Dean in the CBS miniseries "Blind Ambition"

1978

Starred opposite Dustin Hoffman in "Straight Time"

1976

Film acting debut in "The Last Tycoon"

Began modeling career at age 12

At age 16, dropped out of high school and moved in with her 28-year-old boyfriend, a primal scream therapist

Began studying acting at the Lee Strasberg Institute

Bonus Trivia

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"I'm not all that well-educated or well-read, and I always feel a little intimidated about that. I perceive things on a much more instinctive level instead of intellectualizing things." --Theresa Russell to AMERICAN FILM, April 1989

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"I'm sure I have regrets. But I don't think about them. Onward is the cry." --Russell to ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY, March 14, 1997

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