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James Russo (1953)

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James Vincent Russo is an American film and television actor. He has starred in over 90 films in three decades.

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 Early life
Russo was born in New York City, New York. A graduate of New York University , of Italian descent, he wrote and starred in the prize-winning short film, The Candy Store. Before his first break in acting, he drove for a cab company and was also a gravedigger. He was raised in Flushing, NY and spent his formative years on 156th street.

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Russo's first role in his acting career was in the 1981 made-for-television movie Chicago Story. He would then go on to star in many hit films of the 1980s. His big break came in the 1982 cult classic comedy film Fast Times at Ridgemont High, as a convenience store robber. In 1984, his other big role came in the hit film Beverly Hills Cop as Mikey Tandino, the friend of Axel Foley who gets murdered. Also in 1984, he starred in The Cotton Club, and played small-time hood Bugsy in Sergio Leone's Once Upon a Time in America. Russo's other big role was as a brutal rapist in the 1986 drama Extremities, opposite Farrah Fawcett. He also starred in the 1988 drama-suspense-thriller film Freeway.

Russo's film roles in the 1990s include State of Grace , A Kiss Before Dying - in which he played a private investigator who is helping Sean Young's character investigate the murder of her twin sister - and My Own Private Idaho . Russo also had roles in the 1994 movie Western Bad Girls, the 1997 hit films The Postman , and Donnie Brasco. In 2009 he had a small role in Michael Mann's Public Enemies as a member of John Dillinger's gang.

In 2003, Russo was reunited with his co-star from The Postman, Kevin Costner, in the Western film Open Range. He has also made guest appearances in many TV dramas and movies, including The Equalizer, Miami Vice, CSI, CSI: Miami and Las Vegas.

In the summer of 2009, Russo starred in a sort of psychological thriller entitled "7E" along with Brendan Sexton III, John Savage and Natasha Lyonne. The film has yet to be released. In September 2011 it was announced that Russo would have a brief appearance in Quentin Tarantino's 2012 film Django Unchained.

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