Rene Russo: Early Life, Career, Husband & Net Worth

One of the most inspiring people who is renowned as the former top model, American actress, and producer is Rene Russo.

Russo had contributed a lot in both the fashion industry and movie industry with her amazing talent.

Rene has been a top model for more than a decade since the 1970s to the early 1980s, being the cover model of magazines Vogue, Cosmopolitan, and Mademoiselle.

Beautiful Evergreen American actress Rene Russo
Beautiful Evergreen American actress Rene Russo

Some of her best movies that made Rene Russo a successful actress are Lethal Weapon 3, In the Line of Fire, Nightcrawler, Outbreak, Get Shorty, Ransom, Lethal Weapon 4, The Thomas Crown Affair,  and Thor: The Dark World.

Today, we will discuss this evergreen American actress Rene Russo’s detailed biography, including her childhood, body measurements, career, personal life, and net worth.

Quick Facts: Rene Russo

Full Name: Rene Marie Russo
NickName: Rene Russo, Jolly Green Giant
Birth Date: February 17, 1954
Age: 67 years old
Horoscope: Aquarius
Birth Place: Burbank, California, United States
Father’s Name: Nino Russo
Mother’s Name: Shirley Balocca Russo
Siblings: Toni Russo, Jim Russo, January Debra Russo, David Russo, Anthony John Russo
Height: 5 feet 8 inches or 173cm
Weight: 135 lbs or 61 kg
Body Measurements: 36-25-36 inches or 91.5-63.5-91.5cm
Nationality: American
Ethnicity: White
Eye Color: Blue
Hair Color: Red
Education: John Burroughs High School and Burroughs High School
Profession: Actor, Model, Film actor, and Film Producer
Marital Status: Married
Spouse: Dan Gilroy
Social Media Presence: Unknown

Early Life and Education of Rene Russo

Rene Marie Russo, aka, Rene Russo was born on February 17, 1954, in Burbank, California, United States of America.

This American actress is the daughter of Nino Russo (Father) and Shirley Balocca Russo (Mother). Nino used to be a car mechanic while Shirley used to be a factory worker and barmaid.

Russo spends her childhood growing up with her sister Toni and her mother. She went to Burroughs High School for her educational knowledge, where director Ron Howard was her classmate.

Top model of 1970s and 1980s Rene Russo
The top model of the 1970s and 1980s Rene Russo

Rene had a tall body height for which she earned a nickname, Jolly Green Giant, and she used to be the victim of bullying during her high school.

She even dropped out of high school in the tenth grade due to bullying. She had a very tough and struggling childhood as the family struggles for their basic needs.

Rene began to take part-time jobs to support her family, working in an eyeglass factory and movie theatre as a cashier.

Rene even got scouted for modeling in New York City for which she described as a scary and bad place compared to her hometown where she grew up.

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Rene Russo: Age, Height, Weight, and Body Measurements

Evergreen actress and model Rene Russo is living with her husband, Dan Gilroy. Her age is 67 years old. Her zodiac sign is Aquarius that represents Russo as independent, humanitarian, progressive, and original.

This beautiful American actress has an impressive body height of 5 feet and 8 inches, i.e., 173 cm, with a total body weight of 61 kg, i.e., 135 pounds.

Beautiful and Gorgeous Model Rene Russo
Beautiful and Gorgeous Model Rene Russo

This evergreen beauty is blessed with a pair of blue eyes and red hair color that extends her beauty.

Rene is blessed to have such a beautiful and perfect body with a measurement of 36-25-36 inches representing her breast size, waist size, and hip size, respectively.

Personal Life of Rene Russo

Beautiful and charming Rene Russo married Dan Gilroy, a screenwriter, on March 14, 1992. In 1992, the couple met for the first time on the set of the film Freejack and married in the same year.

A lovely couple, Rene and Dan, are blessed with a daughter named Rose, who is also a model and currently lives in Brentwood, California.

Rene Russo with her Husband Dan
Rene Russo with her Husband, Dan Gilroy

In 2014, Rene revealed that she had bipolar disorder during the taping of The Queen Latifah Show. Due to her bipolar condition since childhood, she started to intake medications, despite initial apprehension.

Career Life of Rene Russo

John Crosby, an agent from International Creative Management, is one of the important people who made Rene Russo’s career as a top model.

John encouraged Rene to pursue her career as a model, which she did by signing a deal with Ford Modeling Agency.

Within a couple of years, Rene became one of the top models of the year 1970s, appearing on several advertisements and magazine covers like Vogue, Mademoiselle, and Cosmopolitan.

After crossing 30, she began to appear in theatre with small roles. Rene took acting lessons from Allan Rich, a veteran actor, and she credits Rich for her acting skills.

She then made her debut with a television series, Sable, based on a comic book, Jon Sable.

Super Model Rene Russo Posing
Super Model Rene Russo Posing

After her outstanding performance in her debut TV series, she was approached for a movie, Major League, which made $49.8 million in North America and it was written and directed by David S. Ward.

Finally, after many years in a supporting role, she was cast as a lead role in the film, One Good Cop, in which Russo achieved breakout success. Her other big film, Lethal Weapon 3, made $320 million worldwide.

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Some more movies Rene was involved in were Freejack, In the Line of Fire, Outbreak, Get Shorty, The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle, Ransom, Lethal Weapon 4, The Thomas Crown Affair, and Tin Cup.

She won several awards and nominations after her amazing performances in all of those movies. Rene later began to produce the movie, Two for the Money alongside Al Panico and Matthew McConaughey.

In 2010, she played the role of Frigga in the superhero film, Thor, released in 2011. In 2013, she reprised her role in Thor: The Dark World, Thor’s second sequence. Combining the earning of both movies, it has made more than $1 billion.

She appeared in the movie Nightcrawler as a morning news director alongside Jake Gyllenhall, which became one of the best movies of 2014. Some of Rene’s most recent movies are, Just Getting Started (2017) and Velvet Buzzsaw (2019).

Awards and Nominations of Rene Russo

  • Won AARP Award for Best Supporting Actress from Nightcrawler in 2014.
  • Won San Diego Film Critics Society Awards for Best Supporting Actress from Nightcrawler in 2014.
  • Won Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress from Nightcrawler in 2014.
  • Nominated for MTV Movie Awards as Best Kiss in Lethal Weapon 3 in1993.
  • Nominated for Broadcast Entertainment Award as Favorite Actress-Drama in The Thomas Crown Affair in 2000.
  • Nominated for BAFTA Award as Best Actress in a Supporting Role in Nightcrawler in 2014.

Rene Russo holding her Award
Rene Russo holding her Award

  • Nominated for Screen Actors Guild Award as Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture in Get Shorty in 1996.
  • Nominated for Saturn Award as Best Supporting Actress in Freejack in 1993.
  • Nominated for Saturn Award as Best Supporting Actress, Razzie Award as Worst Supporting Actress, and Stinkers Bad Movie Awards as Worst Supporting Actress in Rocky’s Adventures Bullwinkle in 2001.
  • Nominated for National Society of Film Critics Award and Village Voice Film Poll Award as Best Supporting Actress in Nightcrawler in 2014.

Distinctive Features

  1. Wavy red hair
  2. Hourglass figure
  3. Distinct blue eyes

Favorites of Rene Russo

  1. Favorite Color: Blue, Red
  2. Favorite Sports Team: Red Sox

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Some Interesting Facts About Rene Russo

  1. Rene was first signed by the Ford Modeling agency and was soon seen on popular fashion magazines’ cover pages. Rene became one of the top models in the 1970s and early 1980s.
  2. During her early years, she dropped out of school and started working part-time jobs like a movie cashier and in an eyeglass factory to financially support her family.
  3. When Rene was ten years old, she was diagnosed with scoliosis and had to wear a full torso brace.
  4. She was not very social and used to roam around lonely and also had very few friends.
  5. Rene Russo had also suffered from Bipolar disorder.
  6. Toni Russo, the sister of Rene Russo, is married to lyricist Bernie Taupin.
  7. The actress is allergic to sesame.
  8. Rene Russo was the initial choice for Dr. Chase Meridian’s role in the 1995 movie “Batman Forever” but was later replaced by Nicole Kidman.

Net Worth, Income, and Salary

After a successful journey as an actress and a model, Rene has earned enough for her rest of the life to live happily after.

This 67 years old former top model is still earning as an actress.

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As per the recent stats of 2021, the total estimated net worth of this evergreen actress is around 40 million dollars.

She earns most of her income through acting sources, whereas Rene also gets some amount through her former modeling career.

Social Media Presence

Sadly, this 67 years old former model and American actress is not active on any social media platforms.

We rarely hear from Rene Russo as she doesn’t use any social media platforms, but we can still see her appearing in some movies.

You can also find on her some youtube channel getting interviewed or invited over award functions.

It is always sad not to find inspirational people on social media platforms. Well, we will keep updating whenever Rene is available on any social media platforms.

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