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 (but small role) came in the 1982 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 (1990), A Kiss Before Dying (1991) - 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 (also 1991). Russo also had roles in the 1994 movie Western Bad Girls, the 1997 hit films The Postman(as Idaho, the brutal sergeant of the Holnist army), 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. Russo had a supporting role in Quentin Tarantino's 2012 film Django Unchained. He also appeared on Bastille's music video Of The Night.
PHIL CROSBY JR., ACCOMPLISHED SINGER AND UP AND COMING JAZZ ARTIST JOINS THE SHOW
For the last several years Phil has been performing in the Los Angeles area, including several Hollywood landmark theaters, and around the world! He has appeared onstage, on Television and radio, and in nightclubs in L.A., New York City, San Francisco, Nashville Tennessee, Tokyo Japan, and Dublin Ireland! The Holiday season will usually find him performing his acclaimed Christmas shows and at other times of the year he is active doing charity appearances, a cabaret act in tribute of his grandfather, and classical variety shows in the newly renovated Hollywood area!
Phil Crosby has developed into a seasoned crooner with his own style and interpretive ability inspired not just by the great jazz singers, such as his grandfather, but by a world of popular music and over a century of American songs! He is interested in sharing his knowledge and abilities with the rest of the world as well as with fans of his legendary family, younger generations not yet initiated, and listeners of quality music everywhere!
THEN BOB CRANE FROM C. CRANE STOPS BY TO TELL US ALL ABOUT THEIR NEWEST PRODUCTS!
C. Crane was founded in 1976 in San Francisco, California by Bob and Susan Crane. The company was initially a furniture design and manufacturing company and only switched to being an electronics distributor in 1983, upon the Cranes' relocation to Fortuna. C. Crane's first electronics product was the "Select-A-Tenna", an antenna manufactured by Intensitronics Corp. of Hales Corners, Wisconsin, for long-distance reception of AM radio broadcasts. The company advertised on late-night radio shows, which served to increase business from AM listeners looking for a better antenna. Later in the 1980s, C. Crane began to distribute radios, such as the GE Superadio, to go along with their antennas. Following the 1992 Cape Mendocino earthquakes, the company expanded their catalog to include emergency radios and other disaster equipment, such as flashlights. Eventually, C. Crane began to produce its own radios in collaboration with Sangean.
Be sure to check out Alex Shaw and the The Robotix this Saturday at the Whisky A Go Go on Sunset Blvd. at 7:30pm!