That time Kurt Russell wore a loincloth on ‘Gilligan’s Island’

Kurt Russell marks his return to the small screen playing Santa Claus in “The Christmas Chronicles,” premiering Thursday on Netflix.

In the movie, directed by Clay Kaytis, a sister and brother (Darby Camp, Judah Lewis) plan to catch Santa on camera and sneak into his sleigh on Christmas Eve, leading to a wild night.

While Russell, 67, is known primarily for his movie work, he started in show business as a child actor, appearing in dozens of TV shows in the 1960s and ’70s while working his way up the Hollywood ladder.

Starting with his first (cameo) role in a 1962 episode of the CBS series “Dennis the Menace,” Russell worked steadily — appearing in series including “The Fugitive,” “Gunsmoke,” “Hawaii Five-0,” “Then Came Bronson,” “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” and “Daniel Boone.”

To commemorate Russell’s first major TV role since the ABC movie “Amber Waves” (1980), we’ve dusted off the archives to gift you with several photographs from just a few of Russell’s many TV roles.

You’re welcome.

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