Kurt Russ began his football career with his hometown club ATuS Raika Langenwang in Styria. He comes from a footballing family, already his uncle Heinz Russ had been a national player. Into the professional business, he joined the Kapfenberg SV, for which he played until his transfer to the winter break 1988 first division Vienna in the 2nd Division. In the Blue - Yellow Kurt Russ experienced a rapid rise, for he could not only achieve with the team until today only two participations in the European Cup, but played on April 27, 1988 - only a month after his Bundesliga debut - also for the first time under Hickersberger in the Austrian national team.
Under Hickersberger Kurt Russ was the undisputed master players in the national team since his debut in the 1-0 against Denmark, he was in 27 of 33 possible games to 1991 on the grid. Peak at this time was to attend the 1990 World Cup in Italy, in Austria, however, was eliminated in the group stage. After the World Cup, the Styrian was lured away from the financially strong FC Swarovski Tirol. With the Blue -Whites he failed twice in the championship and was only convened by Alfred Riedl again in the national team.
After Kurt Russ rarely was used for the successor FC Wacker Innsbruck and FC Tirol, in 1995 he joined the Linzer ASK. In the Bundesliga, Kurt Russ remained until 1997 for the Athletiker on the ball as player-manager, he worked later for the SC Swan City in the regional center. From summer 2007 to 17 March 2008, he served as head coach of SK Vorwärts Steyr. In June 2008 he was appointed coach of the amateur team of the Kapfenberg SV (Regional Center). In December 2012, he became the new assistant coach of the first team of KSV, but oversaw a double function, the amateur team continue as head coach.
- Participation in the Football World Cup 1990: Group stage ( top 24)
- 28 caps for the Austrian national football team from 1988 to 1991