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Russell Ira Crowe, born as Russell Ira Crowe (born April 7, 1964), is a New Zealand actor, film producer and musician who lives mostly in Australia. He came to international attention for his role as the Roman general Maximus Decimus Meridius in the 2000 historical epic film Gladiator, directed by Ridley Scott, for which he won an Academy Award for Best Actor, a Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor, an Empire Award for Best Actor and a London Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor and 10 further nominations for best actor. Crowe appeared as the tobacco firm whistle blower Jeffrey Wigand in the 1999 film The Insider, for which he received five awards as best actor and seven nominations in the same category. In 2001, Crowe's portrayal of mathematician and Nobel Prize winner John F. Nash in the biopic A Beautiful Mind brought him numerous awards, including an BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role, a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor category Motion Picture Drama and a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role.Read Full Bio >>
Crowe's other films include L.A. Confidential (1997), Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003) Cinderella Man (2005), 3:10 to Yuma (2007), American Gangster (2007), Body of Lies (2008) and Robin Hood (2010). Crowe's work has earned him several accolades, including a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, three Academy Award nominations in a row (1999–2001), one Golden Globe Award for Best Actor, one BAFTA, and an Academy Award. Due to his success and character variety, some critics have called him a "virtuoso" actor. He is also co-owner of the South Sydney Rabbitohs, an Australian National Rugby League team. Crowe portrayed Javert in Les Misérables, an adaptation of the popular musical. He appeared in Man of Steel, where he played Jor-El, the father of Superman. He will co-star in Winter's Tale, based on the 1983 novel of the same name by Mark Helprin, and star in Noah, in which he will play the titular biblical patriarch.
Crowe was born in Wellington, New Zealand, the son of Jocelyn Yvonne (née Wemyss) and John Alexander Crowe, both of whom were movie-set caterers; his father also managed a hotel. Crowe's maternal grandfather, Stan Wemyss, was a cinematographer who, according to Crowe, produced the first film by New Zealander Geoff Murphy, and was also named an MBE for filming footage of World War II. Crowe's maternal great-great-great grandmother was M?ori, and as a result Crowe is registered on the M?ori electoral roll in New Zealand; Crowe also has Norwegian, Scottish, Irish and Welsh ancestry. Two of Russell Crowe's cousins, Martin and Jeff Crowe are former New Zealand national cricket captains.
When Crowe was four years old, his family moved to Australia, where his parents pursued a career in filmset catering. The producer of the Australian TV series "Spyforce" was his mother's godfather, and Crowe at age five or six was hired for a line of dialogue in one episode, opposite series star Jack Thompson, who years later played Crowe's father in "The Sum of Us" and who coincidentally had been educated at the same school which Crowe was to attend for two years: Sydney Boys High School.
From his youth to the present, Crowe has had a special love of horses. 'They're just like people,' he told CraveOnline, 'there are some horses that you have a deeper connection with immediately, and you can work on that over time. He has also noted that he sometimes finds it difficult to part with his equine co-stars when a film wraps.
When he was 14, however, Crowe's family moved back to New Zealand, where he attended Auckland Grammar School with his cousins Martin Crowe and Jeff Crowe. He did not complete secondary school, leaving early to help his family financially. In the mid-1980s Russell, under guidance from his good friend Tom Sharplin, performed as a rock 'n' roll revivalist, under the stage name "Russ Le Roq," and had a New Zealand single with 'I Wanna Be Marlon Brando.'
Crowe returned to Australia at age 21, intending to apply to the National Institute of Dramatic Art. 'I was working in a theater show, and talked to a guy who was then the head of technical support at NIDA,' Crowe recalled. 'I asked him what he thought about me spending three years at NIDA. He told me it'd be a waste of time. He said, 'You already do the things you go there to learn, and you've been doing it for most of your life, so there's nothing to teach you but bad habits." In 1987 Crowe spent a six-month stint as a busker when he couldn't find other work.
After appearing in the TV series "Neighbours" and "Living with the Law," Crowe was cast in his first film, "The Crossing" (1990), a small-town love triangle directed by George Ogilvie. Before production started, a film-student protege of Ogilvie's, Steve Wallace, hired Crowe for the film "Blood Oath" (1990) (a.k.a. "Prisoners of the Sun") which was released a month earlier, although actually filmed later. In 1992, Crowe starred in the first episode of the second series of "Police Rescue." Also in 1992 Crowe starred in "Romper Stomper", an Australian film which follows the exploits and downfall of a racist skinhead group in blue-collar suburban Melbourne, directed by Geoffrey Wright.
After initial success in Australia, Crowe began acting in American films. He first co-starred with Denzel Washington in "Virtuosity" in 1995. He went on to become a three-time Oscar nominee, winning the Academy Award as Best Actor in 2001 for "Gladiator". Crowe wore his grandfather Stan Wemyss's Member of the Order of the British Empire medal to the ceremony.
Crowe received three consecutive best actor Oscar nominations for "The Insider", "Gladiator" and "A Beautiful Mind". Crowe won the best actor award for "A Beautiful Mind" at the 2002 BAFTA award ceremony. However he failed to win the Oscar that year, losing to Denzel Washington. It has been suggested that his attack on television producer Malcolm Gerrie for cutting short his acceptance speech may have turned voters against him.
All three films were also nominated for best picture, and both "Gladiator" and "A Beautiful Mind" won the award. Within the six year stretch from 1997-2003, he also starred in two other best picture nominees, "L.A. Confidential" and "Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World", though he was nominated for neither. In 2005 he re-teamed with "A Beautiful Mind" director Ron Howard for "Cinderella Man". In 2006 he re-teamed with "Gladiator" director Ridley Scott for "A Good Year", the first of two consecutive collaborations (the second being "American Gangster" co-starring again with Denzel Washington, released in late 2007). While the light romantic comedy of "A Good Year" was not greatly received, Crowe seemed pleased with the film, telling STV in an interview that he thought it would be enjoyed by fans of his other films.
On March 9, 2005, Crowe revealed to "GQ" magazine that Federal Bureau of Investigation agents had approached him prior to the 73rd Academy Awards on March 25, 2001 and told him that the Islamist terrorist group al-Qaeda wanted to kidnap him. Crowe told the magazine that it was the first time he had ever heard of al-Qaeda (the September 11 attacks took place later that year) and was quoted as saying:
Crowe was guarded by Secret Service agents for the next few months, both while shooting films and at award ceremonies (Scotland Yard also guarded Crowe while he was promoting "Proof of Life" in London in February 2001). Crowe said that he '...never fully understood what the fuck was going on'.
Crowe appeared in Robin Hood, a film based on the Robin Hood legend, directed by Ridley Scott and released on 14 May 2010. Crowe starred in the 2010 Paul Haggis film The Next Three Days, an adaptation of the 2008 French film Pour Elle.
After a year off acting, Crowe played Jackknife in The Man with the Iron Fists, opposite RZA. He took on the role of Inspector Javert in the musical film of Les Misérables. It was announced that Crowe will be the lead in the Darren Arnofsky film Noah, set to be released in March 2014. He portrayed Superman's biological father, Jor-El, in the Christopher Nolan-produced Superman reboot, Man of Steel, released in the summer of 2013. He will play a gangster in the film adaptation of Mark Helprin's 1983 novel Winter's Tale. In June 2013 Crowe has signed to make his directional debut with an historical drama film The Water Diviner, he'll also star in the film. Film will focused the time of 1919 will be produced by Troy Lum, Andrew Mason and Keith Rodger
Crowe, who was in Toronto filming "Cinderella Man" with director Ron Howard, learned of a firebombing at a Jewish elementary school that took place in Montreal. Police said a note with anti-Semitic comments was found on the outside wall of the gutted library. He was so distraught that he offered (reported $250,000 donation) to help rebuild its library to help the school get back on its feet. Montreal resident Shelley Paris says, 'It was a huge morale boost for the school community. He said he was very upset about what had happened that a place of learning should be attacked that way. He wanted to make sure that our students knew that he was thinking about them and that he was very upset about the firebombing.'
On another occasion, Russell Crowe donated a large sum of money ($200,000) to a struggling primary school near his home in rural Australia. Crowe's sympathies were sparked when a pupil drowned at the nearby Coffs Harbour beach in 2001, and he believes the pool will help students become better swimmers and improve their knowledge of water safety. Nana Glen principal Laurie Renshall says, 'The many things he does up here, people just don't know about. We've been trying to get a pool for 10 years.'
On 19 March, 2006, the voting members of the South Sydney Rabbitohs National Rugby League rugby club voted (in a 75.8% majority) to allow Crowe and businessman Peter Holmes à Court to purchase 75% of the club, leaving 25% ownership with the members. It has cost them (AUD) $3 million, and they will receive four of eight seats on the board of directors.
Crowe has been a major supporter of the Rabbitohs rugby league club for many years, appearing at many home games, and supporting the club during its time when they were forced from the National Rugby League competition for two years. Crowe paid $40,000 for a brass bell used to open the inaugural rugby league match in Australia in 1908, which he then returned to the club. In 2005, he made them the first club team in Australia to be sponsored by a film, when he negotiated a deal to advertise his movie "Cinderella Man" on their jerseys.
He is friends with many current and former players of the club, and currently employs former South Sydney forward Mark Carroll as a bodyguard and personal trainer. He has encouraged other actors to support the club, such as Tom Cruise and Burt Reynolds. Business and television personality Eddie McGuire has been offered a seat on the Rabbitohs board.
Crowe has helped organise the rugby league game that will take place in Jacksonville, Florida between the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the European Super League champions Leeds Rhinos on January 26 - Australia Day. The game will be played at the University of North Florida.
Other sporting interests
He is also a fan of the Richmond Football Club in the Australian Football League.
As with Leeds Rhinos, Russell is well known to be a supporter of Leeds United.
Russell Crowe is a big supporter of the Michigan Wolverines football team, he watched the Michigan-Notre Dame college football game from the Michigan bench on September 15, 2007. Before the game, he appeared in the Michigan locker room, and players said he gave a rousing performance, urging them to play with honor and heart. Michigan head coach Lloyd Carr is a good friend of Crowe's and had previously gone to Australia to spend time with Crowe's South Sydney Rabbitohs. After the 7-5 2005 season, coach Lloyd Carr used Crowe's film Cinderalla Man to encourage his team, which went on to win 11 games in a row until The Ohio State University beat them in the 2006 season.
Russel Crowe is also a fan of the NFL, and has appeared in the booth of Monday Night Football at an Indianapolis Colts and Jacksonville Jaguars game on October 22, 2007.
Crowe, going under the name of 'Rus le Rock', recorded a 1980's tune titled 'I Want To Be Like Marlon Brando'.
Crowe and a friend formed a band, 'Roman Antix', which later evolved into the Australian pub rock band 30 Odd Foot Of Grunts. Crowe performed lead vocals and guitar for 30 Odd Foot Of Grunts which formed in 1992. The band had found neither critical nor popular success but had several releases including 1998's "Gaslight", 2001's "Bastard Life or Clarity" and 2003's "Other Ways of Speaking", plus various CD releases now out of print. The band's web site indicates that group has 'dissolved/evolved' and states that Crowe's music would take a new direction.
He continued with a collaboration with Alan Doyle of the Canadian band Great Big Sea in early 2005, which also involved members of his previous band. A new single, "Raewyn", was released in April 2005 and an album entitled "My Hand, My Heart" has been released for download on iTunes. The album includes a tribute song to the late actor, Richard Harris, who became Crowe's friend during the making of "Gladiator". In 2002, he directed the music video clip (which starred former child actor Duy Nguyen) for his wife Danielle Spencer's single 'Tickle Me' from her 'White Monkey' album. On March 10, 2006, Russell Crowe performed with his new band The Ordinary Fear of God on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno".
Crowe landed a role in a musical, 'Grease',in '83. From 1986-88, Crowe headlined in the touring production of 'The Rocky Horror Picture Show'
Russell did about 458 performances of The Rocky Horror Show. He played Dr. Frank N. Furter 50 times, and 400 times as Eddie and Dr Scott.
On 2 August 2011, the third collaboration between Crowe and Doyle was released on iTunes as The Crowe/Doyle Songbook Vol III, featuring nine original songs followed by their acoustic demo counterparts (for a total of 18 tracks). Danielle Spencer does guest vocals on most tracks. The release coincided with a pair of live performances at the LSPU Hall in St. John's, Newfoundland. The digital album was released as download versions only on Amazon.com, iTunes, spotify. The album has since charted at No. 72 on the Canadian Albums Chart. On 26 September 2011, Crowe appeared on-stage at Rogers Arena in Vancouver in the middle of Keith Urban's concert. He sang a cover of Folsom Prison Blues, before joining the rest of the band in a rendition of "The Joker". On 18 August 2012, Crowe appeared along with Doyle at the Harpa Concert Hall in Reykjavík, Iceland as part of the city's Menningarnótt program. They also appeared at downtown bars, Gaukurinn and Kex.
In 2012, Crowe starred and sang as Javert in Les Misérables.
Crowe began an on-again, off-again relationship with Australian singer Danielle Spencer in 1989, when they co-starred in the 1990 film The Crossing. Crowe and Spencer reconciled in 2001 and married on 7 April 2003 (Crowe's 39th birthday) at Crowe's cattle property in Nana Glen, New South Wales. They have two sons: Charles Spencer Crowe (born 21 December 2003) and Tennyson Spencer Crowe (born 7 July 2006). In October 2012, it was reported that Crowe and Spencer had separated.
In 2000, Crowe was romantically involved with his co-star Meg Ryan while on the set of their film Proof of Life.
Most of the year, Crowe resides in Australia. He has a home in Sydney at the end of the Finger Wharf in Woolloomooloo and also a 320 hectare rural property in Nana Glen near Coffs Harbour, New South Wales.
It is believed Russell is looking for an upmarket home in the Townsville or Thuringowa area for his niece to live in, so she can study at James Cook University.
Crowe stated in November 2007 that he would like to be baptized, and feels that he has put it off for too long. 'I do believe there are more important things than what is in the mind of a man,' he says. 'There is something much bigger that drives us all. I'm willing to take that leap of faith.'
On 5 March 2013, Crowe posted a video on Youtube purporting to show a UFO flying over Sydney's Royal Botanic Gardens, recorded four years earlier. Crowe and his friend, cinematographer Duane Manwiller, had set up cameras to film fruit bats, but captured footage of the unexplained phenomenon instead. Crowe has been accused of perpetrating a publicity stunt, which his publicist denies.<< Less Bio
|2013||Screen Actors Guild Awards||Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture||Les Misérables (2012).||Nominated|
|2012||Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards||Best Ensemble Acting||Les Misérables (2012).||Nominated|
|2012||National Board of Review, USA||Best Acting by an Ensemble||Les Misérables (2012).||Won|
|2012||San Diego Film Critics Society Awards||Best Ensemble Performance||Les Misérables (2012).||Nominated|
|2012||Satellite Awards||Best Ensemble, Motion Picture||Les Misérables (2012).||Won|
|2011||Irish Film and Television Awards||Best International Actor||The Next Three Days (2010).||Nominated|
|2010||Teen Choice Awards||Choice Movie Actor: Action Adventure||Robin Hood (2010).||Nominated|
|2010||Walk of Fame||Motion Picture||Won|
|2009||Empire Awards, UK||Actor of our Lifetime.||Won|
|2009||Australian Film Institute||Best Actor||State of Play (2009).||Won|
|2008||Central Ohio Film Critics Association||Best Ensemble||3:10 to Yuma (2007).||2nd place|
|2008||Australian Film Institute||Best Actor||American Gangster (2007).||Nominated|
|2008||Screen Actors Guild Awards||Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture||3:10 to Yuma (2007).||Nominated|
|2007||San Diego Film Critics Society Awards||Best Actor||3:10 to Yuma (2007).||2nd place|
|2006||Screen Actors Guild Awards||Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role||Cinderella Man (2005).||Nominated|
|2006||Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards||Best Actor||Cinderella Man (2005).||Nominated|
|2006||Golden Globes, USA||Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama||Cinderella Man (2005).||Nominated|
|2005||Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards||Best Actor||Cinderella Man (2005).||Nominated|
|2005||Australian Film Institute||Best Actor||Cinderella Man (2005).||Won|
|2004||Golden Globes, USA||Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama||Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003).||Nominated|
|2004||Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards||Best Actor||Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003).||Nominated|
|2004||London Critics Circle Film Awards||Actor of the Year||Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003).||Nominated|
|2002||Golden Globes, USA||Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama||A Beautiful Mind (2001).||Won|
|2002||Satellite Awards||Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama||A Beautiful Mind (2001).||Nominated|
|2002||Screen Actors Guild Awards||Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role||A Beautiful Mind (2001).||Won|
|2002||MTV Movie Awards||Best Male Performance||A Beautiful Mind (2001).||Nominated|
|2002||Online Film Critics Society Awards||Best Actor||A Beautiful Mind (2001).||Nominated|
|2002||Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards||Best Actor in a Leading Role||A Beautiful Mind (2001).||Won|
|2002||Vancouver Film Critics Circle||Best Actor||A Beautiful Mind (2001).||Nominated|
|2002||AFI Awards, USA||Actor of the Year - Male - Movies||A Beautiful Mind (2001).||Nominated|
|2002||Academy Awards, USA||Best Actor in a Leading Role||A Beautiful Mind (2001).||Nominated|
|2002||BAFTA Awards||Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role||A Beautiful Mind (2001).||Won|
|2002||Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards||Best Actor||A Beautiful Mind (2001).||Won|
|2002||Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards||Best Actor||A Beautiful Mind (2001).||Won|
|2002||Chicago Film Critics Association Awards||Best Actor||A Beautiful Mind (2001).||Nominated|
|2001||Empire Awards, UK||Best Actor||Gladiator (2000).||Won|
|2001||Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA||Best Actor||Gladiator (2000).||Nominated|
|2001||BAFTA Awards||Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role||Gladiator (2000).||Nominated|
|2001||Blockbuster Entertainment Awards||Favorite Actor - Action||Gladiator (2000).||Won|
|2001||Online Film Critics Society Awards||Best Actor||Gladiator (2000).||Nominated|
|2001||Satellite Awards||Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama||Gladiator (2000).||Nominated|
|2001||Australian Film Institute||Won|
|2001||MTV Movie Awards||Best Fight||Gladiator (2000).||Nominated|
|2001||Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards||Best Actor||Gladiator (2000).||Won|
|2001||Academy Awards, USA||Best Actor in a Leading Role||Gladiator (2000).||Won|
|2001||Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards||Best Actor||Gladiator (2000).||Won|
|2001||Golden Globes, USA||Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama||Gladiator (2000).||Nominated|
|2001||ShoWest Convention, USA||Male Star of the Year||Won|
|2001||San Diego Film Critics Society Awards||Best Actor||A Beautiful Mind (2001).||2nd place|
|2001||Screen Actors Guild Awards||Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role||Gladiator (2000).||Nominated|
|2001||London Critics Circle Film Awards||Actor of the Year||Gladiator (2000) and The Insider (1999).||Won|
|2000||Screen Actors Guild Awards||Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role||The Insider (1999).||Nominated|
|2000||Satellite Awards||Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama||The Insider (1999).||Nominated|
|2000||Southeastern Film Critics Association Awards||Best Actor||The Insider (1999).||3rd place|
|2000||Academy Awards, USA||Best Actor in a Leading Role||The Insider (1999).||Nominated|
|2000||San Diego Film Critics Society Awards||Best Actor||Gladiator (2000).||Won|
|2000||Santa Fe Film Critics Circle Awards||Best Actor||The Insider (1999).||Won|
|2000||Chicago Film Critics Association Awards||Best Actor||The Insider (1999).||Nominated|
|2000||Hollywood Film Festival||Won|
|2000||Golden Apple Awards||Male Star of the Year||Won|
|2000||Online Film Critics Society Awards||Best Actor||The Insider (1999).||Nominated|
|2000||BAFTA Awards||Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role||The Insider (1999).||Nominated|
|2000||National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA||Best Actor||The Insider (1999).||Won|
|2000||Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards||Best Actor||The Insider (1999).||Nominated|
|2000||Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards||Best Actor||The Insider (1999).||Won|
|2000||Golden Globes, USA||Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama||The Insider (1999).||Nominated|
|1999||New York Film Critics Circle Awards||Best Actor||The Insider (1999).||2nd place|
|1999||National Board of Review, USA||Best Actor||The Insider (1999).||Won|
|1999||Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards||Best Actor||The Insider (1999).||Won|
|1999||San Diego Film Critics Society Awards||Best Actor||The Insider (1999).||2nd place|
|1998||Chlotrudis Awards||Best Actor||L.A. Confidential (1997).||Won|
|1998||Screen Actors Guild Awards||Outstanding Performance by a Cast||L.A. Confidential (1997).||Nominated|
|1998||Satellite Awards||Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama||L.A. Confidential (1997).||Nominated|
|1993||Seattle International Film Festival||Best Actor||Romper Stomper (1992) and Hammers Over the Anvil (1993).||Won|
|1993||Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards||Best Actor - Male||Romper Stomper (1992).||Won|
|1992||Australian Film Institute||Best Actor in a Lead Role||Romper Stomper (1992).||Won|
|1991||Australian Film Institute||Best Actor in a Supporting Role||Proof (1991).||Won|
|1990||Australian Film Institute||Best Actor in a Lead Role||The Crossing (1990).||Nominated|
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