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Russell Crowe Biography

Actor Russell Crowe won an Oscar for appearing on the 2000 blockbuster 'Gladiator' and a 2001 nomination for his role in 'A Beautiful Mind'.

Who is Russell Crowe?

Russell Crowe was born on April 7, 1964 in Wellington, New Zealand and made a name for himself as an actor in Australian cinema. He eventually became an international star with projects like ConfidentialThe insider, gladiator (for which he won an Oscar),A beautiful mind and Cinderella Manwhile also known for its flammable behavior. Later films included a film adaptation ofLes Misérables, man of Steel, Noah and The nice guys.


'Blood Oath,' 'The Crossroads,' 'Evidence,' 'Bactrian'

A role in the stage musical Blood brothers 1989 resulted in Crowe's first feature film, Blood oath (1990, published in the US as Prisoners of the sun). His other early films included The crossroad (1990), which marked his first leading role, and The efficiency expert (1991, published in the US as Spotswood), with Anthony Hopkins and Toni Collette.

His groundbreaking roles in 1992 showed two very different sides to Crowe proof, He played a gentle, gullible dishwasher and won the Australian Film Institute Award for Best Supporting Actor. The next year he won the Best Actor statue when it was his turn to act as a brutal Nazi skinhead in the controversial film Trample. His next and equally iconoclastic role was as a gay plumber with his widowed father in The sum of us (1994).

'The Fast and the Dead,' 'Virtuosity'

In 1995 Crowe made his American film debut with Sharon Stone, Gene Hackman and Leonardo DiCaprio in the offbeat western The quick and the dead. In the same year he played SID 6.7, a virtual reality criminal who consists of more than 150 serial killers and is followed by Denzel Washington in the science fiction thriller virtuosity. He also took on the romantic lead roles in the little-seen films Rough magic (1995) opposite Bridget Fonda and call it quits (1997) with Salma Hayek.


Though some insiders referred to him as "one to watch," Crowe didn't really get the attention of American moviegoersConfidential, The critically acclaimed 1997 neo noir film that explored the dark underside of Los Angeles in the 1950s. Crowe played the brutal, sincere cop Bud White, who is part of a trio of very different cops. The film also starred Kevin Spacey and fellow Australian Guy Pearce as they stumble upon a twisted and murderous conspiracy. Crowe's boiling performance, including steamy love scenes with co-star Kim Basinger, earned him rave reviews.

'The Insider'

Crowe's first lead role in 1999 came in Secret, Alaska, A poorly received comedy directed by David E. Kelley and starring Burt Reynolds. He had a lot more success with his next movie, The insider, based on the true story of an ex-tobacco company, Jeffrey Wigand, who was persuaded by a TV news producer to keep the mighty tobacco industry in suspense.

Despite a mediocre return at the box office, The insider, which was directed by Michael Mann and in which Al Pacino also starred, received great critical praise. Crowe's intense, Oscar-nominated performance as reluctant Wigand was arguably the most notable aspect of the film; The actor gained £ 35 for the role and was almost unrecognizable in a thinning gray wig.

Oscar Win for 'The Gladiator'

In 2000, Crowe became a Hollywood star for his charismatic performance as the vengeful slave of a Roman general gladiator, the ambitious summer hit with novel epic and blockbuster directed by Ridley Scott and Joaquin Phoenix. The film received 12 Academy Award nominations, including a second nod for Best Actor for Crowe. On Oscar night in March 2001, Crowe hit Hollywood star Tom Hanks, among others, to take the Oscar home. gladiator won best picture in five categories, including the night's greatest honor.

Also in 2000, Crowe starred in Romance / Adventure Proof of life, as a hostage taker who becomes romantically involved with his client, played by Meg Ryan, after the kidnapping of her husband. (The movie like The insider, based on an article Vanity Fair.)

'A beautiful mind'

In 2001, Russell played Crowe in A beautiful mind, an acclaimed biopic about Nobel Prize-winning mathematician John Nash. The film, directed by Ron Howard, was co-starred by Ed Harris and Jennifer Connelly. For the third year in a row, Crowe's brave performance earned him an Oscar nomination for Best Actor.

'Master and Commander,' 'Cinderella Man'

After Crowe's lead role in Master and Commander: The Other Side of the World (2003) he and Howard reunited for boxing drama Cinderella Man (2005) about Jim Braddock, the Depression-era pugilist who defeated heavyweight champion Max Baer in a 15-round match.

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'Robin Hood,' 'Les Misérables'

Crowe met Scott for the fifth time in the 2010 adaptation of Robin Hoodwho played with Cate Blanchett. After the 2012 martial arts film The man with the iron fist, the actor used his vocal chops for the musical Les Misérables, published in December. The Oscar-nominated Tom Hooper film, starring Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway and Amanda Seyfried, featured the obsessed Constable Javert.

'Man of Steel,' 'Noah,' 'The Water Fortune Teller'

Crowe's next big roles came in 2013 with the winter release of Broken cityin which he portrayed a mayor for re-election and the summer release of man of Steel. Directed by Zack Snyder, steel retells the story of Superman, with Henry Cavill in the title role and Crowe as his Kryptonian father, Jor-El.

In 2014, Crowe returned to the big budget world with the Bible Noahbefore having a U-turn The water fortune teller, his directorial debut about a father who looked for his sons in Europe after the First World War. Fathers and daughters (2015) showed the actor in a complex role together with Seyfried.

'The Nice Boys,' 'The Mummy,' 'The Loudest Voice'

Crowe'S next effort is to star in the action comedy alongside Ryan Gosling The nice guys (2016) was generally well received. There wasn't much he could do to help reboot The Mummy (2017), which received mostly poor reviews, but which did better with the actor Boy cleared (2018), as the father of a teenager who was put into homosexual conversion therapy.

In the Summer 2019 Showtime series, Crowe took on the role of Fox News founder Roger Ailes The loudest voice.

Early years and careers

Russell Crowe was born on April 7, 1964 in Wellington, New Zealand. His family moved to Sydney, Australia when Crowe was four years old. He spent a lot of time on the sets of various film and television productions where his parents worked as caterers; At the age of six, Crowe was cast as an orphan on the television series Spyforce, The first of his many small roles as a child actor.

His family returned to New Zealand in 1978 and Crowe began performing as a rock singer by paying himself as Rus le Roc and recording the prophetically titled 1980 single "I Want to Be Like Marlon Brando". During this time he and a friend formed Roman Antix, which later became 30 Odd Foot of Grunts, a rock band for which Crowe performed as a singer, guitarist and songwriter.

Crowe returned to Australia in the early 1980s to continue his acting career and land a role in a production of the musical fat From 1986 to 1988 he played in a touring production of The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Arguments and Bad Boy Reputation

Common rumors of Crowe's naughty personality increased with his growing fame in the 1990s. In late 1999, he was reportedly involved in a brawl outside a bar in New South Wales, Australia. The bar proprietor, who claimed to have a security videotape showing that the actor started the brawl, was subsequently charged with extortion after attempting to extort money from Crowe in exchange for the video.

Crowe's bad reputation and smoldering intensity on screen inspired the comparisons with the young Brando. Although he is reportedly sophisticated on set, several co-stars have publicly praised him for his charming, professional demeanor.

On the more bizarre side, it was revealed in early 2001 that the Federal Bureau of Investigation was investigating an alleged conspiracy to kidnap Crowe. He attended the January Golden Globes ceremony, which was flanked by FBI agents in tuxedos, and was guarded by Scotland Yard at the London premiere Proof of life the following month.

In addition to the 1999 Australian bar fight, Crowe is believed to have been involved in a brawl in a trendy London restaurant in 2002. He was arrested three years later and charged with second degree assault after throwing a phone at a hotel worker in New York City.


Crowe began a long-term relationship with Australian singer and actress Danielle Spencer while the two were filming The crossroad Late 1989.

In the summer of 2000, Crowe became romantically engaged to his Proof of life Co-star, Meg Ryan, and has been mentioned as a factor in her split from her nine-year-old husband, actor Dennis Quaid. However, Crowe and Ryan split in late December of that year.

Crowe later revived his romance with Spencer. They married in April 2003 and had two sons, Charles and Tennyson, before announcing their separation in 2012.

In April 2018, before his legal separation from Spencer was finalized, Crowe held his "The Art of Divorce" auction to get rid of "3 rooms full of things that I no longer maintain, document, clean, adjust, and insure." Must be. ”Live streaming on Facebook, including coveted items like the actor's groin guard Cinderella Man and a dinosaur skull bought by DiCaprio is said to have grossed Crowe a cool $ 2.8 million.