Apr. 7th, 1964
Wellington, North Island, New Zealand
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Russell Ira Crowe (born April 7, 1964) is a New Zealand actor, film producer and musician based in Australia and the United States.
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 was named an MBE for filming footage of World War II. Crowe's paternal grandfather, John Doubleday Crowe, was from Wrexham, Wales, while one of Crowe's maternal great-grandmothers was Māori. Crowe also has English, German, Irish, Italian, Norwegian, Scottish, and Swedish ancestry. He is a cousin of former New Zealand cricket captains Martin Crowe and Jeff Crowe.
When Crowe was four years old, his family moved to Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, where his parents pursued a career in set 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 (in 1994 Thompson played Crowe's father in The Sum of Us). Crowe also appeared briefly in the serial The Young Doctors.
Crowe was educated at Sydney Boys High School. When he was 14, his family moved back to New Zealand where, along with his brother Terry, he attended Auckland Grammar School with cousins Martin Crowe and Jeff Crowe. He then continued his secondary education at Mount Roskill Grammar School, which he left at the age 16 to pursue his ambitions and childhood dreams of becoming an actor.
After initial success in Australia, Crowe began acting in American films. He co-starred with 'Denzel Washington' in Virtuosity as well as American Gangster and with 'Sharon Stone' in The Quick and the Dead in 1995.
Crowe 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 Crowe 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.
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 during his career 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.
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 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 April 7, 2003 (Crowe's 39th birthday) at Crowe's cattle property in Nana Glen, New South Wales. They have two sons: Charles Spencer Crowe (b. December 21, 2003) and Tennyson Spencer Crowe (b. July 7, 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.
- Is an avid supporter of the AFL team Richmond Tigers.
- Was considered for the role of Aslan in _The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005)_ (qv) and its ensuing sequels.
- After filming _Gladiator (2000)_ (qv), he and some friends took a 4,000 mile motorcycle trip around Australia.
- Lobbied Californian Govener 'Arnold Schwarzenegger' (qv) against executing Stanley "Tookie" Williams. (December 2005).
- Is a close friend of Texan Governor 'Rick Perry (II)' (qv).
- The role of James J. Braddock (_Cinderella Man (2005)_ (qv)) is his personal favorite.
- Once he was cast as Bud White in _L.A. Confidential (1997)_ (qv), he read in the book that his character was the largest cop on the police force, off-putting for him due to his medium-sized frame (just under 6 feet). To capture a "big guy" presence, Crowe lived in a tiny flat in which he could barely fit through any of the doors. This experience, he said, made him come to the set feeling like a giant.
- (16 August 2001) He and his band, 30 Odd Foot Of Grunts, performed on _"The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" (1992)_ (qv).