Russell Crowe

Russell Crowe

Apr. 7th, 1964
Born in
Wellington, North Island, New Zealand

Russell Crowe's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
200 Greatest Pop Culture Icons TV Show
200 Greatest Pop Culture Icons
Brides of Christ (AU) TV Show
Brides of Christ (AU)
Discovery Atlas TV Show
Discovery Atlas
Today Tonight (AU) TV Show
Today Tonight (AU)
The Ray Martin Show (AU) TV Show
The Ray Martin Show (AU)

Main Movie Roles

2015 - The Water Diviner
2014 - Noah
2014 - Winter's Tale
2013 - Red Obsession
2013 - Broken City
2012 - The Man with the Iron Fists
2012 - Superman: Man of Steel
2010 - The Next Three Days
2010 - Robin Hood
2009 - State of Play
2009 - Tenderness
2008 - Body of Lies
2007 - American Gangster
2007 - 3:10 to Yuma
2007 - Bra Boys
2006 - A Good Year
2005 - Cinderella Man
2001 - A Beautiful Mind
2000 - Proof of Life
2000 - Gladiator
1999 - Mystery, Alaska
1999 - The Insider
1997 - L.A. Confidential
1997 - Breaking Up
1995 - The Quick and the Dead
1995 - Virtuosity
1992 - Romper Stomper
1992 - Spotswood
1991 - Proof

Guest TV Roles

Show Name
Characters Played
Ep Count
Himself - Guest Presenter
Himself - Actor (segment "Explaining Russell Crowe")
Himself - Host
Himself - Guest
Himself - Guest
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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 director 'Oliver Stone (I)' (qv)'s dream choice for the title role in _Alexander (2004)_ (qv).
  • Gained 63 pounds for his role in _Body of Lies (2008)_ (qv).
  • First child with 'Danielle Spencer (II)' (qv), a boy named Charles Spencer Crowe, born in Sydney (21 December 2003).
  • After filming _Gladiator (2000)_ (qv), he and some friends took a 4,000 mile motorcycle trip around Australia.
  • Favorite toy growing up was Action Man.
  • Discovered by British actor and musical director/writer 'Daniel Abineri' (qv), who gave Crowe his first professional acting role in a New Zealand tour of 'The Rocky Horror Picture Show.' Abineri later awarded Crowe the title role in his first stage musical, 'Bad Boy Johnny and the Prophets of Doom,' which premiered in Melbourne in 1989.
  • Two opportunities of working with fellow Australian and good friend, 'Nicole Kidman' (qv), have fallen through. In 2005, they were set to star in 'Jocelyn Moorhouse' (qv)'s "Eucalyptus," which fell through due to disputes over the screenplay. And in 2006, Crowe dropped out of _Australia (2008)_ (qv), 'Baz Luhrmann' (qv)'s long- gestating romantic Outback epic, due to a disagreement over a cut in Crowe's salary.

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