Russell Crowe

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  • Birth Name: Russell Ira Crowe
  • Birth Place: Wellington, New Zealand
  • Profession: Actor, Musician
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Biography

An action hero who initially dreamed of rock and roll stardom, New Zealand native Crowe played in a band as an adolescent and toured in the musicals Grease, The Rocky Horror Show and Blood Brothers before switching to TV and film projects in Australia. After a succession of diverse, critically acclaimed turns (a Nazi skinhead in Romper Stomper, a gay man looking for a mate in The Sum of Us), Crowe was imported to Hollywood in the mid-'90s, where his turn as a brooding detective in the stylish noir L.A. Confidential made him a star. His compelling portrayal of a tobacco-industry whistle-blower in The Insider (1999) earned him his first Oscar nomination, followed by two Academy Award-winning performances in Gladiator (2000) and A Beautiful Mind (2001). Post-Oscars, Crowe continued to act in high-profile films (receiving Golden Globe nods for his work in Master and Commander and Cinderella Man) while also pursing his love of music with his band, 30 Odd Foot of Grunts. He also wed his long-term on-again, off-again love Danielle Spencer, with whom he has two sons. In 2010, Crowe reunited with Gladiator director Ridley Scott to star in the epic-adventure film Robin Hood.

Fast Facts

  • As a teenager attempting to break into the music business with his band Roman Antix, adopted the stage name Rus Le Roq. 
  • The movie business seems to run in the family: grandfather Stan Wymess was a well-regarded World War II cinematographer, and Russell's parents were set caterers.
  • Performed with the Australian touring company of Grease and played Dr. Frank N. Furter in a production of The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
  • Sharon Stone was an early fan of Crowe, lobbying for a more beefed-up role for him in the 1995 western The Quick and the Dead.
  • In early 2001, the FBI confirmed that special protection had been given to Crowe in the wake of what was deemed a credible kidnapping threat.
  • Gained over 60 lbs. for his role in Body of Lies (2008), and put on over 30 lbs. for The Insider (1999).

Awards

  • 2001, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role: Winner
  • 2000, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Winner
  • 2001, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: Nominee
  • 2004, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: Nominee
  • 2000, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: Nominee
  • 2002, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: Winner
  • 2006, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: Nominee
  • 2012, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 2014, AACTA Awards — Best Lead Actor: Nominee
  • 2001, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 2001, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 2004, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Actor: Nominee
  • 1999, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 2000, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 2002, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Actor in a Leading Role: Winner
  • 2007, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 2005, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 2001, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 2000, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 2009, Australian Film Institute Awards — International Award for Best Actor: Winner
  • 2000, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 1997, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 2006, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Actor: Nominee
  • 2001, Australian Film Institute Awards — Global Achievement Award: Winner
  • 1992, Australian Film Institute Awards — Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Winner
  • 2005, Australian Film Institute Awards — International Award for Best Actor: Winner
  • 2013, Taormina Film Fest — Taormina Arte Award: Winner
  • 2000, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Actor: Winner
  • 1990, Australian Film Institute Awards — Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 2001, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Actor: Winner
  • 2002, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Actor: Winner
  • 1999, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 2008, Australian Film Institute Awards — International Award for Best Actor: Nominee
  • 1991, Australian Film Institute Awards — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: Winner

Relationships

  • Charles Spencer Crowe — Son
  • Tennyson Spencer Crowe — Son
  • Terry Crowe — Brother
  • Danielle Spencer — Ex-wife
  • Alex Crowe — Father
  • Stan Wemyss — Grandfather
  • Jocelyn Crowe — Mother
  • Jeffrey Crowe — Cousin
  • Martin Crowe — Cousin
  • Meg Ryan — Ex-significant Other

Details

  • Birth Name: Russell Ira Crowe
  • Birth Place: Wellington, New Zealand
  • Profession: Actor, Musician

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