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Cameron Crowe Biography

Birth Name:
Cameron Bruce Crowe
Birth Place:
Palm Springs, California, United States
Writer, director, screenwriter, producer

Fast Facts

  • Skipped grades in school and graduated at age 15
  • Got his start as a writer when he was hired by Rolling Stone magazine as a 15-year-old; his experieces were the basis for Almost Famous, a 2000 comedy-drama for which he won an Oscar
  • Posed as a student at a southern California high school at age 22 to write 1981's Fast Times at Ridgemont High, a non-fiction book that was the basis for the movie of the same name (Crowe also wrote the screenplay)
  • His book Conversations With Wilder (1999) is a collection of interviews he did with his hero, writer-director Billy Wilder
  • His 2001 film, Vanilla Sky, featured a cameo by Steven Spielberg; Crowe returned the favor the next year by doing a cameo in Spielberg's Minority Report
  • Directed a 2002 Gap commercial that starred Kate Beckinsale and Orlando Bloom
  • Wrote liner notes for albums by Peter Frampton, Tom Petty, Bob Dylan, Led Zeppelin and Lynyrd Skynyrd
  • Gave his mother a role in each of his big-screen productions


  • 2012Producers Guild Awards-Outstanding Producer of Documentary Theatrical Motion Picture: nominated
  • 2001BAFTA Film Awards-Best Film: nominated
  • 2001BAFTA Film Awards-Best Original Screenplay: winner
  • 2001Golden Globe-Best Screenplay - Motion Picture: nominated
  • 2001Australian Film Institute Awards-Best Foreign Film: nominated
  • 2001Critics' Choice Awards-Best Original Screenplay: winner
  • 2001Writers Guild Awards-Original Screenplay: nominated
  • 2000Oscar-Best Writing (Original Screenplay): winner
  • 2000Grammy-Best Compilation Soundtrack Album for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media: winner
  • 2000Chicago Film Critics Association-Best Screenplay: winner
  • 2000Directors Guild of America Awards-Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film: nominated
  • 1997Writers Guild Awards-Original Screenplay: nominated
  • 1996Oscar-Best Writing (Original Screenplay): nominated
  • 1996Oscar-Best Motion Picture of the Year: nominated
  • 1996Directors Guild of America Awards-Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film: nominated