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Russell Crowe
Also known as: Russell Ira Crowe, Rus Le Roq
Director • Actor • Producer
Born: April 7, 1964 in Wellington, New Zealand
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INTRODUCTION
Russell Crowe is an actor, producer, and musician, who gained international fame for his role as Maximus Decimus Meridius in Gladiator, the 2000 historical epic directed by Ridley Scott. For this, Crowe won an Academy Award, a Broadcast Film Critics Association Award, an Empire Award, and a London Film Critics Circle Award and many nominations for best actor.

EARLY LIFE
Russell Crowe was born in Wellington, New Zealand in 1946. His parents, Jocelyn Yvonne and John Alexander Crowe became film set caterers after moving to Australia when Crowe was four years old. Stanley Wemyss, his maternal grandfather, was a cinematographer. Crowe`s mother`s godfather was the producer of an Australian TV show named Spyforce, for which he was hired for a one-dialogue part opposite Jack Thompson, who he later shared screen space with in the 1994 Australian comedy-drama The Sum of Us. Crowe studied at Sydney Boys High School while in Australia. His family moved back to New Zealand when he was 14, where he attended Auckland Grammar School with his brother Terry and cousins, Martin and Jeff Crowe. He continued his secondary education at Mount Roskill Grammar School, dropping out at 16 to pursue a career in the film industry. Russell Crowe lives in Sydney`s Rose Bay in Australia with his family. He also owns a home in Townsville, North Queensland. Despite not having an Australian citizenship, Crowe believes he is Australian due to the fact that he spent the most part of his life there. The actor is a baptized Christian.

PERSONAL LIFE
In 1989, Crowe began an on-off relationship with Danielle Spencer, an Australian singer. Their relationship began when they co-starred in the 1990 film The Crossing. In April 2001, Crowe and Spencer got married in 2003 at Crowe`s property in New South Wales. They have two sons, Charles Spencer Crowe and Tennyson Spencer Crowe. It was reported that in 2000, while still with Danielle Spencer, Crowe was romantically involved with Meg Ryan, his co-star in the film Proof of Life. In October 2012, Crowe and Danielle Spencer separated.

Stage Career
At the age of 21, Crowe planned to join the National Institute of Dramatic Art for three years. However, on being discouraged by the head of the technical support department of the same, he decided against it. In 1986, he acquired his first professional acting job by accepting the role of Eddie or Dr. Scott in a production of The Rocky Horror Show directed by Daniel Abineri till 1988. He continued this performance in the Australian production of the same. After a six month period of busking due to the lack of work, he was cast as `Mickey` in the Australian production of Blood Brothers. Abineri later cast Crowe again, this time in the title role in the stage musical, "Bad Boy Johnny and the Prophets of Doom" which premiered in Melbourne in 1989.

Television career
At the age of 12, he also played a short role in a soap opera named The Young Doctors. Before being cast in his first film, Crowe appeared in two TV shows- Paul Moloney Mark Piper`s Neighbours in 1987 as Kenny Larkin, and Keith Samples` Republic of Doyle as Boyd Keiley.

Movie career
Crowe was cast by Faith Martin in the 1990 romantic drama The Crossing, directed by George Ogilvie. He met his future wife Daielle Spencer on the sets of this very film. However, Crowe`s debut release was the 1990 feature film Blood Oath in a minor role, which was directed by Steve Wallace, despite it being shot after The Crossing. After winning the Australian Film Institute (AFI) for Best Supporting Actor for 1991 comedy drama Proof, Russell Crowe starred in as Hando in Romper Stomper (1992), an Australian drama film written and directed by Geoffrey Wright, for which Crowe won an Australian Film Institute (AFI) award for Best Actor.

After receiving success in Australia and before focusing on American films, Crowe starred in the 1993 Canadian production, For the Moment. In 1995, he went on to co-star with Denzel Washington in the science fiction action film Virtuosity, and with Sharon Stone and Leonardo DiCaprio in The Quick and the Dead. By this time he was a multiple-time Oscar nominee for movies like L.A. Confidential (1997) and The Insider (1999), finally winning the Academy Award for Best Actor for the hugely successful Gladiator in 2000. Russell Crowe played the lead role of Maximus in this Academy Award-winning Ridley Scott historical drama film. He then went on to star in the boigraphical drama A Beautiful Mind (2001), for which he won the best actor award at the 2002 BAFTA Awards, the Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award.

He reunited with A Beautiful Mind director Ron Howard for Cinderella Man in 2005, Gladiator director Ridley Scott for A Good Year in 2007, and Denzel Washington for American Gangster in 2007. He teamed with director Ridley Scott yet again for the 2010 British-American epic historical war film Robin Hood, based on the legend Robin Hood. In 2010, he also starred in The Next Three Days, an adaptation of the 2008 French film Pour Elle directed by Paul Haggis.

In 2012, Crowe starred in the martial arts movie The Man with the Iron Fists, opposite RZA, who was also the writer and director of the film. This followed with the successful, multiple award-winning British-American musical drama, Les Miserables. In 2013, he starred in the Christopher Nolan-produced popular Superman film Man of Steel, as Superman`s biological father Jor-El. He then went on to appear in the fantasy romance Winter`s Tale (2014), the successful but controversial epic biblical drama film Noah (Noah), and the historical fictional war drama, The Water Diviner (2014). He also starred as Jake Davis in the Gabriele Muccino`s Fathers and Daughters. His 2016 release includes The Nice Guys as Det. Jackson Healy, under the direction of Shane Black. The Mummy is the actor`s 2017 release in the role of Dr. Henry Jekyll / Mr. Edward Hyde, directed by Alex Kurtzman. This was followed by the drama film Boy Erased (2018) and the action thriller Unhinged (2020).

As a director
Crowe made his directorial debut in the 2014 film The Water Diviner, in which he starred too.

As a producer
Crowe is the executive producer of the 2015 movie Fathers and Daughters.

MUSIC CAREER
Crowe began his career in the early 1980s as a musician under the guidance of his friend, Tom Sharplin. He released various singles in New Zealand, including "I Just Want To Be Like Marlon Brando", "Pier 13", and "Shattered Glass". However, none of these songs charted. After Crowe`s initial failure in music under his stage name "Russ le Roq", he and a friend formed a band named "Roman Antix", which later changed to `30 Odd Foot of Grunts` (TOFOG). Crowe was the lead vocalist and guitarist for the band. They released The Photograph Kills EP in 1995 and three full-length records, Gaslight (1998), Bastard Life or Clarity (2001) and Other Ways of Speaking (2003). 30 Odd Foot of Grunts dissolved in 2005 and then Crowe collaborated with Alan Doyle who belonged to Great Big Sea, a Canadian band, to form a new band The Ordinary Fear of God, which also involved some members of the previous TOFOG. They released a single named Raewyn and an album titled My Hand, My Heart in 2005. In March 2010, Russell Crowe & The Ordinary Fear of God`s released their collaboration album- The Absolute Best of John Williamson: 40 Years True Blue. On 2 August 2011, the third collaboration between Crowe and Doyle was released, called The Crowe/Doyle Songbook Vol III, featuring Crowe`s estranged wife, Danielle Spencer.

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Family
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Spouse
Tennyson Spencer Crowe
Son
Charles Spencer Crowe
Son
Jocelyn Yvonne Crowe
Mother
John Alexander Crowe
Father
Terry Crowe
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Unhinged
True History of the Kelly Gang
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The Nice Guys
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Noah (2D)
Winter`s Tale
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Did You Know? (10)

  • Russell Crowe was awarded the Australian Centenary Medal in 2001 for ‘service to Australian society and Australian film production’ despite not being an Australian citizen.
  • Actor Russell Crowe started smoking at the age of 10, which he later quit in 2010 for his sons.
  • In 2009, actor Russell Crowe appeared in a special series of postage stamps fearing only Australian actors called “Legends of the Screen” despite not having an Australian citizenship.
  • Actor Russell Crowe is the co-owner of an Australian National Rugby League team called South Sydney Rabbitohs.
  • In an interview for GQ magazine in 2005, Russell Crowe revealed that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) had warned him of Al-Qaeda threats and intentions of kidnapping him before the 73rd Academy Awards in March 2001.
  • Actor Russell Crowe is the cousin of former New Zealand cricketers Martin Crowe and Jeff Crowe.
  • Actor Russell Crowe initially intended to be a rock singer. He sported a pompadour hairdo and went by the alias Russ Le Roq. He also titled his first song as - I want to be like Marlon Brando although he had not seen a single movie featuring Brando. However, after the success of the movie Gladiator (2000), Crowe’s band 30 Odd Foot of Grunts performed at their first American concert in Austin, Texas. The tickets for the concert were sold for around $500 on e-bay.
  • Actor Russell Crowe was initially offered the role of Wolverine in the X-Men series. However, he turned the role down thinking it was similar to the role of Maximus which he portrayed in the Gladiator. The character was eventually successfully essayed by Hugh Jackman for 17 years until the movie Logan which was released in 2017.
  • Actor Russell Crowe met his wife, actress and singer Danielle Spencer, on the sets of the movie The Crossing in 1990.
  • Actor Russell Crowe has written a song - Other Ways of Speaking - for his good friend Jodie Foster.
  • Personal Quotes (7)

  • "People accuse me of being arrogant all the time. I'm not arrogant, I'm focused."
  • "The important thing to me is that I'm not driven by people's praise and I'm not slowed down by people's criticism. I'm just trying to work at the highest level I can. "
  • "I have respect for beer."
  • "There's nothing like sitting back and talking to your cows."
  • "My children have never watched any of my films. Charlie knows that daddy makes movies, but he says they are not good enough for him to watch."
  • " I really feel sorry for people who divide their whole life up into 'things that I like' and 'things that I must do.' You're only here for a short time, mate. Learn to like it."
  • " I'm destined to be attracted to those I cannot defeat."
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