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|Also Known As:||Rus Le Roq, Russell Ira Crowe||Died:|
|Born:||April 7, 1964||Cause of Death:|
|Birth Place:||Wellington, NZ||Profession:||actor, songwriter, singer, musician, producer, street performer, screenwriter, director, bingo-number caller, waiter, bartender|
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g only to marry longtime on-again, off-again girlfriend Danielle Spencer and to subsequently announce his impending fatherhood in 2003.At the end of that year, however, Crowe's name was again on the lips of filmgoers, critics and the Hollywood elite following his much-praised performance in director Peter Weir's "Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World." In the rollicking, harrowing high-seas adventure based on the series of 20 historical novels by Patrick O'Brien, Crowe made for a perfect screen incarnation of Capt. "Lucky" Jack Aubrey, the skipper of the beleaguered British naval vessel the H.M.S. Surprise during the Napoleonic Wars, who wrestles with his conscience as he forces his crew to embark on a perilous pursuit of their enemy. Crowe's turn was immediately hailed as award-worthy, and the actor yet again demonstrated his lack of vanity and commitment to his craft when he physically bulked up to match the heavyset literary description of Lucky Jack. Though no Oscar nod was forthcoming, Crowe did receive a nomination for Best Actor in a dramatic role at the 2003 Golden Globes.After a yearlong absence from the big screen, Crowe reunited for the third time with director Ron Howard for...
g only to marry longtime on-again, off-again girlfriend Danielle Spencer and to subsequently announce his impending fatherhood in 2003.
At the end of that year, however, Crowe's name was again on the lips of filmgoers, critics and the Hollywood elite following his much-praised performance in director Peter Weir's "Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World." In the rollicking, harrowing high-seas adventure based on the series of 20 historical novels by Patrick O'Brien, Crowe made for a perfect screen incarnation of Capt. "Lucky" Jack Aubrey, the skipper of the beleaguered British naval vessel the H.M.S. Surprise during the Napoleonic Wars, who wrestles with his conscience as he forces his crew to embark on a perilous pursuit of their enemy. Crowe's turn was immediately hailed as award-worthy, and the actor yet again demonstrated his lack of vanity and commitment to his craft when he physically bulked up to match the heavyset literary description of Lucky Jack. Though no Oscar nod was forthcoming, Crowe did receive a nomination for Best Actor in a dramatic role at the 2003 Golden Globes.
After a yearlong absence from the big screen, Crowe reunited for the third time with director Ron Howard for "Cinderella Man" (2005) and received yet another round of glowing reviews and Golden Globe nod for his charming turn as Depression-era fighter and folk hero Jim Braddock, who defeated heavyweight champ Max Baer in a 15-round slugfest in 1935. In his initial public appearances to promote the film, Crowe seemed more relaxed and at peace with himself than ever before. So it came as a bit of a shock when, in an even more publicized smackdown, the actor was arrested for assault in New York City the week of the film's debut after he allegedly threw a telephone at a hotel concierge in a fit of pique when he could not reach his wife in Australia. The actor subsequently appeared on "The Late Show" (CBS, 1993- ) alongside host David Letterman to publicly apologize for his by-then infamous short fuse, while pleading guilty in November 2005 to third-degree assault in a court of law. He paid $160 in court fees and was told to behave himself for a year, avoiding a more serious charge that could have landed him in prison and cost him his U.S. work visa.
With the ugliness of the assault behind him, Crowe went back to work, starring in a couple of small budget films â¿¿ perhaps to maintain a low profile. In "A Good Year" (2006), his second collaboration with Ridley Scott, Crowe played an investment banker operating in the cutthroat world of London finance who reluctantly agrees to take over a small vineyard after the death of his uncle (Albert Finney). It is in the open French countryside where he eventually learns that life is meant to be savored. After providing the narration for "Bra Boys" (2007), an Australian documentary about a much-maligned surfer community living near the Sydney suburb of Maroubra, Crowe returned to high profile features with James Mangold's gritty western "3:10 to Yuma" (2007). While the film suffered a bit from the glut of Westerns released the same time, it was critically well-received, as was Crowe's performance as an imprisoned desperado who convinces a desperate rancher (Christian Bale) to help him escape in exchange for a share of hidden loot.
The cast of "3:10" was nominated for a Best Cast award from the Screen Actor's Guild, as was the cast of Crowe's next feature, "American Gangster" (2008). This time, Crowe was back on the right side of the law, playing a detective who teams up with a former drug kingpin (Denzel Washington) in order to expose corrupt cops and foreign nationals profiting from smuggling heroin. Later in the year, Crowe appeared opposite Leonardo DiCaprio as the overseer of a CIA operative tracking a high-ranking terrorist in Ridley Scott's "Body of Lies" (2008). The rote espionage thriller was boosted by the pair's excellent performances. Crowe followed up with another politically inspired tale, "State of Play" (2009), which found him portraying a newspaper editor investigating the mysterious death of a Washington politician's (Ben Affleck) mistress. Teaming with director Scott again, Crowe took on the historic role of "Robin Hood" (2010), combining his explorations of law enforcement and criminals to portray the leader of a band of "Merry Men" whose mission is to spread the wealth of the wealthy among the deserving poor. That same year, he played a mild-mannered husband determined to free his wrongly jailed wife â¿¿ even if that means busting her out of prison â¿¿ in Paul Haggisâ¿¿ rather underwhelming thriller "The Next Three Days" (2010).
In October 2012, after nearly a decade of marriage, Crowe and wife Danielle Spencer announced their separation, each committing to maintain a civil relationship for the sake of their sons. As speculation ran rampant among the tabloids, the prime suspect in what led to the break up was Croweâ¿¿s increasingly hectic work schedule, which had ramped up considerably in the recent year. Among the slew of projects Crowe began appearing in by the end of the year was the martial arts actioner "The Man with the Iron Fists" (2012), an homage to Hong Kong action flicks from the â¿¿70s, directed and co-scripted by rap superstar RZA. In the film, co-written and produced by horror auteur Eli Roth, Crowe played Jack Knife, an opium-addicted British soldier named after his weapon of choice. Little more than a month later, he was seen again in one of the most eagerly anticipated productions of the year, a lavish, big-budget cinematic adaptation of the smash Broadway musical "Les MisÃ©rables" (2012), based on the novel by Victor Hugo. Cast as the obsessed Inspector Javert, Crowe not only delivered an intense portrayal opposite fellow Aussie Hugh Jackman, but gave audiences a sampling of his impressive vocal abilities, performing several of the iconic songs by Claude-Michel SchÃ¶nberg, Alain Boublil and Herbert Kretzmer.
By Shawn Dwyerthe actor more than dominated the film â¿¿ he tore a hole in the big screen with his intensity, earning rave notices and a Best Actor Academy Award for his efforts. The role solidified Crowe as one of Hollywood's top actors and most bankable male movie stars. He rounded out the year playing a professional negotiator in kidnapping cases who comes to the aid of an American woman in a fictional South American country in "Proof of Life." The movie, however, was overshadowed by the media's reporting of his brief fling with co-star Meg Ryan, whose then-marriage to Dennis Quaid was falling apart. A critical drubbing coupled with audience indifference â¿¿ and some disgust over Crowe's assumed corrupting of "America's Sweetheart" by the press â¿¿ put a final stake into the film, making it one of Crowe's least memorable.
The disappointing box office and domestic scandal notwithstanding, Crowe emerged unscathed. He next portrayed John Nash, a real-life mathematician who descended into schizophrenia only to overcome his illness and go on to win a Nobel Prize in Ron Howard's biopic "A Beautiful Mind" (2001). His beautifully realized, nuanced performance ranked as one of his best to date and earned the actor his third consecutive Best Actor Academy Award nomination, as well as a Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama. Unfortunately, the well-earned Oscar slipped through his fingers following the first of a series of public altercations which cast a temporary shadow over his onscreen accomplishments. During Crowe's acceptance of a BAFTA for Best Actor for "A Beautiful Mind," the BAFTA show's producer cut him off mid-speech and mid-poem, causing a fracas backstage when Crowe reportedly pinned the producer against the wall, threatening him and hurling obscenities. Feeling put upon by the media's excessive attention to his personal life â¿¿ especially his reputation as a brawler â¿¿ Crowe retreated from the limelight for a spell, emergin
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When he was 10 years old, Crowe lost a front tooth in a football match. When director George Ogilvie was talking to Crowe about casting him in "The Crossing", Ogilvie encouraged him to get the tooth replaced.
Since 1984, Crowe has played with the rock band "30 Odd Foots of Grunts".
"I've made eighteen movies and I think I've given eighteen bad performances. I'm still prepared to believe that I'm learning this job, and sooner or later I might give a performance I like. Unfortunately, I might not get any more after that, so I think it's better I stay unsatisfied."---Russell Crowe to Kim Basinger in Interview, September 1997.
"In Australia, if you make movies, man, you've run away and joined the circus. You're outside of society on lots of different levels, including financially. You do it because you love to do it. Everybody needs to be getting on with each other, because we're doing very long days, and shooting into the night every single night."---Crowe to Detour, October 1997.
"It's more of an industry here [in the U.S.], more big business, you know? Generally, you're in the corner the other actor is in his corner, somebody rings the bell, and you come out and do your stuff. But that's not the basis of performance. In order to get true emotional levels, true levels of sexuality, you've got to be emotionally close to your co-star, your fellow performer. And you know that that relationship is only for the movie. I'm blown away here, where people don't even sit their actors down in the same room and have a reading."---Russell Crowe to Detour, October 1997.
"He is relentless with his questions, arguments and conjectures. I thought he was always testing and testing to see if I knew what I was doing. But once I had his trust, he would have done anything during the shoot. He would have stepped out an open window, high up, if I had asked him."---"L.A. Confidential" director Curtis Hanson to Australian Vogue, October 1997.
"There's an elusive amalgam of sensitivity and strength which most actors don't have at all, With Russell you always felt that when he was doing it, he meant it. He has that gravity and masculinity that is disappearing from leading men. If you were casting an Australian remake of 'Raging Bull' then Crowe is the only actor you would consider,"---Australian film producer Al Clark quoted by Alex McGregor in "Good Cop, Bad Cop" in The Age, Good Weekend, November 1, 1997.
"I grew up in Australia, so I've got aspects of both cultures. New Zealanders tend to be very persistent, you know? And Australians are quite happy-go-lucky, so I've got kind of a combination of the two things."---Russell Crowe in Empire, December 1997.
"I like certain parts of America, and there are plenty of places where I'd take my boots off, no problem," he says. "But I don't like the pervasive desire within this business to make you move into the office with them. It makes them feel better. It is like, 'We have the money.' That is the very reason I have no desire to go and roll my swag there. I think it's really unhealthy to live in Los Angeles full time. But it is kind of fun these days to pop in and see these freaks." His formula for dealing with hype seems as straightforward as the rest of him. "I've got to keep my life apart from Hollywood, mate," he says. "I am committed to acting and get great satisfaction from it. But I don't take it too seriously, and realise that it is not rocket science."---From the London Times, March 5, 2000.
"It's all driven by intelligence, really, and Russell's particularly bright. Therefore you'd better know all your answers before you go and work with him. Otherwise he'll put you under pressure. That's his style. He likes to research the living daylights out of everything, so it's competitive, which is interesting because in a way it kind of sets the pace."---On the actor's reputation of being prickly "Gladiator" director Ridley Scott told The Sydney Morning Herald, March 2, 2002.
"Straight up and down, it can be very restricting. A lot of things in life have to adjust. But it's not going to fundamentally change me. It's not going to change my passion for the job. I may end up doing less work but that's really got to do with how much is required of me at this juncture. ..."---Russell Crowe on fame quoted in The Sydney Morning Herald, March 2, 2002.
On June 24, 2002, two men were acquitted in an Australian court of blackmailing Crowe with a videotape of him brawling in a bar. The judge ruled that though the men were thinking of ways to make money on the tape, they never directly threatened Crowe.
"I don't use my 'celebrity' to make a living. I don't do ads for suits in Spain like George Clooney. To me it's sacrilegious, it's a complete contradition of the contract you have with your audience."---Crowe to GQ, March 2005.
On June 6, 2005, Russell Crowe was charged with one count of second-degree assault after he was arrested for allegedly hitting a hotel employee in the face with a telephone during an argument over a faulty phone in his room.
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