Russell Crowe


Actor
Russell Crowe

About

Also Known As
Rus Le Roq, Russell Ira Crowe
Birth Place
Wellington, NZ
Born
April 07, 1964

Biography

A galvanizing presence who earned Hollywood's highest acting accolades, actor Russell Crowe ultimately built a reputation as an A-list leading man. With an intense breakout performance as a racist skinhead in the Australian-made "Romper Stomper" (1992), Crowe established himself as an actor on the rise. Crossing the Pacific, he exploded off the screen as a violent 1950s police detective ...

Family & Companions

Jamie O'Neal
Companion
Singer. Dated in 1988.
Danielle Spencer
Companion
Meg Ryan
Companion
Actor. Began highly publicized relationship during filming of "Proof of Life" in 2000; separated in December 2000.
Nicole Kidman
Companion
Actress. Rumored to have been dating since October 2002; a report was later released that the source who claimed to have witnessed Crowe and Kidman kissing, dancing, etc in Mexico lied.

Notes

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".

Biography

A galvanizing presence who earned Hollywood's highest acting accolades, actor Russell Crowe ultimately built a reputation as an A-list leading man. With an intense breakout performance as a racist skinhead in the Australian-made "Romper Stomper" (1992), Crowe established himself as an actor on the rise. Crossing the Pacific, he exploded off the screen as a violent 1950s police detective in "L.A. Confidential" (1997), announcing loudly to American audiences that he had arrived. Two years later, Crowe earned his first Academy Award nomination with a sterling performance as a tobacco executive trapped between telling the truth and protecting his family in "The Insider" (1999). But it was his turn as a Roman general in "Gladiator" (2000) that brought home Oscar glory. He was exceptional as schizophrenic math genius John Nash in "A Beautiful Mind" (2001), and followed up with acclaimed roles in "Cinderella Man" (2005) and "3:10 to Yuma" (2007). He also turned in fine performances in "American Gangster" (2007), "State of Play" (2009) and "Robin Hood" (2010). Crowe was an actor of extraordinary talent and range capable of delivering one acclaimed performance after another.

Filmography

 

Director (Feature Film)

The Water Diviner (2015)
Director

Cast (Feature Film)

Boy Erased (2018)
The Mummy (2017)
Fathers and Daughters (2016)
The Nice Guys (2016)
The Water Diviner (2015)
Noah (2014)
Winter's Tale (2014)
Broken City (2013)
Red Obsession (2013)
Man of Steel (2013)
Jor-El
Les Misérables (2012)
The Next Three Days (2010)
The Real Robin Hood (2010)
Robin Hood (2010)
Tenderness (2009)
State of Play (2009)
Bra Boys (2008)
Body of Lies (2008)
3:10 to Yuma (2007)
American Gangster (2007)
A Good Year (2006)
Cinderella Man (2005)
Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003)
Jack Aubrey
A Beautiful Mind (2001)
John [Forbes] Nash [Jr.]
Gladiator (2000)
Maximus [Decimus Meridias]
Proof of Life (2000)
Terry Thorne
Hammers Over the Anvil (2000)
East Driscoll
The Insider (1999)
Mystery, Alaska (1999)
Breaking Up (1997)
Steve
L.A. Confidential (1997)
Bud White
Heaven's Burning (1997)
Colin O'Brien
No Way Back (1996)
Zack
Virtuosity (1995)
The Quick and the Dead (1995)
Rough Magic (1995)
The Sum of Us (1994)
Jeff Mitchell
The Silver Brumby (1993)
The Man
For the Moment (1993)
Lachlan
Love in Limbo (1993)
Arthur
Romper Stomper (1992)
Spotswood (1991)
Kim
Proof (1991)
Prisoners of the Sun (1990)
Lieutenant Jack Corbett
The Crossing (1990)
Johnny

Producer (Feature Film)

Fathers and Daughters (2016)
Executive Producer
Robin Hood (2010)
Producer

Music (Feature Film)

The Water Diviner (2015)
Song

Cast (Special)

SAG Dramatic Moments (2006)
In Style Celebrity Weddings (2003)
Himself
The 74th Annual Academy Awards (2002)
Presenter
The 7th Annual Critics' Choice Awards (2002)
Presenter
The 73rd Annual Academy Awards (2001)
Presenter
72nd Annual Academy Awards Presentation (2000)
Presenter
GQ's 2000 Men of the Year Awards (2000)
Gladiator Games: The Roman Blood Sport (2000)
SAG Awards Show (1999)
Presenter

Misc. Crew (Special)

In Style Celebrity Weddings (2003)
Other

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

Brides of Christ (1993)

Life Events

1968

At age four moved with family to Australia

1970

Began acting career on Australian TV series "Spyforce"; first time co-starring with Jack Thompson

1978

Landed role on Australian serial "The Young Doctors"

1978

Family returned to New Zealand

1980

Began performing as a singer, billing himself as Rus Le Roq; recorded the single "I Want To Be Like Marlon Brando"

1982

Returned to Australia at age 18 to resume acting career

1983

Cast in a role in an Australian production of "Grease"

1986

Toured Australia and New Zealand in the stage production of "The Rocky Horror Show" as Dr. Frank N. Furter

1989

Appeared on stage in the musical "Blood Brothers"; spotted by director George Ogilvie

1990

First leading role in a feature film, "The Crossing" directed by George Ogilvie

1990

Feature film debut, "Blood Oath/Prisoners of the Sun"

1991

Acted in the Australian TV miniseries "Brides of Christ" (aired in U.S. 1993)

1991

Garnered attention for his performance as a mild-mannered dishwasher in "Proof"

1992

Breakthrough screen role, a neo-Nazi in "Romper Stomper"

1994

Played a gay man living at home with his dad (Jack Thompson) in "The Sum of Us"

1995

Cast as the villainous Sid 6.7 opposite Denzel Washington in "Virtuosity"

1995

First American feature, "The Quick and the Dead"

1997

Played the brutal and obsessive cop Bud White in Curtis Hanson's acclaimed "L.A. Confidential"

1999

Portrayed tobacco industry whistle blower Jeffrey Wigand in Michael Mann's "The Insider"; earned a Best Actor Academy Award nomination

1999

Played a hockey player in "Mystery, Alaska"

2000

Portrayed General Maximus Decimus Meridius in Ridley Scott's "Gladiator"; garnered second Best Actor Academy Award nomination

2000

Co-starred with Meg Ryan in Taylor Hackford's "Proof of Life"

2001

Portrayed mathematician John Forbes Nash Jr., who suffered from paranoid schizophrenia in Ron Howard's "A Beautiful Mind"; received third consecutive Best Actor Academy Award nomination

2003

Again worked with "Beautiful Mind" co-star Paul Bettany on "Master and Commander"; received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor

2005

Re-teamed with director Ron Howard to play Depression-era heavyweight champ Jim Braddock in "Cinderella Man"; earned Golden Globe and SAG nominations for Best Actor

2006

Once again teamed with director Ridley Scott to star in romantic drama "A Good Year"

2007

Co-starred with Christian Bale in "3:10 to Yuma," a Western directed by James Mangold

2007

Formed own production company Fear of God Films

2007

Again teamed up with director Ridley Scott and co-star Denzel Washington, playing a 1970s police detective in "American Gangster"

2008

Once again directed by Ridley Scott in "Body of Lies"; playing a manipulative CIA boss opposite Leonardo DiCaprio

2009

Played a journalist opposite Ben Affleck in the thriller "State of Play"

2010

Received star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

2010

Played title role in Ridley Scott's adaptation of "Robin Hood"

2010

Directed by Paul Haggis in the thriller "The Next Three Days"

2012

Co-starred in action feature "The Man with the Iron Fists"

2012

Played Inspector Javert in feature adaptation of popular musical drama "Les Misérables," directed by Tom Hooper

2013

Played Jor-El, father of Superman, in DC's "Man of Steel"

2013

Cast as a corrupt mayor opposite Mark Wahlberg and Catherine Zeta-Jones in crime drama "Broken City"

2014

Appeared alongside Colin Farrell and Jessica Brown Findlay in "Winter's Tale"

2016

Co-starred with Amanda Seyfried in the drama "Fathers & Daughters"

2016

Co-starred with Ryan Gosling in period crime comedy "The Nice Guys"

2017

Cast as Henry Jekyll in the ill-advised "Mummy" reboot

2017

Made an uncredited appearance in war comedy drama "War Machine"

2018

Played a supporting role in Joel Edgerton-helmed drama "Boy Erased"

2018

Appeared in Tourism Australia's bizarre viral video series "Dundee: The Son of a Legend Returns Home"

Photo Collections

Gladiator - Movie Posters
Gladiator - Movie Posters

Videos

Movie Clip

Beautiful Mind, A (2002) - Who's Big Brother? MIT scientist John Nash (Russell Crowe) has big thoughts when summoned by a general (Jesse Doran) to the Pentagon, Ed Harris making his first appearance as a spooky government agent, in director Ron Howard’s Best Picture winner, A Beautiful Mind, 2002.
Beautiful Mind, A (2002) - The Prodigal Roommate 1947. socially inept new Princeton man John Nash (Russell Crowe) meets his roommate Charles (Paul Bettany) in director Ron Howard's A Beautiful Mind, 2002.
Beautiful Mind, A (2002) - What If No One Goes For The Blonde? John Nash (Russell Crowe) considers the odds when a beautiful blonde enters the college pub, Adam Goldberg, Anthony Rapp, Jason Gray-Stanford and Josh Lucas his buddies, in director Ron Howard's simplification of Nash's Nobel Prize-winning notion in A Beautiful Mind, 2002.
Beautiful Mind, A (2002) - A Number Of Solutions From writer Akiva Goldsman and director Ron Howard, an academic meet-cute, as scientist and reluctant professor John Nash (Russell Crowe) discovers MIT co-ed Alicia Larde (later Nash, Jennifer Connelly), in A Beautiful Mind, 2002.
L.A. Confidential (1997) - Open, Hush-Hush Scandal sheet editor Danny DeVito narrates the prurient opening to Curtis Hanson's L.A. Confidential, 1997, also starring Russell Crowe, Guy Pearce, and Kim Basinger, from James Ellroy's novel.
L.A. Confidential (1997) - Nite Owl Grisly events in Curtis Hanson's L.A. Confidential, 1997, in which Lt. Exley (Guy Pearce) takes the call for a mass murder, victims including the newly-fired partner of Sgt. White (Russsell Crowe).
L.A. Confidential (1997) - Blood On Your Shirt Lots of cursing in the second meeting of Sgt. White (Russell Crowe) and Veronica Lake look-alike hooker Lynn Bracken (Kim Basinger), in Curtis Hanson's L.A. Confidential, 1997, from James Ellroy's novel.
Gladiator (2000) - Let Us Whisper Now Joining the conversation mid-stream, Roman general Maximus (Russell Crowe) in counsel with his dying emperor Marcus Aurelius (Richard Harris), an early scene from Ridley Scott's Gladiator, 2000.
Gladiator (2000) - A Soldier's Death Roman General Maximus (Russell Crowe), having failed to swear allegiance to the dead emperor's son, is taken into the woods to be executed, not, in Ridley Scott's Gladiator, 2000.
Gladiator (2000) - Open, Germania Opening titles with historical information to establish the fictional story, then Roman General Maximus (Russell Crowe) on the frontier, from Ridley Scott's Academy Award-winning Gladiator, 2000.
Gladiator (2000) - You Have Missed The War Commodus (Joaquin Phoenix), son of the emperor Marcus Aurelius, rides to join his father (Richard Harris) and general Maximus (Russell Crowe) at the site of their victory over Germanic tribes, in Ridley Scott's Gladiator, 2000.

Trailer

Family

Stan Wemyss
Grandfather
Cinematographer. Named an eBE for his work shooting footage during WWII; Crowe wore the MBE to the 2001 Academy Awards.
Jocelyn Crowe
Mother
Set caterer. Married Crowe's father in 1961.
Alex Crowe
Father
Set caterer, former hotel manager. Married Crowe's mother in 1961.
David Crowe
Uncle
Journalist. Father of Jeff and Martin.
Terry Crowe
Brother
Older.
Jeff Crowe
Cousin
Professional cricket player.
Martin Crowe
Cousin
Professional cricket player.
Charles Spencer Crowe
Son
Born December 21, 2003.

Companions

Jamie O'Neal
Companion
Singer. Dated in 1988.
Danielle Spencer
Companion
Meg Ryan
Companion
Actor. Began highly publicized relationship during filming of "Proof of Life" in 2000; separated in December 2000.
Nicole Kidman
Companion
Actress. Rumored to have been dating since October 2002; a report was later released that the source who claimed to have witnessed Crowe and Kidman kissing, dancing, etc in Mexico lied.

Bibliography

Notes

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.