Russell Crowe

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Russell Crowe

Born

4/7/1964, Wellington, New Zealand

Birth Name

Russell Ira Crowe

Gender

Male
8.3
out of 10
User Rating
87 votes

Biography

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Born in Wellington, New Zealand, Australia has been his home since he was a young child. He began as a child actor on local Australian TV shows. He married his life-long girlfriend Danielle Spencer on April 7, 2003, with one child Charles Spencer Crowe, born in Sydney on…more

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  • Trivia

    • Awards:
      1998(nomination)- SAG award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast for L.A. Confidental.
      2000(nomination)- Oscar for Best Actor in a Leading Role for The Insider.
      2000(nomination)- SAG award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role for The Insider.
      2000(nomination)- Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture-Drama for The Insider.
      2001(won)- Oscar for Best Actor in a Leading Role for Gladiator.
      2001(nomination)- SAG award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role for Gladiator.
      2001(nomination)- SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast for Gladiator.
      2001(nomination)- Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture-Drama for Gladiator.
      2002(nomination)- Oscar for Best Actor in a Leading Role for A Beautiful Mind.
      2002(win)- SAG award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role for A Beautiful Mind.
      2002(nomination)- SAG award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast for A Beautiful Mind.
      2002(win)- Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture-Drama for A Beautiful Mind.
      2004(nomination)- Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture-Drama for Master and Commander: The Far Side of The World.
      2006(nomination)- SAG award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast for Cinderella Man.
      2006(nomination)- Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture-Drama for Cinderella Man.
      2008(nomination)- SAG award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast for American Gangster.
      2008(nomination)- SAG award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast for 3:10 to Yuma.

    • In 2007 Russell assisted the Australian government by appearing in a DVD designed to educate parents on the correct way of raising their children.

    • While filming the movie 3:10 From Yuma, Russell was temporarily knocked out after falling from his horse, but quickly came to. Executives then insisted he use a stunt double in future.

    • Russell caused a scene at Nicole Kidman's wedding to Keith Urban, after arriving late and given seats on the groom's side. Russell was initially rude to people before warming to others after a few drinks.

    • Russell spoke via satellite at the memorial service of fellow Australian and friend Steve Irwin.

    • Russell avidly collects guitars.

    • He is of Norwegian and Maori descent.

    • Russell is tipped to play Ben Wade in a remake of the 1950s western 3:10 to Yuma - a role made famous by actor Glenn Ford.

    • On 19 March, 2006, Russell was able to purchase 75% of his much loved South Sydney Rabbitohs National Rugby League club (with businessman Peter Holmes à Court). The purchase will cost them (AUD) $3 million.

    • Russell's father-in-law is Don Spencer a well known Australian children's TV presenter and musician.

    • Together in their home town of Auckland Dean Cochrane and Russell Crowe formed a band called Roman Antix. The two also toured together in a production of The Rocky Horror Show. Then in 1987 they packed up and moved to Australia. In the beginning to earn a living they busked on the streets of Sydney. Russell split his time between writing and recording (with Dean) and auditioning for acting rolls.

      They had a large collection of songs and decided to form a full band that would go out and play them TOFOG (30 odd foot of grunts) is the result.

    • From 1986 - 1988 Russell played Dr Frank N. Furter in The Rocky Horror Picture Show, doing about 415 performances during this time.

    • Russell started working in television at age 6, as an extra, he was not a child star; TV shows included Spyforce and The Young Doctors.

    • Russell was born into a show-business family. His maternal grandfather, Stan Wemyss, was an award-winning cinematographer during WWII. His parents, Alex and Jocelyn, were caterers for film and television, and as a young lad his family travelled extensively due there jobs.

    • Russell Crowe married Danielle Spencer on April 7, 2003. They have two children, Charles "Charlie" Spencer, born December 21, 2003, and Tennyson Spencer, July 7 2006. Both were born in Sydney, Australia.

    • Russell owns a home in Sydney and a much-loved farm near Nana Glen.

    • A young Russell made money by busking on the streets of Sydney.

    • Russell has two cousins who are well-known professional crickets in New Zealand.

    • Russell Crowe, Scott Grimes, and Kevin Durand recorded the song "Nowhere" after they appeared in the movie Mystery Alaska together.

    • The Federal Bureau of Investigation agents had approached Crowe prior to the 73rd Academy Awards on March 25, 2001 and told him that the Islamist terrorist group al-Qaeda wanted to kidnap him.

    • Russell was arrested in a New York Hotel on June 6, for allegedly throwing a phone at an hotel employee's face because the employee couldn't place a call to Australia on his phone. Crowe was charged with second-degree assault and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon.

    • His nickname is Rusty.

    • Shares the same birthday as Jackie Chan.

  • Quotes

    • Russell: I want 17 or so kids. I say to my wife, 'Imagine having a daughter! A little you running around!' She just smiles and nods and says 'Yeah, yeah ... no.'

    • Russell: (revealing his funny side while filming Nottingham) I'd wait until Leonardo [DiCaprio] was sitting in the make-up chair and I'd walk past him and go 'Achew!'. Then I would squirt ... this spray bottle so just little bits of fine mist would form on his face and he'd obviously assume it was mucus.

    • Russell: (on having long hair for the film Nottingham) I hate having long hair – it's like walking around with a dead koala on your back!

    • Russell: (joking his son Tennyson will marry Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman's daughter, Sunday Rose) Nicole and Keith brought Sunday Rose around on a Sunday, which I thought was appropriate ... Nicole had one look at my younger son Tennyson, and looked up at me and said, 'I'm a great believer in arranged marriages.' I believe she made the connection between Sunday and Tennyson now, so Tennyson is already engaged!

    • Russell: I'd always seen that people who had a piece of paper saying they were an actor as people who are definitely sort of above me. They had a paper that says that they'd studied the craft. While I was trying to save money to go to the National Institute of Dramatic Art in Australia I ended up getting all of this experience which meant that by the time I had enough money in the bank to go to school I didn't really need to go to school anymore.

    • Russell: 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.

    • Russell: (on fatherhood) I'm loving being a dad. I cannot understand how in the past I managed to cope without getting cuddled this many times a day.

    • Russell: ("Empire"-Dec. 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: (When asked which USA state he would like to live in) I would be most comfortable living in Austin, Texas.

    • Russell: After The Insider (1999), I know the exact chemical compounds in a commercial cigarette, but I've been smoking since I was 10. I know it's terrible, but I am a great fan of irony.

    • Russell: I'd like to play passionate women, but no one will let me.

    • Russell: You don't have to like an actor to do a scene with him. You don't have to like a director. But it's just better if you do. And I think, you know, you've got to begin that with respect.

    • Russell: If there's anything about someone's life that's important enough to make a movie about it, I have to take responsibility to get all of it right. It's a huge responsibility.

    • Russell: God bless America. God save the Queen. God defend New Zealand and thank Christ for Australia.

    • Russell: My days, if they start in the morning with a cuddle from my son, are just so much more glorious than they were prior to that.

    • Russell: (about his firstborn) From the moment he arrived, my perspective just changed, my priorities changed. I'm very involved in being a dad. It's the little things that count.

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Brilliant actor...

    10
    Crowe is a brilliant Academy Award winng actor who is probably my second favourite acctor of all time, I irst saw Russell Crowe in "Gladiator" he was truley superb in this epic film, he truely deserved the best actor oscar for that year, it was probably one of the best performances I have seen in a film alongside, Kevin Spacey's "American Beauty" and Brando's "Godfather". Later I saw Crowe in another brilliant epic film called "Master and Commander", which I found very entertaining, also I saw "LA Confidential" which he played a tough cop named Budd and finnaly another brilliant film he was in called "3:10 to Yuma", in which he co starred with my favourite actor. All in all Russell Crowe is a superb actor, who has starred in many of my favourite films.moreless
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    9.0
    He makes very different roles... Great Actor...
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