Russell Ira Crowe Russell Ira Crowe is an Australian and American film actor and director of New Zealand origin. Oscar winner in 2001 (3 nominations).
He is best known for his roles in films such as: LA Confidential (1997), The Insider (1999), Gladiator (2000), A Beautiful Mind (2001), Master and Commander: On the Edge Earth" (2003), "Knockdown" (2005), "Train to Yuma" (2007), "Les Miserables" (2012), "Noah" (2014), "Goodfellas" (2016) and "The Mummy" (2017) .
Place of Birth. Education. Born April 7, 1964 in Wellington (New Zealand) in the family of Alex and Jocelyn Crowe, becoming the second child in the family after his older brother Terry Crowe. When Crowe was 4 years old, the family moved to Sydney. Paternal ancestors are from Wales, Scotland and Scandinavia. On the mother's side - Scots, English and Maori (great-grandmother). At the age of 5, he appeared in an episode of the Australian television series Spyforce, produced by his mother's godfather.
When he was 14 years old, the family again returned to New Zealand, where they settled in the suburbs of Auckland. The main income of the family at that time was the inexpensive Flying Jug restaurant, where they were one of the co-owners. Crowe left school to be able to help the family financially.
Musical career. In the mid-1980s, he was a member of the musical group "Russ Le Roc", whose name was similar to his stage name. Crowe later organized a completely new rock band, Roman Antix, which almost completely became the rock band 30 Odd Foot Of Grunts, which existed from 1991 to 2005. After the breakup of the group, Crowe began a solo career. At 21, he left for Australia, intending to enroll at the National Institute of Dramatic Art in Sydney. However, he later abandoned this idea. Crowe later recalled that he was advised not to waste time.
Film career. After appearing in several TV series in 1990, Crowe landed his first film role in Crossroads. In 1992, the film "Skinheads" was released, for the role in which Crowe was awarded a national film award.
Crowe began to receive invitations from Hollywood directors - The Quick and the Dead (1995), Virtuality (1995), L.A. Confidential (1997).
Crowe received two Oscar nominations: for his role as mathematician John Nash in Ron Howard's A Beautiful Mind (2001) and for his role in The Insider (1999). In 2000, he received an Oscar for his role as Commander Maximus in the historical film Gladiator.
On May 12, 2010, the film "Robin Hood" with his participation was released, and on November 18, a new film "Three Days to Escape" was released, in which the actor played the main role.
December 5, 2012 saw the light of the film "Les Misérables" - a film adaptation of the musical of the same name. Crowe played the role of French police inspector Javert.
On March 10, 2014, the film "Noah" was released - the fruit of a collaboration between director Darren Aronofsky and Crowe. In the film adaptation of the biblical story about the only righteous person on Earth, the Australian actor played a major role.
On October 1, 2015, the drama "Fathers and Daughters" appeared at the box office, telling about the difficult life of the writer Jake Davis and his daughter, trying to cope with the loss of his wife and mother.
On May 15, 2016, Russell's first comedy film in a long time, The Goodfellas, was released. The comedy duo of Crowe and Ryan Gosling was warmly received by critics and audiences.
On June 7, 2017, the reboot of The Mummy was released, starring Tom Cruise, in which Crowe plays the role of Dr. Jekyll.
In the spring of 2019, the film Erased Identity, based on the autobiographical book of the same name by Garrard Conley, was released. Crowe played the role of a Baptist pastor in the film. Nicole Kidman played his wife.
Director. In 2014, Russell first tried his hand at directing - directing the film "Waterfinder", in which he also played the lead role - Australian farmer Connor. The film was released on December 11, 2014 and, despite being moderately critically acclaimed, failed to break even at the box office.
Awards. Oscar award": 2000 - the best male role, the film "Gladiator";
Golden Globe Award: 2001 - the best male role, the film "Mind Games";
BAFTA Award: 2001 - the best male role, the film "Mind Games".
Nominations. Oscar Award: 1999 - Best Actor, "The Insider", 2001 - Best Actor, A Beautiful Mind.
Hobbies. Russell Crowe is a big fan of rugby. He is a co-owner of the South Sydney Rabbitoes Rugby Club, one of the oldest in Australia.
A fan of the Polish national football team.
Personal life. Since April 7, 2003, he has been married to Danielle Spencer, they have two sons - Charles Spencer-Crow (12/21/03) and Tennyson Spencer-Crow (07/07/06). After 9 years of marriage, Russell Crowe broke up with his wife.