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Russell Ira Crowe (born April 7, 1964 in Wellington, New Zealand) is an Oscar-winning New Zealand-Australian film actor.

Early life and career
Crowe was born in Wellington, New Zealand, of British, and Norwegian and distant Maori descent. When he was four years old, his family moved to Australia, where his parents pursued a career in filmset catering. His maternal grandfather, Stan Wemyss, was a cinematographer who, according to Crowe, produced the first film by New Zealander, Geoff Murphy. The producer of the Australian TV series Spyforce was his mother's godfather, and Crowe at age five or six was hired for a line of dialogue in one episode, opposite series star Jack Thompson, who years later played Crowe's father in The Sum of Us and who coincidentally had been educated at the same school which Crowe was to attend for two years. This was Sydney Boys High School.

When he was 14, however, Crowe's family moved back to New Zealand, where he attended Auckland Grammar School. He did not complete secondary school, leaving early to help his family financially. In the mid-1980's Russell, under guidance from his good mate Tom Sharplin, performed as a rock'n'roll revivalist, under the stage name Russ Le Roq, and had a New Zealand single with "I wanna be Marlon Brando".

Crowe returned to Australia at age 21, intending to apply to the National Institute of Dramatic Art. "I was working in a theater show, and talked to a guy who was then the head of technical support at NIDA," Crowe recalled. "I asked him what he thought about me spending three years at NIDA. He told me it'd be a waste of time. He said, 'You already do the things you go there to learn, and you've been doing it for most of your life, so there's nothing to teach you but bad habits.'" In 1987 Crowe spent a six month stint as a busker when he couldn't find other work.

After appearing in the TV series Neighbours, Living with the Law and The Late Show (Australian TV series) as 'Shirty' - The Slightly Aggressive Bear, Crowe was cast in his first film, The Crossing (1990), a small-town love triangle directed by George Ogilvie. Before production started, a film-student protege of Ogilvie's, Steve Wallace, hired Crowe for the film "Blood Oath," a.k.a. "Prisoners of the Sun" (1990), which was released a month earlier, although actually filmed later.

Hollywood
After initial success in Australia, Crowe began acting in American films. He went on to become a three-time Oscar nominee, winning the Academy Award as Best Actor in 2001 for Gladiator. Crowe wore his grandfather Stan Wemyss's Member of the Order of the British Empire medal to the ceremony.

Crowe received three consecutive best actor Oscar nominations for The Insider, Gladiator and A Beautiful Mind. All three films were also nominated for best picture. Within the six year stretch from 1997-2003, he also starred in two other best picture nominees, LA Confidential and Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, though he was nominated for neither.

On March 9, 2005, Crowe revealed to GQ magazine that Federal Bureau of Investigation agents had approached him prior to the 73rd Academy Awards on March 25, 2001 and told him that the Islamist terrorist group al-Qaeda wanted to kidnap him. Crowe told the magazine that it was the first time he had ever heard of al-Qaeda (the September 11 attacks took place later that year) and was quoted as saying:

"You get this late-night call from the FBI when you arrive in Los Angeles, and they're, like, absolutely full-on. 'We’ve got to talk to you now before you do anything. We have to have a discussion with you, Mr. Crowe.'" Crowe recalled that "it was something to do with some recording picked up by a French policewoman, I think, in either Libya or Algiers...it was about taking iconographic Americans out of the picture as a sort of cultural-destabilization plan."
Crowe was guarded by Secret Service agents for the next few months, both while shooting films and at award ceremonies (Scotland Yard also guarded Crowe while he was promoting Proof of Life in London in February 2001). Crowe said that he "never fully understood what the fuck was going on." The FBI confirmed Crowe's statement (which is uncharacteristic of the agency in that it usually does not comment to the media).

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Temperament
Crowe has been involved in a number of altercations in recent years which have given him a reputation for having a bad temper. When part of Crowe's appearance at the 2002 British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) awards was cut out to fit into the BBC's tape-delayed broadcast, Crowe accosted producer Malcolm Gerrie. During the filming of A Beautiful Mind on the campus of Princeton University, Crowe made an obscene gesture to Princeton student Meredith Moroney whom he spotted photographing him, which raised a media stir. In 1999, Crowe was involved in a scuffle at the Saloon Bar in Coffs Harbour, Australia, which was caught by a security video.

In June 2005, Crowe was arrested and charged with second degree assault by New York Police, in connection with an incident at the Mercer Hotel, SoHo, New York. Crowe threw a broken telephone at a hotel employee, and was charged with fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon (the telephone). Crowe, who was sentenced to conditional release, paid about US$100,000 to settle the civil lawsuit to the concierge, who was treated for a facial laceration. Crowe's temperament was parodied in an episode of the cartoon South Park titled The New Terrance and Phillip Movie Trailer. In this episode, Crowe is the star of his own, fictional TV series: Russell Crowe: Fightin' Around The World, and he travels the globe in his tug boat to fight people of different nationalities. Crowe's temperament was also parodied on the Australian Seven Network skit show "Big Bite" in 2003. The Network Ten show The Secret Life of Us was parodied on the show as The Secret Life of Russ. The "phone incident" was parodied in Scary Movie 4 when Brenda is dreaming, one of her lines is "Look out, Russell Crowe's got a phone!"

On other occasions, however, he has been known to show compassion. Following the death of his friend, naturalist and television personality Steve Irwin, Russell remarked that Irwin was "the Australian we all aspire to be." He also recently slammed a report claiming he was hoping to portray Irwin in a biopic about his life, stating, "It's appalling to me and offends me very deeply. It's so awful that I have to deal with millions of people thinking I would dance on my friend's grave. Yes, I do think there should be a movie made about Steve but I'm not the sort of person who will be doing commerce on my friend's grave."

Family and general interests
On April 7, 2003, his 39th birthday, Crowe married Australian singer and actress Danielle Spencer. Crowe met Spencer while filming "The Crossing" (1990). Crowe also dated American actress Meg Ryan after they had an admitted affair while filming Proof of Life (2000) and in the past, he was been linked to Erica Baxter, Peta Wilson and Courtney Love.

Crowe and Spencer's first son, Charles Spencer Crowe, was born on December 21, 2003. In January 2006, Crowe announced they were expecting their second child, and in March, Crowe announced on The Tonight Show that they were expecting a boy. Their second son, Tennyson Spencer Crowe, was born on July 7, 2006. Two of Russell Crowe's cousins, Martin and Jeff Crowe are former New Zealand national cricket captains.

Most of the year, Crowe resides in Australia at both his Sydney home in Woolloomooloo and his 320 hectare rural property in Nana Glen near Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, but he is renting a house for Summer 2006 in Nyack, New York while he works on a movie being shot in New York City.

South Sydney Rabbitohs
On 19 March, 2006, the voting members of the South Sydney Rabbitohs National Rugby League club voted (in a 75.8% majority) to allow Crowe and businessman Peter Holmes à Court to purchase 75% of the club, leaving 25% ownership with the members. It will cost them (AUD) $3 million, and they will receive four of eight seats on the board of directors.

Crowe has been a major supporter of the Rabbitohs rugby league team for many years, appearing at many home games, and supporting the club during its time when they were forced from the National Rugby League competition for two years. Crowe paid $40,000 for a brass bell used to open the first rugby league competition match in Australia in 1908, which he then returned to the club. In 2005, he made them the first club team in Australia to be sponsored by a film, when he negotiated a deal to advertise his movie Cinderella Man on their jerseys.

He is friends with many current and former players of the club, and currently employs former South Sydney forward Mark Caroll as a bodyguard and personal trainer. He has encouraged other actors to support the club, such as Tom Cruise and Burt Reynolds. Business and television personality Eddie McGuire has been offered a seat on the Rabbitohs board.

Musical Activities
Crowe's early stage name as a musician was "Rus Le Roq" and he was billed as such while performing with the New Zealand production of Rocky Horror. Crowe performed lead vocals and guitar for an Australian pub rock band, 30 Odd Foot Of Grunts formed in 1992. The band had found neither critical nor popular success but had several releases including 1998's Gaslight, 2001's Bastard Life or Clarity and 2003's Other Ways of Speaking, plus various CD releases now out of print. The band's web site indicates that group has "dissolved/evolved" and states that Crowe's music would take a new direction.

He continued with a collaboration with Alan Doyle of the Canadian band Great Big Sea in early 2005, which also involved members of his previous band. A new single, Raewyn, was released in April 2005 and an album entitled My Hand, My Heart has been released for download on iTunes. The album includes a tribute song to the late actor, Richard Harris, who became Crowe's friend during the making of Gladiator. In 2002, he directed the music video clip (which starred former child actor Duy Nguyen) for his wife Danielle Spencer's single 'Tickle Me' from her 'White Monkey' album. On March 10, 2006, Russell Crowe performed with his new band The Ordinary Fear of God on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

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Filmography

Neighbours (TV Show) (1987)
The Crossing (1990)
Prisoners of the Sun (1990)
Hammers Over the Anvil (1991)
Proof (1991)
The Efficiency Expert (1992)
Romper Stomper (1992)
For the Moment (1993)
Love in Limbo (1993)
The Silver Stallion: King of the Wild Brumbies (1993)
The Sum of Us (1994)
The Quick and the Dead (1995)
No Way Back (1995)
Virtuosity (1995)
Rough Magic (1995)
L.A. Confidential (1997)
Heaven's Burning (1997)
Breaking Up (1997)
Mystery, Alaska (1999)
The Insider (1999)
Gladiator (2000)
Proof of Life (2000)
A Beautiful Mind (2001)
Texas (2002) (documentary) (also director and producer)
60 Odd Hours in Italy (2002) (short subject) (also director)
Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003)
Cinderella Man (2005)
A Good Year (2006)
Tenderness (2007)
American Gangster (2007)
3:10 To Yuma (2007)

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Russell Crowe Publicly Denies Hitting Soho Hotel Clerk With His Phone
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Russell Crowe is speaking out about an incident that happened back in 2005 that had him taken away in handcuffs and charged with assault. The incident occurred at the Mercer Hotel in Soho. A hotel clerk accused Crowe of throwing his phone at him and ...

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Is Russell Crowe a 'moron', 'shallow' - or 'honest'? Heated debate over Gallipoli ...
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Russell Crowe has been labelled intellectual, ignorant and a jerk after telling Australians to stop celebrating the "mythology" of Gallipoli. In an interview promoting his new movie 'The Water Diviner', Crowe said Australia shouldn't celebrate Gallipoli because ...

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Soldiers criticise Russell Crowe's Gallipoli views
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HOLLYWOOD star Russell Crowe has been criticised by old soldiers on both sides of the Tasman for trying to re-write history while criticising the "mythology" of the Battle of Gallipoli. Ahead of the centenary of the doomed World War I stand-off, Crowe gave an ...

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  Mon, 24 Nov 2014 21:04:34 GMT


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Russell Crowe is sensitive
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The 'Noah' actor insists speculation he is arrogant and has a bad temper is false but he admits he takes things to heart more than he probably should. He said: "Look, I'm extremely sensitive, and that's probably where some of my negative stuff comes from.

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Russell Crowe has caused controversy with the promotion of his latest film by saying it's time to stop celebrating the mythology of Gallipoli. But his choice of words hasn't gone down well with many, including 430: "My Grandfather fought and survived at ...

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Russell Crowe misses his sons
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Russell Crowe says the hardest part about being an actor is not being around his sons. The Noah star finds himself away from home for much of the year due to his busy acting schedule, and admitted he is finding it ''harder and harder'' to take new roles ...

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  Mon, 24 Nov 2014 14:50:19 GMT


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Russell Crowe criticised for Gallipoli comments
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Russell Crowe has angered war veterens by challenging the "mythology" surrounding the Gallipoli campaign, saying it was time to admit that "we did invade a sovereign nation that we'd never had an angry word with". The New Zealand-born actor, who lives ...

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  Mon, 24 Nov 2014 14:29:35 GMT


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Russell Crowe shocks viewers as he wears Adidas hoodie for Sunday Night ...
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The 50-year-old, looked casual and relaxed in the get up as he explained why he hurled a telephone at a hotel clerk at Mercer Hotel in New York back in 2005. Russell Crowe discusses New York hotel phone incident ...

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  Sun, 23 Nov 2014 14:05:49 GMT


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Russell Crowe defines Battle of Gallipoli as 'invasion'
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Actor and director Russell Crowe has spoken out about ?the other side? of the Gallipoli story in a candid interview on Australian TV show Sunday Night, defining the Battle of Gallipoli during World War I as an ?invasion.? Russell Crowe talked to Sunday Night ...

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  Mon, 24 Nov 2014 11:19:25 GMT


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Russell Crowe is ''extremely sensitive'' and thinks that is why he often gets into trouble. Russell Crowe is ''extremely sensitive''. The 'Noah' actor insists speculation he is arrogant and has a bad temper is false but he admits he takes things to heart more than ...

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