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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)

In The News:

Local films struggle at the Australian box office
Film Journal (blog)
Although figures are not final yet, 2014 has not been one of the best years box-office-wise for Australian films locally. Hopes are higher for 2015, with Russell Crowe's war drama The Water Diviner having opened wide on Boxing Day after a strong publicity ...

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Russell: I can't believe what I used to crow
Belfast Telegraph
Share. Mandatory Credit: Photo by REX (3679639bc) Russell Crowe 'Noah' film premiere. Russell Crowe. 22 December 2014. Russell Crowe can't believe how audacious he was as an up-and-coming actor. Also in this Section. The Fall's Bronagh Waugh: I'd ...

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Russell Crowe and Hugh Jackman, move over. Another actor Down Under also wants to be a musician. And when he's this endearingly strange about it, we're not complaining. Guy Pearce quietly released an album called Broken Bones in November and ...

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The Guardian

Russell Crowe: even at my most successful, I just wanted to be home
The Guardian
Russell Crowe, like a lot of us, is sick of commuting. ?I commute to work and it is a long commute and sometimes it can be really tedious,? says the 50-year-old. ?As the years go by, it is more and more of a problem for me ? it doesn't feel natural for me to get on ...

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  Mon, 22 Dec 2014 07:48:24 GMT


Sydney Morning Herald

The Water Diviner review: Russell Crowe's directorial debut flounders in ...
Sydney Morning Herald
Like many tough guys, Russell Crowe has a wide sentimental streak. He loves underdogs, as we have seen with South Sydney. It's there in some of his best roles too ? like Bud White, the soft-hearted brute he played in LA Confidential. He has mastered ...

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  Mon, 22 Dec 2014 05:10:47 GMT


Herald Sun

Russell Crowe and Olga Kurylenko attend the Water Diviner premiere in Sydney ...
Herald Sun
OSCAR winner Russell Crowe felt a ?flutter of cynicism? from some cast and crew during his first-time directing gig on The Water Diviner. ?You try to lead by example and prepare everybody as best you can,? Crowe told Confidential. ?It's natural, even though ...

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  Sun, 21 Dec 2014 10:36:07 GMT


Auckland stuff.co.nz

Water Diviner nothing to Crowe about
Auckland stuff.co.nz
Say what you like about Russell Crowe, but the man cares a lot. Giving everything to a role (even though Noah was the cinematic lowpoint of my year, there's no disputing Crowe's commitment), he has turned out many a fine, Oscar-worthy performance in his ...

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  Sat, 20 Dec 2014 16:02:41 GMT


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The Water Diviner ? Turkey. Russell Crowe goes to Gallipoli looking for his missing sons in The Water Diviner. Source: Supplied. Set four years after the devastating battle of Gallipoli, The Water Diviner is centred on an Australian farmer's journey to Turkey to ...

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NEWS.com.au

Fiercely independent ... Olga Kurylenko in Sydney. Picture: Chris Pavlich ...
NEWS.com.au
?The danger is that you can get stuck,'' says the Ukrainian actress, who was in Sydney for the world premiere of her latest film, The Water Diviner, directed by and starring Russell Crowe. In the years immediately following Quantum of Solace (2008), ...

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Former Bond girl Olga Kurylenko opens up on Russell Crowe, small-town values ...
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But the career trajectories of some of her immediate predecessors - Golden Globe nominee Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl), for instance - have gone some way to mitigating those concerns. ?The danger is that you can get stuck,'' says the Ukrainian actress, who ...

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