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|His 2001 film, Vanilla Sky, featured a cameo by Steven Spielberg; Crowe returned the favor the next year by doing a cameo in Spielberg's Minority Report.|
|Skipped grades in school and graduated at age 15.|
|Directed a 2002 Gap commercial that starred Kate Beckinsale and Orlando Bloom.|
|His book Conversations With Wilder (1999) is a collection of interviews he did with his hero, writer-director Billy Wilder.|
|Wrote liner notes for albums by Peter Frampton, Tom Petty, Bob Dylan, Led Zeppelin and Lynyrd Skynyrd.|
|Posed as a student at a southern California high school at age 22 to write 1981's Fast Times at Ridgemont High, a non-fiction book that was the basis for the movie of the same na|
|Got his start as a writer when he was hired by Rolling Stone magazine as a 15-year-old; his experieces were the basis for Almost Famous, a 2000 comedy-drama for which he won an Oscar.|
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