Russell Crowe

Actor, Singer, Songwriter
A galvanizing presence who earned Hollywood's highest acting accolades, but whose mercurial temperament put him in hot water publicly, actor Russell Crowe ultimately built a reputation as an A-list leading man, whose ... Read more »
Born: 04/06/1964 in Wellington, NZ

Filmography

Actor (64)

The Nice Guys 2016 (Movie)

Jackson Healy (Actor)

Fathers and Daughters 2015 (Movie)

Jake Davis (Actor)

The Water Diviner 2015 (Movie)

Connor (Actor)

Noah 2014 (Movie)

Noah (Actor)

The Graham Norton Show 2006 - 2007, 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

Winter's Tale 2014 (Movie)

Pearly Soames (Actor)

Broken City 2013 (Movie)

Mayor Hostetler (Actor)

Man of Steel 2013 (Movie)

Jor-El (Actor)

Red Obsession 2013 (Movie)

(Narrator)

Spike Guys Choice 2013 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

The 85th Annual Academy Awards 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Performer

The Tonight Show With Jay Leno 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Les Misérables 2012 (Movie)

Javert (Actor)

The Man With the Iron Fists 2012 (Movie)

Jack Knife (Actor)

Robin Hood 2010 (Movie)

Robin Longstride (Actor)

The Late Show With David Letterman 2008 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Guest

The Next Three Days 2010 (Movie)

John Brennan (Actor)

State of Play 2009 (Movie)

Cal McAffrey (Actor)

Tenderness 2009 (Movie)

Lt. Cristofuoro (Actor)

Body of Lies 2008 (Movie)

Ed Hoffman (Actor)

Bra Boys 2008 (Movie)

Narrator (Actor)

Dateline NBC: Going for Gold 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

3:10 to Yuma 2007 (Movie)

Ben Wade (Actor)

American Gangster 2007 (Movie)

Detective Richie Roberts (Actor)

Dateline NBC 2006 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Oprah Winfrey Oscar Special 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

A Good Year 2006 (Movie)

Max Skinner (Actor)

Cinderella Man 2005 (Movie)

Jim Braddock (Actor)

InStyle Celebrity Weddings 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Inside the Actors Studio 2004 (Tv Show)

Interviewee

Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World 2003 (Movie)

Captain Jack Aubrey (Actor)

Texas 2002 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The 74th Annual Academy Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The 7th Annual Critics' Choice Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

7th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

A Beautiful Mind 2001 (Movie)

John Forbes Nash, Jr (Actor)

GQ's 2000 Men of the Year Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The 73rd Annual Academy Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Gladiator 2000 (Movie)

Maximus (Actor)

Gladiator Games: The Roman Blood Sport 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Proof of Life 2000 (Movie)

Terry Thorne (Actor)

The 72nd Annual Academy Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Mystery, Alaska 1999 (Movie)

John Biebe (Actor)

The Insider 1999 (Movie)

Jeffrey Wigand (Actor)

Heaven's Burning 1998 (Movie)

Colin O'Brien (Actor)

Breaking Up 1997 (Movie)

Steve (Actor)

L.A. Confidential 1997 (Movie)

Bud White (Actor)

Rough Magic 1997 (Movie)

Alex Ross (Actor)

For the Moment 1996 (Movie)

Lachlan (Actor)

The Quick and the Dead 1995 (Movie)

Cort (Actor)

The Sum of Us 1995 (Movie)

Jeff Mitchell (Actor)

Virtuosity 1995 (Movie)

Sid 6.7 (Actor)

Hammers Over the Anvil 1994 (Movie)

East Driscoll (Actor)

Brides of Christ 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Love in Limbo 1993 (Movie)

Arthur (Actor)

Romper Stomper 1993 (Movie)

Hando (Actor)

Proof 1992 (Movie)

Andy (Actor)

Spotswood 1992 (Movie)

Kim (Actor)

The Silver Brumby 1992 (Movie)

The Man (Actor)

Prisoners of the Sun 1991 (Movie)

Lieutenant Jack Corbett (Actor)

The Crossing 1990 (Movie)

Johnny (Actor)

Harker (Movie)

Dracula (Actor)

No Way Back (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (3)

Robin Hood 2010 (Movie)

(Producer)

Texas 2002 (Movie)

(Producer)

Dolce's Inferno (Movie)

(Producer)
Director (2)

The Water Diviner 2015 (Movie)

(Director)

Texas 2002 (Movie)

(Director)

Biography

A galvanizing presence who earned Hollywood's highest acting accolades, but whose mercurial temperament put him in hot water publicly, actor Russell Crowe ultimately built a reputation as an A-list leading man, whose electric performances well overshadowed his so-called bad boy nature. With an intense breakout performance as a racist skinhead in the Australian-made "Romper Stomper" (1992), Crowe established himself as an actor on the rise. Crossing the Pacific, he exploded off the screen as a violent 1950s police detective in "L.A. Confidential" (1997), announcing loudly to American audiences that he had arrived. Two years later, Crowe earned his first Academy Award nomination with a sterling performance as a tobacco executive trapped between telling the truth and protecting his family in "The Insider" (1999). But it was his turn as a Roman general in "Gladiator" (2000) that brought home Oscar glory. He was exceptional as schizophrenic math genius John Nash in "A Beautiful Mind" (2001), and followed up with acclaimed roles in "Cinderella Man" (2005) and "3:10 to Yuma" (2007). Crowe reached a personal low point when he was famously arrested for striking a New York hotel concierge with a telephone, prompting an arrest that dogged him for years afterward. But such incidents failed to derail his career, as he turned in fine performances in "American Gangster" (2007), "State of Play" (2009) and "Robin Hood" (2010). Despite his highly public personal stumbles, Crowe was an actor of extraordinary talent and range capable of delivering one acclaimed performance after another.

Relationships

Alex Crowe

Father
Married Crowe's mother in 1961

Jocelyn Crowe

Mother
Married Crowe's father in 1961

Charles Crowe

Son
Born Dec. 21, 2003; mother, Danielle Spencer

Tennyson Crowe

Son
Born July 7, 2006; mother, Danielle Spencer

Terry Crowe

Brother
Older

David Crowe

Uncle
Father of professional cricket players Jeff and Martin Crowe

Jeff Crowe

Cousin

Martin Crowe

Cousin

Nicole Kidman Actor

Companion
Romantically linked October 2002; both denied rumors; the source who claimed to have witnessed Kidman and Crowe kissing, dancing, etc. later admitted that he lied

Jamie O'Neal

Companion
Briefly dated c.1988 No longer together

Meg Ryan Actor

Companion
Began a highly publicized relationship during filming of "Proof of Life" (2000) Separated December 2000

Danielle Spencer Actor

Wife
Met while filming "The Crossing" (1990) Couple had a lengthy on-again, off-again romance Engaged in December 2002 Married April 7, 2003

Stan Wemyss

Grandfather
Named an MBE for his work shooting footage during WWII; Crowe wore the MBE to the 2001 Academy Awards

Milestones

2013

Cast as a corrupt mayor opposite Mark Wahlberg and Catherine Zeta-Jones in crime drama "Broken City"

2012

Co-starred in action feature "The Man with the Iron Fists"

2012

Played Inspector Javert in feature adaptation of popular musical drama "Les Misérables," directed by Tom Hooper

2010

Played title role in Ridley Scott's adaptation of "Robin Hood"

2010

Directed by Paul Haggis in the thriller "The Next Three Days"

2010

Received star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

2009

Played a journalist opposite Ben Affleck in the thriller "State of Play"

2008

Once again directed by Ridley Scott in "Body of Lies"; playing a manipulative CIA boss opposite Leonardo DiCaprio

2007

Again teamed up with director Ridley Scott and co-star Denzel Washington, playing a 1970s police detective in "American Gangster"

2007

Formed own production company Fear of God Films

2007

Co-starred with Christian Bale in "3:10 to Yuma," a Western directed by James Mangold

2006

Once again teamed with director Ridley Scott to star in romantic drama "A Good Year"

2005

Re-teamed with director Ron Howard to play Depression-era heavyweight champ Jim Braddock in "Cinderella Man"; earned Golden Globe and SAG nominations for Best Actor

2003

Again worked with "Beautiful Mind" co-star Paul Bettany on "Master and Commander"; received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor

2001

Portrayed mathematician John Forbes Nash Jr., who suffered from paranoid schizophrenia in Ron Howard's "A Beautiful Mind"; received third consecutive Best Actor Academy Award nomination

2000

Co-starred with Meg Ryan in Taylor Hackford's "Proof of Life"

2000

Portrayed General Maximus Decimus Meridius in Ridley Scott's "Gladiator"; garnered second Best Actor Academy Award nomination

1999

Played a hockey player in "Mystery, Alaska"

1999

Portrayed tobacco industry whistle blower Jeffrey Wigand in Michael Mann's "The Insider"; earned a Best Actor Academy Award nomination

1997

Played the brutal and obsessive cop Bud White in Curtis Hanson's acclaimed "L.A. Confidential"

1995

Cast as the villainous Sid 6.7 opposite Denzel Washington in "Virtuosity"

1995

First American feature, "The Quick and the Dead"

1994

Played a gay man living at home with his dad (Jack Thompson) in "The Sum of Us"

1992

Breakthrough screen role, a neo-Nazi in "Romper Stomper"

1991

Acted in the Australian TV miniseries "Brides of Christ" (aired in U.S. 1993)

1991

Garnered attention for his performance as a mild-mannered dishwasher in "Proof"

1990

Feature film debut, "Blood Oath/Prisoners of the Sun"

1990

First leading role in a feature film, "The Crossing" directed by George Ogilvie

1989

Appeared on stage in the musical "Blood Brothers"; spotted by director George Ogilvie

1986

Toured Australia and New Zealand in the stage production of "The Rocky Horror Show" as Dr. Frank N. Furter

1983

Cast in a role in an Australian production of "Grease"

1982

Returned to Australia at age 18 to resume acting career

1980

Began performing as a singer, billing himself as Rus Le Roq; recorded the single "I Want To Be Like Marlon Brando"

1978

Family returned to New Zealand

1978

Landed role on Australian serial "The Young Doctors"

1969

Began acting career on Australian TV series "Spyforce"; first time co-starring with Jack Thompson

1968

At age four moved with family to Australia

With school chum Dean Cochran, formed band Roman Antix, which eventually became 30 Odd Foot of Grunts

Bonus Trivia

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Crowe and a friend formed a band "Roman Antix," which later evolved into the Australian pub rock band 30 Odd Foot Of Grunts. Crowe performed lead vocals and guitar for the band.

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"I've made 18 movies and I think I've given 18 bad performances. I'm still prepared to believe that I'm learning this job, and sooner or later I might give a performance I like. Unfortunately, I might not get any more after that, so I think it's better I stay unsatisfied." – Crowe to Kim Basinger in Interview magazine, September 1997

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"In Australia, if you make movies, man, you've run away and joined the circus. You're outside of society on lots of different levels, including financially. You do it because you love to do it. Everybody needs to be getting on with each other, because we're doing very long days, and shooting into the night every single night." – Crowe to Detour magazine, October 1997

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"It's more of an industry here [in the U.S.], more big business, you know? Generally, you're in the corner the other actor is in his corner, somebody rings the bell, and you come out and do your stuff. But that's not the basis of performance. In order to get true emotional levels, true levels of sexuality, you've got to be emotionally close to your co-star, your fellow performer. And you know that that relationship is only for the movie. I'm blown away here, where people don't even sit their actors down in the same room and have a reading." – Crowe to Detour magazine, October 1997

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"He is relentless with his questions, arguments and conjectures. I thought he was always testing and testing to see if I knew what I was doing. But once I had his trust, he would have done anything during the shoot. He would have stepped out an open window, high up, if I had asked him." – director Curtis Hanson to Australian Vogue, October 1997

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"There's an elusive amalgam of sensitivity and strength which most actors don't have at all, With Russell you always felt that when he was doing it, he meant it. He has that gravity and masculinity that is disappearing from leading men. If you were casting an Australian remake of 'Raging Bull' then Crowe is the only actor you would consider." – Australian film producer Al Clark quoted in "Good Cop, Bad Cop" in The Age, Good Weekend, Nov. 1, 1997

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"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." – Crowe in Empire magazine, December 1997

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"I like certain parts of America, and there are plenty of places where I'd take my boots off, no problem," he says. "But I don't like the pervasive desire within this business to make you move into the office with them. It makes them feel better. It is like, 'We have the money.' That is the very reason I have no desire to go and roll my swag there. I think it's really unhealthy to live in Los Angeles full time. But it is kind of fun these days to pop in and see these freaks." His formula for dealing with hype seems as straightforward as the rest of him. "I've got to keep my life apart from Hollywood, mate," he says. "I am committed to acting and get great satisfaction from it. But I don't take it too seriously, and realize that it is not rocket science." – from The London Times, March 5, 2000

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"It's all driven by intelligence, really, and Russell's particularly bright. Therefore you'd better know all your answers before you go and work with him. Otherwise he'll put you under pressure. That's his style. He likes to research the living daylights out of everything, so it's competitive, which is interesting because in a way it kind of sets the pace." – director Ridley Scott to The Sydney Morning Herald, March 2, 2002

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"Straight up and down, it can be very restricting. A lot of things in life have to adjust. But it's not going to fundamentally change me. It's not going to change my passion for the job. I may end up doing less work but that's really got to do with how much is required of me at this juncture." – Crowe on fame to The Sydney Morning Herald, March 2, 2002

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On June 24, 2002, two men were acquitted in an Australian court of blackmailing Crowe with a videotape of him brawling in a bar. The judge ruled that though the men were thinking of ways to make money on the tape, they never directly threatened Crowe.

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"I don't use my 'celebrity' to make a living. I don't do ads for suits in Spain like George Clooney. To me it's sacrilegious, it's a complete contradition of the contract you have with your audience." – Crowe to GQ magazine, March 2005

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On June 6, 2005, Crowe was charged with one count of second-degree assault after he was arrested for allegedly hitting a hotel employee in the face with a telephone during an argument over a faulty phone in his room. They settled the case out of court.

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In March 2006, Crowe and businessman Peter Holmes à Court purchased the South Sydney Rabbitohs National Rugby League, one of the oldest and most famous clubs in the sport. It cost them $3 million, and they received four of eight seats on the board of directors.

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