Russell Crowe Biography
Russell Ira Crowe born 7th April 1964 is an actor, film producer and musician. Despite being a New Zealand citizen, he has lived most of his life in Australia. Crowe was born in the Wellington suburb of Strathmore Park, to Jocelyn Yvonne and John Alexander Crowe, both of whom were film set caterers; his father also managed a hotel. Crowe’s maternal grandfather, Stan Wemyss, was a cinematographer who was named an MBE for filming footage of World War II. Crowe’s paternal grandfather, John Doubleday Crowe, was from Wrexham, Wales, while one of Crowe’s maternal great-great-grandmothers was Maori. Crowe also has English, German, Irish, Italian, Norwegian, Scottish, Swedish, and Welsh ancestry. He is a cousin of former New Zealand cricket captains Martin Crowe and Jeff Crowe, and nephew of cricketer Dave Crowe. Russell has built a cricket field named for his uncle.
His family moved to Sydney, Australia, when crowe was only four years old,where his parents pursued a career in set catering. The producer of the Australian TV series Spyforce was his mother’s godfather, and Crowe was hired for a line of dialogue in one episode, opposite series star Jack Thompson . Crowe also appeared briefly in the serial The Young Doctors. Crowe went to Vaucluse Public School but later moved to Sydney Boys High School. At the age of 14, his family moved back to New Zealand where, along with his brother Terry, he attended Auckland Grammar School with cousins Martin Crowe and Jeff Crowe. He then continued his secondary education at Mount Roskill Grammar School, which he left at the age 16 to pursue his ambition of becoming an actor.
Russell Crowe Career
Crowe began his performing career as a musician in the early 1980s,under the stage name “Russ Le Roq”. He worked under the guidance from his good friend Tom Sharplin. He managed to release several New Zealand singles including “I Just Want To Be Like Marlon Brando”, “Pier 13”, “Shattered Glass”, none of which charted. He managed an Auckland music venue called “The Venue” in 1984. He was featured in A Very Special Person, a promotional video for the theology/ministry course at Avondale College, a Seventh-day Adventist tertiary education provider in New South Wales at the age of 18 .
Crowe, at the age of 21, returned to Australia with the intention of applying to the National Institute of Dramatic Art. “I was working in a theatre show, and talked to a guy who was then the head of technical support at NIDA”, Crowe recalls. “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.'” From 1986 to 1988, he was given his first professional role by director Daniel Abineri, in a New Zealand production of The Rocky Horror Show. He played the role of Eddie/Dr Scott. He repeated this performance in a further Australian production of the show, which also toured New Zealand. In 1987, Crowe spent six months busking when he could not find other work. In the 1988 Australian production of Blood Brothers, Crowe played the role of Mickey. He was also cast again by Daniel Abineri in the role of Johnny, in the stage musical Bad Boy Johnny and the Prophets of Doom in 1989.Russell Crowe Photo
After appearing in the TV series Neighbours and Living with the Law, Crowe was cast by Faith Martin in his first film, The Crossing in 1990, a small-town love triangle directed by George Ogilvie. Steve Wallace, a film-student protégé of Ogilvie, hired Crowe for the film Blood Oath in 1990 , which was released a month earlier than The Crossing, although actually filmed later. In 1992, Crowe starred in the first episode of the second series of Police Rescue. Crowe also starred in Romper Stomper, an Australian film which followed the exploits and downfall of a racist skinhead group in blue-collar suburban Melbourne, directed by Geoffrey Wright and co-starring Jacqueline McKenzie. Crowe won an Australian Film Institute (AFI) award for Best Actor, for the role, following up from his Best Supporting Actor award for Proof in 1991. In 2015 it was reported that Crowe had applied for Australian citizenship in 2006 and again in 2013 but was rejected because he failed to fulfill the residency requirements. However, Australia’s Immigration Department said it had no record of any such application by Crowe.
Crowe, after initial success in Australia, he first starred in a Canadian production in 1993, For the Moment, before concentrating on American films. In 1995 he co-starred with Denzel Washington in Virtuosity and with Sharon Stone in The Quick and the Dead . He went on to become a three-time Oscar nominee, winning the Academy Award as Best Actor in 2000 for Gladiator. Crowe was awarded the Australian Centenary Medal in 2001 for “service to Australian society and Australian film production.” He received three consecutive best actor Oscar nominations, for The Insider, Gladiator and A Beautiful Mind. Crowe won the best actor award for A Beautiful Mind at the 2002 BAFTA award ceremony, as well as the Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award for the same performance. Although nominated for an Academy Award, he lost to Denzel Washington.
All three films that he was cast were also nominated for best picture, and both Gladiator and A Beautiful Mind won the award. He also starred in two other best picture nominees, L.A. Confidential and Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World between 1997 and 2003. He re-teamed with A Beautiful Mind director Ron Howard for Cinderella Man in 2005 . He also re-teamed with Gladiator director Ridley Scott in 2006,for A Good Year, the first of two consecutive collaborations ,the second being American Gangster co-starring again with Denzel Washington, released in late 2007. While the light romantic comedy of A Good Year was not greatly received, Crowe seemed pleased with the film, telling STV in an interview that he thought it would be enjoyed by fans of his other films.
Crowe’s box office standing in recent years, has declined. Crowe appeared in Robin Hood, a film based on the Robin Hood legend, directed by Ridley Scott and released on 14 May 2010. Crowe starred in the 2010 Paul Haggis film The Next Three Days, an adaptation of the 2008 French film Pour Elle. After staying away off the stage for a year, Crowe played Jackknife in The Man with the Iron Fists, opposite RZA. He took on the role of Inspector Javert in the musical film of Les Misérables in 2012, and portrayed Superman’s biological father, Jor-El, in the Christopher Nolan produced Superman film, Man of Steel, released in the summer of 2013. He played a gangster in the film adaptation of Mark Helprin’s 1983 novel Winter’s Tale, and the title role in the Darren Aronofsky film Noah ,in 2014. In June 2013, he signed to make his directional debut with an historical drama film The Water Diviner, which he also starred in alongside Jacqueline McKenzie, Olga Kurylenko, Jai Courtney. The film focused on the time of 1919 and was produced by Troy Lum, Andrew Mason and Keith Rodger. Crowe also starred in The Mummy of 2017.
Russell Crowe Music
Crowe, under the stage name “Russ le Roq”, recorded his first song titled “I Want To Be Like Marlon Brando” in the 1980s. Still in the 1980s, together with his friend Billy Dean Cochran ,Crowe formed a band, “Roman Antix”, which later evolved into the Australian rock band 30 Odd Foot of Grunts (TOFOG). In the band, which formed in 1992 ,Crowe performed lead vocals and guitar . The band released The Photograph Kills EP in 1995, as well as three full-length records, Gaslight (1998), Bastard Life or Clarity (2001) and Other Ways of Speaking (2003). TOFOG in 2000, performed shows in London, Los Angeles and the now famous run of shows at Stubbs in Austin, Texas which became a live DVD that was released in 2001, called Texas. In 2001, the band came to the US for major press, radio and TV appearances for the Bastard Life or Clarity release and returned to Stubbs in Austin, Texas to kick off a sold out US tour with dates in Austin, Boulder, Chicago, Portland, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, New York City and the last show at the famous Stone Pony in Asbury Park, New Jersey.
In early 2005, the group “dissolved/evolved” with Crowe feeling his future music would take a new direction. He began a collaboration with Alan Doyle of the Canadian band Great Big Sea, and with it a new band emerged: The Ordinary Fear of God which also involved some members of the previous TOFOG line-up. A new single, Raewyn, was released in April 2005 and an album entitled My Hand, My Heart, was released and is available for download on iTunes. The album includes a tribute song to actor Richard Harris, who became Crowe’s friend during the making of Gladiator.
Russell Crowe & The Ordinary Fear of God set out to break the new band in by performing a successful sold out series of dates of Australia in 2005, and then in 2006, returned to the US to promote their new release My Hand, My Heart with another sold-out US Tour and major press, radio and television appearances. In March 2010, Russell Crowe & The Ordinary Fear of God’s version of the John Williamson song “Winter Green” was included on a new compilation album The Absolute Best of John Williamson: 40 Years True Blue, commemorating the singer-songwriter’s milestone of 40 years in the Australian music industry. As of May 2011, there are plans to release a new Russell Crowe & The Ordinary Fear of God recording (co-written with Alan Doyle) and for a US tour which would be the first live dates in the US since 2006.
The third collaboration between Crowe and Doyle was released on iTunes on 2nd August 2011, as The Crowe/Doyle Songbook Vol III, featuring nine original songs followed by their acoustic demo counterparts . Danielle Spencer does guest vocals on most tracks. The release coincided with a pair of live performances at the LSPU Hall in St. John’s, Newfoundland. The digital album was released as download versions only on Amazon.com, iTunes, spotify. The album has since charted at No. 72 on the Canadian Albums Chart. On 26 September 2011, Crowe appeared on-stage at Rogers Arena in Vancouver in the middle of Keith Urban’s concert. He sang a cover of Folsom Prison Blues, before joining the rest of the band in a rendition of “The Joker”. On 18 August 2012, Crowe appeared along with Doyle at the Harpa Concert Hall in Reykjavík, Iceland as part of the city’s Menningarnótt program. They also appeared at downtown bars, Gaukurinn and Kex.
Russell Crowe Awards
Crowe has appeared in 43 films and three television series since his career began in 1985. He won the Academy Award for Best Actor for Gladiator (2000) and was nominated twice more for The Insider (1999) and A Beautiful Mind (2001), making him the ninth actor to receive three consecutive Academy Award nominations. He has also received five Golden Globe Award nominations (winning one), three BAFTA Award nominations (winning one), and three Screen Actors Guild Award nominations (winning one).
Russell Crowe Age
Born on 7 April 1964 in Wellington, New Zealand, Crowe is 54 years old.
Russell Crowe Net Worth
Russell Crowe is an actor, film producer, and musician who has a net worth of $95 million dollars.
Russell Crowe Wife
Crowe began an on and off relationship with Australian singer Danielle Spencer in 1989, when they co-starred in the 1990 film The Crossing. Crowe got romantically involved with his co-star Meg Ryan while on the set of their film Proof of Life in 2000. Crowe and Spencer reconciled in 2001, and married in April 2003 on Crowe’s 39th birthday, at his cattle property in Nana Glen, New South Wales. They have two sons: Charles Spencer Crowe,born 21 December 2003 and Tennyson Spencer Crowe ,born 7 July 2006. In October 2012, it was reported that Crowe and Spencer had separated. The divorce was finalised in April 2018. Crowe resides in Australia. In 2011, Crowe and his family moved to a house in Sydney’s affluent Rose Bay. Crowe also owns a house in the North Queensland city of Townsville, purchased in May 2008. He is rather frugal in his spending and is known to drive an old Jeep.
Russell Crowe Children
Crowe has two sons from her marriage with Spencer: Charles Spencer Crowe,born 21 December 2003 and Tennyson Spencer Crowe ,born 7 July 2006.
Russell Crowe Movies
- The Mummy (Movie)
- Made in Hollywood (TV Show)
- Winter’s Tale (Movie)
- Noah (Movie)
- Broken City (Movie)
- Republic of Doyle (TV Show)
- The Man With The Iron Fists (Movie)
- Robin Hood (Movie)
- The Next Three Days (Movie)
- State Of Play (Movie)
- Body Of Lies (Movie)
- 3:10 To Yuma (Movie)
- American Gangster (Movie)
- Bra Boys (Movie)
- A Good Year (Movie)
- Cinderella Man (Movie)
- Master And Commander: The Far Side Of The World (Movie)
- A Beautiful Mind (Movie)
- Gladiator (Movie)
- Proof Of Life (Movie)
- Mystery, Alaska (Movie)
- The Insider (Movie)
- L.A. Confidential (Movie)
- Breaking Up (Movie)
- Heaven’s Burning (Movie)
- No Way Back (Movie)
- The Quick And The Dead (Movie)
- Virtuosity (Movie)
- Rough Magic (Movie)
- The Sum Of Us (Movie)
- For The Moment (Movie)
- The Silver Stallion (Movie)
- The Efficiency Expert (Movie)
- Proof (Movie)
- The Crossing (Movie)
- Romper Stomper (Movie)
- Hammers Over The Anvil (Movie)
- Prisoners Of The Sun (Movie)
- Robin Hood (TV Show)
- Man Of Steel (Movie)
- The Quick And The Dead (TV Show).