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Russell Crowe (07.04.64) is a New Zealand / Australian actor. He is perhaps best known for his Academy Award-winning role in Gladiator.

Childhood: Russell Crowe was born in Wellington in New Zealand. His mother, Jocelyn Yvonne, was a movie caterer, as was his father, John Alexander Crowe. His grandfather, Stan Wemyss was a cinematographer who earned an MBE for his footage of World War II.

The Crowe family moved to Australia when Russell was four years old. A few years later, Russell got his first taste of the acting world, when he was hired to recite a line of script in a series called the Sum Of Us.

The family then returned to New Zealand when Russell was 14. He attended Mt. Roskill Grammar School but left aged 16, in order to pursue his acting career.

Acting Career: Crowe's first professional acting job was in a production of The Rocky Horror Show. The director, Daniel Abineri, later cast him in the lead role of the musical Bad Boy Johnny and the Prophets of Doom.

Aged 21, Crowe returned once more to Australia He spent six months busking when he could not find work. Eventually, however, he managed to land small roles in Neighbours and Living with the Law.

In 1990, Russell Crowe appeared in The Crossing; his movie debut. He also appeared in Blood Oath (1990), as well as the debut series of Police Rescue.

In 1992, Russell Crowe took a lead role in Romper Stomper, which chronicles the lives of a gang of racist Melbourne skinheads.

Following his success in Australia, Crowe took the decision to move to Hollywood. His first major project in the US was to star alongside Denzel Washington in Virtuosity in 1995.

Crowe's career continued to escalate and in 2001, he was nominated for the Best Actor Oscar, for his role in Gladiator. When he attended the ceremony, he wore his grandfather's MBE medal.

In 2002, Crowe won a Best Actor BAFTA Award for his lead role in A Beautiful Mind, though he lost out on the same Oscar title to Denzel Washington. His role in The Insider also earned him a Best Actor Oscar nomination.

Amongst Crowe's other notable performances in his early Hollywood years, are his role in L.A. Confidential, which also starred Kim Basinger and Guy Pearce. He teamed up once again with A Beautiful Mind director, Ron Howard, in Cinderella Man. He also worked again with the director of Gladiator, Ridley Scott, in A Good Year.

In 2007, Crowe starred in American Gangster, alongside Denzel Washington and the Wu Tang Clan rapper Method Man. The film was well received by both critics and viewers alike.

Musical Endeavours: In the 1980s, Russell Crowe performed as a rock 'n' roll revivalist, named Rus Le Roq and recorded a hit single by the name of 'I Want To Be Like Marlon Brando.'

Crowe also formed a band named 30 Odd Foot Of Grunts. The band was a pub rock outfit that found little success, though they released three albums, Gaslight, Bastard Life or Clarity and Other Ways of Speaking. He later formed a band called The Ordinary Fear of God, which performed on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno in March 2006.

Personal Life: In 2001, before the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York, Crowe was warned by the FBI that he was a target for the terrorist group al-Qaeda, as part of a cultural destabilisation plan. He was guarded by Secret Service agents for the next few months.

In April 2003, Russell Crowe married the actress and singer, Danielle Spencer. They met whilst filming The Crossing in 1990. The pair have two sons, Charles Spencer (b. 2003) and Tennyson Spencer (b. 2006). Before marrying Spencer, Crowe had also been romantically linked to the actress Meg Ryan. He worked with Ryan on the 2000 film Proof of Life.

In June 2005, Russell Crowe was arrested for second degree assault after throwing a telephone at a hotel worker in New York.



Biography by Contactmusic.com

Russell Crowe and his younger son running errands in West Hollywood

Russell Crowe and Tennyson Spencer Crowe - Russell Crowe and his younger son running errands in West Hollywood at West Hollywood - Los Angeles, California, United States - Thursday 16th July 2015

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Guy Pearce Was Almost Too Hot To Get Hired


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Of all the possible reasons why an actor might receive a "no" when auditioning for a part in the cut-throat world of movies, being "too handsome" must rank among the best of them. But that's exactly the fate that almost befell Guy Pearce before he won the part of Adam Whitely/Felicia Jollygoodfellow in The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.

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Director Stephan Elliott recently told The Herald Sun that he had reservations about Pearce starring in the 1994 comedy-drama, which follows the adventures of three drag queens, because the young Guy was just so darn good looking:

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Mathematician John Nash, The Inspiration For 'A Beautiful Mind', Dies In Car Accident


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Mathematician John Nash, who inspired the Oscar winning film A Beautiful Mind, has died in a car crash on the New Jersey Turnpike on Saturday, police have confirmed. The 86 year and his wife Alicia were both killed in the accident, while travelling in a taxi cab back from Newark Airport.

John Nash Mathematician John Nash has died aged 86.

The couple were on their way back to their Princeton home after travelling to Norway to receive the Abel Prize, a prestigious international math award. The couple’s taxi driver is reported to have lost control of the vehicle as he tried to pass another car in the center lane, both cars then crashed into a guard rail.

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After Party Celebration for Grounded - Arrivals

Russell Crowe, Samantha Barks, Deborra Lee Furness and Hugh Jackman - After party celebration for Grounded at the Public Theater - Arrivals. at The Public Theater, - New York City, New York, United States - Saturday 25th April 2015

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Los Angeles premiere of 'Water Diviner'

Russell Crowe - A variety of stars were photographed as they arrived to the premiere Of Warner Bros. Pictures' "The Water Diviner" which was held at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California, United States - Thursday 16th April 2015

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Premiere Of Warner Bros. Pictures' "The Water Diviner"

Russell Crowe - A variety of stars were photographed as they arrived to the premiere Of Warner Bros. Pictures' "The Water Diviner" which was held at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California, United States - Thursday 16th April 2015

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Ryan Gosling In Talks For 'Blade Runner' Sequel


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Ryan Gosling is in talks to star in the sequel to Blade Runner. The 34-year-old actor will be joined by Harrison Ford, who played Rick Deckard in the original 1982 film. Ford will reprise his role but it is uncertain which part Gosling, if negotiations are successful, will play.

Ryan GoslingRyan Gosling is in talks to appear in Blade Runner 2.

Read More: Harrison Ford to Return for Blade Runner 2, Denis Villeneuve to Direct.

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Stephen King's 'The Dark Tower' Series Finally Getting Big Screen Adaptation


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Fans of Stephen King can rejoice, as the famed author’s magical series The Dark Tower is finally coming to the big screen. Deadline reports that Sony will be distributing the series of movies, while a complementary TV series is also being developed by MRC.

Stephen KingThe author has been patient with plans to bring his series to the big screen.

The series is set in a magical world and centers around Roland Deschain, the last living member of a knightly order known as the 'gunslingers'. The work has been described by the author as his magnum opus and has been called King’s answer to Tolkien’s Middle Earth novels.

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A Week In Movies: Russell Crowe Hits Madrid, Julie Andrews Graces Los Angeles And M:I-5 Disrupts Streets In London, While New Trailers Arrive For Spectre, Southpaw And Mad Max


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As his new film The Water Diviner begins to roll out across Europe this weekend, actor and first-time director Russell Crowe was on-hand in Madrid this week for a red carpet premiere with glamorous costar Olga Kurylenko. The duo posed for selfies with the fans before screening the film, which arrives in America at the end of the month.

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The Water Diviner Review


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For his directing debut, Russell Crowe tells a story so compelling that it almost obscures the rather clunky filmmaking. Based on the hint of a true story, the events are fascinating, moving and often thrilling, with some strikingly well-staged sequences along the way. But the earnest tone is sometimes distracting, as is an unnecessary romantic subplot that makes the whole movie feel like pure fiction.

It opens in 1919 Australia, where Connor (Crowe) is grieving the loss of his three sons in the 1915 battle of Gallipoli. Having vowed to bring them home before his wife dies, and with nothing else to do now, Connor heads to Turkey to find them. But the local British officer (Jai Courtney) doesn't want him anywhere near the battlefield, where experts are still identifying the remains of fallen soldiers. So with the help of local officer Hasan (Yilmaz Erdogan), Connor makes his own way to the site and, using his skills at discovering underwater wells, finds the bodies of two of his sons. Then he learns that the third (Ryan Corr) might have survived.

Alongside this story, Connor has a series of tentative romantic interludes with Ayshe (Olga Kurylenko), the hot clerk at his Constantinople hotel, where she lives with her precocious 10-year-old son (Dylan Georgiades) while waiting for her husband to be declared one of the war dead. But if this happens, she will have to become her leery brother-in-law's third wife. This sideroad is so soapy that it constantly derails the rest of the movie, stealing focus from the more intriguing political tensions and Connor's own emotional journey. At least Crowe and Kurylenko are solid in their roles, even generating some chemistry in their tentative, unnecessary scenes. And Erdogan and Cem Yilmaz (as a rival Turkish officer) ground things nicely, connecting the rest of the film with the grisly well-recreated battle scenes.

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Russell Crowe Recalls When Michael Jackson Used To Prank Call Him


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In one of the more random celebrity stories, Russell Crowe claims that for a long time he used to be on the receiving end of pranks pulled by the late pop legend Michael Jackson.

In an interview with British newspaper The Guardian, 50 year old Crowe revealed that the King of Pop used to enjoy gleefully prank-calling him “for two or three f***ing years”.

“I never met him, never shook his hand, but he found out the name I stayed in hotels under, so it didn't matter where I was, he'd ring up do this kind of thing, like you did when you were 10, you know. 'Is Mr. Wall there? Is Mrs. Wall there? Are there any Walls there? Then what's holding the roof up? Ha ha.' You're supposed to grow out of doing that, right?”

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Madrid premiere of 'The Water Diviner'

Russell Crowe - Shots of a variety of stars as they arrived to the Madrid premiere of Russel Crowes latest film 'The Water Diviner' in which the Australian stars and directs. The premiere was held at the Callao cinema in Madrid, Spain - Thursday 26th March 2015

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'Robin Hood' To Get Edgy Makeover As Lionsgate Acquires Script For New Origin Story


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Could ‘Robin Hood’ be the next iconic character to have his history explored with an edgy origins movie? Well it looks likely, as Deadline reports that studio Lionsgate has acquired the script for Joby Harold’s Robin Hood: Origins, which gives a different take on the famed character. 

Kevin CostnerKevin Costner is one of the many actors to have portrayed Robin Hood on the big screen

While little is known about the script, Deadline writes that Harold's story is said to be 'an edgier take on the fabled do-gooder who stole from the rich and gave to the poor.’ The film will be produced by Appian Way, alongside Harold and Tory Tunnell through their Safehouse Pictures banner.

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Cate Blanchett and Andrew Upton Name Adopted Daughter Edith Vivian Patricia


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Congratulations to Cate Blanchett and husband Andrew Upton, who have just grown their family with one new member. The couple have adopted a baby girl, Edith Vivian Patricia Upton, according to The Daily Telegraph. The infant joins elder brothers Dashiell, 13, Roman, 10 and Ignatius, 6.

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Congratulations to Mrs Blanchett and her family.

The baby is already being welcomed by Blanchett and Upton's circle, with DNA India reporting that the couple have already introduced Edith to family friends Russell Crowe and Chris Rock. Blanchett has spoken out previously about wanting to have more children with 49-year-old Upton.

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A Week In Movies: Celebrities Turn Out To Collect Awards In Los Angeles And London, Mortdecai Has Three Premieres And New Trailers For Hopkins And Hawke


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A-list celebrities turned out in Hollywood for the starry Critics' Choice Movie Awards last weekend, including Julianne Moore, Angelina Jolie, Jessica Chastain, Eddie Redmayne, Keira Knightley, Ethan Hawke, Rosamund Pike, Michael Keaton, Reese Witherspoon, Marion Cotillard, David Oyelowo, Felicity Jones, Jennifer Aniston, Amy Adams and Chris Hemsworth. Jared Leto even matched his outfit to the blue carpet.

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Russell Crowe

Date of birth

7th April, 1964

Occupation

Actor

Sex

Male

Height

1.82