Russell Ira Crowe in Wellington, New Zealand, on April 7, 1964,
at age four Crowe moved with his family to Australia, There he
frequently went to work with his parents catering film shoots
- and on the set is where the young Crowe was said to have eventually
caught the acting bug.
recognized as one of the leading Hollywood actors in such blockbusters
Beautiful Mind and Gladiator, Crowe began his professional
career in such Australian-produced films as The Crossing
in 1990, following up with a critically praised performance in
Proof in 1991.
following year, worldwide attention was given to what is now recognized
as an early trademark, "Crowe intense" performance as
a skinhead in Romper Stomper.
It was actress
Stone who later championed Crowe's move to Hollywood, and
who appeared opposite the rising star in The Quick and The
Dead in 1995, which eventually lead to his breakthrough performance
in L.A. Confidential two years later and, finally, an Oscar
nominated performance for The Insider in 1999.
Russell Crowe's varied Hollywood performances have included starring roles in Gladiator, as Depression-era
boxer James Braddock
in Cinderella Man, and as a schizophrenic mathematician in A Beautiful Mind.
In 2000, Crowe
achieved superstar status with a riveting performance in the summer
- almost single-handedly reviving the once-dead 50's Roman epic
genre. He also gained millions of new fans around the world and,
in the process, triumphantly won the Oscar for Best Actor in 2001
for his performance.
portrayal of a schizophrenic mathematician John Nash in A
Beautiful Mind also netted Crowe a Golden Globe award
and an Oscar nomination for Best Actor the following year.
In September 2007, Crowe appeared with actor Christian Bale in the western drama, 3:10 to Yuma and was a main contender at the 2008 Academy Awards for his performance in American Gangster, co-starring Denzel Washington. The actor's other notable film projects include the lead role in Robin Hood (2010), and as Inspector Javert in the musical Les Miserables in 2012.
In his most recent movie project, Crowe plays the title role in the Biblical epic, Noah, released in 2014.
Offscreen, Crowe is married to actress Danielle Spencer. The couple were wed in 2003 and have a two sons, Charlie (born in 2003) and Tennyson (born in 2006).