Birth Date: April 7, 1964
Birth Place: Wellington, New Zealand
Notable Films: Gladiator, A Beautiful Mind, L.A. Confidential, American Gangster, Romper Stomper
Awards: Academy Award (Best Actor in a Leading Role | Gladiator)
Russell Crowe Biography:
Russell Crowe was born in Wellington, New Zealand, to Jocelyn and John, both of whom were caterers for movie sets. At the age of four, Crowe and his family moved to Sydney, Australia, where his parents continued careers catering for sets. Crowe had a line of dialogue in an episode of the Australian series Spyforce at the age of around six.
Bitten by the acting bug, Russell had a keen interest in acting from then on. After his family moved back to New Zealand, Crowe graduated high school and then left at the age of 16 to become an actor. He didn’t take the conventional route though, and he began performing as a recording artist in the early ‘80s. From 1986-88 he performed in a production of The Rocky Horror Show in Australia and appeared in a few episodes of soap opera Neighbours.
His breakthrough role came in the 1992 Australian movie Romper Stomper (1992), playing a racist skinhead in Melbourne, Australia. He followed this up with a role in The Quick and the Dead (1995), alongside Sharon Stone. He also starred alongside Denzel Washington in the science fiction movie Virtuosity (1995). L.A. Confidential (1997) brought him even more acclaim and success. Crowe became a mainstream star when he played the lead role in Ridley Scott’s epic Gladiator (2000) and finally won an Academy Award. In recent years Crowe’s box office draw has declined slightly, though he was in the hugely successful Man of Steel (2013) and Les Miserables (2012).
In addition to acting, Crowe also harbored ambitions as a musician. From a young age he worked as a busker, and in later years even recorded some music. He started a band called 30 Odd Foot of Grunts before they disbanded in 2005. He then formed a new group, The Ordinary Fear of God.