Actor Russell Crowe was born on April 7, 1964 in Wellington, New Zealand. He made a name for himself performing in Australian film and finally became an international star with jobs like The Insider, Gladiator (for which he won an Oscar), A Beautiful Mind and State of Play. Following a singing part in Les Misrables, he is played Superman sire Jorel in The Man of Steel.
Russell Crowe was born on April 7, 1964, in Wellington, New Zealand. His family moved to Sydney, Australia when Crowe was four years of age. His family returned to New Zealand in 1978, and Crowe started performing as a rock vocalist, billing himself as Rus le Roc and recording the prophetically titled 1980 single “I Wish to Be Like Marlon Brando.” In this time, he and a buddy formed Roman Antix, which later evolved into 30 Odd Foot of Grunts, a rock band for which Crowe sings, plays guitar and composes lyrics.
He returned to Australia in the early 1980s to pursue his acting career, winning a part in a creation of the musical Grease in 1983. His next and equally iconoclastic character was as a homosexual plumber living with his widowed dad in The Sum of Us (1994).
He also played the romantic leads in the little-seen movies Rough Magic (1995), opposite Bridget Fonda, and Breaking Up (1997), opposite Salma Hayek.
Though many insiders pegged him as “one to see,” no one in America actually paid attention to Crowe until L.A. Confidential, the highly acclaimed 1997 neo noir movie that probed the dark underside of Los Angeles in the 1950s. Crowe played the savage, forthright cop Bud White, one of a trio of completely different cops—the movie also starred Kevin Spacey and fellow Australian Guy Pearce—who stumble upon a depraved and murderous conspiracy. Crowe’s simmering performance (including steamy love scenes with co star Kim Basinger) earned him rave reviews as well as a specific measure of recognition among American moviegoers.
Crowe’s first starring part of 1999 came in Mystery, Alaska, a poorly received comedy written by David E. Kelley and co starring Burt Reynolds. He’d a great deal more success with his next movie, The Insider, on the basis of the real story of an ex-tobacco company executive, Jeffrey Wigand, who’s convinced by way of a TV news producer to blow the whistle on the powerful tobacco industry. Despite average box office, The Insider, that has been directed by Michael Mann and additionally starred Al Pacino, garnered an enormous number of critical praise—including Academy Award nominations for Best Picture and Best Director. Crowe’s extreme, Oscar-nominated performance as the unwilling Wigand was arguably the most outstanding part of the movie; the celebrity gained 35 pounds for the part and was almost unrecognizable in a thinning grey wig.
The movie garnered 12 Academy Award nominations, including a second straight Best Actor nod for Crowe. On Oscar night in March 2001, Crowe beat out Hollywood stalwart Tom Hanks, and others, to take home the Oscar. Gladiator won in five groups, for example, night’s biggest honour, Best Picture.
Additionally in 2000, Crowe starred in the romance/experience Proof of Life, as a hostage negotiator who becomes romantically entangled together with his customer, played by Meg Ryan, after her husband is kidnapped. (The movie, like The Insider, was based on an article published in Vanity Fair.)
Prevalent rumors about Crowe’s brash style just grown along with his growing popularity. In late 1999, he was allegedly involved with a brawl outside a pub in New South Wales, Australia. Whoever owns the pub, who promised to really have a protection videotape that showed the performer had started the brawl, was later charged with blackmail after allegedly trying to extort cash from Crowe in exchange for the video. Crowe’s “bad boy” reputation and smoldering onscreen intensity have inspired comparisons to the young Brando. Although he’s apparently extreme and demanding while working start, several costars have openly commended him for his charming, professional manner.
Quaid filed for divorce in July 2000. Crowe and Ryan break up in late December of this year.
On the more eccentric side, news broke in the spring of 2001 the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) had started an investigation into a rumored plot to kidnap Crowe. He attended the January Golden Globes service flanked by FBI agents in tuxedos, was safeguarded by Scotland Yard in the London premiere of Proof of Life in February, and apparently raised his personal protection force at the same time. Rumored to really have a quick temper, Russell Crowe has supposedly been involved in a number of altercations. Along with the 1999 pub fight in Australia, three years after he was said to participate in a bathroom brawl in a fashionable London restaurant. In 2005, Crowe made headlines once again when he was detained and charged with second-degree assault after throwing a phone at a hotel worker in Nyc.
In 2001, Russell Crowe starred in A Beautiful Mind, an acclaimed biopic concerning the Nobel Prize-winning mathematician John Nash. The movie, directed by Ron Howard, costarred Ed Harris and Jennifer Connelly. For the 3rd year in a row, Crowe’s bravura performance earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor.
Crowe wed vocalist and actress Danielle Spencer in April 2003; the couple break up in the year 2012 after almost a decade together. They got two sons, Charles and Tennyson.
After being featured in 2012’s martial arts flick The Man With the Iron Fist, the performer set his singing chops to make use of in the musical Les Misrables, released in December. The Oscar-nominated Tom Hooper movie, costarring Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway and Amanda Seyfried, viewed Crowe impersonating hung up constable Javert.
Crowe’s next important parts came in 2013 with all the winter launch of Broken City, where he impersonated a mayor up for reelection, as well as the summer launch of Man of Steel.