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Birth information

7 April 1964 Wellington, New Zealand

Given Name

Russell Ira Crowe

Nickname

Rusty
Russ

How tall is Russell Crowe?

1.82 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Danielle Spencer

Life Story of Russell Crowe

Russell Ira Crowe was born in Wellington, New Zealand, to Jocelyn Yvonne (Wemyss) and John Alexander Crowe, both of whom catered movie sets. His maternal grandfather, Stanley Wemyss, was a cinematographer. Crowe's recent ancestry includes Welsh (where his paternal grandfather was born, in Wrexham), English, Irish, Scottish, Norwegian, Swedish, and Maori (one of Crowe's maternal great-grandmothers, Erana Putiputi Hayes Heihi, was Maori).

Crowe's family moved to Australia when he was a small child, settling in Sydney, and Russell got the acting bug early in life. Beginning as a child star on a local Australian TV show, Russell's first big break came with two films ... the first, Romper Stomper (1992), gained him a name throughout the film community in Australia and the neighboring countries. The second, Immer Ärger mit der Liebe (1994), helped put him on the American map, so to speak. Sharon Stone heard of him from Romper Stomper (1992) and wanted him for her film, The Quick and the Dead (1995). But filming on Immer Ärger mit der Liebe (1994) had already begun. Sharon is reported to have held up shooting until she had her gunslinger-Crowe, for her film. With...

Significant features of Russell Crowe

Gravelly smoke-burnished voice
Frequently plays exceptionally talented individuals
Often works with directors Ron Howard and Ridley Scott.
Often plays characters based on real individuals
...

How much money has Russell Crowe earned?

Gladiator (2000) $5,000,000
Proof of Life (2000) $7,500,000
A Beautiful Mind (2001) $15,000,000
Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003) $20,000,000
Cinderella Man (2005) ...

Publications and Magazines about Russell Crowe

Tim Ewhank, Stafford Hildred Russell Crowe. 2000
Gabor H Wylie Russell Crowe: A Life in Stories. 2001
Martin Howden Russell Crowe - The Biography. 2010

What movies did Russell Crowe play or participate?

Producers Filmography
Väter und Töchter - Ein ganzes Leben (2015) , Damage Control (2010) , Robin Hood (2010) , Texas (2002) ,
Directors Filmography
Remedy (2014) , Das Versprechen eines Lebens (2014) , Danielle Spencer: Wish I'd Been Here (2009) , 60 Odd Hours in Italy (2002) , Texas (2002) ,
Actors Filmography
True History of the Kelly Gang (2019) Harry Power, The Loudest Voice (2019) Roger Ailes, Boy Erased (2018) Marshall Eamons, Tourism Australia: Dundee - The Son of a Legend Returns Home (2018) J.P....

Birth information

7 April 1964 Wellington, New Zealand

Given Name

Russell Ira Crowe

Nickname

Rusty
Russ

How tall is Russell Crowe?

1.82 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Danielle Spencer

Life Story of Russell Crowe

Russell Ira Crowe was born in Wellington, New Zealand, to Jocelyn Yvonne (Wemyss) and John Alexander Crowe, both of whom catered movie sets. His maternal grandfather, Stanley Wemyss, was a cinematographer. Crowe's recent ancestry includes Welsh (where his paternal grandfather was born, in Wrexham), English, Irish, Scottish, Norwegian, Swedish, and Maori (one of Crowe's maternal great-grandmothers, Erana Putiputi Hayes Heihi, was Maori).

Crowe's family moved to Australia when he was a small child, settling in Sydney, and Russell got the acting bug early in life. Beginning as a child star on a local Australian TV show, Russell's first big break came with two films ... the first, Romper Stomper (1992), gained him a name throughout the film community in Australia and the neighboring countries. The second, Immer Ärger mit der Liebe (1994), helped put him on the American map, so to speak. Sharon Stone heard of him from Romper Stomper (1992) and wanted him for her film, The Quick and the Dead (1995). But filming on Immer Ärger mit der Liebe (1994) had already begun. Sharon is reported to have held up shooting until she had her gunslinger-Crowe, for her film. With...

Significant features of Russell Crowe

Gravelly smoke-burnished voice
Frequently plays exceptionally talented individuals
Often works with directors Ron Howard and Ridley Scott.
Often plays characters based on real individuals
...

How much money has Russell Crowe earned?

Gladiator (2000) $5,000,000
Proof of Life (2000) $7,500,000
A Beautiful Mind (2001) $15,000,000
Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003) $20,000,000
Cinderella Man (2005) ...

Publications and Magazines about Russell Crowe

Tim Ewhank, Stafford Hildred Russell Crowe. 2000
Gabor H Wylie Russell Crowe: A Life in Stories. 2001
Martin Howden Russell Crowe - The Biography. 2010

What movies did Russell Crowe play or participate?

Producers Filmography
Väter und Töchter - Ein ganzes Leben (2015) , Damage Control (2010) , Robin Hood (2010) , Texas (2002) ,
Directors Filmography
Remedy (2014) , Das Versprechen eines Lebens (2014) , Danielle Spencer: Wish I'd Been Here (2009) , 60 Odd Hours in Italy (2002) , Texas (2002) ,
Actors Filmography
True History of the Kelly Gang (2019) Harry Power, The Loudest Voice (2019) Roger Ailes, Boy Erased (2018) Marshall Eamons, Tourism Australia: Dundee - The Son of a Legend Returns Home (2018) J.P....

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Russell Crowe and Richard Harris in Gladiator (2000)

Cousin of former New Zealand international cricketers Jeff Crowe and Martin Crowe.

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Russell Crowe and Richard Harris in Gladiator (2000)

Lost his front tooth playing rugby when he was ten. Never got it fixed until, at the insistence of the director for The Crossing (1990), who paid for it out of his own pocket.

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First lead role when he was 25.

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Russell Crowe and Orlando Schwerdt in True History of the Kelly Gang (2019)

Tried a music career as a rockabilly singer sporting a large pompadour hairdo, playing under the name Russ Le Roq. Titled his first single, "I Want to Be Like Marlon Brando". Later admitted that he had never even seen a Brando movie when he wrote and recorded the song. Ironically, he went on later to play Jor-El in Man of Steel (2013), the same character that Brando iconically performed in Superman (1978).

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Russell Crowe in True History of the Kelly Gang (2019)

After filming Gladiator (2000), he and some friends took a 4,000 mile motorcycle trip around Australia.

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Russell Crowe and Aleksa Palladino in The Loudest Voice (2019)

Owns a 560-acre farm in 7.5 hours North-West from Sydney.

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Russell Crowe and Naomi Watts in The Loudest Voice (2019)

Dropped out of high school.

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Russell Crowe and Elizabeth Tate in The Loudest Voice (2019)

Russell's rock group is named 30 Odd Foot of Grunts. They played their first American concert following Russell's success in Gladiator (2000) in Austin, Texas in August 2000. The tickets for the concert were selling for over $500 on e-bay.com.

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Russell Crowe and Seth MacFarlane in The Loudest Voice (2019)

(September 5, 2000) Suffered a shoulder injury, which will require surgery, while filming Jodie Foster's Flora Plum. It is uncertain if the film will have to be recast.

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Russell Crowe and Annabelle Wallis in The Loudest Voice (2019)

He turned down the role of Logan/Wolverine in X-Men (2000) because he did not want to play another similar role to the Maximus from Gladiator (2000), which he just completed. Crowe felt the characters were too similar by having the same animal totem - the wolf, and thought the movie was a cartoon, which it is not his cup of tea.

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Russell Crowe in Insider (1999)

(August 16, 2001) He and his band, 30 Odd Foot of Grunts, performed on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (1992).

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Russell Crowe and Al Pacino in Insider (1999)

Proudly displayed his grandfather's British Honours medal (MBE) while making his Oscar Winner speech in 2001.

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Has indicated an interest in taking out Australian citizenship due to the amount of time and energy he spends Down Under (keeping his New Zealand citizenship as well).

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Russell Crowe in Insider (1999)

His ancestry includes English, German, Irish, Maori, Norwegian, Scottish, Swedish and Welsh. Russell's paternal grandfather was from Wrexham, Wales. Russell's maternal great-grandmother, Erana Putiputi Hayes Heihi, was Maori, and as a result, he is registered on the Maori electoral roll in New Zealand.

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Russell Crowe and Al Pacino in Insider (1999)

When Crowe's acceptance speech for his Best Actor award during the British Film Awards was edited, Crowe shoved the producer of the show, Malcolm Gerrie, against a wall and cursed at him, telling him: "Who on Earth had the... audacity to take out the best actor's poem? I'll make sure you never work in Hollywood." He later issued a full apology.

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Russell Crowe and Diane Venora in Insider (1999)

Ranked #28 in Premiere magazine's 2002 annual Power 100 List.

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Russell Crowe in Insider (1999)

Following his involvement in a brawl in a London restaurant, Russell stated that he was under a lot of stress and announced that he was going back to Australia to relax and spend more time with his father and his longtime girlfriend singer, Danielle Spencer. [November 2002]

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Discovered by British actor and musical director/writer Daniel Abineri, who gave Crowe his first professional acting role in a New Zealand tour of "The Rocky Horror Picture Show". Abineri later awarded Crowe the title role in his first stage musical, "Bad Boy Johnny and the Prophets of Doom", which premiered in Melbourne in 1989.

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Russell Crowe in The Loudest Voice (2019)

Ranked #30 in Premiere magazine's 2003 annual Power 100 List.

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Russell Crowe and Hugo Weaving in Proof - Blindes Vertrauen (1991)

Met spouse, Danielle Spencer in 1989 when they co-starred in the film The Crossing (1990). Their co-star of the film, Robert Mammone (The Matrix Reloaded (2003), The Matrix Revolutions (2003)), was one of Crowe's groomsmen at their wedding.

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Russell Crowe and David Strathairn in L.A. Confidential (1997)

Son-in-law of actor Don Spencer.

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Russell Crowe and Danny DeVito in L.A. Confidential (1997)

Took violin lessons in preparing for Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003) because his character, Jack Aubrey, played the violin several times during the movie.

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Russell Crowe and Jacqueline McKenzie in Romper Stomper (1992)

He wrote a song about Jodie Foster called "Other Ways of Speaking" with his band, 30 Odd Foot of Grunts.

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Russell Crowe in Gladiator (2000)

On June 7, 2006, he formed a partnership with Australian businessman Peter Holmes a Court to buy a controlling stake in his favorite sports team, the Australian NRL team South Sydney Rabbitohs.

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Was accepted into the prestigious drama school, The National Institute of Dramatic Arts (NIDA), in Sydney.

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Ranked #97 on VH1's 100 Hottest Hotties

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Good friends with Nicole Kidman. She also mentioned him in her Oscar acceptance speech when she won Best Actress in a Leading Role for The Hours (2002).

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Premiere magazine ranked him as #49 on a list of the Greatest Movie Stars of All Time in their Stars in Our Constellation feature (2005).

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Russell Crowe and Sven-Ole Thorsen in Gladiator (2000)

Once he was cast as Bud White in L.A. Confidential (1997), he read in the book that his character was the largest cop on the police force, off-putting for him due to his medium-sized frame (just under 6 feet). To capture a "big guy" presence, Crowe lived in a tiny flat in which he could barely fit through any of the doors. This experience, he said, made him come to the set feeling like a giant.

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Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, and Sven-Ole Thorsen in Gladiator (2000)

His former band, 30 Odd Foot of Grunts, used to cover a song by Newfoundland band, Great Big Sea. While filming Cinderella Man (2005) in Toronto, Crowe met Alan Doyle, lead singer of Great Big Sea. The two ended up composing several songs together, working in Toronto and Australia, and Doyle produced Crowe's 2005 album "My Hand, My Heart".

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Russell Crowe and Sven-Ole Thorsen in Gladiator (2000)

When his wife was pregnant with his first child Charles, he gave up drinking alcohol with her.

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Is friends with Richard Tognetti, who gave him violin lessons for Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003).

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His next album (tentatively titled "My Hand, My Heart") is produced by Alan Doyle, lead singer for the Canadian band, Great Big Sea.

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He attended Vaucluse Public School in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney for part of his Infants and Primary Education in the 1970s.

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Formed a new band, named The Ordinary Fear of God.

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His performance as Jeffrey Wigand in The Insider (1999) is ranked #23 on Premiere magazine's 100 Greatest Performances of All Time (2006).

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A Beautiful Mind (2001) is ranked #93 on the American Film Institute's 100 Most Inspiring Movies of All Time (2006).

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Was among the guests at Nicole Kidman's and Keith Urban's wedding

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Despite liking the script very much, turned down About a Boy (2002).

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Turned down the role of Aragorn in Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy since filming on The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) would coincide with Ron Howard's A Beautiful Mind (2001). However, Crowe really loved the idea of filming a movie in his home country, New Zealand, for an extended amount of time.

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Turned down the role of Sgt. Norm "Hoot" Hooten in Black Hawk Down (2001) due to scheduling conflicts.

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Lives in a penthouse on Woollomoollo Wharf in Sydney, the Penthouse was reportedly sold to Crowe and wife Danielle Spencer for over $13.75 million.

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Is close friends with Texas Governor Rick Perry.

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Lobbied California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger against executing Stanley "Tookie" Williams. [December 2005]

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