Russel Crowe

Russell Ira Crowe (born 7 April 1964) is a New Zealand-born Australian actor, Academy Award winner, film producer and musician. His acting career began in the late 1980s with roles in Australian television series including Police Rescue and Neighbours. In the early 1990s, Crowe's local prominence peaked when he won the Australian Film Industry Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of an inner-city skinhead in the Geoffrey Wright film, Romper Stomper. In the late 1990s, Crowe transferred his acting ambitions to the USA with his breakout role in L.A. Confidential (1997). Crowe won the Academy Award for Best Actor for Gladiator in 2001 and has received three Academy Award nominations for Best Actor in a Leading Role: The Insider (1999), Gladiator (2000) and A Beautiful Mind (2001). He is also co-owner of South Sydney Rabbitohs, a National Rugby League team.

Crowe was born on 7 April 1964 in

Wellington, New Zealand, the son of Jocelyn

Yvonne (née Wemyss) and John Alexander Crowe, both of whom were movie set

caterers; his father also managed a hotel. Crowe’s maternal grandfather, Stan

Wemyss, was a cinematographer who was named an MBE for filming footage

of World War II. Crowe’s maternal great-great-grandmother was Māori,

and his paternal grandfather was from Wrexham, Wales; Crowe also has




and German

ancestry. His cousins, Martin and Jeff Crowe,

are former New Zealand cricket captains.

When Crowe was four years old,

his family moved to Australia, where his parents pursued a career in film set

catering. The producer of the Australian TV series Spyforce

was his mother’s godfather, and Crowe at age five or six was hired for a line

of dialogue in one episode, opposite series star Jack Thompson (in 1994 Thompson played

Crowe’s father in The Sum of Us). Crowe also appeared briefly in

serial The Young Doctors.

He was educated at the Sydney Boys High School. When he was

fourteen, Crowe’s family moved back to New Zealand, where he (along with his

brother Terry) attended Auckland Grammar School with cousins

Crowe and Jeff Crowe. He then continued his secondary education at

Mount Roskill Grammar School, which he

left at the age sixteen to pursue his ambitions and childhood dreams of

becoming a successful actor.

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