Russell Crowe

Actor, Director

7/04/1964 (55 years old) Wellington, New Zealand

An action hero who initially dreamed of rock and roll stardom, New Zealand native Crowe played in a band as an adolescent and toured in the musicals Grease, The Rocky Horror Show and Blood Brothers before switching to TV and film projects in Australia. After a succession of diverse, critically acclaimed turns (a Nazi skinhead in Romper Stomper, a gay man looking for a mate in The Sum of Us), Crowe was imported to Hollywood in the mid-'90s, where his turn as a brooding detective in the stylish noir L.A. Confidential made him a star. His compelling portrayal of a tobacco-industry whistle-blower in The Insider (1999) earned him his first Oscar nomination, followed by two Academy Award-winning performances in Gladiator (2000) and A Beautiful Mind (2001). Post-Oscars, Crowe continued to act in high-profile films (receiving Golden Globe nods for his work in Master and Commander and Cinderella Man) while also pursing his love of music with his band, 30 Odd Foot of Grunts. He also wed his long-term on-again, off-again love Danielle Spencer, with whom he has two sons. In 2010, Crowe reunited with Gladiator director Ridley Scott to star in the epic-adventure film Robin Hood.

Filmography Facts Awards

AACTA Awards

The Water Diviner

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2014 Nominee
Best Lead Actor

Screen Actors Guild Awards

Les Misérables

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2012 Nominee
Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

3:10 to Yuma

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2007 Nominee
Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

3:10 to Yuma

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2007 Nominee
Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

A Beautiful Mind

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2001 Nominee
Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

A Beautiful Mind

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2001 Winner
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role

Gladiator

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2000 Nominee
Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

Gladiator

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2000 Nominee
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role

The Insider

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1999 Nominee
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role

L.A. Confidential

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1997 Nominee
Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

Australian Film Institute Awards

State of Play

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2009 Winner
International Award for Best Actor

American Gangster

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2008 Nominee
International Award for Best Actor

Golden Globe

Master And Commander

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2004 Nominee
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama

A Beautiful Mind

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2002 Winner
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama

Gladiator

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2001 Nominee
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama

The Insider

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2000 Nominee
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama

Critics' Choice Awards

Master And Commander

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2004 Nominee
Best Actor

A Beautiful Mind

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2002 Winner
Best Actor

Gladiator

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2001 Winner
Best Actor

The Insider

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2000 Winner
Best Actor

BAFTA Film Awards

A Beautiful Mind

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2002 Winner
Best Actor in a Leading Role

Gladiator

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2001 Nominee
Best Actor in a Leading Role

The Insider

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2000 Nominee
Best Actor in a Leading Role

Oscar

A Beautiful Mind

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2001 Nominee
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role

Gladiator

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2000 Winner
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role

The Insider

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1999 Nominee
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role