Russell Crowe

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Russell Ira Crowe (born April 7, 1964) is a New Zealand-born Australian actor and musician.[1] His acting career began in the late 1980s with roles in Australian TV series including Police Rescue and Neighbours. In the early 1990s, Crowe's prominence grew significantly through winning an 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 turned his acting attention to the USA with his breakout role coming via L.A. Confidential. He has been nominated for three Oscars, and in 2001, he won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his starring role in the film Gladiator. He also won the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for A Beautiful Mind. Crowe is also co-owner of National Rugby League team the South Sydney Rabbitohs.


Early life

Crowe was born on April 7, 1964 in Wellington, New Zealand, the son of Jocelyn Yvonne (née Wemyss) and John Alexander Crowe,[2] both of whom were movie set caterers; his father also managed a hotel.[3] 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,[2] and his paternal grandfather was from Wrexham, Wales;[4] Crowe also has Scottish and Norwegian ancestry.[2][5] Two of his cousins, Martin and Jeff Crowe, are former New Zealand national cricket captains.

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