73 Facts About Russell Crowe


Russell Ira Crowe was born on 7 April 1964 and is an actor.


Russell Crowe was born in New Zealand, spent ten years of his childhood in Australia, and moved there permanently at age twenty one.


Russell Crowe came to international attention for his role as Roman General Maximus Decimus Meridius in the epic historical film Gladiator, for which he won an Academy Award, Broadcast Film Critics Association Award, Empire Award, and London Film Critics Circle Award for Best Leading Actor, along with 10 other nominations in the same category.


Russell Crowe later starred in the musical drama Les Miserables, as Jor-El in the superhero epic Man of Steel, the biblical fantasy drama Noah, the action comedy The Nice Guys, portrayed Zeus Panhellenios in the Marvel Cinematic Universe film Thor: Love and Thunder, and will star in the upcoming Sony's Spider-Man Universe film Kraven The Hunter.


Russell Crowe has earned various accolades, including a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, two Golden Globe Awards, a British Academy Film Award, and an Academy Award out of three consecutive nominations.


Russell Crowe has been the co-owner of the National Rugby League team South Sydney Rabbitohs since 2006.


Russell Crowe was born in Strathmore Park, a suburb of Wellington, New Zealand, on 7 April 1964, the son of film set caterers Jocelyn Yvonne and John Alexander Russell Crowe.


Russell Crowe's maternal grandfather, Stan Wemyss, was a cinematographer who was appointed an MBE for filming footage of World War II as a member of the New Zealand Film Unit.


Russell Crowe is Maori, and identifies with Ngati Porou through one of his maternal great-great-grandmothers.


Russell Crowe's paternal grandfather, John Doubleday Crowe, was a Welsh man from Wrexham, while another of his grandparents was Scottish.


Russell Crowe is a cousin of former New Zealand national cricket captains Martin and Jeff Crowe, and the nephew of cricketer Dave Crowe.


When Russell Crowe was four years old, his family moved to Australia and settled in Sydney, where his parents pursued their career in film set catering.


Under guidance from his good friend Tom Sharplin, Russell Crowe began his performing career as a musician in the early 1980s performing under the stage name "Russ Le Roq".


Russell Crowe managed an Auckland music venue called "The Venue" in 1984.


Russell Crowe left New Zealand and returned to Australia at the age of 21, intending to apply to the National Institute of Dramatic Art.


Russell Crowe said, 'You already do the things you go there to learn, and you've been doing it for most of your life, so there's nothing to teach you but bad habits.


Russell Crowe repeated this performance in a further Australian production of the show, which toured New Zealand.


In 1987, Russell Crowe spent six months busking when he could not find other work.


Russell Crowe was cast again by Daniel Abineri in the role of Johnny, in the stage musical Bad Boy Johnny and the Prophets of Doom in 1989.


In 1992, Russell Crowe starred in the first episode of the second series of Police Rescue.


Also in 1992, Russell Crowe starred in Romper Stomper, an Australian film which followed the exploits and downfall of a racist skinhead group in blue-collar suburban Melbourne, directed by Geoffrey Wright and co-starring Jacqueline McKenzie.


In 2015, it was reported that Russell Crowe had applied for Australian citizenship in 2006 and again in 2013 but was rejected because he failed to fulfill the residency requirements.


Russell Crowe co-starred with Denzel Washington in Virtuosity and with Sharon Stone in The Quick and the Dead in 1995.


Russell Crowe went on to become a three-time Oscar nominee, winning the Academy Award as Best Actor in 2000 for Gladiator.


Russell Crowe received three consecutive best actor Oscar nominations, for The Insider, Gladiator, and A Beautiful Mind.


Russell Crowe won the best actor award for A Beautiful Mind at the 2002 BAFTA award ceremony, as well as the Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild awards for the same performance.


Russell Crowe became the first actor to star as the lead in back-to-back Best Picture winners since Walter Pidgeon.


The Hollywood stock market share Russell Crowe, issued in 1998 maintains constant accretion.


Russell Crowe appeared in Robin Hood, a film based on the Robin Hood legend, directed by Ridley Scott and released on 14 May 2010.


Russell Crowe starred in the 2010 Paul Haggis film The Next Three Days, an adaptation of the 2008 French film Pour Elle.


Russell Crowe took on the role of Javert in the musical film of Les Miserables, and portrayed Superman's biological father, Jor-El, in the Christopher Nolan-produced film, Man of Steel, released in the summer of 2013.


In June 2013, Russell Crowe signed to make his directorial debut with an historical drama film The Water Diviner, which he starred in alongside Jacqueline McKenzie, Olga Kurylenko, Jai Courtney.


Russell Crowe portrayed Zeus in the Marvel Cinematic Universe film Thor: Love and Thunder, which was released on 8 July 2022.


Russell Crowe performed lead vocals and guitar for the band, which formed in 1992.


Russell Crowe began a collaboration with Alan Doyle of the Canadian band Great Big Sea, and with it a new band emerged: The Ordinary Fear of God which involved some members of the previous TOFOG line-up.


On 26 September 2011, Russell Crowe appeared onstage at Rogers Arena in Vancouver in the middle of Keith Urban's concert.


Russell Crowe sang a cover of "Folsom Prison Blues", before joining the rest of the band in a rendition of "The Joker".


On 18 August 2012, Russell Crowe appeared along with Doyle at the Harpa Concert Hall in Reykjavik, Iceland as part of the city's Menningarnott program.


Russell Crowe called school officials to express his concern and wanted his message relayed to the students.


The school's building fund received donations from throughout Canada and the amount of Russell Crowe's donation was not disclosed.


Russell Crowe's sympathies were sparked when a pupil drowned at the nearby Coffs Harbour beach in 2001, and he felt the pool would help students become better swimmers and improve their water safety.


In 1989, Russell Crowe met Australian singer Danielle Spencer while working on the film The Crossing and the two began an on-again, off-again relationship.


On 9 March 2005, Russell Crowe revealed to GQ magazine that FBI agents had approached him prior to the 73rd Academy Awards and told him that the terrorist group al-Qaeda wanted to kidnap him.


At the beginning of 2009, Russell Crowe appeared in a series of special-edition postage stamps called "Legends of the Screen", featuring Australian actors.


Russell Crowe is the only non-Australian to appear in the stamps.


In June 2010, Russell Crowe, who started smoking when he was 10, announced he had quit for the sake of his two sons.


On 20 December 2022, Russell Crowe was appointed by the mayor of Rome, ambassador of Rome in the world.


Russell Crowe endorsed former Australian prime minister Julia Gillard in June 2013, and narrated an advertisement for the Labor Party's election campaign in May 2022.


In November 2017, Russell Crowe offered to resettle displaced refugees who were held in Australia's offshore detention facility on Manus Island.


Between 1999 and 2005, Russell Crowe was involved in four altercations, which gave him a reputation for having a bad temper.


In 1999, Russell Crowe was involved in a scuffle at the Plantation Hotel in Coffs Harbour, which was caught on a security camera.


In June 2005, Russell Crowe was arrested and charged with second-degree assault by the NYPD after he threw a telephone at the concierge of the Mercer Hotel who had refused to help him place a call when the system did not work from Russell Crowe's room.


Russell Crowe was charged with fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon.


Russell Crowe later described the incident as "possibly the most shameful situation that I've ever gotten myself in".


Russell Crowe was reportedly denied service due to wearing a polo shirt, which is not in line with the restaurant's strict dress code.


Russell Crowe has been the co-owner of the National Rugby League team South Sydney Rabbitohs since 2006.


Russell Crowe has been a supporter of the rugby league football team the South Sydney Rabbitohs since childhood.


In 1999, Russell Crowe paid $42,000 at auction for the brass bell used to open the inaugural rugby league match in Australia in 1908 at a fundraiser to assist Souths' legal battle for re-inclusion in the league.


Russell Crowe helped to organise a rugby league game that took place at the University of North Florida, in Jacksonville, Florida, between the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the 2007 Super League Grand Final winners the Leeds Rhinos on 26 January 2008.


Russell Crowe told ITV Local Yorkshire the game was not a marketing exercise.


Russell Crowe wrote a letter of apology to a Sydney newspaper following the sacking of South Sydney's coach Jason Taylor and one of their players David Fa'alogo after a drunken altercation between the two at the end of the 2009 NRL season.


Also in 2009, Russell Crowe persuaded young England international forward Sam Burgess to sign with the Rabbitohs over other clubs that were competing for his signature, after inviting Burgess and his mother to the set of Robin Hood, which he was filming in Britain at the time.


Russell Crowe's influence helped to persuade noted player Greg Inglis to renege on his deal to join the Brisbane Broncos and sign for the Rabbitohs for 2011.


Previously, Russell Crowe had been prominent in trying to prevent gambling being associated with the Rabbitohs.


In May 2011, Russell Crowe helped arrange to have Fox broadcast the 2011 State of Origin series live for the first time in the United States, in addition to the NRL Grand Final.


In November 2012 the South Sydney Rabbitohs confirmed that Russell Crowe was selling his 37.5 per cent stake in the club.


Russell Crowe was a guest presenter at the 2013 Dally M Awards and presented the prestigious Dally M Medal to winner Cooper Cronk.


Russell Crowe was present at the 2014 NRL Grand Final when the Rabbitohs won the NRL premiership for the first time in 43 years.


On 17 July 2009, Russell Crowe took to the commentary box for British sports channel Sky Sports as the 'third man' during the second Test of the 2009 Ashes series, between England and Australia.


Russell Crowe is a fan of the New Zealand All Blacks rugby team.


On 22 October 2007, Russell Crowe appeared in the booth of a Monday night game between the Indianapolis Colts and the Jacksonville Jaguars.


Russell Crowe is a fan of Leeds United and narrated the Take us Home: Leeds United Amazon Prime documentary.


Russell Crowe won an Academy Award in the Best Actor category for his performance in Gladiator, and has been nominated two more times for Best Actor for The Insider and A Beautiful Mind, making him the ninth actor to have received three consecutive Academy Award nominations.