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RUSSELL CROWE (Terry Thorne) earned an Academy Award nomination as Best Actor for his work in Michael Mann's true-life drama "The Insider." Crowe's compelling portrayal of tobacco company whistle blower, 'Dr. Jeffery Wigand,' also brought him Best Actor Awards from the Los Angeles Film Critics, Broadcast Film Critics, National Society of Film Critics and National Board of Review, as well as nominations for the Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild and BAFTA Awards.

His performance in this summer's blockbuster hit, "Gladiator," has earned him international recognition by audiences of all ages. Crowe previously garnered widespread acclaim for his performance as vice cop 'Bud White' in Curtis Hanson's crime drama, "L.A. Confidential." He also starred in the hockey comedy "Mystery Alaska," directed by Jay Roach.

Born in New Zealand. Crowe was raised in Australia where has received numerous accolades for his talents. The Australian Film Institute nominated him as Best Actor for "The Crossing," the following year they awarded him the Best Supporting Actor Award for "Proof," and then in 1992, they gave him the Best Actor Award for his performance in "Romper Stomper." The Australian Film Critics also honored him with an award for his role in the highly controversial film about Melboume skinheads. In addition, the 1993 Seattle International Film Festival named Crowe Best Actor for his work in both "Romper Stomper" and "Hammers Over the Anvil."

Crowe made his American film debut in the 1995 Western "The Quick and the Dead," with Gene Hackman and Sharon Stone, and then starred as the cyber-villain 'Sid 6.7' in "Virtuosity," opposite Denzel Washington. His other film credits include "Heaven's Burning," "Breaking Up," "Rough Magic," "The Sum of Us," "For the Moment," "Love in Limbo," "The Silver Brumby," based on the classic Australian children's novel, "The Efficiency Expert" and "Prisoners of the Sun."

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