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RUSSELL CROWE portrays mathematician John Forbes Nash, Jr.

Crowe earned the Best Actor Academy Award® for his portrayal of the Roman general-turned- gladiator Maximus in Ridley Scott's blockbuster Gladiator. Critics groups including the Broadcast Film Critics also gave him Best Actor honors, and he was nominated for Screen Actors Guild, BAFTA and Golden Globe awards.

A year earlier, Crowe received a Best Actor Academy Award® nomination for his work in Michael Mann's true-life drama The Insider. His compelling portrayal of tobacco company whistle blower Dr. Jeffrey Wigand also brought him Best Actor Awards from the Los Angeles Film Critics, Broadcast Film Critics, National Society of Film Critics and the National Board of Review, as well as nominations for a Golden Globe Award, a BAFTA Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award.

Crowe previously earned widespread acclaim for his performance as vice cop Bud White in Curtis Hanson's crime drama L.A. Confidential. He later starred in Jay Roach's Mystery, Alaska, and, most recently, in Taylor Hackford's Proof of Life, opposite Meg Ryan.

Born in New Zealand, Crowe was raised in Australia where he has also been honored for his work on the screen. He was recognized for three consecutive years by the Australian Film Institute (AFI), beginning in 1991 when he was nominated for Best Actor for The Crossing. The following year, he won the Best Supporting Actor Award for Proof and, in 1992, he received Best Actor Awards from the AFI, as well as the Australian Film Critics, for his performance in the controversial Romper Stomper. In addition, the 1993 Seattle 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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