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Academy Award® winner RUSSELL CROWE (Richie Roberts) is considered one of the finest actors of his generation. Originally from New Zealand, he started making waves in the Australian film industry with his performance in the controversial film, Romper Stomper, for which he became critically acclaimed around the world. He has received three consecutive Academy Award® Best Actor nominations for his performances in The Insider in 2000, Gladiator in 2001 and A Beautiful Mind in 2002— taking home the Oscar® for his performance in Gladiator.

Crowe may currently be seen in Lionsgate's 3:10 to Yuma, opposite Christian Bale, and was last seen as Max Skinner in A Good Year, directed by Ridley Scott and based on the book by Peter Mayle. He is currently filming Body of Lies, with Leonardo DiCaprio.

Prior to that he starred as Jim Braddock in Ron Howard's Cinderella Man, in which he once again teamed up with director Ron Howard, producer Brian Grazer and screenwriter Akiva Goldsman.

He won a Best Actor Oscar® for his performance as Maximus, the Roman general-turned-gladiator, in Ridley Scott's Gladiator. This role also earned him Best Actor honors from several critics' organizations, including the Broadcast Film Critics Association. Additionally, he received nominations from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the Screen Actors Guild and BAFTA.

In Ron Howard's A Beautiful Mind, Crowe's masterful portrayal of Nobel Prizewinning John Forbes Nash, Jr., earned him his third Academy Award® nomination and garnered him Best Actor awards from the Golden Globes, Broadcast Film Critics Association, Screen Actors Guild, BAFTA and additional critics' groups.

Crowe received his first Academy Award® nomination for his work in Michael Mann's nonfiction drama The Insider, as tobacco company whistle-blower Dr. Jeffrey Wigand. He also earned Best Actor awards from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, Broadcast Film Critics Association, 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.

Before his award-winning acclaim, Crowe made his mark on Hollywood in Curtis Hanson's crime drama L.A. Confidential, as vice cop Bud White. He later starred in Jay Roach's Mystery, Alaska and in Taylor Hackford's Proof of Life, opposite Meg Ryan. In 1995, he made his American film debut in the 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. Additional 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.

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, 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. Also in 1992, he received Best Actor awards from the Australian Film Institute and the Australian Film Critics for his performance in Romper Stomper. In 1993, the Seattle Film Festival named Crowe Best Actor for his work in both Romper Stomper and Hammers Over the Anvil.

Crowe currently resides in Australia.

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