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RUSSELL CROWE 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 following: THE INSIDER (2000), GLADIATOR (2001) and A BEAUTIFUL MIND (2002) – taking home the Oscar® for his performance in GLADIATOR. 

Crowe can next be seen as Richie Roberts in Ridley Scott's AMERICAN GANGSTER starring opposite Denzel Washington. 

He was last seen as Max Skinner A GOOD YEAR, directed by Ridley Scott and based on the book by Peter Mayle. Prior to that he starred as Jim Braddock in Ron Howard's CINDERELLA MAN, which re-teamed him with A BEAUTIFUL MIND director 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. 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 Prize-winning 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, as well as critics groups.

Crowe received his first Academy Award® nomination for his work in Michael Mann's non-fiction drama THE INSIDER, as tobacco company whistle-blower Dr. Jeffrey Wigand. He also earned Best Actor Awards from the Los Angeles Film Critics, Broadcast Film Critics, National Society of Film Critics and the National Board of Review; and 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 with his portrayal of vice cop Bud White in Curtis Hanson's crime drama L.A. CONFIDENTIAL. He later starred in Jay Roach's MYSTERY, ALASKA, and in Taylor Hackford's PROOF OF LIFE, opposite Meg Ryan. 

Crowe made his American film debut in 1995 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 (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. Also in 1992, he received Best Actor Awards from the AFI 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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