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Academy Award® winner RUSSELL CROWE (Cal McAffrey) recently starred in Ridley Scott's Body of Lies and American Gangster, and the western 3:10 to Yuma, for director James Mangold. American Gangster and 3:10 to Yuma received 2008 Screen Actors Guild Award nominations for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.

Body of Lies marked Crowe's fourth movie with Scott, the first being his Oscar®-winning turn in Gladiator. He also starred in Scott's romance A Good Year, based on the book by Peter Mayle. His 2000 Academy Award®-winning performance as the Roman General Maximus in Gladiator was book ended by two other Best Actor Oscar® nominations: The Insider (1999) and A Beautiful Mind (2001). His role in Gladiator also earned him Best Actor award 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 Prize-winning John Forbes Nash, Jr. garnered Best Actor awards from the HFPA, the Broadcast Film Critics Association, SAG, BAFTA, as well as critics groups. For his work in Michael Mann's nonfictional drama The Insider, as tobacco company whistle-blower Dr. Jeffrey Wigand, he 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, and nominations for a Golden Globe Award, a BAFTA Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award.

Crowe reconnected with Howard, producer Brian Grazer and screenwriter Akiva Goldsman in Cinderella Man. His performance as the courageous, Depression-era boxer Jim Braddock earned him another Golden Globe nomination, among other honors. Prior to that, he starred as Capt. Jack Aubrey in Peter Weir's historical action-adventure Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World.

Crowe first 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 (AFI), beginning in 1990, when he was nominated for Best Actor for The Crossing. The following year, he won the Best Supporting Actor Award for Proof. In 1992, he received Best Actor Awards from the AFI and the Australian Film Critics Association for his performance in Romper Stomper. In 1993, the Seattle International Film Festival named Crowe Best Actor for his work in both Romper Stomper and Hammers Over the Anvil.

Crowe currently resides in Australia with his wife and two children.

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