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RUSSELL CROWE (Mayor Nicolas Hostetler), an Academy Award winner, 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 Crowe was critically acclaimed around the world. He received three consecutive Academy Award Best Actor nominations for his performances in THE INSIDER, GLADIATOR, and A BEAUTIFUL MIND, taking home the Oscar for Best Actor for GLADIATOR.

In addition to winning Oscar for his performance as Maximus, the Roman general-turned-gladiator, in Ridley Scott's GLADIATOR, Crowe earned Best Actor honors from several critics' organizations, including the Broadcast Film Critics Association, and Best Actor 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 and other critics groups.

Crowe received his first Academy Award nomination for his work in Michael Mann's drama THE INSIDER, as tobacco company whistle-blower 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, and Best Actor nominations for a Golden Globe Award, a BAFTA and a Screen Actors Guild Award.

Crowe's recently starred in THE MAN WITH THE IRON FISTS, an action film set in feudal China, directed by RZA. Next, he joined the all-star cast of the feature film adaptation of LES MISERABLES. This summer he stars as Jor-El in MAN OF STEEL, directed by Zach Snyder. Also upcoming is his role as the title character in NOAH, directed by Darren Aronofsky.

Crowe starred as John Brennan in Lionsgate's crime thriller THE NEXT THREE DAYS, alongside Olivia Wilde, Liam Neeson and Elizabeth Banks, and as Robin Longstride Ridley Scott's epic action-adventure ROBIN HOOD. He also starred in the thriller STATE OF PLAY, along with Edward Norton, Rachel McAdams, and Ben Affleck; Ridley Scott's drama BODY OF LIES for Warner Bros, also starring Leonardo DiCaprio; Lionsgate's 3:10 TO YUMA, opposite Christian Bale; and again with director Ridley Scott for Universal's AMERICAN GANGSTER, with Denzel Washington.

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. His other film credits include Ron Howard's CINDERELLA MAN, where he starred as Braddock; A GOOD YEAR, directed by Ridley Scott, based on the book by Peter Mayle; Jay Roach's MYSTERY, ALASKA; Taylor Hackford's PROOF OF LIFE; and VIRTUOSITY, opposite Denzel Washington.

Crowe made his American film debut in the Western THE QUICK AND THE DEAD, with Gene Hackman and Sharon Stone. Additional 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.

The Australian Film Institute (AFI) nominated Crowe for Best Actor for THE CROSSING, and awarded him Best Supporting Actor award for PROOF. AFI and the Australian Film Critics gave him Best Actor awards 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.

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