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RUSSELL CROWE (Pearly Soames) is an Academy Award winner who is regarded as one of the finest actors of our time. Crowe's many acting honors include three consecutive Best Actor Oscar nominations: for his work in the acclaimed 1999 drama "The Insider"; the 2000 Best Picture winner, "Gladiator," for which he took home the Oscar; and 2001's Best Picture, "A Beautiful Mind."

In addition to the Academy Award, Crowe's performance as Maximus, the Roman general-turned-gladiator in Ridley Scott's "Gladiator," earned him Best Actor honors from several critics' organizations, including the Broadcast Film Critics and London Film Critics Circle. He also received Golden Globe, BAFTA Award and Screen Actors Guild Award nominations.

The year prior, Crowe had gained his first Oscar nomination for his portrayal of tobacco company whistle-blower Jeffrey Wigand in Michael Mann's fact-based drama "The Insider." He was also named Best Actor by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, Broadcast Film Critics Association, National Society of Film Critics and National Board of Review, and garnered Golden Globe, BAFTA Award and SAG Award nominations.

Crowe's masterful portrayal of Nobel Prize winner John Forbes Nash, Jr. in Ron Howard's "A Beautiful Mind" brought him his third Oscar nomination, as well as his third consecutive Critics' Choice Award from the Broadcast Film Critics Association. He also won Golden Globe, BAFTA and SAG Awards, and several other critics groups' Best Actor Awards. Reuniting with Howard in 2005, Crowe earned Golden Globe and SAG Award nominations, and won an Australian Film Institute (AFI) Award, for his portrayal of Jim Braddock in "Cinderella Man."

Crowe most recently starred as Jor-El, Superman's father, in Zack Snyder's "Man of Steel"; as Inspector Javert in Tom Hooper's acclaimed screen adaptation of the beloved musical "Les Miserables"; and as Mayor Hostetler in Allen Hughes' "Broken City." He will soon be seen in the title role of Darren Aronofsky's epic "Noah," and is currently in production on his directorial debut, "The Water Diviner," in which he also stars.

Born in New Zealand, Crowe was raised in Australia, where he was first honored for his work on the big screen and began gaining international attention. He was recognized for three consecutive years by the AFI, starting in 1990, when he was nominated for Best Actor for "The Crossing."

In 1991, he won the AFI's Best Supporting Actor Award for "Proof." The following year, he received Best Actor Awards from the AFI and the Australian Film Critics for his performance in "Romper Stomper." Additionally, the 1993 Seattle International Film Festival named him Best Actor for his work in both "Romper Stomper" and "Hammers Over the Anvil."

Crowe made his American film debut in 1995 in Sam Raimi's Western "The Quick and the Dead." He went on to earn acclaim for his role in Curtis Hanson's crime drama "L.A. Confidential." His early film credits also include "Mystery, Alaska," "Heaven's Burning," "Virtuosity," "The Sum of Us," "For the Moment," "Love in Limbo," "The Silver Brumby," "The Efficiency Expert" and "Prisoners of the Sun."

He has since starred in a long and diverse list of films, including the Ridley Scott-directed projects "A Good Year," "American Gangster," "Body of Lies" and "Robin Hood." Among his other credits are Peter Weir's "Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World," for which Crowe earned a Golden Globe nomination; Taylor Hackford's "Proof of Life"; "3:10 to Yuma," with Christian Bale; Kevin Macdonald's "State of Play," with Ben Affleck; Paul Haggis' "The Next Three Days"; and RZA's "The Man with the Iron Fists."

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