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
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
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."