Born in New Zealand, Russell has made his home in Australia since he was a small child. The son of movie set caterers, Russell got the acting bug early in life. Beginning as a child star on a local Australian TV show, Russell's first big break came with two films ... the first, Romper Stomper (1992), gained him a name throughout the film community in Australia and the neighboring countries. The second, The Sum of Us (1994), helped put him on the American map, so to speak.

Sharon Stone heard of him from Romper Stomper(1992) and wanted him for her film, The Quick and the Dead (1995). But filming on The Sum of Us(1994) had already begun. Sharon is reported to have held up shooting until she had her gunslinger-Crowe, for her film. With The Quick and the Dead (1995) under his belt as his first American film, the second was offered to him soon after. Virtuosity (1995), starring Denzel Washington, put Russell in the body of a Virtual Serial Killer, Sid6.7 ... a role unlike any he had played so far. Virtuosity (1995), a Sci-Fi extravaganza, was a fun film and, again, opened the door to even more American offers. L.A. Confidential (1997), Russell's third American film, brought him the US fame and attention that his fans have felt he deserved all along. Missing the Oscar nod this time around, he didn't seem deterred and signed to do his first film with The Walt Disney Company, Mystery, Alaska (1999). He has recently achieved even more success and awards for his performances in Gladiator (2000) and A Beautiful Mind (2001).

  • Cousin of former New Zealand international cricketers Jeff and Martin Crowe.
  • Lost his front tooth playing rugby when he was ten. Never got it fixed until, at the insistence of the director for The Crossing (1990), who paid for it out of his own pocket.
  • First lead role when he was 25.
  • Tried a music career as a rockabilly singer sporting a large pompadour hairdo, playing under the name Russ Le Roq. Titled his first single "I Want to Be Like Marlon Brando". Later admitted that he had never even seen a Brando movie when he wrote and recorded the song.
  • After filming Gladiator (2000), he and some friends took a 4,000 mile motorcycle trip around Australia.
  • Owns a 560-acre farm in 7.5 hours North-West from Sydney.
  • Dropped out of high school.
  • Russell's rock group is named 30 Odd Foot of Grunts. They played their first US concert following Russell's success in Gladiator (2000) in Austin, Texas in August 2000. The tickets for the concert were selling for over $500 on e-bay.com.
  • Suffered a shoulder injury, which will require surgery, while filming Jodie Foster's _Flora Plum (2006)_. It is uncertain if the film will have to be recast. [5 September 2000]
  • Has starred in three films based on articles from Vanity Fair magazine. The Insider (1999) was based on a story by Marie Brenner named "The Man Who Knew Too Much". Proof of Life (2000) was based on the article "Adventures in the Ransom Trade" by William Prochnau. A Beautiful Mind (2001) was originally published in Vanity Fair as an excerpt of Sylvia Nasar 's book about John Forbes Nash.
  • Dated Meg Ryan. [2001]
  • Turned down the role of Logan/Wolverine in X-Men (2000).
  • He and his band, 30 Odd Foot Of Grunts, performed on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" (1992). [16 August 2001]
  • Proudly displayed his grandfather's British Honours medal (MBE) while making his Oscar Winner speech in 2001.
  • Has indicated an interest in taking out Australian citizenship due to the amount of time and energy he spends Down Under (keeping his New Zealand citizenship as well).
  • Although his surname is of Irish or English extraction, he lists his background as "Norwegian and Maori."
  • When Crowe's acceptance speech for his Best Actor award during the British Film Awards was edited, Crowe shoved the producer of the show, Malcolm Gerrie, against a wall and cursed at him, telling him: "Who on Earth had the ... audacity to take out the best actor's poem? I'll make sure you never work in Hollywood". He later issued a full apology.
  • His grandfather was from Wrexham, Wales
  • Ranked #28 in Premiere's 2002 annual Power 100 List.
  • Following his involvement in a brawl in a London restaurant, Russell stated that he was under a lot of stress and announced that he was going back to Australia to relax and spend more time with his father and his long-time girlfriend singer, Danielle Spencer. [November 2002]
  • Date of Birth: 7th April 1964
  • City of Birth: Wellington, New Zealand.
  • Birth Name: Russell Ira Crowe.
  • Nickname: Rusty
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