Russell's Biography

Well, nobody can fully tell someone's biography unless you know the person really well, :), but here's a quick view on Russell's life as an actor.

Russell Ira Crowe was born on April 7, 1964 in Wellington, New Zealand and moved to Auckland in his teens.
The son of set caterers, Alex and Jocelyn, Russell grew up surrounded by the industry, spending his school holidays on film and television sets. His first debut on TV was at the age of six on the Australian t.v series, Spyforce.
Russell's first big break came with two films ... the first, Romper Stomper gained him a name throughout the film community in Australia and the neighboring countries. The second, The Sum of Us helped put him on the American map, so to speak. Sharon Stone heard of him from Romper Stomper and wanted him for her film, The Quick and the Dead. But filming on The Sum of Us 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 under his belt as his first American film the second was offered to him soon after. Virtuosity, 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, a Sci-Fi extravaganza, was a fun film and, again, opened the door to even more American offers. L.A. Confidential, 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.
These films were followed by big movies such as, The Insider, which gave him an Academy Award nomination, and G L A D I A T O R, from which I'm sure this time he'll win!!! Since is one of the best films ever!
Proof of life was also released this year.

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