Russell Crowe is a New Zealand-born Australian actor, film producer, and musician who left school at age 16 to pursue his ambitions of becoming an actor.
At age 21 he was given his first professional role in a production of ‘The Rocky Horror Show’, and after appearing in several television series, was cast in his first film, ‘The Crossing’. In 1992, Crowe starred in ‘Romper Stomper’, a role which won him an AFI Award for Best Actor, following up from his Best Supporting Actor award for ‘Proof’ in 1991.
After initial success in Australia, Crowe began acting in American films and came to international attention for his role in the 2000 historical epic film ‘Gladiator’, for which he won an Academy Award for Best Actor, a Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor, an Empire Award for Best Actor and a London Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor.
Crowe won the Best Actor award for ‘A Beautiful Mind’ at the 2002 BAFTA award ceremony, as well as the Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award for the same performance. Crowe's other films include ‘L.A. Confidential’, ‘Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World’, ‘Cinderella Man’, ‘American Gangster’ and ‘Robin Hood’. Crowe's work has earned him many accolades, including a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2010.