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Russell Crowe

Highest Rated:   99% L.A. Confidential (1997)
Lowest Rated:   13% Winter's Tale (2014)
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Birthplace:   Wellington, New Zealand
Though perhaps best-known internationally for playing tough-guy roles in Romper Stomper (1993), L.A. Confidential (1997), and Gladiator (2000), New Zealand-born actor Russell Crowe has proven himself equally capable of playing gentler roles in films such as Proof (1991) and The Sum of Us (1992). No matter what kind of characters he plays, Crowe's weather-beaten handsomeness and gruff charisma combine to make him constantly watchable: his one-time Hollywood mentor Sharon Stone has called him "the sexiest guy working in movies today."Born in Wellington, New Zealand, on April 7, 1964, Crowe was raised in Australia from the age of four. His parents made their living by catering movie shoots, and often brought Crowe with them to work; it was while hanging around the various sets that he developed a passion for acting. After making his professional debut in an episode of the television series Spyforce when he was six, Crowe took a 12-year break from professional acting, netting his next gig when he was 18. In film, he had his first major roles in such dramas as The Crossing (1990) and Jocelyn Moorhouse's widely praised Proof (1991) (for which he won an Australian Film Institute award). He then went on to gain international recognition for his intense, multi-layered portrayal of a Melbourne skinhead in Geoffrey Wright's controversial Romper Stomper (1992), winning another AFI award, as well as an Australian Film Critics award. It was Sharon Stone who helped bring Crowe to Hollywood to play a gunfighter-turned-preacher opposite her in Sam Raimi's The Quick and the Dead (1995). Though the film was not a huge box-office success, it did open Hollywood doors for Crowe, who subsequently split his time between the U.S. and Australia. In 1997, the actor had his largest success to date playing volatile cop Bud White in Curtis Hanson's L.A. Confidential (1997). Following the praise surrounding both the film and his performance in it, Crowe found himself working steadily in Hollywood, starring in two films released in 1999: Mystery, Alaska and The Insider. In the latter, he gave an Oscar-nominated lead performance as Jeffrey Wigand, a real-life tobacco industry employee whose personal life was dragged through the mud when he chose to blow the whistle on his former company's questionable business practices.In 2000, however, Crowe finally crossed over into the public's consciousness with, literally, a tour de force performance in Ridley Scott's glossy Roman epic Gladiator. The Dreamworks/Universal co-production was a major gamble from the outset, devoting more than 100 million dollars to an unfinished script (involving the efforts of at least half a dozen writers), an untested star (stepping into a role originally intended for Mel Gibson), and an all-but-dead genre (the sword-and-sandals adventure). Thanks to an aggressive marketing campaign and mostly positive notices, however, the public turned out in droves the first weekend of the film's release, and kept coming back long into the summer for Gladiator's potent blend of action, grandeur, and melodrama -- all anchored by Crowe's passionate man-of-few-words performance.Anticipation was high, then, for the actor's second 2000 showing, the hostage drama Proof of Life. Despite -- or perhaps because of -- the widely publicized affair between Crowe and his co-star Meg Ryan, the film failed to generate much heat during the holiday box-office season, and attention turned once again to the actor's star-making role some six months prior. In an Oscar year devoid of conventionally spectacular epics, Gladiator netted 12 nominations in February 2001, including one for its lead performer. While many wags viewed the film's eventual Best Picture victory as a fluke, the same could not be said for Crowe's Best Actor victory: nudging past such stiff competition as Tom Hanks and Ed Harris, Crowe finally nabbed a statue, affirming for Hollywood the talent that critics had first noticed almost ten years earlier.Crowe

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Boy Erased
  • Marshall Conlon
2018
16% The Mummy
  • Dr. Henry Jekyll
$80.1M 2017
82% David Stratton: A Cinematic Life
  • Actor
2017
29% Fathers And Daughters
  • Jack Davis
  • Executive Producer
2016
92% The Nice Guys
  • Jackson Healy
$32.3M 2016
63% The Water Diviner
  • Connor
  • Director
2015
76% Noah
  • Noah
$101.2M 2014
13% Winter's Tale
  • Pearly Soames
$10.7M 2014
No Score Yet A New York Winter's Tale
  • Actor
2014
86% Red Obsession
  • Narrator
$10.4k 2013
55% Man of Steel
  • Jor-El
$291.1M 2013
28% Broken City
  • Mayor Nicolas Hostetler
$19.6M 2013
69% Les Misérables
  • Javert
$148.8M 2012
49% The Man With the Iron Fists
  • Jack Knife
$15.7M 2012
51% The Next Three Days
  • John Brennan
$21.1M 2010
43% Robin Hood
  • Robin Hood
  • Producer
$105.3M 2010
84% State of Play
  • Cal McAffrey
$37M 2009
40% Tenderness
  • Lt. Cristofuoro
2008
55% Body of Lies
  • Ed Hoffman
$39.4M 2008
59% Bra Boys
  • Narrator
2008
80% American Gangster
  • Detective Richie Roberts
$130.2M 2007
89% 3:10 to Yuma
  • Ben Wade
$53.6M 2007
25% A Good Year
  • Max Skinner
$7.4M 2006
No Score Yet Steve Irwin: He Changed Our World
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet Sanctuary: Lisa Gerrard
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet He Changed Our World: Steve Irwin Memorial Tribute
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet Eucalyptus
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet Discovery Atlas: Australia Revealed
  • Actor
2006
80% Cinderella Man
  • Jim Braddock
$61.6M 2005
85% Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
  • Capt. Jack Aubrey
$92.2M 2003
No Score Yet The Silver Brumby
  • Actor
2003
No Score Yet 30 Odd Foot Of Grunts - Texas
  • Actor
2003
No Score Yet 30 Odd Foot of Grunts - Texas
  • Actor
  • Producer
2002
No Score Yet Ultimate Fights
  • Actor
2002
75% A Beautiful Mind
  • John Nash
2001
40% Proof of Life
  • Terry
$31.2M 2000
76% Gladiator
  • Gen. Maximus
2000
96% The Insider
  • Jeffrey Wigand
1999
38% Mystery, Alaska
  • John Biebe
1999
No Score Yet Heaven's Burning
  • Colin O'Brien
1998
No Score Yet Breaking Up
  • Steve
1997
99% L.A. Confidential
  • Bud White
1997
14% Rough Magic
  • Alex Ross
1997
No Score Yet For the Moment
  • Lachlan
1996
No Score Yet Under the Gun
  • Actor
1995
33% Virtuosity
  • SID 6.7
1995
No Score Yet No Way Back
  • Zak Grant
1995
67% The Sum of Us
  • Jeff Mitchell
1995
56% The Quick and the Dead
  • Cort
1995
No Score Yet The Silver Stallion (The Silver Brumby)
  • The Man
1993
No Score Yet Love in Limbo (Just One Night)
  • Arthur Baskin
1993
78% Romper Stomper
  • Hando
1993
67% The Efficiency Expert
  • Kim Barry
1992
No Score Yet Robin Hood
  • Producer
1991
94% Proof
  • Andy
1991
No Score Yet Hammers over the Anvil
  • East Driscoll
1991
No Score Yet Brides of Christ
  • Actor
1991
No Score Yet The Crossing
  • Johnny
1990
No Score Yet Blood Oath (Prisoners of the Sun)
  • Lt. Corbett
1990

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
  • Guest
  • 2016
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Host
  • 2016
91% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
  • Guest
  • 2016
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
  • Guest
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
  • Guest
  • 2015
No Score Yet Sunday Morning
2011
  • Appearing
  • 2015
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With James Corden
2015
  • Guest
  • 2015
No Score Yet The View
1997
  • Guest
  • 2015
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
  • Guest
  • 2013
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
  • Guest
  • 2013
  • 2010
  • 2001
  • 2000
No Score Yet Charlie Rose
2013
  • Guest
  • 2005
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
1999-2015
  • Guest
  • 2005

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