Russell Crowe

Highest Rated: 99% L.A. Confidential (1997)
Lowest Rated: 13% Winter's Tale (2014)
Birthday: Apr 7, 1964
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

CREDIT
81% Boy Erased Marshall Conlon Marshall Eamons 2018
No Score Yet Turtle Odyssey Narrator 2018
16% The Mummy Dr. Henry Jekyll $80.1M 2017
83% David Stratton: A Cinematic Life Actor 2017
28% Fathers And Daughters Executive Producer Jack Davis 2016
93% The Nice Guys Jackson Healy $32.3M 2016
61% 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
56% Man of Steel Jor-El $291.1M 2013
29% Broken City Mayor Nicolas Hostetler $19.7M 2013
69% Les Misérables Javert $148.8M 2012
51% The Man With the Iron Fists Jack Knife $15.7M 2012
51% The Next Three Days John Brennan $21.2M 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 $61.7M 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
74% A Beautiful Mind John Nash 2001
39% 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
57% 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
79% 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

CREDIT
52% The Loudest Voice
2019
Roger Ailes Executive Producer
  • 2019
No Score Yet The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
Guest
  • 2019
  • 2016
98% Last Week Tonight With John Oliver
2014
Appearing
  • 2018
No Score Yet Harry
2016-2018
Appearing
  • 2016
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
Guest
  • 2016
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
Host
  • 2016
No Score Yet The Graham Norton Show
2007
Guest
  • 2016
  • 2014
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
Guest
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
No Score Yet Sunday Morning
2011-2018
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 Seth Meyers
2014
Guest
  • 2015
  • 2014
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
Guest
  • 2013
  • 2010
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
Guest
  • 2013
  • 2010
  • 2001
  • 2000
No Score Yet The Ellen DeGeneres Show
2003
Guest
  • 2010
  • 2005
No Score Yet American Chopper
2003
Appearing
  • 2007
No Score Yet 60 Minutes
1999
Appearing
  • 2007
  • 2006
No Score Yet Charlie Rose
2013-2017
Guest
  • 2005
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
1999-2015
Guest
  • 2005
No Score Yet Republic of Doyle
2010-2014

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