Russell Crowe was born Russell Ira Crowe in Wellington, New Zealand on April 7, 1964. Jocelyn and John were caterers for film sets, and John was also a hotel manager. Russell is also connected to three cricket players, cousins Martin Crowe and Jeff Crowe, and uncle Dave Crowe.
His paternal grandfather was a cameraman. Russell made his acting debut in an episode of “Spyforce” in 1972 (the show’s creator was Jocelyn’s godfather). His family relocated to Sydney, Australia, when he was four years old. Crowe attended Vaucluse Public School and Sydney Boys High School before returning to New Zealand with his family at age 14.
In New Zealand, he attended Auckland Grammar School with his brother Terry and cousins Martin and Jeff before transferring to Mount Roskill Grammar School, from which he withdrew at the age of 16 to pursue acting.
On his 39th birthday, April 7, 2003, Crowe married Australian singer Danielle Spencer (his co-star in “The Crossing”). Before their separation in 2012, they had two kids, Charles (born in December 2003) and Tennyson (born in July 2006). Their divorce was formalized in April 2018, and Russell staged an auction titled “The Art of Divorce,” selling goods and mementos he acquired during his marriage for $3.7 million.
Crowe was arrested in 2005 after throwing a telephone at a concierge at the Mercer Hotel in New York City. Crowe has been involved in various altercations and has been detained on multiple occasions. He was charged with second-degree assault and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon (the phone), but he served no jail time. The concierge, however, sued him.
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Russell Crowe was cast as Eddie and Dr. Scott in a New Zealand version of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” in 1986, marking his professional theatre debut. He performed in this performance for two years and afterward reprised his roles in Australian touring production. Russell portrayed Mickey in an Australian version of “Blood Brothers” in 1988, and Johnny the following year in “Bad Boy Johnny and the Prophets of Doom.”
Russell was cast in his debut film, The Crossing, in 1990, after appearing in four episodes of the popular Australian soap opera “Neighbours” in 1987. Soon after, he was cast in “Blood Oath” (known in certain countries as “Prisoners of the Sun”), “Proof,” “Spotswood,” and “Romper Stomper,” winning accolades from the Australian Film Institute for “Proof” and “Romper Stomper.”
Crowe began starring in American films in 1995, appearing alongside Denzel Washington and Sharon Stone, Gene Hackman, and Leonardo DiCaprio in “Virtuosity” and “The Quick and the Dead,” respectively. Russell received Academy Award nods for “The Insider” (1999), “Gladiator” (2000), and “A Beautiful Mind” (2001).
His filmography includes “Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World” (2003), “American Gangster” (2007), “Robin Hood” (2010), “Les Misérables” (2012), and “The Mummy” (2017). In 2019, he reprised his role as disgraced Fox News CEO Roger Ailes in the Showtime drama “The Loudest Voice.”
Russell Crowe’s Net Worth
The actor, film producer, and musician Russell Crowe have a net worth of $120 million. Although Crowe began his career on television, his Oscar-winning performance as Maximus Decimus Meridius in the 2000 film “Gladiator” propelled him to international recognition.
Additionally, he got praise for the films “The Insider,” “A Beautiful Mind,” and “Cinderella Man.” Russell has played in the bands 30 Odd Foot of Grunts and Russell Crowe & The Ordinary Fear of God, and he has co-owned the National Rugby League team South Sydney Rabbitohs since 2006.
Crowe made $5 million for “Gladiator” in 2000. In the same year, he earned $7.5 million for his work on “Proof of Life.” He got $15 million for “A Beautiful Mind” in 2001. In 2003, he was compensated $20 million for “Master and Commander,” which is equivalent to $28 million in current currency.
He got $15 million for “Cinderella Man” in 2005. He got an additional $20 million for “Robin Hood” in 2010. Russell made well over $150 million in base movie pay over the peak 15-ish years of his career, beginning around 2000.