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Russell Ira Crowe was born in Wellington, New Zealand, to Jocelyn Yvonne (Wemyss) and John Alexander Crowe, both of whom catered movie sets. His maternal grandfather, Stanley Wemyss, was a cinematographer. Crowe’s recent ancestry includes Welsh (where his paternal grandfather was born, in Wrexham), English, Irish, Scottish, Norwegian, Swedish, Italian, and Maori (one of Crowe’s maternal great-grandmothers, Erana Putiputi Hayes Heihi, was Maori).
Interesting Facts about Russell Crowe
- Has indicated an interest in taking out Australian citizenship due to the amount of time and energy he spends Down Under (keeping his New Zealand citizenship as well).
- Once he was cast as Bud White in L.A. Confidential (1997), he read in the book that his character was the largest cop on the police force, off-putting for him due to his medium-sized frame (just under 6 feet). To capture a “big guy” presence, Crowe lived in a tiny flat in which he could barely fit through any of the doors. This experience, he said, made him come to the set feeling like a giant.
- He was awarded the Australian Centenary Medal in the 2001 Queen’s New Years Honours List for his services to Australian society and Australian film production.
- Was among the guests at Nicole Kidman’s and Keith Urban’s wedding
- Nearly finalized a deal to reunite with director Michael Mann on Collateral (2004), but scheduling conflicts with Eucalyptus, a doomed film project, prevented him from taking the role, which later went to Tom Cruise.
- When his wife was pregnant with his first child Charles, he gave up drinking alcohol with her.
- Is a huge fan of the Toronto Maple Leafs of the NHL.
- Son-in-law of actor Don Spencer.
- Discovered by British actor and musical director/writer Daniel Abineri, who gave Crowe his first professional acting role in a New Zealand tour of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”. Abineri later awarded Crowe the title role in his first stage musical, “Bad Boy Johnny and the Prophets of Doom”, which premiered in Melbourne in 1989.
- He is one of three actors who starred in a Best Picture Oscar winning film two years in a row. His winners were Gladiator, Best Picture of 2000, and A Beautiful Mind, Best Picture of 2001. The other two actors were Clark Gable: It Happened One Night, 1934, Mutiny on the Bounty, 1935, and Walter Pidgeon: How Green Was My Valley, 1941, Mrs. Miniver, 1942.
- Tried a music career as a rockabilly singer sporting a large pompadour hairdo, playing under the name Russ Le Roq. Titled his first single, “I Want to Be Like Marlon Brando”. Later admitted that he had never even seen a Brando movie when he wrote and recorded the song. Ironically, he went on later to play Jor-El in Man of Steel (2013), the same character that Brando iconically performed in Superman (1978).
- Took violin lessons in preparing for Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003) because his character, Jack Aubrey, played the violin several times during the movie.
Personal Quotes by Russell Crowe
There has to be a mathematical explanation for how bad that tie is.- Russell Crowe
People accuse me of being arrogant all the time. I’m not arrogant, I’m focused.- Russell Crowe
I suppose ‘Gladiator’ could be a Western – if you were writing your review in Athens, that is! To be honest, we didn’t really think that way at the time. But there is common ground. And they both have horses – I liked that, obviously.- Russell Crowe
I’ve followed Leeds since I was a little kid. I used to come home from sport in the afternoon, me and my brother, and watch ‘Match of the Day.’ I love the club. I want nothing but success for the club.- Russell Crowe
God bless America. God save the Queen. God defend New Zealand and thank Christ for Australia.- Russell Crowe