Russell Ira Crowe (born 7 April 1964) is a New Zealand-born Australian actor, film producer, and musician. He came to international attention for his role as the Roman general Maximus Decimus Meridius in the 2000 historical epic film Gladiator, directed by Ridley Scott, for which he won an Academy Award for Best Actor, a Broadcast Film, etc.
Russell Crowe's ambition to teach drama at Durham University was exposed in The Independent on 6 May. Mr Crowe, whose credits include Gladiator and A Beautiful Mind, has apparently responded to an offer made by his friend, the outgoing Durham chancellor Bill Bryson.
Despite his reputation as one of Hollywood's wildest and most controversial stars there is considerable excitement at the suggestion that the New Zealand-born actor is about to land a role teaching drama at one of Britain's most illustrious seats of learning.
He then continued his secondary education at Mount Roskill Grammar School, which he left at the age sixteen to pursue his ambitions and childhood dreams of becoming a successful actor. He told me it’d be a waste of time. He said, ‘You already do the things you go there to learn, and you’ve been doing it for most of your life, so there’s nothing to teach you but bad habits.’”
Due to his parents' profession and world-view, Russell's life has been fairly nomadic. His family moved to Australia when he was just four, and he didn't live in a house proper till he was fourteen. He'd receive his infant and primary education at Sydney's Vaucluse Public School. Precociously confident and fascinated by the film-sets his parents frequented, he began acting at the tender age of six.
The director of 'Requiem for a Dream,' 'The Fountain,' and 'Black Swan' is going full Old Testament for 'Noah.' As one would assume from its title, and the two Bible jokes we've already made, 'Noah' tells the story of the ark-building, animal-duo-herding hero from the book of Genesis. Now it seems he has his sights set on Russell Crowe for the title role.
Actor Russell Crowe recently revealed that during the shooting for "Cinderella Man" he learnt how to control his anger. Crowe, 41, who had to train as a boxer in preparation for the movie, admitted that mental control is the answer to his problems.
On the Late Show, Crowe also apologized to the hotel employee, Nestor Estrada. "Hopefully at some stage, I'll be able to apologize directly to Nestor but at the moment, he's not answering his phone," Crowe said.
In 2005, Crowe was arrested in New York after he threw a telephone at a hotel employee. The actor was allegedly angry over the hotel having trouble connecting a call to Australia. He was charged with second-degree assault and fourth-degree assault with a deadly weapon (the telephone).
During an interview yesterday with BBC radio to promote his new movie Robin Hood, Russell Crowe got a little ticked off with host Mark Lawson when he commented that Crowe’s accent in the film sounded more Irish than English. Needless to say, Russell was none too happy with the remark
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.
Russell Crowe will direct a biopic about the late comedian Bill Hicks, his writing partner Mark Staufer tells the Telegraph, adding, "We'll go into production early next year." In the meantime, Crowe is financing a new book by his former schoolmate Staufer, a Da Vinci Code–type thriller that purports to teach the reader about lucid dreaming.