Russell CROWE

* 07.04.1964, Wellington, Neuseeland

Schauspieler * 1968 zieht mit seiner Familie nach Australien um * 1972-77 sammelt erste Filmerfahrungen in zwei Fernsehserien (Spyforce; The Young Doctors) * 1978 kehrt mit der Familie nach Neuseeland zurück - dort tritt als Sänger auf und gründet später mit einem Schulkollegen die Band Roman Antix * mit 18 Jahren entscheidet sich für eine Karriere im Showbusiness und geht erneut nach Australien * tritt zunächst in Bühnen- (Grease, 1983; The Rocky Horror Show, 1986-88; Blood Brothers, 1989) und Fernsehproduktionen (Serie Neighbours, 1987) auf * 1989 Kinodebüt an der Seite von Bryan Brown in Blood Oath - steigt mit dem zweiten Film (The Crossing) zum Hauptdarsteller auf und feiert mit Proof (1990) seinen ersten Erfolg (AFI Award) * 1992 Durchbruch im Kino mit der Hauptrolle in Romper Stomper ("I played the leader of a Neo-Nazi skinhead gang.") * gründet mit seinen alten Kumpels die Rockband 30 Odd Foot of Grunts * 1993/94 dreht an der Seite von Sharon Stone und Gene Hackman seinen ersten amerikanischen Film (The Quick and the Dead) - ab 1995 wirkt regelmäßig in amerikanischen Produktionen mit * 2000 mit seiner preisgekrönten Darstellung des römischen Generals und Gladiators Maximus im Kinohit Gladiator unter der Regie von Ridley Scott etabliert sich unter Hollywoods Topstars * erfolgreiches Regiedebüt mit The Water Diviner (2013/14) * 2007 (mit)gründet die Produktionsfirma Fear of God Films (The Water Diviner) * seit 2006 auch australischer Staatsbürger


"I'd move to Los Angeles if Australia and New Zealand were swallowed up by a huge tidal wave, if there was a bubonic plague in England, and if the continent of Africa disappeared from some Martian attack."

"Russell is difficult, he has a specific mind of his own, but he is a movie star." Ridley Scott

FILMS

Blood Oath (Blutiger Schwur, 1989-AUS; R: Stephen Wallace, B: Denis Whitburn, Brian A. Williams, K: Russell Boyd, M: David McHugh, D: Bryan Brown / Russell Crowe: Lieutenant Jack Corbett) 108m-Anti/kriegsdrama (08-10; 9007)

The Crossing (The Crossing, 1989-AUS; R: George Ogilvie, B: Ranald Allan, K: Jeff Darling, M: Martin Armiger, D: Russell Crowe: Johnny * Robert Mammone * Danielle Spencer) 92m-Drama (10-12; 9010)

Spotswood (Made in Spotswood - Die Fabrik der schrägen Vögel, 1990-AUS; R: Mark Joffe, B: Max Dann, Andrew Knight, K: Ellery Ryan, M: Ricky Fataar, D: Anthony Hopkins * Ben Mendelsohn / Russell Crowe: Kim Barry) 90m-Tragikomödie (07-09; 9201)

Proof (Proof - Der Beweis, 1990-AUS; R+B: Jocelyn Moorhouse, K: Martin McGrath, M: Not Drowning Waving, D: Hugo Weaving * Genevieve Picot * Russell Crowe: Andy) 91m-Drama (09-11; 9108)

Love in Limbo (Liebe, Lust und Limbo * Liebe, Lust und Limonade, 1991-AUS; R: David Elfick, B: John Cundill, K: Stephen Windon, M: Peter Kaldor, D: Craig Adams, Rhondda Findleton, Martin Sacks, Aden Young, Russell Crowe: Arthur Baskin) 102m-Liebeskomödie (06-07; 9303)

Romper Stomper (Romper Stomper, 1991-AUS; R+B: Geoffrey Wright, K: Ron Hagen, M: John Clifford White, D: Russell Crowe: Hando, Daniel Pollock, Jacqueline McKenzie, Alex Scott) 94m-Actiondrama (08-09; 9211)

Hammers over the Anvil (Sommer des Erwachens, 1991-AUS * Ann Turner ... East Driscoll) (Kurzgeschichtensammlung von Alan Marshall) (10-11; 9406)

The Silver Brumby (Der silberne Hengst [- König der Wildpferde], 1992-AUS; R: John Tatoulis, B: John Tatoulis, Jon Stephens, K: Mark Gilfedder, M: Tassos Ioannides, D: Caroline Goodall, Russell Crowe: der Mann & Amiel Daemion) 92m-Abenteuer (Roman von Elyne Mitchell, 1958) (03-05; 9309)

For the Moment (1992-CDN; d+B: Aaron Kim Johnston, K: Ian Elkin, M: Victor Davies, D: Russell Crowe: Lachlan * Christianne Hirt) 120m-Drama (08-09; 9604-USA)

The Sum of Us (Die Summe der Gefühle, 1993-AUS; R: Kevin Dowling, Geoff Burton, B: David Stevens, K: Geoff Burton, M: Dave Faulkner, D: Jack Thompson * Russell Crowe: Jeff Mitchell) 100m-Tragikomödie (Bühnenstück von David Stevens, 1990) (10-11; 9407)

The Quick and the Dead (Schneller als der Tod, 1993/94-USA; R: Sam Raimi, B: Simon Moore, K: Dante Spinotti, M: Alan Silvestri, D: Sharon Stone * Gene Hackman, Russell Crowe: Cort) 103/7m-Western (11-02; 9502)

Rough Magic / Miss Shumway jette un sort (Wilder Zauber, 1994-GB/F; R: Clare Peploe, B: Robert Mundi, William Brookfield, Clare Peploe, K: John J. Campbell, M: Richard Hartley, D: Bridget Fonda * Russell Crowe: Alex Ross) 100/4m-Satire (Roman Miss Shumway Waves a Wand von James Hadley Chase, 1944) (05-08; 9605)

Virtuosity (Virtuosity, 1995-USA; R: Brett Leonard, B: Eric Bernt, K: Gale Tattersall, M: Christopher Young, D: Denzel Washington, Kelly Lynch, Russell Crowe: SID 6.7, Stephen Spinella, William Forsythe, Louise Fletcher) 106m-Sci-Fi-Thriller (01-05; 9508)

Breaking Up (Breaking Up, 1995-USA; R: Robert Greenwald, B: Michael Cristofer, K: Mauro Fiore, M: Mark Mothersbaugh, D: Russell Crowe: Steve * Salma Hayek) 90m-Beziehungsdrama (Bühnenstück von Michael Cristofer, ?) (09-10; 9710 > limited release)

L.A. Confidential (L.A. Confidential, 1996-USA; R: Curtis Hanson, B: Brian Helgeland, Curtis Hanson, K: Dante Spinotti, M: Jerry Goldsmith, D: Kevin Spacey * Russell Crowe: Wendell "Bud" White * Guy Pearce * James Cromwell * Kim Basinger) 137m-Thriller (Roman von James Ellroy, 1990) (05-08; 9709)

Heaven's Burning (Paradies in Flammen, 1996-AUS; R: Craig Lahiff, B: Louis Nowra, K: Brian J. Breheny, M: Graeme Koehne & Michael Atkinson, D: Russell Crowe: Colin O'Brien * Youki Kudoh) 96m-Roadmovie (10-11; 9711)

Mystery, Alaska (Mystery - New York: Ein Spiel um die Ehre, 1998-USA; R: Jay Roach, B: David E. Kelley, Sean O'Byrne, K: Peter Deming, M: Carter Burwell, D: Russell Crowe: John Biebe * Hank Azaria) 119m-Sportkomödie (01-04; 9910)

The Insider (Insider, 1998-USA; R: Michael Mann, B: Eric Roth, Michael Mann, K: Dante Spinotti, M: Lisa Gerrard & Pieter Bourke, D: Al Pacino * Russell Crowe: Jeffrey Wigand) 158m-Thrillerdrama (Artikel von Marie Brenner, 1996) (05-10; 9911)

Gladiator (Gladiator, 1999-USA; R: Ridley Scott, B: David Franzoni, John Logan, William Nicholson, K: John Mathieson, M: Hans Zimmer & Lisa Gerrard, D: Russell Crowe: Maximus, Joaquin Phoenix, Connie Nielsen, Oliver Reed, Derek Jacobi, Djimon Hounsou & Richard Harris) 154m-Monumentalepos (02-06; 0005)

Proof of Life (Lebenszeichen - Proof of Life, 2000-USA; R: Taylor Hackford, B: Tony Gilroy, K: Slawomir Idziak, M: Danny Elfman, D: Meg Ryan * Russell Crowe: Terry Thorne) 135m-Thrillerdrama (frei nach Magazinartikel von William Prochnau + Buch Long March to Freedom /1995/ von Thomas Hargrove) (02-07; 0012)

A Beautiful Mind (A Beautiful Mind, 2001-USA * Ron Howard ... John Nash) (Buch von Sylvia Nasar) (0112)

Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (Master and Commander - Bis ans Ende der Welt, 2002-USA; R: Peter Weir, B: Peter Weir, John Collee, K: Russell Boyd, M: Iva Davies, Christopher Gordon, Richard Tognetti, D: Russell Crowe: Kapitän Jack Aubrey * Paul Bettany) 139m-Abenteuer (Roman Master and Commander /1969/ & Roman The Far Side of the World /1984/ von Patrick O'Brian) (06-10; 0311)

Cinderella Man (Das Comeback [- Für eine zweite Chance ist es nie zu spät], 2004-USA; R: Ron Howard, B: Cliff Hollingsworth, Akiva Goldsman, K: Salvatore Totino, M: Thomas Newman, D: Russell Crowe: Jim Braddock * Renee Zellweger) 144m-Drama (04-08; 0506)

A Good Year (Ein gutes Jahr, 2005-USA; R: Ridley Scott, B: Marc Klein, K: Philippe Le Sourd, M: Marc Streitenfeld, D: Russell Crowe: Max Skinner, Albert Finney, Marion Cotillard) 118m-Komödie (Buch/Roman von Peter Mayle, 2004) (09-?; 0611)

Tenderness (2006-USA * John Polson ... Lt. Cristofuoro) (Roman von Robert Cormier) (05-?; 0912)

American Gangster (American Gangster, 2006-USA * Ridley Scott ... Detective Richie Roberts) (07-11; 0711)

3:10 to Yuma (Todeszug nach Yuma, 2006/07-USA; R: James Mangold, B: Halsted Welles, Michael Brandt, Derek Haas, K: Phedon Papamichael, M: Marco Beltrami, D: Russell Crowe: Ben Wade * Christian Bale) 117m-Western (Kurzgeschichte von Elmore Leonard, 1953) (10-01; 0709)

Body of Lies (Der Mann, der niemals lebte, 2007-USA; R: Ridley Scott, B: William Monahan, K: Alexander Witt, M: Marc Streitenfeld, D: Leonardo DiCaprio * Russell Crowe: Ed Hoffman) 128m-Thrillerdrama (Roman von David Ignatius, 2007) (09-12; 0810)

State of Play (State of Play - Stand der Dinge, 2008-USA/GB; R: Kevin Macdonald, B: Matthew Michael Carnahan, Tony Gilroy, Billy Ray, K: Rodrigo Prieto, M: Alex Heffes, D: Russell Crowe: Cal McAffrey * Ben Affleck * Rachel McAdams) 127m-Politthriller (nach einer Fernsehserie) (01-04; 0904)

Robin Hood (Robin Hood, 2009-USA/GB; R: Ridley Scott, B: Brian Helgeland, K: John Mathieson, M: Marc Streitenfeld, D: Russell Crowe: Robin Longstride * Cate Blanchett) 140m-Historienaction (03-08; 1005)

The Next Three Days (72 Stunden - The Next Three Days, 2009-USA * Paul Haggis ... John Brennan) (10-12; 1011)

The Man with the Iron Fists (The Man with the Iron Fists, 2011-USA; R: RZA, B: RZA, Eli Roth, K: Chi Ying Chan, M: RZA & Howard Drossin, D: Russell Crowe: Jack Knife, Cung Le, Lucy Liu, Byron Mann, RZA, Rick Yune, David Bautista, Jamie Chung) 96m-Martial-Arts-Film (01-03; 1211)

Man of Steel (Man of Steel, 2011/12-USA; R: Zack Snyder, B: David S. Goyer, K: Amir Mokri, M: Hans Zimmer, D: Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne, Antje Traue, Ayelet Zurer, Christopher Meloni & Russell Crowe: Jor-El) 143m-Fantasyabenteuer (08-01; 1306)

Broken City (Broken City, 2011/12-USA; R: Allen Hughes, B: Brian Tucker, K: Ben Seresin, M: Atticus Ross, Claudia Sarne, Leo Ross, D: Mark Wahlberg * Russell Crowe: Bürgermeister Nicolas Hostetler * Catherine Zeta-Jones) 109m-Krimithriller (11-01; 1301)

Les Misérables (Les Misérables, 2012-GB; R: Tom Hooper, B: William Nicholson, Alain Boublil, Claude-Michel Schönberg, Herbert Kretzmer, K: Danny Cohen, MS: Becky Bentham, D: Hugh Jackman * Russell Crowe: Javert * Anne Hathaway * Amanda Seyfried) 157m-Musikdrama (Musical, 1980 > Roman von Victor Hugo, 1862) (03-06; 1301)

Noah (Noah, 2012-USA; R: Darren Aronofsky, B: Darren Aronofsky, Ari Handel, K: Matthew Libatique, M: Clint Mansell, D: Russell Crowe: Noah * Jennifer Connelly * Ray Winstone * Emma Watson & Anthony Hopkins) 138m-Bibelfantasy (07-11; 1403)

Winter's Tale (Winter's Tale, 2012/13-USA; R+B: Akiva Goldsman, K: Caleb Deschanel, M: Hans Zimmer & Rupert Gregson-Williams, D: Colin Farrell, Jessica Brown Findlay, Jennifer Connelly, William Hurt, Eva Marie Saint & Russell Crowe: Pearly Soames) 118m-Fantasydrama (Roman von Mark Helprin, 1983) (10-02; 1402)

The Water Diviner (Das Versprechen eines Lebens, 2013/14-AUS; R: Russell Crowe, B: Andrew Knight, Andrew Anastasios, K: Andrew Lesnie, M: David Hirschfelder, D: Russell Crowe: Joshua Connor, Olga Kurylenko, Yılmaz Erdoğan, Cem Yılmaz, Jai Courtney, Ryan Corr, James Fraser, Ben O'Toole, Isabel Lucas) 111m-Historiendrama (12-03; 1412)

Fathers and Daughters (2014-USA; R: Gabriele Muccino, B: Brad Desch, K: Shane Hurlbut, M: Paolo Buonvino, D: Russell Crowe: Jake Davis * Amanda Seyfried) 116m-Drama (03-05; 1510-I)

The Nice Guys (The Nice Guys, 2014/15-USA; R: Shane Black, B: Shane Black, Anthony Bagarozzi, K: Philippe Rousselot, M: John Ottman & David Buckley, D: Russell Crowe: Jackson Healy * Ryan Gosling, Angourie Rice, Matt Bomer, Margaret Qualley, Keith David & Kim Basinger) 116m-Actionkomödie (10-01; 1605)


No Way Back (Das Yakuza-Kartell, 1994-USA * Frank Cappello ... Zack Grant) 91m-Actionthriller (11-?) > TVM (9612) + Videovertrieb (9706)

AWARDS

Australian Film Institute [AFI] Award (bester Nebendarsteller) für Proof (1991)

Australian Film Institute Award (bester Hauptdarsteller) für Romper Stomper (1992)

National Board of Review Award (bester Darsteller) für The Insider (1999)

Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award (bester Darsteller) für The Insider (1999)

Academy Award / Oscar (bester Hauptdarsteller) für Gladiator (2000)

London Critics Circle Film Award (Darsteller des Jahres) für Gladiator & The Insider (2001)

Global Achievement Award [Australian Film Institute Awards 2001]

Golden Globe (bester Darsteller - Kategorie Drama) für A Beautiful Mind (2002)

BAFTA Award (bester Hauptdarsteller) für A Beautiful Mind (2002)

AFI International Award (bester Darsteller) für Cinderella Man (2005)

AFI International Award (bester Darsteller) für State of Play (2009)

BOOKS

Tim Ewbank; Stafford Hildred: Russell Crowe. London: Andre Deutsch, 2006

Russell Crowe's journey from his days as Kenny Larkin on "Neighbours" to the top of the Hollywood A-list, commanding 25 million per movie, is a story of incredible determination, drive, tenacity and immense talent. Crowe's breathtaking performance in "Gladiator" was the crucial turning point in his career. It earned him an Oscar and catapulted him in to the major league. Almost overnight, he had the respect of the industry and, off-screen, romances with some of the most beautiful women in the world heightened his profile still further. Yet his success came at a price: he was hounded by the paparazzi and portrayed in the world's media as a volatile and quick-to-temper rogue. But these days Crowe's preferred state is on his ranch in New South Wales, where he has been adapting to a quieter life as a husband and father. And as for his career, critically acclaimed performances in demanding, character-driven roles, such as schizophrenic mathematical genius John Nash in A Beautiful Mind, have ensured his reputation as a serious actor. Rare talent, sex appeal and charisma are a powerful combination, and he now finds himself firmly on a par with such Hollywood greats as Bogart, Brando and McQueen. In this engaging and compelling biography, authors Tim Ewbank and Stafford Hildred, trace the story of Crowe's life to date: from his roots in New Zealand, through a successful acting career in Australia, to Hollywood stardom and his latest collaboration with director Ridley Scott in "A Good Year". They draw on new and exclusive interviews with those closest to him to create a rounded portrait of this multi-talented but complex man. * 285 s. : ill. (some col.)


Martin Howden: Russell Crowe: The Biography. Melbourne: Wilkinson Publishing, 2010

Russell Crowe has a fascinating personal and professional story. His early life was spent moving between his native New Zealand and Australia as his parents' film-set catering business stoked his fascination with the movie industry, and his first taste of fame came in a touring stage production of "The Rocky Horror Picture Show." Eventually Russell was drawn to more challenging roles and to the Australian screen, where he starred in his breakthrough film "Romper Stomper." Romances with some of the most beautiful women in the world heightened his profile, but it was his demanding, character-driven work in films such as "L.A. Confidential," "A Beautiful Mind," and "Gladiator" that established Russell's reputation as a true professional. From the action of "Master and Commander" to thrillers "The Insider" and "State of Play" and romantic comedies such as "A Good Year", Russell is praised for his versatility and has been celebrated by peers at the Oscars and the Golden Globes. Journalist and celebrity biographer Martin Howden goes back to the times Russell worked as a busker, bartender, fruit picker, bingo-number caller, and insurance salesman before hitting the big time, and explores the truth behind his reputation for having one of the most volatile temperaments in show business. * x, 291 p. [16] p. of plates : ill. (some col.)

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