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333. Russell Crowe: A Great Hollywood Leading Man
Russell Crowe, born in New Zealand in 1964,
a musician, actor, and philanthropist. He has gained
success in the film industry. Crowe spent much
his life living in Australia and the United
, but it was in New Zealand where he
became involved in the entertainment industry. As a
, Crowe began developing his musical talent, but he
little success. He had several of his songs
on New Zealand radio, but none made the
. He turned to acting after moving to Australia,
he appeared in several stage productions, including the
Horror Picture Show. He landed a role in
television comedy Neighbors, and made his film debut
Crowe became a popular movie star for
performance in the epic film Gladiator. In the
he portrays a Roman general who is slated
become a high-ranking official, but the leader dies,
is replaced by his evil, neurotic son. The
leader fears Crowe's character, and strips him of
rank. He was put into a state of
, but becomes a champion gladiator, and leads a
against the leader's regime. The film won the
Award for Best Picture, and Crowe won the
for Best Actor.
He followed his success in
with a string of highly entertaining movies, culminating
the 2001 film A Beautiful Mind. The film
the life of Nobel Prize winner, John Nash.
expertly plays Nash, who is brilliant, but suffers
paranoid schizophrenia. Crowe's performance earned him several awards
Best Actor and the Best Movie Oscar. Crowe
also critically acclaimed for his portrayal of the
character Captain Jack Aubrey.
Crowe has been generous
his fortune. He has donated money to several
in his home country of New Zealand, Australia,
in the United States.