33. 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 1990.

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.