Russell Crowe was born in 1964 in Wellington, New Zealand. He is an actor, film producer and musician. He graduated from Mount Roskill Grammar School. In the 1980s, before getting his first film roles, he played in a rock revival band under the stage name "Russ Le Roq." He...Read more started his career in 1990 with "Prisoners of the Sun" and" The Crossing." He achieved international attention (and legend status) for his portrayal of Roman general Maximus in "Gladiator" (2000), for which he won an Oscar for Best Actor, a Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor, an Empire Award for Best Actor and a London Film Critics Circe Award for Best Actor, on top of 10 other nominations for best actor. He got international attention again in 2000 for his brilliant portrayal of paranoid schizophrenic mathematician and Nobel Prize winner John F. Nash in "A Beautiful Mind." For this role, he won a BAFTA for Best Actor, a Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Drama and SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Lead in a Leading Role. His other notable performances have been in "Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World" (2003), "Cinderella Man" (2005), "Robin Hood" (2010), and the policeman vigilante Javert in the highly anticipated "Les Miserables" (2012).