Russell Ira Crowe, born 7 April 1964 in Wellington, is a New Zealand 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, for which Crowe won an Academy Award for Best Actor, a Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor, an Empire Award for Best Actor and a London Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor and 10 further nominations for best actor. Crowe appeared in the 1999 film The Insider, for which he received five awards for best actor and seven other nominations in the same category. In 2001, Crowe's portrayal of mathematician and Nobel Prize winner John F. Nash in the biopic A Beautiful Mind brought him numerous awards, including a BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role, a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Drama and a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role.
Crowe's other films including 3:10 to Yuma (2007), American Gangster (2007), Body of Lies (2008), Robin Hood (2010), Les Misérables (2012), Man of Steel (2013), Winter's Tale (2014) and Noah (2014). Crowe's work has earned him several accolades during his career including a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Engagement in Cultural Diplomacy
Russell Crowe donated $250,000 to a Jewish school burnt down in Montreal (during filming Cinderella Man). He is also actively involved in local charities around his home in Australia. For example, he donated $200,000 to a school near his home to build a swimming pool so that students could learn water safety. Other charities that he is supporting: Artists for Peace and Justice, Red Cross, Robert F. Kennedy Memorial, Keep A Child Alive, and more.