Russell Crowe is an actor, film producer, and musician. Although a New Zealand citizen, he has lived most of his life in Australia and identifies himself as an Australian. He came to international attention for his role as the Roman General Maximus Decimus Meridius in the 2000 historical epic film Gladiator, directed by Ridley Scott, 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, a London Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor, and 10 further nominations for best actor. He is best known for his short temper.
He played Sheriff John Biebe in the 1999 Hollywood Pictures film Mystery, Alaska, Jeffrey Wigand in the 1999 Touchstone Pictures film The Insider, and Jim Braddock in the 2005 Universal Studios/Touchstone Pictures film Cinderella Man.
- He was considered for the role of Qui-Gon Jinn in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace.
- Originally he was Bryan Singer's first choice for the role of Wolverine in X-Men (2000) along with Glenn Danzig, Dougray Scott, Keanu Reeves, Gary Sinise, Mel Gibson, Aaron Eckhart, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Viggo Mortensen, Edward Norton, and Bob Hoskins. But he refused and turned down the role. Then he suggested to let his friend, Hugh Jackman play the character.