Russell Crowe, Best Actor 2000: MovieMonday.com

GLADIATOR (Drama - R)

Russell Crowe won his Best Actor Oscar playing a Roman General, General Maximus Decimus Meridus, who is picked to be the next in line by the sitting Emperor over the Emperor's own corrupt son, which spells trouble for the General and his family. This corrupt prince kills the General's family and the General is captured and brought to Rome, condemmed to be a Gladiator until he dies. The General's new mission then becomes to avenge his betrayal and his family's death at the hands of this corrupt prince.


About Russell Crowe (1964 - )

Russell Ira Crowe was born on April 7, 1964 in Wellington, New Zealand. Russell Crowe has made his home in Australia since he was a small child. Russell Crowe got an early start in acting as a child, when he became a star of an Austrailian TV Show. Crowe was first noticed in America because of two Australian films: "Romper Stomper" and "The Sum Of Us." Sharon Stone was instrumental in getting Russell Crowe in his first American movie, " The Quick and the Dead," which in turn opened up more doors for Crowe. "L.A. Confidential" made him a star with the film going public, delighting his old fans and making a lot of new fans.

Russell Crowe's next huge hit was in 1999, "The Insider," for which he received an Oscar nomination for Best Actor, in his portrayal of Mr. Wigand, a tobacco executive-turned-whistle blower, a character that is the heart of the film.

The year after receiving his Oscar for "Gladiator," he was nominated again for his wonderful performance in "A Beautiful Mind," which he unfortunately didn't win, but truly deserved it.

His other film credits include:

THE QUICK AND THE DEAD
VIRTUOSITY
L.A. CONFIDENTIAL
HEAVEN'S BURNING
BREAKING UP
THE INSIDER
PROOF OF LIFE
A BEAUTIFUL MIND

MASTER AND COMMANDER

Russell Crowe's television credits include:

LIVING WITH THE LAW
NEIGHBOURS (series)
BRIDES OF CHRIST (Mini-Series)

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