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Actor Russell Crowe won an Oscar for his performance in the 2000 blockbuster Gladiator and a nomination for his 2001 role in A Beautiful Mind.
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By the mid-1990s, Australian actor Russell Crowe had proven himself with a diversity of roles. Crowe vaulted to A-list Hollywood stardom with his charismatic and Oscar-winning performance in Gladiator.
After almost falling into obscurity, an article on Frank in New York Magazine prompted Universal Studios to buy the rights to make the film "American gangster."
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Quaid filed for divorce in July 2000. Crowe and Ryan split in late December of that year.
On the more bizarre side, news broke in the spring of 2001 that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) had launched an investigation into a rumored plot to kidnap Crowe. He attended the January Golden Globes ceremony flanked by FBI agents in tuxedos, was guarded by Scotland Yard at the London premiere of Proof of Life in February,
and reportedly increased his own personal security force as well. Rumored to have a quick temper, Russell Crowe has allegedly been involved in several altercations. In addition to the 1999 bar fight in Australia, three years later he was said to be involved in a bathroom brawl in a trendy London restaurant. In 2005, Crowe made headlines once again when he was arrested and charged with second-degree assault after throwing a telephone at a hotel employee in New York City.
In 2001, Russell Crowe starred in A Beautiful Mind, an acclaimed biopic about the Nobel Prize-winning mathematician John Nash. The film, directed by Ron Howard, costarred Ed Harris and Jennifer Connelly. For the third year in a row, Crowe's bravura performance earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor. After Crowe's lead role in Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003), he and Howard teamed up again for the 1930s boxing drama Cinderella Man (2005) about Jim Braddock, the real-life boxer who defeated heavyweight champ Max Baer in a 15-round bout. Other releases for the decade included A Good Year (2006), American Gangster (2007), Body of Lies (2008)—all three of which were directed by Ridley Scott as well—and State of Play (2009).
Crowe married singer and actress Danielle Spencer in April 2003; the couple split in 2012 after nearly a decade together. They have two sons, Charles and Tennyson.
Crowe reunited with Scott for the fifth time in the director’s 2010 adaptation of Robin Hood, which costarred Cate Blanchett and Max von Sydow. After being featured in 2012’s martial arts flick The Man With the Iron Fist, the actor put his singing chops to use in the musical Les Misérables, released in December. The Oscar-nominated Tom Hooper film, costarring Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway and Amanda Seyfried, saw Crowe portraying obsessed constable Javert.
Crowe’s next major roles came in 2013 with the winter release of Broken City, in which he portrayed a mayor up for reelection, and the summer release of Man of Steel. Directed by Zack Snyder, Steel retells the story of the DC Comics hero Superman, starring Henry Cavill in the title role and Crowe as his Kryptonian father, Jor-El.
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