Russell Crowe is a New Zealand-born Australian actor and musician. His acting
career began in the late 1980s with roles in Australian television. In the late
1990s, Crowe transferred his acting ambitions to the United States with his
breakout role in L.A. Confidential (1997). Crowe won the Academy Award for
Best Actor for Gladiator in 2001 and has received three Academy Award
nominations for Best Actor in a Leading Role:The Insider (1999) Gladiator
(2000), and Beautiful Mind (2001).