Russell Crowe, born in 1964, is best known for playing the role of Maximus Decimus Meridius in Ridley Scott's film Gladiator, a role that gave him much popularity and allowed him to win the Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role in 2001. He also played the mathematician John Nash in A Beautiful Mind by Ron Howard, thanks to which he obtained a BAFTA, a Golden Globe and his third Oscar nomination, Captain Jack Aubrey in Master & Commander by Peter Weir, the boxer James J. Braddock in Cinderella Man, also by Ron Howard.
He was inscribed among the celebrities on the Hollywood Walk of Fame: his star has the number 2,404. On 7 April 2003 he married Australian singer Danielle Spencer. From their marriage two children were born: Charles Spencer Crowe and Tennyson Spencer Crowe. After separating in 2012, the couple divorced in April 2018. In 2005 in New York Crowe was arrested for assault after hitting an employee of the hotel where he was staying in the face with a telephone.