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Russell Crowe

The actor has played both heroes and bad guys onscreen, and also made some off-screen headlines.

In 2010's "The Next Three Days," Russell Crowe plays a community-college teacher whose life is thrown into turmoil when his wife is jailed for a murder she says she didn't commit. After she attempts suicide, this ordinary man must enter a world of crime as he tries to break her out of jail and go on the lam with their young son. Lionsgate Films
Crowe and his "Robin Hood" co-star Cate Blanchett speak next to jury members during the opening ceremony of the 63rd Cannes Film Festival on May 12, 2010 in Cannes, France. Valery Hache / AFP - Getty Images
Crowe has agreed to be the narrator of the Stadium Spectacular "Ben Hur", which comes to Sydney on Oct. 22 and 23. "Ben Hur" is a theatrical performance that brings to life the Biblical epic made famous by the Academy Award-winning Hollywood movie of the same name starring Charlton Heston. Greg Wood / AFP - Getty Images
Crowe, wife Danielle Spencer, and their sons, Charles Spencer Crowe and Tennyson Spencer Crowe, check out Crowe's new star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on April 12, 2010 in Hollywood, Calif. Jason Merritt / Getty Images
Crowe plays the title role in 2010's "Robin Hood," taking a new look at the legend of the famed archer. Crowe reportedly has loved the character since childhood and threw himself into the role by reading books about the nobleman turned outlaw. Universal Pictures
In 2009, Australia Post issued its latest series of postage stamps featuring prominent Australians. (Although Crowe was born in New Zealand, he is a naturalized Australian.) Shown clockwise from left, the stamps depict Nicole Kidman, Crowe, Cate Blanchett and Geoffrey Rush. Blanchett plays Maid Marian (called Lady Marian) to Crowe's Robin in 2010's "Robin Hood." Gaye Gerard / Getty Images
Ben Affleck and Crowe star in 2009's "State of Play," a thriller about a rising congressman and an investigative journalist embroiled in a case of seemingly unrelated, brutal murders. Crowe plays D.C. reporter Cal McAffrey, whose street smarts lead him to untangle a mystery of murder and collusion. Universal Pictures
In 2008's "Tenderness," Crowe plays a hardened cop intent on exposing a serial killer before he murders the 15-year-old girl with whom he is traveling. Lionsgate
Crowe went for the long-locked look while attending the premiere of his 2008 film, "Body of Lies," on Oct. 5, 2008, in New York. Astrid Stawiarz / Getty Images
In 2008's "Body of Lies," Crowe plays a veteran CIA officer whose operative, played by Leonardo DiCaprio, runs into a tangled plot in the Middle East. Warner Bros. Pictures
Crowe poses with players from the South Sydney Rabbitohs, the Australian rugby team he owns. The actor and some business partners bought the team in 2006. Patrick Riviere / Getty Images
Crowe and Denzel Washington star in 2007's "American Gangster," in which Crowe plays a detective investigating the actions of Harlem drug kingpin Frank Lucas (Washington), who smuggled heroin in the body bags of U.S. soldiers slain in Vietnam. Universal Pictures
Peter Mayle's bestselling novel, "A Good Year," inspired the 2006 romantic comedy of the same name, starring Crowe as a banker who leaves London and moves to Provence to tend a vineyard he inherited from his uncle, played by Albert Finney. There he encounters Marion Cotillard's character, the owner of a local bistro. 20th Century Fox
In 2007's "3:10 to Yuma," Crowe plays an Arizona outlaw, Ben Wade, in the days of the Wild West. When Wade is captured, Civil War veteran Dan Evans (Christian Bale), volunteers to deliver him alive to the train that will take the killer to trial. Of course, it's not a straightforward journey. Lionsgate
A handcuffed Crowe is led out of New York's First Precinct on his way to being arraigned June 6, 2005. Crowe was arrested earlier in the morning for allegedly throwing a telephone at an employee of the hotel where he was staying. He was sentenced to conditional release, and settled a lawsuit filed by the man. Crowe said the incident was "possibly the most shameful situation that I've ever gotten myself in." Thos Robinson / Getty Images
In 2005's "Cinderella Man," Crowe played real-life boxer Jim Braddock, a once-promising light heavyweight forced into retirement after a string of losses in the ring. As the nation enters the darkest years of the Great Depression, Braddock accepts a string of dead-end jobs to support his wife, Mae (Renee Zellweger), and their children, while never totally abandoning his dream of boxing again. Universal Pictures
Crowe took on the role of "Lucky" Jack Aubrey in 2003's "Master and Commander: The Far Side Of The World," based on the bestselling nautical novel series by Patrick O'Brien. The movie took material from several of the books in the series. 20th Century Fox
Crowe and Danielle Spencer, then his girlfriend, arrive at the 59th Annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Jan. 20, 2002. It was a good night for Crowe, who took home the best actor award for his role in "A Beautiful Mind." Lucy Nicholson / AFP/Getty Images
Director Ron Howard speaks with Crowe on the set of "A Beautiful Mind." Crowe played Nobel Laureate John Nash, who struggled with schizophrenia. Getty Images
In 2001, Crowe performed with his band, Thirty Odd Foot of Grunts, at Crown Casino in Melbourne, Australia. The group has since broken up, though the actor continues to pursue music and has performed in the musicals "Grease" and "The Rocky Horror Show." Hamish Blair / Getty Images
Crowe won the Oscar for best actor for his role in 2000's "Gladiator." He was also nominated for the Golden Globe, BAFTA Award, and SAG Award for the same part, but lost out on those honors. Kevin Winter / Getty Images
Crowe's fame grew enormously thanks to his "Gladiator" role, as a loyal Roman general who is betrayed by the emperor's treacherous son and must fight for his life in the gladiator arena. DreamWorks Pictures
Before marrying Danielle Spencer, Crowe dated actress Meg Ryan. She was married to Dennis Quaid when the couple starred together in 2000's "Proof of Life," but she and Quaid divorced in 2000. Warner Bros.
Crowe starred with Al Pacino in 1999's "The Insider." Based on a 1995 Vanity Fair article, the film recounts how "60 Minutes" commentator Mike Wallace (Christopher Plummer) and his producer Lowell Bergman (Pacino) were blackballed into dumping a segment on tobacco-industry defector Jeffrey Wigand (Crowe). Touchstone Pictures
In 1999's "Mystery, Alaska," Crowe is part of a small-town hockey team that's challenged to play the NHL's New York Rangers. Hollywood Pictures
Crowe and Kim Basinger starred in 1997's "L.A. Confidential," a moody police thriller where corrupt L.A. cops meet Hollywood celebrity. Crowe and co-star Guy Pearce, both Aussies, were relatively unknown in America, and this film helped them start up the road to U.S. stardom. Everett Collection
Crowe played a neo-Nazi skinhead in the Australian 1992 film "Romper Stomper." The script was inspired by a real Australian neo-Nazi, who at the time of the film, was serving a life sentence in prison for murder. Everett Collection
One of Crowe's first films, the 1990 Australian film "The Crossing," had an extra benefit for the actor. It's where he met the woman he would marry, Danielle Spencer. Everett Collection