He released several New Zealand singles including "I Just Want To Be Like Marlon Brando", "Pier 13", "Shattered Glass", none of which charted.

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Crowe appeared as the tobacco firm whistle blower Jeffrey Wigand in the 1999 film The Insider, for which he received five awards as best actor and seven nominations in the same category.

In 2001, Crowe's portrayal of mathematician and Nobel Prize winner John F.

He then continued his secondary education at Mount Roskill Grammar School, which he left at the age 16 to pursue his ambition of becoming an actor.

Crowe began his performing career as a musician in the early 1980s, under guidance from his good friend Tom Sharplin, when he performed under the stage name "Russ Le Roq".

Crowe returned to Australia at age 21, intending to apply to the National Institute of Dramatic Art.

"I was working in a theatre show, and talked to a guy who was then the head of technical support at NIDA", Crowe has recalled.

Although nominated for an Academy Award, he lost to Denzel Washington.

All three films were also nominated for best picture, and both Gladiator and A Beautiful Mind won the award.

"I asked him what he thought about me spending three years at NIDA. He said, 'You already do the things you go there to learn, and you've been doing it for most of your life, so there's nothing to teach you but bad habits.'" After appearing in the TV series Neighbours and Living with the Law, Crowe was cast by Faith Martin in his first film, The Crossing (1990), a small-town love triangle directed by George Ogilvie.