How much is Russell Crowe worth?
|Net Worth:||$100 Million
|Date of Birth:||April 7, 1964|
Who Is Russell Crowe
Russell Crowe is an actor from New Zealand who rose to prominence in the 1990s, becoming one of the most sought after and in-demand people working in Hollywood at that time. Though he started his career across the pond starring in the local soap opera, Neighbours, Crowe broke in to the industry and wouldn’t be dethroned as the most famous Neigbours alum until decades later when Margot Robbie arrived on to the scene. Known for his tough guy exterior and brawny physique, the actor often earns roles as high ranking officials, and several of Crowe’s most successful movies include L.A. Confidential, American Gangster, and most famously, Gladiator.
As of 2021, Russell Crowe has a net worth of $100 million dollars.
How Did Russell Crowe Get So Rich?
Crowe’s films have grossed over two billion dollars worldwide, so it’s no surprise that he was once one of the most bankable film stars of all time and made tens of million of dollars when he was at the height of his powers. If it wasn’t for Gladiator’s success, he might not have been offered as many roles as he has that have paid insanely well. Gladiator made over $430 million worldwide, and off the heels of the period drama, the actor followed up with A Beautiful mind, which made $320 million in total.
In the 90s, Crowe was untouchable and each new film earned him millions more than the last movie. His first big pay day came with the release of Gladiator, in which he earned five million dollars. And as his profile sky rocketed, he earned $7.5 million for A Beautiful Mind, $10 million for Cinderella Man, and a ridiculous $20 million for Robin Hood. It has been reported that though Crowe doesn’t reach that amount these days, he still earns in the region of the high seven figures per role.
Why Is He So Famous?
As breaking hollywood is rarely immediate, Crowe settled in to his role in the famous Australian soap opera, Neighbours, in which he starred in for four episodes. As Neighbours seems to be the trampoline that bounces Australian and New Zealand performers in to stardom (as Margot Robbie, Naomi Watts and Chris Hemsworth, among many others all got their start in acting through the show,) it wasn’t long after that when Crowe started turning heads in Tinseltown.
Crowe’s first leading role in a major movie was as Maximus in Gladiator, the Ridley Scott directed film that won countless awards and is often taught in film school as the perfect example of cinematography. The film was a huge success, and it started a Hollywood trend of making swords and sandals movies all over again. Based on the success of Gladiator, so many films in its wake were made about the Roman Empire, but none of them ever reached the box office heights or critical praise as Scott’s epic. After that, Crowe was being offered leading roles from every direction, and then went in to star in more awards darlings such as American Gangster and A Beautiful Mind.
In the 2010s, Crowe joined a cast that included Anne Hathaway and Hugh Jackman in the film adaptation of one of the most successful plays of all time, Les Miserables. Before its release, the film was dubbed to win every award known to man, and there was buzz about it being directed by Tom Hooper, who had made a name for himself after directing The King’s Speech. Surely enough, the movie was a massive hit and was adored by critics. However, critics had one shared criticism of the movie, as did audiences, which was Crowe’s performance, especially his singing, and in turn it became Internet meme and unfortunately made Crowe famous amongst a younger audience for the wrong reasons.
Crowe was a victim of bullying after his likeness was copied for the hit comedy show South Park. This also brought a him a lot of fame from an audience that might not have been so well acquainted with him. The episode was viewed by millions of households in the US and it was influenced by countless reports of Crowe relentlessly getting in to fights after drinking too much and having an attitude problem. At one point, the actor was even charged by the New York City police department with second degree assault.
What Makes Russell Crowe So Successful?
Crowe is naturally guarded and rarely opens up interviews, which has helped him earn characters with similar traits. Because of this, he often plays characters of a high stature or characters determined to reach that stature, such as in Gladiator, as he plays Maximus who will stop at nothing to climb up the rankings of gladiators in order to avenge his parents. It’s thanks to this that he also fairs well in comedy movies, as he is cast as the as the bitter other half to the comic-relief’s sweetness. This is seen best in the buddy cop movie The Nice Guys, where he offsets Ryan Gosling’s goofiness with a gruff and serious attitude.
Ever since their shared success with Gladiator, Crowe and Ridley Scott have created a great working relationship together, as the pair have worked on movies with one another several times since, with Crowe even being a co-producer on some of them. In total, the duo have made five movies together, which includes Gladiator, A Good Year, American Gangster, Body of Lies, and Robin Hood. And in total, those movies have combined worldwide profit of over $1.2 billion!
Thanks to building relationships in hollywood despite his reputation for having a bad attitude, especially with Ridley Scott, Crowe has earned his way in to some of the most important films of the past twenty years. Starting off with movies such as Gladiator and A Beautiful Mind, Crowe has built an empire of his own and now he has an estimated net worth of over $95 million. In the coming months, Crowe will be starring in the horror movie, The Georgetown Project. And though it has yet to see the light of day, it was announced that Crowe would play Dr Jekyll in a reboot as part of Universal’s “dark universe”, which began with The Mummy starring Tom Cruise.