Born in New Zealand, Russell has made his home in Australia
since he was a small child. The son of movie set caterers,
Russell got the acting bug early in life. Beginning as a child
star on a local Australian TV show Russell's first big break
came with two films ... the first, Romper Stomper gained him
a name throughout the film community in Australia and the
neighboring countries. The second, The Sum of Us helped put
him on the American map, so to speak. Sharon Stone heard of
him from Romper Stomper and wanted him for her film, The Quick
and the Dead. But filming on The Sum of Us had already begun.
Sharon is reported to have held up shooting until she had
her gunslinger-Crowe, for her film. With The Quick and the
Dead under his belt as his first American film the second
was offered to him soon after.
Virtuosity, starring Denzel Washington, put Russell in the
body of a Virtual Serial Killer, Sid6.7 ... a role unlike
any he had played so far. Virtuosity, a Sci-Fi extravaganza,
was a fun film and, again, opened the door to even more American
offers. L.A. Confidential, Russell's third American film,
brought him the US fame and attention that his fans have felt
he deserved all along. Missing the Oscar nod this time around
he didn't seem deterred and signed to do his first film with
The Walt Disney Company, Mystery Alaska.