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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.

Russell Crowe

2001 (printed 2004)
Karin Catt

type C photograph on paper (sheet: 50.6 cm x 50.6 cm, image: 49.0 cm x 48.3 cm)

Russell Crowe (b. 1964), actor and musician, was born in Wellington, New Zealand. He moved at the age of 4 to Australia, where his parents worked as caterers on TV and movie sets. His big-screen debut came in The Crossing (1990), in which he co-starred with future wife Danielle Spencer. He won AFI awards for his acting in Proof (1991) and Romper Stomper (1992), and in 1994 played Jack Thompson's gay son in The Sum of Us (1994). He moved to Hollywood to make The Quick and the Dead (1995) with Sharon Stone, but it was as the brooding Bud White in L.A. Confidential (1997) that he drew his first rave reviews. The Insider (1999), Gladiator (2000), and A Beautiful Mind (2001) earned him 3 consecutive best actor Oscar nominations: he won for Gladiator (taking out the Golden Globe for A Beautiful Mind). Most recently, he has appeared in scintillating form in the Peter Weir film Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2005
© Karin Catt

Artist and subject

Karin Catt

Russell Crowe (age 37 in 2001)

Subject professions

Performing arts

Related information

The Companion

Permanent collection catalogue

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On one level The Companion talks about the most famous and frontline Australians, but on another it tells us about ourselves: who we read, who we watch, who we listen to, who we cheer for, who we aspire to be, and who we'll never forget. The Companion is available to buy online and in the Portrait Gallery Store.

9 lives of Karin Catt

Magazine article by Simon Elliott, 2006

Australian photographer Karin Catt has shot across the spectrum of celebrity, her subjects including rock stars, world leaders and actors.

Peter Garrett by Karin Catt
Peter Garrett by Karin Catt
Peter Garrett by Karin Catt
Peter Garrett by Karin Catt

Famous

Karin Catt Portraits

Previous exhibition, 2006

Australian photographer Karin Catt has photographed world leaders, a host of rock stars and Oscar-winning compatriots Russell Crowe, Nicole Kidman, and Cate Blanchett.

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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.

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