Watch a Young Russell Crowe Appear in Major Commercials Before Acting Fame

by Madison Miller

Before he would eventually star in hit movies like “Gladiator,” “The Insider,” and “A Beautiful Mind,” Russell Crowe had to work his way up in the entertainment business.

When Crowe was only 4, his family moved to Australia and settled down in Sydney. His parents had their own affiliations in the film business, specifically, they did film set catering. Meanwhile, Crowe’s very first role in a movie came when he was only 5 or 6 years old. He delivered a set of dialogue in a TV show called “Spyforce.”

Russell Crowe Commercial Background

A couple of years later, Crowe would also start out in commercials to try to get recognized. He appeared in a Coca-Cola commercial from 1987. He plays a service station attendant that is trying to win a surf action pack.

After that, Russell Crowe appeared in a commercial for State Bank ATMs. He is seen flirting with a woman outside of a nightclub. However, right as they go to get into the club, Russell Crowe’s character realizes he doesn’t have the cover charge and gets turned away. He quickly runs to an ATM.

The last ad may be his most popular. “The third one was quite a significant gig at the time. Every young actor my age was going for it,” Crowe said, according to Daily Mail. What Crowe is referring to is actually a 1980s AIDS awareness campaign. During his appearance, he is seen playing a game of Russian roulette alongside Rebecca Rigg.

Since then, Russell Crowe has not appeared in any more commercials or done any kind of celebrity endorsements.

After success in Australia, acting as well as some work as a musician, Crowe would eventually turn his focus to American films. He starred opposite of Denzel Washington in “Virtuosity” and with Sharon Stone in “The Quick and the Dead” in 1995. In 2000, he became a three-time Oscar nominee. He would also end up winning Best Actor for his role in “Gladiator.”

Crowe Upcoming Marvel Movie

Like many other actors recently, Russell Crowe is joining in on the Marvel universe.

He will be playing a small role in Taika Waititi’s “Thor: Love and Thunder” movie. According to The Hollywood Reporter, he was first suspected of playing a role in the movie when he was spotted in Australia with the rest of the cast.

The movie is set to come out on May 6, 2022, and is the fourth “Thor” movie. Russell Crowe will appear alongside Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, and Tessa Thompson. Christian Bale will also stray from his DC roots to play villain Gorr the God Butcher.

Crowe’s last appearance in a film was in “Unhinged.” This 2020 movie focuses on a moment of road rage that turns into a full-blown revenge scheme.