CAMERON BRUCE CROWE (born July 13, 1957) is an American director,
producer, screenwriter, journalist, author, and actor. Before moving
into the film industry, Crowe was a contributing editor at Rolling
Stone magazine, for which he still frequently writes.
Crowe's debut screenwriting effort,
Fast Times at Ridgemont High ,
grew out of a book he wrote while posing for one year undercover as a
Clairemont High School in San Diego, California. Later, he
wrote and directed one more high school saga, Say Anything , and then
Singles , a story of
Seattle twentysomethings that was woven together
by a soundtrack centering on that city's burgeoning grunge music
scene. Crowe landed his biggest hit, though, with
Jerry Maguire .
After this, he was given a green light to go ahead with a pet project,
the autobiographical effort
Almost Famous . Centering on a teenage
music journalist on tour with an up-and-coming band, it gave insight
to his life as a 15-year-old writer for Rolling Stone. For his
screenplay, he won an
Academy Award . Also in late 1999, Crowe's
second book was published, a question and answer session with the film
Billy Wilder entitled Conversations with Wilder.
* 1 Early life
* 2 Career
Fast Times at Ridgemont High book and film
* 2.3 Early film efforts
* 3 Breakthrough
* 3.4 Elizabethtown
* 3.5 The Union
We Bought a Zoo
We Bought a Zoo
Pearl Jam Twenty
* 3.8 Aloha
* 3.9 Roadies
* 4 Personal life
* 5 Filmography
* 5.1 Music Videos
* 5.2 As an actor
* 6 Awards and nominations
* 7 References
* 8 External links
Cameron Crowe was born in Palm Springs , California. His father,
James A. Crowe, originally from
Kentucky , owned a real estate and
phone service business. His mother, Alice Marie (née George), "was a
teacher, activist, and all-around live wire who did skits around the
house and would wear a clown suit to school on special occasions."
She worked as a psychology professor and family therapist and often
participated in peace demonstrations and causes relating to the rights
of farm workers. Crowe was the youngest of three children with two
sisters, but one died when he was young. The family moved around often
but spent a lot of time in the desert town of Indio . Crowe commented
that Indio was where "people owned tortoises, not dogs". His family
finally settled in
San Diego .
Crowe skipped kindergarten and two grades in elementary, and by the
time he attended Catholic high school, he was quite obviously younger
than the other students. To add to his alienation, he was often ill
because he suffered from nephritis .
Crowe began writing for the school newspaper and by the age of 13 was
contributing music reviews for an underground publication, The San
Diego Door . He began corresponding with
Lester Bangs , who had left
the Door to become editor at the national rock magazine
Creem , and
soon he was also submitting articles to
Creem as well as Circus .
Crowe graduated from the University of
San Diego High School in 1972
at the age of 15. On a trip to Los Angeles, he met
Ben Fong-Torres ,
the editor of Rolling Stone, who hired him to write for the magazine.
He also joined the
Rolling Stone staff as a contributing editor and
then became an associate editor. During this time Crowe interviewed
Bob Dylan ,
David Bowie ,
Neil Young ,
Eric Clapton , the Eagles ,
Steely Dan , members of
Led Zeppelin and more. Crowe was
Rolling Stone's youngest-ever contributor.
Crowe's first cover story was on the Allman Brothers Band . He went
on the road with them for three weeks at the age of 16 and interviewed
not only the whole band, but also the entire road crew .
Because Crowe was a fan of the 1970s hard rock bands that the older
writers disliked, he landed a lot of major interviews. He wrote
predominantly about Yes and the band members, and also about Led
Lynyrd Skynyrd , Eagles ,
King Crimson ,
Linda Ronstadt ,
Rory Gallagher ,
Todd Rundgren , and more. In an interview with Joel
Selvin of the
San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle , Fong-Torres remarked, "He was
the guy we sent out after some difficult customers. He covered the
bands that hated Rolling Stone."
FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH BOOK AND FILM
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Rolling Stone moved its offices from the West Coast to New York
in 1977, Crowe decided to stay behind. He also felt the excitement of
his career was beginning to wane. Crowe appeared in the 1978 film
American Hot Wax , but then returned to his writing. Though he would
continue to freelance for
Rolling Stone on and off over the years, he
turned his attention to a book.
At the age of 22, Crowe came up with the idea to pose undercover as a
high school student and write about his experiences. Simon filming
began in Hawaii in September 2013. The film's final title was Aloha
and it was released on May 29, 2015 by
Sony Pictures to negative
Roadies (TV series)
On June 26, 2016, Crowe's comedy-drama series Roadies premiered on
Showtime . The show, starring
Luke Wilson ,
Carla Gugino and Imogen
Poots , tells the story of a colorful road crew who work behind the
scenes for a fictional rock band, The Staton-House Band. The pilot
episode was written and directed by Crowe.
Crowe married Nancy Wilson of the rock band Heart in July 1986. Their
twin sons were born in January 2000. Crowe and Wilson separated in
June 2008 and Wilson filed for divorce on September 23, 2010, citing
"irreconcilable differences". The divorce was finalized on December 8,
Fast Times at Ridgemont High
The Wild Life
Pearl Jam Twenty
We Bought a Zoo
We Bought a Zoo
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
Change of Heart
Long After Dark
Singles: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Alice In Chains
Alice In Chains
Dirt / Singles: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
The Fixer (Live)
AS AN ACTOR
The Other Side of the Wind (1972)
American Hot Wax (1978)
* The Wild Life (1984)
* Minority Report (2002)
AWARDS AND NOMINATIONS
Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay nomination for Jerry
Academy Award nomination for Best Picture for
Jerry Maguire (1996)
Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for Almost Famous
* BAFTA Film Award Best Screenplay – Original for Almost Famous
* DGA Award Nominated for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in
Motion Pictures (2001)
Golden Globe Award Best Motion Picture – Comedy/Musical (2001)
for Almost Famous
Grammy Award for Best Compilation Soundtrack Album for a Motion
Picture, Television or Other Visual Media –
Almost Famous soundtrack
(with co-producer Danny Bramson )
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