The Info List - Cameron Crowe

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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 student at 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
Academy Award
. Also in late 1999, Crowe's second book was published, a question and answer session with the film director Billy Wilder
Billy Wilder
entitled Conversations with Wilder.


* 1 Early life

* 2 Career

* 2.1 Rolling Stone
Rolling Stone
* 2.2 Fast Times at Ridgemont High book and film * 2.3 Early film efforts

* 3 Breakthrough

* 3.1 Jerry Maguire * 3.2 Almost Famous * 3.3 Vanilla Sky * 3.4 Elizabethtown * 3.5 The Union * 3.6 We Bought a Zoo
We Bought a Zoo
* 3.7 Pearl Jam
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
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
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
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
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
Rolling Stone
staff as a contributing editor and then became an associate editor. During this time Crowe interviewed Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan
, David Bowie
David Bowie
, Neil Young
Neil Young
, Eric Clapton
Eric Clapton
, the Eagles , Poco
, Steely Dan , members of Led Zeppelin
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 Zeppelin , Lynyrd Skynyrd
Lynyrd Skynyrd
, Eagles , King Crimson
King Crimson
, Linda Ronstadt
Linda Ronstadt
, Rory Gallagher , Todd Rundgren
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."


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When Rolling Stone
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
American Hot Wax
, but then returned to his writing. Though he would continue to freelance for Rolling Stone
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
Sony Pictures
to negative critical reviews.


Main article: Roadies (TV series)

On June 26, 2016, Crowe's comedy-drama series Roadies premiered on Showtime . The show, starring Luke Wilson
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, 2010.




1982 Fast Times at Ridgemont High


1984 The Wild Life

Yes Yes Also actor

1989 Say Anything...

Yes Yes

1992 Singles

Yes Yes Yes Also actor

1996 Jerry Maguire 5 1 Yes Yes Yes

2000 Almost Famous 4 1 Yes Yes Yes

2001 Vanilla Sky 1

Yes Yes Yes

2005 Elizabethtown

Yes Yes Yes

2011 The Union


Yes Documentary

Pearl Jam
Pearl Jam

Yes Yes Yes Documentary

We Bought a Zoo
We Bought a Zoo

Yes Yes Yes

2015 Aloha

Yes Yes Yes


Yes Yes Yes TV Series



1983 Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
Change of Heart Long After Dark
Long After Dark

1992 Paul Westerberg
Paul Westerberg
Dyslexic Heart Singles: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

1992 Alice In Chains
Alice In Chains
Would? Dirt / Singles: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

2009 Pearl Jam
Pearl Jam
The Fixer (Live) Backspacer


* The Other Side of the Wind (1972) * American Hot Wax
American Hot Wax
(1978) * The Wild Life (1984) * Singles
(1992) * Minority Report (2002)


* Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay
Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay
nomination for Jerry Maguire (1996) * Academy Award
Academy Award
nomination for Best Picture for Jerry Maguire (1996) * Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay
Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay
for Almost Famous (2000) * BAFTA Film Award Best Screenplay – Original for Almost Famous (2001) * DGA Award Nominated for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures (2001) * Golden Globe
Golden Globe
Award Best Motion Picture – Comedy/Musical (2001) for Almost Famous * Grammy Award
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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Cameron Crowe
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Pearl Jam
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Pearl Jam
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Cameron Crowe
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