Russell Crowe’s father John Alexander dies at the age of 85: the moving final moments of Hollywood star with father

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Russell Crowe was by his father’s side for the last few months before his death.

The Hollywood actor, 56, announced the death of his 85-year-old father John Alexander Crowe on Tuesday, calling him the ‘gentlest of men’ in a series of heartfelt tweets.

Prior to John’s death, the couple isolated together on the family’s estate in Nana Glen, New South Wales, with Russell revealing that he wanted to be close to his parents John and Joceyln in the midst of the pandemic.

Loving son: Russell Crowe was by his father's side for the last few months before his death as they isolated together amid the pandemic (pictured Friday in Sydney)

Loving son: Russell Crowe was by his father’s side for the last few months before his death as they isolated together amid the pandemic (pictured Friday in Sydney)

Russell documented his time in the outback with a sweet Instagram post from his ‘old man’ in April last year.

He shared a photo of his father beaming in front of the idyllic estate dressed in a baseball cap gifted from Russell.

He captioned the shot: ‘Isolate with the old man. 84 now. Wearing a hat I got at Princeton while shooting A Beautiful Mind. ‘

When Australia closed, Russell moved from Sydney, where his sons Tennyson, 14, and Charles, 17, live with ex-wife Danielle Spencer.

'Isolate with the Old Man': Before John's death, the couple were isolating together on the family's estate in Nana Glen, New South Wales

'Isolate with the Old Man': Before John's death, the couple were isolating together on the family's estate in Nana Glen, New South Wales

‘Isolate with the Old Man’: Before John’s death, the couple were isolating together on the family’s estate in Nana Glen, New South Wales

Speaking about The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon, the Gladiators star revealed that he had invited his sons to be locked up with him and their grandparents, but they refused not to miss out on city life.

“I talked to my boys, and they kept the schools here open for a long time, so there was confusion about where people went and stuff,” he explained.

At the end of the day, my children decided to isolate in Sydney. I was a little offended because it’s the bush, we have the wide open spaces, we have all these great things here, right?

“But they were like,” No, no, Father, we made the decision that in a pandemic we are going to isolate ourselves in the most densely populated part of the country, surrounded by the areas with the most infections. ” And I’m like, “Guys, may I ask why?” And my youngest, who’s just too honest, said … “Uber Eats”. ‘

In an interview with Sunrise, he added, “When I asked the boys, they said they would prefer Uber Eats over my paternal care. I was not too impressed with that. ‘

Tragic: On Tuesday, Russell announced the sad news of his father's death on Twitter, calling his father 'the gentlest of men'

Tragic: On Tuesday, Russell announced the sad news of his father's death on Twitter, calling his father 'the gentlest of men'

Tragic: On Tuesday, Russell announced the sad news of his father’s death on Twitter, calling his father ‘the gentlest of men’

On Tuesday, Russell announced the sad news of his father’s death in a series of Twitter posts.

He wrote: ‘I got back to the bush last night. Although the sun is shining and the torrential rains have abated, this date will be forever of grief.

‘My dear old man, my beautiful father, the gentlest man, has passed away.

“ I’m posting this because I know there are people all over the world whose hearts he touched and whose ribs he tickled with his sparkling eyes and his cheeky attitude towards everyone and everything, and this is probably as efficient a method as passing the news.

John Alexander Crowe March 13, 1936 – March 30, 2021 Born in Christchurch, New Zealand. Died in Coffs Harbor, NSW, his home for the past 25 years. Rest in peace.’

Family ties: John is survived by his wife Jocelyn (pictured together in 2005) and sons Terry and Russell.  The pair previously worked as caterers on movie sets - no doubt inspiring Russell, who later built a career in Hollywood.

Family ties: John is survived by his wife Jocelyn (pictured together in 2005) and sons Terry and Russell.  The pair previously worked as caterers on movie sets - no doubt inspiring Russell, who later built a career in Hollywood.

Family ties: John is survived by his wife Jocelyn (pictured together in 2005) and sons Terry and Russell. The pair previously worked as caterers on movie sets – no doubt inspiring Russell, who later built a career in Hollywood.

Crowe Senior was born in New Zealand in 1936 and died in Coffs Harbor – where he lived for the past 25 years. He is survived by wife Jocelyn and sons Terry and Russell.

Russell’s father also inspired him to enter the film industry.

The family moved from New Zealand to Sydney when Russell was four, while his mother and father Jocelyn pursued careers as movie set caterers.

In addition to a catering business with his wife, John also worked as a hotel manager.

The family loved cinema, with Russell’s maternal grandfather Stan Wemyss, a cameraman famed for shooting World War II.

Russell got his first-ever role at the age of six – a one-line appearance on the Australian TV series Spyforce – and said he “ embarrassed ” his parents with his theatricality as a child.

While a passion for cinema was in the DNA of the Crowe family, they also enjoyed some quieter entertainment.

The Sum Of Us star revealed in 2009 that the whole family was ‘obsessed’ with the American soap opera Dallas.

“We all got together on a Tuesday night and it would be the only night of the week that we were allowed to eat on TV trays in the lounge,” he said at the time.

Russell has always spoken with great affection about his father – who was the brother of New Zealand cricket champion David Crowe and the uncle of the country’s former cricket captains, Martin and Jeff Crowe.

My father gave his leadership very lightly. He hardly ever raised his voice, and he never swore in front of me until I was 16. He made up words like “ bother-and-dash, ” the Hollywood superstar told the Daily Mail in a tell-all interview in 2016.

‘But I never really heard him swear until he taught me how to drive, when it was suddenly,’ Russell, get your foot off the damn clutch! ‘

Bright Future: Russell (20 months photo) got his first-ever role at the age of six - a one-line appearance on the Australian TV series Spyforce - and said he 'embarrassed' his parents with his theatricality as a child

Bright Future: Russell (20 months photo) got his first-ever role at the age of six - a one-line appearance on the Australian TV series Spyforce - and said he 'embarrassed' his parents with his theatricality as a child

Bright Future: Russell (20 months photo) got his first-ever role at the age of six – a one-line appearance on the Australian TV series Spyforce – and said he ’embarrassed’ his parents with his theatricality as a child

He said his father never pressured him and always found a way to pay for everything he needed as a child – be it money for a school trip or cricket boots.

“He was a resourceful man and I remember buying a three dollar stick at a garage sale to turn it into a cricket bat,” he said.

‘It was just this ugly old stick, but he got some linseed oil and he smeared it on, and he went to buy a brightly colored rubber grip for it, and by the time he gave it to me, it was beautiful. I’ve used that cricket bat all my younger years.

‘We had very little. My father never let me know directly, but if I stayed up late and listened at the kitchen door, I overheard conversations my parents would have about how they would get money here. It was a bit scary for a little kid, ‘he said.

Affection: Russell has always spoken of his father with great affection, saying that he never pressured him and always found a way to pay for everything he needed as a child

Affection: Russell has always spoken of his father with great affection, saying that he never pressured him and always found a way to pay for everything he needed as a child

Affection: Russell has always spoken of his father with great affection, saying that he never pressured him and always found a way to pay for everything he needed as a child