Russell Crowe will host a memorial service for his late father John Alexander Crowe on Saturday, June 5.
The Hollywood actor, 57, shared a photo of his 85-year-old father on Twitter and suggested fans donate to the Charlie Teo Foundation instead of sending flowers.
John died suddenly in March aboard a Qantaslink flight from Sydney to Coffs Harbor.
Memorial: Hollywood actor Russell Crowe will host a memorial to his late father John Alexander Crowe on Saturday, June 5. Russell, 57, is pictured in June 2019
In late March, Russell announced the sad news of his father’s death in a series of Twitter posts.
He wrote: ‘I came back to the bush last night. Although the sun is shining today and the torrential rains have abated, this date will forever be dominated by sadness.
‘My dear old man, my beautiful father, the gentlest of all men, has passed away.
Sudden death: John (pictured) died on board a flight from Sydney to Coffs Harbor in March
Helping make a difference: Russell suggested fans donate to the Charlie Teo Foundation instead of sending flowers
Powerful gesture: Dr. Charlie Teo (pictured with his model girlfriend Traci Griffiths in Sydney on May 2) is a renowned brain surgeon
“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 sassy attitude towards everyone and everything, and this is probably an equally efficient method of getting the news across.”
John Alexander Crowe March 13, 1936 – March 30, 2021 Born in Christchurch, New Zealand. Died in Coffs Harbour, NSW, his home for the last 25 years. Rest in peace.’
Russell’s father was also an inspiration for him to enter the film industry.
The family moved from New Zealand to Sydney when Russell was four years old, while his mother and father Jocelyn made a career as a caterer of films.
Sad news announcement: In late March, Russell announced the sad news of his father’s death in a series of Twitter posts. Pictured in Sydney just days before his death
Besides being part of a catering company with his wife, John also worked as a hotel manager.
Russell got his first ever role when he was six – a one-line performance on the Australian TV series Spyforce – and said he “embarrassed” his parents as a child with his theatricality.
While a passion for cinema was in the Crowe family’s DNA, they also enjoyed some more lowbrow entertainment.
The Sum Of Us star revealed in 2009 that the entire family was “obsessed” with the American soap opera Dallas.
Tragic: Russell called his late father ‘the mildest of all men’ in his heartfelt Twitter posts
“We used to all get together on Tuesday evenings 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 fondness of 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 conducted his leadership very lightly. He hardly ever raised his voice and he never cursed in front of me until I was 16. He made up words like “troublesome,” the Hollywood superstar told the Daily Mail in an all-encompassing interview in 2016.
“But I never really heard him swear until he taught me to drive, when all of a sudden it was, ‘Russell, take your foot off the damn clutch!’
Family ties: John leaves behind 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
Bright future: Russell (pictured aged 20 months) got his first ever role when he was six – a one-line performance 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 shoes.
“He was a resourceful man and I remember buying a stick for $3 at a garage sale once to make me a cricket bat,” he said.
“It was just this ugly old stick, but he got some linseed oil and oiled it, 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 used that cricket bat all my childhood.
“We had very little. My father never let me know right away, but if I stayed up late to listen at the kitchen door, I would hear conversations my parents would have about how they would get money for this or that. It was pretty 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