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Russell Crowe’s powerful gesture as he announces a date for his father’s memorial

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Russell Crowe will host a memorial for his late father John Alexander Crowe on Saturday, June 5. 

The Hollywood actor, 57, shared a photo of his 85-year-old dad on Twitter, and suggested fans donate to the Charlie Teo Foundation in lieu of sending flowers.

John died suddenly on board a Qantaslink flight from Sydney to Coffs Harbour in March. 

Memorial: Hollywood actor Russell Crowe will host a memorial for his late father John Alexander Crowe on Saturday, June 5. Russell, 57, is pictured in June 2019

Memorial: Hollywood actor Russell Crowe will host a memorial for 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 arrived back in the bush last night. Today, although the sun is shining and the torrential rain has abated, this date will forever be tinged with sadness.

‘My dear old man, my beautiful dad, the most gentle of men, has passed away.

Sudden passing: John (pictured) died on board a flight from Sydney to Coffs Harbour in March

Sudden passing: John (pictured) died on board a flight from Sydney to Coffs Harbour in March 

Helping to make a difference: Russell suggested fans donate to the Charlie Teo Foundation in lieu of sending flowers

Helping to make a difference: Russell suggested fans donate to the Charlie Teo Foundation in lieu 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

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 who’s heart he touched and who’s ribs he tickled with his sparkly eyes and his cheeky attitude to everyone, and everything, and this is probably as efficient a method as any to pass on the news.  

‘John Alexander Crowe 13th March 1936 – 30th March 2021 Born in Christchurch, New Zealand. Passed away in Coffs Harbour, NSW, his home for the last 25 years. Rest In Peace.’   

Russell’s father was also a source of inspiration for him to enter the film industry. 

The family moved from New Zealand to Sydney when Russell was four-years-old, with his father and mother Jocelyn pursing careers as movie set caterers. 

Announcing the sad news: In late March, Russell announced the sad news of his father's death in a series of Twitter posts. Pictured in Sydney just days prior to his death

Announcing the sad news: In late March, Russell announced the sad news of his father’s death in a series of Twitter posts. Pictured in Sydney just days prior to his death

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

Russell landed his first-ever role aged six – a one line performance in the Australian TV series Spyforce – and said he used to ’embarrass’ his parents with his theatricality as a child.   

While a passion for cinema ran in the Crowe family’s DNA, they also enjoyed somewhat more lowbrow entertainment. 

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

Tragic: Russell called his late father 'the most gentle of men' in his heartfelt Twitter posts

Tragic: Russell called his late father ‘the most gentle of men’ in his heartfelt Twitter posts 

‘We used to all gather together on a Tuesday night and it would be the one night of the week we were allowed to eat on TV trays in the lounge,’ he said at the time.  

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

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

‘But I never heard him really swear until he was teaching me to drive, when it was suddenly, ‘Russell, take your foot off the f***ing clutch!’ 

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

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

Bright future: Russell (pictured aged 20 months) landed his first-ever role aged six - a one line performance in the Australian TV series Spyforce - and said he used to 'embarrass' his parents with his theatricality as a child

Bright future: Russell (pictured aged 20 months) landed his first-ever role aged six – a one line performance in the Australian TV series Spyforce – and said he used to ’embarrass’ his parents with his theatricality as a child

He said his father never put any pressure on him, and always found a way to pay for anything he needed as a child – whether it be money for a school trip or cricket boots.

‘He was a resourceful man and I remember he once bought a stick for three dollars at a garage sale to make into a cricket bat for me,’ he said.

‘It was just this ugly old stick, but he got some linseed oil and he oiled it, and he went and bought a brightly coloured rubber grip for it, and by the time he gave it to me, it was magnificent. I used that cricket bat in all my junior years. 

‘We had very little. My father never let me know it directly, but when I stayed up late listening at the kitchen door, I’d hear conversations my parents would have about how were they going to get money for this or for that. It was kind of scary for a little kid,’ he said.   

Affection: Russell has always spoken with great affection of his father, saying he never put any pressure on him, and always found a way to pay for anything he needed as a child

Affection: Russell has always spoken with great affection of his father, saying he never put any pressure on him, and always found a way to pay for anything he needed as a child

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