Cameron Crowe

Academy Award-winning American Writer and Film Director
Born Jul 13, 1957

Cameron Bruce Crowe is an American film director, producer and screenwriter. Before moving into the film industry, Crowe was a contributing editor at Rolling Stone magazine, for which he still frequently writes. Crowe has made his mark with character-driven, personal films that have been generally hailed as refreshingly original and devoid of cynicism. Michael Walker in The New York Times called Crowe "something of a cinematic spokesman for the post-baby boom generation" because his first few films focused on that specific age group, first as high schoolers and then as young adults making their way in the world. 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, where he met Geraldine Edwards, who was a student there while he was visiting mutual friends in 1975. He later based part of his Penny Lane character on her in Almost Famous after discovering that she had been going backstage to Rock and Roll concerts. 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. Part of the dialogue was inspired by comments that were made by Bebe Buell in certain interviews. Also in late 1999, Crowe released his second book, Conversations with Billy Wilder, a question and answer session with the legendary director.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Cameron Crowe.


1957 Birth Born in 1957.


1972 15 Years Old Crowe graduated from the University of San Diego High School in 1972 at the age of 15. … Read More


1977 20 Years Old When Rolling Stone moved its offices from the West Coast to New York in 1977, Crowe decided to stay behind. … Read More
1978 21 Years Old Crowe appeared in the 1978 film American Hot Wax, but then returned to his writing. … Read More
1981 24 Years Old His book, Fast Times at Ridgemont High: A True Story, came out in 1981. … Read More
1984 27 Years Old Following this success, Crowe wrote the screenplay for 1984's The Wild Life, the pseudo-sequel to Fast Times at Ridgemont High. … Read More
1986 29 Years Old Crowe married Nancy Wilson of the rock band Heart in July 1986. … Read More


1989 32 Years Old Brooks executive produced Crowe's first directing effort, 1989's Say Anything, about a young man pining away for the affections of the seemingly perfect girl. … Read More
1992 35 Years Old By this point, Crowe was ready to leave teen angst behind and focus on his peers. His next project, 1992's Singles, centered on the romantic tangles among a group of six friends in their twenties in Seattle. … Read More


2000 43 Years Old In 2000, Crowe tapped his rock-writer roots to write and direct Almost Famous, about the experiences of a teenage music journalist who goes on the road with an emerging band in the early 1970s. … Read More
2001 44 Years Old He followed Almost Famous with the psychological thriller Vanilla Sky in 2001. … Read More
2005 48 Years Old In 2005, Crowe directed the romantic tragicomedy Elizabethtown, starring Orlando Bloom and Kirsten Dunst, which opened to mixed reviews again, scoring 45 on Metacritic, the same as his previous effort, Vanilla Sky.


2008 51 Years Old 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.
2009 52 Years Old In November 2009, Crowe began filming a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of the album The Union, a collaboration between musicians Elton John and Leon Russell produced by award-winning producer T-Bone Burnett. … Read More
2011 54 Years Old Crowe changed the location to the U.S.A. The film received a wide release on December 23, 2011 by 20th Century Fox, and starred Matt Damon and Scarlett Johansson. … Read More
2016 59 Years Old On June 26, 2016, Crowe's comedy-drama series Roadies premiered on Showtime. … Read More
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