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    Russell Crowe: G'Day Little Mate

    Russell Crowe and his missus, Danielle Spencer, got an early Christmas delivery on Sunday.

    The couple welcomed their first child into the world, a baby boy, according to his publicist.

    Charles Spencer Crowe made his debut Sunday night, weighing in at 6 pounds, 2 ounces, rep Wendy Day told the Australian Associated Press.

    "He's a healthy, bouncing baby boy looking forward to Christmas," said Day.

    The Master and Commander star wed actress-singer Spencer on Apr. 7 in a ceremony on Crowe's sprawling estate, near the coastal resort of Coffs Harbor, some 300 miles north of Sydney.

    News of their impending parental status was rumored as early as June, and the New Zealand-born actor confirmed the good news to Australian television in July, saying they expected the baby sometime in January.

    On a self-imposed hiatus to spend some time with his bride and mama-to-be, Crowe said at the time that he and Spencer hadn't decided how many more tykes they would add to their Aussie-based brood.

    "I don't think we were ever thinking about a gigantic amount of kids, but she's sort of thinking one or two, maybe three, we'll see," he said.

    Crowe may not have time to change too many diapers. This coming March he's due to start shooting on Cinderella Man opposite Renée Zellweger.

    Crowe stars as boxer Jim Braddock, who becomes a legend after winning a vicious 15-round match against heavyweight champion Max Baer in 1935 during the throes of the Great Depression.

    The flick reunites the kiwi thesp with A Beautiful Mind helmer Ron Howard, producer Brian Grazer and Oscar-winning scribe Akiva Goldsman (who rewrote a draft of the script from Cliff Hollingsworth and Charlie Mitchell).

    Reunited and it feels so good, so good in fact that Crowe and Howard are expected to keep working together on another project in 2004, The Long Green Shore, a World War II drama about the lingering conflict in the South Pacific.

    But first, Crowe could have a date with Oscar in February. His high-seas adventure flick Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World has been garnering pre-Oscar buzz, including critical kudos from the National Board of Review and the American Film Institute. And last week Crowe and Commander both received Golden Globe nominations for Best Actor and Best Motion Picture, Drama.

    Somehow we didn't see him elbow deep in dirty diapers, either.

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