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Russell Crowe welcomes second child

The Oscar-winning actor has named his newly born son Tennyson after English poet Alfred Lord Tennyson.

india Updated: Jul 07, 2006 16:21 IST

Oscar-winning actor Russell Crowe Friday announced the birth of his second child, a son called Tennyson.

Crowe and wife Danielle Spencer already have a two-year-old son Charlie.

"Charlie has a brother," Crowe told commercial radio early Friday.

"Dani is great, mate, everybody is fine. The family is over there giving her big kisses and stuff. I am just going home to pick up Charlie to take him over to meet his new baby."

Tennyson Spencer Crowe was born just before 7.30 am Friday at Sydney's Royal North Shore hospital and weighed eight pounds (3.6 kilograms), he added.         

Crowe with his wifeDanielle Spencer

The infant is named after English poet Alfred Lord Tennyson.

"We will call him Tenny for short," Crowe said. "Dani was looking through books and my brother's name is Terry so that makes it TC as well, so slightly after him. But mainly because it's just different."

New Zealand-born Crowe, 42, is known for his passion for poetry.

When he won a BAFTA for Best Actor in 2002 for his role as a schizophrenic mathematician in A Beautiful Mind he read a piece of poetry by the late Patrick Kavanagh.

When the reading was cut from the BBC broadcast, an enraged Crowe became involved in a fracas with the show's producer.

Crowe, who was last year arrested in New York over an incident in which he allegedly threw a telephone at an unhelpful hotel concierge, has said that being a father has changed his outlook on life.

"From the moment he (Charlie) arrived, my perspective just changed, my priorities changed," he told.

"I'm very involved in being a dad. My days, if they start in the morning with a cuddle from my son, are just so much more glorious than they were prior to that."