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Alexander Ludwig
Alexander Ludwig (Cropped).jpg
Ludwig with a Tesla Roadster during an event in Los Angeles, May 26, 2009
BornAlexander Richard Ludwig[1]
(1992-05-07) May 7, 1992 (age 22)
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
EducationUniversity of Southern California
OccupationActor, singer
Years active2000–present
Website
www.alexanderludwig.com
 
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This article is about the actor. For the footballer, see Alexander Ludwig (footballer).
Alexander Ludwig
Alexander Ludwig (Cropped).jpg
Ludwig with a Tesla Roadster during an event in Los Angeles, May 26, 2009
BornAlexander Richard Ludwig[1]
(1992-05-07) May 7, 1992 (age 22)
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
EducationUniversity of Southern California
OccupationActor, singer
Years active2000–present
Website
www.alexanderludwig.com

Alexander Richard Ludwig (born May 7, 1992) is a Canadian actor, singer and model. His notable film credits include The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising, Disney's Race to Witch Mountain,[2] and The Hunger Games. He currently appears in the History Channel series Vikings.

Early life[edit]

Ludwig was born in Vancouver, British Columbia.[3] He has three younger siblings: a sister and brother, who are twins, and a younger sister.[4] His mother, Sharlene (née Martin), is a former actress, and his father, Harald Horst Ludwig, is a businessman and the co-chairman of the board for Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.[5] Ludwig was drawn to the profession, saying in an interview: "I have a big imagination. I love performing."[6] Yet, despite his mother's early career as an actress, Ludwig had to convince his parents to support his desire to pursue a career as a child actor.[5][6] His parents believed that child actors "can get sucked into a life that isn't reality."[6] Ludwig is enrolled as a theatre major at the University of Southern California where he is in the Psi Psi fraternity, and lives full-time in Los Angeles.[7]

Career[edit]

Ludwig began his career at the age of nine when he featured in a Harry Potter toy commercial, a job that enabled him to sign on with an agent and obtain more commercial work.[3] Later he was cast in movies such as Air Bud World Pup (2000), MXP: Most Extreme Primate (2003), Scary Godmother: The Revenge Of Jimmy (2005), Eve and the Fire Horse (2005), The Sandlot: Heading Home (aka, The Sandlot 3) (2007). In addition to cinema, Ludwig has also worked in television. He has performed in movies made for television, such as A Little Thing Called Murder (2006), and television series such as The Dead Zone.[3] Ludwig obtained his leading role in The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising (2007) after a "gruelling audition process."[4] By his count, he had 16 auditions before finally being cast.[8]

Ludwig's next lead role came in the part of Seth – one half of a teenage, alien brother-sister duo – in the film production of Race to Witch Mountain (2009), also starring Dwayne Johnson, the wrestler-turned-actor. Seth is the part originated by Ike Eisenmann in the 1975 original, Escape to Witch Mountain. The film opened at number one at the box office the weekend that it premiered, with receipts estimated at $25 million.[9][10] Despite his early casting success with The Seeker, Ludwig indicated in an interview that it was his intention to attend university.[4] In another interview, the actor said that the most challenging thing about filming The Seeker was trying "to juggle school while filming." He stated: "My school wasn't used to it, and I wasn't used to it. It was the most amazing experience, but it was really hard."[6]

In the movie adaptation of The Hunger Games, Ludwig played Cato, the fierce male tribute from District 2, the primary threat to the protagonists' lives during the 74th Hunger Games. The film was released worldwide on March 23, 2012. Ludwig won the award for Best Fight on 2012 MTV Movie Awards along with Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson, as well as the award for Best Villain at the 2012 Teen Choice Awards.[11][12] Ludwig released his first single "Liv It Up (Teenage Wasteland)" on March 1, 2012.[13] In 2013, he co-starred in the films Lone Survivor and Grown Ups 2.

Filmography[edit]

Film
YearTitleRoleNotes
2000Air Bud World PupCameoUncredited
2004MXP: Most Xtreme PrimateChildUncredited
2005Scary Godmother: The Revenge of JimmyJimmyVoice
2005Eve and the Fire HorseKevinUncredited
2006A Little Thing Called MurderYoung Kenny Kimes
2007The Sandlot: Heading HomeE.J.Direct-to-DVD
2007The SeekerWill Stanton / Tom Stanton
2009Race to Witch MountainSeth
2012The Hunger GamesCato
2012The World Is Watching: Making the Hunger GamesHimselfDocumentary
2013Grown Ups 2Braden Higgins
2013Lone SurvivorUS Navy SEAL Shane Patton
2014When the Game Stands TallChris Ryan
2014Final GirlPost-production
2015The Final GirlsChrisPost-production
Television
YearTitleRoleNotes
2014–presentVikingsBjörn RagnarssonMain role; season 2–present

Awards[edit]

YearAwardGroupResultNotes
2012MTV Movie AwardsBest FightWonThe Hunger Games
2012Teen Choice AwardsChoice Movie VillainWonThe Hunger Games
2012Teen Choice AwardsChoice Movie: FightNominatedThe Hunger Games
2014Razzie AwardsWorst Screen ComboNominatedGrown Ups 2

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Alexander Richard Ludwig". Starpulse. 
  2. ^ Borys, Kit (April 29, 2008). "Two 'Witch Mountain' vets return: Actors who played kids in original are back for the remake". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved January 29, 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c Blair, Iain (October 4, 2007). "Up Next: Alexander Ludwig". Variety. Retrieved January 29, 2010. 
  4. ^ a b c Braun, Liz (October 10, 2007). "Alexander Ludwig's star rising". JAM!Showbiz Movies. Retrieved January 30, 2010. 
  5. ^ a b Monk, Katherine (October 6, 2007). "'It still doesn't feel real'". The Ottawa Citizen. Retrieved January 30, 2010. 
  6. ^ a b c d "10 Questions for Alexander Ludwig". Time for Kids. October 5, 2007. Retrieved February 5, 2010. 
  7. ^ "10 Celebrities You Didn’t Know Were In College Right Now". Crushable. August 10, 2013. 
  8. ^ Douglas, Edward (October 2, 2007). "Alexander Ludwig is Will Stanton". ComingSoon. Retrieved January 31, 2010. 
  9. ^ "Witch Mountain tops weekend box office in North America". Xinhua News. March 16, 2009. Retrieved February 5, 2010. 
  10. ^ "Teen Actors Robb, Ludwig Race to 'Witch Mountain'". The Freeman. February 27, 2009. Retrieved February 5, 2010. 
  11. ^ "Best Fight Winner 2012 MTV Movie Awards". MTV. Retrieved December 24, 2012. 
  12. ^ "Taylor Swift wins five Teen Choice Awards". Monsters and Critics. Retrieved December 24, 2012. 
  13. ^ "The Hunger Games' Alexander Ludwig releases first single". MuchMusic. March 12, 2012. 

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