Chris Hemsworth

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Chris Hemsworth
Chris Hemsworth SDCC 2014 (cropped).jpg
Hemsworth at the San Diego Comic-Con International in July 2014
Born(1983-08-11) 11 August 1983 (age 31)
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Years active2002–present
Spouse(s)Elsa Pataky (m. 2010)
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Chris Hemsworth
Chris Hemsworth SDCC 2014 (cropped).jpg
Hemsworth at the San Diego Comic-Con International in July 2014
Born(1983-08-11) 11 August 1983 (age 31)
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Years active2002–present
Spouse(s)Elsa Pataky (m. 2010)

Chris Hemsworth (born 11 August 1983)[1][2] is an Australian actor. He is best known for his roles as Kim Hyde in the Australian TV series Home and Away (2004) and as Thor in the Marvel Studios films Thor (2011), The Avengers (2012), Thor: The Dark World (2013) and the upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015). He has also appeared in Star Trek (2009), A Perfect Getaway (2009), The Cabin in the Woods (2012), Snow White and the Huntsman (2012), Red Dawn (2012) and Rush (2013). He will appear in the 2015 film In the Heart of the Sea, based on the book of the same name by Nathaniel Philbrick as well as Blackhat. He will star in Avengers: Age of Ultron, the sequel to The Avengers and in the 5th installment of National Lampoon's Vacation Series, Vacation.[3]

Early life[edit]

Chris Hemsworth was born in Melbourne,[4] to Leonie, a teacher of English, and Craig Hemsworth, a social-services counselor.[5][6] He was raised both there and in the Northern Territory, in a small Aboriginal community in the Outback called Bulman. He has stated, "My earliest memories were on the cattle stations up in the Outback, and then we moved back to Melbourne and then back out there and then back again. Certainly most of my childhood was in Melbourne but probably my most vivid memories were up there in Bulman with crocodiles and buffalo. Very different walks of life."[4] He attended high school at Heathmont College[4] before his family again returned to the Northern Territory, and then moved a few years later to Phillip Island.[7] He is the middle of three boys; his brothers Luke (older) and Liam (younger) are also actors.

Acting career[edit]

2002–10: Career beginnings[edit]

In 2002, Hemsworth starred in two episodes of fantasy television series, Guinevere Jones as King Arthur. He also made an appearance in soap opera series Neighbours and one episode of Marshall Law.

In 2004, Hemsworth auditioned for the Australian soap opera Home and Away role of Robbie Hunter (played by Jason Smith), but did not receive the part. He was subsequently recalled for the part of Kim Hyde and moved to Sydney to join the cast, appearing in 171 episodes of the series.[8] He left the cast of Home and Away on 3 July 2007.

Hemsworth was a contestant on the fifth season of Dancing with the Stars Australia, partnered with professional dancer Abbey Ross. The season premiered on 26 September 2006, and after six weeks, Hemsworth was eliminated (7 November 2006).

In 2009, Hemsworth portrayed James T. Kirk's father, George Kirk, in the opening scenes of J. J. Abrams' film Star Trek. He played the character Kale in the thriller A Perfect Getaway the same year. He went on to play Sam in 2010's Ca$h, which was the first film he shot when he arrived in the United States. The film's director, Stephen Milburn Anderson, said Hemsworth had only been in the United States for six weeks when he had auditioned for the role, recalling, "Here's a guy who is young, has the right look, is a very good actor and, let's face it, he's beautiful. So I say, we need to get this guy in. I was very impressed".[9] In November 2010, The Hollywood Reporter named Hemsworth as one of the young male actors who are "pushing – or being pushed" onto the Hollywood "A-List".[10] Sony Pictures announced in 2011 that Hemsworth would star in the thriller Shadow Runner,[11] which did not subsequently go into production as of 2014.

2011-present: Thor & success[edit]

Hemsworth (right) with Thor co-star Tom Hiddleston at the 2010 San Deigo Comic-Con International.

He is best known for his role as the Marvel Comics superhero Thor in the 2011 Marvel Studios film Thor. He and castmate Tom Hiddleston, who ultimately played Loki, had each auditioned for the role, for which Hemsworth said he put on 20 pounds of muscle.[12] Hemsworth reprised the role in the 2012 film The Avengers as one of the six superheroes sent to defend Earth from his adopted brother, Loki.[13]

He starred in the horror film The Cabin in the Woods, which was shot shortly after the release of Star Trek but went unreleased until 2012. It led Hemsworth to audition for the role of Thor at Joss Whedon's insistence.[14] Also that year, Hemsworth starred opposite Kristen Stewart in the film Snow White & the Huntsman as the Huntsman. He also played Jed Eckert in the 2012 Red Dawn remake, a role he was cast in after MGM saw dailies footage of a scene from Cabin in the Woods.[14] Hemsworth received the part of Thor two days after being hired for Red Dawn.[14]

In 2013, Hemsworth starred in Ron Howard's sports drama film Rush, alongside Daniel Bruhl as 1976 Formula 1 World Champion James Hunt, and reprised his role as Thor, in the sequel Thor: The Dark World.[15][16]

In 2015, Hemsworth will appear as first mate Owen Chase in In the Heart of the Sea, based on the book of the same name by Nathaniel Philbrick. In an interview with Jimmy Kimmel, he revealed that to prepare for the role of starving sailors, the cast was put on a diet of 500–600 calories a day to lose weight.[17] He will also star in director Michael Mann's action thriller Blackhat, opposite Viola Davis. [18]

Hemsworth is to reprise Thor for the fourth time in the sequel to The Avengers, Avengers: Age of Ultron.[19] He is also starring in the comedy film Vacation along with Ed Helms, a reboot of the film series that originally starred Chevy Chase.[20] People magazine, in an annual feature, named him its 2014 "Sexiest Man Alive."[21]

Hemsworth is also set to reprise his role as Thor in Thor: Ragnarok, having a 2017 release date.[22]

Personal life[edit]

Hemsworth began dating Spanish actress Elsa Pataky in early 2010 after meeting through their mutual representatives,[23] and they wed in December 2010.[24] They have three children: daughter India Rose (b. May 2012)[25] and twin sons, Tristan and Sasha (b. March 2014).[26][27][28]



2009Star TrekGeorge KirkDebut Film
2009Perfect Getaway, AA Perfect GetawayKale
2010Ca$hSam Phelan
2010Ollie Klublershturf vs the Nazis[29]ChadShort
2012The Cabin in the WoodsCurt Vaughan
2012Avengers, TheThe AvengersThor
2012Snow White and the HuntsmanEric, the Huntsman
2012Red DawnJed EckertBased on the 1984 film of the same name
2013Star Trek Into DarknessGeorge Kirk (voice)Archive footage from Star Trek
2013RushJames Hunt
2013Thor: The Dark WorldThor
2015BlackhatNicholas HathawayCompleted
2015In the Heart of the SeaOwen ChasePost-production
2015Avengers: Age of UltronThorPost-production
2015VacationStone CrandallFilming


2002Guinevere JonesKing Arthur2 episodes
2002NeighboursJamie Kane1 episode
2002Marshall LawThe Kid1 episode: "Domestic Bliss"
2003Saddle Club, TheThe Saddle ClubThe New Vet1 episode: "Tenderfoot"
2004Fergus McPhailCraig1 episode: "In a Jam"
2004–2007Home and AwayKim Hyde185 episodes
2006Dancing with the StarsHimselfContestant

Video games[edit]

2011Thor: God of ThunderThor

Awards and nominations[edit]

Hemsworth at the Tribeca Film Festival in April 2012.
YearAwardNominated workResult
2011Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Breakout MaleThorNominated
2012BAFTA Rising Star AwardThorNominated
2012People's Choice Award Favorite Movie SuperheroThorNominated
2012MTV Movie Award for Best HeroThorNominated
2012Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Actor – Sci-Fi/FantasyThe AvengersNominated
2012Teen Choice Award Summer Movie Star: MaleThe Avengers & Snow White and the HuntsmanWon
2013People's Choice Award Favorite Movie SuperheroThe AvengersNominated
2013People's Choice Award Favorite On-Screen ChemistrySnow White and the Huntsman (shared with Kristen Stewart)Nominated
2013People's Choice Award Favorite Action Movie StarThe Avengers & Snow White and the HuntsmanWon
2013Kid's Choice Award Favorite Male ButtkickerThe AvengersNominated
2013MTV Movie Award for Best FightThe AvengersWon
2013Teen Choice Award Actor ActionRed DawnNominated
2014Teen Choice Award Actor Sci-Fi/FantasyThor: The Dark WorldNominated


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