Emile Hirsch

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Emile Hirsch
Emile Hirsch TIFF 2011.jpg
BornEmile Davenport Hirsch
(1985-03-13) March 13, 1985 (age 28)
Topanga, California, U.S.
Other names"Hirschy"[1]
Years active1996–present
Height5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
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Emile Hirsch
Emile Hirsch TIFF 2011.jpg
BornEmile Davenport Hirsch
(1985-03-13) March 13, 1985 (age 28)
Topanga, California, U.S.
Other names"Hirschy"[1]
Years active1996–present
Height5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)

Emile Davenport Hirsch (born March 13, 1985)[1] is an American television and film actor. He began performing in the late 1990s, appearing in several television films and series, and became known as a film actor after roles in Lords of Dogtown, The Emperor's Club, The Girl Next Door, Alpha Dog, and the Sean Penn-directed film Into the Wild. In 2008, Hirsch starred in Speed Racer[2] and Milk. His most recent films include Taking Woodstock, The Darkest Hour, Oliver Stone's Savages, David Gordon Green's Prince Avalanche, which premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and co-stars Paul Rudd, and Lone Survivor co-starring Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Eric Bana, and Ben Foster. He participated in "Summit on the Summit", an expedition to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro to raise awareness of the need for clean water in the world.[3]

Early life[edit]

Emile Hirsch was born in Topanga, California. His mother, Margaret Esther (née Davenport), is a visual artist and teacher who designed pop-up books, and his father, David M. Hirsch, is an entrepreneur, manager, and producer.[4][5][6] He has an older sister, Jenny. Hirsch's ancestry includes Ashkenazi Jewish (from his paternal grandfather), as well as English, and some German.[7] He was raised in Los Angeles, California, and Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he lived with his mother for several years after his parents divorced.[5][8] His sister introduced him to acting when they were enrolled at the Will Geer Theatricum, a summer drama camp in Topanga.[5] He attended Topanga Canyon Elementary School, Paul Revere Middle School and the Academy of Music at Alexander Hamilton High School in Los Angeles.


Hirsch began acting at the age of eight in Woodstock, Illinois,[8] appearing in minor roles on television shows and made-for-television films, including Kindred: the Embraced; Sabrina, the Teenage Witch and NYPD Blue. Following his appearance on NYPD Blue, casting directors began singling him out as a serious young actor, leading to a two-episode guest-starring role on ER. He made his feature film debut with Jodie Foster's 2002 drama, The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys, where he starred opposite Kieran Culkin in the story of two Catholic school boys.[8] His next feature film role was in the prep school drama, The Emperor's Club, with Kevin Kline, which was released later in 2002. Hirsch's reviews were favorable, and both films received generally positive reviews, but performed only moderately at the box office.

Hirsch at the 2008 premiere of Speed Racer

Hirsch was subsequently cast opposite Elisha Cuthbert in the 2004 teen comedy, The Girl Next Door, and as a result gained excellent mainstream reviews and wider recognition among teenage audiences. The Mudge Boy, an independent film in which he had starred before making The Girl Next Door, was given a limited release in the summer of 2004. Hirsch next appeared with Jeff Daniels and Sigourney Weaver in Imaginary Heroes, a drama about a dysfunctional family, which received a limited release in February 2005.[9][10]

Later, in 2005, Hirsch starred with Heath Ledger in Lords of Dogtown, a cult favorite by director Catherine Hardwicke; the film, about a number of well-known skaters of the 1970s and their role in the birth of a higher-profile skateboard culture, was released on June 3, 2005. Hirsch played Jay Adams (who some say was the original “Z-Boy”), and was praised by critics for his performance. He subsequently appeared in Alpha Dog, a dark drama starring Justin Timberlake, Anton Yelchin, Bruce Willis, and Sharon Stone in which Hirsch played a character based on real-life drug dealer Jesse James Hollywood; the film was shot in 2004 and released on January 12, 2007. Hirsch consulted with Hollywood's real life father before playing the role,[11] and has said that he felt "pretty afraid in my bones most of the time" while filming because of the film's raw characters and dialogue.[12]

Hirsch next played adventurer Christopher McCandless in Sean Penn's critically acclaimed adventure-drama Into the Wild, released on September 21, 2007. He lost 40 pounds for the role and was noted in reviews as a potential Academy Award nominee for the film, also receiving a Screen Actors Guild nomination for best actor.[8][13] Hirsch had the lead role in Speed Racer, which was released on May 9, 2008.[2] Hirsch plays gay rights activist Cleve Jones in Gus Van Sant's 2008 Harvey Milk bio-pic Milk starring Sean Penn in the title role.

He starred in Taking Woodstock, based on a screenplay of Elliot Tiber's memoir Taking Woodstock, adapted by James Schamus. The film was directed by Academy Award Winning Director Ang Lee. His co-stars are Demetri Martin, Liev Schreiber, Imelda Staunton, Eugene Levy and Henry Goodman. Taking Woodstock was shot in upstate New York and was released in August 2009.

In April 2010, director Chris Gorak cast him in his science fiction film, The Darkest Hour,[14] and released in December 2011.[15] In April 2011, he was cast in Oliver Stone's Savages, which was released in July 2012.[16] In 2012, he starred with Penélope Cruz in Venuto al mondo, a film by Italian director Sergio Castellitto. His most recent film, Prince Avalanche, co-starring Paul Rudd, screened at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival where it was acquired by Magnolia Pictures. In Fall 2013, he will star in the two-part television miniseries event, Bonnie & Clyde, to be simultaneously broadcast on A&E, History, and Lifetime.

In October 2013, it was reported that Hirsch is set to play Blues Brothers' star John Belushi in a biopic about the actor’s life. The yet-to-be-titled independent film will be written and directed by Steve Conrad, whose filmography includes The Pursuit of Happyness and The Weather Man. The film is due to begin shooting in New York during Spring 2014.[17]

Personal life and press[edit]

Hirsch resides in Venice, California, and enjoys writing poetry and screenplays, along with skateboarding. He has won five awards, including the Critics’ Choice Award for breakthrough performance and best actor for his role in Into the Wild, as well as 11 other nominations. He has appeared on many magazine covers, including Nylon Guys, Teen Vogue, Movieline, Another Man, and L’Uomo Vogue (Italy).[18]

Hirsch appeared in Esquire in November 2007, being called one of the "Actors of the Year", along with Denzel Washington, Cate Blanchett, Javier Bardem, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Robert Downey, Jr., for his role in Sean Penn's Into the Wild. Esquire said, "[Hirsch] creates a vivid, unforgettable character you at once admire and pity."[19]

Hirsch appeared on the cover of Men’s Journal in January 2009.[20][21] He wrote a "Congo Diary" in December 2008 that was published in the following issue along with a photo spread. He ventured into Africa along with four young activists, and kept a journal of his five-day trip. Reflecting on his trip, Hirsch said, “Now I look back at some of the earlier parts of this travelogue and almost chuckle at my naïveté. Maybe we can all come together to change the world.”[22]

In October 2013, it was reported in the media that Hirsch is expecting a child with an ex-girlfriend.[23]


Film and television
19973rd Rock from the SunPunkSeason 3: Episode 5: Scaredy Dick
1998GargantuaBrandon Ellway
1999The PretenderBryceSeason 3: Episode 19: End Game
1999Two of a KindJeremySeason 1: Episode 12: Let's Dance
2001Wild IrisLony Brevard
2002Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys, TheThe Dangerous Lives of Altar BoysFrancis Doyle
2002Emperor's Club, TheThe Emperor's ClubSedgewick BellNominated—Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a Feature Film – Supporting Young Actor
2003Mudge Boy, TheThe Mudge BoyDuncan Mudgelimited release
2004Girl Next Door, TheThe Girl Next DoorMatthew KidmanNominated—MTV Movie Award for Best Kiss (shared with Elisha Cuthbert)
2004Imaginary HeroesTim Travislimited release
2005Lords of DogtownJay AdamsNominated—Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Breakout Performance – Male
2006Alpha DogJohnny Truelove
2007Into the WildChristopher "Alexander Super-Tramp" McCandlessMill Valley Film Festival Award for Best Actor[1]
National Board of Review Award for Breakthrough Male Performance
Palm Springs International Film Festival Award for Rising Star[1]
Nominated—Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Detroit Film Critics Society Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Houston Film Critics Society Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Gotham Award for Breakthrough Artist
Nominated—Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Nominated—Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actor: Drama
2008Air I Breathe, TheThe Air I BreatheTonylimited release
2008Speed RacerSpeed RacerNominated—Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actor: Action Adventure
2008MilkCleve JonesBroadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Cast
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
2009Taking WoodstockBilly
2011Killer JoeChris Smith
2011The Darkest HourSean
2012Venuto al mondoDiego
2012The Motel LifeFrank Flannigan
2013Prince AvalancheLance
2013Bonnie & ClydeClyde BarrowTV miniseries
2013Lone SurvivorDanny Dietz
2014Ultimate Spider-ManKa-Zar (voice)Season 3: Episode 7: "Coronation Kraven"


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  14. ^ Emile Hirsch Survives Horrid Alien Invasion 'The Darkest Hour'
  15. ^ Emile Hirsch Comes In From the Wild to Deal With The Darkest Hour
  16. ^ Emile Hirsch Cast In Savages - The Playlist
  17. ^ http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/films/news/emile-hirsch-to-play-john-belushi-in-film-about-blues-brothers-star-8910726.html
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  20. ^ "Emile Hirsch in Men's Journal (January 2009)". December 21, 2008. Retrieved May 25, 2013. 
  22. ^ Hirsch, Emile (December 15, 2008). "Emile Hirsch’s Congo Diary". mensjournal.com. Retrieved May 25, 2013. 
  23. ^ http://www.usmagazine.com/celebrity-moms/news/emile-hirsch-expecting-baby-with-ex-2013310

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