Joel Edgerton

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Joel Edgerton
Joel Edgerton 2013.jpg
Edgerton at the premiere of The Great Gatsby, Sydney, May 2013
Born(1974-06-23) 23 June 1974 (age 39)
Blacktown, New South Wales, Australia
NationalityAustralian
EducationThe Hills Grammar School
Alma materUniversity of Western Sydney
OccupationActor, film producer, screenwriter
Years active1995–present
RelativesNash Edgerton (brother)
 
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Joel Edgerton
Joel Edgerton 2013.jpg
Edgerton at the premiere of The Great Gatsby, Sydney, May 2013
Born(1974-06-23) 23 June 1974 (age 39)
Blacktown, New South Wales, Australia
NationalityAustralian
EducationThe Hills Grammar School
Alma materUniversity of Western Sydney
OccupationActor, film producer, screenwriter
Years active1995–present
RelativesNash Edgerton (brother)

Joel Edgerton (born 23 June 1974 in Blacktown, New South Wales)[1] is an Australian actor best known for his roles in 2000s and 2010s films like Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones (2002), Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (2005), Kinky Boots (2005), Animal Kingdom (2010), The Thing (2011), Warrior (2011), The Odd Life of Timothy Green (2012), Zero Dark Thirty (2012) and The Great Gatsby (2013).

Early life[edit]

Edgerton was born in Blacktown, Sydney. Edgerton graduated from The Hills Grammar School in 1991. He attended the Nepean Drama School at the University of Western Sydney,[2] before moving on to various stage productions, most notably at Sydney Theatre Company.

Career[edit]

2013 Toronto International Film Festival

Edgerton has appeared in such films as Erskineville Kings, King Arthur, Ned Kelly, and, most notably, Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones and Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, portraying a young Owen Lars, stepbrother of Anakin Skywalker and uncle to Luke Skywalker. Edgerton's brother Nash was the stunt double for Ewan McGregor, who played Obi-Wan Kenobi in the Star Wars prequel trilogy.[3] Joel is known for playing Will on The Secret Life of Us, for which he was nominated for an AACTA Award. In 2005, he lent his voice to the title character of The Mysterious Geographic Explorations of Jasper Morello, an Academy Award-nominated animated short film. The same year, Edgerton appeared in the British comedy Kinky Boots, opposite Chiwetel Ejiofor, as the son of a deceased shoe maker who must find a niche market in the 21st century. He appeared in Smokin' Aces (2006).[citation needed]

Edgerton was seen in the film Whisper with Josh Holloway in 2007;[4] The Square, which he co-wrote and was directed by his brother Nash; Acolytes, about teenagers who take revenge on a serial killer; and Separation City, a dramedy about the collapse of two marriages.[5] In 2009, he starred alongside Cate Blanchett as Stanley in the Sydney Theatre Company's acclaimed production of A Streetcar Named Desire.[6] Edgerton and Blanchett appeared in a production of the same play at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in December 2009.[7]

Edgerton had a major role in the MMA film Warrior, which received a 2011 release through Lions Gate Entertainment.[8] Edgerton played the son of Nick Nolte's character and older brother of Tom Hardy's character.[9]

On 7 February 2010, he was cast in Matthijs van Heijningen Jr.'s 2011 prequel to The Thing,[10] portraying helicopter pilot Sam Carter.[11] Edgerton played Tom Buchanan in Baz Luhrmann's 2013 remake of The Great Gatsby, starring Leonardo DeCaprio and Tobey Maguire.

Edgerton was honoured, along with David Michôd and Teresa Palmer, for their work in international roles with the coveted 2011 Australians in Film Breakthrough Award.[12] On 27 June 2013, Edgerton was attached to the Jeff Nichols film, Midnight Special. [13] On 9 September 2013, he was reported to be in talks with Warner Bros. to star in the film adaptation of Shantaram.[14]

Personal life[edit]

Edgerton is the son of Michael, a solicitor/property developer, and Marianne Edgerton.[15][16][17] His brother, Nash, is a stuntman and filmmaker.[18]

Humanitarian causes[edit]

Edgerton has been an ambassador for The Fred Hollows Foundation for a number of years and has strong personal ties to the organization, which works to restore sight in poor countries and to improve Aboriginal health.[19] In 2012, he visited Nepal, where he saw sight restored first hand.[20] Edgerton has described social activism and his involvement with The Fred Hollows Foundation as ‘an escape’ from the ‘materialistic life’ that often surrounds an actor.[21]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1996LoadedFrogAlso producer
Race the SunSteve Fryman
1998Never Tell Me NeverPab
PraiseLeo
BloodlockDannyAlso producer and writer
1999Secret Men's BusinessBaz
DogwatchSparrow
Erskineville KingsWayne
2000Sample PeopleSem
Gate
2001Saturn's ReturnBarney
Pitch, TheThe PitchGuyAlso writer
2002Hard Word, TheThe Hard WordShane
Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the ClonesOwen Lars
2003Night We Called It a Day, TheThe Night We Called It a DayRod Blue
Ned KellyAaron Sherritt
2004King ArthurGawain
2005Kinky BootsCharlie
Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the SithOwen Lars
Mysterious Geographic Explorations of Jasper Morello, TheThe Mysterious Geographic Explorations of Jasper MorelloJasper MorelloVoice only
2006Smokin' AcesHugo Croop
Open WindowPeter
2007SpiderParamedic
CrossbowThe Dad
WhisperVince Delayo
2008$9.99Ron
Square, TheThe SquareBillyAlso producer and writer
FatherNarrator
AcolytesIan Wright
2009Waiting City, TheThe Waiting CityBen Simmons
Separation CitySimon
2010Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'HooleMetal BeakVoice only
Animal KingdomBarry Brown
2011WarriorBrendan Conlon
Thing, TheThe ThingSam Carter
2012Wish You Were HereDave
Odd Life of Timothy Green, TheThe Odd Life of Timothy GreenJim Green
Zero Dark ThirtyPatrick
2013Great Gatsby, TheThe Great GatsbyTom Buchanan
FelonyMalcolm Toohey
2014Jane Got a GunDan FrostPost-Production
ExodusPharaohFilming started October, 2013
LifeJohn G. MorrisFilming

Television[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1995, 1997SpellbinderBazzaEpisodes: "Reunions"
"Run!"
1995Police RescueAndyEpisode: "Wild Card"
1996, 1999Water RatsAaron LawrenceEpisodes: "Eyewitness"
"Force of Habit"
1997Big SkyPierce BatemanEpisode: "Lost and Found"
Fallen AngelsScoobEpisode: "The Faust Lane"
1998WildsideMichael SaviniEpisode: "Episode #1.15"
1999Secret Men's BusinessBazTV movie
2000The Three StoogesTom Cosgrove
2001-2002Secret Life of Us, TheThe Secret Life of UsWill McGill
2002Dossa and JoeRobboEpisodes: "Episode #1.3"
"Episode #1.4"
2007DangerousSenior Sergeant Mark Field
2009Dirt GameShane BevicEpisodes: "A Land Down Under"
"Green and Gold"
"Silent Night"
"Boab Dreaming"
"Down Among the Dead Men"
"Reckoning"

Awards and nominations[edit]

YearAwardCategoryFilmResult
2000AACTA AwardBest Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Telefeature or Mini-SeriesSecret Life of Us, TheThe Secret Life of UsNominated
2002Best Lead Actor in a Television DramaWon
Logie AwardMost Outstanding ActorNominated
AACTA AwardBest Actor in a Supporting RoleHard Word, TheThe Hard WordNominated
Film Critics Circle of Australia AwardBest Supporting ActorNominated
2003Ned KellyNominated
2008Melbourne Underground Film Festival AwardBest ActorAcolytesWon
AACTA AwardBest Actor in a Supporting RoleSquare, TheThe SquareNominated
Best Screenplay
Shared with Matthew Dabner
Nominated
2009Film Critics Circle of Australia AwardBest Supporting ActorNominated
Best Screenplay - Original
Shared with Matthew Dabner
Nominated
New Zealand Film and TV AwardBest Lead Actor in a Feature FilmSeparation CityNominated
2010Film Critics Circle of Australia AwardBest ActorWaiting City, TheThe Waiting CityWon
IF AwardNominated
AACTA AwardBest Actor in a Supporting RoleAnimal KingdomWon
2011Chlotrudis AwardBest Performance by an Ensemble Cast
Shared with James Frecheville, Luke Fort, Ben Mendelsohn, Guy Pearce, Sullivan Stapleton & Jacki Weaver
Nominated
Film Critics Circle of Australia AwardBest Supporting ActorAnimal Kingdom & Waiting City, TheThe Waiting CityWon
2012MTV Movie AwardBest Fight
Shared with Tom Hardy
WarriorNominated
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association AwardBest Ensemble
Shared with the entire cast
Zero Dark ThirtyNominated
2013AACTA AwardBest Actor in a Leading RoleWish You Were HereNominated
Film Critics Circle of Australia AwardBest ActorNominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Behind The Voice Actors: Joel Edgerton". Retrieved 29 December 2013. 
  2. ^ "The Secret Life of Us: profiles". Australian Television. 30 October 1998. Retrieved 27 May 2012. 
  3. ^ Biography for Joel Edgerton at the Internet Movie Database
  4. ^ "Whisper Web site". 
  5. ^ "Separation City". NZ On Screen. Retrieved 27 September 2009. 
  6. ^ "A Streetcar Named Desire". Sydneytheatre.com.au. Retrieved 27 May 2012. 
  7. ^ Brantley, Ben (3 December 2009). "NY Times article on A Streetcar Named Desire". Theater.nytimes.com. Retrieved 27 May 2012. 
  8. ^ '+theTime+'. "'The Thing' Has Found Its First Two Hosts". Bloody-disgusting.com. Retrieved 27 May 2012. 
  9. ^ Hassan, Genevieve (21 September 2011). "Can Warrior pack a punch in the UK?". Bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 27 May 2012. 
  10. ^ "Lead Joel Edgerton Talks The Thing Prequel". Dreadcentral.com. 5 April 2010. Retrieved 27 May 2012. 
  11. ^ "The Thing Star Joel Edgerton Puts Remake or Prequel Argument to Rest". Dreadcentral.com. 2 March 2010. Retrieved 27 May 2012. 
  12. ^ "Breakthrough & Heath Ledger Scholarship Winners". Retrieved 19 February 2013. 
  13. ^ Kroll, Justin. "Joel Edgerton Eyes Jeff Nichols Film at Warners (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Variety.com. Retrieved 28-02-2014. 
  14. ^ "Warner Bros Revives ‘Shantaram’, Johnny Depp Taps Joel Edgerton For Lead". Retrieved 20 January 2014. 
  15. ^ "Oh, brother". Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax. 8 January 2005. Retrieved 27 May 2012. 
  16. ^ "'Square' director, Nash Edgerton, likes keeping audiences on edge". Post-gazette.com. 29 March 2012. Retrieved 27 May 2012. 
  17. ^ http://www.cozycot.com/gallery/article/The-Australian-premiere-of--Warrior--held-at-Event-Cinemas--Where-155736/photo/226560
  18. ^ "Joel Edgerton profile at". Filmreference.com. 29 March 2012. Retrieved 27 May 2012. 
  19. ^ "Charity worker is Joel Edgerton's new role". 
  20. ^ "An actor who doesn't want to be famous". 
  21. ^ "Joel Edgerton's Philanthropic Journey in Nepal". 

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