Joel Edgerton

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Joel Edgerton
JoelEdgertonSept2013TIFF.jpg
Born(1974-06-23) 23 June 1974 (age 40)
Blacktown, New South Wales, Australia
OccupationActor, film producer, screenwriter
Years active1995–present
RelativesNash Edgerton (brother)
 
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Joel Edgerton
JoelEdgertonSept2013TIFF.jpg
Born(1974-06-23) 23 June 1974 (age 40)
Blacktown, New South Wales, Australia
OccupationActor, film producer, screenwriter
Years active1995–present
RelativesNash Edgerton (brother)

Joel Edgerton (born 23 June 1974) is an Australian actor, producer, and screenwriter. He is best known for his roles in films such as 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). He also voiced Metal Beak, the main antagonist of Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole (2010).

Early life[edit]

Edgerton was born in Blacktown, New South Wales,[1] the son of Michael, a solicitor and property developer, and Marianne Edgerton.[2][3][4] He graduated from The Hills Grammar School in 1991. He attended the Nepean Drama School at the University of Western Sydney,[5] before moving on to various stage productions, most notably at Sydney Theatre Company.

Career[edit]

Edgerton at the Sydney premiere of The Great Gatsby, May 2013

Edgerton has appeared in such films as Erskineville Kings, King Arthur, Ned Kelly, and as a young Owen Lars in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones and Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith.[6] He played 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, he appeared as the son of a deceased shoemaker in the British comedy Kinky Boots. He also appeared in Smokin' Aces (2006).[citation needed]

Edgerton appeared in the film Whisper (2007),[7] The Square (which he co-wrote and was directed by his brother), Acolytes, and Separation City.[8] In 2009, he starred alongside as Stanley in the Sydney Theatre Company's acclaimed production of A Streetcar Named Desire.[9] He appeared in a production of the same play at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in December 2009.[10] He starred as an MMA fighter in the MMA film Warrior (2011).[11][12]

In February 2010, Edgerton was cast in Matthijs van Heijningen Jr.'s 2011 prequel to The Thing,[13] portraying helicopter pilot Sam Carter.[14] He played Tom Buchanan in Baz Luhrmann's 2013 remake of The Great Gatsby. He was honoured for his work in international roles with the 2011 Australians in Film Breakthrough Award.[15] In June 2013, he was added to the Jeff Nichols film Midnight Special.[16] In September 2013, he was reported to be in talks with Warner Bros. to star in the film adaptation of Shantaram.[17]

In 2014, Edgerton was attached to co-star in the film Black Mass as John Connolly, FBI contact and childhood friend of notorious gangster Whitey Bulger.[18]

Philanthropy[edit]

Edgerton has been an ambassador for The Fred Hollows Foundation for a number of years and has strong personal ties to the organisation, 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] He 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]

Personal life[edit]

Edgerton's brother, Nash, is a stuntman and filmmaker.[22]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1996LoadedFrogProducer
1996Race the SunSteve Fryman
1998Never Tell Me NeverPab
1998PraiseLeo
1998BloodlockDannyWriter, producer
1999DogwatchSparrow
1999Erskineville KingsWayne
1999Secret Men's BusinessBazTelevision film
2000The Three StoogesTom CosgroveTelevision film
2000Sample PeopleSem
2000Gate
2001Saturn's ReturnBarney
2001Pitch, TheThe PitchGuyWriter
2002Hard Word, TheThe Hard WordShane
2002Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the ClonesOwen Lars
2003Night We Called It a Day, TheThe Night We Called It a DayRod Blue
2003Ned KellyAaron Sherritt
2004King ArthurGawain
2005Kinky BootsCharlie
2005Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the SithOwen Lars
2005Mysterious Geographic Explorations of Jasper Morello, TheThe Mysterious Geographic Explorations of Jasper MorelloJasper MorelloVoice
2006Smokin' AcesHugo Croop
2006Open WindowPeter
2007SpiderParamedic
2007CrossbowThe Dad
2007WhisperVince Delayo
2008$9.99Ron
2008Square, TheThe SquareBillyWriter, producer
2008FatherNarrator
2008AcolytesIan Wright
2009Waiting City, TheThe Waiting CityBen Simmons
2009Separation CitySimon
2010Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'HooleMetal BeakVoice
2010Animal KingdomBarry Brown
2011WarriorBrendan Conlon
2011Thing, TheThe ThingSam Carter
2012Wish You Were HereDave
2012Odd Life of Timothy Green, TheThe Odd Life of Timothy GreenJim Green
2012Zero Dark ThirtyPatrick
2013Great Gatsby, TheThe Great GatsbyTom Buchanan
2013FelonyMalcolm TooheyWriter, producer
2014The RoverWriter
2014Jane Got a GunDan Frost
2014Exodus: Gods and KingsRhamses
2014LifeJohn G. Morris
2015Midnight Special
2015Black MassJohn Connolly

Television[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1995Police RescueAndyEpisode: "Wild Card"
1995–1997SpellbinderBazza2 episodes
1996–1999Water RatsAaron Lawrence2 episodes
1997Big SkyPierce BatemanEpisode: "Lost and Found"
1997Fallen AngelsScoobEpisode: "The Faust Lane"
1998WildsideMichael SaviniEpisode: "Episode #1.15"
2001–2002Secret Life of Us, TheThe Secret Life of UsWill McGill
2002Dossa and JoeRobbo2 episodes
2007DangerousSenior Sergeant Mark Field
2009Dirt GameShane Bevic6 episodes

Awards and nominations[edit]

YearAwardCategoryWorkResult
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
2011Film 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
2014AACTA AwardBest Actor in a Supporting RoleThe Great GatsbyWon
AACTA International AwardBest Actor in a Supporting RoleNominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Behind The Voice Actors: Joel Edgerton". Retrieved 29 December 2013. 
  2. ^ "Oh, brother". Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax. 8 January 2005. Retrieved 27 May 2012. 
  3. ^ "'Square' director, Nash Edgerton, likes keeping audiences on edge". Post-gazette.com. 29 March 2012. Retrieved 27 May 2012. 
  4. ^ http://www.cozycot.com/gallery/article/The-Australian-premiere-of--Warrior--held-at-Event-Cinemas--Where-155736/photo/226560
  5. ^ "The Secret Life of Us: profiles". Australian Television. 30 October 1998. Retrieved 27 May 2012. 
  6. ^ Biography for Joel Edgerton at the Internet Movie Database
  7. ^ "Whisper Web site". 
  8. ^ "Separation City". NZ On Screen. Retrieved 27 September 2009. 
  9. ^ "A Streetcar Named Desire". Sydneytheatre.com.au. Retrieved 27 May 2012. 
  10. ^ Brantley, Ben (3 December 2009). "NY Times article on A Streetcar Named Desire". Theater.nytimes.com. Retrieved 27 May 2012. 
  11. ^ '+theTime+'. "'The Thing' Has Found Its First Two Hosts". Bloody-disgusting.com. Retrieved 27 May 2012. 
  12. ^ Hassan, Genevieve (21 September 2011). "Can Warrior pack a punch in the UK?". Bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 27 May 2012. 
  13. ^ "Lead Joel Edgerton Talks The Thing Prequel". Dreadcentral.com. 5 April 2010. Retrieved 27 May 2012. 
  14. ^ "The Thing Star Joel Edgerton Puts Remake or Prequel Argument to Rest". Dreadcentral.com. 2 March 2010. Retrieved 27 May 2012. 
  15. ^ "Breakthrough & Heath Ledger Scholarship Winners". Retrieved 19 February 2013. 
  16. ^ Kroll, Justin. "Joel Edgerton Eyes Jeff Nichols Film at Warners (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Variety.com. Retrieved 28 February 2014. 
  17. ^ "Warner Bros Revives 'Shantaram', Johnny Depp Taps Joel Edgerton For Lead". Retrieved 20 January 2014. 
  18. ^ Jagernauth, Kevin. "Warner Bros. Boards Johnny Depp's 'Black Mass' But Kiboshes Ben Affleck & Matt Damon's Whitey Bulger Pic". IndieWire.com. IndieWire. Retrieved 18 March 2014. 
  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". 
  22. ^ "Joel Edgerton profile at". Filmreference.com. 29 March 2012. Retrieved 27 May 2012. 

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