Josh Hartnett

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Josh Hartnett

Hartnett in November 2008
BornJoshua Daniel Hartnett
(1978-07-21) July 21, 1978 (age 34)
Saint Paul, Minnesota, U.S.[1]
Alma materSUNY Purchase College
Years active1997–present
ParentsWendy Anne (née Kronstedt)
Daniel Thomas Hartnett
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Josh Hartnett

Hartnett in November 2008
BornJoshua Daniel Hartnett
(1978-07-21) July 21, 1978 (age 34)
Saint Paul, Minnesota, U.S.[1]
Alma materSUNY Purchase College
Years active1997–present
ParentsWendy Anne (née Kronstedt)
Daniel Thomas Hartnett

Joshua Daniel "Josh" Hartnett (born July 21, 1978) is an American actor and producer. He first came to audiences' attention in 1997 as "Michael Fitzgerald" in the television series Cracker. He made his feature film debut in 1998 in Halloween H20: 20 Years Later, followed by teen roles in films such as The Faculty and The Virgin Suicides. Hartnett has since gone on to further fame for his roles in films such as Pearl Harbor, Black Hawk Down, 40 Days and 40 Nights and 30 Days of Night, and has starred for a variety of well-known directors such as Ridley Scott, Brian De Palma, Robert Rodriguez, Tran Anh Hung, Roland Joffé and Michael Bay.


Early life

Hartnett was born in Saint Paul, Minnesota, the son of Wendy Anne (née Kronstedt) and Daniel Thomas Hartnett. He was raised by his father, a building manager, and his stepmother, Molly, an artist.[2] He has three younger half-siblings, through his father's re-marriage: Jessica, Jake and Joe. His father is of half Irish and half German ancestry, and his mother is of Swedish and Norwegian descent.[3] Hartnett was raised Roman Catholic,[4] attending Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Grade School, where he played Adam Apple in an eighth grade production of "Krazy Kamp". He later attended Cretin-Derham Hall High School before switching to South High School in Minneapolis, Minnesota, from which he graduated in June 1996.

Hartnett was active in sports as a child, especially football, and did not entertain the thought of becoming a performer, until an injury left him unable to participate on the athletic playing field. A relative encouraged him to audition for a stage production of Tom Sawyer at Youth Performance Company, and to Hartnett's surprise, he won the part of Huckleberry Finn. He fell in love with acting and went on to star in a slew of high school plays.

Hartnett got his first job at a local video store. He became a vegetarian at the age of 12 but ate meat during the shooting of The Black Dahlia for his role as a boxer.[5]

After finishing high school, a move to New York to attend the Conservatory of Theatre Arts & Film at SUNY Purchase did not go as well as he had hoped for, and a year later at age 19, Hartnett found himself in California. Shortly after arriving in Los Angeles, he caught an improbable break, landing a part in the short-lived but acclaimed drama Cracker, on ABC. Although the series was cancelled after sixteen episodes, Hartnett had made a name for himself. He then began to focus on feature film work.


Hartnett in October 2007

In April 1997, Hartnett made his screen debut playing the role of Michael Fitzgerald on the short-lived television series, Cracker. He performed in small plays and on national television commercials before being cast in his first feature film, playing the son of Jamie Lee Curtis' character in Halloween H20: 20 Years Later. Released on August 5, 1998, it performed well at the box office.

Hartnett has since developed a successful film career, having appeared in many Hollywood films, including The Faculty, Black Hawk Down, Lucky Number Slevin and Pearl Harbor. He was originally set to play the role of Tino in Deuces Wild, but dropped out to star in Pearl Harbor. In 2002, he starred in O, an adaptation of William Shakespeare's Othello set in an American high school, as Hugo, the film's version of Iago. In the early 2000s, Hartnett was approached several times to play the role of Clark Kent/Superman in the upcoming film (at the time helmed by Brett Ratner), but always turned it down, not wanting to commit to a predicted ten-year role.[6][7]

Hartnett was chosen as one of Teen People magazine's "21 Hottest Stars Under 21" in 1999, Teen People's "25 Hottest Stars under 25", and one of People magazine's "50 Most Beautiful People", both in 2002. He was also voted Bliss magazine's "3rd Sexiest Male", and in 2003 PETA named him the Sexiest Vegetarian Alive, as chosen by voters.[8]

One of Hartnett's next films was the 2006 drama-mystery The Black Dahlia, in which he played a detective investigating the notorious real-life murder of actress Elizabeth Short. Hartnett had been cast in the role five years before the film was produced, remaining committed to appearing in the movie because he liked the subject matter.[9]

Among his 2007 roles were Resurrecting the Champ, a drama also starring Samuel L. Jackson, and the graphic novel-based 30 Days of Night, in which he played a small-town sheriff. Hartnett described the second film as "supernatural, but kind of a western". He was going to play trumpet player, Chet Baker, in the film The Prince of Cool, but did not agree with the producer's ideas and left the project.[10]

In 2008, Hartnett played Charlie Babbit alongside Adam Godley in the theatre adaptation of Barry Morrow's Academy Award-winning Rain Man at the Apollo Theatre in London's West End.[11] He starred in the new campaign of the Emporio Armani fragrance, "Diamonds for Men", being featured in both print and TV ads for the fragrance, thus becoming the first male celebrity to represent Giorgio Armani Beauty.[12]

He has been featured on many magazine covers, such as Cosmogirl, Details, Entertainment Weekly, Girlfriend, Seventeen, Vanity Fair, GQ and Vman, in addition to being in other magazines like Vogue, ELLE, People, Glamour, Intouch and InStyle.[13][14]

In 2009, Hartnett produced the video clip for the rapper Kid Cudi's song Pursuit of Happiness.[15]

Hartnett turned down the role of Superman which would undoubtedly have catapulted his career into orbit. "I didn't ever want to do it," he explains. "It just wasn't the kind of movie I wanted to do. I turned down other superhero roles as well." About his declining fame he's said: "I know what it's like to be in that whole world. I was up there for a couple of years and it was uncomfortable. I think trying to stay at the top is a shortcut to unhappiness." He felt overwhelmed about the Hollywood fame game. "I spent a bit of time really thinking about whether this was the right thing for me," he reveals. "I took some time out of the business. I was like a lot of people going through a crisis, wondering, 'Who am I? Which is really my place?' [16]


Hartnett has been involved in various philanthropic causes. In 2007, he took time out from filming to support the green lifestyle campaign of Global Cool.[10]

In 2011, Hartnett became one of a handful of celebrities attached to USAID and Ad Council's FWD campaign, an awareness initiative tied to that year's East Africa drought. He joined Uma Thurman, Chanel Iman and Geena Davis in TV and internet ads to "forward the facts" about the crisis.[17]

In 2012, Hartnett also joined Barack Obama in his campaign in Minnesota, appearing at such events as the Minnesota Greater Together Youth Summit before formally endorsing the President on the official campaign YouTube channel.



1998DebutanteBillShort film
1998Halloween H20: 20 Years LaterJohn TateNominated — Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Male Newcomer
Nominated — MTV Movie Award for Best Breakthrough Male Performance
1998Faculty, TheThe FacultyZeke TylerNominated — Saturn Award for Best Performance by a Younger Actor
1999Virgin Suicides, TheThe Virgin SuicidesTrip Fontaine
2000Here on EarthJasper ArnoldNominated — Teen Choice Award for Choice Breakout Performance
2001Same, TheThe SameThe NeighborShort film
2001MemberGianniShort film
2001Short6GianniA compilation of six cinematic shorts
2001Blow DryBrian Allen
2001Town & CountryTom Stoddard
2001Pearl HarborCpt Danny WalkerNominated — MTV Movie Award for Best Male Performance
Nominated — Teen Choice Award for Choice Actor
Nominated — Razzie Award for Worst Screen Couple (with Ben Affleck)
2001OHugo Goulding
2001Black Hawk DownStaff Sergeant Matt EversmannNominated — Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Acting Ensemble (shared with the cast)
Nominated — Teen Choice Award for Choice Actor, Drama/Action Adventure
200240 Days and 40 NightsMatt SullivanNominated — Teen Choice Award for Choice Chemistry (shared with Shannyn Sossamon)
2003Zéro UnThe NeighborA compilation of ten cinematic shorts produced by Luc Besson
2003Hollywood HomicideK.C. Calden
2004Wicker ParkMatthew Simon
2005Stories of Lost SoulsThe Neighbor
2005Sin CityThe Salesman
2005Mozart and the WhaleDonald Morton
2006Lucky Number SlevinSlevin KelevraWon - Best Acting Performance Male (tied with Peter Falk) - 2006 Milan International Film Festival[18]
2006Black Dahlia, TheThe Black DahliaDwight "Bucky" Bleichert
2007Stories USAGianni
2007Resurrecting the ChampErik Kernan
200730 Days of NightSheriff Eben OlesonNominated — Teen Choice Award for Choice Actor, Horror/Thriller
2008T TakesJoshWeb series
2008AugustTom Sterling
2009I Come with the RainKline
2010BunrakuThe Drifter
2011Girl Walks Into a BarSam Salazar
2011Stuck Between StationsPaddy
2012SingularityJames Stewart/Jay Fennelpost-production
2013Parts Per BillionLenpost-production
200824 Hour Playsmain manAnnual fundraiser at the Old Vic theatre involving actors, writers and directors joining forces to create and present a series of six plays all within a day[19]
2008Rain ManCharlie BabbittWon - The Dewynters London Newcomer of the Year // WhatsOnStage Awards The Theatregoers' Choice[20]
1997–1999CrackerMichael "Fitz" Fitzgerald16 episodes, main character
Music videos
1999"Playground Love"AirThe Virgin Suicides soundtrack
2001"There You'll Be"Faith HillPearl Harbor soundtrack
2007"Travelin' Soldier"Dixie ChicksPearl Harbor soundtrack


2008AugustSpectrum - 2008 Sundance Film Festival[21]
Contemporary World Cinema - 2008 Seattle International Film Festival[22]
Narrative Feature Films - 2008 Brooklyn International Film Festival[23]
Horizons - 2008 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival[24]
International Section - 2008 Oldenburg International Film Festival
World Cinema - 2008 Flanders International Film Festival Ghent
Spirit Of Freedom: Dramatic - 2008 Bahamas International Film Festival[25]
2009NobodyExecutive producer

Other awards & nominations


Further reading


  1. ^ Boehm, Kristin (2007-10-18). "Josh Hartnett Dodges Kissing Questions - Caught in the Act". People.,,20153026,00.html. Retrieved 2012-02-05.
  2. ^ "Josh Hartnett Biography (1978-)". July 23, 2008. Retrieved 2012-02-05.
  3. ^ "Man of Style". September 1, 2004. Retrieved 2012-02-05.
  4. ^ Silverman, Stephen M. (2002-03-04). "No Joshin': Hartnett Can't Do It". People.,26334,623538,00.html. Retrieved 2012-02-05.
  5. ^ "Doctor Orders Vegetarian Josh Hartnett To Eat Meat". 2008-10-08. Retrieved 2012-02-05.
  6. ^ Murray, Rebecca (2010-06-17). "Interview with Josh Hartnett, From "Wicker Park"". Retrieved 2012-02-05.
  7. ^ The MovieWeb Team (2003-04-22). "Josh Hartnett up for SUPERMAN...again?". Retrieved 2012-02-05.
  8. ^ "PETA's sexiest vegetarian celebrities of 2011". Retrieved 2012-02-05.
  9. ^ Murray, Rebecca. "Exclusive Interview with The Black Dahlia Star Josh Hartnett". Retrieved 2012-02-05.
  10. ^ a b "Global Cool is hot on carbon emissions". The Times (London). May 12, 2007. Retrieved Feb 1, 2011.
  11. ^ "Rain Man Promo Trailer featuring Josh Hartnett and Adam Godley". WestEndTheatre. October 2008. Retrieved 2010-02-25.
  12. ^ "Armani signs Josh Hartnett for new fragrance campaign". 2008-07-08. Retrieved 2012-02-05.
  13. ^ "Magazine: 1997 - 2004". Lucky Number Josh. July 23, 2008. Retrieved 2012-02-05.
  14. ^ "Magazine: 2005 - 2007". Lucky Number Josh. July 23, 2008. Retrieved 2012-02-05.
  15. ^ "Kid Cudi Hooks Up With Drake, Josh Hartnett For New Video". MTV (Steven Roberts). November 30, 2009. Retrieved 2010-02-25.
  16. ^ stay out of the limelight.-a0121797647 "Out of the limelight"Freelibrary
  17. ^ "Dr. Jill Biden Joins USAID and Ad Council to Debut FWD Campaign for the Crisis in the Horn of Africa". PR Newswire. October 26, 2011.
  18. ^ MIFF Awards Winners in the past - 2006 / Sixt Edition, Milan International Film Festival
  19. ^ "Hartnett is main man in Old Vic's 24 Hour Plays". London Evening Standard (Louise Jury). November 11, 2008. Retrieved February 27, 2010.
  20. ^ "Winners Announced In The Ninth Annual WhatsOnStage Awards". Awards (Bandwidth Communications Ltd). 2009. Retrieved February 22, 2010.
  21. ^ 2008 Online Film Guide[dead link], Sundance International Film Festival
  22. ^ The Festival - Films & Events, Seattle International Film Festival
  23. ^ 2008 Edition - Category Feature / Film Details, Brooklyn Film Festival Film Library
  24. ^ History - Film Archive, Karlovy Vary International Film Festival
  25. ^ "Bahamas Festival to close with Spike Lee's Miracle Of St Anna". Screen Daily (Jeremy Kay). November 13, 2009. Retrieved February 26, 2010.
  26. ^ "Josh Hartnett To Receive The 2010 Ischia Acting Awards". Absolute Josh Hartnett. June 26, 2010. Retrieved 2010-07-05.
  27. ^ "The 2009 Doha 21st Century Leaders Awardees". October 30, 2009. Retrieved 2010-02-22.
  28. ^ "GQ Männer des Jahres 2007 ceremony". Vanity Fair online. October 2007. Retrieved 2010-02-25.[dead link]

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