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Also Known As: Aaron Edward Eckhart Died:
Born: March 12, 1968 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Cupertino, California, USA Profession: actor, construction worker, waiter, bus driver, bartender

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A longtime actor in playwright Neil LaBute's stable, Aaron Eckhart first caught moviegoers' attention in his film debut as the unctuous businessman Chad in the wicked black comedy "In the Company of Men" (1997). Previously, Eckhart had been struggling to find his way on television - both in series and in commercials - as well as on the big screen. After collaborating again with LaBute on "Your Friends and Neighbors" (1998), Eckhart branched out on his own, first landing a small part in "Any Given Sunday" (1999), then gaining wider recognition in the award-winning hit, "Erin Brockovich" (2000). He continued to delve into richly varied characters under LaBute's direction, playing an insensitive thug in "Nurse Betty" (2000) before calmly shifting gears for a romantic lead in "Possession" (2002). Meanwhile, he captured the attention of top Hollywood talent, being cast by the likes of Sean Penn in "The Pledge" (2001) and Ron Howard in "The Missing" (2003), though he struggled to find that one defining role to propel him into his own. His opportunity finally arrived with a deviously enjoyable performance as an unapologetic spokesman for Big Tobacco in "Thank You For Smoking" (2005), which earned the...

A longtime actor in playwright Neil LaBute's stable, Aaron Eckhart first caught moviegoers' attention in his film debut as the unctuous businessman Chad in the wicked black comedy "In the Company of Men" (1997). Previously, Eckhart had been struggling to find his way on television - both in series and in commercials - as well as on the big screen. After collaborating again with LaBute on "Your Friends and Neighbors" (1998), Eckhart branched out on his own, first landing a small part in "Any Given Sunday" (1999), then gaining wider recognition in the award-winning hit, "Erin Brockovich" (2000). He continued to delve into richly varied characters under LaBute's direction, playing an insensitive thug in "Nurse Betty" (2000) before calmly shifting gears for a romantic lead in "Possession" (2002). Meanwhile, he captured the attention of top Hollywood talent, being cast by the likes of Sean Penn in "The Pledge" (2001) and Ron Howard in "The Missing" (2003), though he struggled to find that one defining role to propel him into his own. His opportunity finally arrived with a deviously enjoyable performance as an unapologetic spokesman for Big Tobacco in "Thank You For Smoking" (2005), which earned the talented actor the strongest praise of his career, leading to massive mainstream exposure with his portrayal of Batman's nemesis, Two Face, in "The Dark Knight" (2008). His appearance in the box office blockbuster was an accomplishment recognized by several critics, firmly placing Eckhart's name on the roster of contemporary A-list actors.

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CAST: (feature film)

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 Spotlight (2015)
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 I, Frankenstein (2014)
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 Drummer, The (2013)
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 Rum Diary, The (2011)
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 Rabbit Hole (2010)
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 Love Happens (2009)
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 Dark Knight, The (2008)
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Raised in Cupertino, CA
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Lived with family in England as a teenager
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Dropped out of high school and moved to Sydney, Australia
1991:
Met future collaborator Neil LaBute while attending Brigham Young University
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After college, moved to NYC
1992:
Appeared as an extra on episode of "Beverly Hills, 90210" (Fox)
1992:
Early TV acting credit, appearing on ABC series "Crossroads"
1992:
Made TV movie debut in Showtime's "Double Jeopardy"
1993:
Portrayed Samson in CBS special "Ancient Secrets of the Bible, Part II"
1996:
Appeared on two episodes of ABC sitcom "Aliens in the Family"
1997:
Feature film debut, "In the Company of Men"; first collaboration with director Neil LaBute
1998:
Re-teamed with LaBute for "Your Friends and Neighbors"; gained 45 pounds to play an unhappily married man
1999:
Played small part of an assistant coach in Oliver Stone's "Any Given Sunday"
2000:
Delivered a memorable turn as the biker who falls in love with the title character (Julia Roberts) in "Erin Brockovich"
2000:
Cast opposite Renée Zellweger in "Nurse Betty"; third collaboration with director Neil LaBute
2001:
Teamed with Jack Nicholson in Sean Penn directed "The Pledge"
2002:
Co-starred with Gwyneth Paltrow in "Possession," directed by Neil LaBute
2003:
Along with Hilary Swank, co-starred in science fiction thriller "The Core"
2003:
Co-starred with Uma Thurman and Ben Affleck in John Woo directed "Paycheck"
2004:
Starred as FBI agent Thomas Mackelway in thriller "Suspect Zero"
2006:
Portrayed the chief spokesman for the tobacco lobby in Jason Reitman's satirical comedy "Thank You for Smoking"
2006:
Portrayed detective Lee Blanchard in "The Black Dahlia," Brian De Palma's adaptation of James Ellroy's classic noir novel
2007:
Cast opposite Catherine Zeta-Jones in "No Reservations," the American remake of 2001 German feature "Mostly Martha"
2007:
Portrayed a guy whose life isn't going according to plan in "Meet Bill"; also executive produced
2008:
Landed major role in Christopher Nolan's Batman film series as District Attorney Harvey Dent in "The Dark Knight"
2009:
Played a widowed self-help author alongside Jennifer Aniston in romantic drama "Love Happens"
2010:
Co-starred with Nicole Kidman as a mourning couple in indie drama "Rabbit Hole"
2011:
Acted opposite Johnny Depp in big screen adaptation of Hunter S. Thompson's novel "The Rum Diary"
2013:
Played the U.S. President in action thriller "Olympus Has Fallen"
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Education

Brigham Young University: Provo , Utah - 1994

Notes

"We both like to explore the darker side of humanity. I have no interest in doing 'Touched By an Angel.' I like it when guys are down and out and fighting against life and they don't always make it."---Eckhart on his affinity with Neil LaBute, to the San Francisco Chronicle, August 16, 1998.

"I don't think it's impossible to have a relationship. I think it's complicated. I think we never reach our human potential to love. I think the need for sex overrides the capacity to love. I feel like as long as that happens, we're doomed. Love is what we should be after, instead of this physical gyration."---Eckhart to Cindy Pearlman of the Chicago Sun-Times, August 16, 1998.

"I just want to do what it takes to embody a character in a way that is different from what I did last time. I mean, why play the same guy?"---Aaron Eckhart quoted in W, March 2000.

"I'm not good at auditioning. I'm not a good salesman."---Eckhart to Movieline, October 2000.

"My life right now is my dog and my job. I know that one day the rest will follow."---Eckhart to People, September 9, 2002.

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companion:
Emily Cline. Actor. Had announced engagement; broke up in 1998.

Family close complete family listing

brother:
Adam Eckhart. Born in October 1966.

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