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Also Known As: Emile Davenport Hirsch Died:
Born: March 13, 1985 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Topanga, California, USA Profession: actor

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Often likened to River Phoenix and Leonardo DiCaprio for his boyish good looks and penchant toward portraying intense, but thoughtful characters, Emile Hirsch began his career as a teenaged guest actor in television dramas before earning a solid dramatic reputation in indie films. Following an acclaimed starring role in "The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys" (2002), Hirsch starred alongside Heath Ledger in the cult biopic "Lords of Dogtown" (2005) and brought coming-of-age complexity and considerable charisma to the fact-based crime drama "Alpha Dog" (2007). He next turned in an astounding performance as a peripatetic young idealist in Sean Penn's "Into the Wild" (2007), which earned the young actor a great deal of critical acclaim and several award nominations. Hirsch followed up by co-starring opposite Penn in "Milk" (2008), Gus Van Sant's Oscar-winning biopic about slain San Francisco politician and openly gay activist, Harvey Milk. He took a few steps back with a starring role in the critical and commercial flop "Speed Racer" (2008), and was virtually off the map in little-seen films like "Taking Woodstock" (2009) and "The Darkest Hour" (2011). Working with such venerated directors as William...

Often likened to River Phoenix and Leonardo DiCaprio for his boyish good looks and penchant toward portraying intense, but thoughtful characters, Emile Hirsch began his career as a teenaged guest actor in television dramas before earning a solid dramatic reputation in indie films. Following an acclaimed starring role in "The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys" (2002), Hirsch starred alongside Heath Ledger in the cult biopic "Lords of Dogtown" (2005) and brought coming-of-age complexity and considerable charisma to the fact-based crime drama "Alpha Dog" (2007). He next turned in an astounding performance as a peripatetic young idealist in Sean Penn's "Into the Wild" (2007), which earned the young actor a great deal of critical acclaim and several award nominations. Hirsch followed up by co-starring opposite Penn in "Milk" (2008), Gus Van Sant's Oscar-winning biopic about slain San Francisco politician and openly gay activist, Harvey Milk. He took a few steps back with a starring role in the critical and commercial flop "Speed Racer" (2008), and was virtually off the map in little-seen films like "Taking Woodstock" (2009) and "The Darkest Hour" (2011). Working with such venerated directors as William Friedkin and Oliver Stone, Hirsch attempted a course correction with offerings like "Killer Joe" (2012) and "Savages" (2012). One of the most committed and promising young talents of his generation, Hirsch consistently impressed with each new role.

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 Midnight Sun (2014)
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 Lone Survivor (2013)
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 Twice Born (2013)
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 Motel Life, The (2013)
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 Prince Avalanche (2013)
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 Savages (2012)
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1996:
Made television debut on the series "Kindred: The Embraced"
1998:
Cast as young Houdini in the made-for-television movie "Houdini"
2002:
Made feature debut in "The Dangerous Lives Of Alter Boys"
2002:
Co-starred in the drama feature "The Emperor's Club"
2004:
Cast opposite Elisha Cuthbert in the comedy "The Girl Next Door"
2004:
Starred as Duncan, a fourteen-year-old misfit farm boy trying to cope with his mother's death in "The Mudge Boy"
2004:
Starred with Sigourney Weaver and Jeff Daniels in the family drama "Imaginary Heroes"
2005:
Portrayed Jay Adams in the Catherine Hardwicke directed "Lords of Dogtown"; a fictionalized take on a group of skateboarders that originated in Venice, CA during the 1970's
2007:
Cast as the infamous drug dealer Jesse James Hollywood, who became one of the youngest men ever on the FBI's most wanted list in Nick Cassavetes' "Alpha Dog"
2007:
Portrayed the doomed idealist Christopher McCandless in Sean Penn's adaptation of the 1996 non-fiction book "Into the Wild"; earned a SAG nomination for Outstanding Male Actor in a Leading Role
2008:
Played the lead role in the Wachowski brothers' live action film adaptation of the 1960s Japanese series "Speed Racer"
2008:
Portrayed activist Cleve Jones in director Gus Van Sant's biopic "Milk"
2009:
Played a Vietnam vet in Ang Lee's "Taking Woodstock"
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Education

Hamilton High School: Los Angeles , California -
Paul Revere Middle School: Brentwood , California -

Notes

"I think a lot of actors feel like they have to make everyone happy. I feel like that too in a way, but I also know I'm there to play a role. I don't look at it like it's a getting-to-know-you experience. What's important to me is the performance. But, when were not shooting, it's completely different."---Hirsch to talking to Vincent D'Onofrio Interview Magazine April 2004

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