Emile Hirsch

For the French stained glass artist, see Emile Hirsch (painter).
Emile Hirsch

Born Emile Davenport Hirsch
(1985-03-13) March 13, 1985
Palms, California, U.S.
Residence Venice, California
Occupation Actor
Years active 1996–present
Children 1

Emile Davenport Hirsch (born March 13, 1985)[1] is an American television and film actor, whose works include Wild Iris (2001), The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys (2002), The Emperor's Club (2002), The Girl Next Door (2004), The Mudge Boy (2004), Imaginary Heroes (2005), Lords of Dogtown (2005), Alpha Dog (2007), Into the Wild (2007), Milk (2008), Speed Racer (2008), Taking Woodstock (2009), The Motel Life (2012), Savages (2012), Lone Survivor (2013), Prince Avalanche (2013), and the A&E networks simulcast miniseries Bonnie & Clyde (2013).[2]

Early life

Hirsch, who is of German-Jewish, English, and Scots-Irish ancestry, was born in Palms, California. His mother, Margaret Esther (née Davenport), is a visual artist and teacher who designed pop-up books, and his father, David M. Hirsch, is an entrepreneur, manager, and producer.[3][4] He has an older sister, Jenny, and was raised in Los Angeles, California, and Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he lived with his mother for several years.[4]


Hirsch appeared in many television roles in the late 1990s and early 2000s, including the award-winning Showtime original movie Wild Iris (2001), opposite Laura Linney and Gena Rowlands. He made his film debut in the Jodie Foster-produced The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys (2002)[5] and next acted alongside Kevin Kline in the Michael Hoffman-directed film, The Emperor's Club (2002).

Hirsch at Hollywood Life Magazine’s 7th Annual Breakthrough Awards in December 2007

Hirsch appeared in the teen comedy, The Girl Next Door (2004) and in the summer of the same year, The Mudge Boy (2004), a film in which he had started before making The Girl Next Door, was released.

Hirsch next appeared with Jeff Daniels and Sigourney Weaver in Imaginary Heroes (2005), a drama about a dysfunctional family, which was released the following February.[6][7]

That year, Hirsch also starred with Heath Ledger in Lords of Dogtown (2005), directed by Catherine Hardwicke, about a number of skaters of the 1970s and their role in the birth of skateboard culture; Hirsch played Jay Adams. He subsequently appeared in Alpha Dog (2007), a dark drama starring Justin Timberlake, Anton Yelchin, Bruce Willis, and Sharon Stone, in which Hirsch played a character based on real-life drug dealer Jesse James Hollywood; the film was shot in 2004 and released on January 12, 2007. Hirsch reportedly consulted with Hollywood's real life father before playing the role.

Hirsch next played hiker and itinerant traveller Christopher McCandless in Sean Penn's adventure-drama Into the Wild (2007). He lost 40 pounds for the role, which earned him a Screen Actors Guild nomination for best actor.[8] Esquire said, "[Hirsch] creates a vivid, unforgettable character you at once admire and pity."[9]

Hirsch had the title role in Andy & Larry Wachowski's follow-up to The Matrix Trilogy, Speed Racer, which was released on May 9, 2008.[10] Hirsch plays gay rights activist Cleve Jones in Gus Van Sant's Academy Award-winning Harvey Milk bio-pic Milk (2008) that featured Sean Penn in the title role. He also appeared in Ang Lee's Taking Woodstock (2009), based on a screenplay of the Elliot Tiber memoir Taking Woodstock, adapted by James Schamus.

He starred in The Motel Life, based on the novel by Willy Vlautin. The film was lensed in Nevada in 2010, and released in 2013.

In April 2011, he was cast in Oliver Stone's Savages, which was released in July 2012.[11]

In 2012, Hirsch starred with Penélope Cruz in Venuto al mondo, a film by Italian director Sergio Castellitto. In 2013, he was in Prince Avalanche, co-starring Paul Rudd, which premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival where it was acquired by Magnolia Pictures. Director David Gordon Green would go on to win Best Director for the film at the Berlin Film Festival. Additionally, Hirsch starred alongside Academy Award winner Matthew McConaughey in the William Friedkin directed Killer Joe. The controversial, NC-17 film, was written by Pulitzer Prize–winning playwright Tracy Letts.

Hirsch also starred in the Rome Film Festival Award-winning film The Motel Life, co-starring Dakota Fanning and Stephen Dorff, directed by the Polsky brothers. In Fall 2013, he starred alongside Holliday Grainger, and Oscar winners Holly Hunter and William Hurt, in the two-part Bruce Beresford directed miniseries, Bonnie & Clyde.

Also in 2013, Hirsch co-starred alongside Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch and Ben Foster in the Peter Berg-directed Universal Pictures film Lone Survivor, (based on the true life memoir of Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell). The film grossed over $125 million domestically, as well as earning an A+ grade from CinemaScore. In the film, Hirsch plays fallen Navy SEAL Danny Dietz.[12][13]

Personal life

Emile Hirsch resides in Venice, California. He has appeared on many magazine covers, including Nylon Guys, Teen Vogue, Movieline, Another Man and L’Uomo Vogue (Italy).[14]

Hirsch appeared in Esquire in November 2007, which named him one of the "Actors of the Year", along with Denzel Washington, Cate Blanchett, Javier Bardem, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Robert Downey, Jr.

Hirsch appeared on the cover of Men’s Journal in January 2009.[15][16] He wrote a "Congo Diary" in December 2008 that was published in the following issue along with a photo spread. He had ventured into Africa along with four young activists, and kept a journal of his five-day trip. Reflecting on his trip, Hirsch said, "Now I look back at some of the earlier parts of this travelogue and almost chuckle at my naïveté. Maybe we can all come together to change the world."[17]

On October 27, 2013, Hirsch's first child was born, a boy named Valor. The child's mother is a woman Hirsch dated; however, they are not in a relationship.[18][19]

Legal troubles

On February 12, 2015, Hirsch was charged with aggravated assault after getting into an altercation with Paramount executive Daniele Bernfeld on January 25, 2015, at the Tao Nightclub in Park City, Utah.[20][21] On August 17, 2015, he pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault and was sentenced to spend 15 days in jail, pay a $4,750 fine and perform 50 hours of community service.[22]


Film and television
Year Film Role Notes / Awards and Nominations
1997 Early Edition Lance Foster Season 2: Episode 8: March in Time
1997 3rd Rock from the Sun Punk Season 3: Episode 5: Scaredy Dick
1998 Gargantua Brandon Ellway
1998 Houdini Young Houdini Television movie
2000 Sabrina, the Teenage Witch Darryl Season 3: Episode 16: Sabrina, the Matchmaker
1999 The Pretender Bryce Season 3: Episode 19: End Game
1999 Two of a Kind Jeremy Season 1: Episode 12: Let's Dance
2001 Wild Iris Lony Brevard
2002 Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys, TheThe Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys Francis Doyle
2002 Emperor's Club, TheThe Emperor's Club Sedgewick Bell Nominated—Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a Feature Film – Supporting Young Actor
2003 Mudge Boy, TheThe Mudge Boy Duncan Mudge limited release
2004 Girl Next Door, TheThe Girl Next Door Matthew Kidman Nominated—MTV Movie Award for Best Kiss (shared with Elisha Cuthbert)
2004 Imaginary Heroes Tim Travis limited release
2005 Lords of Dogtown Jay Adams Nominated—Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie: Male Breakout Star
2007 Alpha Dog Johnny Truelove
2007 Into the Wild Chris McCandless National Board of Review Award for Breakthrough Male Performance
Nominated—Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Detroit Film Critics Society Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Houston Film Critics Society Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Gotham Award for Breakthrough Artist
Nominated—Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Nominated—Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actor: Drama
2008 Air I Breathe, TheThe Air I Breathe Tony limited release
2008 Speed Racer Speed Racer Nominated—Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actor: Action
2008 Milk Cleve Jones Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Cast
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
2009 Taking Woodstock Billy
2011 Killer Joe Chris Smith
2011 The Darkest Hour Sean
2012 Savages Spin
2012 Venuto al mondo - Twice Born Diego
2012 The Motel Life Frank Flannigan
2013 Prince Avalanche Lance
2013 Bonnie & Clyde Clyde Barrow TV miniseries
2013 Lone Survivor Danny Dietz
2015 Ten Thousand Saints Johnny
2015 Just Jim Dean
2016 The Autopsy of Jane Doe Austin
2016 Vincent-N-Roxxy Vincent Post-production
2016 The Runaround Martin Filming


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  9. D' Angelo, Mike (November 20, 2007). "Actors of the Year - Page 6". Esquire.com. Retrieved May 25, 2013.
  10. Dicker, Ron (September 16, 2007). "Two Postcards From Toronto: Evan Rachel Wood, Emile Hirsch Give Hollywood A Glimpse Of Its Future". Hartford Courant. Archived from the original on November 23, 2007. Retrieved September 16, 2007.
  11. "Emile Hirsch Joins Oliver Stone's 'Savages'". Indiewire. April 22, 2011. Retrieved May 12, 2014.
  12. McClintock, Pamela. "Box Office: 'Lone Survivor' No. 1 Friday With $14.4 Million; 'Hercules' Stumbles". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved January 11, 2014.
  13. Mendelson, Scott. "Weekend Box Office: 'Neighbors' Opens To $51M, 'Spider-Man 2' Hits $550M Worldwide". Forbes. Retrieved May 11, 2014.
  14. "Emile Hirsch Gets Shot By Francesco Carrozzini For L'Uomo Vogue". socialitelife.com. March 24, 2009. Retrieved May 24, 2013.
  15. "Emile Hirsch in Men's Journal (January 2009)". December 21, 2008. Retrieved May 25, 2013.
  16. "Emile Hirsch - Men's Journal January 2009". Amazon. Retrieved May 25, 2013.
  17. Hirsch, Emile (December 15, 2008). "Emile Hirsch's Congo Diary". mensjournal.com. Retrieved May 25, 2013.
  18. Malec, Brett (November 2, 2013). "Emile Hirsch Is a Dad! Actor Welcomes a Baby Boy With Former Flame". E!. Retrieved November 6, 2015.
  19. Eggenberger, Nicole (November 2, 2013). "Emile Hirsch Welcomes Baby Boy Valor With Ex -- First Photo". Us Weekly. Retrieved November 6, 2015.
  20. "Emile Hirsch Charged With Felony Assault In Sundance Fight".
  21. "Actor Emile Hirsch charged with Sundance assault", BBC News, 13 February 2015
  22. "Emile Hirsch Pleads Guilty to Assaulting Paramount Exec, Gets 15 Days in Jail", Variety, 17 August 2015

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