Emile Davenport Hirsch

Emile Davenport Hirsch

American actor
Date of Birth: 13.03.1985
Country: USA

Biography of Emile Hirsch

Emile Davenport Hirsch was born on March 13, 1985, in Topanga, California. His mother, Margaret Hirsch (Davenport), was an artist and teacher, while his father, David Hirsch, worked as a manager and producer. His older sister, Jenny, sparked his interest in the world of theater.

Emile Davenport Hirsch

Hirsch began his acting career in the late 1990s, initially appearing in TV movies and series such as "Kindred: the Embraced," "Sabrina, the Teenage Witch," and "NYPD Blue." After his role in "NYPD Blue," he caught the attention of talent agents who recognized his potential as a strong actor. This led to him landing the lead role in two episodes of the series "ER."

Emile Davenport Hirsch

In 2002, Hirsch made his big-screen debut in the drama "The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys" alongside Jodie Foster, playing one of the Catholic school students. He then starred in the school drama "The Emperor's Club" in the same year, receiving positive reviews for his performances in both films.

Emile Davenport Hirsch

In 2004, Hirsch gained widespread recognition for his role in the teen comedy "The Girl Next Door" with Elisha Cuthbert. The film received excellent reviews, and Hirsch became a teenage idol. That same year, he also appeared in the independent film "The Mudge Boy," which had limited distribution and went largely unnoticed compared to summer blockbusters.

Emile Davenport Hirsch

Hirsch continued to showcase his talent by portraying real-life characters in his films. In 2005, he starred in the drama "Imaginary Heroes" alongside Jeff Daniels and Sigourney Weaver, followed by the cult film "Lords of Dogtown" in which he played one of the famous skateboarders from the 1970s. He received critical acclaim for his performances in both films.

His breakthrough role came in 2007 when he portrayed Christopher McCandless, an adventurer seeking a wilder existence, in Sean Penn's drama "Into the Wild." Hirsch had to lose forty pounds for the role, and his dedication paid off when he won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor and received almost an Oscar nomination.

In between Hollywood blockbusters, Hirsch continued to work on independent films, such as the crime drama "The Air I Breathe" in 2008, where he played a young member of a powerful criminal clan. The film had a limited release and remained relatively unknown to the wider audience.

Hirsch then played the lead role in the film adaptation of the cult anime series "Speed Racer" in 2008. The film received decent box office results and positive reviews. He later portrayed LGBTQ rights activist Cleve Jones in Gus Van Sant's biopic "Milk," where his old colleague Sean Penn played the title role of the assassinated politician Harvey Milk.

Currently, Hirsch is starring in the film "Taking Woodstock," based on the memoirs of artist and musician Elliot Tiber. The film is directed by Oscar winner Ang Lee and features a cast including Demetri Martin, Liev Schreiber, Imelda Staunton, Eugene Levy, and Henry Goodman. It is set in New York and is expected to be released in 2009.

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