Armie Hammer, born August 28, 1986, in Los Angeles, is the great-grandson of oil tycoon and philanthropist Armand Hammer. Despite coming from a family of successful businessmen, he struck out in a completely different direction as a TV and movie actor. Hammer is most recognized for playing the real-life Winklevoss twins in the 2010 hit movie The Social Network, about the creation of Facebook. His later film roles have included Mirror, Mirror, The Lone Ranger and The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
Armand Douglas Hammer was born to Michael Armand Hammer and his wife, Dru Ann Mobley, on August 28, 1986, in Los Angeles. Hammer's father owned a TV and production company in L.A., but also operated a nonprofit Christian radio station, as well the Grace Christian Academy, in the Cayman Islands. For the young Hammer, this meant shuttling back and forth between the two locales. He initially attended the school founded by his father but later transferred to Los Angeles Baptist High School. However, Hammer decided to pursue an acting career instead of graduating, much to his parents' disapproval. He revealed to Spy.com that his decision was met with the following response: "You're dropping out of high school? No Hammer man has even dropped out of college without getting an MBA or a PhD!"
Breaking Into Television
In 2005, the aspiring star landed his first TV cameo, on the sitcom Arrested Development. One year later, he found himself in a small part in the Nancy Drew–like drama Veronica Mars. In 2009, Hammer started to further establish himself with a recurring role on the prime-time teen drama Gossip Girl. He played Gabriel Edwards, a love interest for Blake Lively's character, Serena van der Woodsen. That same year the actor also showed up in several episodes of The Reaper.
While his acting career was taking root, Armie Hammer met his future wife, model and TV personality Elizabeth Chambers, in 2006. Despite his claims of love at first sight, the pair didn't start dating until 2008. They married two years later. The couple opened Bird Bakery in San Antonio, Texas, where they reside, in 2012. Chambers, a native of San Antonio, manages the place, but Hammer refers to them as a husband-wife team and seems super comfortable with married life. "I remember being single and trying to date, and it was just stressful and hard," said Hammer to Elle magazine. "It wasn't fun. This is fun."
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