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Australian import Chris Hemsworth is known for portraying Marvel comic book hero Thor in the film series of the same name, and for his role in Snow White and the Huntsman.
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Born on August 11, 1983, Australian heartthrob Chris Hemsworth has made quite a name for himself by swinging his hammer as Marvel comic book character Thor in the blockbuster film of the same name, as well as for his performance in The Avengers. In 2013, Hemsworth reprised the role of Thor in the sequel Thor: The Dark World. The Melbourne native and married dad has also appeared in the movies Snow White and the Huntsman, Red Dawn and Star Trek.
"As a kid, you run around the house pretending to be a superhero, and now to be doing it as a job, I feel very lucky."
"Having a baby has made everything else less important, and it's just wonderful."
Actor Chris Hemsworth was born on August 11, 1983, in Melbourne, Australia. Growing up, he spent much of his time with his older brother, Luke, and younger brother Liam (both also became actors too). Surfing was his No. 2 passion—which his siblings also shared—but Hemsworth knew that his first love was acting. After attending Heathmont Secondary College, the aspiring star snagged minor roles in television shows Down Under.
Hemsworth followed in the footsteps of other famous Aussies like Heath Ledger, Isla Fisher, Simon Baker and Naomi Watts by becoming a regular on the soap opera Home and Away. In 2007, after three seasons of playing character Kim Hyde, he headed stateside to continue his entertainment career.
It didn't take long for the actor to make it onto the American silver screen when he appeared in J.J. Abrams's 2009 remake of Star Trek. His part as Captain James T. Kirk's dad may have been small, but it was enough of a performance to lead to a huge Hollywood opportunity.
Hemsworth auditioned for the lead in the superhero film Thor. He went up against super stiff competition, including younger brother Liam. But director Kenneth Brannagh chose the older Hemsworth to play the Norse god in the 2011 flick opposite Oscar-winners Natalie Portman and Anthony Hopkins. This box-office success elevated Hemsworth to A-List status. The following year, he became Thor once more in the The Avengers. Hemsworth was then cast to play the character for a third time in 2013's Thor: The Dark World.
The 6'2" actor's ability to bring in big movie crowds, especially female fans thanks to his chiseled good looks, has helped Hemsworth line up lots of work including other blockbusters like Snow White and the Huntsman with Kristen Stewart and its upcoming sequel, a Star Trek follow-up and The Avengers 2. Two projects in production for Hemsworth are under iconic director Ron Howard. First is the real-life racing story, Rush, out in 2013, and then the true shipwrecked tale, In the Heart of the Sea, which hasn't been scheduled for a release yet.
Talent agent William Ward not only helped his client Hemsworth score primo parts, but it's through the connection that he met his future wife—Spanish actress Elsa Pataky, known for her roles in Snakes on a Plane and Fast Five. The two shared the same representation. Three months after going public with their romance, the 27-year-old married his 34-year-old fiancée on Christmas weekend in 2010 in Australia.
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