Josh Hartnett

Josh Hartnett Biography.com

Film Actor, Actor, Television Actor(1978–)
With a string of big-budget titles to his credit, actor Josh Hartnett has emerged from the crowd of 1990s teen heartthrobs to become a sought after leading man.

Synopsis

Josh Hartnett was born on July 21, 1978, in San Francisco, California. His first part was in the TV series Cracker (1997). The exposure resulted in his first feature role. Appearing in the popular horror film Halloween H20 (1998), he struck gold with the teen demographic. Soon after, he appeared in The Faculty (1998). In 2001 he was cast in Pearl Harbor and Black Hawk Down.

Early Life

Actor Joshua Daniel Hartnett was born on July 21, 1978, in St. Paul, Minnesota. With a string of big-budget titles to his credit, Hartnett has emerged from the crowded ranks of late-90s teen heartthrobs to become a sought after leading man.

Although born in California, Hartnett was raised in St. Paul, Minnesota, where his first passion was football. After a knee injury sidelined the tall, clean-cut teenager, he was encouraged by his aunt to take up acting. Despite an acting resume that included only local theater productions and a lone commercial, Hartnett took off for Los Angeles shortly after graduating from high school.

Teen Heartthrob

With unprecedented speed, he landed his first job, a part in the television series Cracker (1997). Although the show was short-lived, the exposure resulted in his first feature role. Playing Jamie Lee Curtis' son in the popular horror film Halloween H20 (1998), Hartnett struck gold with the teen demographic. Soon after, he appeared in The Faculty (1998), yet another blood-and-guts thriller that played on his all-American good looks.

Career Highlights

But in a surprising departure from such increasingly lucrative teen fare, Hartnett appeared in Sophia Coppola's decidedly adult exploration of teenage sexuality in The Virgin Suicides (1999). His nuanced portrayal of Trip, a sexually precocious 1970s seducer attracted critical notice.

It was also noticed by director Michael Bay, who then cast Hartnett opposite Ben Affleck and Kate Beckinsale in his $135 million WWII epic Pearl Harbor (2001). Although the flashy, special-effects driven film received only a lukewarm critical reception, Hartnett soon found himself in more military fare, this time in Black Hawk Down (2001), Ridley Scott's controversial portrayal of U.S. involvement in Somalia.

Hartnett continued to work on a variety of film projects, ranging from the police buddy comedy Hollywood Homicide (2003) with Harrison Ford to the thriller Sin City (2005). In recent years, he returned to television. Hartnett plays Ethan Chandler on the horror series Penny Dreadful, which debuted in 2014. He had previously appeared on the crime show Cracker in the late 1990s. 

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