Emile Hirsch Biography

Film Actor, Actor (1985–)
Emile Hirsch is best known for his portrayal of Chris McCandless in the 2007 film Into the Wild.


Emile Davenport Hirsch was born in Topanga Canyon, California, on March 13, 1985. At age 13, he landed an acting role in the movie Gargantua and afterward parlayed television roles on shows such as NYPD Blue and ER into film work. His breakthrough role came in the 2007 film Into the Wild. In 2013, he starred in the TV miniseries Bonnie & Clyde and was reported to have been cast in the lead role for an upcoming film about comedian John Belushi.

Early Life

Emile Davenport Hirsch was born on March 13, 1985, in Topanga Canyon, California. He and his older sister, Carine, were raised by their mother, Margaret Esther, an artist, and their father David Hirsch, a businessman. After his parents divorced, Hirsch lived in New Mexico with his mother and was eventually introduced to acting by Carine. At age 13, he starred in the horror movie Gargantua, followed by small television roles on such shows as NYPD Blue and ER. He attended the Academy of Music at Alexander Hamilton High School in Los Angeles.

Professional Success

Hirsch got his first big film role at age 17, when he shared the big screen with Jodie Foster in The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys (2002). Critics praised his heartfelt performance in the film, and the young actor soon landed a role in The Emperor's Club (2002) with Kevin Klein. Follow-up films included The Girl Next Door (2004), Imaginary Heroes (2004), and Lords of Dogtown (2005).

Hirsch's breakthrough came in 2007, when he was cast in the leading role of Into the Wild, directed by Sean Penn. Hirsch's performance earned him a nomination for a Critics' Choice Award for best actor. A year later, Hirsch teamed up once again with Penn for the film Milk, the story of gay rights activist Harvey Milk. He later appeared in Taking Woodstock (2009) and Oliver Stone's 2012 film, The Savages.

In 2013, Hirsch was tapped for a title role in the cable TV miniseries Bonnie & Clyde. Hirsch portrays Clyde Barrow opposite Holliday Grainger in the role of Bonnie Parker. The series follows the two Depression-era outlaws as they rob banks and try to evade the authorities. It also stars Holly Hunter and William Hurt. In October 2013, Hirsch was reportedly cast to play the role of John Belushi in a biopic about the tortured comedian.

Personal Life

On October 27, 2013, the Emile Hirsch's first child was born—a baby boy named Valor. Newspaper accounts stated that Hirsch plans to support the child and remain a part of his life, despite the fact that he is not romantically linked with the mother.

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