Courtney at the film premiere of Divergent on 18 March 2014
|Born||Jai Stephen Courtney
15 March 1986
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
|Residence||Los Angeles, California U.S|
Jai Stephen Courtney (born 15 March 1986) is an Australian actor known for his role as Varro in Spartacus: Blood and Sand (2010), and for his roles in the feature films Jack Reacher (2012), A Good Day to Die Hard (2013), I, Frankenstein (2014) and Divergent (2014).
Early life and education
Courtney grew up in Cherrybrook, a suburb of Sydney, New South Wales. His father, Chris, worked for a state-owned electricity company, and his mother, Karen, was a teacher at Galston Public School, where Courtney and his older sister attended. He then attended Cherrybrook Technology High School and the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts.
Courtney's first role was in a 2005 controversial short film entitled Boys Grammar which also starred Daniel Feuerriegel and Adam J. Yeend. In 2008, Courtney had a role in the Australian series Packed to the Rafters, then a guest lead in the popular All Saints, the comedy feature To Hell & Bourke and several short films. In 2010, he played Varro in Spartacus: Blood and Sand for 10 episodes, before starring in Jack Reacher in 2012 with Tom Cruise and in A Good Day to Die Hard with Bruce Willis as John McClane's son, Jack.
Courtney played Eric, one of the leaders of the faction Dauntless, in the film Divergent (2014). In February 2014, it was announced he would play Kyle Reese in Terminator: Genisys. While filming for Terminator: Genisys, Courtney will also be shooting for The Divergent Series: Insurgent, the sequel to Divergent, in which he will reprise his role. Filming on Terminator: Genisys began in April/May 2014, and be released on 1 July 2015 while filming on Insurgent began on May 2014 with a release date of 20 March 2015.
|2005||Boys Grammar||Alex||Short film|
|2013||A Good Day to Die Hard||John "Jack" McClane, Jr.|
|2014||Unbroken||Hugh "Cup" Cuppernell||Post-Production|
|2014||The Water Diviner||Lt. Col. Cecil Hilton||Filming|
|2015||Terminator: Genisys||Kyle Reese||Filming|
|2015||The Divergent Series: Insurgent||Eric||Post-production|
|2008||All Saints||Harry Avent||2 episodes|
|2008, 2009||Packed to the Rafters||Damian||2 episodes|
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