Jai Courtney

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Jai Courtney
Jai Courtney March 18, 2014 (cropped).jpg
Courtney at the film premiere of Divergent on 18 March 2014
Born Jai Stephen Courtney
(1986-03-15) 15 March 1986 (age 29)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Residence Los Angeles, California, United States
Occupation Actor
Years active 2005–present

Jai Stephen Courtney (born 15 March 1986)[1][2] 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), Divergent (2014), Terminator Genisys (2015) and Suicide Squad (2016).

Early life[edit]

Courtney was born in Sydney, New South Wales, and grew up in Cherrybrook, a suburb of Sydney. 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.[1][3]


Courtney in December 2012

Courtney's first role was in a 2005 controversial short film titled 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.[4][5][6]

In 2014, he appeared in the film I, Frankenstein as Gideon, leader of the gargoyle army and in Felony as Jim Melic.[7]

Courtney played Eric, one of the leaders of the faction Dauntless, in the film Divergent (2014). Courtney's 2014 films also included Unbroken, where he played Hugh "Cup" Cuppernell, and The Water Diviner, in which he starred as Lt. Col. Cecil Hilton.[8] He reprised his role in the sequel The Divergent Series: Insurgent (2015), which began filming May 2014 and was released 20 March 2015.

In February 2014, it was announced he would play Kyle Reese in Terminator Genisys.[9] Filming on Terminator Genisys began in April/May 2014,[10] and the film is scheduled for release on 1 July 2015.[11] Courtney filmed Terminator and Insurgent concurrently.[12]

Courtney provided backing vocals on the Pinch Hitter song "All of a Sudden" from their debut album, When Friends Die in Accidents.[13][14]

Personal life[edit]

As of November 2012, Courtney lives in Los Angeles. He was in a relationship with Thai-born Australian actress Gemma Pranita for several years.[15][16][17]



Year Title Role Notes
2005 Boys Grammar Alex Short film
2009 Stone Bros. Eric
2012 Jack Reacher Charlie
2013 A Good Day to Die Hard John "Jack" McClane, Jr.
2013 Felony Jim Melic[8]
2014 I, Frankenstein Gideon
2014 Divergent Eric
2014 Unbroken Hugh "Cup" Cuppernell
2014 The Water Diviner Lt. Col. Cecil Hilton[8]
2015 The Divergent Series: Insurgent Eric
2015 Terminator Genisys Kyle Reese Post-Production
2015 Man Down Devin Roberts Post-production
2016 Suicide Squad George Harkness / Captain Boomerang Pre-Production


Year Title Role Notes
2008 All Saints Harry Avent 2 episodes
2008, 2009 Packed to the Rafters Damian 2 episodes
2010 Spartacus: Blood and Sand Varro 10 episodes


  1. ^ a b Blumer, Clare (23 April 2012). "Die Hard Jai". The Global Mail.
  2. ^ Roach, Vicky (3 December 2012). "Jai Courtney's not just a face in the crowd". news.com.au.
  3. ^ Naglazas, Mark (21 March 2013). "WAAPA graduate has roles to die for". The West Australian. Retrieved 29 March 2013. 
  4. ^ Eisenberg, Eric (29 September 2011). "Spartacus Star Jai Courtney Joins Tom Cruise In One Shot". CinemaBlend.com. 
  5. ^ Gilchrist, Todd; McClintock, Pamela (22 February 2012). "'A Good Day to Die Hard:' Jai Courtney Cast as Bruce Willis' Son". Hollywood Reporter. 
  6. ^ White, James (22 February 2012). "Jai Courtney Will Die Hard". Empire. 
  7. ^ "Jai Courtney Joins Joel Edgerton In Aussie Thriller ‘Felony’". Deadline Hollywood. 15 October 2012. 
  8. ^ a b c Fleming, Mike (24 October 2013). "Jai Courtney Tapped For Angelina Jolie’s ‘Unbroken’, Russell Crowe’s ‘Water Diviner’". deadline.com. Retrieved 19 January 2014. 
  9. ^ Kroll, Justin (19 February 2014). "Jai Courtney to Play Kyle Reese in ‘Terminator’ Reboot (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved 19 February 2014. 
  10. ^ Rose, Tiffany (March 2014). "Jai Courtney and Miles Teller Talk ‘Divergent’, ‘Terminator’ and ‘Fantastic Four’". Screen Rant. 
  11. ^ Sacks, Ethan (19 February 2014). "Jai Courtney cast in 'Terminator: Genisys'". New York Daily News. 
  12. ^ Kroll, Justin (27 March 2014). "Jai Courtney Officially Signs on to ‘Terminator’". Variety. 
  13. ^ "Bombshellzine.com — News Page - On the Record — Pinch Hitter". Bombshellzine.com. 19 October 2014. Retrieved 3 December 2014. 
  14. ^ "Track by Track: Pinch Hitter : Mess+Noise". Mess+Noise. 17 November 2014. Retrieved 3 December 2014. 
  15. ^ Jacobs, Mark (28 November 2012). "Jai Courtney - Page - Interview Magazine". Interview Magazine. Retrieved 4 April 2014. 
  16. ^ "Jai Courtney: Creepy crawlers terrify me". Belfast Telegraph. 18 February 2013. Retrieved 4 April 2014. 
  17. ^ "Kyle & Jackie O's podcast #55" (Radio interview). KIIS 1065. 8 April 2014. Retrieved 23 May 2014. at 45:50 "Kyle: Someone told me you're still with your long time girlfriend..." Jai: "I don't know where you're getting your information" 

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