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 28)
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) and Terminator: Genisys (2015).

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). In February 2014, it was announced he would play Kyle Reese in Terminator Genisys.[8] 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,[9] and be released on 1 July 2015[10] while filming on Insurgent began on May 2014 with a release date of 20 March 2015.[11]

Courtney's films in 2014 included Unbroken, where he played Hugh "Cup" Cuppernell, and The Water Diviner, in which he starred as Lt. Col. Cecil Hilton.[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 from 2006 to 2014.[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[12]
2014 I, Frankenstein Gideon
2014 Divergent Eric
2014 Unbroken Hugh "Cup" Cuppernell
2014 The Water Diviner Lt. Col. Cecil Hilton[12]
2015 Terminator Genisys Kyle Reese Post-Production
2015 The Divergent Series: Insurgent Eric Post-production
2015 Man Down Devin Roberts Post-production
2016 Suicide Squad 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 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. ^ Kroll, Justin (19 February 2014). "Jai Courtney to Play Kyle Reese in ‘Terminator’ Reboot (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved 19 February 2014. 
  9. ^ Rose, Tiffany (March 2014). "Jai Courtney and Miles Teller Talk ‘Divergent’, ‘Terminator’ and ‘Fantastic Four’". Screen Rant. 
  10. ^ Sacks, Ethan (19 February 2014). "Jai Courtney cast in 'Terminator: Genisys'". New York Daily News. 
  11. ^ Kroll, Justin (27 March 2014). "Jai Courtney Officially Signs on to ‘Terminator’". Variety. 
  12. ^ 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. 
  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 infomation" 

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