Edgerton at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival
23 June 1974 |
Blacktown, New South Wales, Australia
|Education||The Hills Grammar School|
|Alma mater||University of Western Sydney|
|Occupation||Actor, film producer, screenwriter|
|Relatives||Nash Edgerton (brother)|
Joel Edgerton (born 23 June 1974 in Blacktown, New South Wales) is an Australian actor best known for his roles in 2000s and 2010s films like Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones (2002), Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (2005), Kinky Boots (2005), Animal Kingdom (2010), The Thing (2011), Warrior (2011), The Odd Life of Timothy Green (2012), Zero Dark Thirty (2012) and The Great Gatsby (2013). He also voiced Metal Beak, the main antagonist of Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole (2010).
Edgerton was born in Blacktown, Sydney. Edgerton graduated from The Hills Grammar School in 1991. He attended the Nepean Drama School at the University of Western Sydney, before moving on to various stage productions, most notably at Sydney Theatre Company.
Edgerton has appeared in such films as Erskineville Kings, King Arthur, Ned Kelly, and, most notably, Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones and Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, portraying a young Owen Lars, stepbrother of Anakin Skywalker and uncle to Luke Skywalker. Edgerton's brother Nash was the stunt double for Ewan McGregor, who played Obi-Wan Kenobi in the Star Wars prequel trilogy. Joel is known for playing Will on The Secret Life of Us, for which he was nominated for an AACTA Award. In 2005, he lent his voice to the title character of The Mysterious Geographic Explorations of Jasper Morello, an Academy Award-nominated animated short film. The same year, Edgerton appeared in the British comedy Kinky Boots, opposite Chiwetel Ejiofor, as the son of a deceased shoe maker who must find a niche market in the 21st century. He appeared in Smokin' Aces (2006).
Edgerton was seen in the film Whisper with Josh Holloway in 2007; The Square, which he co-wrote and was directed by his brother Nash; Acolytes, about teenagers who take revenge on a serial killer; and Separation City, a dramedy about the collapse of two marriages. In 2009, he starred alongside Cate Blanchett as Stanley in the Sydney Theatre Company's acclaimed production of A Streetcar Named Desire. Edgerton and Blanchett appeared in a production of the same play at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in December 2009.
Edgerton had a major role in the MMA film Warrior, which received a 2011 release through Lions Gate Entertainment. Edgerton played the son of Nick Nolte's character and older brother of Tom Hardy's character.
On 7 February 2010, he was cast in Matthijs van Heijningen Jr.'s 2011 prequel to The Thing, portraying helicopter pilot Sam Carter. Edgerton played Tom Buchanan in Baz Luhrmann's 2013 remake of The Great Gatsby, starring Leonardo DeCaprio and Tobey Maguire.
Edgerton was honoured, along with David Michôd and Teresa Palmer, for their work in international roles with the coveted 2011 Australians in Film Breakthrough Award. On 27 June 2013, Edgerton was attached to the Jeff Nichols film, Midnight Special. On 9 September 2013, he was reported to be in talks with Warner Bros. to star in the film adaptation of Shantaram. On February 28, 2014, Edgerton was attached to co-star in the film Black Mass with Johnny Depp. Edgerton would play John Connolly, the FBI contact and childhood friend of notorious gangster Whitey Bulger.
Edgerton has been an ambassador for The Fred Hollows Foundation for a number of years and has strong personal ties to the organization, which works to restore sight in poor countries and to improve Aboriginal health. In 2012, he visited Nepal, where he saw sight restored first hand. Edgerton has described social activism and his involvement with The Fred Hollows Foundation as ‘an escape’ from the ‘materialistic life’ that often surrounds an actor.
|1996||Race the Sun||Steve Fryman|
|1998||Never Tell Me Never||Pab|
|1998||Bloodlock||Danny||Also producer and writer|
|1999||Secret Men's Business||Baz|
|2001||Pitch, TheThe Pitch||Guy||Also writer|
|2002||Hard Word, TheThe Hard Word||Shane|
|2002||Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones||Owen Lars|
|2003||Night We Called It a Day, TheThe Night We Called It a Day||Rod Blue|
|2003||Ned Kelly||Aaron Sherritt|
|2005||Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith||Owen Lars|
|2005||Mysterious Geographic Explorations of Jasper Morello, TheThe Mysterious Geographic Explorations of Jasper Morello||Jasper Morello||Voice only|
|2006||Smokin' Aces||Hugo Croop|
|2008||Square, TheThe Square||Billy||Also producer and writer|
|2009||Waiting City, TheThe Waiting City||Ben Simmons|
|2010||Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole||Metal Beak||Voice only|
|2010||Animal Kingdom||Barry Brown|
|2011||Thing, TheThe Thing||Sam Carter|
|2012||Wish You Were Here||Dave|
|2012||Odd Life of Timothy Green, TheThe Odd Life of Timothy Green||Jim Green|
|2012||Zero Dark Thirty||Patrick|
|2013||Great Gatsby, TheThe Great Gatsby||Tom Buchanan|
|2013||Felony||Malcolm Toohey||Also writer and producer|
|2014||Jane Got a Gun||Dan Frost||Post-Production|
|2014||Life||John G. Morris||Post-Production|
|1995, 1997||Spellbinder||Bazza||2 episodes|
|1995||Police Rescue||Andy||Episode: "Wild Card"|
|1996, 1999||Water Rats||Aaron Lawrence||2 episodes|
|1997||Big Sky||Pierce Bateman||Episode: "Lost and Found"|
|1997||Fallen Angels||Scoob||Episode: "The Faust Lane"|
|1998||Wildside||Michael Savini||Episode: "Episode #1.15"|
|1999||Secret Men's Business||Baz||TV movie|
|2000||The Three Stooges||Tom Cosgrove||TV movie|
|2001–2002||Secret Life of Us, TheThe Secret Life of Us||Will McGill|
|2002||Dossa and Joe||Robbo||2 episodes|
|2007||Dangerous||Senior Sergeant Mark Field|
|2009||Dirt Game||Shane Bevic||6 episodes|
Awards and nominations
- "Behind The Voice Actors: Joel Edgerton". Retrieved 29 December 2013.
- "The Secret Life of Us: profiles". Australian Television. 30 October 1998. Retrieved 27 May 2012.
- Biography for Joel Edgerton at the Internet Movie Database
- "Whisper Web site".
- "Separation City". NZ On Screen. Retrieved 27 September 2009.
- "A Streetcar Named Desire". Sydneytheatre.com.au. Retrieved 27 May 2012.
- Brantley, Ben (3 December 2009). "NY Times article on A Streetcar Named Desire". Theater.nytimes.com. Retrieved 27 May 2012.
- '+theTime+'. "'The Thing' Has Found Its First Two Hosts". Bloody-disgusting.com. Retrieved 27 May 2012.
- Hassan, Genevieve (21 September 2011). "Can Warrior pack a punch in the UK?". Bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 27 May 2012.
- "Lead Joel Edgerton Talks The Thing Prequel". Dreadcentral.com. 5 April 2010. Retrieved 27 May 2012.
- "The Thing Star Joel Edgerton Puts Remake or Prequel Argument to Rest". Dreadcentral.com. 2 March 2010. Retrieved 27 May 2012.
- "Breakthrough & Heath Ledger Scholarship Winners". Retrieved 19 February 2013.
- Kroll, Justin. "Joel Edgerton Eyes Jeff Nichols Film at Warners (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Variety.com. Retrieved 2014-02-28.
- "Warner Bros Revives ‘Shantaram’, Johnny Depp Taps Joel Edgerton For Lead". Retrieved 20 January 2014.
- Jagernauth, Kevin. "Warner Bros. Boards Johnny Depp's 'Black Mass' But Kiboshes Ben Affleck & Matt Damon's Whitey Bulger Pic". IndieWire.com. IndieWire. Retrieved March 18, 2014.
- "Oh, brother". Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax. 8 January 2005. Retrieved 27 May 2012.
- "'Square' director, Nash Edgerton, likes keeping audiences on edge". Post-gazette.com. 29 March 2012. Retrieved 27 May 2012.
- "Joel Edgerton profile at". Filmreference.com. 29 March 2012. Retrieved 27 May 2012.
- "Charity worker is Joel Edgerton's new role".
- "An actor who doesn't want to be famous".
- "Joel Edgerton's Philanthropic Journey in Nepal".