Joel Edgerton

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Joel Edgerton
JoelEdgertonSept2013TIFF.jpg
Born (1974-06-23) 23 June 1974 (age 39)
Blacktown, New South Wales, Australia
Education The Hills Grammar School
Alma mater University of Western Sydney
Occupation Actor, film producer, screenwriter
Years active 1995–present
Relatives Nash Edgerton (brother)

Joel Edgerton (born 23 June 1974 in Blacktown, New South Wales)[1] 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).

Early life[edit]

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,[2] before moving on to various stage productions, most notably at Sydney Theatre Company.

Career[edit]

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.[3] 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).[citation needed]

Edgerton was seen in the film Whisper with Josh Holloway in 2007;[4] 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.[5] In 2009, he starred alongside Cate Blanchett as Stanley in the Sydney Theatre Company's acclaimed production of A Streetcar Named Desire.[6] Edgerton and Blanchett appeared in a production of the same play at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in December 2009.[7]

Edgerton had a major role in the MMA film Warrior, which received a 2011 release through Lions Gate Entertainment.[8] Edgerton played the son of Nick Nolte's character and older brother of Tom Hardy's character.[9]

On 7 February 2010, he was cast in Matthijs van Heijningen Jr.'s 2011 prequel to The Thing,[10] portraying helicopter pilot Sam Carter.[11] 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.[12] On 27 June 2013, Edgerton was attached to the Jeff Nichols film, Midnight Special.[13] On 9 September 2013, he was reported to be in talks with Warner Bros. to star in the film adaptation of Shantaram.[14] 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.[15]

Personal life[edit]

Edgerton is the son of Michael, a solicitor/property developer, and Marianne Edgerton.[16][17][18] His brother, Nash, is a stuntman and filmmaker.[19]

Humanitarian causes[edit]

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.[20] In 2012, he visited Nepal, where he saw sight restored first hand.[21] 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.[22]

Filmography[edit]

Edgerton at the Sydney premiere of The Great Gatsby, May 2013

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1996 Loaded Frog Also producer
1996 Race the Sun Steve Fryman
1998 Never Tell Me Never Pab
1998 Praise Leo
1998 Bloodlock Danny Also producer and writer
1999 Secret Men's Business Baz
1999 Dogwatch Sparrow
1999 Erskineville Kings Wayne
2000 Sample People Sem
2000 Gate
2001 Saturn's Return Barney
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
2004 King Arthur Gawain
2005 Kinky Boots Charlie
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
2006 Open Window Peter
2007 Spider Paramedic
2007 Crossbow The Dad
2007 Whisper Vince Delayo
2008 $9.99 Ron
2008 Square, TheThe Square Billy Also producer and writer
2008 Father Narrator
2008 Acolytes Ian Wright
2009 Waiting City, TheThe Waiting City Ben Simmons
2009 Separation City Simon
2010 Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole Metal Beak Voice only
2010 Animal Kingdom Barry Brown
2011 Warrior Brendan Conlon
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 Exodus Pharaoh Post-production
2014 Life John G. Morris Post-Production
2015 Midnight Special Post-production

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
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[edit]

Year Award Category Film Result
2000 AACTA Award Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Telefeature or Mini-Series Secret Life of Us, TheThe Secret Life of Us Nominated
2002 Best Lead Actor in a Television Drama Won
Logie Award Most Outstanding Actor Nominated
AACTA Award Best Actor in a Supporting Role Hard Word, TheThe Hard Word Nominated
Film Critics Circle of Australia Award Best Supporting Actor Nominated
2003 Ned Kelly Nominated
2008 Melbourne Underground Film Festival Award Best Actor Acolytes Won
AACTA Award Best Actor in a Supporting Role Square, TheThe Square Nominated
Best Screenplay
Shared with Matthew Dabner
Nominated
2009 Film Critics Circle of Australia Award Best Supporting Actor Nominated
Best Screenplay - Original
Shared with Matthew Dabner
Nominated
New Zealand Film and TV Award Best Lead Actor in a Feature Film Separation City Nominated
2010 Film Critics Circle of Australia Award Best Actor Waiting City, TheThe Waiting City Won
IF Award Nominated
AACTA Award Best Actor in a Supporting Role Animal Kingdom Won
2011 Film Critics Circle of Australia Award Best Supporting Actor Animal Kingdom & Waiting City, TheThe Waiting City Won
2012 MTV Movie Award Best Fight
Shared with Tom Hardy
Warrior Nominated
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award Best Ensemble
Shared with the entire cast
Zero Dark Thirty Nominated
2013 AACTA Award Best Actor in a Leading Role Wish You Were Here Nominated
Film Critics Circle of Australia Award Best Actor Nominated
2014 AACTA Award Best Actor in a Supporting Role The Great Gatsby Won

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Behind The Voice Actors: Joel Edgerton". Retrieved 29 December 2013. 
  2. ^ "The Secret Life of Us: profiles". Australian Television. 30 October 1998. Retrieved 27 May 2012. 
  3. ^ Biography for Joel Edgerton at the Internet Movie Database
  4. ^ "Whisper Web site". 
  5. ^ "Separation City". NZ On Screen. Retrieved 27 September 2009. 
  6. ^ "A Streetcar Named Desire". Sydneytheatre.com.au. Retrieved 27 May 2012. 
  7. ^ Brantley, Ben (3 December 2009). "NY Times article on A Streetcar Named Desire". Theater.nytimes.com. Retrieved 27 May 2012. 
  8. ^ '+theTime+'. "'The Thing' Has Found Its First Two Hosts". Bloody-disgusting.com. Retrieved 27 May 2012. 
  9. ^ Hassan, Genevieve (21 September 2011). "Can Warrior pack a punch in the UK?". Bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 27 May 2012. 
  10. ^ "Lead Joel Edgerton Talks The Thing Prequel". Dreadcentral.com. 5 April 2010. Retrieved 27 May 2012. 
  11. ^ "The Thing Star Joel Edgerton Puts Remake or Prequel Argument to Rest". Dreadcentral.com. 2 March 2010. Retrieved 27 May 2012. 
  12. ^ "Breakthrough & Heath Ledger Scholarship Winners". Retrieved 19 February 2013. 
  13. ^ Kroll, Justin. "Joel Edgerton Eyes Jeff Nichols Film at Warners (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Variety.com. Retrieved 2014-02-28. 
  14. ^ "Warner Bros Revives ‘Shantaram’, Johnny Depp Taps Joel Edgerton For Lead". Retrieved 20 January 2014. 
  15. ^ 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. 
  16. ^ "Oh, brother". Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax. 8 January 2005. Retrieved 27 May 2012. 
  17. ^ "'Square' director, Nash Edgerton, likes keeping audiences on edge". Post-gazette.com. 29 March 2012. Retrieved 27 May 2012. 
  18. ^ http://www.cozycot.com/gallery/article/The-Australian-premiere-of--Warrior--held-at-Event-Cinemas--Where-155736/photo/226560
  19. ^ "Joel Edgerton profile at". Filmreference.com. 29 March 2012. Retrieved 27 May 2012. 
  20. ^ "Charity worker is Joel Edgerton's new role". 
  21. ^ "An actor who doesn't want to be famous". 
  22. ^ "Joel Edgerton's Philanthropic Journey in Nepal". 

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