Joel Edgerton

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Joel Edgerton
JoelEdgertonSept2013TIFF.jpg
Born (1974-06-23) 23 June 1974 (age 40)
Blacktown, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation Actor, film producer, screenwriter
Years active 1995–present
Relatives Nash Edgerton (brother)

Joel Edgerton (born 23 June 1974) is an Australian actor, producer, and screenwriter. He is best known for his roles in films such as 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 voiced Metal Beak, the main antagonist of Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole (2010). He starred as Ramesses II, the main antagonist, in the 2014 biblical film Exodus: Gods and Kings.

Early life[edit]

Edgerton was born in Blacktown, New South Wales,[1] the son of Michael, a solicitor and property developer, and Marianne Edgerton.[2][3][4] He graduated from The Hills Grammar School in 1991. He attended the Nepean Drama School at the University of Western Sydney,[5] before moving on to various stage productions, most notably at Sydney Theatre Company.

Career[edit]

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

Edgerton has appeared in such films as Erskineville Kings, King Arthur, Ned Kelly, and as a young Owen Lars in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones and Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith.[6] He played 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, he appeared as the son of a deceased shoemaker in the British comedy Kinky Boots. He also appeared in Smokin' Aces (2006).[citation needed]

Edgerton appeared in the film Whisper (2007),[7] The Square (which he co-wrote and was directed by his brother), Acolytes, and Separation City.[8] In 2009, he starred alongside as Stanley in the Sydney Theatre Company's acclaimed production of A Streetcar Named Desire.[9] He appeared in a production of the same play at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in December 2009.[10] He starred as an MMA fighter in the MMA film Warrior (2011).[11][12]

In February 2010, Edgerton was cast in Matthijs van Heijningen Jr.'s 2011 prequel to The Thing,[13] portraying helicopter pilot Sam Carter.[14] He played Tom Buchanan in Baz Luhrmann's 2013 remake of The Great Gatsby. He was honoured for his work in international roles with the 2011 Australians in Film Breakthrough Award.[15] In June 2013, he was added to the Jeff Nichols film Midnight Special.[16] In September 2013, he was reported to be in talks with Warner Bros. to star in the film adaptation of Shantaram.[17]

In 2014, Edgerton starred in the biblical film Exodus: Gods and Kings, as Ramesses II, Moses' adoptive brother, who became a notorious king. He will co-star in the 2015 film Black Mass as John Connolly, FBI contact and childhood friend of notorious gangster Whitey Bulger.[18]

Philanthropy[edit]

Edgerton has been an ambassador for The Fred Hollows Foundation for a number of years and has strong personal ties to the organisation, which works to restore sight in poor countries and to improve Aboriginal health.[19] In 2012, he visited Nepal, where he saw sight restored first hand.[20] He has described social activism and his involvement with The Fred Hollows Foundation as "an escape" from the "materialistic life" that often surrounds an actor.[21]

Personal life[edit]

Edgerton's brother, Nash, is a stuntman and filmmaker.[22]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1996 Loaded Frog Producer
Race the Sun Steve Fryman
1998 Never Tell Me Never Pab
Praise Leo
Bloodlock Danny Writer, producer
1999 Dogwatch Sparrow
Erskineville Kings Wayne
Secret Men's Business Baz Television film
2000 The Three Stooges Tom Cosgrove Television film
Sample People Sem
2000 Gate
2001 Saturn's Return Barney
Pitch, TheThe Pitch Guy Writer
2002 Hard Word, TheThe Hard Word Shane
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
Ned Kelly Aaron Sherritt
2004 King Arthur Gawain
2005 Kinky Boots Charlie
Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith Owen Lars
Mysterious Geographic Explorations of Jasper Morello, TheThe Mysterious Geographic Explorations of Jasper Morello Jasper Morello Voice
2006 Smokin' Aces Hugo Croop
Open Window Peter
2007 Spider Paramedic
Crossbow The Dad
Whisper Vince Delayo
2008 $9.99 Ron
Square, TheThe Square Billy Writer, producer
Father Narrator
Acolytes Ian Wright
2009 Waiting City, TheThe Waiting City Ben Simmons
Separation City Simon
2010 Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole Metal Beak Voice
Animal Kingdom Barry Brown
2011 Warrior Brendan Conlon
Thing, TheThe Thing Sam Carter
2012 Wish You Were Here Dave
Odd Life of Timothy Green, TheThe Odd Life of Timothy Green Jim Green
Zero Dark Thirty Patrick
2013 Great Gatsby, TheThe Great Gatsby Tom Buchanan
Felony Malcolm Toohey Writer, producer
2014 The Rover Writer
Jane Got a Gun Dan Frost
Exodus: Gods and Kings Ramesses II
2015 Life John G. Morris
Midnight Special
Black Mass John Connolly

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1995 Police Rescue Andy Episode: "Wild Card"
1995–1997 Spellbinder Bazza 2 episodes
1996–1999 Water Rats Aaron Lawrence 2 episodes
1997 Big Sky Pierce Bateman Episode: "Lost and Found"
Fallen Angels Scoob Episode: "The Faust Lane"
1998 Wildside Michael Savini Episode: "Episode #1.15"
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 Work 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
AACTA International Award Best Actor in a Supporting Role Nominated

References[edit]

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

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