Alden Ehrenreich

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Alden Ehrenreich
Ehrenreich in 2018
Alden Caleb Ehrenreich

(1989-11-22) November 22, 1989 (age 34)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Alma materNew York University
Years active2005–present

Alden Caleb Ehrenreich (/ˈɛərənrk/;[1] born November 22, 1989)[2] is an American actor. He began his career by appearing in the television series Supernatural (2005), and in Francis Ford Coppola's films Tetro (2009) and Twixt (2011). Following supporting roles in the 2013 films Blue Jasmine and Stoker, his breakthrough came in 2016 with a lead role in the Coen brothers' comedy Hail, Caesar!, for which he gained praise.

Ehrenreich played Han Solo in Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) and starred in the dystopian television series Brave New World (2020). In 2023, he had starring roles in the comedy Cocaine Bear and the thriller Fair Play, and a supporting role in Christopher Nolan's biographical film Oppenheimer.

Early life[edit]

Ehrenreich was born in Los Angeles, California,[3] the only child of Sari (née Newmann), an interior designer, and Mark Ehrenreich, an accountant.[4] He is named after the director Phil Alden Robinson, a family friend.[5][6] His stepfather, Harry Aronowitz, is an orthodontist.[2][7][8] Ehrenreich is Jewish;[9] his ancestors were Jewish emigrants from Austria, Hungary, Russia, and Poland, and he was raised in Reconstructionist Judaism.[3][5]

Ehrenreich began acting at the Palisades Elementary School in Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles, and continued doing so at Crossroads School in Santa Monica, California. After graduating from high school, he studied acting at New York University at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting, but never finished his degree.[10] In 2009, he co-founded "The Collectin" with his friend Zoë Worth,[11] a group of New York City actors, writers, producers and directors who collaborate on films and theater performances.[12]


Ehrenreich was discovered at a friend's bat mitzvah reception by Steven Spielberg,[13] who watched a comedy video created by Ehrenreich and a friend, "which began in the present and eventually cut to 20 or 30 years later, with Mr. Ehrenreich, in a kimono, screaming to stop a wedding." Ehrenreich has described the comedic performance he gave in the movie as, "I ran around as a skinny little punk, trying on girls' clothes and eating dirt." He was then contacted by DreamWorks, a studio which Spielberg helped found, and met with its casting director.[14][15][16] Spielberg said of Ehrenreich:

[He] was in a bat mitzvah video that my daughter acted with him in for their best friend. They showed me the video and I loved it and I got him an agent. That's sort of how it all began ... I thought he had a lot of promise in comedy ... I didn't know he was going to rogue [into] drama. He was so funny in this video, I thought, "I have found the next really funny comedian." But most of his choices have been in drama and people don't know how really funny he is.[17]

The meeting with Spielberg led to acting roles on television shows such as Supernatural and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.[18][19]

Ehrenreich in 2018

In 2007, Ehrenreich won the role of Bennie Tetrocini in Francis Ford Coppola's Tetro.[20] Coppola asked Ehrenreich to read a passage from The Catcher in the Rye for his main audition.[7] The film was released in limited release in 2009 and received generally positive reviews from critics, who praised Ehrenreich's performance.[21][22] In 2011, he played a minor role in Coppola's subsequent film Twixt and appeared alongside Natalie Portman in the Sofia Coppola-directed Miss Dior Cherie commercial.[23]

In 2013, he starred as Ethan Wate in the film adaptation of the novel Beautiful Creatures, and appeared as Whip Taylor in Park Chan-wook's thriller film Stoker. He then played the stepson of Cate Blanchett in the Woody Allen-directed drama film Blue Jasmine. In 2016, Ehrenreich became more widely known for his co-leading role as Hobie Doyle in the Coen brothers film Hail, Caesar!, alongside a cast that included Josh Brolin and George Clooney.[24] Many critics praised Ehrenreich's performance in particular.[25] That same year, Ehrenreich starred in the leading role of Frank Forbes in Warren Beatty's romantic comedy-drama Rules Don't Apply.[26] He then starred in The Yellow Birds with Tye Sheridan, Jack Huston, and Jennifer Aniston, which premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival.[27]

Ehrenreich starred as Han Solo in the Star Wars anthology film Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018), following Solo's early life before the events of the original 1977 Star Wars. He headlined the Brave New World series on NBC, based on the 1932 novel of the same name by Aldous Huxley.[28]

Ehrenreich's recent projects include the thriller Fair Play co-starring Phoebe Dynevor,[29] Cocaine Bear, directed by Elizabeth Banks,[30] Oppenheimer, directed by Christopher Nolan,[31] and will have a role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe miniseries Ironheart.[32]



Denotes works that have not yet been released
Year Title Role Notes
2009 Tetro Bennie Tetrocini
2010 Somewhere Actor at Party Uncredited
2011 Twixt Flamingo
2013 Beautiful Creatures Ethan Wate
Stoker Whip Taylor
Blue Jasmine Danny Francis
Teenage 1940s Teenager Documentary
2016 Hail, Caesar! Hobie Doyle
Rules Don't Apply Frank Forbes
2017 The Yellow Birds Brandon Bartle
2018 Solo: A Star Wars Story Han Solo
2023 Fair Play Luke
Cocaine Bear Eddie
Oppenheimer Senate Aide
Shadow Brother Sunday Cole Short film; also writer and director[33]


Denotes works that have not yet been released
Year Title Role Notes
2005 Supernatural Ben Collins 1 episode
2006 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Sven 1 episode
2020 Brave New World John the Savage Main role, 9 episodes
2025 Ironheart Joe McGillicuddy Upcoming miniseries

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2017 Star Wars Battlefront II Han Solo Voice and likeness. Content based on Solo: A Star Wars Story

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Project Result Ref.
2013 Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Actor: Romance Beautiful Creatures Nominated
Choice Movie: Liplock (shared with Alice Englert) Nominated
2016 Chicago Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actor Hail, Caesar! Nominated
Detroit Film Critics Society Award Best Supporting Actor Nominated
Georgia Film Critics Association Award Breakthrough Actor Nominated
Indiewire Critics' Poll Award Best Supporting Actor Nominated
San Diego Film Critics Society Breakthrough Artist Nominated
Best Comedic Performance Nominated
Georgia Film Critics Association Award Breakthrough Actor Rules Don't Apply Nominated
2018 Teen Choice Awards Choice Summer Movie Actor Solo: A Star Wars Story Nominated


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  33. ^ HollyShorts Film Festival Announces Lineup Packed With Projects From Eva Longoria, Tom Hanks, Queen Latifah, Tom Holland, Ben Proudfoot, Alden Ehrenreich And More

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