Armie Hammer

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Armie Hammer
Armie Hammer 2011 AA (revised).jpg
Hammer at the 83rd Academy Awards in 2011
Born Armand Douglas Hammer
(1986-08-28) August 28, 1986 (age 28)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 2005–present
Spouse(s) Elizabeth Joan Chambers (m. 2010)
Children 1
Relatives Michael Armand Hammer (father)
Armand Hammer (great-grandfather)

Armand Douglas "Armie" Hammer (born August 28, 1986)[1] is an American actor. He is known for his portrayal of the Winklevoss twins in the 2010 film The Social Network, Clyde Tolson in J. Edgar (2011), Prince Andrew Alcott in Mirror Mirror (2012), and the title character in the 2013 feature film The Lone Ranger.

Early life and family background[edit]

Hammer was born in Los Angeles, California.[1] His mother, Dru Ann (née Mobley), is a former bank loan officer,[2] and his father, Michael Armand Hammer, owns several businesses, including Knoedler Publishing and Armand Hammer Productions (a film/television production company).[3][4] Armie is the elder of two sons; he has a younger brother, Viktor.[5]

Hammer's paternal great-grandfather was oil tycoon and philanthropist Armand Hammer, the son of Russian Jewish immigrants; Armand's father, Julius Hammer, who was from Odessa, "founded the Communist Party in New York."[6][7][8] Armie's paternal great-grandmother was Russian-born actress and singer Olga Vadimovna Vadina (aka Von Root), the daughter of a tsarist general.[9][10] His paternal grandmother was from Texas, while his mother's family is from Tulsa, Oklahoma.[11][12] Armie has described his background as "half Jewish".[13] In 2013, genealogical research by staff members of Ancestry.com stated that one of his eight times great-grandfathers was Cherokee chief Kanagatucko.[14]

Hammer lived in the Dallas enclave of Highland Park for several years.[15] When he was seven, his family moved to the Cayman Islands, where they lived for five years, and then settled back in Los Angeles.[16][17] He attended Faulkner's Academy in Governor's Harbour, Grace Christian Academy in the Cayman Islands (a school founded by his father), and later went to Los Angeles Baptist High School in the San Fernando Valley. He dropped out of high school in eleventh grade to pursue an acting career. Subsequently, he took college courses.[17]

Career[edit]

Hammer at The Lone Ranger in June 2013

After appearing in the television series Veronica Mars, Gossip Girl, Reaper and Desperate Housewives, Hammer played the Christian evangelist Billy Graham in Billy: The Early Years, which premiered in October 2008.[6] The film garnered Hammer a “Faith and Values Award” nomination in the Grace Award category, which is awarded for the Most Inspiring Performance in Movie or Television by Mediaguide, an organization which provides movie reviews from a Christian perspective.[18] He played Harrison Bergeron in 2081, based on the short story "Harrison Bergeron" by author Kurt Vonnegut, which premiered at the Seattle International Film Festival.[citation needed]

In 2007, Hammer was hand-picked by filmmaker George Miller, after a long search, to star in Justice League: Mortal as Batman/Bruce Wayne. The film was to be directed by Miller, but Miller left the project.[6]

In 2010, Hammer co-starred in David Fincher's The Social Network, about the creation of Facebook. He portrayed the identical twins Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, with Josh Pence, using CGI. Hammer stated that he had to learn how to row on both sides of a boat in order to play the twins, who are rowing champions.[19]

His next role was in Clint Eastwood's J. Edgar, a drama about J. Edgar Hoover. He co-starred with Julia Roberts and Lily Collins in Mirror Mirror (2012), playing Prince Andrew Alcott.[20] In January 2012, he voiced the Winklevoss twins in an episode of The Simpsons titled "The D'oh-cial Network".

Hammer played the Lone Ranger, alongside Johnny Depp as Tonto, in the 2013 adaptation of the radio and film serials.[21][22] In 2013, he was cast to star in director Guy Ritchie's film adaptation of the 1960s TV show The Man from U.N.C.L.E.[23][24]

Personal life[edit]

Hammer's wife Elizabeth Chambers in 2013

In a 2008 interview, Hammer stated, regarding his religious beliefs, "I have my own spiritual life, and I value it very much".[25]

Hammer married television personality Elizabeth Chambers on May 22, 2010, and their wedding was featured in the January 2011 issue of Town & Country.[26][27] The two were introduced by Hammer's friend, artist Tyler Ramsey.[28] On December 1, 2014, Hammer and Chambers welcomed a baby girl, Harper.[29]

In 2012, Hammer stated that "for all intents and purposes", his parents disowned him when he dropped out of high school and began acting, but are now supportive of him and proud of his work.[30]

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Title Role Notes
2006 Flicka Male prefect
2008 Blackout Tommy
2008 Billy: The Early Years Billy Graham
2009 Spring Breakdown Abercrombie boy
2009 2081 Harrison Bergeron Short film
2010 The Social Network Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss
2011 J. Edgar Clyde Tolson
2012 Mirror Mirror Prince Andrew Alcott
2012 The Polar Bears Zook
2013 The Lone Ranger John Reid/The Lone Ranger
2015 Entourage Himself
2015 The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Illya Kuryakin
2016 The Birth of a Nation Filming
2016 Free Fire Filming
Television
Year Title Role Notes
2005 Arrested Development Student #2 Episode: "The Immaculate Election"
2006 Veronica Mars Kurt Episode: "Wichita Linebacker"
2007 Desperate Housewives Barrett Episode: "Distant Past"
2009 Reaper Morgan 5 episodes
2009 Gossip Girl Gabriel Edwards 4 episodes
2012 The Simpsons Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss (voice) Episode: "The D'oh-cial Network"
2012 American Dad! Car rental agent (voice) Episode: "The Wrestler"

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Nominated work Award Result
2010 The Social Network Hollywood Film Festival Award for Best Ensemble of the Year Won
2010 The Social Network Toronto Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor Won
2010 The Social Network Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Cast Nominated
2010 The Social Network Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Most Promising Performer Nominated
2010 The Social Network Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Nominated
2011 J. Edgar Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role Nominated
2011 J. Edgar Dallas–Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Armie Hammer biography". Yahoo! Movies. Retrieved April 25, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Miss Mobley Has Nuptials In Oklahoma". The New York Times. 1985-01-13. Retrieved 2010-10-05. 
  3. ^ Smith, Michael (2010-10-22). "'Network' twin has ties with Tulsa: Armie Hammer connects to Mobleys, Hammers". Tulsa World. Retrieved 2010-10-22. 
  4. ^ "Dru Hammer – Board Member". joycemeyer.org. Retrieved 2012-01-26. 
  5. ^ "Armie Hammer". TV Guide. Retrieved 2015-05-05. 
  6. ^ a b c Malkin, Marc (2008-09-25). "Holy Double Take, Batman! Here Comes a New Caped Crusader". E! Online. 
  7. ^ "Church World Service Sends Aid To Cuba - Orlando Sentinel". articles.orlandosentinel.com. 1997-01-04. Retrieved 2012-01-26. 
  8. ^ "Armie Hammer: Hollywood's New Prince Charming: Cover Stars". Details. Retrieved 2012-01-26. 
  9. ^ Considine, Bob (1975). The remarkable life of Dr. Armand Hammer. Harper & Row. p. 75. ISBN 0-06-010836-3. 
  10. ^ "Reaches Into Her Gypsy Songbag For Tunes To Give To Posterity". Meriden Daily Journal. 1934-03-06. Retrieved 2011-05-18. 
  11. ^ "'Network' twin has ties with Tulsa". sports.tmcnet.com. 2010-10-22. Retrieved 2012-01-26. 
  12. ^ "Actor with Tulsa ties gets cast in thriller '2:22'". Tulsa World. Retrieved 2012-01-26. 
  13. ^ "Jim Sturgess headlines a new generation of reluctant leading men". wmagazine.com. 2011-08-01. Retrieved 2012-01-26. 
  14. ^ "Unmasking the Lone Ranger's Leading Men." Ancestry.com (June 26, 2013).
  15. ^ Catholic Online (2008-10-09). "Industrialist's grandson channels young Billy Graham in new film". Cathcom.net. Retrieved 2012-01-26. 
  16. ^ Kahn, Howie. "Armie Hammer: Hollywood's New Prince Charming: Cover Stars". Details. Retrieved 2012-01-26. 
  17. ^ a b Keeps, David A. (2011-11-06). "Armie Hammer on Playing Clyde Tolson in ‘J. Edgar". Nymag.com. Retrieved 2012-01-26. 
  18. ^ Kimball, Josh (February 6, 2009). "'Epiphany Prize' Nominees for Most Inspiring Movie, TV Program Announced". The Christian Post. Retrieved December 3, 2010. 
  19. ^ 'Social Network' Stars Talk Twitter and Clint Eastwood
  20. ^ Breznican, Anthony (2011-03-26). "Armie Hammer cast as prince in 'Snow White'". Entertainment Weekly. Archived from the original on March 31, 2011. Retrieved 2011-03-28. 
  21. ^ 24 Like15 Dislike0 May 17, 2011 by B. Alan Orange (2011-05-17). "Armie Hammer Is the Lone Ranger!". MovieWeb.com. Retrieved 2012-01-26. 
  22. ^ Jordan, Richard (2011-05-14). "Cannes 2011: Armie Hammer signs on for 2:22". TotalFilm.com. Retrieved 2012-01-26. 
  23. ^ Fleming, Mike Jr. (April 24, 2013). "‘Lone Ranger’ Armie Hammer To Star With Tom Cruise In ‘Man From U.N.C.L.E.’". Deadline.com. Retrieved April 25, 2013. 
  24. ^ 'Man of Steel' star Henry Cavill needs nerves of steel, usatoday.com; accessed February 16, 2015.
  25. ^ Profile, christianitytoday.com; accessed February 16, 2015.
  26. ^ Christine Lennon. "Lone Star Love Story". Town and Country Magazine. Retrieved March 31, 2015. 
  27. ^ Bruna Nessif (December 30, 2014). "Armie Hammer and Elizabeth Chambers Debut Their Baby Girl Harper—See the Adorable Pic!". E!. Retrieved March 31, 2015. 
  28. ^ "Zac Efron's Star Studded Saturday". The Insider. 2011-11-07. 
  29. ^ Bruna Nessif (December 2, 2014). "Armie Hammer and Wife Elizabeth Chambers Hammer Welcome a Baby Girl!". E!. Retrieved March 31, 2015. 
  30. ^ Goodykoontz, Bill (March 29, 2012). "Armie Hammer: A prince of a guy". Chicago Sun-Times. 

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