Hirsch at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival
|Born||Emile Davenport Hirsch
March 13, 1985
Palms, California, U.S.
Emile Davenport Hirsch (born March 13, 1985) is an American television and film actor, whose works include Wild Iris (2001), The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys (2002), The Emperor's Club (2002), The Girl Next Door (2004), The Mudge Boy (2004), Imaginary Heroes (2005), Lords of Dogtown (2005), Alpha Dog (2007), Into the Wild (2007), Milk (2008), Speed Racer (2008), Taking Woodstock (2009), The Motel Life (2012), Savages (2012), Lone Survivor (2013), Prince Avalanche (2013), and the A&E networks simulcast miniseries Bonnie & Clyde (2013).
Hirsch, who is of German-Jewish, English, and Scots-Irish ancestry, was born in Palms, California. His mother, Margaret Esther (née Davenport), is a visual artist and teacher who designed pop-up books, and his father, David M. Hirsch, is an entrepreneur, manager, and producer. He has an older sister, Jenny, and was raised in Los Angeles, California, and Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he lived with his mother for several years.
Hirsch appeared in many television roles in the late 1990s and early 2000s, including the award-winning Showtime original movie Wild Iris (2001), opposite Laura Linney and Gena Rowlands. He made his film debut in the Jodie Foster-produced The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys (2002) and next acted alongside Kevin Kline in the Michael Hoffman-directed film, The Emperor's Club (2002).
That year, Hirsch also starred with Heath Ledger in Lords of Dogtown (2005), directed by Catherine Hardwicke, about a number of skaters of the 1970s and their role in the birth of skateboard culture; Hirsch played Jay Adams. He subsequently appeared in Alpha Dog (2007), a dark drama starring Justin Timberlake, Anton Yelchin, Bruce Willis, and Sharon Stone, in which Hirsch played a character based on real-life drug dealer Jesse James Hollywood; the film was shot in 2004 and released on January 12, 2007. Hirsch reportedly consulted with Hollywood's real life father before playing the role.
Hirsch next played hiker and itinerant traveller Christopher McCandless in Sean Penn's adventure-drama Into the Wild (2007). He lost 40 pounds for the role, which earned him a Screen Actors Guild nomination for best actor. Esquire said, "[Hirsch] creates a vivid, unforgettable character you at once admire and pity."
Hirsch had the title role in Andy & Larry Wachowski's follow-up to The Matrix Trilogy, Speed Racer, which was released on May 9, 2008. Hirsch plays gay rights activist Cleve Jones in Gus Van Sant's Academy Award-winning Harvey Milk bio-pic Milk (2008) that featured Sean Penn in the title role. He also appeared in Ang Lee's Taking Woodstock (2009), based on a screenplay of the Elliot Tiber memoir Taking Woodstock, adapted by James Schamus.
In 2012, Hirsch starred with Penélope Cruz in Venuto al mondo, a film by Italian director Sergio Castellitto. In 2013, he was in Prince Avalanche, co-starring Paul Rudd, which premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival where it was acquired by Magnolia Pictures. Director David Gordon Green would go on to win Best Director for the film at the Berlin Film Festival. Additionally, Hirsch starred alongside Academy Award winner Matthew McConaughey in the William Friedkin directed Killer Joe. The controversial, NC-17 film, was written by Pulitzer Prize–winning playwright Tracy Letts.
Hirsch also starred in the Rome Film Festival Award-winning film The Motel Life, co-starring Dakota Fanning and Stephen Dorff, directed by the Polsky brothers. In Fall 2013, he starred alongside Holliday Grainger, and Oscar winners Holly Hunter and William Hurt, in the two-part Bruce Beresford directed miniseries, Bonnie & Clyde.
Also in 2013, Hirsch co-starred alongside Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch and Ben Foster in the Peter Berg-directed Universal Pictures film Lone Survivor, (based on the true life memoir of Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell). The film grossed over $125 million domestically, as well as earning an A+ grade from CinemaScore. In the film, Hirsch plays fallen Navy SEAL Danny Dietz.
Hirsch appeared on the cover of Men’s Journal in January 2009. He wrote a "Congo Diary" in December 2008 that was published in the following issue along with a photo spread. He had ventured into Africa along with four young activists, and kept a journal of his five-day trip. Reflecting on his trip, Hirsch said, "Now I look back at some of the earlier parts of this travelogue and almost chuckle at my naïveté. Maybe we can all come together to change the world."
On February 12, 2015, Hirsch was charged with aggravated assault after getting into an altercation with Paramount executive Daniele Bernfeld on January 25, 2015, at the Tao Nightclub in Park City, Utah. On August 17, 2015, he pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault and was sentenced to spend 15 days in jail, pay a $4,750 fine and perform 50 hours of community service.
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- "Emile Hirsch Pleads Guilty to Assaulting Paramount Exec, Gets 15 Days in Jail", Variety, 17 August 2015
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