Edgerton at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival
23 June 1974 |
Blacktown, New South Wales, Australia
|Occupation||Actor, film director, film producer, screenwriter|
|Relatives||Nash Edgerton (brother)|
Joel Edgerton (born 23 June 1974) is an Australian actor, director, producer, and screenwriter. He is best known for his roles in films such as Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones (2002), Warrior (2011), The Thing (2011), Zero Dark Thirty (2012), and The Great Gatsby (2013). He starred as Ramesses II, the main antagonist, in the 2014 biblical film Exodus: Gods and Kings, and also wrote, produced, directed and starred in the 2015 psychological thriller film The Gift, which was met with acclaim by critics and audiences.
Edgerton was born in Blacktown, New South Wales, the son of Michael, a solicitor and property developer, and Marianne Edgerton. He graduated from The Hills Grammar School in 1991. He attended the Nepean Drama School at the University of Western Sydney, before moving on to various stage productions, most notably at Sydney Theatre Company.
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. 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).
Edgerton appeared in the film Whisper (2007), The Square (which he co-wrote and was directed by his brother), Acolytes, and Separation City. In 2009, he starred alongside as Stanley in the Sydney Theatre Company's acclaimed production of A Streetcar Named Desire. He appeared in a production of the same play at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in December 2009. He starred as fictional MMA fighter Brendan Conlon in the MMA film Warrior (2011).
In February 2010, Edgerton was cast in Matthijs van Heijningen Jr.'s 2011 prequel to The Thing, portraying helicopter pilot Sam Carter. 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. In June 2013, he was added to the Jeff Nichols film Midnight Special. In September 2013, he was reported to be in talks with Warner Bros. to star in the film adaptation of Shantaram.
In 2014, Edgerton starred in the biblical film Exodus: Gods and Kings, as Ramesses II, Moses' adoptive brother, who became a notorious king. Edgerton directed, starred in, wrote, and produced the thriller The Gift, which was released on August 7, 2015. He co-starred in the 2015 film Black Mass as John Connolly, FBI contact and childhood friend of notorious gangster Whitey Bulger.
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 people's sight in poor countries and to improve Aboriginal health. In 2012, he visited Nepal, where he saw sight restored first hand. 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.
|1996||Race the Sun||Steve Fryman|
|1998||Never Tell Me Never||Pab|
|1999||Secret Men's Business||Baz||Television film|
|2000||The Three Stooges||Tom Cosgrove||Television film|
|2001||Pitch, TheThe Pitch||Guy||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|
|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|
|2006||Smokin' Aces||Hugo Croop|
|2008||Square, TheThe Square||Billy||Writer, producer|
|2009||Waiting City, TheThe Waiting City||Ben Simmons|
|2010||Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole||Metal Beak||Voice|
|2010||Animal Kingdom||Barry Brown|
|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||Writer, producer|
|2014||Exodus: Gods and Kings||Ramesses II|
|2015||Life||John G. Morris|
|2015||The Gift||Gordon "Gordo" Moseley||Also director, writer and producer|
|2015||Black Mass||John Connolly|
|2016||Jane Got a Gun||Dan Frost|
|1995||Police Rescue||Andy||Episode: "Wild Card"|
|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
- "Behind The Voice Actors: Joel Edgerton". Retrieved 29 December 2013.
- "Oh, brother". Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax. 8 January 2005. Retrieved 27 May 2012.
- "'Square' director, Nash Edgerton, likes keeping audiences on edge". Post-gazette.com. 29 March 2012. Retrieved 27 May 2012.
- "The Secret Life of Us: profiles". Australian Television. 30 October 1998. Retrieved 27 May 2012.
- Biography for Joel Edgerton at the Internet Movie Database
- ""Smokin Aces" Movie Photo: Jeremy Piven and Joel Edgerton". About.com. Retrieved 3 April 2015.
- "Whisper Web site".
- "Separation City". NZ On Screen. Retrieved 27 September 2009.
- "A Streetcar Named Desire". Sydneytheatre.com.au. Retrieved 27 May 2012.
- Brantley, Ben (3 December 2009). "NY Times article on A Streetcar Named Desire". Theater.nytimes.com. Retrieved 27 May 2012.
- '+theTime+'. "'The Thing' Has Found Its First Two Hosts". Bloody-disgusting.com. Retrieved 27 May 2012.
- Hassan, Genevieve (21 September 2011). "Can Warrior pack a punch in the UK?". Bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 27 May 2012.
- "Lead Joel Edgerton Talks The Thing Prequel". Dreadcentral.com. 5 April 2010. Retrieved 27 May 2012.
- "The Thing Star Joel Edgerton Puts Remake or Prequel Argument to Rest". Dreadcentral.com. 2 March 2010. Retrieved 27 May 2012.
- "Breakthrough & Heath Ledger Scholarship Winners". Retrieved 19 February 2013.
- Kroll, Justin. "Joel Edgerton Eyes Jeff Nichols Film at Warners (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Variety.com. Retrieved 28 February 2014.
- "Warner Bros Revives 'Shantaram', Johnny Depp Taps Joel Edgerton For Lead". Retrieved 20 January 2014.
- 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.
- "Charity worker is Joel Edgerton's new role".
- "An actor who doesn't want to be famous".
- "Joel Edgerton's Philanthropic Journey in Nepal".
- "Joel Edgerton profile at". Filmreference.com. 29 March 2012. Retrieved 27 May 2012.