Joel Edgerton

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Joel Edgerton
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Edgerton at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival
Born (1974-06-23) 23 June 1974 (age 42)
Blacktown, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation Actor, filmmaker
Years active 1995–present
Relatives Nash Edgerton (brother)

Joel Edgerton (born 23 June 1974) is an Australian actor and filmmaker. He has appeared 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). Edgerton starred in the biblical epic Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014) as the main antagonist Ramesses II and in 2015 co-starred with Johnny Depp as corrupt FBI Agent John Connolly in the biographical drama Black Mass (2015).[1]

In Australia, Edgerton portrayed Will McGill in The Secret Life of Us for which he won the AACTA Award for Best Lead Actor in a Television Drama in 2002 and appeared in the film Animal Kingdom (2010), for which he won the AACTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role.

In 2015, Edgerton received a nomination for the Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing – First-Time Feature Film for The Gift, a psychological thriller that Edgerton wrote, directed, co-produced, and co-starred in.[2]

Edgerton garnered critical acclaim for his performance as Richard Loving in the 2016 historical drama, Loving, for which he received a nomination for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor - Motion Picture Drama. Edgerton will soon star as Nathaniel Nash in a film adaptation of Jason Matthews' book Red Sparrow.

Early life[edit]

Edgerton was born in Blacktown, New South Wales,[3] the son of Michael, a solicitor and property developer, and Marianne Edgerton.[4][5] He graduated from The Hills Grammar School in 1991. He attended the Nepean Drama School at the University of Western Sydney,[6] before moving on to various stage productions, including 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.[7] He played Will on The Secret Life of Us, for which he won an AACTA Award in 2002. 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).[8]

Edgerton appeared in the film Whisper (2007),[9] The Square (which he co-wrote and was directed by his brother), Acolytes, and Separation City.[10] In 2009, he starred alongside as Stanley in the Sydney Theatre Company's acclaimed production of A Streetcar Named Desire.[11] He appeared in a production of the same play at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in December 2009.[12] He starred as fictional MMA fighter Brendan Conlon in the MMA film Warrior (2011).[13][14]

In February 2010, Edgerton was cast in Matthijs van Heijningen Jr.'s 2011 prequel to The Thing,[15] portraying helicopter pilot Sam Carter.[16] 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.[17]

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.[18] He co-starred in the 2015 film Black Mass as John Connolly, FBI contact and childhood friend of notorious gangster Whitey Bulger.[19]

In 2016, he starred in the Jeff Nichols films Midnight Special[20] and Loving.[21] He will stars with Jennifer Lawrence in Francis Lawrence's upcoming film, Red Sparrow, based on the book by Jason Matthews. He will plays Nathaniel Nash, the CIA agent.

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 people's sight in poor countries and to improve the health of Indigenous Australians.[22] In 2012, he visited Nepal, where he saw sight restored first hand.[23] 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.[24]

Personal life[edit]

Edgerton's brother, Nash, is a stuntman and filmmaker.[25][26]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1996 Loaded Frog Short film; also producer
1996 Race the Sun Steve Fryman
1998 Praise Leo
1998 Bloodlock Danny Short film; also writer and producer
1999 Dogwatch Sparrow
1999 Erskineville Kings Wayne
2000 Sample People Sem
2001 Pitch, TheThe Pitch Guy Short film; also writer
2002 Hard Word, TheThe Hard Word Shane Twentyman
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
2004 King Arthur Gawain
2005 Kinky Boots Charlie Price
2005 Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith Owen Lars Cameo
2005 Mysterious Geographic Explorations of Jasper Morello, TheThe Mysterious Geographic Explorations of Jasper Morello Jasper Morello Voice role
2006 Smokin' Aces Hugo Croop
2006 Open Window Peter Delaney
2007 Spider Paramedic Short film
2007 Crossbow The Dad Short film
2007 Whisper Vince Delayo
2008 $9.99 Ron Voice role
2008 Square, TheThe Square Billy Also writer and producer
2008 Acolytes Ian Wright
2009 Waiting City, TheThe Waiting City Ben Simmons
2009 Separation City Simon Nicholson
2010 Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole Metal Beak Voice role
2010 Animal Kingdom Barry Brown
2011 Warrior Brendan Conlon
2011 Thing, TheThe Thing Sam Carter
2012 Wish You Were Here Dave Flannery
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 Also writer and producer
2014 The Rover Writer
2014 Exodus: Gods and Kings Ramesses II
2015 Life John G. Morris
2015 The Gift Gordon "Gordo" Moseley Also writer, director and producer
2015 Black Mass John Connolly
2016 Jane Got a Gun Dan Frost Also writer
2016 Midnight Special Lucas
2016 Loving Richard Loving
2017 Bright Nick Jakoby Post-production
2017 American Express Post-production
2017 Red Sparrow Nathaniel Nash Filming
2017 It Comes at Night

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"
1997 Fallen Angels Scoob Episode: "The Faust Lane"
1998 Wildside Michael Savini Episode: "#1.15"
1999 Secret Men's Business Baz Television film
2000 The Three Stooges Tom Cosgrove Television film
2001–2002 Secret Life of Us, TheThe Secret Life of Us William "Will" McGill 32 episodes
2002 Dossa and Joe Robbo 2 episodes
2007 Dangerous Senior Sergeant Mark Field 7 episodes
2009 Dirt Game Shane Bevic 6 episodes

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2000 AACTA Awards Best Lead Actor in a Television Drama Secret Life of Us, TheThe Secret Life of Us Nominated
2002 Won
Logie Awards Most Outstanding Actor Nominated
AACTA Awards Best Actor in a Supporting Role Hard Word, TheThe Hard Word Nominated
Film Critics Circle of Australia Best Supporting Actor Nominated
2003 Ned Kelly Nominated
2008 Melbourne Underground Film Festival Best Actor Acolytes Won
AACTA Awards Best Actor in a Supporting Role Square, TheThe Square Nominated
Best Screenplay with Matthew Dabner Nominated
2009 Film Critics Circle of Australia Best Supporting Actor Nominated
Best Original Screenplay with Matthew Dabner Nominated
New Zealand Film and TV Awards Best Lead Actor in a Feature Film Separation City Nominated
2010 Film Critics Circle of Australia Best Actor Waiting City, TheThe Waiting City Won
Inside Film Awards Best Actor Nominated
AACTA Awards Best Actor in a Supporting Role Animal Kingdom Won
2011 Film Critics Circle of Australia Best Supporting Actor Animal Kingdom and Waiting City, TheThe Waiting City Won
2012 MTV Movie Awards Best Fight with Tom Hardy Warrior Nominated
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Best Ensemble Zero Dark Thirty Nominated
2013 Film Critics Circle of Australia Best Actor Wish You Were Here Nominated
AACTA Awards Best Actor in a Leading Role Nominated
2014 Best Actor in a Supporting Role The Great Gatsby Won
AACTA International Awards Best Actor in a Supporting Role Nominated
2015 Hollywood Film Awards Breakout Actor Black Mass Won
Directors Guild of America Awards Outstanding Directing – First-Time Feature Film The Gift Nominated
Fangoria Chainsaw Awards Best Wide-Release Film Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Won
Best Screenplay Nominated
Sitges Film Festival Best Actor Won
Central Ohio Film Critics Association Breakthrough Film Artist (for producing, directing and screenwriting) Nominated
2016 Critics' Choice Movie Awards Best Actor Loving Nominated
Golden Globe Awards Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama Nominated
Gotham Awards Best Actor Nominated
San Diego Film Critics Society Best Actor Nominated
San Francisco Film Critics Circle Best Actor Nominated
Satellite Awards Best Actor Nominated
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Best Actor Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ Buckley, Cara (18 December 2015). "Joel Edgerton on His Suit of (Beige) Armor in 'Black Mass'". The New York Times. Retrieved 25 January 2016. 
  2. ^ "The Gift". rottentomatoes.com. Retrieved 21 December 2016. 
  3. ^ "Behind The Voice Actors: Joel Edgerton". Retrieved 29 December 2013. 
  4. ^ "Oh, brother". Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax. 8 January 2005. Retrieved 27 May 2012. 
  5. ^ "'Square' director, Nash Edgerton, likes keeping audiences on edge". Post-gazette.com. 29 March 2012. Retrieved 27 May 2012. 
  6. ^ "The Secret Life of Us: profiles". Australian Television. 30 October 1998. Retrieved 27 May 2012. 
  7. ^ Biography for Joel Edgerton at the Internet Movie Database
  8. ^ ""Smokin Aces" Movie Photo: Jeremy Piven and Joel Edgerton". About.com. Retrieved 3 April 2015. 
  9. ^ "Whisper Web site". 
  10. ^ "Separation City". NZ On Screen. Retrieved 27 September 2009. 
  11. ^ "A Streetcar Named Desire". Sydneytheatre.com.au. Retrieved 27 May 2012. 
  12. ^ Brantley, Ben (3 December 2009). "NY Times article on A Streetcar Named Desire". Theater.nytimes.com. Retrieved 27 May 2012. 
  13. ^ '+theTime+'. "'The Thing' Has Found Its First Two Hosts". Bloody-disgusting.com. Retrieved 27 May 2012. 
  14. ^ Hassan, Genevieve (21 September 2011). "Can Warrior pack a punch in the UK?". Bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 27 May 2012. 
  15. ^ "Lead Joel Edgerton Talks The Thing Prequel". Dreadcentral.com. 5 April 2010. Retrieved 27 May 2012. 
  16. ^ "The Thing Star Joel Edgerton Puts Remake or Prequel Argument to Rest". Dreadcentral.com. 2 March 2010. Retrieved 27 May 2012. 
  17. ^ "Breakthrough & Heath Ledger Scholarship Winners". Archived from the original on 3 July 2012. Retrieved 19 February 2013. 
  18. ^ "The Gift (2015) (2015) - Box Office Mojo". boxofficemojo.com. 
  19. ^ 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. 
  20. ^ Kroll, Justin. "Joel Edgerton Eyes Jeff Nichols Film at Warners (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Variety.com. Retrieved 28 February 2014. 
  21. ^ Sullivan, Kevin P. (26 October 2015). "First photo from Loving with Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga debuts". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 25 January 2016. 
  22. ^ "Charity worker is Joel Edgerton's new role". 
  23. ^ "An actor who doesn't want to be famous". 
  24. ^ "Joel Edgerton's Philanthropic Journey in Nepal". 
  25. ^ Galloway, Stephen; Belloni, Matthew (18 January 2016). "Watch THR's Full, Uncensored Actor Roundtable With Will Smith, Mark Ruffalo and More - Actor Oscar Roundtable". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 25 January 2016. 
  26. ^ Galloway, Stephen; Belloni, Matthew. "Will Smith, Mark Ruffalo and Four More A-List Actors on Hollywood Racism, Aging and ... Peeing in Sinks?". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 25 January 2016. 

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