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Hirsch in JUST JIM.

About Emile Hirsch (1985 – )

Emile Hirsch was born in Palms, California, and raised in Los Angeles, as well as Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he lived with his mother, a visual artist and teacher who designs pop-up books, for several years. Hirsch's father, David M. Hirsch, is an entrepreneur, manager and producer. He has an older sister, Jenny. Hirsch is of German Jewish, English and German ancestry.

His early work includes the Jodie Foster produced film The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys, and The Emperor's Club, alongside Kevin Kline. He then appeared opposite Laura Linney and Gena Rowlands in the award-winning Showtime movie Wild Iris.

In 2004, Hirsch was seen in the teen comedy The Girl Next Door, and then, in the summer of the same year, The Mudge Boy.

Hirsch was next seen with Jeff Daniels and Sigourney Weaver in Imaginary Heroes, a dramatic portrait of a dysfunctional family, which was released in February 2005. In 2005, Hirsch also starred with Heath Ledger in Lords of Dogtown, directed by Catherine Hardwicke. The film, about a group of skaters in the 1970s and their seminal role in the birth of skateboard culture, was released in June of that year. He subsequently appeared in Alpha Dog, a dark drama starring Justin Timberlake, Anton Yelchin, Bruce Willis, and Sharon Stone in which Hirsch's role was based on real-life drug dealer Jesse James Hollywood. Hirsch reportedly consulted with Hollywood's father before playing the role.

Hirsch next starred as adventurer Christopher McCandless in Sean Penn's adventure-drama Into the Wild. He lost 40 pounds for the role and earned a Screen Actors Guild nomination for best actor.

Hirsch had the title role in Andy & Lana (nee Larry) Wachowski's follow-up to The Matrix Trilogy, Speed Racer, which was released in May of 2008. He played gay rights activist Cleve Jones in Gus Van Sant's 2008 Academy Award-winning Harvey Milk bio-pic, Milk, which featured Sean Penn in the title role. He also appeared in Ang Lee's Taking Woodstock, based on a screenplay of the identically-titled Elliot Tiber memoir.

He starred in The Motel Life, based on the novel by Willy Vlautin, filmed in Nevada in 2010 and finally released in 2013.

In April 2011, he was cast in Oliver Stone's Savages, which was released in July 2012.

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. Director David Gordon Green would go on to win Best Director for the film at the Berlin Film Festival. Additionally, Hirsch starred opposite Academy Award winner Matthew McConaughey in the William Friedkin directed Killer Joe.

In 2013, Hirsch co-starred with Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch and Ben Foster in the Peter Berg-directed film Lone Survivor, which was based on the true life memoir of Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell, and grossed over $125 million domestically.

Emile Hirsch's notable movie credits include...

Year Movie Role
1998 Gargantua Brandon Ellway
2001 Wild Iris Lony Brevard
2002 The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys Francis Doyle
2002 The Emperor's Club Sedgewick Bell
2003 The Mudge Boy Duncan Mudge
2004 The Girl Next Door Matthew Kidman
2004 Imaginary Heroes Tim Travis
2005 Lords of Dogtown Jay Adams
2007 Alpha Dog Johnny Truelove
2007 Into the Wild Christopher "Alexander Supertramp" McCandless
2008 The Air I Breathe Tony
2008 Speed Racer Speed Racer
2008 Milk Cleve Jones
2009 Taking Woodstock Billy
2011 Killer Joe Chris Smith
2011 The Darkest Hour Sean
2012 Savages Spin
2012 Venuto al mondo - Twice Born Diego
2012 The Motel Life Frank Flannigan
2013 Prince Avalanche Lance
2013 Lone Survivor Danny Dietz
2015 Just Jim Dean
2015 Ten Thousand Saints Johnny
2016 Vincent-N-Roxxy Vincent
2016 The autopsy of jane doe Austin Tilden
2017 all nighter martin

Emile Hirsch's television credits include...

Year Show/Series Role
1997 Early Edition Lance Foster
1997 3rd Rock from the Sun Punk
1998 Houdini Young Houdini
1999 Sabrina, the Teenage Witch Darryl
1999 The Pretender Bryce
1999 Two of a Kind Jeremy
2013 Bonnie & Clyde Clyde Barrow
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Emile Hirsch and Penelope Cruz in Twice Born (2012).
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Emile Hirsch and Stephen Dorf in The Motel Life (2012).
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Hirsch in The Darkest Hour (2011).
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With Hailee Steinfeld in Ten Thousand Saints (2015).
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Hirsch in Taking Woodstock (2009).
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Hirsch (center) in Oliver Stone's Savages (2012).
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Hirsch and Paul Rudd in the comedy Prince Avalanche (2013).
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Emile Hirsch as Cleve Jones in Milk (2008).
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Hirsch in Lords of Dogtown (2005).
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As Danny Dietz in Lone Survivor (2013).
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Hirsch and Juno Temple in Killer Joe (2011).
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In Into the Wild (2007).
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Emile Hirsch and Holliday Grainger in Bonnie and Clyde (2013).

Memorable Quotes

“I think I've always been half out of my shell and half in. Sometimes I can be extremely wild and sometimes I can be extremely shy. It just depends on the day.”

“I learned how to skate vert in pools and stuff. Now I can get on a board and skate a pool. We did three months of skating and surfing. It was surfing in the morning and skating in the afternoon. Tony Alva was our coach. He's not the easiest coach to work with. He's not like a coach. He tells you how to do it, and is like, 'Just do it. Just f-ing do it, dude!'”

“James Dean taught me not to speed, River Phoenix taught me not to DO speed, and Marlon Brando taught me to slow down on the cheeseburgers.”

“[About working on the film The Girl Next Door (2004).] When I got a lap dance, because I was 17, they had to put a massive pillow between me and the girl when she was grinding me. It was weird, yet pleasurable.”

“[on Penelope Cruz] She's hilarious. She's not only very smart and talented, she has a ridiculously absurdest and sophisticated sense of humor. We were constantly laughing and enjoying ourselves on set.”

Did You Know

Along with Jessica Biel, Isabel Lucas, musician Santi White, rapper Lupe Fiasco and many others, Emile Hirsch hiked Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania on a benefit climb called Summit On The Summit.

Hirsch had a body double for his nude scene in The Girl Next Door because he was only aged 17 at the time.

For his role as the title character in Speed Racer, he watched every episode of the anime series.

Hirsch was charged with aggravated assault after he attacked and choked the female VP of Paramount Digital during a Sundance Film Festival party in early 2015. He claimed he had no memory of the incident due to consuming an enormous amount of alcohol. Hirsch subsequently checked into a alcohol rehab facility.

He spent 3 months training to skateboard and surf for Lords Of Dogtown.