Chris Hemsworth Biography
Christopher Hemsworth (born 11 August 1983) is an Australian actor. He rose to prominence playing Kim Hyde in the Australian TV series Home and Away (2004–07). Hemsworth has also appeared in the science fiction action film Star Trek (2009), the thriller adventure A Perfect Getaway (2009), the horror comedy The Cabin in the Woods (2012), the dark-fantasy action film Snow White and the Huntsman (2012), the war film Red Dawn (2012), and the biographical sports drama film Rush (2013).
In the Marvel Cinematic Universe he portrays the role of Thor, beginning in Thor (2011), and also appearing in The Avengers (2012), Thor: The Dark World (2013), Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), Doctor Strange (2016), Thor: Ragnarok (2017), and Avengers: Infinity War (2018). He will reprise his role in Avengers: Endgame, which is scheduled for release in April 2019.
In 2015, he starred in the action thriller film Blackhat, had a comedic role in the fifth installment of National Lampoon’s Vacation series, Vacation, and headlined the biographical thriller film In the Heart of the Sea. The following year, Hemsworth had a supporting role in Sony’s reboot of Ghostbusters. In 2019, he will star in the spin-off of the Men in Black film series, Men in Black: International.
Hemsworth was born in Melbourne, to Leonie (née van Os), an English teacher, and Craig Hemsworth, a social-services counsellor. He is the middle of three boys; his brothers Luke (older) and Liam (younger) are also actors. His maternal grandfather is a Dutch immigrant and his maternal grandmother is of Irish descent; he also has English, Scottish, and German ancestry. He was raised both in Melbourne and in the Australian Outback in Bulman, Northern Territory. He has stated, “My earliest memories were on the cattle stations up in the Outback, and then we moved back to Melbourne and then back out there and then back again. Certainly most of my childhood was in Melbourne but probably my most vivid memories were up there [in Bulman] with crocodiles and buffalo. Very different walks of life.” He attended high school at Heathmont College before his family again returned to the Northern Territory, and then moved a few years later to Phillip Island.
Hemsworth began his career by appearing in several television series. In 2002, Hemsworth starred in two episodes of fantasy television series Guinevere Jones as King Arthur, as well as making an appearance in soap opera series Neighbours and one episode of Marshall Law. The following year, he appeared in an episode of The Saddle Club.
In 2004, Hemsworth auditioned for the role of Robbie Hunter in Australian soap opera Home and Away. He did not receive the part, but was subsequently recalled for the part of Kim Hyde. He moved to Sydney to join the cast, appearing in 171 episodes of the series. He left the cast of Home and Away on 3 July 2007.
Hemsworth was a contestant on the fifth season of Dancing with the Stars Australia, partnered with professional dancer Abbey Ross. The season premiered on 26 September 2006, and after six weeks, Hemsworth was eliminated on 7 November.
In 2009, Hemsworth portrayed James T. Kirk’s father, George Kirk, in the opening scenes of J. J. Abrams’ film Star Trek. He played the character Kale in the thriller A Perfect Getaway the same year. He went on to play Sam in 2010’s Ca$h, which was the first film he shot when he arrived in the United States. The film’s director, Stephen Milburn Anderson, said Hemsworth had only been in the United States for six weeks when he had auditioned for the role, recalling, “Here’s a guy who is young, has the right look, is a very good actor and, let’s face it, he’s beautiful. So I say, we need to get this guy in. I was very impressed”. In November 2010, The Hollywood Reporter named Hemsworth as one of the young male actors who are “pushing – or being pushed” onto the Hollywood “A-List”. Sony Pictures announced in 2011 that Hemsworth would star in the thriller Shadow Runner, which did not subsequently go into production as of 2014.
Hemsworth is most famously known for his role as superhero Thor in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. His first film in the franchise was 2011’s Thor. He and castmate Tom Hiddleston, who ultimately played Loki, had each auditioned for the role, for which Hemsworth said he put on 20 pounds of muscle. Hemsworth reprised the role in the 2012 film The Avengers as one of the six superheroes sent to defend Earth from his adopted brother, Loki, and in Thor: The Dark World, the 2013 sequel to Thor.
He starred in the horror film The Cabin in the Woods, which was shot shortly after the release of Star Trek but went unreleased until 2012. Also that year, Hemsworth starred opposite Kristen Stewart in the film Snow White and the Huntsman as the Huntsman. He also played Jed Eckert in the 2012 Red Dawn remake, a role he was cast in after MGM saw dailies footage of a scene from Cabin in the Woods. Hemsworth received the part of Thor two days after being hired for Red Dawn. In 2013, Hemsworth starred in Ron Howard’s sports drama film Rush, as 1976 Formula 1 World Champion James Hunt. People magazine, in an annual feature, named him its 2014 “Sexiest Man Alive.”
In 2015, Hemsworth starred in director Michael Mann’s action thriller Blackhat, opposite Viola Davis, and reprised his role of Thor for the fourth time in the sequel to The Avengers, Avengers: Age of Ultron. Hemsworth returned to the set of Home and Away in November 2014 to film a scene as an extra and not as his character Kim Hyde. He appeared in the episode broadcast on 19 May 2015. Also in 2015, he co-starred in the comedy film Vacation, along with Ed Helms, a revival of the film series that originally starred Chevy Chase. His last 2015 film was In the Heart of the Sea, based on the book of the same name by Nathaniel Philbrick, with Hemsworth playing first mate Owen Chase. In an interview with Jimmy Kimmel, he revealed that to prepare for the role of starving sailors, the cast was put on a diet of 500–600 calories a day to lose weight. In 2016, Hemsworth reprised the role of Eric the Huntsman in The Huntsman: Winter’s War and also portrayed Kevin the receptionist in Ghostbusters.
Hemsworth reprised his role as Thor in Thor: Ragnarok, released on 3 November 2017 in the U.S., and again in both the third Avengers film, Avengers: Infinity War (2018), and Avengers: Endgame, scheduled for release in 2019. He is also set to star in a spin-off of the Men in Black series, titled Men in Black: International. Hemsworth was originally going to reprise his role as George Kirk in the fourth film of the rebooted Star Trek film series, but he left the project in August 2018 after contract negotiations fell through.
In the media
Hemsworth was the star of the Australian Football League’s 2014 Everything’s Possible campaign. He donated fees for his involvement to the Australian Children Foundation. Hemsworth was also the star in the AFL’s 2017 “I’d Like to See That” commercial.
Hemsworth began dating Spanish actress Elsa Pataky in early 2010 after meeting through their mutual representatives. They wed in December 2010. They have three children: a daughter born in May 2012, and twin sons born in March 2014. In 2015, Hemsworth and his family moved from Los Angeles to Byron Bay in his native Australia.
|2009||Star Trek||George Kirk|
|2009||A Perfect Getaway||Kale|
|2012||The Cabin in the Woods||Curt Vaughan|
|2012||Snow White and the Huntsman||The Huntsman|
|2012||Red Dawn||Jed Eckert|
|2013||Star Trek Into Darkness||George Kirk||Voice only
|2013||Thor: The Dark World||Thor|
|2015||Avengers: Age of Ultron||Thor|
|2015||In the Heart of the Sea||Owen Chase|
|2016||The Huntsman: Winter’s War||The Huntsman|
|2016||Doctor Strange||Thor||Uncredited cameo|
|2018||12 Strong||Captain Mitch Nelson|
|2018||Avengers: Infinity War||Thor|
|2018||Andy Irons: Kissed by God||N/A||Executive producer|
|2018||Bad Times at the El Royale||Billy Lee|
|2019||Men in Black: International||Agent H||Post-production|
|2002||Guinevere Jones||King Arthur||2 episodes|
|2002||Neighbours||Jamie Kane||Episode 4,069|
|2002||Marshall Law||The Kid||Episode: “Domestic Bliss”|
|2003||The Saddle Club||The New Vet||Episode: “Tenderfoot”|
|2004||Fergus McPhail||Craig||Episode: “In a Jam”|
|2004–2007||Home and Away||Kim Hyde||189 episodes|
|2006||Dancing with the Stars||Himself||5th place|
|2015||Saturday Night Live||Host||“Chris Hemsworth/Zac Brown Band”
“Chris Hemsworth/Chance The Rapper”
|2011||Thor: God of Thunder||Thor|
Awards and nominations
|2011||Teen Choice Awards||Choice Movie: Breakout Male||Thor||Nominated|
|2012||British Academy Film Awards||Rising Star Award||Nominated|
|People’s Choice Awards||Favorite Movie Superhero||Nominated|
|MTV Movie Awards||Best Hero||Nominated|
|Teen Choice Awards||Choice Movie Actor: Sci-Fi/Fantasy||The Avengers||Nominated|
|Choice Summer Movie Star: Male||The Avengers & Snow White and the Huntsman||Won|
|2013||People’s Choice Awards||Favorite Movie Superhero||The Avengers||Nominated|
|Favorite On-Screen Chemistry (shared with Kristen Stewart)||Snow White and the Huntsman||Nominated|
|Favorite Action Movie Star||The Avengers & Snow White and the Huntsman||Won|
|Kids’ Choice Awards||Favorite Male Buttkicker||The Avengers||Nominated|
|MTV Movie Awards||Best Fight||Won|
|Teen Choice Awards||Choice Movie Actor: Action||Red Dawn||Nominated|
|2014||Teen Choice Awards||Choice Movie Actor: Sci-Fi/Fantasy||Thor: The Dark World||Nominated|
|2015||Teen Choice Awards||Choice Movie Actor: Sci-Fi/Fantasy||Nominated|
|Choice Movie Actor: Drama||Blackhat||Nominated|
|2016||People’s Choice Awards||Favorite Action Movie Actor||Avengers: Age of Ultron & In the Heart of the Sea||Won|
|Kids’ Choice Awards||Favorite Movie Actor||Avengers: Age of Ultron||Nominated|
|MTV Movie Awards||Best Kiss (shared with Leslie Mann)||Vacation||Nominated|
|Teen Choice Awards||Choice Movie Actor: Action||In the Heart of the Sea||Nominated|
|Choice Movie Actor: Sci-Fi/Fantasy||The Huntsman: Winter’s War||Nominated|
|Choice Movie: Liplock (shared with Jessica Chastain)||Nominated|
|Choice Summer Movie Star: Male||Ghostbusters||Nominated|
|2017||People’s Choice Awards||Favorite Comedic Movie Actor||Nominated|
|Kids’ Choice Awards||Favorite Movie Actor||Won|
|Favorite Butt-Kicker||The Huntsman: Winter’s War||Nominated|
|2018||Critics’ Choice Awards||Best Actor in a Comedy||Thor: Ragnarok||Nominated|
|MTV Movie Awards||Best Fight||Nominated|
|People’s Choice Awards||The Action Movie Star of 2018||Avengers: Infinity War||Nominated|
|The Male Movie Star of 2018||Nominated|
|The Drama Movie Star of 2018||12 Strong||Nominated|