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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.

Early life

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[5] before his family again returned to the Northern Territory, and then moved a few years later to Phillip Island.

Career

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.[11] 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.[18] 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.[19] 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,[21] and reprised his role of Thor for the fourth time in the sequel to The Avengers, Avengers: Age of Ultron.[22] 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.[23][24] He appeared in the episode broadcast on 19 May 2015.[24] 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.[25] 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.[26] In 2016, Hemsworth reprised the role of Eric the Huntsman in The Huntsman: Winter’s War and also portrayed Kevin the receptionist in Ghostbusters.[27][4]

Hemsworth reprised his role as Thor in Thor: Ragnarok, released on 3 November 2017 in the U.S.,[28] and again in both the third Avengers film, Avengers: Infinity War (2018), and Avengers: Endgame, scheduled for release in 2019.[29] He is also set to star in a spin-off of the Men in Black series, titled Men in Black: International.[30] Hemsworth was originally going to reprise his role as George Kirk in the fourth film of the rebooted Star Trek film series,[31][32] but he left the project in August 2018 after contract negotiations fell through.[33]

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.[34] Hemsworth was also the star in the AFL’s 2017 “I’d Like to See That” commercial.[35]

Personal life

Hemsworth began dating Spanish actress Elsa Pataky in early 2010 after meeting through their mutual representatives.[36] They wed in December 2010.[37] They have three children: a daughter born in May 2012,[38] and twin sons born in March 2014.[39] In 2015, Hemsworth and his family moved from Los Angeles to Byron Bay in his native Australia.[40]

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
2009 Star Trek George Kirk
2009 A Perfect Getaway Kale
2010 Ca$h Sam Phelan
2011 Thor Thor
2012 The Cabin in the Woods Curt Vaughan
2012 The Avengers Thor
2012 Snow White and the Huntsman The Huntsman
2012 Red Dawn Jed Eckert
2013 Star Trek Into Darkness George Kirk Voice only
Cameo
2013 Rush James Hunt
2013 Thor: The Dark World Thor
2015 Blackhat Nicholas Hathaway
2015 Avengers: Age of Ultron Thor
2015 Vacation Stone Crandall
2015 In the Heart of the Sea Owen Chase
2016 The Huntsman: Winter’s War The Huntsman
2016 Ghostbusters Kevin Beckman
2016 Doctor Strange Thor Uncredited cameo
2017 Thor: Ragnarok Thor
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 Avengers: Endgame Thor
2019 Men in Black: International Agent H Post-production
2019 Dhaka Tyler Rake Post-production
Also producer

Television

Year Title Role Notes
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”

Video games

Year Title Voice role Notes
2011 Thor: God of Thunder Thor
2016 Ghostbusters Kevin Beckman

Awards and nominations

Year Association Category Nominated work Result
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[41] 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

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