Aaron Eckhart is an American film and stage actor who rose to international fame with his performance in the highly successful film ‘Erin Brockovich’ in 2000.
Date of birth
Aaron Edward Eckhart was born on March 12, 1968, in California.
He was born to Mary Martha, a children's book author and poet, and James Conrad Eckhart, a computer executive. He has two elder brothers, and hails from a family of mixed ancestry.
Early life & Education
He was raised as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints church, and served a two-year LDS mission in France and Switzerland before moving to England. At England, Eckhart attended the American Community School. It was during his years at the school that the bug of acting bit him. He was first introduced to acting, in his school production.
In 1985, he moved to Sydney. There he attended the American International School of Sydney where his love for acting found further impetus. He appeared in the school’s stage productions and honed his acting skills. However he did not have any interest in studies and thus dropped out to take up a job at the Warringah Mall movie theater.
He eventually realized the value of a formal professional degree and enrolled as a film major at Brigham Young University–Hawaii upon his return to the US in 1988. He later transferred to Brigham Young University (BYU) from where he graduated in 1994 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. He had appeared in a number of theatrical productions during his university years.
He once dated country music songwriter Kristyn Osborn in the mid-2000s. Prior to that, he was engaged to actress Emily Cline in the 1990s though their relationship did not culminate in marriage.
Not yet established.
Following his graduation Aaron Eckhart moved to the New York City where he initially struggled to find meaningful acting jobs, ending up with only small roles in television series or commercials. To make ends meet, he worked in a string of other jobs as a bartender, bus driver, and construction worker.
He found a minor breakthrough in 1997 when the director/writer Neil LaBute, who was already acquainted with Eckhart, offered him a role in a film adaptation of LaBute's stage play ‘In the Company of Men.’ Eckhart’s portrayal of a frustrated office worker in his debut film was well-received.
In 1998, he appeared in another one of LaBute’s black comedies, ‘Your Friends & Neighbors’ as a sexually-frustrated man trapped in an unhappy marriage. The same year, he also acted as Nick in ‘Thursday.’
It was only in 2000 that Aaron Eckhart got his first taste of mainstream success. He played the role of George in the much acclaimed biographical movie ‘Erin Brockovich’ which had Julia Roberts in the lead role. Following this role, he began to get meaningful offers more easily.
Over the next few years he appeared in several movies like ‘The Pledge’ (2001), ‘Possession’ (2002), ‘The Missing’ (2003), and ‘Suspect Zero’ (2004). In 2004 he also appeared in David Mamet's ‘Oleanna’ at the Garrick Theatre. His performance in the stage production earned him much appreciation.
The year 2006 was a highly productive one for Aaron Eckhart. He portrayed Nick Naylor in the comedy-drama ‘Thank You for Smoking’, and Sgt. Lee Blanchard in the crime thriller film ‘The Black Dahlia.’ His performance in the former earned him a nomination for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy.
Aaron Eckhart landed the role of Harvey Dent in the 2008 superhero crime thriller film ‘The Dark Knight’ which also had Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne and Heath Ledger as The Joker. Producer Christopher Nolan had specifically chosen Eckhart for the role of Dent as he was much impressed with the actor’s extraordinary ability to play “gray” characters.
He shared the screen space with Nicole Kidman in the drama film ‘Rabbit Hole’ in 2010 wherein he played Howie, a young father who has to deal with the death of his little son. The movie was a critically acclaimed one. For this movie, Kidman herself had selected Eckhart to play the character of her husband.
In 2011, Aaron Eckhart appeared in the epic military science fiction war film ‘Battle: Los Angeles’ directed by Jonathan Liebesman. He played the role of a retiring Marine Staff Sergeant USMC SSgt Michael Nantz who must go back into the line of duty to lead a platoon of U.S. Marines and a U.S. Air Force sergeant during a global alien invasion.
He starred as a U.S. President who is taken hostage, in the 2013 action thriller Olympus Has Fallen, opposite Gerard Butler, and reprised the role in its 2016 sequel London Has Fallen.
His other films include ‘I, Frankenstein’ (2014), and ‘My All American’ (2015). In 2016, he appeared in the film ‘Sully’ which was a critical as well as commercial success. The same year, he also acted in ‘Bleed for This’ as Kevin Rooney.
On November 8, 2019, he starred in Roland Emmerich’s blockbuster movie Midway, which also starred Ed Skrein, Patrick Wilson, Luke Evans, Mandy Moore, Nick Jonas, Dennis Quaid and Woody Harrelson.
|Born||12th March, 1968|
|Home City||Cupertino, California, U.S.|