Jai Courtney

Jai Courtney

Birth name: Jai Stephen Courtney
Born: March 15, 1986
Age: 32
Birthplace: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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Biography

Jai Stephen Courtney (/dʒaɪ/;[1] born 15 March 1986)[2][3] is an Australian actor.[1] He started his career with small roles in films and television series before being cast as Charlie in the action film Jack Reacher (2012). He then went on to star in A Good Day to Die Hard (2013) and I, Frankenstein (2014). He stars alongside Christopher Plummer in the wartime thriller, The Exception (2016)

Courtney had a recurring role as Varro in the television series Spartacus: Blood and Sand (2010). He played Eric in the science fiction action film Divergent (2014), and in 2015, he reprised the role in the sequel, Insurgent. He portrayed Kyle Reese in Terminator Genisys and DC Comics villain Captain Boomerang in the 2016 film Suicide Squad.

Courtney was born in Sydney, New South Wales, and grew up in Cherrybrook, a suburb of Sydney. His father, Chris, worked for a state-owned electricity company, and his mother, Karen, was a teacher at Galston Public School, where Courtney and his older sister were students. He then attended Cherrybrook Technology High School and the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, graduating in 2008.[4][2][5]

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Career

Courtney at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival

Courtney's first role was in a controversial[according to whom?] 2005 short film titled Boys Grammar which also starred Daniel Feuerriegel and Adam J. Yeend. In 2008, Courtney had a role in the Australian series Packed to the Rafters, then a guest lead in the popular All Saints, the comedy feature To Hell & Bourke and several short films. In 2010, he played Varro in Spartacus: Blood and Sand for 10 episodes, before starring in Jack Reacher in 2012 with Tom Cruise and in A Good Day to Die Hard with Bruce Willis as John McClane's son, Jack.[6][7][8]

In 2014, he appeared in the film I, Frankenstein as Gideon, leader of the gargoyle army and in Felony as Jim Melic.[9]

Courtney played Eric, one of the leaders of the faction Dauntless, in the film Divergent (2014). Later, he starred in Unbroken, where he played Hugh "Cup" Cuppernell and The Water Diviner as Lt. Col. Hughes.[10] He reprised his role of Eric in the sequel The Divergent Series: Insurgent (2015), which began filming May 2014 and was released 20 March 2015.[11]

Courtney played one of the leads, Kyle Reese, in the science fiction action film Terminator Genisys.[12] Filming on Terminator Genisys began in April/May 2014,[13] and the film was released on 1 July 2015.[14] Courtney worked on Terminator and Insurgent concurrently.[15]

Courtney provided backing vocals on the Pinch Hitter song "All of a Sudden" from their debut album, When Friends Die in Accidents.[16]

In March 2015, Courtney signed on to play Captain Boomerang in the DC Comics film Suicide Squad, alongside Will Smith, Jared Leto and Margot Robbie. Filming began in April 2015 and the film was released in August 2016.[17]

Personal life

As of November 2012, Courtney lives in Los Angeles, California. Courtney previously dated Gemma Pranita from 2006 until 2013. He was also in a relationship with Mecki Dent from 2016 to 2018.[18]

Filmography

Courtney at the Jack Reacher premiere in December 2012

Film

Year Title Role Notes
2009 Stone Bros. Eric
2012 Jack Reacher Charlie
2013 A Good Day to Die Hard John "Jack" McClane, Jr.
2014 I, Frankenstein Gideon
2014 Divergent Eric Coulter
2014 Felony Jim Melic Nominated - Australian Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Nominated - Film Critics Circle of Australia Award for Best Actor - Supporting Role
2014 Unbroken Hugh "Cup" Cuppernell
2014 The Water Diviner Lt. Col. Cyril Hughes
2015 The Divergent Series: Insurgent Eric Coulter
2015 Terminator Genisys Kyle Reese
2015 Man Down Devin Roberts
2016 Suicide Squad George "Digger" Harkness / Captain Boomerang
2016 The Exception Capt. Stefan Brandt
2019 Storm Boy Hideaway Tom
Semper Fi Callahan
Buffaloed Post-production

Television

Year Title Role Notes
2008 All Saints Harry Avent 2 episodes
2008-2009 Packed to the Rafters Damian 2 episodes
2010 Spartacus: Blood and Sand Varro 8 episodes
2017 Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later Garth MacArthur

Theatre

Year Title Role Notes
2017 Macbeth Macbeth Melbourne Theatre Company

[ Source: Wikipedia ]