Born: July 21, 1978
Birthplace: St. Paul, Minnesota, U.S.
Joshua Daniel Hartnett (born July 21, 1978) is an American actor and movie producer. He first came to attention in 1997 for his role as Michael Fitzgerald in the television crime drama series Cracker. He made his feature film debut in 1998 in the slasher film Halloween H20: 20 Years Later, followed by teen roles in films such as the sci-fi horror film The Faculty (1998) and the drama The Virgin Suicides (1999). Hartnett had starring roles in the war film Pearl Harbor, the drama O, the war film Black Hawk Down, the romantic comedy 40 Days and 40 Nights, the crime thriller Lucky Number Slevin (2006), and other films.
He starred in the Brian De Palma-directed neo-noir crime thriller The Black Dahlia (2006). Next, he appeared in the drama Resurrecting the Champ (2007), alongside Samuel L. Jackson, the graphic novel-based vampire horror film 30 Days of Night (2007) and the neo-noir atmospheric thriller I Come with the Rain (2009). From 2014 to 2016, he starred as Ethan Chandler in the horror TV series Penny Dreadful, for which he was nominated for a Fangoria Chainsaw Award.
Hartnett was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, though some sources, he has said, erroneously give San Francisco. The son of Daniel Thomas Hartnett and Wendy Anne (née Kronstedt). He was raised by his father, a building manager, and his stepmother, Molly, an artist. He has two brothers, Jake and Joe, and sister, Jessica. Hartnett was raised Roman Catholic, attending Nativity of Our Lord Catholic School.
After he graduated high school, a move to New York to attend the Conservatory of Theatre Arts & Film at SUNY Purchase did not go as well as Hartnett had hoped, and a year later, at 19, he found himself in California. Shortly after arriving in Los Angeles, he caught an improbable break, landing a part in the short-lived but acclaimed drama Cracker, on ABC. Although the series was cancelled after sixteen episodes, Hartnett had made a name for himself. He then began to focus on feature film work. He performed in small plays and on national television commercials before being cast in his first feature film, playing the son of Jamie Lee Curtis' character in Halloween H20: 20 Years Later. Released on August 5, 1998, it performed well at the box office.
Hartnett developed a film career, having appeared in Hollywood films, including The Faculty, Black Hawk Down, Lucky Number Slevin and Pearl Harbor. He was originally scheduled to play the role of Tino in Deuces Wild, but dropped out to star in Pearl Harbor. In 2002, he starred in O, an adaptation of William Shakespeare's Othello set in an American high school, as Hugo, the film's version of Iago. In the early 2000s, Hartnett was approached several times to play the role of Clark Kent/Superman in the early 2000s for a project originally helmed by Brett Ratner, but always turned it down, not wanting to commit to a predicted ten-year role. Hartnett said of his decision, "It just wasn't the kind of movie I wanted to do. I turned down other superhero roles as well."
Hartnett was chosen as one of Teen People magazine's "21 Hottest Stars Under 21" in 1999, Teen People's "25 Hottest Stars under 25", and one of People magazine's "50 Most Beautiful People", both in 2002. He was also voted Bliss magazine's "3rd Sexiest Male", and in 2003 PETA named him the Sexiest Vegetarian Alive, as chosen by voters.
One of Hartnett's next films was the 2006 drama-mystery The Black Dahlia, in which he played a detective investigating the notorious real-life murder of actress Elizabeth Short. Hartnett had been cast in the role five years before the film was produced, remaining committed to appearing in the movie because he liked the subject matter.
Among his 2007 roles were Resurrecting the Champ, a drama also starring Samuel L. Jackson, and the graphic novel-based 30 Days of Night, in which he played a small-town sheriff. Hartnett described the second film as "supernatural, but kind of a western". He was going to play trumpet player Chet Baker in the film The Prince of Cool, but did not agree with the producer's ideas and left the project.
In 2008, Hartnett played Charlie Babbit alongside Adam Godley in the theatre adaptation of Barry Morrow's Academy Award-winning Rain Man at the Apollo Theatre in London's West End. He starred in the new campaign of the Emporio Armani fragrance, "Diamonds for Men", being featured in both print and TV ads for the fragrance, thus becoming the first male celebrity to represent Giorgio Armani Beauty.
He has been featured on many magazine covers, such as Cosmogirl, Details, Entertainment Weekly, Girlfriend, Seventeen, Vanity Fair, GQ and Vman, in addition to being in other magazines like Vogue, ELLE, People, Glamour, Intouch and InStyle.
In 2009, Hartnett produced the video clip for the rapper Kid Cudi's song Pursuit of Happiness.
In 2013, Hartnett was a guest of honor on Off Plus Camera.
In 2014, he was cast in the part of Ethan Chandler in the gothic horror series Penny Dreadful, shot in locations around Dublin and Ireland.
Regarding fame, Hartnett has said, "I know what it's like to be in that whole world. I was up there for a couple of years, and it was uncomfortable. I think trying to stay at the top is a shortcut to unhappiness." Hartnett also took a break from acting, saying "I spent a bit of time really thinking about whether this was the right thing for me."
Hartnett has been involved in various causes. In 2007, he took time out from filming to support the green lifestyle campaign of Global Cool.
In 2011, Hartnett became one of a handful of celebrities attached to USAID and Ad Council's FWD campaign, an awareness initiative tied to that year's East Africa drought. He joined Uma Thurman, Chanel Iman and Geena Davis in TV and internet ads to "forward the facts" about the crisis.
In 2012, Hartnett also joined Barack Obama in his campaign in Minnesota, appearing at such events as the Minnesota Greater Together Youth Summit before formally endorsing the President on the official campaign YouTube channel. He along with Minneapolis Mayor RT Rybak also appeared at the University of Minnesota's McNamara Alumni Center for an Obama Q&A in April.
Hartnett and actress Tamsin Egerton acknowledged in 2013 they were in a relationship. Hartnett's representative said on December 2, 2015, that Hartnett and Egerton had had their first child together on an unspecified recent date. The couple now live in the UK with their 2 children.
|1998||Halloween H20: 20 Years Later||John Tate||Nominated - Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Male Newcomer
Nominated - MTV Movie Award for Best Breakthrough Male Performance
|1998||Faculty, TheThe Faculty||Zeke Tyler||Nominated - Saturn Award for Best Performance by a Younger Actor|
|1999||Virgin Suicides, TheThe Virgin Suicides||Trip Fontaine|
|2000||Here on Earth||Jasper Arnold||Nominated - Teen Choice Award for Choice Breakout Star|
|2001||Same, TheThe Same||The Neighbor||Short film|
|2001||Short6||Gianni||A compilation of six cinematic shorts|
|2001||Blow Dry||Brian Allen|
|2001||Town & Country||Tom Stoddard|
|2001||Pearl Harbor||Cpt Danny Walker||Nominated - MTV Movie Award for Best Male Performance
Nominated - Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actor
Nominated - Razzie Award for Worst Screen Couple
|2001||Black Hawk Down||Staff Sergeant Matt Eversmann||Nominated - Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Acting Ensemble
Nominated - Teen Choice Award for Choice Action Movie Actor
|2002||40 Days and 40 Nights||Matt Sullivan||Nominated - Teen Choice Award for Choice Chemistry|
|2003||Zéro Un||The Neighbor||A compilation of ten cinematic shorts produced by Luc Besson|
|2003||Hollywood Homicide||K.C. Calden|
|2004||Wicker Park||Matthew Simon|
|2005||Stories of Lost Souls||The Neighbor|
|2005||Sin City||The Salesman|
|2005||Mozart and the Whale||Donald Morton|
|2006||Lucky Number Slevin||Slevin Kelevra||Won - Best Acting Performance Male - 2006 Milan International Film Festival|
|2006||Black Dahlia, TheThe Black Dahlia||Dwight "Bucky" Bleichert|
|2007||Resurrecting the Champ||Erik Kernan|
|2007||30 Days of Night||Sheriff Eben Oleson||Nominated - Teen Choice Award for Choice Horror Movie Actor|
|2008||T Takes||Josh||Web series|
|2009||I Come with the Rain||Kline|
|2011||Girl Walks into a Bar||Sam Salazar|
|2011||Stuck Between Stations||Paddy|
|2013||The Lovers||James Stewart/Jay Fennel|
|2014||Parts per Billion||Len|
|2015||Wild Horses||KC Briggs|
|2017||The Ottoman Lieutenant||Jude|
|2017||The Long Home||Post-production|
|2017||6 Below: Miracle on the Mountain||Eric LeMarque (fr)||Post-production|
|1997-99||Cracker||Michael "Fitz" Fitzgerald||16 episodes, main character|
|2014-16||Penny Dreadful||Ethan Chandler||24 episodes, main character
Pending - Fangora Chainsaw Award for Best TV Actor (2017)
|2015||Drunk History||Clark Gable||Episode: "Miami"|
|2008||24 Hour Plays||Main Man||Annual fundraiser at the Old Vic theatre involving actors, writers and directors joining forces to create and present a series of six plays all within a day|
|2008||Rain Man||Charlie Babbitt||Won - The Dewynters London Newcomer of the Year // WhatsOnStage Awards The Theatregoers' Choice|
|1999||"Playground Love"||Air||The Virgin Suicides soundtrack|
|2001||"There You'll Be"||Faith Hill||Pearl Harbor soundtrack|
|2002||"Travelin' Soldier"||Dixie Chicks||Home|
|2010||"Pursuit of Happiness"||Kid Cudi||Producer|
|2008||August||Spectrum - 2008 Sundance Film Festival
Contemporary World Cinema - 2008 Seattle International Film Festival
Narrative Feature Films - 2008 Brooklyn International Film Festival
Horizons - 2008 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival
International Section - 2008 Oldenburg International Film Festival
World Cinema - 2008 Flanders International Film Festival Ghent
Spirit of Freedom: Dramatic - 2008 Bahamas International Film Festival