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July 21, 1978 (45)
Josh Hartnett is an American actor. He made his film debut in Halloween H20: 20 Years Later in 1998 after successfully playing Michael Fitzgerald in the series Cracker (1997). He later had starring roles in films The Faculty (1998), The Virgin Suicides (1999), Pearl Harbor (2001), and Black Hawk Down (2001).
Hartnett’s first significant collaboration was with director Robert Rodriguez in the 2001 film The Faculty. Amidst a formidable ensemble cast featuring Jordana Brewster, Elijah Wood, and Famke Janssen, Hartnett made his presence felt as the ‘bad boy with a heart.’ This film was a launchpad for Hartnett, positioning him as a versatile actor capable of inhabiting a variety of roles.
Arguably the biggest turning point in Hartnett’s career arrived in the year 2001 when he starred in Pearl Harbor, a war epic directed by Michael Bay. Co-starring Ben Affleck and Kate Beckinsale, this film demanded a level of emotional depth that further honed Hartnett’s acting skills. The movie’s success at the box office demonstrated Hartnett’s ability to perform in big-budget productions.
Following this, Ridley Scott chose Hartnett for a lead role in Black Hawk Down (2001), a war film which boasts an impressive cast including Tom Sizemore, Tom Hardy, Orlando Bloom, William Fichtner, Jason Isaacs, Ewan McGregor and Eric Bana. The film’s gritty realism and the physical demands of the role pushed Hartnett’s acting to new heights.
Hartnett demonstrated his versatility yet again when he partnered with director Brian De Palma for the film noir The Black Dahlia (2006). Co-starring Scarlett Johansson and Hilary Swank, this collaboration added another layer to his acting repertoire, allowing him to explore the dark underbelly of Hollywood in the 1940s.
As Hartnett’s career progressed, he broadened his horizon beyond Hollywood and collaborated with internationally acclaimed director Tran Anh Hung in I Come with the Rain (2008). Alongside Lee Byung-hun and Elias Koteas, this was a departure from his earlier roles and marked an adventurous step in his career.
After taking a hiatus from mainstream Hollywood, Hartnett surprised the world in 2014 when he returned to the screen in the TV series Penny Dreadful, produced by Sam Mendes. Alongside Eva Green and Timothy Dalton, he delved into the gothic horror genre with a critically acclaimed performance, cementing his place as a captivating performer across various mediums.