Alexander "Alex" Ludwig (born May 7, 1992) is a Canadian actor. He first began his career as a child, and then received recognition as a teenager for starring in the films The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising (2007) and Race to Witch Mountain (2009). He shot to fame for starring as Cato in The Hunger Games (2012).
|Born||May 7, 1992|
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
|Education||University of Southern California (BA)|
He is also known for his supporting roles as Shane Patton in Lone Survivor (2013), and Dorn in Bad Boys for Life (2020). He currently stars as Bjorn in the History Channel series Vikings (2014–present).
Ludwig was born in Vancouver, British Columbia to Sharlene (née Martin), a former actress, and Harald Horst Ludwig, a businessman and former co-chair of Lionsgate Entertainment. He has three younger siblings. Ludwig was drawn to the profession, saying in an interview, "I have a big imagination. I love performing." Despite his mother's early career as an actress, Ludwig had to convince his parents to support his desire to pursue acting as a child. His parents believed that child actors "can get sucked into a life that isn't reality." Ludwig is enrolled as a theatre major at the University of Southern California where he is in the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity, and lives full-time in Los Angeles.
Ludwig began his career at the age of nine when he featured in a Harry Potter toy commercial, a job that enabled him to sign on with an agent and obtain more commercial work. Later he was cast in movies such as Air Bud: World Pup (2000), MXP: Most Extreme Primate (2003), Scary Godmother: The Revenge of Jimmy (2005), Eve and the Fire Horse (2005), The Sandlot: Heading Home (2007). In addition to cinema, Ludwig has also worked in television. He has performed in movies made for television, such as A Little Thing Called Murder (2006), and television series such as The Dead Zone. Ludwig obtained his leading role in The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising (2007) after a "gruelling audition process." By his count, he had 16 auditions before finally being cast. Ludwig was also in Grown Ups 2 with Adam Sandler. Ludwig's next lead role came in the part of Seth – one half of a teenage, alien brother-sister duo – in the film production of Race to Witch Mountain (2009), also starring Dwayne Johnson, the wrestler-turned-actor. Seth is the part originated by Ike Eisenmann in the 1975 original, Escape to Witch Mountain. The film opened at number one at the box office the weekend that it premiered, with receipts estimated at $25 million. Despite his early casting success with The Seeker, Ludwig indicated in an interview that it was his intention to attend university. In another interview, the actor said that the most challenging thing about filming The Seeker was trying "to juggle school while filming." He stated: "My school wasn't used to it, and I wasn't used to it. It was the most amazing experience, but it was really hard."
In the movie adaptation of The Hunger Games, Ludwig played Cato, the fierce male tribute from District 2, the primary threat to the protagonists' lives during the 74th Hunger Games. The film was released worldwide on March 23, 2012. Ludwig won the award for Best Fight on 2012 MTV Movie Awards along with Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson, as well as the award for Best Villain at the 2012 Teen Choice Awards. Ludwig released his first single "Liv It Up (Teenage Wasteland)" on March 1, 2012. In 2013, he co-starred in the films Lone Survivor and Grown Ups 2. In 2014, he became a part of the main cast of the popular TV series Vikings, playing the character of Björn Ironside, the son of Ragnar Lothbrok and Lagertha.
In 2015, he had the male lead in both the horror films Final Girl and The Final Girls, which are unrelated to each other. He played the pacifist hacker Dorn in 2020's Bad Boys for Life, and also appeared in The Band Perry's music video for "Gentle on My Mind" alongside Teen Wolf actress Shelley Hennig.
Ludwig was a competitive freestyle skier, and has participated in skydiving. In February 2019, Ludwig came clean about his battle with depression, anxiety, alcoholism, and substance abuse from the young age of 14. He shared his story of going through rehab and finding a new identity for BITE THE BULLET Stories.
|2000||Air Bud: World Pup||Actor||Uncredited|
|2004||MXP: Most Xtreme Primate||Child||Direct-to-video|
|2005||Scary Godmother: The Revenge of Jimmy||Jimmy||Voice|
|2005||Eve and the Fire Horse||Kevin||Uncredited|
|2006||A Little Thing Called Murder||Young Kenny Kimes|
|2007||The Sandlot: Heading Home||E.J. Needman||Direct-to-video|
|2007||The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising||Will Stanton|
|2009||Race to Witch Mountain||Seth|
|2012||The Hunger Games||Cato|
|2013||Grown Ups 2||Braden Higgins|
|2013||Lone Survivor||PO2 Shane Patton|
|2014||When the Game Stands Tall||Chris Ryan|
|2015||The Final Girls||Chris Briggs|
|2019||Midway||Lieutenant Roy Pearce|
|2020||Bad Boys for Life||Dorn|
|2020||Operation Christmas Drop||Captain Andrew Jantz|
|2014–2020||Vikings||Björn Ironside||Main role; season 2-6|
|2017||Swerve||Dr. Delucchi||Main role; 6 episodes|
|TBA||Heels||Ace Spade||Main role; Upcoming series|
|2014||"Gentle on My Mind"||Guy/Traveler||The Band Perry|
Awards and nominationsEdit
|2012||MTV Movie Awards||Best Fight (with Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson)||The Hunger Games||Won|
|2012||Teen Choice Awards||Choice Movie: Villain||The Hunger Games||Won|
|2012||Teen Choice Awards||Choice Movie: Fight (with Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson)||The Hunger Games||Nominated|
|2014||Razzie Awards||Worst Screen Combo (with cast)||Grown Ups 2||Nominated|
|2015||Golden Maple Awards||Best Actor in a TV series broadcast in the U.S||Vikings||Nominated|
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- "ALEXANDER LUDWIG 'Bites the Bullet' To Share His Secret Struggle With Addiction" Archived 2019-03-24 at the Wayback Machine Archived 2019-03-24 at the Wayback Machine. BITE THE BULLET Stories, BITE THE BULLET Stories. 12, 2019
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