Armand Douglas "Armie" Hammer (born August 28, 1986) is an American actor. He is known for his portrayal of the Winklevoss twins in the biographical drama film The Social Network (2010), the title character in the western action film The Lone Ranger (2013), Illya Kuryakin in the action film The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (2015), Mike in the thriller film Mine (2016), the voice role of Jackson Storm in the animated film Cars 3, and Oliver in the romance drama film Call Me by Your Name (both 2017). For his portrayal of Clyde Tolson in the biographical drama film J. Edgar (2011), he was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award. For his role in Call Me by Your Name, he received acclaim from critics and nominations for the Critics' Choice Award, the Independent Spirit Award, and the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor.
Hammer at the 67th Berlin
International Film Festival in 2017
|Born||Armand Douglas Hammer
August 28, 1986
Santa Monica, California, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Elizabeth Chambers (m. 2010)|
|Parent(s)||Michael Armand Hammer (father)|
|Relatives||Armand Hammer (great-grandfather)|
Early life and family backgroundEdit
Hammer was born in Santa Monica, California. His mother, Dru Ann (née Mobley), is a former bank loan officer, and his father, Michael Armand Hammer, owns several businesses, including Knoedler Publishing and Armand Hammer Productions (a film/television production company). He has a younger brother, Viktor.
Hammer's paternal great-grandfather was oil tycoon and philanthropist Armand Hammer. That ancestor's parents were both Russian Jewish immigrants to the USA; Armand's father, Julius Hammer, was from Odessa (now in Ukraine, but then in the Russian Empire), and "founded the Communist Party in New York."
Armie Hammer has described his own background as "half Jewish." His paternal great-grandmother was Russian-born actress and singer Olga Vadimovna Vadina (aka Von Root), the daughter of a tsarist general. His paternal grandmother was from Texas, while his mother's family is from Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Hammer lived in the Dallas neighborhood of Highland Park for several years. When he was seven, his family moved to the Cayman Islands, where they lived for five years, and then settled back in Los Angeles. He attended Faulkner's Academy in Governor's Harbour, Cayman Islands, and Grace Christian Academy, also in the Caymans (a school founded by his father), and later went to Los Angeles Baptist High School in the San Fernando Valley. He dropped out of high school in eleventh grade to pursue an acting career. Subsequently, he took college courses. Hammer has stated that, "for all intents and purposes," his parents disowned him when he decided to leave school and take up acting, but have since become supportive of him and proud of his work.
After appearing in the television series Veronica Mars, Gossip Girl, Reaper and Desperate Housewives, Hammer played the Christian evangelist Billy Graham in Billy: The Early Years, which premiered in October 2008. The film garnered Hammer a “Faith and Values Award” nomination in the Grace Award category, which is awarded for the Most Inspiring Performance in Movie or Television by Mediaguide, an organization which provides movie reviews from a Christian perspective. He played Harrison Bergeron in 2081, based on the short story of the same name by author Kurt Vonnegut, which premiered at the Seattle International Film Festival.
In 2007, Hammer was hand-picked by filmmaker George Miller, after a long search, to star in the planned superhero film Justice League: Mortal, as Batman/Bruce Wayne. The film, which was to be directed by Miller, was eventually cancelled. Another version of the film, Justice League, was released in 2017.
In 2010, Hammer acted in David Fincher's The Social Network, about the creation of Facebook. He portrayed the identical twins Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, with Josh Pence doubling during filming with the filmmakers' using CGI to superimpose Hammer's face over Pence's. Hammer stated that he had to learn how to row on both sides of a boat in order to play the twins, who are rowing champions. His next role was in Clint Eastwood's J. Edgar, a drama about J. Edgar Hoover. He co-starred with Julia Roberts and Lily Collins in Mirror Mirror (2012), playing Prince Andrew Alcott. In January 2012, he voiced the Winklevoss twins in an episode of The Simpsons titled "The Social Network".
Hammer played the Lone Ranger, alongside Johnny Depp as Tonto, in the 2013 adaptation of the radio and film serials. In 2015, he starred in director Guy Ritchie's The Man from U.N.C.L.E., a feature film adaptation of the 1960s TV show The Man from U.N.C.L.E., playing Illya Kuryakin, opposite Henry Cavill. Hammer also played Sam Turner in the 2016 film The Birth of a Nation, a controversial film that was directed by Nate Parker. In January 2016, it was revealed that since 2013, Hammer was in contact with the family of the infamous drug lord Edgar Valdez "La Barbie" and secured the rights to film the life story of the cartel leader.
Also in 2016, Hammer had a role in the ensemble of Tom Ford's film Nocturnal Animals, played Ord in the action film Free Fire, which was written and directed by Ben Wheatley, and played the protagonist, Mike Stevens, in the film Mine.
In 2017, Hammer starred as Oliver in Call Me By Your Name, starring opposite Timothée Chalamet and Michael Stuhlbarg. The film, an adaptation of an André Aciman novel of the same name, was directed by Luca Guadagnino. Production began in May 2016, and the film premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. For his work in the film Hammer received acclaim from critics and nominations for the Critics' Choice Award, the Independent Spirit Award, and the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor. He also read the audiobook, which was published by Macmillan Publishers. Also that year, he voiced Jackson Storm, the main antagonist, in Disney-Pixar's animated film Cars 3.
In 2018, he will play taxation law expert Martin D. Ginsburg, the spouse of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, in the biopic On the Basis of Sex, about Ruth Ginsburg. He will also appear in the comedy/science fiction film Sorry to Bother You and the thriller Hotel Mumbai, about the 2008 Mumbai attacks. Starting in June 2018, Hammer will play Drew in Straight White Men at Second Stage Theater on Broadway.
In a 2008 interview, Hammer stated, regarding his religious beliefs, "I have my own spiritual life, and I value it very much".
Hammer married television personality Elizabeth Chambers on May 22, 2010. Their wedding was featured in the January 2011 issue of Town & Country. The two were introduced by Hammer's friend, artist Tyler Ramsey. They have two children: daughter Harper (born 2014) and son Ford (born 2017).
|Denotes films that have not yet been released|
|2005||Arrested Development||Student #2||Episode: "The Immaculate Election"|
|2006||Veronica Mars||Kurt||Episode: "Wichita Linebacker"|
|2007||Desperate Housewives||Barrett||Episode: "Distant Past"|
|2009||Gossip Girl||Gabriel Edwards||4 episodes|
|2012||The Simpsons||Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss||Voices
Episode: "The D'oh-cial Network"
|2012||American Dad!||Car rental agent||Voice
Episode: "The Wrestler"
|2013–2015||Disney Infinity Series||John Reid/The Lone Ranger|||
|2018||Straight White Men||Drew||Directed by Anna D. Shapiro; Created by Young Jean Lee|
Awards and nominationsEdit
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The couple raise their two children [...] in Holmby Hills, just a few miles from where Hammer was born, in Santa Monica.
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