Emile Hirsch

Emile Davenport Hirsch (born March 13, 1985)[1] is an American actor. He played Chris McCandless in Into the Wild (2007). Other film roles including The Girl Next Door (2004), Lords of Dogtown (2005), Alpha Dog (2006), Speed Racer (2008), Milk (2008), Lone Survivor (2013), An Evening with Beverly Luff Linn (2018), and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019).

Emile Hirsch
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Emile Davenport Hirsch

(1985-03-13) March 13, 1985 (age 36)
Years active1996–present

Early lifeEdit

Hirsch is of German-Jewish, English, and Scots-Irish ancestry; he was born in the Palms section of Los Angeles. His mother, Margaret Esther (née Davenport), is a visual artist, teacher, and pop-up book designer, and his father, David Milton Hirsch, is an entrepreneur, manager, and producer.[2][3] He has an older sister, Jennifer, and was raised in Los Angeles and Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he lived with his mother for several years.[3]


Hirsch began acting on television roles in the late 1990s. He starred in the Showtime original film Wild Iris (2001), with Laura Linney and Gena Rowlands. He made his film debut for The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys (2002)[4] and next acted with Kevin Kline in The Emperor's Club (2002).

Hirsch at Hollywood Life Magazine's 7th Annual Breakthrough Awards in 2007

In 2004, Hirsch starred in The Girl Next Door. He starred with Jeff Daniels and Sigourney Weaver in the limited release Imaginary Heroes (2004).[5][6] In 2005, Hirsch starred in Catherine Hardwicke's film Lords of Dogtown (2005) about a group of skaters in the 1970s and their role in the birth of skateboard culture. Hirsch played Jay Adams. He played a character based on a real-life drug dealer, Jesse James Hollywood, in Alpha Dog (2006).

Hirsch played Christopher McCandless in Into the Wild (2007). He lost 40 pounds for the role, which earned him a Screen Actors Guild nomination for best actor.[7] Esquire said, "[Hirsch] creates a vivid, unforgettable character you at once admire and pity."[8]

Hirsch had the title role in the Wachowskis' Speed Racer, which was released on May 9, 2008[9] and was a box office bomb. Hirsch played gay-rights activist Cleve Jones in Gus Van Sant's biopic Milk (2008). He also appeared in Ang Lee's Taking Woodstock (2009), based on a screenplay of the Elliot Tiber memoir Taking Woodstock. He then starred in the William Friedkin's 2011 southern gothic thriller Killer Joe.

In April 2011, he was cast in Oliver Stone's Savages, which was released in July 2012.[10]

In 2012, Hirsch starred with Penélope Cruz in Venuto al Mondo, a film by Italian director Sergio Castellitto. In 2013, he was in Prince Avalanche, co-starring Paul Rudd.

Hirsch starred in The Motel Life, co-starring Dakota Fanning and Stephen Dorff, directed by the Polsky brothers. In 2013, he starred with Holliday Grainger, Holly Hunter, and William Hurt in the miniseries Bonnie & Clyde. Hirsch co-starred in the film Lone Survivor, based on the memoir of Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell.

In February 2017, it was announced that Hirsch would star with Aubrey Plaza in the comedy An Evening with Beverly Luff Linn.[11]

In May 2018, Hirsch became the new voice for character James Lake Jr. in the Netflix original DreamWorks show Trollhunters: Tales of Arcadia from Guillermo del Toro, replacing Anton Yelchin in its third season following his death in 2016. Hirsch continues to reprise the role of Jim in 3 Below and Wizards.

In 2019, Hirsch portrayed Hollywood hairdresser and Manson family victim Jay Sebring in the film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.


On October 25, 2019, Hirsch released his first album under Hirsch called Mnemonic. Two of its songs, Tooth Fairy and Angels Will, were selected to be on the New Alt playlist on Spotify. KROQ DJ Megan Holiday also picked Mnemonic as one of her favorite albums of the year. After Mnemonics release, Hirsch released singles "American Dreamin",' and on 2/14 released his new single "Casual Animal."[12]

Hirsch has recently released five singles, "Remember Days When," (which he co-wrote with Foster The People's Mark Foster)[citation needed] and "Hard Hearts" (both on 03/13/20). He released Prisoners on 03/27/20 & "The Same Different" on 04/03/20, and then "Favors" on 05/08/20. Both "Prisoners" and "Favors" were both put on Spotify's New Noise Playlist. "Favors" was also put on multiple playlists on Deezer, including #3 placement on "Seleccíon Editorial Mexico y Central America," one of Deezer's biggest playlists worldwide, with 6.7 million followers.

After releasing a couple of new singles over a year, Hirsch released his second album called Denihilism on March 12, 2021.[13][14]

Personal lifeEdit

Hirsch resides in Los Angeles.

On October 27, 2013, Hirsch's first child was born, a boy named Valor. The child's mother is a woman Hirsch dated; however, they are no longer in a relationship.[15][16]

Assault convictionEdit

On February 12, 2015, Hirsch was charged with aggravated assault after attacking and attempting to strangle Paramount Pictures executive Daniele Bernfeld on January 25, 2015, at Tao Nightclub in Park City, Utah.[17][18] Hirsch claimed he did not remember what had happened as the event happened when he was taking stimulants while inebriated.[19] On August 17, 2015, he pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault and was sentenced to 15 days in jail. He was also fined $4,750, received 90 days of probation, and was ordered to undergo 50 hours of community service.[20][21] Hirsch entered a rehab facility following the assault.[22]



Year Title Role Notes
1996 Sugared Peas Brad Short film
2002 The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys Francis Doyle
2002 The Emperor's Club Sedgewick Bell Nominated – Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a Feature Film – Supporting Young Actor
2003 The Mudge Boy Duncan Mudge
2004 The Girl Next Door Matthew Kidman Nominated – MTV Movie Award for Best Kiss (shared with Elisha Cuthbert)
2004 Imaginary Heroes Tim Travis
2005 Lords of Dogtown Jay Adams Nominated – Teen Choice Award for Choice Breakout Movie Actor
2006 Alpha Dog Johnny Truelove
2007 The Air I Breathe Tony
2007 Into the Wild Chris McCandless National Board of Review Award for Breakthrough Male Performance
Nominated – Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
Nominated – Detroit Film Critics Society Award for Best Actor
Nominated – Houston Film Critics Society Award for Best Actor
Nominated – Gotham Independent Film Award for Breakthrough Actor
Nominated – Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Actor
Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Nominated – Teen Choice Award for Choice Drama Movie Actor
2008 Speed Racer Speed Racer Nominated – Teen Choice Award for Choice Action Movie Actor
2008 Milk Cleve Jones Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Cast
Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
2009 Taking Woodstock Billy
2009 X Games 3D: The Movie Narrator Documentary
2011 Killer Joe Chris Smith
2011 The Darkest Hour Sean
2012 Savages Spin
2012 Twice Born (Venuto al mondo) Diego
2012 The Motel Life Frank Flannigan
2013 Prince Avalanche Lance
2013 Lone Survivor Danny Dietz
2015 Ten Thousand Saints Johnny
2015 Just Jim Dean
2016 Vincent N Roxxy Vincent
2016 The Autopsy of Jane Doe Austin Tilden
2017 All Nighter Martin
2017 I Am Heath Ledger Himself Documentary
2017 The Chinese Widow Jack
2018 An Evening with Beverly Luff Linn Shane Danger
2018 The Outsider Paulie Bowers
2018 Freaks Henry Lewis
2019 Peel Peel Munter
2019 Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Jay Sebring
2019 Never Grow Old Patrick Tate
2020 Force of Nature Cardillo
2020 The Comeback Trail James Moore
2021 Son Paul
2021 Trollhunters: Rise of the Titans Jim Lake Jr. (voice)
2021 Midnight in the Switchgrass Byron Crawford
TBA The Immaculate Room Mike Post-production
TBA Dig Post-production
TBA State of Consciousness Stephen Post-production[23]
TBA The Legitimate Wise Guy Nick Celozzi Jr. Pre-production


Year Title Role Notes
1996 Kindred: The Embraced Abel Episode: "Romeo and Juliet"
1997 3rd Rock from the Sun Punk "Bernstein boy" Episode: "Scaredy Dick"
1997 Early Edition Lance Foster Episode: "March in Time"
1998 Players Adam Paprelli Episode: "Con-Vivants"
1998 Gargantua Brandon Elway Television film
1998 Houdini Young Harry Houdini Television film
1999 Two of a Kind Jeremy Episode: "Let's Dance"
1999 Sabrina, the Teenage Witch Darryl Episode: "Sabrina, the Matchmaker"
1999 Promised Land Walter Elliott Episode: "A Day in the Life"
1999 The Pretender Bryce Banks Episode: "End Game"
1999 Profiler Bryce Banks Episode: "Grand Master"
1999 NYPD Blue Marcello Parisi Episode: "Voir Dire This"
1999 ER Chad Kottmeier 2 episodes
2001 Wild Iris Lonnie Bravard Television film
2013 Bonnie & Clyde Clyde Barrow 2 episodes
2018 Trollhunters Jim Lake Jr. (voice) 11 episodes
2018–2019 3Below: Tales of Arcadia Jim Lake Jr. (voice) 3 episodes
2020 Robot Chicken Nick Jonas, Ron Weasley (voice) Episode: "Petless M in: Cars Are Couches On The Road"
2020 Wizards: Tales of Arcadia Jim Lake Jr. (voice) 9 episodes

Video gamesEdit

Year Title Voice role
2008 Speed Racer: The Videogame Speed Racer
2017 Walden, a game Henry David Thoreau
2020 Trollhunters: Defenders of Arcadia[24] Jim Lake Jr.


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  2. ^ "Margaret Davenport - California, Marriage Index, 1960-1985". Ancestry.com. Retrieved May 12, 2014.
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  4. ^ Holden, Stephen. "The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys (2002) FILM REVIEW; Altar Boys Will Be Altar Boys, and They're Drawing Comics, Too". The New York Times. Retrieved June 14, 2002.
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  13. ^ https://americansongwriter.com/emile-hirsch-reaches-artistic-apex-with-second-record-denihilism/
  14. ^ https://www.ottumwacourier.com/cnhi_network/emile-hirsch-drops-new-album-and-movie-all-in-1-week/video_751bd3fc-83d3-5b67-b2d3-b2b4ea895834.html
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  18. ^ "Actor Emile Hirsch charged with Sundance assault", BBC News, February 13, 2015
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  20. ^ "Emile Hirsch Pleads Guilty to Assaulting Paramount Exec, Gets 15 Days in Jail", Variety, August 17, 2015
  21. ^ Dominic Patten (August 17, 2015). "Emile Hirsch Gets 15 Days in Jail Over Paramount Exec Assault at Sundance – Update". Deadline Hollywood. (also cited by IBTimes)
  22. ^ "'So sorry' Emile Hirsch breaks silence over assault". December 14, 2016.
  23. ^ Vivarelli, Nick (November 3, 2020). "Emile Hirsch-Starring Psychological Thriller 'State of Consciousness' Starts Shooting in Italy". Variety. Retrieved May 6, 2021.
  24. ^ "WayForward-Developed DreamWorks Trollhunters Defenders of Arcadia Hits Nintendo Switch This September". May 12, 2020.

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