Garrett Hedlund (born September 3, 1984) is an American actor and model. His films include Friday Night Lights (2004), Troy (2004), Four Brothers (2005), Eragon (2006), Country Strong (2010), Tron: Legacy (2010), On the Road (2012), Inside Llewyn Davis (2013), Unbroken (2014), Pan (2015) and Mudbound (2017).
September 3, 1984|
Roseau, Minnesota, U.S.
|Occupation||Actor, model, singer|
Hedlund was born in Roseau, Minnesota, to Kristine Anne (née Yanish) and Robert Martin Hedlund. He is the youngest of three children, with a brother, Nathaniel, and a sister, Amanda. His father is of Swedish descent and his mother is of German and Norwegian descent. Hedlund was raised on a remote beef cattle farm near the small town of Wannaska, Minnesota. In the tenth grade, he moved to live with his mother in Arizona, where he saved his tips from working as a waiter to pay for lessons with acting coach Jean Fowler, with whom he worked on speeches and script material.
Hedlund made his feature film debut with Brad Pitt as Patroclus in the mythological epic adventure war drama Troy. The film was released on May 14, 2004. He also co-starred with Billy Bob Thornton, Connie Britton and Tim McGraw as Don Billingsley in the 2004 sports drama Friday Night Lights, where McGraw played his abusive father.
He co-starred with Mark Wahlberg in the crime drama Four Brothers as Jack Mercer. He co-starred with Ed Speleers, Jeremy Irons and Sienna Guillory in the fantasy-adventure film Eragon as Murtagh. In 2007, he co-starred with Lindsay Lohan, Jane Fonda and Felicity Huffman in the comedy-drama Georgia Rule, directed by Garry Marshall. The film was released May 11, 2007, was panned by critics and failed to surpass box office expectations, only making a lifetime gross of $41 million. That same year, he co-starred with Kevin Bacon in the crime thriller Death Sentence. In 2010, he co-starred with Jeff Bridges in the science fiction/action film Tron: Legacy, a sequel to the 1982 film Tron. The film was released on December 17, 2010.
Hedlund also co-starred with Gwyneth Paltrow, Leighton Meester and his Friday Night Lights co-star, country musician Tim McGraw in the musical drama Country Strong, which was released on December 22, 2010. He recorded a number of songs for the film including "Chances Are" which appeared on Country Strong: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack. His performance was well-received by critics; noting voice similarities between him and Charlie Robison, Roughstock said "the best song on this album belongs to him" and Country Weekly wrote that of all the songs performed by actors in this film, his was "the most convincing". Six other songs including a duet with Meester were featured on a second soundtrack titled Country Strong: More Music from the Motion Picture.
Hedlund was cast as Kaneda Shotaro in the live-action version of Akira, but production of the film was cancelled. He also co-starred with Kristen Stewart, Amy Adams, Steve Buscemi, Terrence Howard, Kirsten Dunst and Viggo Mortensen as Dean Moriarty in the 2012 adventure drama On the Road. The film was directed by Walter Salles and based on Jack Kerouac's novel of same name. Disney said in December 2012 that Hedlund would reprise his role of Sam Flynn in the sequel to Tron: Legacy.
Hedlund reportedly turned down the roles of Finnick in the sequel to the dystopian science fiction/adventure film The Hunger Games titled Catching Fire and Christian Grey in the film adaptation of E. L. James' best-selling novel Fifty Shades of Grey. In 2014, Hedlund co-starred with Jack O'Connell and Domhnall Gleeson in the historical drama Unbroken directed by Angelina Jolie. In 2018, Garrett co-starred with Sharon Stone as an aspiring artist in Steven Soderbergh's HBO murder mystery drama series Mosaic.
|Friday Night Lights||Don Billingsley||Peter Berg|
|2005||Four Brothers||Jack Mercer||John Singleton||Nominated—Black Reel Award for Best Ensemble|
|2007||Georgia Rule||Harlan||Garry Marshall|
|Death Sentence||Billy Darley||James Wan|
|2010||Tron: Legacy||Sam Flynn||Joseph Kosinski||Maui Film Festival Rising Star Award|
Young Hollywood Award for Actor of the Year
Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor
|Country Strong||Beau Hutton||Shana Feste|
|2012||On the Road||Dean Moriarty||Walter Salles|
|2013||Inside Llewyn Davis||Johnny Five||Joel & Ethan Coen|
|Unbroken||John Fitzgerald||Angelina Jolie|
|2015||Mojave||Thomas "Tom"||William Monahan|
|Pan||James Hook||Joe Wright|
|2016||Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk||Sgt. Dime||Ang Lee|
|2017||Mudbound||Jamie McAllan||Dee Rees|
|2018||Burden||Mike Burden||Andrew Heckler|
|2019||Triple Frontier||J. C. Chandor||Post-production|
|2011||When I Was 17||Himself||Season 2, Episode 45|
|4||"Chances Are"||Nathan Chapman, Lori McKenna, Liz Rose||3:25|
|1||"Silver Wings"||Merle Haggard||3:21|
|4||"Hard Out Here"||Hayes Carll||3:09|
|9||"Turn Loose the Horses"||Hayes Carll||3:05|
|12||"Give In To Me"
(duet with Leighton Meester)
|Billy Falcon, Rose Falcon, Elisha Hoffman||3:29|
|13||"Hide Me Babe"||Hayes Carll||3:08|
|14||"Timing Is Everything"||Natalie Hemby, Troy Jones||3:24|
Awards and nominationsEdit
|2004||Teen Choice Awards||Choice Breakout Movie Star||Troy||Nominated|
|2006||Black Reel Awards||Best Ensemble||Four Brothers||Nominated||(Shared with: André Benjamin, Tyrese Gibson, Mark Wahlberg, Sofía Vergara, Terrence Howard, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Taraji P. Henson)|
|2011||Saturn Award||Best Supporting Actor||Tron: Legacy||Nominated|
|2011||Young Hollywood Award||Actor of the Year||Won|
|2011||Maui Film Festival||Rising Star||Won|
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