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Garrett John Hedlund (born September 3, 1984)[1] is an American actor, model, and singer. 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), Mudbound (2017), and Triple Frontier (2019).

Garrett Hedlund
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Garrett John Hedlund

(1984-09-03) September 3, 1984 (age 35)
  • Actor
  • model
  • singer
Years active2003–present

Early lifeEdit

Garrett John Hedlund was born on September 3, 1984, in Roseau, Minnesota, to Kristine Anne (née Yanish) and Robert Martin Hedlund.[1] 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.[2][3] Hedlund was raised on a remote beef cattle farm near the small town of Wannaska, Minnesota.[4][5][6] In the 10th 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.[7]


As a teenager, Hedlund modeled for L.L. Bean and Teen magazine. In 2003, at the age of 18, Hedlund moved to Los Angeles to pursue his acting career.[3]

Hedlund debuted in his first feature film playing Brad Pitt's younger cousin Patroclus in the mythological epic adventure war drama Troy. The film was released on May 14, 2004.[8][9] 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.[10]

He co-starred with Mark Wahlberg in the crime drama Four Brothers as Jack Mercer.[11] He co-starred with Ed Speleers, Jeremy Irons and Sienna Guillory in the fantasy-adventure film Eragon as Murtagh.[12] In 2007, he co-starred with Lindsay Lohan, Jane Fonda and Felicity Huffman in the comedy-drama Georgia Rule, directed by Garry Marshall.[13] The film was released May 11, 2007 and was panned by critics. Georgia Rule failed to surpass box office expectations, making only a lifetime gross of $41 million.[14] That same year, he co-starred with Kevin Bacon in the crime thriller Death Sentence.[15] In 2010, he co-starred with Jeff Bridges in the science fiction/action film Tron: Legacy, a sequel to the 1982 film Tron.[16] The film was released on December 17, 2010.

Hedlund 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.[17] 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 Hedlund 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".[18][19] 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,[20] but production of the film was cancelled.[21] 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.[22] Disney said in December 2012 that Hedlund would reprise his role of Sam Flynn in the sequel to Tron: Legacy.[23][24]

Hedlund reportedly turned down the roles of Finnick in the sequel to the dystopian science fiction/adventure film The Hunger Games titled Catching Fire[25] and Christian Grey in the film adaptation of E. L. James' best-selling novel Fifty Shades of Grey.[26] In 2014, Hedlund co-starred with Jack O'Connell and Domhnall Gleeson in the historical drama Unbroken directed by Angelina Jolie.[27] In 2018, Garrett co-starred with Sharon Stone as an aspiring artist in Steven Soderbergh's HBO murder mystery drama series Mosaic.



Year Title Role Director Notes
2004 Troy Patroclus Wolfgang Petersen
Friday Night Lights Don Billingsley Peter Berg
2005 Four Brothers Jack Mercer John Singleton Nominated—Black Reel Award for Best Ensemble
2006 Eragon Murtagh Stefen Fangmeier
2007 Georgia Rule Harlan Wilson 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
2011 Tron: The Next Day Sam Flynn Short film
2012 On the Road Dean Moriarty Walter Salles
2013 Inside Llewyn Davis Johnny Five Joel & Ethan Coen
2014 Lullaby Jonathan Andrew Levitas
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 Ben "Benny" Miller J. C. Chandor
Dreamland Perry Montroy Miles Joris-Peyrafitte
Dirt Music Luther Gregor Jordan
TBA The United States Vs. Billie Holiday Harry J. Anslinger Lee Daniels Filming


Year Title Role Notes
2011 When I Was 17 Himself 1 episode
2018 Mosaic Joel 6 episodes

Video gamesEdit

Year Title Voice role Notes
2006 Eragon Murtagh
2017 Mosaic Joel


Country Strong: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Track Song Writers Time
4 "Chances Are" Nathan Chapman, Lori McKenna, Liz Rose 3:25
Country Strong: More Music from the Motion Picture
Track Song Writers Time
1 "Silver Wings" Merle Haggard 3:21
4 "Hard Out Here" Hayes Carll[28] 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

Chart historyEdit

Hedlund's duet with Meester—"Give in to Me"— was the only song to chart as a single, reaching No. 79 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 96 on the Canadian Hot 100.

Awards and nominationsEdit

  • On June 7, 2011 Hedlund was named Man of the Year at the Glamour Awards.[29][30]
Year Award Category Nominated work Result Notes
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[31] Tron: Legacy Nominated
2011 Young Hollywood Award Actor of the Year[32] Won
2011 Maui Film Festival Rising Star[33][34] Won


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  10. ^ Schwarzbaum, Lisa (October 22, 2004). "Friday Night Lights". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved January 19, 2015.
  11. ^ Hedlund, Garrett (January 28, 2008). "Garrett Hedlund Interview for Four Brothers". Interviewed by Dan Portnoy. Archived from the original on September 16, 2010. Retrieved October 9, 2015.
  12. ^ Hedlund, Garrett. "Garrett Hedlund as Eragon – Short interview". Retrieved January 19, 2015 – via YouTube.
  13. ^ Hedlund, Garrett. "Garrett Hedlund: Georgia Rule Interview". Retrieved January 19, 2015 – via YouTube.
  14. ^ "Georgia Rule". Metacritic. Retrieved January 19, 2015.
  15. ^ "Death Sentence Garrett Hedlund interview". Retrieved January 19, 2015 – via YouTube.
  16. ^ Kit, Borys (January 7, 2009). "Little known actor lands lead in Tron sequel". Reuters/Hollywood Reporter. Reuters. Retrieved October 9, 2015.
  17. ^ "Country Strong Star Garrett Hedlund Ponders A Music Career". Interviewed by Jocelyn Vena. MTV. January 7, 2011. Retrieved January 19, 2015.
  18. ^ Bjoke, Matt (January 2, 2011). "Country Strong: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack". Roughstock. Archived from the original on July 15, 2012. Retrieved April 4, 2012.
  19. ^ "Reviews – Country Strong (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)". Country Weekly. November 16, 2010. Retrieved April 4, 2012.
  20. ^ Buchanan, Kyle (November 3, 2011). "Garrett Hedlund to Star in Live-Action Akira". Retrieved January 19, 2015.
  21. ^ Miller, Ross (June 15, 2009). "Live-Action Akira Movie Is Dead". Retrieved January 19, 2015.
  22. ^ Goodsell, Luke (December 18, 2012). "Garrett Hedlund talks On the Road". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved October 9, 2015.
  23. ^ Gallagher, Brian (December 13, 2012). "Tron: Legacy Sequel Confirms the Return of Garrett Hedlund as Sam Flynn". movieweb. Retrieved January 19, 2015.
  24. ^ Chitwood, Adam (December 13, 2012). "Obviously: Garrett Hedlund Confirms He's Returning for TRON 3". Retrieved January 19, 2015.
  25. ^ Doty, Meriah (January 9, 2013). "First photo: Is Sam Claflin hot enough to play Finnick?". Yahoo! Movies.
  26. ^ Weisman, Aly (February 17, 2015). "Here's which actors passed on the Fifty Shades of Grey lead roles". Business Insider. Retrieved February 18, 2015.
  27. ^ Weinreich, Regina (December 15, 2014). "Garrett Hedlund in Unbroken: Neal Cassady's Letter to Jack Kerouac". HuffPost. Retrieved January 19, 2015.
  28. ^ "Garrett Hedlund Q&A". July 19, 2011.
  29. ^ "Garrett Hedlund – Man of the Year 2011". Glamour. June 7, 2011. Archived from the original on August 17, 2011. Retrieved August 9, 2011.
  30. ^ Liz Kelly Nelson (June 8, 2011). "Garrett Hedlund is Glamour's Man of the Year". Retrieved October 9, 2015.
  31. ^ "37th Saturn Award Nominations". The Saturn Awards Organization. Archived from the original on August 23, 2011. Retrieved October 9, 2015.
  32. ^ Virtel, Louis (May 21, 2011). "Young Hollywood Awards: Grey's Anatomy, Pretty Little Liars, Friday Night Lights Win Big". TV Line. Retrieved October 9, 2015.
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  34. ^ "Tribute to Garrett Hedlund". Maui Film Festival. June 17, 2011. Retrieved October 9, 2015.

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