Jai Courtney (//; born 15 March 1986) is an Australian actor. He started his career with small roles in films and television series before being cast as Charlie in the action film Jack Reacher (2012). He has gone on to star in A Good Day to Die Hard (2013), I, Frankenstein (2014) and The Exception (2016).
|Alma mater||Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts|
Courtney had a recurring role as Varro in the television series Spartacus: Blood and Sand (2010). He played Eric in the science fiction action film Divergent (2014), and in 2015, he reprised the role in the sequel, Insurgent. He portrayed Kyle Reese in Terminator Genisys (2015) and DC Comics villain Captain Boomerang in Suicide Squad (2016) and The Suicide Squad (2021).
Courtney was born on 15 March 1986 in Cherrybrook, a suburb of Sydney. His father, Chris, worked for a state-owned electricity company, and his mother, Karen, was a teacher at Galston Public School, where Courtney and his older sister were students. Courtney played Rugby and participated in drama club there. He then attended Cherrybrook Technology High School and the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, graduating in 2008. While in college, Courtney took a ballet course and failed.
Courtney's first role was in a 2005 short film titled Boys Grammar, which also starred Daniel Feuerriegel and Adam J. Yeend. In 2008, he played a role in the Australian series Packed to the Rafters, then a guest lead in the popular All Saints, the comedy feature To Hell & Bourke and several short films. In 2010, he played Varro in Spartacus: Blood and Sand for 10 episodes, before starring in Jack Reacher in 2012 with Tom Cruise and in A Good Day to Die Hard with Bruce Willis as John McClane's son, Jack. In 2014, he appeared in the films I, Frankenstein and Felony.
Courtney played Eric, one of the leaders of the faction Dauntless, in the science fiction film Divergent (2014). Later that year, he starred in Unbroken, playing Hugh "Cup" Cuppernell, and The Water Diviner, playing Lt. Col. Hughes. Courtney reprised the role of Eric in Insurgent, a sequel to Divergent, which was released in March 2015. That same year, he played one of the leads, Kyle Reese, in the science fiction action film Terminator Genisys. He worked on Insurgent and Terminator Genisys simultaneously. Terminator Genisys garnered unfavourable reviews and performed poorly at the box office. In his review, Dan Jolin of Empire described Courtney as "too buff and bland" for the role of Reese.
In March 2015, Courtney signed on to play Captain Boomerang in the 2016 DC Extended Universe film Suicide Squad. Critics lambasted the film, with The Washington Post's Michael O'Sullivan writing Courtney "barely registers" in his role. Despite this, it had a commercially successful box office run. In 2017, Courtney starred as the titular character in Melbourne Theatre Company's production of Macbeth. Reviewing the play, Cameron Woodhead of The Sydney Morning Herald highlighted his "imperfect command of the verse". Courtney played a corrupt FBI agent in the thriller film Honest Thief, which was released in October 2020. Alonso Duralde of TheWrap praised his effectiveness in the villainous role. Courtney reprised the role of Captain Boomerang in The Suicide Squad, a standalone sequel to Suicide Squad. The film was released in August 2021 to a positive critical reception. Courtney is set to star in the action thriller film Black Site as well as the thriller series The Terminal List and Jigsaw.
Courtney dated Australian actress Gemma Pranita for seven years before splitting in 2013. He was linked to Game of Thrones actress Emilia Clarke in 2015, the same year that the two starred together in Terminator Genisys. Since 2016, Courtney has been dating Mecki Dent, an Adelaide-born PR coordinator, and the couple share a pit bull named Velvet.
Courtney has a number of tattoos including a rope, a skull, and a dog. His Suicide Squad co-star Margot Robbie has given Courtney two tattoos including a drawing of the state of Queensland after losing a State of Origin bet, and a tattoo that says "SKWAD" to memorialise his work in the film. A former smoker, he said in 2019 he had quit years prior. Courtney provided backing vocals on the Pinch Hitter song "All of a Sudden" from their debut album, When Friends Die in Accidents.
|2013||A Good Day to Die Hard||CIA Agent John "Jack" McClane Jr.|
|Felony||Jim Melic||Nominated – Australian Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role|
Nominated – Film Critics Circle of Australia Award for Best Actor - Supporting Role
|Unbroken||Hugh "Cup" Cuppernell|
|The Water Diviner||Lieutenant Colonel Cyril Hughes|
|2015||The Divergent Series: Insurgent||Eric Coulter|
|Terminator Genisys||Kyle Reese|
|Man Down||Devin Roberts|
|2016||Suicide Squad||George "Digger" Harkness / Captain Boomerang|
|The Exception||Captain Stefan Brandt|
|2019||Storm Boy||Tom "Hideaway Tom"|
|Alita: Battle Angel||Jashugan||Uncredited Cameo|
|Semper Fi||Officer Chris "Cal" Callahan|
|2020||Birds of Prey||George "Digger" Harkness / Captain Boomerang||Cameo; wanted poster in the police station|
|Honest Thief||Agent John Nivens|
|The Suicide Squad||George "Digger" Harkness / Captain Boomerang|
|2008||All Saints||Harry Avent||2 episodes|
|2008–2009||Packed to the Rafters||Damian|
|2010||Spartacus: Blood and Sand||Varro||8 episodes|
|2017||Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later||Garth MacArthur||4 episodes|
|2020||Stateless||Cam Sandford||6 episodes|
|TBA||Jigsaw||Bob Goodwin||Main role, upcoming series|
|2017||Macbeth||Macbeth||Melbourne Theatre Company|
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- "Jai Courtney Joins Joel Edgerton in Aussie Thriller 'Felony'". Deadline Hollywood. 15 October 2012.
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- Malkin, Marc (25 June 2020). "Listen: Jai Courtney on Netflix's 'Stateless' and Filming the 'Suicide Squad' Sequel". Variety. Retrieved 7 June 2021.
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- "Jai Courtney and Ike Barinholtz Got Together to Roast Trump's America". Interview. 7 August 2020. Retrieved 7 June 2021.
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- "Track by Track: Pinch Hitter : Mess+Noise". Mess+Noise. 17 November 2014. Retrieved 3 December 2014.
- "Uli Latukefu joins Jai Courtney and Jason Clarke in action movie Black Site on the Gold Coast". Courier Mail. Retrieved 13 March 2021.
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