Josh Hartnett

Josh Hartnett

His role as Jamie Lee Curtis' son in 'Halloween: H2O' (1998)


“That’s the thing about real movie stars that I’ll never have. When real movie
stars walk into a room, it’s all about them. They know it and everybody else
knows it. I like to fly under the radar. I try anyway.” Josh Hartnett

Lofty, dark-haired and boyishly good-looking with a gentle presence, Josh
Hartnett has created a reputation for himself as a bona fide Hollywood movie
star with memorable performances like John Tate, the son of Jamie Lee Curtis, in
the Stave Miner-directed, Kevin Williamson-scripted, horror/thriller Halloween:
H2O (1998, earned a Blockbuster Entertainment and MTV Movie nomination), the
soldier SSgt. Matt Eversmann in Ridley Scott’s Black Hawk Down (2001) and US Air
Force pilot Danny Walker in Michael Bay-helmed epic Pearl Harbor (2001, received
a MTV Movie nomination). The actor is also known for playing roles in such films
as the sci-fi teen thriller The Faculty (1998), Sofia Coppola’s The Virgin
Suicides (1999), the drama Here on Earth (2000), O (2001), the comedy 40 Days
and 40 Nights (2002), Hollywood Homicide (2003) and Sin City (2005).
Recently starring in the star-studded Lucky Number Slevin (2006), the 2002 Sho
West “Male Star of Tomorrow” is set to play roles in the upcoming Brian De
Palma’s The Black Dahlia (2006), Bruce Beresford’s biopic The Prince of Cool
(2007) and the drama Resurrecting the Champ (2007).

Off screen, Hartnett was named one of Teen People Magazine’s ”21 Hottest Stars
Under 21” (1999), one of Teen People’s “25 Hottest Stars under 25” and one of
People Magazine’s “50 Most Beautiful People” (both in 2002). He was once also
chosen as Bliss Magazine’s “3rd Sexiest Male.” A former vegan, he was listed as
one of PETA’s “Sexiest Vegetarian in the World” in 2003. On a more personal
note, 6’ 3” Hartnett, who has a tattoo of a maze on his back near his shoulder,
had a long-term relationship with high school sweetheart Ellen Fenster and the
two reportedly purchased a 2.5 million dollar mansion in Minneapolis. However,
their romance ended in separation in early 2004. He has since started a
high-profile relationship with actress Scarlett Johansson. Hartnett and
girlfriend Scarlett are reportedly planning to set up home together in New York
City. His romantic life has also been liked to a woman named Giselle, actress
Izabella Miko, singer Kelly Lee Carlson (together in the late 1990s) and Monet

“I’ve had my heart broken and it’s not fun. But I’d rather have my heart broken
than break someone else’s heart.” Josh Hartnett


Childhood and Family:

In San Francisco, California, Joshua Daniel Hartnett, who would later be famous
as Josh Hartnett, was born on July 21, 1978. After the divorce of his parents,
he was raised in Saint Paul, Minnesota, by his father, Daniel Hartnett, and his
stepmother Molly. An oldest child, Hartnett has three younger siblings: brothers
Joe and Jack, and sister Jessica.

Hartnett has been acting since he was young and performed with local theater
companies as a child. He was educated in Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Grade
School and Cretin-Derham Hall High School before transferring to South High
School in Minneapolis, Minnesota. While in high school, he excelled in football,
but a knee injury at age 16 put a stop to playing the sport. He then entered the
high school’s theatre program but was soon kicked out. Upon high school
graduation in 1996, Hartnett attended the State University of New York. However,
after only one year, he left his studies to pursue a career in acting in Los

On a more private note, Hartnett enjoys oil painting, snowboarding, bowling and
reading (especially author Lawrence Ferlinghetti’s books).

Black Hawk Down


Josh Hartnett began acting as a child in regional theaters, but didn’t consider
becoming a performer until a knee injury prevented the 16-year-old from playing
football. When he was a student of State University of New York, he decided to
leave college and head for Los Angeles to start an acting career.

Shortly after moving, Hartnett was cast in his first TV role playing the
bothered son of a so-called crime stopper in the ABC short-lived drama “Cracker”
(1997). Though the series was axed after its ninth episode, Hartnett proved he
had more to give. He followed it up with appearances in small theaters as well
as in national TV commercials, including one for Tommy Hilfiger clothing, where
he worked with director Kevin Williamson.

His first taste of fame arrived when Hartnett made his film debut with the Kevin
Williamson-scripted horror/thriller Halloween: H2O (1998), directed by Stave
Miner. Costarring as Jamie Lee Curtis’ son John Tate, Hartnett’s performance
earned notice and won the hearts of young audiences. Additionally, he received
such nominations as a Blockbuster Entertainment for Favorite Male Newcomer and a
MTV Movie for Best Breakthrough Male Performance. The young actor gained further
popularity when he rejoined scripter Williamson for the sci-fi teen thriller The
Faculty, that same year. With Robert Rodriguez directing, Hartnett possessed a
strong screen presence as the very bright Zeke Tyler, one of a cluster of
students struggling to impede an alien attack starting at their high school.
Costarring with more experienced co-stars like Elijah Wood, Hartnett held his

Hartnett’s rising status was further established in the next year when he joined
James Woods, Kathleen Turner and Kirsten Dunst for Sofia Coppola’s feature
directorial debut The Virgin Suicides, an excellent adaptation of Jeffrey
Eugenides’ well-liked cult novel. The drama/mystery was an underground hit and
scored with critics. As for Hartnett, playing Trip Fontaine, a school heartthrob
and Dunst’s romantic interest, he had an acclaimed performance and made a
reputation for himself as a sex symbol.
The attractive actor went on to increase his screen persona by portraying Jasper
Arnold, the bighearted small town boy who bizarrely loses his childhood
girlfriend (Leelee Sobieski) to Chris Klein’s smug, prep school character in the
less imposing romantic drama Here on Earth (2000), before having the supporting
roles of Tom Stoddard in the Warren Beatty and Diane Keaton comedy Town &
Country (2001) and Brian Allen in Paddy Breathnach’s Blow Dry (2001).

Still in 2001, Hartnett’s star shone even brighter when renowned director
Michael Bay had him star with Ben Affleck and Kate Beckinsale in his
much-anticipated epic Pearl Harbor. With the role of Danny Walker, a US Air
Force pilot who ends up in love with his best friend’s girl, Hartnett was put on
the top of the acting heap. He was nominated for Best Male Performance for a MTV
Movie award. A hot commodity in Hollywood, Hartnett continued his success with
the starring role of Hugo Goulding in the updated retelling O (2001, opposite
Julia Stiles, Mekhi Phifer and Andrew Keegan) and his most-praised performance
to date as the soldier Matt Eversmann in the war drama Black Hawk Down, for
director Ridley Scott. The latter film opened to strong reviews from both
critics and audiences alike.

Hartnett then starred as the brokenhearted Matt Sullivan in the Michael Lehmann-helmed
romantic-comedy 40 Days and 40 Nights (2002), shared the screen with Harrison
Ford in the summer comedy Hollywood Homicide (2003), costarred with Rose Byrne,
Diane Kruger and Matthew Lillard in the erotic thriller Wicker Park (2004), had
a small, but impressive, turn as the suave, romantic, chameleon-like assassin in
director Robert Rodriguez and writer-artist Frank Miller’s visually attractive
adaptation of Miller’s crime noir comic book series, Sin City (2005). He
returned to film with the lead in the comedy-romance Mozart and the Whale
(2005), alongside Radha Mitchell and Gary Cole.

The 28-year-old actor recently joined the star-studded Paul McGuigan-helmed
Lucky Number Slevin (2006), opposite Bruce Willis, Lucy Liu, Morgan Freeman and
Ben Kingsley. He will also team up with girlfriend Scarlett Johansson,
Oscar-winner Hilary Swank, and Mia Kirshner in Brian De Palma’s upcoming The
Black Dahlia (2006). In 2007, Hartnett can add the Bruce Beresford-directed
biopic The Prince of Cool and Rod Lurie’s drama Resurrecting the Champ, with
Samuel L. Jackson, to his impressive acting resume.


Sho West: Male Star of Tomorrow, 2002
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I'm proud of 'Black Hawk Down' because I think it told a provocative story and it was honest. It could have had more opportunity to tell both sides of the story, but I'm still proud of it.More Josh Hartnett quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
If I was painting or writing, I wouldn't veer away from things because they seemed unsavoury to me. So as an actor, I kind of think the same way. I should do things that are different and interesting and shed light on the craziness of the world.More Josh Hartnett quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I gave up meat when I was twelve. & One day I was cutting up a chicken for my mom, and I hit a tumor with the knife. There was pus and blood all over the place. That was enough for me.More Josh Hartnett quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]

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