Emile Hirsch | Biography 2021
Emile Hirsch | Biography 2021

Quick Information

  • Full Name Emile Hirsch
  • Birthplace Topanga, California
  • Born Year And Birthday 13-03-1985
  • Father David Hirsch
  • Mother Margaret Davenport

Emile Hirsch | Biography 2021

Actor, Singer and Songwriter

Emile Hirsch is a Critics Choice Award-winning American actor best known for portraying Chris McCandless in the adventure-drama film 'Into the Wild.'


Quick Information
  • Full Name Emile Hirsch
  • Birthplace Topanga, California
  • Profession Actor, Singer and Songwriter
  • Birth Date 13-03-1985
  • Father David Hirsch
  • Mother Margaret Davenport

Emile Hirsch is a Critics Choice Award-winning American actor best known for portraying Chris McCandless in the adventure-drama film Into the Wild.

Who is Emile Hirsch?

Hirsch initially began his acting career in television series before entering the film industry. At the age of 11, he made his first on-screen appearance in the television series Kindred: The Embraced

He gained international for his breakthrough performance in the 2007 hit movie Into the Wild, which earned him several awards and nominations.

He is also famous for his works in movies including Milk (2008), Alpha Dog (2006), Speed Racer (2008), Lone Survivor (2013), The Autopsy of Jane Doe (2016), and Once Upon A Time in Hollywood (2019). One of his latest works was his role as Paul in the horror-thriller film Son, released on March 5, 2021.

Apart from movies, Hirsch is also into singing and songwriting. He released his first solo album Mnemonic in 2019. On March 12, 2021, he released his second album, Denihilism.

Early Life and Education

Emile Hirsch was born on March 13, 1985, in Topanga, California, to David Hirsch and Margaret Davenport. His father is an entrepreneur and producer, and his mother is a visual artist and teacher. He grew up with his older sister Jennifer.

Since his parents divorced when he was a child, he spent his younger years divided between his father’s house in Los Angeles, California, and his mother’s house in Santa Fe, New Mexico. 

As a child, Hirsch attended the Hamilton Academy of Music and went to The Performing Arts in Los Angeles. Later, he attended Paul Revere Middle School in Los Angeles, California.

Career

Hirsch made his first on-screen appearance in 1996 at the age of 11. His first professional acting work was in the television series Kindred: The Embraced (1996). It was a horror-fantasy drama, where Hirsch played the role of a pediatric patient Abel, in the Romeo and Juliet episode. Due to his charming on-screen appearance, he went on to receive interesting roles in more television shows. 

He made his film debut in The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys in 2002. At the age of 17, he did a body double in the 2004 teen comedy The Girl Next Door. By then, he gained popularity amongst the teen audience.

Hirsch moved on to star as Jay Adams in the 2005 cult biopic Lords of Dogtown. However, he came into the limelight after his breakthrough performance in Sean Penn’s critically acclaimed adventure-drama film Into the Wild (2007), an adaption of the 1996 John Krakauer bestseller. In the movie, Hirsch portrayed 24-year-old Christopher McCandless, who ventured into the Alaskan wilderness on a soul-searching journey in 1992 and eventually died of starvation. His performance in this film earned him global recognition as well as several awards and nominations. 

Following year he starred gay activist Cleve Jones in the Academy Award-winning Harvey Milk biopic Milk (2008), which earned him the Critics Choice Award in 2009.

Hirsch also starred in several other movies, including Alpha Dog (2006), Speed Racer (2008), Lone Survivor (2013), The Autopsy of Jane Doe (2016), and more. He also co-starred as Jay Sebring—a hairstylist and Sharon Tate’s boyfriend in the comedy-drama film Once Upon A Time in Hollywood (2019).

One of his latest works was his role as Paul, where he played a police detective in the horror-thriller film Son, released on March 5, 2021.

Music Career

Besides acting, Hirsch is also interested in music, especially singing and songwriting. On October 25, 2019, he released his first solo album Mnemonic, collaborating with Mathieu Cartier for music production. The album has a collection of 15 songs, swathed in 80s synth vibes.

In August 2020, he released the album’s lead single, Love is Real, starring his Force of Nature co-star Kate Bosworth.

He released his second album, Denihilism, on March 12, 2021.

Personal Life

Hirsch became the father of his first child, Valor Hirsch, on October 27, 2013. At that time, Hirsch was 28 years old. Hirsch’s ex-girlfriend gave birth to their son.

Assault conviction

In January 2015, when Hirsch attended the premiere of Ten Thousand Saints at Sundance Film Festival, he was charged with felony aggravated assault after putting Paramount Pictures executive Daniele Bernfeld in a chokehold at the TAO nightclub in Park City, Utah. However, Hirsch pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor assault, and he was sentenced to 15 days of jail, 50 hours of community service, and a $4,750 fine. 

Bernfeld elucidated the incident as being “insanely painful and absolutely terrifying,” and she complained about the plea deal that met the bare minimum. "Quite simply, this punishment does not fit the crime," she commented.

"There's absolutely no excuse for what happened," said Hirsch. In the court, he said that he had consumed an enormous amount of alcohol and lost the memory of what happened at the time of the incident. He said he felt "truly sorry" for what he had done. 

A few days after the incident, he joined an alcohol rehabilitation facility and spent 36 days there to ensure he would not repeat such an incident ever again.

Awards

Hirsch won several awards for his portrayal in Into the Wild. He won Mill Valley Film Festival Award for Best Actor in 2007, NBR Award for the Breakthrough Performance in 2007, and the Rising Star Award at Palm Springs International Film Festival in 2008.

In 2008, ShoWest Award awarded him as Male Star of Tomorrow.

For his role in Milk, he won the Critics Choice Award for Best Acting Ensemble shared with other co-actors in 2009 at Broadcast Film Critics Associaton Awards.

Net Worth

According to celebritynetworth.com, Hirsch has a net worth of $16 million.

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