Emile Hirsch: From Geek Next Door To Speed Racing Hero
Born in Topanga, California, Emile Hirsch started acting at the mere age of eight making appearances on television shows and TV movies like, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, NYPD Blue, and "Kindred: the Embrace." It wasn't until 2002 when Emile made his big-screen debut in the film "The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys" alongside Jodie Foster and other young talents, Kieran Culkin and Jena Malone. Based on the novel written by Chris Fuhrman, the film is about a group of friends who attend Catholic school in New Jersey during the 1970s. That same year he played a role of rebellious new student Sedgewick Bell in "The Emperor's Club" with Kevin Klein.
It was in 2004 when Emile hit the radar as he played a nerdy high school senior living next door to a porn star played by Elisha Cuthbert in "The Girl Next Door." He then made his next appearance in "Imaginary Heroes" with Sigourney Weaver, Jeff Daniels, and Michelle Williams. The film revolves around the life of the Travis family dealing with the suicidal death of their son Matt (Kip Pardue).
He then starred in "Lords of Dogtown," a film based on the rise of Skateboarding in the 1970s and its pioneers, Stacey Peralta, Tony Alva, and Jay Adams. Emile played Adams, an original member of the Zephyr skateboard and surfing team and considered to be one of the most influential skateboarders of all time.
In 2007, Emile starred in the film "Alpha Dog" with Bruce Willis, Sharon Stone and Justin Timberlake. The crime drama is based on the real life events of the kidnapping of Nicholas Markowitz and the alleged involvement of young drug dealer Jesse James Hollywood, who Emile portrayed in the movie.
Emile then played a role in the movie "Into the Wild" directed by Sean Penn and based on the life of Emory University graduate Chris McCandless who gave his life savings and possessions away and traded it all for a life in the Alaskan wilderness. His performance in the film led resulted in a nomination for best actor in the Critics Choice Awards and Screen Actors Guild in 2007.
Emile plays the leading man in the film adaptation of "Speed Racer" based off of the popular cartoon series due to come out May 9. He is part of an all star cast which includes Christina Ricci, John Goodman, Susan Sarandon, and Matthew Fox.
From humble beginnings, Emile's steady career continues to grow strongly. His next project is a part in the movie "Milk" about Harvey Milk, the first openly gay city official of San Francisco. Emile will play gay rights activist and founder NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt, Cleve Jones.
Story by Angelica Castillo
Starpulse contributing writer
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