Josh Hartnett

Joshua Daniel Hartnett (born July 21, 1978)[2] is an American actor and movie producer. He first came to attention in 1997 for his role as Michael Fitzgerald in the television crime drama series Cracker. He made his feature film debut in 1998 in the slasher film Halloween H20: 20 Years Later, followed by teen roles in films such as the sci-fi horror film The Faculty (1998) and the drama The Virgin Suicides (1999). Hartnett had starring roles in the war film Pearl Harbor, the drama O, the war film Black Hawk Down, the romantic comedy 40 Days and 40 Nights, the crime thriller Lucky Number Slevin (2006), and other films.

Josh Hartnett
Hartnett in 2014
Joshua Daniel Hartnett

(1978-07-21) July 21, 1978
ResidenceLondon, England[1]
OccupationActor, producer
Years active1997–present
Partner(s)Tamsin Egerton (2012–present)

He starred in the Brian De Palma–directed neo-noir crime thriller The Black Dahlia (2006). He next appeared in the drama Resurrecting the Champ (2007) alongside Samuel L. Jackson, the graphic novel–based vampire horror film 30 Days of Night (2007) and the neo-noir atmospheric thriller I Come with the Rain (2009). From 2014 to 2016, he starred as Ethan Chandler in the horror TV series Penny Dreadful, for which he was nominated for a Fangoria Chainsaw Award.

Early life

Hartnett was born in Saint Paul, Minnesota,[2] though some sources, he has said, erroneously give San Francisco.[3] The son of Daniel Thomas Hartnett and Wendy Anne (née Kronstedt), he was raised by his father, a building manager, and his stepmother, Molly, an artist.[4] Hartnett was raised Roman Catholic,[5] attending Nativity of Our Lord Catholic School.[6]


After he graduated from high school, a move to New York to attend the Conservatory of Theatre Arts & Film at SUNY Purchase did not go as well as Hartnett had hoped, and a year later, at 19, he found himself in California.[7] Shortly after arriving in Los Angeles, he caught an improbable break, landing a part in the short-lived but acclaimed drama Cracker, on ABC. Although the series was cancelled after sixteen episodes, Hartnett had made a name for himself. He then began to focus on feature film work. He performed in small plays and on national television commercials before being cast in his first feature film, playing the son of Jamie Lee Curtis' character in Halloween H20: 20 Years Later. Released on August 5, 1998, it performed well at the box office.

Hartnett developed a film career, having appeared in Hollywood films, including The Faculty, Black Hawk Down, Lucky Number Slevin and Pearl Harbor. He was originally scheduled to play the role of Tino in Deuces Wild, but dropped out to star in Pearl Harbor. In 2002, he starred in O, an adaptation of William Shakespeare's Othello set in an American high school, as Hugo, the film's version of Iago. In the early 2000s, Hartnett was approached several times to play the role of Clark Kent/Superman in the early 2000s for a project originally helmed by Brett Ratner, but always turned it down, not wanting to commit to a predicted ten-year role.[8][9] Hartnett said of his decision, "It just wasn't the kind of movie I wanted to do. I turned down other superhero roles as well."

Hartnett was chosen as one of Teen People magazine's "21 Hottest Stars Under 21" in 1999, Teen People's "25 Hottest Stars under 25", and one of People magazine's "50 Most Beautiful People", both in 2002. He was also voted Bliss magazine's "3rd Sexiest Male", and in 2003 PETA named him the Sexiest Vegetarian Alive, as chosen by voters.[10]

One of Hartnett's next films was the 2006 drama-mystery The Black Dahlia, in which he played a detective investigating the notorious real-life murder of actress Elizabeth Short. Hartnett had been cast in the role five years before the film was produced, remaining committed to appearing in the movie because he liked the subject matter.[11]

Among his 2007 roles were Resurrecting the Champ, a drama also starring Samuel L. Jackson, and the graphic novel-based 30 Days of Night, in which he played a small-town sheriff. Hartnett described the second film as "supernatural, but kind of a western". He was going to play trumpet player Chet Baker in the film The Prince of Cool, but did not agree with the producer's ideas and left the project.[12]

In 2008, Hartnett played Charlie Babbit alongside Adam Godley in the theatre adaptation of Barry Morrow's Academy Award-winning Rain Man at the Apollo Theatre in London's West End.[13] He starred in the new campaign of the Emporio Armani fragrance, "Diamonds for Men", being featured in both print and TV ads for the fragrance, thus becoming the first male celebrity to represent Giorgio Armani Beauty.[14]

He has been featured on many magazine covers, such as Cosmogirl, Details, Entertainment Weekly, Girlfriend, Seventeen, Vanity Fair, GQ and Vman, in addition to being in other magazines like Vogue, ELLE, People, Glamour, In Touch and InStyle.[15][16]

In 2009, Hartnett produced the video clip for the rapper Kid Cudi's song Pursuit of Happiness.[17]

In 2013, Hartnett was a guest of honor on Off Plus Camera.[18]

In 2014, he was cast in the part of Ethan Chandler in the gothic horror series Penny Dreadful,[19] shot in locations around Dublin and Ireland.[20]

Regarding fame, Hartnett has said, "I know what it's like to be in that whole world. I was up there for a couple of years, and it was uncomfortable. I think trying to stay at the top is a shortcut to unhappiness." Hartnett also took a break from acting, saying "I spent a bit of time really thinking about whether this was the right thing for me."[21]


Hartnett has been involved in various causes. In 2007, he took time out from filming to support the green lifestyle campaign of Global Cool.[12]

In 2011, Hartnett became one of a handful of celebrities attached to USAID and Ad Council's FWD campaign, an awareness initiative tied to that year's East Africa drought. He joined Uma Thurman, Chanel Iman and Geena Davis in TV and internet ads to "forward the facts" about the crisis.[22]

In 2012, Hartnett also joined Barack Obama in his campaign in Minnesota, appearing at such events as the Minnesota Greater Together Youth Summit before formally endorsing the President on the official campaign YouTube channel.[23] He along with Minneapolis Mayor RT Rybak also appeared at the University of Minnesota's McNamara Alumni Center for an Obama Q&A in April.[24]

Personal life

Hartnett has been in a relationship with actress Tamsin Egerton since 2013.[25] They have two children.[26] The couple now live in England with their children.[27]



1998DebutanteBillShort film
1998Halloween H20: 20 Years LaterJohn TateNominated – Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Male Newcomer
Nominated – MTV Movie Award for Best Breakthrough Male Performance
1998The FacultyZeke TylerNominated – Saturn Award for Best Performance by a Younger Actor
1999The Virgin SuicidesTrip Fontaine
2000Here on EarthJasper ArnoldNominated – Teen Choice Award for Choice Breakout Star
2001The SameThe NeighborShort film
2001MemberGianniShort film
2001Short6GianniA compilation of six cinematic shorts
2001Blow DryBrian Allen
2001Town & CountryTom Stoddard
2001Pearl HarborCpt Danny WalkerNominated – MTV Movie Award for Best Male Performance
Nominated – Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actor
Nominated – Razzie Award for Worst Screen Couple (with Ben Affleck)
2001OHugo Goulding
2001Black Hawk DownStaff Sergeant Matt EversmannNominated – Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Acting Ensemble (shared with the cast)
Nominated – Teen Choice Award for Choice Action Movie Actor
200240 Days and 40 NightsMatt SullivanNominated – Teen Choice Award for Choice Chemistry (shared with Shannyn Sossamon)
2003Zéro UnThe NeighborA compilation of ten cinematic shorts produced by Luc Besson
2003Hollywood HomicideK.C. Calden
2004Wicker ParkMatthew Simon
2005Stories of Lost SoulsThe Neighbor
2005Sin CityThe Salesman
2005Mozart and the WhaleDonald Morton
2006Lucky Number SlevinSlevin KelevraWon – Best Acting Performance Male (tied with Peter Falk) – 2006 Milan International Film Festival[28]
2006The Black DahliaDwight "Bucky" Bleichert
2007Stories USAGianni
2007Resurrecting the ChampErik Kernan
200730 Days of NightSheriff Eben OlesonNominated – Teen Choice Award for Choice Horror Movie Actor
2008T TakesJoshWeb series
2008AugustTom Sterling
2009I Come with the RainKline
2010BunrakuThe Drifter
2011Girl Walks into a BarSam Salazar
2011Stuck Between StationsPaddy
2013The LoversJames Stewart/Jay Fennel
2014Parts per BillionLen
2015Wild HorsesKC Briggs
2017The Ottoman LieutenantJude
20176 Below: Miracle on the Mountain[29]Eric LeMarque
2017Oh Lucy!John Woodruff
2019She's MissingRen
2020Inherit The ViperKip Riley
2020The Long HomePost-production
2020Valley Of The GodsJohn EcasPost-production
2020Gut InstinctVictor MalarekPost-production
TBACash TruckFilming
1997–99CrackerMichael "Fitz" Fitzgerald16 episodes, main character
2014–16Penny DreadfulEthan Chandler24 episodes, main character
Pending – Fangora Chainsaw Award for Best TV Actor (2017)[30]
2015Drunk HistoryClark GableEpisode: "Miami"
200824 Hour PlaysMain ManAnnual fundraiser at the Old Vic theatre involving actors, writers and directors joining forces to create and present a series of six plays all within a day[31]
2008Rain ManCharlie BabbittWon – The Dewynters London Newcomer of the Year // WhatsOnStage Awards The Theatregoers' Choice[32]
Music videos
1999"Playground Love"AirThe Virgin Suicides soundtrack
2001"There You'll Be"Faith HillPearl Harbor soundtrack
2002"Travelin' Soldier"Dixie ChicksHome
2010"Pursuit of Happiness"Kid CudiProducer


2008AugustSpectrum – 2008 Sundance Film Festival[33]
Contemporary World Cinema – 2008 Seattle International Film Festival[34]
Narrative Feature Films – 2008 Brooklyn International Film Festival[35]
Horizons – 2008 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival[36]
International Section – 2008 Oldenburg International Film Festival
World Cinema – 2008 Flanders International Film Festival Ghent
Spirit of Freedom: Dramatic – 2008 Bahamas International Film Festival[37]
2009NobodyExecutive producer
20176 Below: Miracle on the MountainProducer

Awards and nominations

  • 2010: Won – Ischia International Arts Academy Acting Award / Ischia Global Film & Music Fest, Italy[38]
  • 2009: Won – Outstanding Environmentalist / 21st Century Leaders Awards, Qatar[39]
  • 2007: Won – GQ Männer des Jahres (GQ Men of the Year) / GQ magazine, Germany[40]
  • 2002: Won – ShoWest Award Male Star of Tomorrow / ShoWest Convention, USA


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  20. "Josh Harnett is in Dublin shooting scenes for Penny Dreadful – Dublin looks magnificent". February 2, 2015.
  21. "He'll stay out of limelight". Evening Chronicle. September 10, 2004. Retrieved May 12, 2013.
  22. "Dr. Jill Biden Joins USAID and Ad Council to Debut FWD Campaign for the Crisis in the Horn of Africa". PR Newswire. October 26, 2011.
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  28. MIFF Awards Winners in the past – 2006 / Sixth Edition, Milan International Film Festival
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  30. "Never mind Oscar, here's the 2017 FANGORIA Chainsaw Awards Nominees Ballot!". FANGORIA®. Retrieved February 14, 2017.
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  32. "Winners Announced in the Ninth Annual WhatsOnStage Awards". Awards. Bandwidth Communications Ltd. 2009. Retrieved February 22, 2010.
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  34. The Festival – Films & Events Archived January 6, 2011, at the Wayback Machine, Seattle International Film Festival
  35. 2008 Edition – Category Feature / Film Details, Brooklyn Film Festival Film Library
  36. History – Film Archive, Karlovy Vary International Film Festival
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Further reading

  • Beresford, Bruce (2007). Josh Hartnett Definitely Wants to Do This, and Other Lies from a Life in the Screen Trade. HarperCollins. ISBN 978-0-7322-8439-8.
  • Matthews, Emma (2003). The Josh Hartnett Album. Plexus Publishing. ISBN 978-0-85965-324-4.
  • Lanum, Lorelei (2002). Josh Hartnett, American Idol. Touchstone. ISBN 978-0-7432-4273-8.
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