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Josh Hartnett

More appreciated these days is Josh Hartnett, though sometimes we think he should be the lead player in a big, big movie. If there is anything that is close to a woman’s heart these days, its a picture of Josh or the final fantasy of running along a beach with him. Enjoy.

Josh Hartnett (I)


Date of Birth

21 July 1978, San Francisco, California, USA


Birth Name

Joshua Daniel Hartnett



6′ 3″ (1.91 m)


Mini Biography

Graduated from South High School in Minneapolis, Minnesota in June of 1996, then attended SUNY in Purchase, New York. By April of 1997, he was offered the role of Michael Fitzgerald in the short-lived American television series “Fitz” (1997). Josh started off doing small plays and national commercials, but is beginning to break into the big-screen movie business with his starring role in Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998).


Trade Mark

Deep Baritone Voice



Chosen as one of Teen People Magazine’s “21 Hottest Stars Under 21.” [1999]

Born and grew up in St. Paul, Minnesota, USA.

Auditioned for Remember the Titans (2000).


Started a production company, Roulette Entertainment, with Elden Henson (Elden Ratliff).

Has three younger siblings: Jessica, Jake, and Joe.

He was caught supposedly robbing a Dairy Queen when he was 16 (he and his friends were actually making a short film).

He went to Minneapolis South High School with actress Rachael Leigh Cook and Genevieve Gorder.

Was raised for the most part by his father, Daniel, and stepmother, Molly. His mother moved back to San Francisco after divorcing his father.

Josh also attended Cretin-Derham Hall in St. Paul Minnesota before attending South High School.

Josh was in a production of Tom Sawyer, he played the part of Huckleberry Finn.

Recently moved back to Minnesota (March 2002).

Quit football in high school because of an injured left knee.

One of Teen People’s 25 Hottest Stars under 25 (2002)

One of People Magazine’s 50 Most Beautiful People (2002)

Was scheduled to speak at a political rally in support of Senator Paul Wellstone the weekend the Senator was killed along with 7 others in a plane crash. On October 26th 2002 (the day after the Senator’s death), Hartnett appeared at a peace rally in St. Paul, Minnesota and spoke a few words in rememberance.

Was set to star as Clark Kent/Superman in Wolfgang Petersen’s Batman vs.Superman, but the project has been delayed until after Brett Ratner’s X-Men film.

Is a vegetarian, and was voted the sexiest vegetarian in the world by PETA, 2003.

He is of Swedish and Irish descent.

Was voted Bliss magazines 3rd sexiest male.


Dated his childhood sweetheart Ellen Fenster. They had been together for a number of years and about a year ago, they bought a $2.5 million mansion together in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In February 2004 the two decided to go their separate ways.

Was set to play the role of Tino in Deuces Wild (2002) but dropped out when he won the role of Danny Walker in Pearl Harbor (2001). The Tino role eventually went to James Franco.

Was considered for the role of Evan Treborn in The Butterfly Effect (2004).

Director Sofia Coppola directed both Josh Hartnett, and his former girlfriend Scarlett Johansson, but not in the same movie. Hartnett stars in The Virgin Suicides (1999) and Johansson in Lost in Translation (2003).

Is a huge jazz fan.

The film Hero Wanted (2008) was originally conceived as a starring vehicle for him although the script at the time was very different.

He graduated from high school with New MC from Kanser.

Friends with Ben Affleck and Jason Isaacs.

Attended Nativity of Our Lord elementary and middle school in St. Paul, Minnesota.

From 2004 to late 2006 was the boyfriend of Scarlett Johansson.

Released from Los Angeles’ Cedars-Sinai Medical Center on April 5, 2009 after being taken to the hospital on March 30, 2009 for a gastrointestinal problem.


Personal Quotes

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.

I always wanted to get out (in the world) and see what was here… what defines me is wanderlust.

“It’s hard for me to work closely with a girl and not completely fall in love with her as a person.” (interview in Feb 2002 issue of ‘Teen People’

Making people laugh is hard, especially for someone who is not happy.

On moving out of L.A.: “I didn’t want to get sucked up in the madness. Flitting around from club to club and girl to girl is no way to live.”

We’re all on a journey. The average American switches professions four times. I’m lucky to be in a business where I can change the character I am playing every couple of months.

That whole idea of American film being different from European film is nonsense. It all depends on what kind of American film you’re looking at. There’s a giant stretch of American films being made. Plus, there are different types of French movies. You know, people would say that Luc Besson’s movies are American … so you go, ‘Well, he’s French’. Or that _Wicker Park (2000)_ is an American film, but [the director] ‘Paul McGuigan”s Scottish, so … where are we talking about here? Is it all about where the money comes from, ‘cos the money for this one comes from Europe. It can’t be that. Is it the star? Then where do you put Russell Crowe? For me, film is film and it doesn’t have to do with borders or any of that sort of thing.

I’m trying to choose scripts by character. I’m not so worried about creating a career. I want to create good roles, because …I want to be the best actor I can be.

“I try my hardest not to have any plans. It drives the people in my life crazy. But I try to spend the majority of my time back home”.

Usually, when I meet a really pretty girl, right off the bat I start to feel pretty insecure.

Life isn’t what it’s like in the movies.

Shooting in Hong Kong was nice. But it wasn’t all that different from shooting in the U.S. or shooting in Europe. But shooting in the Philippines was. We shot for a bit in a place called Diwalwal, outside Davao in Mindanao. And it was about a five-hour car ride from the nearest airport to the foot of the mountain where this town was. We went up to the mountain, and they had never seen white people in person before. It was a really interesting dynamic. They would follow us around. There were 43,000 people in the town, and there would be a couple of thousand following us around everywhere. People were very nice, very sweet. But there were some rebels around the area who kidnap for money, so we had to have the Philippine army with us (On filming I Come with the Rain (2008)).

I had a good time shooting in New Zealand. I almost bought a home there while I was there, because I loved it so much. The fact that so much topography is jammed into such a small area – it is like everything in the United States, basically, in a country the size of southern California. And there are so few people. It feels like open landscape. Natural. But it is still an 18-hour flight from here. That was kind of the biggest deterrent (On filming 30 Days of Night (2007) in New Zealand).


Where Are They Now

(February 2003) Has been offered the role of Clark Kent/Superman several times by Brett Ratner and Warner Bros. for their 2004 film, but he does not want to commit to a long-term contract which would hold him to doing 3 Superman films in 10 years.

(August 2006) In Auckland, New Zealand, filming 30 Days of Night (2007).

(October 2007) In New York City filming August (2008).

(October 2008) In West End, London, playing the role of Charlie Babbit in the stage adaptation of Rain Man.

(October 2009) Attended the Pusan International Film Festival in South Korea.

(February 2010) Attended the The Irish Film & Television Awards in Dublin, Ireland.

(July 2010) Attended the Ischia Global Film & Music Fest 2010 in Italy.

(September 2010) Attended the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival in Canada.

(September 2010) Attended the Fantastic Fest 2010 in Austin, Texas.

(August 2006) Attended the The 63rd International Venice Film Festival in Italy.


(September 2006) Attended the 32nd Deauville Film Festival in France.

(May 2009) Attended the 62nd Annual Cannes Film Festival in France.

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