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Josh Hartnett

Highest Rated:   98% Oh Lucy! (2018)
Lowest Rated:   8% The Lovers (2015)
Birthplace:   Saint Paul, Minnesota
One of the crop of obscenely attractive young stars to pop up during the late 1990s, Josh Hartnett has the kind of strong-jawed, puppy-eyed looks that make him equally suited for both movie stardom and Tommy Hilfiger ads. Hartnett was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, on July 21, 1978. Following his high school graduation, he attended New York's SUNY-Purchase, but his time there ended after he was offered a role on the short-lived TV series Cracker. He also did a number of TV commercials and plays, and in 1998 he got his screen break with the plum role of Jamie Lee Curtis' son in Halloween: H20. Although the film received poor reviews, it did moderately well at the box office, and that same year Hartnett's profile further increased when he starred in The Faculty. One of a number of films to exploit the current trend in teen horror movies, it featured Hartnett fighting off alien teachers alongside the likes of fellow up-and-comers Elijah Wood and Shawn Hatosy. Although the film didn't do as well as expected, thanks in part to the fact that the teen horror craze was beginning to lose steam, it in no way interfered with the increasing number of opportunities available to the young actor.Hartnett could subsequently be seen in a number of diverse films; among his projects in 2000 alone, he played an Iago-like character in O, the teen re-telling of Othello; the son of Warren Beatty and Diane Keaton in the comedy-drama Town and Country; and the paramour of the eldest of the ill-fated Lisbon sisters in Sofia Coppola's adaptation of The Virgin Suicides. His pattern of starring in films with steadily-increasing budgets reached its apex in 2001 when Hartnett appeared in director Michael Bay's World War II action drama Pearl Harbor, playing Danny, a young soldier who falls in love with his best friend's main squeeze amid the chaos of the titular conflict. Later that same year Hartnett would fight a whole new war in Ridley Scott's Oscar-winning war drama Black Hawk Down, and shortly after swearing off sex for 40 Days and 40 Nights and hitting the street beat with Harrison Ford in the coolly-received buddy cop comedy Hollywood Homicide, the handsome heartthrob would make public his desire to shift his attentions away from blockbuster territory in order to focus his talents on smaller films of increased quality - even if it did mean a leaner paycheck. Though subsequent rumors of his potential involvement with the long-in-development Superman film would seem to betray this sentiment, lower-profile roles in such independent-minded efforts as Sin City and Mozart and the Whale ultimately served to underscore the maturing actor's sincerity. Of course Hartnett wasn't averse to appearing in the occasional mainstream effort, with roles in Wicker Park and Lucky Number Sleven serving to occupy a curious cinematic middle ground between the indie and blockbuster mindsets.By the time Hartnett took a prominent role in Brian De Palma's 2006 true crime drama The Black Dahlia, it appeared as if the actor's willingness to challenge himself onscreen had finally begun to pay off. A dark look at the Hollywood underbelly based on author James Ellroy's best-selling novel, The Black Dahlia preceded an introspective turn as an emerging sports writer who befriends a former boxing champ many had thought dead in Resurrecting the Champ, and a highly challenging role as legendary jazz trumpeter Chet Baker in director Bruce Beresford's The Prince of Cool. Hartnett plays a former police officer who agrees to investigate the disappearance of the son of a wealthy businessman in I Come With Rain (2008), and joined the cast of the highly stylized fantasy drama Bunraku (2010). The actor played a supporting role in the critically acclaimed independent drama Stuck Between Stations in 2011.In 2014, Hartnett returned to his TV roots in the horror drama series Penny Dreadful.


Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Ida Red
  • Wyatt Walker
66% Wrath of Man
  • Actor
No Score Yet Valley of the Gods
  • John Ecas
72% Most Wanted
  • Victor Malarek
45% Inherit the Viper
  • Kip Conley
No Score Yet Valley of the Gods
  • Actor
No Score Yet Gut Instinct
  • Actor
98% Oh Lucy!
  • John
22% 6 Below: Miracle On The Mountain
  • Producer
  • Eric LeMarque
19% The Ottoman Lieutenant
  • Jude
$0.2M 2017
17% Wild Horses
  • K.C. Briggs
8% The Lovers
  • James Stewart/Jay Fennel
No Score Yet Parts Per Billion
  • Len
63% Stuck Between Stations
  • Paddy
17% Bunraku
  • The Drifter
No Score Yet Girl Walks Into a Bar
  • Sam
No Score Yet I Come With The Rain
  • Kline
36% August
  • Producer
  • Tom
51% 30 Days of Night
  • Sheriff Eben OlesonEben Oleson
$39.6M 2007
60% Resurrecting the Champ
  • Erik
$3M 2007
32% The Black Dahlia
  • Dwight 'Bucky' Bleichert
$22.6M 2006
52% Lucky Number Slevin
  • Slevin Kelevra
$22.5M 2006
No Score Yet Mozart and the Whale
  • Donald Morton
77% Sin City
  • The Man
27% Wicker Park
  • Matthew
$12.9M 2004
30% Hollywood Homicide
  • K.C. Calden
$30.1M 2003
39% 40 Days and 40 Nights
  • Matt Sullivan
76% Black Hawk Down
  • Eversmann
$108.6M 2001
64% O
  • Hugo Goulding
$15.6M 2001
24% Pearl Harbor
  • Danny Walker
$197.8M 2001
19% Blow Dry
  • Brian Allen
13% Town & Country
  • Tom Stoddard
$6.3M 2000
77% The Virgin Suicides
  • Trip Fontaine
17% Here on Earth
  • Jasper
55% The Faculty
  • Zeke
52% Halloween H20
  • John Tate


85% Exterminate All the Brutes
  • Actor
  • 2021
No Score Yet Die Hart
  • Actor
  • 2020
No Score Yet Paradise Lost
  • Yates Forsythe
  • 2020
No Score Yet Drunk History
  • Joachim Neumann
  • 2019
  • 2015
No Score Yet The Talk
  • Guest
  • 2018
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
  • Guest
  • 2016
  • 2015
91% Penny Dreadful
  • Ethan Chandler
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
  • Guest
  • 2014
No Score Yet The Graham Norton Show
  • Guest
  • 2008
  • 2007
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
  • Guest
  • 2006
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
  • Guest
  • 2003
  • 2001
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
  • Guest
  • Host
  • 2002
60% Cracker
  • Michael Fitzgerald
  • 1999
  • 1998
  • 1997

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