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Born March 12, 1968, in Cupertino, Calif., Aaron Eckhart dropped out of high school to kick around Australia before enrolling at Brigham Young University, where he met friend and future collaborator Neil LaBute.

Writer-director LaBute gave Eckhart his first high-profile exposure with In the Company of Men (1997). Displaying a knack for amazing physical transformations, Eckhart next put on weight to play an impotent husband in LaBute's Your Friends & Neighbors (1998); donned a ponytail and beard to play a biker in Erin Brockovich (2000); and applied a layer of slime to play a used-car salesman in Nurse Betty (2000).

More traditional parts followed -- at least in terms of appearance -- in The Pledge (2001), The Missing (2003), Suspect Zero (2004) and Thank You for Smoking (2005). The latter brought Eckhart an Independent Spirit Award nod for Best Male Lead, an honor he earned again in 2010 for the indie drama Rabbit Hole.

Aaron Eckhart in Sully

Sully

2016 PG-13

Viewers around the world were astonished in 2009 when airline pilot Chesley Sullenberger safely landed an Airbus 320 on the Hudson River after both engines were disabled. This fact-based drama illuminates Sullenberger's life and heroic achievement.

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