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A boyishly handsome actor whose looks are often compared to Leonardo DiCaprio's, Emile Hirsch was born on March 13, 1985, in Topanga, Calif. He began acting before the age of 10, earning small roles in made-for-TV movies and on television shows such as "Sabrina, the Teenage Witch" and "ER."

Hirsch made his film debut with The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys (2002) and added other credits to his résumé, including The Girl Next Door and Lords of Dogtown. But landing the lead in Into the Wild (2007), writer-director Sean Penn's big-screen adaptation of the best-selling book of the same name, proved to be a pivotal career move. His portrayal of an ill-fated adventurer earned him critical acclaim and set him up to work with Penn again on the big-screen biopic Milk.

In 2008, Hirsch also put himself in the driver's seat of a film adaptation of an iconic comic book, taking on the title role in Speed Racer.

Emile Hirsch in I Am Heath Ledger

I Am Heath Ledger

2017 NR

When Heath Ledger died tragically at age 28, he left behind plenty of cinematic proof of his acting brilliance. In this affecting documentary, he captures his personal journey, providing a glimpse of what he really loved: making his own movies.

  • Emile Hirsch in Lone Survivor Lone Survivor
  • Emile Hirsch in Vincent N Roxxy Vincent N Roxxy
  • Emile Hirsch in All Nighter All Nighter
  • Emile Hirsch in Killer Joe Killer Joe
  • Emile Hirsch in Savages Savages
  • Emile Hirsch in Into the Wild Into the Wild
  • Emile Hirsch in 10,000 Saints 10,000 Saints
  • Emile Hirsch in Speed Racer Speed Racer
  • Emile Hirsch in Lords of Dogtown Lords of Dogtown
  • Emile Hirsch in Twice Born Twice Born
  • Emile Hirsch in Alpha Dog Alpha Dog
  • Emile Hirsch in Milk Milk
  • Emile Hirsch in Taking Woodstock Taking Woodstock
  • Emile Hirsch in The Girl Next Door The Girl Next Door
  • Emile Hirsch in The Darkest Hour The Darkest Hour
  • Emile Hirsch in The Motel Life The Motel Life
  • Emile Hirsch in The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys
  • Emile Hirsch in Prince Avalanche Prince Avalanche
  • Emile Hirsch in The Emperor's Club The Emperor's Club
  • Emile Hirsch in Imaginary Heroes Imaginary Heroes
  • Emile Hirsch in The Air I Breathe The Air I Breathe
  • Emile Hirsch in Bonnie & Clyde Bonnie & Clyde