Photo of Hilary Swank Hilary Swank

Born July 30, 1974, in Bellingham, Wa., Hilary Swank was discovered in childhood by producer Suzy Sachs. While training as an actress, Swank was also a champion swimmer and gymnast. She made her film debut in the original Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992) and, two years later, beat out hundreds of auditionees for the title role of The Next Karate Kid.

Small films and TV work (including a regular stint on "Beverly Hills 90210") followed until her next big break. In 1999, Swank was cast as Brandon/Teena, the gender-troubled protagonist of Boys Don't Cry (made on such a lean budget that she was reportedly paid a total of $3000).

The film's surprise critical success resulted in a Best Actress Academy Award -- and stardom -- for Swank. Since then, she's also garnered favorable notices for The Gift, Insomnia, The Affair of the Necklace and The Core.

Hilary Swank in Spark: A Space Tail

Spark: A Space Tail

2017 PG

More than a decade ago, tyrannical General Zhong seized control of Bana, teenage monkey Spark's home planet. Learning that Zhong plans to take over the universe, Spark and his animal pals Vix and Chunk embark on a cosmic quest to foil the evil despot.

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