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JOSH HARTNETT (Matthew) was born in San Francisco and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He first came to audiences' attention as Michael ‘Fitz' Fitzgerald in the television series Cracker. He made his feature film debut in 1998, co-starring with Jamie Lee Curtis in Halloween: H20. That same year, he received an MTV Movie Award nomination for Best Breakthrough Performance. Also in 1998, Josh starred in The Faculty directed by Robert Rodriguez. In 1999 he starred in the critically acclaimed black comedy The Virgin Suicides opposite Kirsten Dunst, Sofia Coppola's directorial debut.

In 2001 Hartnett hit a stride by starring in three features. He portrayed the antagonist in O, a modern day version of "Othello.” His portrayal of the dark and dangerous character Hugo earned him widespread praise. He then landed a role in the Jerry Bruckheimer blockbuster Pearl Harbor, which earned over $1 billion dollars worldwide. He segued to Morocco where he starred in Black Hawk Down for director Ridley Scott, again, a Jerry Bruckheimer production. Based on Mark Bowden's 1999 nonfiction novel of the same name, the film told the story of an ill-fated U.S. Humanitarian mission in Somalia which took place on October 3, 1993. In 2002 NATO awarded him with the ShoWest 2002 Male Star of Tomorrow Award.

Hartnett recently wrapped Mozart and the Whale, written by Ron Bass, a love story between two people with Asperger's Syndrome, a form of autism, whose emotional dysfunctions threaten to sabotage their budding romance.

Additional film credits include Hollywood Homicide, 40 Days and 40 Nights, Blow Dry, Town and Country, and Here on Earth.


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