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GARRETT HEDLUND (Jack Mercer) made an auspicious motion picture debut as part of the all-star cast of Wolfgang Peterson's "Troy.” Hedlund, who portrayed Patroclus, Achilles' teenage cousin who aspires to become a warrior, co-starred opposite Brad Pitt. His next feature was Peter Berg's "Friday Night Lights,” which chronicled the 1988 season of the Permian High School Panthers of Odessa, Texas, as the team fights for a state championship. Hedlund starred as tailback Don Billingsley, co-starring with Billy Bob Thornton.

Just 18 when he debuted in Peterson's epic film, Hedlund was born in Northern Minnesota and spent his high school years in Scottsdale, Arizona. He began taking pri¬vate acting classes while in high school and took a unique approach to his pursuit of the craft by reading screenplays on older films, watching those films on video, then pre¬tending he was auditioning for one of the roles in the film. He also spent countless hours reading the Hollywood trade papers at his local bookstore, and calling agents in Hollywood. He graduated from high school a semester early and immediately packed his bags and headed to Hollywood.


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