THE BLACK DAHLIA
JOSH HARTNETT (Bucky Bleichert) was born in San Francisco and raised in
Minneapolis, Minnesota. He first came to audiences' attention as Michael "Fitzâ€ť
Fitzgerald in the television series Cracker. He made his feature film debut in 1998, costarring
with Jamie Lee Curtis in Halloween: H20 for Miramax. That same year, he
received an MTV movie award nomination for Best Breakthrough Performance. Also in
1998, again for Miramax, Josh starred in Robert Rodriguez's The Faculty. In 1999, he
starred opposite Kirsten Dunst in Paramount Classics' critically acclaimed black comedy
The Virgin Suicides, Sofia Coppola's directorial debut.
In 2001, Hartnett hit a stride by starring in three features. He portrayed the
antagonist in the Lions Gate Film 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 one billion
dollars worldwide for Disney. He segued to Morocco, where he starred in Sony's Black
Hawk Down for director Ridley Scott—again, a Jerry Bruckheimer production. The film,
which was based on Mark Bowden's 1999 nonfiction novel of the same name, told the
story of an ill-fated U.S. humanitarian mission in Somalia which took place on October 3,
1993. In 2002, the National Theater Owners awarded him with the ShoWest 2002 Male
Star of Tomorrow Award.
Hartnett starred in MGM's Wicker Park, opposite Diane Kruger and Rose Byrne,
for director Paul McGuigan; Miramax's Frank Miller's Sin City, for director Robert
Rodriguez; and Mozart and the Whale, a love story between two people with Asperger's
Syndrome, written by Ron Bass. Most recently, he starred in Lucky Number Slevin, with
Morgan Freeman and Bruce Willis for The Weinstein Company. The film re-teamed him
with Wicker Park director McGuigan.
Hartnett recently completed Resurrecting the Champ, opposite Samuel L. Jackson
and directed by Rod Lurie, which is now in post-production. Later this year, he will
begin filming Sony's 30 Days of Night, for director David Slade.
Additional film credits include Hollywood Homicide, 40 Days and 40 Nights,
Blow Dry, Town & Country and Here on Earth.
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