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With numerous credits to his name, AARON ECKHART (Lee Blanchard) has positioned himself among the industry's finest. He has earned considerable acclaim for his roles including Erin Brockovich, opposite Julia Roberts, for director Stephen Soderbergh. However, it was his portrayal of a love-scorned, vengeful man in Neil LaBute's controversial film In the Company of Men that first catapulted him into stardom. Notably, this incendiary film became one of the highest-grossing independent films of 1997.

Eckhart was recently seen starring in Jason Reitman's directorial debut, Thank You for Smoking, for Fox Searchlight and will next be seen in Conversations with Other Women for Fabrication Films.

He is currently shooting the untitled Scott Hicks remake of a 2001 German film, opposite Catherine Zeta-Jones.

Eckhart also starred in Paycheck, John Woo's adaptation of Philip K. Dick's short story, opposite Ben Affleck and Uma Thurman; Ron Howard's The Missing, in which he starred alongside Tommy Lee Jones and Cate Blanchett; The Core, opposite Hilary Swank; and Suspect Zero, with Ben Kingsley and Carrie-Anne Moss.

Originally from Northern California, Eckhart studied theater and film at Brigham Young University, where he met Neil LaBute and appeared in many of his plays. In addition to In the Company of Men, he has starred in three other LaBute films. These include Possession, alongside Gwyneth Paltrow; Nurse Betty, opposite Renée Zellweger; and Your Friends & Neighbors, in which he starred with an ensemble cast that included Jason Patric, Amy Brenneman, Ben Stiller and Catherine Keener.

Eckhart's other film credits include Sean Penn's The Pledge, opposite Jack Nicholson; Oliver Stone's Any Given Sunday; and Molly, opposite Elisabeth Shue. He also worked and studied in New York, and his theater credits include Michael Cristofer's Amazing Grace, opposite Marsha Mason.

Eckhart currently resides in Los Angeles.

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