EMILE HIRSCH garnered attention for his captivating performance in Into the Wild,
directed by Sean Penn. Based on the bestselling book by Jon Krakauer and adapted for the
screen by Mr. Penn, Into the Wild starred Mr. Hirsch as real-life adventurer Christopher
McCandless. The portrayal earned him the National Board of Review award for
Breakthrough Performance by an Actor; the Rising Star Award from the Palm Springs
International Film Festival; Gotham and Critics' Choice Award nominations for Best Actor;
and two Screen Actors Guild Award nominations, in the lead actor category as well as
(shared with his fellow cast members) the ensemble category.
The Los Angeles native was recently again a Screen Actors Guild Award nominee in the
latter category as part of the ensemble of Gus Van Sant's Milk, in which Mr. Hirsch starred
as real-life activist Cleve Jones, opposite Mr. Penn's Screen Actors Guild and Academy
Award-winning performance as Harvey Milk.
His additional film credits include two more true-life stories, Nick Cassavetes' Alpha Dog
and Catherine Hardwicke's Lords of Dogtown (opposite Heath Ledger).
Mr. Hirsch's other features include the Wachowski Brothers' Speed Racer; Dan Harris'
Imaginary Heroes (with Sigourney Weaver and Jeff Daniels); Luke Greenfield's The Girl
Next Door; Michael Burke's The Mudge Boy; Michael Hoffman's The Emperor's Club; and
Peter Care's The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys.
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