Josh Hartnett (born on July 21, 1978) is an American actor and producer, best known for his heartthrob image in the early 2000s.
Many consider his acting skills to be debatable, but some of his early performances (namely, Trip Fontaine in The Virgin Suicides
and Hugo in "O"
) were well received by the critics, proving that the guy was not just a pretty face. Sadly, he soon became every girl's celebrity crush
and got swallowed up in the hype that brought in lame movies and lazy acting, culminating with the 2001 disaster Pearl Harbor
Known for his 6-foot, 3-inch frame, deep voice and a prominent beauty mark on his neck, Hartnett was considered one of the main teen sex symbols (and one of the few reasons people actually went to see Pearl Harbor
). He's also more famous for his relationships with celebrity beauties, such as Scarlett Johansson
, than for his acting achievements.
After the hype has died out, Josh opted for a change in his career, turning to smaller, indie films or more serious directors. Some of these attempts proved to be huge flops (such as Brian De Palma's The Black Dahlia
), but he has landed several decent performances. Probably his best performance to date was in a little-known film, Mozart and the Whale
, where he played a character with Asperger Syndrome
, and his excellent performance in the sadly underrated Lucky Number Slevin
. Seems to be undergoing a Career Resurrection
as gunslinger Ethan Chandler on Penny Dreadful
His films include:
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