From his early appearances as Kim Hyde in “Home and Away” to playing a hammer-swinging god in the MCU movies, Chris Hemsworth has continued to impress global audiences, thanks to his chiseled good looks and charming personality. We look at some of the biggest highlights from the life and career of the Aussie star.
Hemsworth was born on Aug. 11, 1983, in Melbourne, Australia. The actor began his career in 2002 with minor TV roles in shows such as “Neighbours,” “Marshall Law” and “Guinevere Jones.”
He has two brothers – Luke (older, L) and Liam Hemsworth (younger, C). Both are actors as well.
The actor played popular high school kid Kim Hyde in the Australian soap opera “Home and Away,” joining famous Aussie actors, such as Heath Ledger, Isla Fisher, Simon Baker and Naomi Watts, who also starred on the show.
(L-R) With cast members Ada Nicodemou, Jason Smith, Laurie Foell, and Isabel Lucas.
In 2006, he entered the Australian version of “Dancing with the Stars” and lasted six weeks before getting eliminated.
(Pictured) With his dance partner Abbey Ross.
Hemsworth’s big Hollywood break came in 2009, when he starred in J.J. Abrams’ “Star Trek.” He played protagonist Captain Kirk’s dad, George, in a brief intro scene. Even though he had a small role, it was enough to get him noticed in the industry.
In 2010, he got married to Spanish model and actress Elsa Pataky. They have a daughter, India Rose, and twin sons, Sasha and Tristan.
It was the titular role in the Marvel movie “Thor” (2011) that propelled him to global stardom. The film was a major commercial success and made Hemsworth an overnight sensation.
In 2012, he starred in “The Cabin in the Woods,” a slasher-horror comedy with a “Big Brother” like sci-fi twist. The film went on to achieve a cult status over the years.
(Pictured) With co-stars Fran Kranz and Anna Hutchison in a still from the film.
In the same year, he donned his superhero cape once again as he starred in the mega-crossover event, “The Avengers” (pictured). The movie became a grand box office success, collecting a lifetime gross of over $1.5 billion to date, according to Box Office Mojo.
In 2012, Hemsworth received a Teen Choice Award in the Summer Movie Star: Male category for his performances in “The Avengers” and “Snow White and the Huntsman” (2012). He again received the award in 2018 for Choice Movie Actor: Sci Fi for his role in “Thor: Ragnarok” (2017).
After a slew of action movies, Hemsworth starred as Formula One legend James Hunt in the biopic, “Rush” (2013). The film chronicled the intense rivalry between Hunt and fellow racer Niki Lauda, played by Daniel Brühl (R).
In 2014, he was crowned the “Sexiest Man Alive” by the People magazine.
In 2015, he starred as the legendary whaler Owen Chase in the action-adventure, “In the Heart of the Sea,” which chronicled the event that would go on to inspire the Herman Melville novel, “Moby Dick.”
The actor kept reprising his superhero avatar in “Thor: The Dark World” (2013) and “Avengers: Age of Ultron” (2015, pictured). He also made a cameo in “Doctor Strange” (2016).
In 2017, he ditched his iconic long-hair and debuted an edgier and grittier look for Thor in the movie, “Thor: Ragnarok.”
(Pictured) With Mark Ruffalo in a still from the film.
A fierce supporter of the Australian Football League (AFL) team Western Bulldogs, Hemsworth has been a part of several AFL campaigns since 2014. In 2017, he starred in the league’s popular “I’d Like To See That” commercial.
In 2018, Hemsworth starred as Captain Mitch Nelson in the war drama “12 Strong.” Based on the book, “Horse Soldiers,” the film chronicled the story of the U.S. Army Special Forces team who were deployed to Afghanistan right after the 9/11 attacks.
Later in the year, he starred in “Avengers: Infinity War,” which garnered a total worldwide collection of over $2 billion (as of June 7, 2019), making it the fifth most successful film in history, after “Avatar” (2009), “Avengers: Endgame” (2018), “Titanic” (1997) and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” (2015).
In 2019, the actor reprised his role as Thor in “Avengers: Endgame” which is the second most successful film in history after “Avatar” (2009) and has garnered over $2.72 billion worldwide (as of June 7, 2019).
He will next be seen as Agent H in the spin-off of “Men in Black” series, titled “Men in Black: International” scheduled for a June 2019 release. His other upcoming projects include – “Jay and Silent Bob Reboot” and “Dhaka.”
(Pictured) Hemsworth at the Men in Black: International Pan-Asian Media Summit Bali on May 27, 2019, in Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia.
Even if you take away the magical hammer, it’s awfully hard to tone down Chris Hemsworth’s superhero look.
“We tried to make him dirty and bloody and (added) stubble and a beard and just beat him up. But it seemed like the more dirt and blood we put on him, the more handsome he was. So we failed there,” says Sam Hargrave, director of “Extraction.” USA TODAY has the exclusive first look at the upcoming Netflix action thriller (streaming April 24).
Hemsworth, who’s played Marvel’s resident thunder god in three “Thor” solo films and four “Avengers” movies, stars as Tyler Rake, a black-market mercenary hired to rescue the kidnapped son (Rudhraksh Jaiswal) of an international crime lord. Rake ventures to Dhaka, Bangladesh, to extract the kid, and over the course of the mission, a closeness develops and Rake discovers a path of redemption.
Chris Hemsworth attends the talk event during the Tokyo Comic Con 2019 at Makuhari Messe on November 23, 2019 in Chiba, Japan.
“You’ve got a guy who has a dark past and has done some very violent things as a way to make a living,” Hargrave says. “The interesting thing about (Hemsworth’s) character isn’t his physical bravery but his emotional cowardice.”
Rake’s charge “awakens something within him that he’s buried and pushed aside for many years” after the tragic loss of his own son, Hemsworth says. “He’s come to terms with the fact that his number could be up any second. The innocence and purity from this young kid reminds him that there’s still more to do on Earth before he departs.”
Hemsworth acknowledges being a father of three himself gave his performance “a rawness and authenticity that is hard to fake. Every sort of perspective you have on anything in life changes when you have a child – it’s no longer about you, it’s about them. The idea of that not being the case or the loss of a child, I can’t imagine anything worse.”
Plus, filming in India and Thailand and being away from family for three months “certainly makes you a little more vulnerable to those thoughts and emotions,” Hemsworth adds. “All of us had our nose to the grindstone.”
“Extraction” marks the directorial debut of Hargrave, who worked with Hemsworth as a stunt coordinator and second unit director on “Avengers: Infinity War” and “Endgame.” Hargrave was also Chris Evans’ Captain America stunt double in several Marvel projects.
Making the new movie, Hargrave often would grab a handheld camera and strap himself to the hood of a moving car or get on a wire and jump across buildings for the perfect shot: “I got the best of both worlds.”
Those moments inspired his star. “He had as many scrapes, bumps and injuries as the rest of us,” Hemsworth says. “Like most stunt guys, there’s a couple of screws loose maybe but the guy’s infectious to be around.”
Tom Cruise is back in the cockpit of a fighter plane, and teaching a bunch of cocky new pilots, in the hotly anticipated sequel “Top Gun: Maverick,” out this summer. Here are exclusive looks at the biggest new movies hitting theaters and streaming in 2020.
“The Grudge” (Jan. 3): John Cho stars as a real estate agent who learns of the horrors contained in a house cursed by a vengeful ghost in the latest remake of the popular 2000s Japanese scare fest.
“Afterward” (Jan. 10): Jerusalem-born therapist and trauma expert Ofra Bloch investigates the lingering pain and the possibility of reconciliation for those still feeling the effects of the Holocaust and the Nakba in the documentary.
“Inherit the Viper” (Jan. 10): Josh Hartnett stars as a man who finds that exiting the family business of dealing opoids leads to violence and betrayal in the crime thriller.
“The Murder of Nicole Brown Simpson” (Jan. 10): The drama explores the infamous 1994 killing of Simpson (Mena Suvari) from the victim’s point of view as well as the possible involvement of the Casanova Killer.
“Three Christs” (Jan. 10): Bradley Whitford (from left), Peter Dinklage and Walton Goggins play three psychiatric patients who all believe they’re Jesus in the drama.
“Bad Boys for Life” (Jan. 17): Miami detectives and longtime partners Marcus Burnett (Martin Lawrence, left) and Mike Lowrey (Will Smith) return for one last assignment in the third buddy action comedy in the franchise.
“Disturbing the Peace” (Jan. 17): A small-town marshal (Guy Pearce, center) has to deal with a gang of outlaw bikers (Devon Sawa and Terence J. Rotolo) looking to pull off a brazen heist in the action thriller.
“A Fall From Grace” (streaming on Netflix Jan. 17): Bresha Webb (from left) and Tyler Perry are public defenders handling the case of Grace (Crystal Fox), a pillar of her Virginia community charged with a high-profile murder, in the legal thriller written and directed by Perry.
“Troop Zero” (streaming on Amazon Jan. 17): Miss Rayleen (Viola Davis, left) helps a bunch of elementary-school outcasts (including Mckenna Grace and Milan Ray) get into a NASA competition in 1977 Georgia in the Amazon Prime dramedy.
“Color Out of Space” (Jan. 24): Based on an H.P. Lovecraft short story, the sci-fi horror film stars Nicolas Cage as a man whose family’s minds and bodies become infected by an alien organism when a meteorite lands in their front yard.
“The Last Full Measure” (Jan. 24): A Pentagon staffer (Sebastian Stan, right) investigates a Congressional Medal of Honor request for a Vietnam War hero made by the man’s best friend and partner (William Hurt) in the true-life drama.
“The Assistant” (Jan. 31): The drama stars Julia Garner as a recent college graduate who snags a dream job at a Hollywood production company but finds iffy behavior and abuse pervade her work environment.
“The Rhythm Section” (Jan. 31): The spy thriller casts Blake Lively as a woman on a mission of revenge to find the people responsible for the plane crash that killed her family.
“37 Seconds” (streaming on Netflix Jan. 31): Yuma (Mei Kayama, front, with Shunsuke Daito) is a 23-year-old with cerebral palsy who dreams of being a manga artist and living an independent life in the drama.
“Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)” (Feb. 7): When Gotham City’s baddest guys all want a piece of Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) after her latest breakup with the Joker, she gets a girl gang together in the superhero movie.
“Waiting for Anya” (Feb. 7): A teenage shepherd boy (Noah Schnapp) and a reclusive widow Horcada (Anjelica Huston) help smuggle Jewish children into Spain in the World War II drama.
“To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You” (streaming on Netflix Feb. 12): Peter (Noah Centineo) and Lara Jean (Lana Condor) navigate the many firsts of being a real couple in the romantic comedy sequel.
Blumhouse’s “Fantasy Island” (Feb. 14): Mysterious host Mr. Roarke (Michael Pena, center) welcomes guests (Austin Stowell and Lucy Hale) to a gorgeous locale where secret dreams become nightmares in horror guru Jason Blum’s supernatural take on the old TV show.
“Ordinary Love” (Feb. 14): Liam Neeson and Lesley Manville play a married couple who navigate a breast cancer diagnosis and subsequent treatment with humor and grace in the drama.
“Shaun the Sheep: Farmageddon” (streaming on Netflix Feb. 14): Shaun the Sheep (center) befriends an alien, goes looking for her spaceship and keeps his new pal safe from a sinister government agency in the stop-motion animated sequel.
“Brahms: The Boy II” (Feb. 21): A young couple (Owain Yeoman and Katie Holmes) are worried when their son (Christopher Convery) makes friends with a strange doll in the horror sequel.
“Emma” (Feb. 21): In the comedy reimagining Jane Austen’s classic novel, Anya Taylor-Joy stars as the handsome, clever and rich title character who finds romantic misadventures as a 19th-century matchmaker.
“Greed” (Feb. 21): Steve Coogan stars in the satire as a self-made British billionaire who throws an extravagant 60th birthday party for himself to save his fashion empire.
“The Night Clerk” (Feb. 21): The thriller centers on a hotel employee (Tye Sheridan, right, with Ana de Armas) who witnesses a murder when on duty and becomes the police’s prime suspect.
“All the Bright Places” (streaming on Netflix Feb. 28): Elle Fanning and Justice Smith star as small-town teens who fall in love in the drama based on Jennifer Niven’s young-adult novel, which explores coming-of-age romance and mental illness.
“Burden” (Feb. 28): An idealistic South Carolina reverend (Forest Whitaker, right) causes a stir in his congregation when he shelters a Ku Klux Klansman (Garrett Hedlund) re-examining his hateful beliefs.
“The Invisible Man” (Feb. 28): Elisabeth Moss stars as a woman who believes she’s being haunted by her late husband, an abusive sociopath, in the psychological horror movie.
“Saint Frances” (Feb. 28): The drama centers on a 30-something nanny (Kelly O’Sullivan) who develops a close friendship with her obstinate 6-year-old charge (Ramona Edith-Williams).
“Sea Fever” (Feb. 28): A marine biology student (Hermione Corfield, right, with Ardalan Esmaili) is stuck at sea when a mysterious bioluminescent force infiltrates her ship in the sci-fi thriller.
“Horse Girl” (streaming on Netflix in February): Alison Brie plays an arts-and-crafts store employee who begins to question reality after a series of strangely lucid dreams in the darkly comic psychological thriller.
“The Last Thing He Wanted” (streaming on Netflix in February): Anne Hathaway (center) stars as a journalist who quits her job covering the 1984 presidential election to care for her dad and then gets involved in a Central American arms deal in director Dee Rees’ drama.
“The Burnt Orange Heresy” (March 6): Donald Sutherland (from left), Mick Jagger, Elizabeth Debicki and Claes Bang star in the thriller about an art critic asked to steal the work of a reclusive painter.
“Escape from Pretoria” (March 6: Daniel Radcliffe stars as a young political captive during the apartheid era of 1979 South Africa in the thriller, based on a real-life prison break.
“Onward” (March 6): Metalhead elf Barley Lightfoot (left, voiced by Chris Pratt) tries to conjure his late father with a wizard’s staff as brother Ian (Tom Holland) and mom Laurel (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) look on in Pixar’s animated fantasy comedy.
“Spenser Confidential” (streaming on Netflix March 6): Tough-guy detective Spenser (Mark Wahlberg, right) and brash MMA fighter Hawk (Winston Duke) are an unlikely crime-fighting pair in director Peter Berg’s action comedy.
“The Way Back” (March 6): Ben Affleck (right) stars as a former basketball star who lost his wife and family because of alcoholism but finds redemption coaching his alma mater’s high-school hoops team.
“Never Rarely Sometimes Always” (March 13): The drama stars Talia Ryder as a teen girl who takes a bus from rural Pennsylvania to New York to accompany her cousin when she decides to get an abortion.
“A Quiet Place Part II” (March 20): Family members Marcus (Noah Jupe, from left), Regan (Millicent Simmonds) and Evelyn (Emily Blunt) brave the unknown in the sci-fi horror sequel directed by John Krasinski.
“Mulan” (March 27): A girl (Yifei Liu) disguises herself as a man to take her ailing father’s spot when he’s drafted into the Chinese military in the live-action remake of the 1998 Disney animated film.
“Lost Girls” (streaming on Netflix in March): Amy Ryan (center) stars as a Long Island mom who investigates her daughter’s disappearance and uncovers a slew of unsolved murders involving sex workers.
“Tigertail” (streaming on Netflix in March): Years after leaving love behind in his homeland to go to America, an aging Taiwanese man (Tzi Ma, left) needs to come to grips with past decisions to connect with his daughter (Christine Ko) in the multigenerational drama.
“Uncorked” (streaming on Netflix in March): Mamoudou Athie (left) is an aspiring master sommelier with a father (Courtney B. Vance) who wants him to take over the family business, a Memphis barbecue joint.
“No Time to Die” (April 10): After walking away from MI6 at the end of “Spectre,” British secret agent James Bond (Daniel Craig) comes out of retirement to save the day and deal with a new villain in the latest 007 adventure.
“Promising Young Woman” (April 17): The thriller stars Carey Mulligan as a smart and cunning woman whose bright future was waylaid by a mysterious event but now she leads a secret double life full of revenge.
“Dreamland” (April 24): Tomas Lemarquis (left) and Juliette Lewis star in the horror crime thriller, where a crime boss hires a killer to bring him the finger of a drug-addicted jazz legend.
“Sergio” (streaming on Netflix in April): Wagner Moura (right) plays a UN diplomat on one last assignment in Bagdad before retirement when he’s caught up with a bomb blast.
“The Willoughbys” (streaming on Netflix in April): A group of kids concoct a scheme to send their parents on vacation so they can have an epic adventure in the animated comedy, with a voice cast including Will Forte, Maya Rudolph and Alessia Cara.
“Love Wedding Repeat” (streaming on Netflix in spring 2020): Alternate versions of the same day unfold where a dude (Sam Claflin) tries to both give his sister the perfect wedding and reconnect with the love who got away (Olivia Munn).
“Run Sweetheart Run” (spring 2020): The horror film stars Ella Balinska as a young woman who has to survive the night when her first date with a guy (Pilou Asbaek) turns terrifyingly violent.
“Black Widow” (May 1): Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson, right) reconnects with her “sister” Yelena (Florence Pugh) while on the lam and confronting her past in the Avenger’s first Marvel solo superhero film.
“Dream Horse” (May 1): The drama stars Toni Collette as a Welsh bartender who gets financial help from family and friends to train a race horse and finds overnight success.
“Scoob!” (May 15): The animated comedy shows the origin story of how Shaggy (voiced by Iain Armitage) and his canine pal Scooby-Doo became best friends as youngsters.
“Wonder Woman 1984” (June 5): Gal Gadot is back in action, being a 1980s superhero and working at the Smithsonian in Washington, in the sequel to director Patty Jenkins’ hit 2017 film.
“Top Gun: Maverick” (June 26): Thirty-six years after first bursting on the big screen, fighter pilot Capt. Pete “Maverick” Mitchell (Tom Cruise) has the same need for speed and rule breaking.
“Free Guy” (July 3): Bank teller Guy (Ryan Reynolds) gets help from Molotov Girl (Jodie Comer) when he realizes he’s a background video game character in the action comedy.
“Tenet” (July 17): John David Washington (left, with Robert Pattinson) stars as the hero of director Christopher Nolan’s super-duper secret thriller, which begins as an espionage film and then goes unexpected places.
“Bill & Ted Face the Music” (Aug. 21): Daughters Thea (Samara Weaving, from left) and Billie (Brigette Lundy-Paine) help middle-aged dads Ted (Keanu Reeves) and Bill (Alex Winter) write a song to save the universe in the third film in the time-traveling comedy series.
“The King’s Man” (Sept. 18): The Duke of Oxford (Ralph Fiennes, right) and his protege Conrad (Harris Dickinson) have to stop a collective of tyrants and criminal masterminds from starting a war in the “Kingsman” prequel.
“You’re talking about doing a stunt and it looks a little hairy, and he all of a sudden demonstrates and throws himself off the hill or into the wall and you’re like, ‘OK, I guess I can’t not show up now.’ ”
Hemsworth recalls “Extraction” being a physically and emotionally exhausting shoot, with hand-to-hand combat, insane chases and tons of running, diving and rolling around.
However, “it awakened the young teenager in me again,” the 36-year-old star says. “Not to say I’m pushing my limits or I’m over the hill in any way, but you notice through the years things like, ‘Ooooh, there’s a little hitch in my knee that wasn’t there before.’ Or a tweak in my shoulder I didn’t notice. But I felt like it reenergized me. It was a kick in the (butt) to say, ‘Come on, there’s still plenty more in the tank.’ “