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Josh Hartnett Biography

Josh Hartnett stars in movies like Pearl Harbour and The Black Dahlia.
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Birthdate: July 21, 1978
Birthplace: San Francisco, California
Real Name: Joshua Daniel Hartnett

Josh Hartnett - Humble Home

Josh Hartnett might have been born in San Francisco, but he was raised in St. Paul, Minnesota and considers that his hometown. Josh Hartnett got into acting after an injury kept him off the high school football team. Josh Hartnett's aunt encouraged him to audition for the school play and he landed the lead role.

Josh Hartnett - Movie Madness

Josh Hartnett started out in LA snagging commercials and roles in small plays. Luckily, it wasn't too long before Josh Hartnett landed the role of John Strode in the screaming movie hit, Halloween H2O: Twenty Years Later. After that Josh Hartnett landed some typical cute boy roles in flicks like The Faculty and Here on Earth. It was Josh Hartnett's part in the indie film, The Virgin Suicides, that really made people realize he was more than just a pretty face. Josh Hartnett's biggest hits to-date have been the epic Pearl Harbor (starring Ben Affleck), 40 Days & 40 Nights and Hollywood Homicide (co-starring Harrison Ford). In 2006 he takes on lead roles in Lucky Number Slevin and The Black Dhalia.

Josh Hartnett - Love Life

Until recently, Josh used to date his longtime girlfriend, Ellen Fenster. The two even bought a house together but broke up in 2004. Now Josh is dating his Black Dahlia co-star, Scarlett Johansson!

Josh Hartnett - Did U Know?

  • Josh Hartnett auditioned for, and was turned down, six times for a role on Dawson's Creek.
  • He is of Swedish descent.
  • When Josh Hartnett isn't filming movies, he's usually hanging out back in his hometown of St. Paul.
  • Josh Hartnett likes to paint.
  • Josh is a former vegetarian.

Josh Hartnett Say...

"I'd love to reach out and slot myself into the Hollywood system and do my thing, but I don't ever want to be a full-fledged member. I don't want to be a pillar - I want to be a guy on the outside hitting it with a hammer."

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