Joshua Daniel Hartnett was born on July 21, 1978, in the city of Saint Paul, Minnesota. Josh Hartnett is his birth name. Hartnett’s father, Daniel, is a building manager, and Josh grew up in a Catholic household with his father, stepmother Molly (an artist), and younger siblings Jessica, Joe, and Jake.
His mother, Wendy, left the family after getting a divorce from Hartnett’s father, and Hartnett’s mother left the family after the divorce was finalized. He graduated from South High School in 1996 after receiving his education at Nativity of Our Lord Catholic School, Cretin-Derham Hall, and South High School.
After becoming hurt while playing sports in high school, Hartnett decided to try his hand at acting. He made his debut in a high school production of “Guys and Dolls,” in which he portrayed the role of Sky Masterson. Josh moved to New York to attend the Conservatory of Theatre Arts & Film at SUNY Purchase. However, while he was visiting Los Angeles during pilot season in 1997, he was cast in the crime drama “Cracker,” and he subsequently began working consistently in Hollywood.
Until winning his first feature role as John Tate, son of Laurie Strode in “Halloween H20: 20 Years Later,” Josh Hartnett appeared in plays and television advertisements before the series “Cracker” was canceled in January 1998 after airing its sixteenth and final episode.
In the same year, he also co-starred in the science fiction horror film “The Faculty” alongside Elijah Wood, Usher Raymond, Salma Hayek, and Jon Stewart, for which he was nominated for a Saturn Award in the category of Best Performance by a Younger Actor. In the 1999 film “The Virgin Suicides,” Josh portrayed the role of Trip Fontaine, and he also starred in the music video for Air’s song “Playground Love,” which was included on the film’s soundtrack.
Because of his performance in the film “Here on Earth” in the year 2000, he was nominated for a Teen Choice Award in the category of Choice Breakout Star. In 2001, Josh Hartnett starred in a number of films, including the short films “The Same” and “Member,” as well as the feature films “Blow Dry,” “Town & Country,” “Pearl Harbor,” “O,” and “Black Hawk Down.”
The box office success of “Pearl Harbor” was $449.2 million, and Josh was nominated for MTV Movie Awards and Teen Choice Awards as a result of his performance in the film. In addition, “Black Hawk Down” was a commercial success, earning a total of $173 million worldwide, and it helped garner Josh Hartnett a nomination for the Teen Choice Award in the category of Choice Action Movie Actor.
After an extremely hectic year, Josh took it easier in 2002, acting in only a single film, “40 Days and 40 Nights,” for which he was once again nominated for a Teen Choice Award. After starring in “Hollywood Homicide” alongside film great Harrison Ford in 2003, he went on to act in “Wicker Park” in 2004, “Sin City” in 2005, and “Mozart and the Whale” the following year.
In 2006, Josh Hartnett was nominated for an award for his performance in “Lucky Number Slevin” and also appeared in the crime thriller “The Black Dahlia” as an LAPD investigator. The following year, he acted alongside Samuel L. Jackson in the sports drama “Resurrecting the Champ,” and the following year after that, he played Sheriff Eben Oleson in “30 Days of Night,” for which he was nominated for a Teen Choice Award in the category of Choice Horror Movie Actor.
In 2008, Josh played the role of Charlie Babbit in a London production of “Rain Man.” Unfortunately, he was forced to miss several performances because he was hospitalized with a food illness during that year.
Before being cast as Ethan Chandler in “Penny Dreadful,” Josh Hartnett starred in the films “Bunraku” (2010), “Stuck Between Stations” (2011), and “The Lovers” (2013). He was a guest star on all 27 episodes of the series, and in 2017, he was nominated for the Fangoria Chainsaw Award in the category of Best TV Actor.
Since “After “Penny Dreadful” came to an end, Josh went on to star in the films “She’s Missing” (2019), “Inherit The Viper” (2020), and “Most Wanted” (2020), as well as the Spectrum Originals series “Paradise Lost (2020), and he also played himself on Kevin Hart’s upcoming Quibi series “Die Hard” in 2020.
In addition, Hartnett was the producer of the films “August” (2008), “Nobody” (2009), and “6 Below: Miracle on the Mountain” (2017), as well as the music video “Pursuit of Happiness” by Kid Cudi “music video (2009).
In 2012, Josh started a romantic connection with Tamsin Egerton, an actress who appeared alongside him in “The Lovers.” On November 25, 2015, the couple became parents to their daughter, Thisbe, and on July 1, 2017, they presented Thisbe with a younger sister named Roxanna. Scarlett Johansson, Julia Styles, and Amanda Seyfried are among the actresses that have supposedly been dated by Josh Hartnett.
PETA selected Josh as the year’s Sexiest Vegetarian, despite the fact that he is a vegetarian. Hartnett, who is deeply committed to helping those in need, has lent his support to the charitable organization Global Cool and has made appearances in advertisements for the USAID and the Ad Council’s FWD campaign, both of which aim to raise awareness of the ongoing drought in East Africa.
Awards and Candidate Consideration
In 2001, Josh Hartnett was awarded the Bravo Otto Germany Award for Best Actor. The following year, in 2002, he was honored with the ShoWest Award for Male Star of Tomorrow.
At the Milano International Film Festival Awards in 2006, he was given the award for Best Actor for his performance in “Lucky Number Slevin.” Two years later, at the Ischia Global Film & Music Fest in Italy, he was given an award for acting from the Ischia International Arts Academy. In 2007, Josh was recognized as one of the “GQ” Manner des Jahres (“Men of the Year”) by the German edition of “GQ” magazine.
Two years later, in 2009, he was presented with an Outstanding Environmentalist award at the 21st Century Leaders Awards in Qatar.
In 2016, Josh purchased a property in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles that was 4,100 square feet and cost him a total of $4.65 million. In July of 2020, he made the transaction with film producer and heiress Lucy Bidwell, selling the property to her for $4.43 million. In addition, Hartnett was the owner of a penthouse in New York City, which he placed on the market in 2017 for the price of $4.25 million, as well as a 5,000 square foot home in Minneapolis, which he sold in 2015 for the price of $2.3 million.
Josh Hartnett is a well-known producer and actor in the United States who currently has a net worth of $25 million.