Joshua Daniel Hartnett is an American actor and movie producer. He first came to attention in 1997 for his role as Michael Fitzgerald in the television crime drama series Cracker. He made his feature film debut in 1998 in the slasher film Halloween H20: 20 Years Later, followed by teen roles in films such as the sci-fi horror film The Faculty and the drama The Virgin Suicides. Take a look below for 25 more fun and interesting facts about Josh Hartnett.
1. Hartnett was born in Saint Paul, Minnesota, though some sources, he has said, erroneously give San Francisco.
2. The son of Daniel Thomas Hartnett and Wendy Anne, he was raised by his father, a building manager, and his stepmother, Molly, an artist.
3. Hartnett was raised Roman Catholic, attending Nativity of Our Lord Catholic School.
4. Shortly after arriving in Los Angeles, he caught an improbable break, landing a part in the short-lived but acclaimed drama Cracker, on ABC.
5. Although the series was cancelled after sixteen episodes, Hartnett had made a name for himself.
6. He performed in small plays and on national television commercials before being cast in his first feature film, playing the son of Jamie Lee Curtis’ character in Halloween H20: 20 Years Later.
7. Hartnett developed a film career, having appeared in Hollywood films, including The Faculty, Black Hawk Down, Lucky Number Slevin and Pearl Harbor.
8. In the early 2000s, Hartnett was approached several times to play the role of Clark Kent/Superman in the early 2000s for a project originally helmed by Brett Ratner, but always turned it down, not wanting to commit to a predicted ten-year role.
9. Hartnett was chosen as one of Teen People magazine’s “21 Hottest Stars Under 21” in 1999, Teen People’s “25 Hottest Stars under 25”, and one of People magazine’s “50 Most Beautiful People”, both in 2002.
10. He was also voted Bliss magazine’s “3rd Sexiest Male”, and in 2003 PETA named him the Sexiest Vegetarian Alive, as chosen by voters.
11. Among his 2007 roles were Resurrecting the Champ, a drama also starring Samuel L. Jackson, and the graphic novel-based 30 Days of Night, in which he played a small-town sheriff.
12. In 2008, Hartnett played Charlie Babbit alongside Adam Godley in the theater adaptation of Barry Morrow’s Academy Award-winning Rain Man at the Apollo Theatre in London’s West End.
13. In 2009, Hartnett produced the video clip for the rapper Kid Cudi’s song Pursuit of Happiness.
14. In 2013, Hartnett was a guest of honor on Off Plus Camera.
15. In 2014, he was cast in the part of Ethan Chandler in the Gothic horror series Penny Dreadful, shot in locations around Dublin and Ireland.
16. Regarding fame, Hartnett has said, “I know what it’s like to be in that whole world. I was up there for a couple of years, and it was uncomfortable. I think trying to stay at the top is a shortcut to unhappiness.” Hartnett also took a break from acting, saying “I spent a bit of time really thinking about whether this was the right thing for me.”
17. Hartnett has been involved in various causes. In 2007, he took time out from filming to support the green lifestyle campaign of Global Cool.
18. In 2011, Hartnett became one of a handful of celebrities attached to USAID and Ad Council’s FWD campaign, an awareness initiative tied to that year’s East Africa drought.
19. In 2012, Hartnett also joined Barack Obama in his campaign in Minnesota, appearing at such events as the Minnesota Greater Together Youth Summit before formally endorsing the President on the official campaign YouTube channel.
20. He along with Minneapolis Mayor RT Rybak also appeared at the University of Minnesota’s McNamara Alumni Center for an Obama Q&A in April.
21. Hartnett and actress Tamsin Egerton acknowledged in 2013 they were in a relationship.
22. Hartnett’s representative said on December 2, 2015, that Hartnett and Egerton had had their first child together on an unspecified recent date.
23. The couple now live in England with their children.
24. He starred in the new campaign of the Emporio Armani fragrance, “Diamonds for Men”, being featured in both print and TV ads for the fragrance, thus becoming the first male celebrity to represent Giorgio Armani Beauty.
25. He was originally scheduled to play the role of Tino in Deuces Wild, but dropped out to star in Pearl Harbor.