Armand Douglas Hammer is an American actor. The son of businessman Michael Armand Hammer and the great-grandson of oil tycoon Armand Hammer, Hammer began his acting career with guest appearances in several television series. Take a look below for 28 more fun and interesting facts about Armie Hammer.
1. His first leading role was as Billy Graham in the 2008 film “Billy: The Early Years,” and he gained wider recognition for his portrayal of the Winklevoss twins in David Fincher’s biographical drama film “The Social Network,” for which he won the Toronto Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor.
2. Hammer went on to portray Clyde Tolson in the biopic “J. Edgar,” play the title character in the western “The Lone Ranger,” and star as Illya Kuryakin in the action film “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.”
3. In 2017, he starred in Luca Guadagnino’s romantic drama “Call Me by Your Name,” for which he received a nomination for the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor.
4. The following year, he portrayed Martin D. Ginsburg in the biopic “On the Basis of Sex.”
5. Hammer was born in Santa Monica, California.
6. His mother, Dru Ann, is a former bank loan officer, and his father, Michael Armand Hammer, owns several businesses, including Knoedler Publishing and Armand Hammer Productions.
7. He has a younger brother, Viktor.
8. Hammer has described his background as “half Jewish.”
9. His paternal great-grandfather was oil tycoon and philanthropist Armand Hammer, whose parents were Jewish immigrants to the U.S. from then Russian Empire, and were of Ukrainian Jewish descent.
10. Armand’s father, Julius Hammer, was from Odessa, now in Ukraine, but then in the Russian Empire, and founded the Communist Party in New York.
11. Hammer’s paternal great-grandmother was Russian-born actress and singer Olga Vadimovna Vadina, the daughter of a tsarist general.
12. His paternal grandmother was from Texas, while his mother’s family is from Tulsa, Oklahoma.
13. Hammer lived in the Dallas neighborhood of Highland Park for several years.
14. When he was seven, his family moved to the Cayman Islands, where they lived for five years, and then settled back in Los Angeles.
15. He attended Faulkner’s Academy in Governor’s Harbour, Cayman Islands, and Grace Christian Academy, also in Grand Cayman, a school founded by his father in West Bay, Grand Cayman, and later went to Los Angeles Baptist High School in the San Fernando Valley.
16. He dropped out of high school in eleventh grade to pursue an acting career.
17. Subsequently, he took college courses.
18. Hammer said his parents disowned him when he decided to leave school and take up acting but have since become supportive and proud of his work.
19. In a 2008 interview, Hammer stated, regarding his religious beliefs, “I have my own spiritual life, and I value it very much”.
20. Hammer married television personality Elizabeth Chambers on May 22, 2010.
21. Their wedding was featured in the January 2011 issue of Town & Country.
22. The pair were introduced by Hammer’s friend, artist Tyler Ramsey. They have two children together.
23. Hammer is known for his outspoken, politically and socially charged views on his social media account.
24. Hammer’s professional acting career began with small guest appearances in the television series “Veronica Mars,” “Gossip Girl,” “Reaper” and “Desperate Housewives.”
25. His first ventures into film began with a minor role in the 2006 film “Flicka,” as well as co-starring in a 2008 psychological thriller, “Blackout.”
26. His first leading role in film came with his portrayal of the Christian evangelist Billy Graham in “Billy: The Early Years,” which premiered in October 2008.
27. The film garnered Hammer a “Faith and Values Award” nomination in the Grace Award category, which is awarded for the Most Inspiring Performance in Movie or Television by Mediaguide, an organization which provides movie reviews from a Christian perspective.
28. In 2019, Hammer starred in Babak Anvari’s psychological horror film “Wounds” along with Dakota Johnson. It had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on January 26, 2019.