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Joel Edgerton

Joel Edgerton was born in Blacktown, New South Wales. He has appeared in such films as Erskineville Kings, King Arthur, Ned Kelly, Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones and Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, portraying a young Owen Lars, stepbrother of Anakin Skywalker and uncle to Luke Skywalker.

It was most recently announced that Edgerton will begin production on Felony, a film in which he will star and also wrote. The film will tell the story of a decorated police officer who lies about running a cyclist off the road after having a celebratory drink with his fellow officers.

This December, Edgerton will be seen in Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty alongside Jessica Chastain and Chris Pratt. The film, which will be released on December 19, 2012, chronicles the search and ultimate death of Osama Bin Laden by U.S. special troops in Pakistan. That same month, Edgerton will be seen in Baz Luhrmann's remake of The Great Gatsby. Edgerton will portray the character of Tom Buchanan, starring alongside Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan. Warner Bros. will release the film, based on the famous novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald, on Christmas Day.

Last year, Edgerton starred in Lionsgate's critically acclaimed, mixed-martial-arts drama Warrior opposite Nick Nolte and Tom Hardy. Edgerton portrayed the estranged older brother of Hardy and older son of Nolte. Warrior was released on September 9, 2011. Edgerton also had a supporting role in Universal Pictures' prequel of John Carpenter's The Thing, opposite Mary Elizabeth Winstead.

In 2010, Edgerton starred in the Australian film Animal Kingdom, a powerful crime drama that explores the intense battle between a criminal family and the police, and the ordinary lives caught in the middle. The film received the World Cinema Jury Prize at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival and was also awarded the Australian Film Institute/AFI Awards for Best Film and Member's Choice. Edgerton was honored with an AFI Award for Best Supporting Actor on behalf of the film.

In 2009, Edgerton starred alongside Cate Blanchett as Stanley in The Sydney Theatre Company's acclaimed production of A Streetcar Named Desire. Edgerton and Blanchett also performed the play to sold-out audiences at the Kennedy Center in November 2009, followed by a run at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in December 2009.

Edgerton attended the Nepean Drama School in Western Sydney before moving onto various stage productions, most notably at The Sydney Theatre Company, Blackrock, Third World Blues and Love for Love and at Bell Shakespeare, Henry IV. On television, Edgerton is known for playing the role of Will on the series The Secret Life of Us, for which he was nominated for an AFI Award.

In 2008, Edgerton was seen in the film The Square, directed by his brother Nash Edgerton. That same year, Edgerton starred in Acolytes, an Australian film about teenagers who get revenge on a serial killer.

In 2007, Edgerton was seen in the film Whisper with Josh Holloway. He also had a significant role in the 2006 American film Smokin' Aces.

In 2005, Edgerton appeared in the British comedy Kinky Boots, in a lead role alongside Chiwetel Ejiofor, as the son of a deceased shoemaker who must find a niche market in the 21st century. That same year, Edgerton lent his voice to the title character of "The Mysterious Geographic Explorations of Jasper Morello, an Academy Award €nominated animated short film.

Edgerton is also a founding member of the Australian moviemaking collective Blue Tongue Films. He, along with

his brother Nash Edgerton, David Michod, Spencer Susser, Luke Doolan and Kiran Darcy-Smith, are responsible for contributing to aforementioned films such as The Square and Animal Kingdom, as well as Wish You Were Here, which received its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival this past year.

Edgerton currently splits his time between Australia and Los Angeles.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2012.
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Joel Edgerton Facts

BirthdayJune 23, 1974 (48)
BirthplaceBlacktown, New South Wales, Australia
Height5' 11" (1m80)  How tall is Joel Edgerton compared to you?

Selected Filmography

Black Mass
The Gift
The Great Gatsby
Zero Dark Thirty
Exodus: Gods and Kings
The Thing
Midnight Special
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