Josh Hartnett is not your regular actor - or guy for that matter. Joshua Daniel Hartnett was born in St. Paul Minnesota on July 21, 1978 (source: Josh said himself in Movieline Magazine). He has three younger siblings - Jake, Joe and Jessica. In high school Josh was already experimenting with acting and theater - his first role was as Huck Finn. He also played on his school's football team and varsity soccer team but was forced to stop playing football after an accident occurred which tore his ligament. Josh's high school job was working in a video store. After Josh graduated from high school he attended the SUNY acting program in New York. He didn't stay in New York long, he soon moved out to California in search of acting opportunities. he didn't have to look very hard - he quickly landed the role of Michael Fitzgerald in the TV series Cracker. Cracker was a mystery series, that didn't last very long.
Josh finally struck it big in 1998 when he was cast as John Tate in the last movie in the trilogy Halloween H20 Twenty Years Later. The movie got mixed reviews - but Halloween fans and horror film suckers flocked to see the film. Josh got some reconization for his role. He soon followed up his Halloween success with another horror film, The Faculty. The Faculty could be considered Josh's breakthrough role. He was cast along side other up and coming co-stars including: Clea Duvall, Elijah Wood, Usher Shawn Hatosey and Jordana Brewster. The cast was definitely a cool set of young actors and a highlight of the filming. The Faculty cast also teamed up with fashion guru Tommy Hilfiger to promote not only the movie but the clothing line as well. The movie was a hit with teenage fans everywhere. Josh had finally made his mark. Not necessarily on the mainstream of A-list actors but he had created a fan base and websites began popping up on the web devoted to him after his role as badass Zeke. Next came The Virgin Suicides. An indie film that proved Josh's acting ability. Josh was cast alongside Kirsten Dunst (who rocks) James Wood and Kathleen Turner for Sophia Copoola's adaptation of her favorite book. The movie was an indie hit and was a big plus for Josh - who received good reviews for his performance as the cocky- hotshot-weed smoking Trip Fontaine. After The Virgin Suicides, Here on Earth was released. Lelee Sobieski and Chris Klein starred along side Josh in Mark Pizinarski's teen romance. Josh still refers to Lelee as one of his closest co-stars. Chris also, had a positive experience working with Josh:"Josh is such a great guy, he's a true professional, he's a brilliant actor, I really think he's a brilliant actor, and not only that, he's a real cool guy. He's from Minneapolis-St. Paul, where we shot this movie and so I got to be real good friends with him and he'd take me to the ins and outs, all the good spots, and we hung out with his friends from college and stuff and it was great. " The movie got bland reviews and did ok at the box office. Josh also starred alongside buddy Rachel Leigh Cook in the comedy Blow Dry.
Josh's career only went uphill from this point on - despite some minor glitches. His film O had been delayed nearly 2 years by Miramax Films because of the violence the movie depicts. Miramax didn't want to release the movie because of the school shootings - the film also contained a brutal rape scene. The film was eventually picked up by Lion Gate Films when Miramax dropped it. His movie Town and Country has also been delayed for almost a year - despite having Warren Beatty as the director and an all-star cast - the film bombed at box offices. It didn't really matter though because soon, all eyes, magazine covers and fansites were focused on Josh who played Danny Walker in Pearl Harbor. Without a doubt - Josh's most popular role. Pearl Harbor skyrocketed Josh into the mainstream. Cast along side Ben Affleck and Kate Beckinsale Josh hit the spot with audiences everywhere and managed to not only appear on the big screen but on the cover of Vanity Fair, Movieline and landed slots on Conan O' Brien and Jay Leno. Josh has made his mark on Hollywood which will remain for years to come.
Next, Josh will be directed by Ridely Scott in another war movie - Black Hawk Down. He most challenging role by far will be his role as Matt Sullivan in 40 Days and 40 Nights. Josh will have his hands full with this romantic comedy, 2001 will prove to be another huge year for Josh Hartnett.