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In 2007, Emile Hirsch garnered attention for his captivating performance in Into the Wild, directed by Sean Penn. Based on the bestselling book by Jon Krakauer and adapted for the screen by Mr. Penn, Into the Wild starred Mr. Hirsch as real-life adventurer Christopher McCandless. The portrayal earned him the National Board of Review award for Breakthrough Performance by an Actor; the Rising Star Award from the Palm Springs International Film Festival; Gotham and Critics’ Choice Award nominations for Best Actor; and two Screen Actors Guild Award nominations, in the lead actor category as well as (shared with his fellow cast members) the ensemble category.
The Los Angeles native was recently again a Screen Actors Guild Award nominee in the latter category as part of the ensemble of Gus Van Sant’s Milk, in which Mr. Hirsch starred as real-life activist Cleve Jones, opposite Mr. Penn’s Screen Actors Guild and Academy Award-winning performance as Harvey Milk.
His additional film credits include two more true-life stories, Nick Cassavetes’ Alpha Dog and Catherine Hardwicke’s Lords of Dogtown (opposite Heath Ledger).
Mr. Hirsch’s other features include the Wachowski Brothers’ Speed Racer; Dan Harris’ Imaginary Heroes (with Sigourney Weaver and Jeff Daniels); Luke Greenfield’s The Girl Next Door; Michael Burke’s The Mudge Boy; Michael Hoffman’s The Emperor’s Club; and Peter Care’s The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys.