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Sam Worthington graduated from Sydney’s prestigious National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) in 1998. Upon graduation, he starred in a production of Judas Kiss, directed by Neil Armfield for Company B at the Belvoir Street Theater.
Building upon his theater background, Mr. Worthington began working steadily in film and television. He made his feature film debut in Australian dance drama Bootmen, directed by Dein Perry, as Adam Garcia’s older brother; the performance garnered him an Australian Film Institute (AFI) Award Nomination for Best Actor. For his work opposite Abbie Cornish in Cate Shortland’s Somersault, he won the AFI Award for Best Actor – 1 of the 13 the movie won, marking the first-ever clean sweep of all categories in the AFIs’ history. Somersault also brought him a Film Critics Circle of Australia (FCCA) Nomination for Best Actor.
He starred in two acclaimed Australian shows: Love My Way, which won an AFI Award for Best Television Drama Series, and The Surgeon, which was an AFI Award nominee as Best Telefeature or Miniseries.
He played small roles in two WWII movies, Gregory Hoblit’s Hart’s War and John Dahl’s The Great Raid; and lead roles in several more Australian features. The latter included Jonathan Teplitzky’s Gettin’ Square; David Caesar’s Dirty Deeds, with Bryan Brown, Toni Collette, and Sam Neill; Greg Mclean’s Rogue, with Radha Mitchell; and Geoffrey Wright’s contemporary update of Macbeth, in which Mr. Worthington starred as the title character.
After an exhaustive casting search, James Cameron selected him to star in Avatar. The epic fantasy adventure – the first of a trilogy – became a worldwide phenomenon and the highest-grossing movie of all time, with over $2.7 billion earned globally in theatrical release alone. The many honors accorded Avatar included 3 Academy Awards, 2 BAFTA Awards, and the Golden Globe Awards for Best Picture and Best Director.
Mr. Worthington has starred in two other blockbuster hit movies; McG’s Terminator Salvation, opposite Christian Bale, and Louis Leterrier’s Clash of the Titans. He is reprising his role of Perseus from the latter in the sequel Wrath of the Titans, directed by Jonathan Liebesman.
Other recent and upcoming films in which he stars include Massy Tadjedin’s Last Night, opposite Keira Knightley; Asger Leth’s Man on a Ledge, with Jamie Bell and Ed Harris; and Ami Canaan Mann’s The Texas Killing Fields, reteaming with Jessica Chastain of The Debt.
In 2010, with John and Michael Schwarz, Mr. Worthington founded Full Clip Prods. The company is producing original content for several mediums and platforms. Full Clip’s first graphic novel, Damaged, will be issued in the summer of 2011; feature films are in development; and the company has signed a first-look and development deal with NBCUniversal International, which is the international television production division of NBCUniversal.