Chris Hemsworth: Snapshot

Chris Hemsworth
Date of Birth
August 11, 1983
Birth Place
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
It seems Chris Hemsworth has been scoring at the box office ever since arriving Stateside. American audiences got their first peek of the Aussie hunk as Captain Kirk's father in 2009's Star Trek, but it wasn't until the 6-foot-4-inch blond beat out kid brother Liam for the lead in Thor that Hollywood saw his leading-man potential.

Before he played a Norse god on screen, Hemsworth got his start on the Australian daytime hit Home and Away. Taking his soap skills to the U.S. in 2007, the actor soon landed in the blockbusters Star Trek and Thor. But 2012 proved to be his best year yet with the release of the record-breaking The Avengers and Snow White and the Huntsman, which costarred Kristen Stewart.

Off screen, the actor tied the knot with actress Elsa Pataky in 2010. Two years later, the couple welcomed daughter India Rose, followed by twin boys Tristan and Sasha in 2014. Later in 2014, he was named PEOPLE's Sexiest Man Alive.

Chris Hemsworth: Five Fun Facts

  1. Both Chris Hemsworth and his brother Liam auditioned for the title role in Thor. "I just sent a photo in costume and said, 'Sorry,'" Chris said of breaking the news to his baby brother.
  2. As a struggling actor in Los Angeles, Chris Hemsworth stayed in his manager's guest house to save money. "In between auditioning, I was babysitting their kids," he said on Lopez Tonight of his pre-fame gig.
  3. In 2006, Chris Hemsworth competed in the fifth season of the Australian version of Dancing with the Stars.
  4. Of seeing his likeness as Thor on Slurpee cups, Chris Hemsworth told Moviefone: "It does nothing but make me laugh."
  5. Chris Hemworth's Thor suit was so hot that the actor had to wear an undershirt that pumped cold water to keep him cool.

Chris Hemsworth: Biography


August 11

Outback Life

Craig and Leonie Hemsworth welcome their second son Chris Hemsworth in Melbourne, Australia. As a kid, Hemsworth, older brother Luke and their parents divide their time between the coastal city and an Aboriginal cattle station before welcoming younger brother Liam. "It was a very different environment to what we went back to and what my friends who grew up in Melbourne experienced," Hemsworth told Jimmy Kimmel of living in the Outback.


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After graduating high school, Hemsworth gets his first acting role as bad boy Kim Hyde on the popular Australian soap Home and Away, which served as training ground for fellow Aussies Naomi Watts and Heath Ledger. Hemsworth wins the most popular new talent Logie Award in 2005 before exiting the series in 2007. That same year, the Aussie hunk makes his big move to Hollywood.


May 08

To Boldly Go ...

Hemsworth takes over the first five minutes of J.J. Abrams's blockbuster Star Trek reboot, playing Captain Kirk's courageous father George, who's killed off in the opening scene. The film is a critical and commercial success, earning a whopping $72.5 million in its opening weekend, and garners the Hollywood newcomer major buzz.

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Edited by Julia Wang

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