Aaron Eckhart

Actor, Bus driver, Construction worker
A longtime actor in playwright Neil LaBute's stable, Aaron Eckhart first caught moviegoers' attention in his film debut as the unctuous businessman Chad in the wicked black comedy "In the Company of Men" (1997) ... Read more »
Born: 03/11/1968 in Cupertino, California, USA

Filmography

Actor (48)

London Has Fallen 2016 (Movie)

President Benjamin Asher (Actor)

Bleed for This 2015 (Movie)

Kevin Rooney (Actor)

My All American 2015 (Movie)

Coach Darrell Royal (Actor)

Fade Out 2014 (Movie)

Jim Connelly (Actor)

I, Frankenstein 2014 (Movie)

Adam (Actor)

Incarnate 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Olympus Has Fallen 2013 (Movie)

President Benjamin Asher (Actor)

The Tonight Show With Jay Leno 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Erased 2012 (Movie)

Ben Logan (Actor)

Battle: Los Angeles 2011 (Movie)

Michael Nantz (Actor)

CNN Heroes: An All Star Tribute 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

The Rum Diary 2011 (Movie)

Sanderson (Actor)

Conan 2010 (Tv Show)

Guest

Rabbit Hole 2010 (Movie)

Howie (Actor)

2009 Golden Globe Awards Red Carpet Special 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Love Happens 2009 (Movie)

Burke (Actor)

The 14th Annual Critics' Choice Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

The 66th Annual Golden Globes Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Meet Bill 2008 (Movie)

Bill (Actor)

The Dark Knight 2008 (Movie)

Harvey Dent (Actor)

The Late Show With David Letterman 2008 (Tv Show)

Guest

Towelhead 2008 (Movie)

Travis Vuoso (Actor)

No Reservations 2007 (Movie)

Nick Palmer (Actor)

Operation Homecoming 2007 (Movie)

(Narrator)

Conversations With Other Women 2006 (Movie)

Man (Actor)

Thank You for Smoking 2006 (Movie)

Nick Naylor (Actor)

The Black Dahlia 2006 (Movie)

Leland "Lee" Blanchard (Actor)

The Wicker Man 2006 (Movie)

Truck Stop Patron (Actor)

Neverwas 2005 (Movie)

Zach Riley (Actor)

Frasier 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2004 (Tv Show)

Guest

Suspect Zero 2004 (Movie)

Thomas Mackelway (Actor)

Paycheck 2003 (Movie)

Rethrick (Actor)

The Core 2003 (Movie)

Dr Josh Keyes (Actor)

The Missing 2003 (Movie)

Brake Baldwin (Actor)

Possession 2002 (Movie)

Roland Michell (Actor)

The Pledge 2001 (Movie)

Detective Stan Krolak (Actor)

Erin Brockovich 2000 (Movie)

George (Actor)

Nurse Betty 2000 (Movie)

Del (Actor)

Any Given Sunday 1999 (Movie)

Nick Crozier (Actor)

Molly 1999 (Movie)

Buck McKay (Actor)

Thursday 1998 (Movie)

Nick (Actor)

Your Friends & Neighbors 1998 (Movie)

Barry (Actor)

In the Company of Men 1997 (Movie)

Chad (Actor)

Aliens in the Family 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Ancient Secrets of the Bible, Part II 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Crossroads 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Double Jeopardy 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (2)

Meet Bill 2008 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Neverwas 2005 (Movie)

(Co-Producer)

Biography

A longtime actor in playwright Neil LaBute's stable, Aaron Eckhart first caught moviegoers' attention in his film debut as the unctuous businessman Chad in the wicked black comedy "In the Company of Men" (1997). Previously, Eckhart had been struggling to find his way on television - both in series and in commercials - as well as on the big screen. After collaborating again with LaBute on "Your Friends and Neighbors" (1998), Eckhart branched out on his own, first landing a small part in "Any Given Sunday" (1999), then gaining wider recognition in the award-winning hit, "Erin Brockovich" (2000). He continued to delve into richly varied characters under LaBute's direction, playing an insensitive thug in "Nurse Betty" (2000) before calmly shifting gears for a romantic lead in "Possession" (2002). Meanwhile, he captured the attention of top Hollywood talent, being cast by the likes of Sean Penn in "The Pledge" (2001) and Ron Howard in "The Missing" (2003), though he struggled to find that one defining role to propel him into his own. His opportunity finally arrived with a deviously enjoyable performance as an unapologetic spokesman for Big Tobacco in "Thank You For Smoking" (2005), which earned the talented actor the strongest praise of his career, leading to massive mainstream exposure with his portrayal of Batman's nemesis, Two Face, in "The Dark Knight" (2008). His appearance in the box office blockbuster was an accomplishment recognized by several critics, firmly placing Eckhart's name on the roster of contemporary A-list actors.

Relationships

Emily Cline Actor

Companion
Previously engaged Split in 1998

James Eckhart

Father

Mary Eckhart

Mother
Wrote children's books

Adam Eckhart

Brother
Born in 1966

James Eckhart

Brother
Born in 1963

Kristyn Osborn Actor

Companion
Eckhart appeared in Osborn's country group SHeDAISY's video "I'm Taking the Wheel" (2005) Together from 2006-07

Gwyneth Paltrow Actor

Companion
Met while filming "Possesion" (2002) No longer together

Molly Sims Actor

Companion
Dated for several months in 2009 No longer together

Ashley Wicks

Companion
Began dating in 2007 No longer together

EDUCATION

Brigham Young University

Provo , Utah 1994
Met future collaborator Neil LaBute in a film class

Attended high school in England; dropped out but later obtained his diploma by correspondence course

Milestones

2013

Played the U.S. President in action thriller "Olympus Has Fallen"

2011

Acted opposite Johnny Depp in big screen adaptation of Hunter S. Thompson's novel "The Rum Diary"

2010

Co-starred with Nicole Kidman as a mourning couple in indie drama "Rabbit Hole"

2009

Played a widowed self-help author alongside Jennifer Aniston in romantic drama "Love Happens"

2008

Landed major role in Christopher Nolan's Batman film series as District Attorney Harvey Dent in "The Dark Knight"

2007

Portrayed a guy whose life isn't going according to plan in "Meet Bill"; also executive produced

2007

Cast opposite Catherine Zeta-Jones in "No Reservations," the American remake of 2001 German feature "Mostly Martha"

2006

Portrayed the chief spokesman for the tobacco lobby in Jason Reitman's satirical comedy "Thank You for Smoking"

2006

Portrayed detective Lee Blanchard in "The Black Dahlia," Brian De Palma's adaptation of James Ellroy's classic noir novel

2004

Starred as FBI agent Thomas Mackelway in thriller "Suspect Zero"

2003

Co-starred with Uma Thurman and Ben Affleck in John Woo directed "Paycheck"

2003

Along with Hilary Swank, co-starred in science fiction thriller "The Core"

2002

Co-starred with Gwyneth Paltrow in "Possession," directed by Neil LaBute

2001

Teamed with Jack Nicholson in Sean Penn directed "The Pledge"

2000

Cast opposite Renée Zellweger in "Nurse Betty"; third collaboration with director Neil LaBute

2000

Delivered a memorable turn as the biker who falls in love with the title character (Julia Roberts) in "Erin Brockovich"

1999

Played small part of an assistant coach in Oliver Stone's "Any Given Sunday"

1998

Re-teamed with LaBute for "Your Friends and Neighbors"; gained 45 pounds to play an unhappily married man

1997

Feature film debut, "In the Company of Men"; first collaboration with director Neil LaBute

1996

Appeared on two episodes of ABC sitcom "Aliens in the Family"

1993

Portrayed Samson in CBS special "Ancient Secrets of the Bible, Part II"

1992

Early TV acting credit, appearing on ABC series "Crossroads"

1992

Made TV movie debut in Showtime's "Double Jeopardy"

1992

Appeared as an extra on episode of "Beverly Hills, 90210" (Fox)

1991

Met future collaborator Neil LaBute while attending Brigham Young University

Raised in Cupertino, CA

After college, moved to NYC

Dropped out of high school and moved to Sydney, Australia

Lived with family in England as a teenager

Bonus Trivia

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"We both like to explore the darker side of humanity. I have no interest in doing 'Touched By an Angel.' I like it when guys are down and out and fighting against life and they don't always make it." – Eckhart on his affinity with Neil LaBute, to the San Francisco Chronicle, Aug. 16, 1998

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"I don't think it's impossible to have a relationship. I think it's complicated. I think we never reach our human potential to love. I think the need for sex overrides the capacity to love. I feel like as long as that happens, we're doomed. Love is what we should be after, instead of this physical gyration." – Eckhart to Cindy Pearlman of the Chicago Sun-Times, Aug. 16, 1998

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"I just want to do what it takes to embody a character in a way that is different from what I did last time. I mean, why play the same guy?" – Eckhart quoted in W magazine, March 2000

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"I'm not good at auditioning. I'm not a good salesman." – Eckhart to Movieline, October 2000

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"My life right now is my dog and my job. I know that one day the rest will follow." – Eckhart to People magazine, Sept. 9, 2002

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"I'm dating as many people as I possibly can, but nobody serious. No, dating isn't the right word. I'm hanging out with as many people as I possibly can." – Eckhart on his relationship status, to Entertainment Weekly, March 2006

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"I'm going to try never to sit back and say, 'I'm here.'" – Eckhart to Vanity Fair magazine, July 2007

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