Charlize Theron

Actor, Model
Statuesque blonde actress Charlize Theron defied preconceptions to become one of film's most formidable talents, as adept at comedy as she was hard-hitting drama. Escaping a volatile home life in South Africa, Theron ... Read more »
Born: 08/06/1975 in Benoni, , ZA

Filmography

Actor (87)

Dark Places 2015 (Movie)

Libby Day (Actor)

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2012, 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Mad Max: Fury Road 2015 (Movie)

Imperator Furiosa (Actor)

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Guest

A Million Ways to Die in the West 2014 (Movie)

Anna (Actor)

The 86th Annual Academy Awards 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Graham Norton Show 2010 - 2011, 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

The Last Face 2014 (Movie)

Wren (Actor)

The 85th Annual Academy Awards 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

2012 MTV Movie Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Presenter

Angels in Exile 2012 (Movie)

(Narrator)

Conan 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Jimmy Kimmel Live: After the Academy Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

Prometheus 2012 (Movie)

Meredith Vickers (Actor)

Snow White and the Huntsman 2012 (Movie)

Ravenna (Actor)

The Tonight Show With Jay Leno 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Top Chef 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Iconoclasts 2010 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Late Show With David Letterman 2008, 2011 (Tv Show)

Guest

Young Adult 2011 (Movie)

Mavis Gary (Actor)

Guys Choice 2010 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

The 82nd Annual Academy Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Astro Boy 2009 (Movie)

"Our Friends" Narrator (Voice)

Stand Up To Cancer 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

The Burning Plain 2009 (Movie)

Sylvia (Actor)

The Road 2009 (Movie)

Woman (Actor)

Battle in Seattle 2008 (Movie)

Ella (Actor)

Hancock 2008 (Movie)

Mary (Actor)

Movies Rock 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Sleepwalking 2008 (Movie)

Joleen Reedy (Actor)

The 2008 MTV Movie Awards 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

In the Valley of Elah 2007 (Movie)

Detective Emily Sanders (Actor)

Manufacturing Dissent 2007 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Al Pacino: An American Cinematheque Tribute 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Robot Chicken 2006 (Tv Show)

Voice

The 78th Annual Academy Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Video Game Awards 2005 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Aeon Flux 2005 (Movie)

Aeon Flux (Actor)

North Country 2005 (Movie)

Josey Aimes (Actor)

Red Carpet Confidential 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

The 11th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

The 62nd Annual Golden Globe Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

The 77th Annual Academy Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Head in the Clouds 2004 (Movie)

Gilda Besse (Actor)

Inside the Actors Studio 2004 (Tv Show)

Interviewee

The 76th Annual Academy Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Making the Movie: The Italian Job 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Monster 2003 (Movie)

Aileen Wuornos (Actor)

The Italian Job 2003 (Movie)

Stella Bridger (Actor)

Kevin Bacon: Am I Me? 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The 74th Annual Academy Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Trapped 2002 (Movie)

Karen Jennings (Actor)

Waking Up in Reno 2002 (Movie)

Candy Kirkendall (Actor)

15 Minutes 2001 (Movie)

Rose Hearn (Actor)

Sweet November 2001 (Movie)

Sara (Actor)

The 58th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The Curse of the Jade Scorpion 2001 (Movie)

Laura Kensington (Actor)

Vera Wang: Attention to Detail 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

6th Annual Blockbuster Entertainment Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Men of Honor 2000 (Movie)

Gwen Sunday (Actor)

Reindeer Games 2000 (Movie)

Ashley (Actor)

The 26th Annual People's Choice Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The 57th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The 72nd Annual Academy Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The Legend of Bagger Vance 2000 (Movie)

Adele Invergordon (Actor)

The VH1/Vogue Fashion Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The Yards 2000 (Movie)

Erica Stoltz (Actor)

The 56th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The Astronaut's Wife 1999 (Movie)

Jillian Armacost (Actor)

The Cider House Rules 1999 (Movie)

Candy Kendall (Actor)

Celebrity 1998 (Movie)

Supermodel (Actor)

Mighty Joe Young 1998 (Movie)

Jill Young (Actor)

VH1 97 Fashion Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Canned Ham: Trial and Error 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The Devil's Advocate 1997 (Movie)

Mary Ann Lomax (Actor)

Trial and Error 1997 (Movie)

Billie Tyler (Actor)

2 Days in the Valley 1996 (Movie)

Helga Svelgen (Actor)

That Thing You Do! 1996 (Movie)

Tina (Actor)

Hancock 2 (Movie)

(Actor)

Hollywood Confidential (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (4)

The Burning Plain 2009 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Sleepwalking 2008 (Movie)

(Producer)

East of Havana 2007 (Movie)

(Producer)

Monster 2003 (Movie)

(Producer)

Biography

Statuesque blonde actress Charlize Theron defied preconceptions to become one of film's most formidable talents, as adept at comedy as she was hard-hitting drama. Escaping a volatile home life in South Africa, Theron pursued a successful modeling career prior to becoming an actress with supporting roles in such films as "That Thing You Do!" (1996) and "The Devil's Advocate" (1997). And although she displayed admirable range with turns alongside Michael Caine in "The Cider House Rules" (1999) and Woody Allen in "The Curse of the Jade Scorpion" (2001), that career-defining role had yet to come her way. Everything changed when the stunning beauty shattered her ingénue persona with her transformative, Oscar-winning portrayal of convicted serial killer Aileen Wournos in "Monster" (2003). Another highly-lauded performance as a woman fighting against male domination - albeit in starkly dissimilar ways - came with the sexual harassment drama "North Country" (2005). As one of Hollywood's more versatile and respected actresses, Theron went on to enjoy roles in both big-budget blockbusters like the superhero adventure "Hancock" (2008) and the critically-acclaimed dark-comedy "Young Adult" (2011). Breathtakingly beautiful as well as deeply committed to her craft, Theron never failed to both impress in whatever role she chose to tackle.

Relationships

Denver

Step-Brother
Died in a 1997 auto accident at the age of 22

Craig Bierko Actor

Companion
Began dating 1996 Broke up 1998

Stephan Jenkins Actor

Companion
Dated from 1998-2001

Sean Penn Actor

Fiance
Began dating Got engaged. Broke up.

Charles Theron

Father
French; reportedly was abusive to his wife who shot and killed him in 1991

Gerda Theron

Mother
German; shot and killed her husband in 1991; no charges filed as it was determined she acted in self-defense when he attacked her while drunk; took over family business; remarried but separated from second husband after the death of her stepson Denver

Jackson Theron

Son
Adopted son; adoption announced March 2012

Stuart Townsend Actor

Companion
Met on the set of "Trapped" (2002) Began dating in 2001 In 2007, the couple declared themselves "married" despite never making the union official in a ceremony Split in 2010

EDUCATION

Studied ballet from age four

Attended a boarding school in Johannesburg, South Africa

Studied acting with Ivana Chubbuck

Milestones

2015

Starred as Imperator Furiosa in George Miller's "Mad Max: Fury Road."

2014

Co-starred in Seth MacFarlane's western comedy "Eight Million Ways To Die in the West."

2012

Played the evil queen opposite Kristen Stewart in adventure drama "Snow White and the Huntsman"

2012

Co-starred as a corporate heavyweight who leads a space mission in "Prometheus," directed by Ridley Scott

2011

Played a fiction writer who returns to her small town in Minnesota in "Young Adult"; film written by Diablo Cody and directed by Jason Reitman

2009

Cast as the wife, who appears in flashbacks, in the feature adaptation of Joe Penhall's novel "The Road"

2008

Directed by boyfriend Stuart Townsend in "The Battle in Seattle," a film about the 1999 World Trade Organization protests

2008

Co-starred with Will Smith in the superhero comedy "Hancock"

2007

Played a police detective opposite Tommy Lee Jones in Paul Haggis' "In the Valley of Elah"

2005

Guest starred on five episodes of the Fox comedy "Arrested Development," playing the love interest of Jason Bateman

2005

Cast in "North Country" a fictionalized account of the first major successful sexual harassment case in the United States; earned Oscar, Golden Globe and SAG nominations for Best Actress

2005

Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (September)

2005

Starred in the title role in the feature adaptation of the MTV cartoon "Aeon Flux"

2004

Cast as blonde bombshell and former Bond girl Britt Ekland in the HBO biopic "The Life and Times of Peter Sellers"; received Golden Globe, SAG and Emmy nominations for Best Actress in a Supporting Role

2004

Signed on to be the new face of Christian Dior's fragrance J'adore; appeared in print ads and TV commercials

2003

Starred alongside Mark Wahlberg as the female lead in "The Italian Job"

2003

Won an Oscar portraying real life serial killer Aileen Wuornos in "Monster"

2002

Co-starred with Billy Bob Thornton in comedy "Waking Up in Reno"

2002

Starred in drama "Trapped" with Kevin Bacon as parents whose daughter is kidnapped

2001

Reunited with Woody Allen for a role in "The Curse of the Jade Scorpion"

2001

Reteamed with Keanu Reeves for the remake of "Sweet November"

2000

Co-starred with Ben Affleck in "Reindeer Games"

2000

Played Robert De Niro's alcoholic wife in "Men of Honor"

2000

Starred with Matt Damon and Will Smith in Robert Redford's "The Legend of Bagger Vance"

1999

Offered a strong turn as a woman torn between two loves in "The Cider House Rules"

1999

Played the title role in the thriller "The Astronaut's Wife"

1998

Had featured role as an oversexed supermodel in Woody Allen's "Celebrity"

1997

Won praise for her performance as Keanu Reeves' neglected wife in "The Devil's Advocate"

1996

Landed a featured role in Tom Hanks' directorial debut "That Thing You Do!"

1996

Made film debut in John Herzfeld's "2 Days in the Valley"

1995

Narrowly beaten out by Elizabeth Berkley for the lead in the disastrous "Showgirls"

1995

Had a non-speaking role in the direct-to-video film "Children of the Corn III"

1994

Settled in Los Angeles; talent manager John Crosby volunteered to represent her after witnessing a colorful tantrum aimed at a bank teller who would not cash her out-of-state check

1991

At age 16, won an Italian modeling agency contest

1981

Began studying ballet at age six

Bonus Trivia

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Theron's first language was Afrikaans.

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When Theron was 15, she saw her mother, Gerda, shoot and kill her abusive, alcoholic father Charles when he physically attacked her. Local officials ruled it a justifiable homicide.

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Theron at one time was mentioned for the role of the husband-killing Roxie Hart in the film version of the Kander and Ebb musical "Chicago," a bit of irony because in 1991 her own mother shot and killed her father ( who was reportedly an abusive drunk and the shooting was ruled as self-defense).

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"When I started auditioning, I was hearing, 'She's really talented but she needs to lose the accent.' So I decided to get rid of it completely. I didn't have the money for a coach, so I basically had my television on all the time. I'd listen to everything from Nickelodeon to 'Love Boat' reruns, and I'd try to catch myself when the accent came through." – Theron quoted in Detour, November 1996

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"I remember going out for a job for shaving cream. They only wanted a pair of legs. Ever seen a dancer's feet close-up? Naturally, the feedback was, 'She has ugly feet.' Not that I think I'm super intelligent, but I thought to myself, Jesus, what is all this about? It had nothing to do to do with what I'd learned or experienced. Not to badmouth all of the business, because it made me independent at a very young age, and I'm forever grateful for that. And I don't think any less of models – frankly I admire them for having so much perserverance. I take my hat off to supermodels who are content and happy, but I could never live that life." – Theron on modeling to Hal Rubenstein in Interview, November 1997

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"Why be afraid of your sexuality? What are you going to do? Walk around the rest of your life going, 'I can't believe I got dealt these cards!' I think of myself as a very sexual creature. I have to use that. I have no choice. I like it. I didn't grow up with a mother telling me what I had under my clothes was bad or evil. Nudity, if used correctly, is extremely powerful. It's there to shock." – Theron to Kevin Sessums in Vanity Fair, January 1999

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"In a world of premieres and movie sets and self-important, Versace-wearing, no-good bastards who indulge in every kind of bad behavior, Charlize is one of those people who are really there for the work. At the same time she is one of the more innately glamorous people you'll ever meet. One thing you should know is that you're not going to figure Charlize out. She's a very peaceful person, but she can bring mayhem to a part like nobody else, because she knows what strife is. She's not prudish, but she has an unswayable moral compass. I don't believe in astrology, but she's a Leo. And that's funny, because she is sort of a lioness." – Theron's then-boyfriend Stephan Jenkins, quoted in Vanity Fair, January 1999

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"It's weird when people call you the next big thing. But I ultimately have no control over what any of these films look like or how critics will react to them or me. In all, I've made ten films and I've been blessed to have had the chance. But I've never tried to become a part of the machine to do it. Instead I've come from the school that if you work hard and deliver, you will continue to work. People always ask where I see myself in ten years, and the answer is still a big, 'I don't know'. But if I continue to do the work, to challenge myself and challenge audiences – Who knows? I might just have some career longevity yet." – Theron quoted in Empire, April 1999

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Theron was named one of People Magazine's "50 Most Beautiful People" for 2004.

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"The body is such a great vehicle to tell a story, one that gets neglected. Or when people do use it, they get criticized. When you do something like 'Monster' or what Nicole Kidman did [in 'The Hours'] or what Halle Berry did [in 'Monster's Ball'], then all of a sudden people go, 'Well, that's just a trick to win an Oscar.' But what people forget is that that's what were supposed to do. We're not supposed to look like or be ourselves." – Theron to Interview magazine, October 2005

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In 2008, Charlize Theron was named the Hasty Pudding Theatricals Woman of the Year.

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In November 2008, Theron was named a United Nations messenger of peace by U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. Her role will focus on ending violence against women.

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"You know when girls say, 'I'm a girl's girl'? It has never felt right for me to say that because I don't know if I'm a girl's girl. I think I might be a full woman's woman." – Theron quoted in Interview, June/July 2012

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"My job always comes second or third in my life. That really comes from a place of understanding at a very early age that I was responsible for my own happiness. My job makes me happy but it isn’t the only thing. I don’t like being miserable so I try to do whatever I possibly can to not live a miserable life." -- The Telegraph, May 15, 2015

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