Hilary Swank

Actor
Though she struggled to gain her footing for almost a decade, actress Hilary Swank finally had a major breakthrough when she earned the Academy Award for her gripping performance in the indie darling "Boys Don't Cry" ... Read more »
Born: 07/29/1974 in Lincoln, Nebraska, USA

Filmography

Actor (68)

The One Percent 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

Actor

Hollywood Film Awards 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Herself

Conan 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

The Homesman 2014 (Movie)

Mary Bee Cuddy (Actor)

You're Not You 2014 (Movie)

Kate (Actor)

Mary and Martha 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Presenter

New Year's Eve 2011 (Movie)

Claire Morgan (Actor)

The 83rd Annual Academy Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Presenter

Conviction 2010 (Movie)

Betty Anne Waters (Actor)

The Late Show With David Letterman 2010 (Tv Show)

Guest

The Resident 2010 (Movie)

Dr. Juliet Devereau (Actor)

Amelia 2009 (Movie)

Amelia Earhart (Actor)

Inside the Actors Studio 2009 (Tv Show)

Interviewee

The Jay Leno Show 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 80th Annual Academy Awards 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Birds of America 2007 (Movie)

Laura (Actor)

Freedom Writers 2007 (Movie)

Erin Gruwell (Actor)

P.S. I Love You 2007 (Movie)

Holly (Actor)

The 64th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

The BRICK Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

The Reaping 2007 (Movie)

Katherine Winter (Actor)

A Concert for Hurricane Relief 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

TV Land Awards 2006 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The 12th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The 63rd Annual Golden Globe Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

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

Actor

The Black Dahlia 2006 (Movie)

Madeleine Linscott (Actor)

Celebrity Charades 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

The 10th Annual Critics' Choice Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2005 MTV Movie Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

11:14 2004 (Movie)

Buzzy (Actor)

2004 IFP/Independent Spirit Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Million Dollar Baby 2004 (Movie)

Maggie Fitzgerald (Actor)

Red Dust 2004 (Movie)

Sarah Barcant (Actor)

The Core 2003 (Movie)

Major Rebecca "Beck" Childs (Actor)

Insomnia 2002 (Movie)

Ellie Burr (Actor)

The Concert For New York City 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The VH1/Vogue Fashion Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

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

Actor

The 73rd Annual Academy Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The Affair of the Necklace 2001 (Movie)

Comtesse Jeanne de la Motte-Valois (Actor)

The Gift 2000 (Movie)

Valerie Barksdale (Actor)

VH1 Divas 2000: A Tribute to Diana Ross 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Boys Don't Cry 1999 (Movie)

Brandon Teena (Actor)

Beverly Hills 90210 1997 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Evening Shade 1991 - 1992, 1997 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Heartwood 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Heartwood 1997 (Movie)

(Actor)

Leaving L.A. 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Sleepwalker Killing: From the Files of 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Kounterfeit 1996 (Movie)

(Actor)

Sometimes They Come Back... Again 1996 (Movie)

(Actor)

Cybermania '94: The Ultimate Gamer Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Quiet Days in Hollywood 1995 (Movie)

Lolita (Actor)

The Next Karate Kid 1994 (Movie)

Julie Pierce (Actor)

Camp Wilder 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Buffy the Vampire Slayer 1992 (Movie)

Kimberly (Actor)

Dying to Belong (TV Show)

Actor

Fangland (Movie)

(Actor)

Iron Jawed Angels (TV Show)

Actor

Terror in the Family (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (9)

You're Not You 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

Something Borrowed 2011 (Movie)

(Producer)

Conviction 2010 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Resident 2010 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Amelia 2009 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Freedom Writers 2007 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Beautiful Ohio 2005 (Movie)

(Producer)

11:14 2004 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Fangland (Movie)

(Producer)
Music (2)

The Homesman 2014 (Movie)

("Rosalie The Prairie Flower") (Song Performer)

P.S. I Love You 2007 (Movie)

("Gett Off") (Song Performer)

Biography

Though she struggled to gain her footing for almost a decade, actress Hilary Swank finally had a major breakthrough when she earned the Academy Award for her gripping performance in the indie darling "Boys Don't Cry" (1999). A classic "overnight" success story that Hollywood loves to sire, Swank quickly proved that she was no one-trick-pony with quality turns in Sam Raimi's supernatural thriller "The Gift" (2000), the period romantic drama "The Affair of the Necklace" (2001) and Christopher Nolan's excellent crime thriller "Insomnia" (2002). She went on to find her star-making niche playing steely women who succeeded against the odds, best exemplified by her performance as a female boxer who meets a tragic end in Clint Eastwood's moody drama "Million Dollar Baby" (2004), a role that earned her a second Oscar. From there, she etched powerful performances as real-life women such as American suffragist Alice Paul in "Iron Jawed Angels" (HBO, 2004), unorthodox teacher Erin Gruwell in "Freedom Writers" (2007) and groundbreaking aviatrix Amelia Earhart in "Amelia" (2009). In 2006, Swank was the subject of tabloid headlines following her divorce from actor Chad Lowe and subsequent romance with her own agent, John Campisi. Five years later, she was criticized for attending the birthday celebration of Chechnyan president Ramzan Kadyrov, who had been cited for human rights violations, leading her to publicly apologize. Despite such embarrassment, Swank remained one of Hollywood's more versatile actresses who drew upon her working-class roots to deliver one informed performance after another.

Relationships

John Campisi

Companion
Began dating shortly after Swank separated from Chad Lowe; the couple was spotted kissing and holding hands Aug. 27, 2006 Confirmed they were dating December 2006 Reportedly split May 2012

Chad Lowe Actor

Husband
Met c. 1992 while acting together on the feature "Quiet Days in Hollywood" (shown at 1997 Cannes Festival) Married Sept. 28, 1997 Filed for divorce May 2006 Divorced Nov. 1, 2007

Stephen Swank

Father
Was officer in the Air National Guard Separated from Swank's mother c. 1990

Judy Swank

Mother
Accompanied daughter to L.A. after separating from husband c. 1990

Dan Swank

Brother
Born c. 1966 Owned marketing company in Edmonds, WA

EDUCATION

South Pasadena High School

South Pasadena , California
Dropped out

Santa Monica City College

Santa Monica , California

Sehome High School

Bellingham , Washington
Attended until she was sixteen

Milestones

2011

Cast in the ensemble romantic comedy "New Year’s Eve," directed by Garry Marshall

2011

Nominated for the 2011 Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role ("Conviction")

2011

Nominated for the 2011 Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role

2010

Portrayed Betty Anne Waters, an unemployed single mother, who spent a decade earning a law degree so she could represent her brother in the film "Conviction"

2009

Portrayed Amelia Earhart in Mira Nair's biopic "Amelia"; also co-executive produced

2007

Played Katherine Winter, a university professor in religion-themed horror film "The Reaping"

2007

Starred as a inspiring teacher in the drama "Freedom Writers"

2007

Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

2007

Co-starred as a widow whose life is turned upside down by letters left behind by her husband in "P.S. I Love You"

2006

Cast as Josh Hartnett's love interest in "The Black Dahlia," Brian De Palma's adaptation of James Ellroy's classic noir novel

2006

Signed on to be the spokeswoman for a new women's fragrance launched by Guerlain

2004

Starred opposite Anjelica Huston and Frances O'Connor in the HBO movie "Iron Jawed Angels," about the stuggle for women's right to vote; received Golden Globe and SAG nominations for Best Actress in a Miniseries or TV Movie

2004

Co-starred with Clint Eastwood in "Million Dollar Baby" as a woman determined to establish herself as a boxer

2004

Signed to be the exclusive celebrity model of the Calvin Klein intimate apparel

2003

Co-starred as Major Beck Childs in the sci-fi thriller "The Core"

2002

Co-starred with Al Pacino in the American version of "Insomnia"

2001

Appeared as a French noblewoman in "The Affair of the Necklace"

2000

Cast in the Sam Raimi directed "The Gift"

1999

Gave a Oscar winning performance as Teena Brandon, a young woman undergoing a sexual identity crisis who opted to live as a man and was brutally raped and murdered when it was discovered she was born female in "Boys Don't Cry"

1997

Joined the cast of "Beverly Hills, 90210" (Fox) as Carly Reynolds, a single mother who becomes a love interest for Steve Sanders (Ian Ziering)

1997

Was regular on the short-lived ABC series "Leaving L.A."

1994

Played lead in the feature "The Next Karate Kid"

1992

Had regular role on ABC's comedy series "Camp Wilder"

1992

Portrayed Kimberly, Kristy Swanson's Valley Girl pal, in the feature "Buffy the Vampire Slayer"

1991

Played recurring roles in ABC's "Growing Pains" and CBS' "Evening Shade"

1991

Landed first job as guest star in episode of the syndicated series "Harry and the Hendersons"

1990

Moved to Los Angeles at age 16

1983

Began acting career as Mowgli in a school play of "The Jungle Book"

Raised in Bellingham, WA

Won the Best Junior Actress Award from the Bellingham Theatre Guild

Bonus Trivia

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While in high school, Swank competed in the Junior Olympics and Washington State championships in swimming. She ranked fifth in the state in all-around gymnastics.

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When asked if she had ever done martial arts before "The Next Karate Kid": "No, never. I had flexibility in gymnastics, and I took instruction and worked hard, hours and hours a day. I wanted to do all my stunts." – Swank to Parade magazine, Aug. 7, 1994

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"It took about four weeks for me to detox from masculinity. I felt like I had lost every ounce of my femininity and I honestly didn't know if I'd ever get it back." – Swank on playing Brandon Teena in "Boy's Don't Cry," to Talk magazine, October 1999

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"I figured out why it was so easy. I had so much fear and anxiety about it, but when we did it, it was so professional, it didn't live up to my fear. It was just make-believe." – Swank on the brutal rape scene in "Boy's Don't Cry," to Out magazine, October 1999

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

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"The second after I won the Academy Award [for 1999's 'Boys Don't Cry'], I felt inhibited, like I was being watched under a microscope. People weren't necessarily putting that on me so much as I was putting that on myself. It took a while before I could relax and enjoy acting again." – Swank quoted in Premiere, December 2004/January 2005

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"In the end, it just didn't work, but I would never look back on this relationship as failed. I look at it as 13 1/2 years of success." – Swank on her split from husband Chad Lowe, to Vanity Fair, August 2006

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In October 2011, Swank was criticized for attending the 35th birthday celebration of Chechen president and alleged human rights abuser Ramzan Kadyrov. The actress later apologized and promised to donate the paycheck she received for her attendance to charity.

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