Who played Thor? a.k.a. Chris Hemsworth bio profile

May 5, 2011 by  
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Many may not know it but before appearing as the gorgeous hunk Thor, Chris Hemsworth played James Kirk’s father in the 2009 movie Star Trek, the one that got blasted early on in the movie.

Early life

Hemsworth was born and raised in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. The son of Leonie and Craig Hemsworth. He later moved to Phillip Island, south of Melbourne, with his family. His older brother Luke and younger brother Liam Hemsworth are also actors, and have had recurring roles as Nathan Tyson and Josh Taylor on Neighbours, respectively. Hemsworth attended Heathmont Secondary College in Melbourne.


In 2004, he auditioned for Home and Away, for the part of Robbie Hunter (played by Jason Smith), but failed to get the part. He was subsequently recalled for the part of Kim Hyde. He was successful in gaining the role of Kim Hyde and moved to Sydney to join the cast of Home and Away. He left the cast of Home and Away on 3 July 2007. He has received two Logie Award nominations and has won one for Most Popular New Talent on Home and Away back in 2005.

He also played the character Kale in the thriller A Perfect Getaway the same year. Hemsworth will star in upcoming horror film The Cabin in the Woods executive produced by Joss Whedon and will portray Jed Eckert in the upcoming Red Dawn remake.

Hemsworth portrayed Thor in a film adaption of the Marvel Comics superhero of the same name. Initially, his brother, Liam, reached the final four for the role, while Chris failed to make the shortlist but he won the role after director Kenneth Branagh decided to re-evaluate earlier candidates. Chris Hemsworth received advice from his brother, saying “We’re competitive, but in the best way.” His mother helped him with his audition tape by playing Odin. Hemsworth is also scheduled to reprise his role as Thor in The Avengers also based on a Marvel comic about a team of superheroes assembled to protect Earth which is scheduled for release in 2012.
In the 2010 film CA$h, Hemsworth portrays the character Sam Phelan, an economically troubled young man. CA$h marks Hemsworth’s Hollywood debut, as it was the first film he shot upon his arrival in the United States. In behind-the-scenes interviews, the film’s director Stephen Milburn Anderson stated that Hemsworth had only been in the United States for six weeks when he had auditioned for the role. Anderson said, “Here’s a guy who is young, has the right look, is a very good actor and, let’s face it, he’s beautiful. So I say, we need to get this guy in. I was very impressed”. On November 2010 The Hollywood Reporter named Hemsworth as one of the young male actors who are “pushing – or being pushed” into taking over Hollywood as the new “A-List”. MTV Networks’ NextMovie.com named him one of the ‘Breakout Stars to Watch for in 2011’.

Personal life

Hemsworth is married to Spanish actress Elsa Pataky, whom he met through their mutual representative in early 2010. They made their relationship public at a party held by LACMA in Los Angeles 25 September 2010, and were married three months later.

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