Born on July 21, 1978, Joshua Daniel “Josh” Hartnett is an American actor noted for his Irish ancestry. He is best known for his performance in Hollywood blockbusters such as Black Hawk Down, Pearl Harbor, and Wicker Park.
Josh Hartnett graduated from South High School in Minnesota, then attended The Conservatory of Arts and Film in New York. He started acting at the Youth Performance Company in Minneapolis, after working in the fast-food industry for a short while. In April 1997, he was offered the role of Michael Fitzgerald in Cracker, a television series. He can also be seen in numerous television commercials and plays, before having his debut in the big screen. His break into stardom occurred when he played the son of Jamie Lee Curtis’ character in Halloween: H20, in August 1998. He also portrayed Trip Fontaine in Sofia Coppola’s The Virgin Suicides, alongside Kirsten Dunst. His career developed as he appeared in several Hollywood films, playing Capt. Danny Walker in Pearl Harbor and Eversmann in Black Hawk Down. In 1999, he was named as one of Teen People magazine’s “21 Hottest Stars Under 21” and in 2002, he became part of Teen People’s “25 Hottest Stars Under 25” and People magazine’s “50 Most Beautiful People.” Bliss magazine also voted him “3rd Sexiest Male.”
Josh Hartnett also portrayed a detective, K.C. Calden, in the action-comedy Hollywood Homicide, where he starred with Harrison Ford. He also played the lead role in the thriller Wicker Park in 2004 and played Slevin Kelevra in Lucky Number Slevin. Josh was given the role of Dwight ‘Bucky’ Bleichert in the 2006 film The Black Dahlia. In 2007, he portrayed a small-town sheriff in the adaptation of the graphic novel 30 Days of Night. He also starred with Samuel Jackson in the drama Resurrecting the Champ.