Australian actor Sam Worthington was born on August 2, 1976 in Perth. His interest in acting took shape while growing up in the nearby town of Rockingham, which led to him taking a scholarship at the John Curtis School of Performing Arts. He later moved to Sydney, where he studied at the National Institute of Dramatic Art. Upon graduation in 1998, he established a career as a stage actor.
Worthington began appearing on screen in 2000, making his debut through a guest stint in JAG. Most of his early roles were, however, focused in Australia, in television series such as Water Rats and Blue Heelers, and in films such as Bootmen, Dirty Deeds and Getting’ Square. His performance in the 2004 flick Somersault, which saw him play a sexually-confused ladies man, earned him an AFI Award for Best Actor. He saw further acclaim in the Australian television series Love My Way, which also premiered in 2004.
He set his sights on Hollywood at around the same time, beginning with the 2002 film Hart’s War and The Great Raid. He almost had a big break when he was announced to be in serious contention to succeed Pierce Brosnan as James Bond, although the role eventually went to British actor Daniel Craig. His more recent roles include that in Terminator Salvation, as human-robot hybrid Marcus Wright; he is also set to appear in James Cameron’s sci-fi flick Avatar.