Chris Hemsworth on His Way to the Top

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July 31st, 2012

Chris Hemsworth on His Way to the Top

-- Born on August 11, 1983 in Melbourne, Australia, Chris Hemsworth spent part of his childhood in the Outback. Hemsworth attended Heathmont College before his family relocated once again to the Northern Territory.

Hemsworth, having developed a desire to go into acting at an early age, it was not until 2002 when he received his first role as King Arthur in the TV series "Guinevere Jones." He appeared in two episodes of the series. That year, he also appeared as Jamie Kane in one episode of "Neighbours" as well as in one episode of "Marshall Law." The following year, Hemsworth appeared in an episode of "The Saddle Club." In 2004, Hemsworth made an appearance in an episode of "Fergus McPhail."

It was not until he was 26 that Hemsworth landed what would prove to be a breakthrough role. In 2004, he auditioned for a part on an Australian soap opera. Although he did not receive the part for which he auditioned, Hemsworth was later recalled and appeared in the role of Kim Hyde on "Home and Away." Shortly thereafter, he made the move to Sydney and appeared in a total of 171 episodes. In 2007, Hemsworth left the cast.

Within two years, Hemsworth landed the role that made people the world over notice him-the role of being the father of Captain James T. Kirk during the opening scenes of the film "Star Trek." That same year, Hemsworth also won the role of Kale in the movie "A Perfect Getaway." The year 2009 was a busy year for Hemsworth as he also played the role of Sam in the film "Ca$h." It was the first movie Hemsworth appeared in after arriving in the United States. The director of the film, Stephen Milburn Anderson, later stated that Hemsworth had only been in United States for a little over a month before he auditioned for the part. The following year, Hemsworth was named as one of a group of actors who would soon take over Hollywood and become an "A-List" actor. He was also named as one of the "25 Breakout Stars to Watch for in 2011."

Although Hemsworth appeared in the short film "Ollie Klublershturf vs. the Nazis" in 2010, it was his next role that brought him notice in the United States. When Hemsworth auditioned for the title role of Thor in 2011, he was up against future cast-mate Tom Hiddleston. After Hemsworth gained 20 pounds of pure muscle to land the role, Hiddleston was granted the part of Loki. Hemsworth reprised his role of the superhero Thor the following year in the film "The Avengers." So far this year, he has also appeared in the horror movie "The Cabin in the Woods." Moviegoers should also watch him in the role of Jed Eckert in the remake of the film "Red Dawn," scheduled to be released in 2012. As if those were not enough for a single year, Hemsworth managed to continue his trek to the top earlier this year when he appeared in "Snow White and the Huntsman" opposite Kristen Stewart.

What could possibly be next for the up and coming Australian actor? Next year, Hemsworth will once again tackle the role of Thor in the film "Thor: The Dark World." Filming is scheduled to begin in August of 2012. In addition, Hemsworth will appear in the Ron Howard movie "Rush" as British Formula One driver James Hunt.

Obviously planning ahead, Hemsworth will also star in the thriller film "Shadow Runner" in 2014. It seems that 2014 will be another big year for Hemsworth as it was recently announced that Steven Spielberg wanted Hemsworth to star in his upcoming film "Robopocalypse," due for release in 2014 as well. The film's script will be based on a novel by Daniel H. Wilson depicting an attempt by the human race to survive what proves to be an apocalyptic-type uprising by robots. This recent career move could very well propel Hemsworth to the top of the list of the most bankable stars in Hollywood. Not only have the "Thor" films fared extremely well at the box office but "Snow White and the Huntsman" has also far raked in more than $372 million around the world.

Hemsworth is married to Elsa Pataky, a Spanish actress. The couple met through mutual representatives. They married in December of 2010 and have a daughter, India Rose, born in May of 2012. Hemsworth's brothers, Liam and Luke, are also actors, and it is not uncommon for the brothers to audition for the same roles.