Chris Hemsworth (born 11 August 1983) is an Australian actor best known for playing the role of Kim Hyde in the Australian soap opera Home and Away. Hemsworth will portray Marvel Comics character Thor in the upcoming films Thor and The Avengers.
Early Life : Hemsworth was born and raised in Melbourne, 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.
Career : 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. Hemsworth portrayed James T. Kirk’s father, George Kirk, in the opening scenes of J. J. Abrams’ 2009 film Star Trek. 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. He has also been confirmed as being cast as the title character in Thor, which is a film adaptation of the comic book. 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”.
Personal life : Hemsworth dated his Home and Away co-star Isabel Lucas from early 2005 to June 2006. After exiting the soap 8 months apart, both moved to Los Angeles separately. They remain very close friends and worked together on the remake of Red Dawn. Hemsworth is now 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 September 25, 2010 and were married three months later.
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