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Who is Josh Hartnett?

Joshua Daniel Hartnett was born in Saint Paul, Minnesota, to Wendy Anne (Kronstadt) and Daniel Thomas Hartnett, a building manager. His father is of Irish and German descent, and his mother is of Swedish and Norwegian ancestry. Hartnett graduated from South High School in Minneapolis in June of 1996, then attended SUNY Purchase in New York. By April of 1997, he was offered the role of Michael Fitzgerald in the short-lived American television series Cracker: Mind Over Murder (1997). Josh started off doing small plays and national commercials but broke into the big-screen movie business with his starring roles in Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998), The Faculty (1998), and Pearl Harbor (2001).

Personal Life:

Hartnett and actress Tamsin Egerton acknowledged in 2013 they were in a relationship. a representative said on December 2, 2015, that Hartnett and Egerton had had their first child together on an unspecified recent date. The couple now live in the UK with their 2 children.


  • He went to Minneapolis South High School with actress Rachael Leigh Cook and TV host/interior designer Genevieve Gorder.
  • Was raised for the most part by his father, Daniel, and stepmother, Molly. His mother moved back to San Francisco after divorcing his father.
  • Josh also attended Cretin-Derham Hall in St. Paul Minnesota before attending South High School.
  • Josh was in a production of Tom Sawyer, he played the part of Huckleberry Finn.
  • Recently moved back to Minnesota (March 2002).
  • Quit football in high school because of an injured left knee.
  • One of Teen People’s 25 Hottest Stars under 25 (2002)
  • One of People Magazine’s 50 Most Beautiful People (2002)
  • Was scheduled to speak at a political rally in support of Sen. Paul Wellstone the weekend the Senator was killed along with 7 others in a plane crash. On October 26, 2002 (the day after the Senator’s death), Hartnett appeared at a peace rally in St. Paul and spoke a few words in remembrance.
  • Was set to star as Clark Kent/Superman in Wolfgang Petersen‘s Batman vs.Superman, but the project has been delayed until after Brett Ratner‘s X-Men film.
  • Is a vegetarian, and was voted the sexiest vegetarian in the world by PETA, 2003.

Personal quotes:

  • I’ve had my heart broken, and it’s not fun. But I’d rather have my heart broken than break someone else’s heart.
  • I always wanted to get out [in the world] and see what was here . . . what defines me is wanderlust.
  • [interview in Feb. 202 “Teen People” magazine] It’s hard for me to work closely with a girl and not completely fall in love with her as a person.
  • Making people laugh is hard, especially for someone who is not happy.
  • [on moving out of Los Angeles] I didn’t want to get sucked up in the madness. Flitting around from club to club and girl to girl is no way to live.
  • We’re all on a journey. The average American switches professions four times. I’m lucky to be in a business where I can change the character I am playing every couple of months.
  • Be honest with yourself and lie to everyone else.
  • Hope is the most exciting thing in life and if you honestly believe that love is out there, it will come. And even if it doesn’t come straight away there is still that chance all through your life that it will.
  • [on being a member of Hollywood] I love to reach out and slot myself into the Hollywood system and do my thing, but I don’t ever want to be a fully-fledged member, someone who is a stable element. I don’t want to be a pillar – I want to be a guy on the outside hitting it with a hammer.
  • Hollywood doesn’t need my love.

No more with Hollywood:

“I was on the cover of every magazine. I couldn’t really go anywhere. I didn’t feel comfortable in my own skin. I was alone,” he said. “I didn’t trust anyone. So I went back to Minnesota and got back together with my old friends — ended up getting back together with my high-school girlfriend for a while — and I didn’t do any filming for 18 months. I’m still finding my way through all that.”

Now, things are a bit tougher and not every audition goes his way.

“I still get offered films and TV roles, luckily, but years ago, if I saw a role I wanted, there was a good chance I could grab it,” he added. “When I see a role now, I’ve got to fight for it. It’s not bad. It’s actually more rewarding. Depressing when something doesn’t go your way, but only for a minute.”

Hartnett also shunned the idea that he’s a ladies’ man in any way.

“If you’re a ladies’ man, that’s what you do with your life, always chasing,” he said. “That’s never been the case with me. I’ve always just wanted a relationship. Otherwise, there’s nothing. The scene can eat you up. It’s eaten up enough of my life already.”

Hartnett is set to star in a new Showtime series called “Penny Dreadful,” alongside Eva Green bit still trying to be out of the way of Hollywood.


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