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Biography of Chris Hemsworth
Chris Hemsworth is an Australian-born Hollywood actor best known for playing the god Thor in the Marvel film series (The Avengers, Thor). Older brother of actor Liam Hemsworth.
Chris Hemsworth – Not Thor Alone
Childhood and family of Chris Hemsworth. First roles
Chris’ homeland is Melbourne, Australia, but he spent his childhood on a farm in the provincial Bulman. The middle of the Hemsworth brothers, he got along well with both the older Luke and the younger Liam.
Chris Hemsworth in childhood and now
The family moved frequently, but eventually settled on Phillip Island, where the boys quickly found something to do – like true Australians, from morning to evening they conquered the waves on the board. But there was something in Chris’s life that managed to win back the palm from surfing – acting. From early childhood, he loved to play small skits in front of his family. Love for this occupation was shared by both his brothers. Together, the guys often dreamed that one day they would reach the same heights as other great Australian actors, for example, Heath Ledger or Naomi Watts.
All the Hemsworth brothers (Chris in the center) became actors
The first step on the path to success was participation in the Australian TV series Neighbors, broadcast on local television since 1985. All the younger Hemsworths got into the episodic cast: the first was Luke, who played a character named Nathan Tyson, then Chris had to learn to respond to Jaime Kane, then Liam, who briefly became Josh Taylor, got into the series.
The series “Neighbors” – the first role of Chris Hemsworth
At 21, the young man tried his luck at an audition for the soap opera Home and Away, applying for the role of a character named Robbie Hunter. But the producers had already found a suitable performer, so they offered Chris to play another character – Kim Hyde. The series was filmed in Sydney, and Chris had to leave his father’s house and move to the capital, where he was waiting for his first success – for his role in the series, he was awarded the Australian Film and TV Academy Award as a “breakthrough of the year.”
In addition, during the three years of filming in the project, Chris gained a lot of useful experience, including learning how to ride a horse. In parallel, he appeared in episodes of the television series Horse Club, Marshal Low, Gwen Jones, and also took part in the fifth season of the Australian version of Dancing with the Stars, where he lasted until the fifth week.
Moving to the USA. New roles of Chris Hemsworth
In 2007, Chris suddenly realized that local television would not be able to offer him anything new and moved to the United States. In Hollywood, the star of the Australian “soap” was accepted with open arms and approved in the cast of the large-scale film “Star Trek”. Chris played George Kirk, the father of Chris Pine’s character.
Chris Hemsworth played James Kirk’s father on Star Trek
Soon Chris got to play in a pair with Sean Bean in the low-budget crime comedy Big Money. His character, an ordinary clerk named Sam Phelan, miraculously became the owner of a huge sum of money, alas, belonging to a criminal authority. Despite the limited funding, the film came out quite memorable, and soon the name of Hemsworth was in the credits of another similar project (Perfect Getaway) along with Mila Jovovich and Steve Zahn.
The heyday of Chris Hemsworth’s career. Thor and the Avengers
In 2011, a turning point came in the life of Chris Hemsworth – the director of the superhero blockbuster Thor chose him among the many contenders for the main role of the hammer god. The actor had serious rivals: Channing Tatum, Swede Alexander Skarsgård, WWE wrestling champion Paul Levesque and even Chris’ younger brother Liam, but Kenneth Branagh’s choice fell on the middle of the Hemsworth brothers. And it is not surprising, because the tall muscular Chris without any tricks looked like a thunderer embodied in reality, and his courageous Nordic profile could give odds even to the purebred Scandinavian Skarsgård.
Chris Hemsworth became famous for the image of Thor
However, the actor had to try and gain about 9 kilograms of muscle mass before starting work. To do this, he adhered to the following schedule: 4 days of grueling training (during the day he “pumped iron” in the gym, and in the evening he surfed, boxed or ran for several hours) and only one day to recover.
Before filming “Thor” Chris Hemsworth practiced a lot
Only after the family vicissitudes of Thor, Odin and Loki (who, incidentally, were played by Anthony Hopkins and Tom Hiddleston) hit the big screen, Chris realized the extent of his luck. He not only instantly ascended to the top of Asgard, but also gained confidence in his acting future, because Thor was an integral part of the truly inexhaustible Avengers franchise. A year later, he first appeared on the same screen as part of a single team with other Marvel superheroes: Tony Stark, Hulk, Black Widow, Captain America and other fearless fighters against evil.
Thor joined the Avengers in 2012
Initially, the king of Asgard pursued personal goals – he intended to return to his parental home his brother Loki, who had betrayed his people, who had stolen a mysterious weapon of super-destructive power in order to attack the Earth. To prevent the threat, the leader of the secret organization S.H.I.E.L.D. Nick Fury (performed brilliantly by Samuel L. Jackson) brought together all the superheroes known from previous film adaptations of Marvel comics. And if at the beginning of the film Thor had to come into conflict with the characters of Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo and other Avengers, then after the “showdown” he became a solid part of their team and even laid eyes on the beautiful Black Widow Natalia Romanoff (she or Scarlett Johansson).
Chris Hemsworth and his “superhero” colleagues
And soon the audience saw Hemsworth in the grotesque horror film The Cabin in the Woods. He got a very funny role – the good-natured athlete Kurt Vaughn. Chris had a chance to show himself from a funny, self-ironic side, and to show remarkable heroism. I must say, without the branded “Thor” beard, most viewers did not even recognize him.
Chris Hemsworth starred in The Cabin in the Woods before The Avengers
Another significant role for Chris at that time was the hunter from Rupert Sanders’ film Snow White and the Huntsman. During filming, he had a lot of fun talking to “Snow White” Kristen Stewart, despite the fact that the girl accidentally gave him a bruise on his face, and also made friends with the beautiful Charlize Theron, who this time performed the character from the “dark side”.
In 2013, the young man starred in the biographical drama Race about British Formula 1 driver James Hunt. The success of the film was proof that Chris Hemsworth is not only capable of throwing Mjolnir with a pretentious expression on his face, but can rightfully be considered an Actor.
Chris Hemsworth on Jimmy Fallon Show
In the same year, the second solo film about Thor was released, and in 2015 Chris returned to this role in the blockbuster Avengers: Age of Ultron.
In 2016, Chris Hemsworth appeared in the “female” remake of Ghostbusters. He played the secretary of the beautiful paranormal hunters.
“Ghostbusters”: Chris Hemsworth as Secretary
In 2017, the premiere of the third and final part of the adventures of the king of Asgard in his solo film took place.
Chris Hemsworth’s personal life
Despite the appearance of a typical handsome heartthrob, Chris Hemsworth can be safely called an exemplary family man, with the exception of marriage to actress Isabelle Lucas (Chris’s partner in Home and Away), hastily concluded in 2006 and just as quickly fell apart.
In his youth, Chris Hemsworth was briefly married to Isabelle Lucas
In 2010, Chris met Spanish actress Elsa Pataky, the future star of Fast and Furious. Hemsworth acted with lightning speed, like a real Thor, because after only three months of relationship, the young people announced themselves as a bride and groom.
Chris Hemsworth and his wife, Elsa Pataky
Hemsworth and Pataki got married on Christmas Day in Chris’ hometown. Despite the age difference (Elsa is 6 years older than Chris), genuine harmony reigns in the family. Fans sincerely admire the star couple, in which everything seems to be perfect, from perfectly matching red carpet outfits to the same views on parenting.
Chris is an exemplary husband and father
The firstborn of the Hemsworth couple appeared in the spring of 2012. The couple had a charming baby – India Rose Hemsworth. After the birth of their daughter, both spouses forgot about the stellar career and began to spend as much time as possible together. When the baby said “Dad!” for the first time, Chris almost burst into tears of happiness, and in 2014, when the twins Tristan and Sasha appeared in the family, he nevertheless gave vent to feelings and could not hold back tears of joy.
Chris Hemsworth with his wife and children
Chris Hemsworth now
Chris Hemsworth continues to play Thor in Marvel films. In Avengers: Infinity War, he had to save the world along with the Guardians of the Galaxy represented by the characters Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana and Rocket Raccoon. In 2019, the epic continued in the final part of The Avengers, where the audience saw Thor in an unusual state for him and were afraid that Chris Hemsworth had gained extra pounds. However, on the set, the actor simply wore a special suit and makeup, and his abs remained safe and sound.
Left: Chris Hemsworth in The Avengers. The final”
Together with Tessa Thompson (apparently, the directors were impressed by her tandem with Chris in Thor 3) and Liam Neeson, he played in the reboot of the Men in Black franchise, which premiered in 2019. Also not far off is the fourth solo film about Thor, however, due to the coronavirus pandemic, its shooting was postponed.
“Men in Black”: Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson
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