Birthdate – August 11, 1983 (39 Years Old)
Birthplace – Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Few major Hollywood actors are so closely identified with a single role as Chris Hemsworth (birthname: Christopher Hemsworth). The bottom line? Hemsworth is Thor, one of the most prominent characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and a role so all-encompassing that it accounts for nearly half of his feature film credits and an even greater percentage when including all of his Thor-related short videos, game videos, and animated series.
He returned in 2022 for his ninth Thor film, under Taika Waititi’s direction, Thor: Love and Thunder, with Natalie Portman, Christian Bale, Waititi, Jaimie Alexander, and Karen Gillan. After five years working in Australian TV, including the long-running series Home and Away (2004-2007), Chris Hemsworth landed the role of Capt. Kirk’s son in the movie reboot directed by J.J. Abrams, Star Trek (2009). Hemsworth soon after won the intensely competitive casting of Thor (2011) in the launch of one of the biggest MCU franchises, fundamentally altering the course of his career.
From 2011 to 2022, Hemsworth appeared in many MCU movies as Thor, as either star or as part of the ensemble. That was the case with Joss Whedon’s The Avengers (2012), the inaugural entry in the saga of the key MCU superheroes with Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, and Jeremy Renner. Hemsworth resumed his leading man berth in Thor: The Dark World (2013) with the regular ensemble of Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Anthony Hopkins, Idris Elba, and Jaimie Alexander. Hemsworth reunited with writer-director Whedon for Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), with new cast members Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, and Anthony Mackie.
Hemsworth’s third movie in the lead was director Taika Waititi’s first studio movie, Thor: Ragnarok (2017), with new cast members Cate Blanchett and Jeff Goldblum. Hemsworth’s Thor muscled to the center of the biggest double-bill yet in the MCU: Co-directors Anthony and Joe Russo’s Avengers: Infinity War (2018) and Avengers: Endgame (2019), with new cast members Brie Larson, Karen Gillan, Jon Favreau, Bradley Cooper, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Josh Brolin.
Five after the previous Thor adventure, Hemsworth returned as the big guy in Thor: Love and Thunder in 2022, again directed by Waititi. The combined worldwide box office for the MCU movies starring and co-starring Hemsworth has earned a worldwide gross (prior to the release of Thor: Love and Thunder) of $9.6 billion. Chris Hemsworth has played roles in two other series: First, as Eric the Huntsman in the Brothers Grimm-inspired Snow White and the Huntsman (2012), with Charlize Theron, Kristen Stewart, and Ian McShane, and the prequel-sequel The Huntsman: Winter’s War (2016), with new cast members Emily Blunt and Jessica Chastain.
The pair of films globally earned a combined $510 million. The second non-Thor series for Hemsworth is Netflix’s black ops action thriller, Extraction (2020), written by Avengers co-directors Anthony and Joe Russo, followed by Extraction 2 (2023), both of which Hemsworth served as star and producer. Beyond the franchises, Chris Hemsworth’s standalone movies have naturally tended toward the action-thriller vein but generally failed to catch fire at the box office, suggesting that outside of his role as Thor, Hemsworth is not necessarily a bankable star.
The highlights in this group include Michael Mann’s most recent feature, the thriller Blackhat (2015), a fascinating and complex film that was, unfortunately, a box-office bomb; Ron Howard’s deep sea adventure dramatizing the true events that inspired Moby-Dick, In the Heart of the Sea (2015), with Cillian Murphy, Tom Holland, Ben Whishaw, and Brendan Gleeson; yet another big-time release and box-office bomb for Hemsworth (albeit not as a star) was Paul Feig’s panned reboot of Ghostbusters (2016), with Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, and Andy Garcia.
Hemsworth also played a featured role in Drew Goddard’s flashy neo-noir drama (and another box-office failure), Bad Times at the El Royale (2018), with Jeff Bridges, Cynthia Erivo, Dakota Johnson, and Jon Hamm; Hemsworth starred in the attempted new generation reboot of the Men in Black series, Men in Black: International (2019), with co-star Tessa Thompson, which fell far short of anticipated box office returns.
Hemsworth’s 2022 Netflix production (he starred and produced) was the science fiction thriller, Spiderhead, directed by Top Gun: Maverick director Joseph Kosinski, co-starring Miles Teller, and based on a short story, Escape from Spiderhead, by lauded author George Saunders. Hemsworth’s next major non-Thor movie is the Mad Max spinoff, Furiosa (2024), co-written and directed by George Miller and co-starring Anya Taylor-Joy and Yahya Abdul-Mateen.
Melbourne-born Chris Hemsworth was raised by his teacher-mother, Leonie, and his social services counselor-father, Craig Hemsworth. His brothers are movie stars Liam and Luke Hemsworth. His family moved multiple times, settling near Melbourne, where Hemsworth attended school. Hemsworth attended the secondary college, Heathmont College. He has been married to Spanish actor/model Elsa Pataky since 2010; the couple has three children, Sasha, Tristan, and India Rose. His height is 6’ 3”. His estimated current net worth is $130 million.*
Captain Mitch Nelson (2018)
Avengers: Age of Ultron
Avengers: Infinity War
Nick Hathaway (2015)
In the Heart of the Sea
Owen Chase (2015)
Men in Black: International
Agent H (2019)
Jed Eckert (2012)
James Hunt (2013)
Snow White and the Huntsman
The Huntsman (2012)
The Cabin in the Woods
The Huntsman: Winter’s War
The Huntsman/Eric (2016)
Thor: The Dark World
Thor: Love and Thunder
Some Facts About Chris Hemsworth
Wage Increase: While Chris Hemsworth earned $150,000 for his starring role in the original Thor, he received $20 million in 2022 for his ninth Thor movie, Thor: Love and Thunder.
Distinguished Aussie: Hemsworth was made a Member of the Order of Australia for the 2021 birthday of Queen Elizabeth.
Fitness Man: Chris Hemsworth’s fitness practice drew such a following: he made a fitness app providing workouts, nutrition, and wellness practices.
Nominee, Rising Star Award, BAFTA Awards (2012).