About Garrett Hedlund
Garret John Hedlund was born in Roseau, MN on Sept. 3, 1984 to parents Robert Martin Hedlund and Kristine Anne Yanish. The youngest of three siblings, Hedlund spent his early years isolated on a farm so remote the family only received one radio signal to a country music station. It was in this bubble that he developed a lifelong love of the outdoors and hunting. After his parents divorced, Hedlund headed to Arizona with his mother, where he enrolled in Phoenix's Horizon High School and joined in a host of athletic activities including wrestling, football, track and even ice skating. In ninth grade, Hedlund began studying acting and began working as a model for Teen magazine and for LL Bean catalogs. Hedlund eventually graduated from school an entire semester early so he could move to Los Angeles and begin his quest for stardom. Within one month of arrival - in a circumstance rarely witnessed in the history of the industry - Hedlund nabbed a part in a mega-budget action film, starring Brad Pitt, no less.
Based on Homer's The Iliad, "Troy" (2004) was Wolfgang Petersen's take on one of Greek mythology's most celebrated heroes, and featured Hedlund as Patroclus - cousin to Brad Pitt's Achilles. While the film was a bit of a critical and box office letdown domestically, the action war movie did even bigger international business and provided Hedlund with a Teen Choice Award nomination as Breakout Movie Star - Male. In the Peter Berg directed "Friday Night Lights" (2004), based on the novel by H. G. Bissinger, Hedlund was cast opposite Billy Bob Thornton in the story of the 1988 Permian High School Panthers football team and their pursuit of the state championship. The critically applauded movie featured the actor as the fullback son of an abusive father played by Tim McGraw, who was, ironically, one of Hedlund's favorite musical artists he grew up listening to on that single radio station of his youth.
With much critical praise for his performance in the inspirational football drama, Hedlund next headed to the dark and gritty world of "Four Brothers" (2005) - based on the Western, "The Sons of Katie Elder" (1965) - as Mark Wahlberg's younger brother who joins in the redemptive search for their mother's killer. Hedlund met a grim end in the film, but the movie's box office and favorable reviews continued to kick his career into higher gear. In his next effort "Eragon" (2006), the actor played Murtagh, the friend and rescuer of the protagonist. Though the dragon-riding fantasy film was slayed by the critics, the movie did respectable worldwide business and Hedlund escaped unscathed. Much of the same could be said of the universally panned comedy-drama, "Georgia Rule" (2007), which cast Hedlund in a supporting role as a Mormon love interest to Lindsay Lohan. The only noise the harmless movie made mainly centered on Lohan's increasingly troubling off-screen behavior. In his next project, "Death Sentence" (2007), Hedlund did a roundabout with his image by becoming a vicious, tattooed, shaved-head gang leader, engaged in a grisly back and forth vendetta with Kevin Bacon, as the victim-turned-vigilante.
After a three-year absence from film, Hedlund returned in a big way in 2010 with two huge projects. In the dramatic musical tale "Country Strong" (2010), Hedlund starred as an up-and-coming country songwriter who becomes involved with an alcoholic singer (Gwyneth Paltrow) attempting to make her comeback. In the highly anticipated sequel to the classic sci-fi adventure, "Tron" (1982) - which originally starred Jeff Bridges as a video game developer who becomes trapped in his own cyber world - Hedlund toplined "Tron Legacy" (2010) over 25 years later. In this version, Hedlund stars as Bridges' son, Sam Flynn, who, while going in search of his missing father, becomes transported into the same digital world. From there, he was the wild, carefree Dean Moriarty to Sam Riley's Sal Paradise in the long-awaited adaptation of Jack Kerouac's "On the Road" (2012). Directed by Walter Salles and co-starring Kristen Stewart as Sal's flame Marylou, the novel was the subject of a film adaptation as far back as 1957, when Kerouac himself suggested Marlon Brando play Moriarty, while Francis Ford Coppola purchased the rights in 1979 and spent the ensuing decades struggling with various writers to produce a viable script. Eventually, the film was released in 2012 to mixed reviews, though Hedlund's performance was singled out by critics and generated end-of-the-year awards buzz.
|Kirsten Dunst. Co-starred in feature adaptation "On the Road" (2012)|
|Robert Martin Hedlund. Divorced from Garrett's mother|
|Kristine Anne Yanish. Divorced from Garrett's father; moved to Arizona with son after divorce|
|Cast as free-spirited Dean Moriarty in feature adaptation of "On the Road" by Jack Kerouac|
|Played a rising young singer-songwriter opposite Gwyneth Paltrow in "Country Strong"|
|Co-starred with Jeff Bridges in "Tron: Legacy," the sequel to the 1982 sci-fi classic "Tron"|
|Acted opposite Kevin Bacon in the psychological thriller "Death Sentence"|
|Cast in the Garry Marshall directed dark comedy "Georgia Rule"|
|Cast in "Eragon," a fantasy/adventure movie based on the novel of the same name|
|Starred in John Singleton's "Four Brothers," as one of four brothers out to avenge their mother's murder|
|Starred opposite Billy Bob Thornton in the football drama "Friday Night Lights"|
|Made professional acting debut, playing Patroclus in Wolfgang Petersen's "Troy"|
|Modeled for L.L. Bean and Teen Magazine|