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Sam Worthington

Sam Worthington graduated from Sydney's prestigious National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) in 1998. Upon graduation, he appeared in the stage production of Judas Kiss, directed by Neil Armfield, for Company B at the Belvoir Street Theater.

With smaller roles in the international films Hart's War, The Great Raid and Rogue under his belt, Worthington screen tested opposite Daniel Craig for the role of James Bond in Casino Royale. Although he did not land the much-coveted part, it proved to be the perfect dress rehearsal for the following year. After an exhaustive casting search, James Cameron hand-picked Worthington to star in AVATAR, Cameron's first narrative film since his 1997 Oscar-winning blockbuster, Titanic. Worthington starred opposite Christian Bale in Terminator Salvation, which grossed $370 million worldwide.

In addition, Worthington recently completed shooting two character-driven dramas: Last Night, opposite Keira Knightley, and The Debt, with Helen Mirren. The former revolves around a husband and wife, both of whose fidelity is tested over the course of 36 hours. The latter, directed by John Madden, tells a post-World War II story of three Mossad agents confronted years later by their scandal-ridden past. Worthington also stars in Clash of the Titans, directed by Louis Leterrier. The film is scheduled to release on March 26, 2010.

Worthington made his feature film debut with the Australian film, Bootmen, in which he played Adam Garcia's brooding older brother. His performance garnered him an Australian Film Institute (AFI) Award Nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in 2000. Additional Australian film credits include Dirty Deeds with John Goodman, Toni Collette and Sam Neill; Getting' Square with David Wenham; and Geoffrey Wright's contemporary adaptation of Macbeth, in which Worthington played the title character.

He received numerous accolades for his layered performance in Cate Shortland's critically-acclaimed and commercially successful Somersault. Worthington earned an AFI Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role and a Film Critics Circle of Australia (FCCA) Nomination for Best Actor in 2004. The film made a clean sweep of the AFI Awards, winning in all 13 film categories – the first time this had ever occurred in the awards' history.

Worthington's television credits include the acclaimed Australian productions Love My Way, which won an AFI for Best Television Drama Series; and The Surgeon, which was nominated for an AFI for Best Telefeature or Miniseries. He also starred in Delivery Man, one of the episodes of Two Twisted, a Twilight Zone-like anthology series produced by Bryan Brown.

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Sam Worthington Facts

Birth Name Samuel Worthington
BirthdayAugust 2, 1976 (47)
BirthplaceGodalming, Surrey, England, United Kingdom
Height5' 8½" (1m74)  How tall is Sam Worthington compared to you?

Selected Filmography

Hacksaw Ridge
Texas Killing Fields
Wrath of the Titans
The Shack
Clash of the Titans
Paper Planes
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