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Armie Hammer: Hollywood‘s Rising Star

Full Name Armand Douglas Hammer
Age 36
Birthday August 28, 1986
Birth Place Los Angeles, California, United States
Height 6′ 5′′ (1.96 m)
Net Worth $16 Million
Social Media Facebook, Twitter, Instagram

Armie Hammer
With his rugged good looks and powerful on-screen presence, Armie Hammer has quickly become one of Hollywood‘s most in-demand leading men. Though only in his mid-30s, Hammer has already proven himself as a remarkably versatile and magnetic actor through memorable performances in films like The Social Network, Call Me By Your Name, and On the Basis of Sex.

Let‘s take a closer look at Armie Hammer‘s background, his rise to stardom, and some of his most acclaimed roles to date.

Early Life and Upbringing

Armie Hammer was born on August 28, 1986 in Los Angeles, California to businessman Michael Armand Hammer and bank loan officer Dru Ann Mobley. The family moved to Dallas, Texas when Armie was seven.

He comes from the influential Hammer family, whose fortune originates from his great-grandfather Dr. Armand Hammer. Dr. Hammer was an oil tycoon and art collector who rubbed shoulders with the world‘s powerful elite.

Raised in Dallas and later the Cayman Islands, Armie attended the Grace Christian Academy. He describes his upbringing as privileged. After high school, he rejected financial support from his family to pursue acting.

Early Acting Career

Hammer‘s on-screen career began in 2005 with minor TV roles on shows like Arrested Development, Veronica Mars and Desperate Housewives. In 2008, he got his first lead as evangelist Billy Graham in the religious biopic Billy: The Early Years.

Though Billy Graham was poorly received, it gave Armie crucial experience as a leading man. He went on to land small parts in films like Blackout (2008) and 10,000 BC (2008) before his breakthrough.

Breakout Performance in The Social Network

Hammer‘s big break came in 2010 when he was cast as the Winklevoss twins in David Fincher‘s critically acclaimed drama The Social Network. As the privileged Harvard rowers who inspire Mark Zuckerberg to create Facebook, Hammer displayed his acting range by portraying both twins using different voices and mannerisms.

Despite limited screen time, Armie earned rave reviews for embodying the handsome, entitled Winklevoss brothers. His performance announced him as a serious talent who could hold his own among stars like Andrew Garfield and Justin Timberlake.

Leading Man Status

After his scene-stealing turn in The Social Network, Hammer found himself fielding offers for major studio films. In 2011, he was cast as the Prince in the comedic fairy tale adaptation Mirror Mirror opposite Julia Roberts. And in 2013, he landed the starring role in the big budget remake The Lone Ranger with Johnny Depp.

While both films struggled at the box office, they proved Hammer could headline major tentpole releases. Critics praised his charismatic performance as the masked Old West hero, even if the movie itself was lackluster.

Hammer also took on dashing romantic leads in films like The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (2015) with Henry Cavill and Nocturnal Animals (2016) with Jake Gyllenhaal. His easy charm led Vanity Fair to dub him "The King of Male-on-Male Movie Action."

Acclaim for Call Me By Your Name

In 2017, Hammer earned some of the best reviews of his career for his nuanced turn in Luca Guadagnino‘s indie romance Call Me By Your Name. As a handsome grad student who falls into a passionate affair with a young man (Timothée Chalamet), Hammer showed new depths as a dramatic actor.

The acclaimed LGBTQ love story became an arthouse sensation and earned Hammer an Independent Spirit Award nomination. It solidified him as a versatile, risk-taking actor able to bring complexity and magnetism to confident, sexy leading men.

Recent Projects

On the heels of his triumph in Call Me By Your Name, Armie Hammer has continued to take on exciting roles in both indie films and major studio pictures.

In 2018‘s On the Basis of Sex, he earned praise as Ruth Bader Ginsburg‘s devoted husband Martin. And he returned to hard-hitting drama in 2020‘s opioid epidemic thriller Crisis.

He‘s also taken on big budget action, starring in 2022‘s Death on the Nile with Gal Gadot and the Chinese war epic The Battle at Lake Changjin, China‘s highest grossing film ever.

With critical darlings and blockbuster spectacles under his belt, Hammer has proven a rare gift for alternating seamlessly between intelligent indies and popcorn entertainment.

Interesting Facts About Armie Hammer

Here are some fascinating tidbits about Armie Hammer‘s life and career:

  • He has an identical twin brother named Viktor who is also an actor.
  • He speaks fluent Russian, taught by his father from a young age.
  • He loves barbecue and travels with his own smoker to cook on movie sets.
  • He‘s an avid gamer and streams on Twitch under the username armiehammer.
  • Along with a friend, he owns the Hammer‘s Brewing craft brewery in the Bahamas.

The Future for Armie Hammer

With major franchises, critically acclaimed indies, and interesting life experiences under his belt by 36, Armie Hammer‘s future in Hollywood looks very bright. Upcoming projects on his slate include:

  • The Billion Dollar Spy – Cold War espionage thriller based on real events.
  • Gaslit – Star-studded TV drama about the Watergate scandal co-starring Julia Roberts.
  • The Making Of – 1970s Hollywood drama where he plays director Franco Zeffirelli.

With his talent, charisma and dedication to his craft, Armie Hammer has achieved leading man status through sheer skill alone. His star continues to rise, and there are sure to be many more great performances ahead.