Sam Worthington was born on August 2, 1976 in Surrey, England. His parents, Jeanne and Ronald Worthington, moved the family to Australia when he was six months old, and raised him and his sister Lucinda in Warnbro, a suburb of Perth, Western Australia.
Worthington graduated from NIDA (Australia's National Institute of Dramatic Art) in 1998 at the age of 22. He received critical acclaim for his portrayal of "Arthur Wellesley" in his first professional role in the Belvoir Street Theatre production "Judas Kiss" (directed by Neil Armfield). He then went on to work in Australian television on such shows as "Water Rats" (1996) and "Backburner" and then on the American TV show "JAG" (1995)'s 100th episode (Boomerang: Part 1).
Worthington made his film debut in the highly acclaimed Australian movie Bootmen (2000), a film about a troop of "tap dogs". Minor roles proceeded in Hart's War (2002) and A Matter of Life (2001) before he was cast in another hailed Australian drama, Dirty Deeds (2002), co-starring Toni Collette and John Goodman.
The following year, he starred in yet another Aussie film, opposite David Wenham in Gettin' Square (2003). The director of the film, Jonathan Teplitzky, originally tested actors who were up to 8 years older than the then-27-year-old Worthington. Teplitzky wasn't sure Sam "could convincingly play a tough guy and also have elements of the leading man about him", but in the end Teplitzky decided he was "fantastic", and had "David playing the older, slightly more streetwise accomplice" proclaiming "it worked".
But it wasn't until 2004 that Sam got his big break. He was offered the starring role in Cate Shortland's acclaimed Australian drama Somersault (2004), opposite Abbie Cornish. The film made a clean sweep of the Australian Film Institute awards in 2004, winning in 13 film categories - the first time this has ever occurred in the award's history. Worthington also won the AFI award for Best Male Actor.
Worthington's career took off internationally when he was cast as Jake Sully in James Cameron's Avatar (2009) and as Marcus Wright, a cyborg who assists the humans despite their suspicions of him in Terminator Salvation (2009). Worthington soon became a household name, and starring in high profile films Clash of the Titans (2010), The Debt (2010/I), Texas Killing Fields (2011), Man on a Ledge (2012), and Wrath of the Titans (2012). Worthington also provided the voice for the Call of Duty: Black Ops video games.
In 2010, Worthington started a production company, Full Clip Productions, with two of his close friends John Schwarz and Michael Schwarz. The company teamed with Radical studios to print two graphic novels Damaged and Patriots.
He won a scholarship to the John Curtin School of Performing Arts in Fremantle, WA.
Said in an interview with Rove McManus that he had no intention of becoming an actor and went to NIDA to support a friend but was pushed through and got through. His friend did not get into NIDA.
Was a bricklayer before becoming an actor.
Boyfriend of Maeve Dermody for 2 yrs.
In 1998, Sam graduated from the National Institute of Dramatic Arts (NIDA).
Sam has blurred vision but he does not wear glasses.
Aside from acting, Sam is a keen surfer.
In 2009, he got his first Teen Choice Award nomination for Choice Movie Fresh Face Male for Terminator Salvation (2009).
Sam was once described as one of Australia's most likable young leading men by efilmcritic.com.
Born in Godalming Surrey, England. Parents moved to Perth, Western Australia when Sam was very young.
Was stylist Natalie Mark's boyfriend, 2008-2011.
Grew up in Rockingham in Western Australia about 1 hour drive from Perth.
2010: Named Australia's Most Stylish Male Celebrity by 'Madison' magazine.
Made his Hollywood acting debut in "JAG: Boomerang: Part 1 (#5.15)" (2000), which was the show's 100th episode.
Sam was the recipient of the Australians in Film 2009 Breakthrough Award (The Golden Boomerang) presented to him by James Cameron.
I also care that the public are getting their 12 dollars' worth when they go to a movie, and that they're not coming out not wanting to ever see a movie with me in it again. I don't care what people think of me as a person, but I do care what people think of my work, and whether I'm investing enough into it. [Empire magazine, October 2006].
A mate of mine told me recently, 'It's the first time I've seen you work, Worthington.' I thought that was quite funny, but he was right. [Empire magazine, October 2006]
[on Avatar (2009)] It's gotta hell of a lotta hype, I read all what was said yesterday about the trailer. I can see their point, but as I said, it's not meant to be built for an Apple Mac, it's built for IMAX, it's built for 3D, that's what he's designed it for. He's designed it to bring people back to the cinema. It's interesting that he's released that trailer and the next day, he shows it on IMAX. It's one extreme to the other. We get the criticism and then we get the rave reviews of what it really looks like in its own formula. That's obviously going to get people to think and go, "Damn right! I'm going to go and see this at the cinema". Jim has always said to me that he wants to bring people back to the movies, and he's a smart enough man for that to be tactical.
[on his role in Clash of the Titans (2010)] Oh I want to do it exactly the same. That guy's gonna come after me... no, I had a take on Perseus that I said to Louie and he went with it and the studio kind of liked my take, and we'll see if it works.
[on the Terminator Franchise] Well, I reacquainted myself with the movies, obviously, before we started, but I would have been actually 15 or something when Terminator 2 came out. So you remember the liquid man, of course, and that was revolutionary for this time, going through the helicopter and all that. But I think what they do is they showcase how good a storyteller Jim is.
I didn't set out to be famous; if I'd wanted that, I would have gone on Big Brother.
[on accepting the role of a conflicted man in Last Night (2010/I)] There was things in it that I've kind of done. I've been every single one of these people. So I kind of went 'Count me in'. I've been cheated on, I've been tempted. I've lost love. I've tried to reclaim a lost love and didn't know how to do it. I've been every single one of them, yeah.
[on refusing to discuss injuries he sustained making Wrath of the Titans (2012)] I don't like talking about that. I've got mates who play rugby and they think I'm a pussy actor.
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