Date of Birth : Mar 7th 1971
Golden Globe Award-nominated American film and stage actor. Known for often playing dark and villainous characters, he has so far predominantly appeared in supporting roles in a wide variety of both low-budget and major studio films, ranging from drama to horror and action thrillers. His most critically praised performance to date was as The New Republic magazine editor, Charles Lane, in Shattered Glass (2003) for which he won several critics’ awards such as the Boston Film Critics Award and the National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor.
Sarsgaard was born at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, where his father was an Air Force engineer. His family moved over twelve times during his childhood, following his father’s job. Raised Roman Catholic, he served as an altar boy and attended Jesuit boys’ school Fairfield Prep in Connecticut. After graduation, he attended Bard College for two years before transferring to Washington University in St. Louis in 1991. He graduated with a degree in history, and while there he co-founded an improvisational comedy troupe “Mama’s Pot Roast”.
Sarsgaard originally wanted to become a football player, and took up ballet to help improve his coordination. After several concussions, he gave up football and became interested in writing and theatre. It was at Washington University where he first discovered acting. His first role was as the servant Lawrence in Molière’s Tartuffe.
Sarsgaard’s first role was a guest spot on Law & Order in 1995. He began his film career later that year with Dead Man Walking, playing one of Sean Penn’s murder victims. Sarsgaard followed this with parts in low-budget indie films, such as Another Day in Paradise, Subway Stories: Tales from the Underground, Minor Details, Desert Blue, and Freak City, as well as the ensemble period thriller The Man in the Iron Mask.