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Hilary Swank

Born: 1974

Biography

Hilary Ann Swank (born July 30, 1974) is an American actress and film producer. She first became known in 1992 for her role on the television series Camp Wilder and made her film debut with a minor role in Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992). She then had her breakthrough for starring as Julie Pierce in The Next Karate Kid (1994), the fourth installment of The Karate Kid franchise, and as Carly Reynolds on the eighth season of Beverly Hills, 90210 (1997–1998). Swank came to international recognition for her performances as Brandon Teena, a transgender man, in Kimberly Peirce's Boys Don't Cry (1999), and as Maggie Fitzgerald, an aspiring boxer, in Clint Eastwood's Million Dollar Baby (2004). Both of her performances earned her critical acclaim, and she earned numerous accolades, including two Academy Awards, two Golden Globe Awards, two Critics' Choice Movie Awards and a Screen Actors Guild Award. She was named by Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2005. Swank later ventured into producing with the films Amelia (2009), Conviction (2010), You're Not You (2014), and What They Had (2018), all of which she also starred in. Her other notable films include the television film Iron Jawed Angels (2004), and the feature films Freedom Writers (2007), Logan Lucky (2017), The Hunt (2020), and Fatale (2020).
Known For Acting
Gender Female
Place of Birth Lincoln, Nebraska, USA

Resources

Movies

Boys Don't Cry

Brandon Teena in Boys Don't Cry

Freedom Writers

Erin Gruwell in Freedom Writers

The Reaping

Katherine in The Reaping

P.S. I Love You

Holly in P.S. I Love You

Amelia

Amelia Earhart in Amelia

New Year's Eve

Claire Morgan in New Year's Eve

Conviction

Betty Anne Waters in Conviction

Iron Jawed Angels

Alice Paul in Iron Jawed Angels

The Affair of the Necklace

Jeanne St. Remy de Valois in The Affair of the Necklace

Dying to Belong

Lisa Connors in Dying to Belong

The Resident

Juliet Devereau in The Resident

Terror in the Family

Deena Marten in Terror in the Family

Quiet Days in Hollywood

Lolita in Quiet Days in Hollywood

The Sleepwalker Killing

Lauren Schall in The Sleepwalker Killing

Mary and Martha

Mary in Mary and Martha

The Homesman

Mary Bee Cuddy in The Homesman

You're Not You

Kate in You're Not You

What They Had

Bridget in What They Had

Under Antarctic Ice

Narrator in Under Antarctic Ice

Ordinary Angels

Sharon Stevens in Ordinary Angels

The Good Mother

Marissa Bennings in The Good Mother

N.A.R.

in N.A.R.

Million Dollar Baby

Maggie Fitzgerald in Million Dollar Baby

The Next Karate Kid

Julie Pierce in The Next Karate Kid

The Core

Maj. Rebecca Childs in The Core

Red Dust

Sarah Barcant in Red Dust

Spark: A Space Tail

The Queen (voice) in Spark: A Space Tail

On Native Soil

Narrator in On Native Soil

55 Steps

Colette Hughes in 55 Steps

Fatale

Detective Valerie Quinlan in Fatale

The Hunt

Athena in The Hunt

A Concert for Hurricane Relief

Presenter in A Concert for Hurricane Relief

Insomnia

Ellie Burr in Insomnia

Sometimes They Come Back... Again

Michelle Porter in Sometimes They Come Back... Again

Heartwood

Sylvia Orsini in Heartwood

Cries Unheard: The Donna Yaklich Story

Patty Yaklich in Cries Unheard: The Donna Yaklich Story

I Am Mother

Woman in I Am Mother

The Black Dahlia

Madeleine Linscott in The Black Dahlia

Kounterfeit

Colleen in Kounterfeit

The Gift

Valerie Barksdale in The Gift

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Kimberly Hannah in Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Birds of America

Laura in Birds of America

11:14

Buzzy in 11:14

Kadyrov, The Dictator of Chechnya

Self (archive footage) in Kadyrov, The Dictator of Chechnya

Eastwood Directs: The Untold Story

Self in Eastwood Directs: The Untold Story

Logan Lucky

Special Agent Sarah Grayson in Logan Lucky

Sex at 24 Frames Per Second

Self in Sex at 24 Frames Per Second

Clint Eastwood: A Cinematic Legacy

Self in Clint Eastwood: A Cinematic Legacy

Double Dutchess: Seeing Double

in Double Dutchess: Seeing Double

The Concert for New York City

Self in The Concert for New York City

...So Goes the Nation

Self in ...So Goes the Nation

Disclosure

Brandon Teena / Self (archive footage) in Disclosure

Black Dhalia

Madellein Linscott in Black Dhalia

TV Shows