Aaron Eckhart
American actor
Aaron Eckhart
Aaron Edward Eckhart is an American film and stage actor. Born in California, he moved to England at the age of 13, when his father relocated the family. Several years later, he began his acting career by performing in school plays, before moving to Sydney, Australia, for his high school senior year.
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Watch: Interview with Miles Teller and Aaron Eckhart in "Bleed For This"
Huffington Post - 3 months
Miles Teller takes on his first official adult role as real-life boxer Vinnie Pazienza in the feature film Bleed for This. It marks a big step for the 29-year-old actor, who is best known for playing students and youths in films like Whiplash and The Spectacular Now. Bleed follows Vinnie, a world champion boxer who broke his neck in a near-fatal car accident and told he may never walk again. However, Vinnie defied the odds not only to walk, but to make a stunning boxing comeback. The film is directed by Ben Younger and also stars Aaron Eckhart as Vinnie's coach and Katey Sagal as Vinnie's mother. Watch the cast interviews below. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
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Napa Valley Film Festival 2016
Huffington Post - 3 months
The Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF) celebrated its highly anticipated 6th anniversary on November 9-13. The gathering of film, food and wine at the most scenic time of year showcased over 120 new independent films and studio sneak previews in numerous venues throughout the picturesque towns of Napa, Yountville, St. Helena and Calistoga. Attendees socialized with over 300 filmmakers at screenings and enjoyed a list of events including industry panels, wine tastings, culinary demos, winemaker dinners, Celebrity Tributes, and the Awards Ceremony and Gala. The festival started with the opening night screening of The Weinstein Company's Lion starring Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman, Rooney Mara, David Wenham and Priyanka Bose. The directorial debut by Australian Garth Davis, based on a true story about Saroo Brierley's journey from his memoir A Long Way Home, had the audience in tears. Dev Patel received a standing ovation when he entered the stage to participate in a post screening Q&A ...
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5 Reasons to Buy Tickets to the Napa Valley Film Festival Right Now
Huffington Post - 4 months
Movie (and wine) buffs need to get in gear now - the last film fest of the season is too good to miss. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/PictureGroup) It's the last film festival of the year - and it's in northern Californian wine country. Need we say more? The six-year-old Napa Valley Film Festival is rolling out some big names, new movie-watching venues (in wineries, of course), and a brand-new schedule. The festival incorporates all four Napa towns (Napa, Yountville, St. Helena and Calistoga) for movie showings, cooking demos, wine-tasting, and unique events. Still not convinced? Here are the top 5 reasons not to miss this year's wine-fueled movie celebration, November 9-16. We'll cheers to that! 1. The celebs The Celebrity Tributes night on Thursday alone features Lee Daniels (creator of Empire), Viggo Mortensen (Captain Fantastic), Dev Patel (Slumdog Millionaire and Lion, showing at the festival), and Kurt Russell (Hateful Eight). Also appearing at the festival: Matthew Mc ...
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Clint Eastwood Triumphs with Sully: "No One Dies Today"
The Huffington Post - 5 months
Clint Eastwood is a California man but his new movie Sully is a love letter to New York and the best of this city. Based on the true story we all know as the "Miracle on the Hudson," Sully recounts the heroic actions of pilot Chesley Sullenberger, safely landing a failing United Airlines plane on the icy Hudson River, saving all 155 people on board. Coming upon the heels of the excellent American Sniper in the Eastwood oeuvre, Sully is one of Eastwood's finest, as it emphasizes some wrinkles in the quick-to-declare-a-hero department when Sullenberger's life saving action was challenged. What is the takeaway for a story we thought we knew? Forget the logic of simulators and false reenactments. Go for the human. It helps that Sully is portrayed in his Everyman perfection by Tom Hanks. With decency, and utter "menschlechkeit," Sully refuses to take all, praising everyone, from his copilot, Jeff Skiles, played with flair by Aaron Eckhart, to first responders, helicopter crews and a cracker ...
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Tom Hanks Soars In First Trailer For Clint Eastwood's 'Sully'
Huffington Post - 8 months
The first trailer for September's "Sully" is here, and it's generating a "Big" reaction for Tom Hanks.  Hanks plays the title role of Captain Sully in director Clint Eastwood's newest film. Oscar buzz is already swirling for the 59-year-old actor, who has received Academy Awards for both "Philadelphia" and "Forrest Gump." The film will tell the aftermath of the "Miracle on the Hudson," when Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger successfully landed a plane carrying 155 passengers on the Hudson River after colliding with a flock of geese. All of the passengers and crew survived, and Sully was deemed a national hero overnight.  According to the trailer, however, it wasn't all medals and accolades for Sully, whose career was jeopardized during the investigation of the incident. "Our job is to investigate how a plane ended up in the Hudson river," says one official in the trailer before being corrected by Sully's co-pilot, played by Aaron Eckhart, "on the Huds ...
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China box office: Fans fall for 'London Has Fallen'; 'Zootopia' hits $230 million
LATimes - 11 months
“London Has Fallen,” the critically panned sequel to “Olympus Has Fallen,” won the weekend at the Chinese box office, taking in $24.4 million in its first three days in theaters. But the Millennium Films thriller starring Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart and Morgan Freeman came in second overall for...
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Review: In ‘London Has Fallen,’ the President Must Be Saved From Terrorists
NYTimes - 12 months
Aaron Eckhart plays American’s leader visiting London, and Gerard Butler is his Secret Service protector when bloody chaos erupts.
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Gereard Butler back in London Has Fallen
Reuters.com - 12 months
LOS ANGELES - Actors Gerard Butler, Morgan Freeman, Angela Bassett and Aaron Eckhart took to the red carpet Tuesday night for the premiere of action thriller "London Has Fallen".The film is the sequel to the 2013 "Olympus Has Fallen" and sees Butler reprise his role as Secret Service Agent Mike Banning, who this time uncovers a deadly plot targeting world leaders."What got me excited was the scope on this canvas, just making the whole thing bigger and more fun," Butler said.
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'My All American' Gets Extra Points For Heartstring Tugs
Huffington Post - over 1 year
If you get thrilled by the team spirit on display in "Hoosiers," teared up during the emotional moments of "Brian's Song," and feverishly rooted for Rudy in "Rudy" then I have a movie for you. It is based on a true story and is titled "My All American." The film tells the story of Freddie Steinmark, a real hero on and off the football field. Freddie Steinmark (Finn Wittrock) lived to play football. Even though he was small in stature and weighed less than 160 pounds he aspired to be the best on his high school team and ultimately to attend Notre Dame on a full football scholarship. He was supported in these dreams by his father Fred (Michael Reilly Burke). Eventually he made it to the University of Texas on a scholarship and played for Coach Darrell Royal (Aaron Eckhart). The movie tells Steinmark's story by focusing almost entirely on his actions at practice and in various games. We are exposed totally to Freddie the athlete. We do not have the chance to see as much of Freddie t ...
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Pornosophy: Your Friends & Neighbors
Huffington Post - almost 2 years
There is a scene in Neil LaBute's Your Friends & Neighbors (1998) where a character named Barry (Aaron Eckhart) desperately tries to give himself an erection while masturbating. One hears stories about the unsatisfactory porn in clinics afforded sperm donors. However, the scene in the LaBute movie is far more profound since it is so painfully solitary and actually represents a more primal and emblematic line between the life force and death wish. The light switch goes on or off and there's no controlling it. You can't will an erection. Sexual fantasy is obviously a part of sex and many people fantasize right during the sexual act with one degree of success or another. Without a doubt there are some lovers who would have to confess that the person in bed with them is almost in the way when it comes to enjoying what's basically a masturbatory experience. But LaBute is really bottom fishing in a particularly trenchant way in Your Friends & Neighbors. Barry's dilemma has the qua ...
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'Ride Along' Is The Box-Office Champ For Third Straight Week
Huffington Post - about 3 years
LOS ANGELES (AP) — With Super Bowl XLVII weekend in full swing, "Ride Along" remained strong, steering Universal Pictures into the No. 1 slot in a surprising three-week takeover at the box office. Topping multiplex sales since setting a January debut record when opening over the Martin Luther King holiday weekend with $48.6 million, the buddy cop comedy, starring Kevin Hart and Ice Cube, made $12.3 million, as it nears a $100 million domestic total, according to studio estimates Sunday. In the world of animation, Disney's "Frozen," now the fourth highest-grossing domestic animated release ever, is in second place with $9.3 million. The studio rereleased a singalong version of the film, as the movie's soundtrack remains No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart. The film's signature track "Let It Go," sung by Idina Menzel, sits on the Billboard Hot 100 among the top 30. "Frozen" singalong shows, featured in 2,057 theaters out of 2,754, added $2.2 million, as the film crossed the $360 million ma ...
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Alan Dee’s movie preview: Macho men and monsters dominate a trio of testosterone treats
The Bucks Herald - about 3 years
Mark Wahlberg’s reinvention as everyone’s favourite everyman killing machine continues apace. Lone Survivor has one of those titles that indicate a high body count, and it doesn’t lie – our Mark is the only special forces op still breathing after a disastrous mission in Afghanistan. It’s based on a true story and is told with a grim attention to keeping it rough and real. It’s not for the squeamish, but it’s certainly not as gung-ho as most American films featuring their boys on the front line. Not a lot of laughs, either, in Out Of The Furnace, in which ex-con Christian Bale tries to keep little brother Casey Affleck out of trouble without much success. Woody Harrelson, Forest Whitaker and Willem Dafoe add support in a gritty and brutal blue collar drama from writer/director Scott Cooper, whose last project was the Oscar-winning Crazy Heart. What would happen if Dr Frankenstein’s monster still walked the earth 200 years on? He hasn’t got the familiar bolt through his neck, b ...
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'Ride Along' runs over 'I, Frankenstein'
Seattle Pi - about 3 years
NEW YORK (AP) — The Kevin Hart comedy "Ride Along" continued to speed through a typically quiet box-office frame, while the monster thriller "I, Frankenstein" couldn't be roused from the dead. Universal's buddy cop comedy "Ride Along," co-starring Ice Cube, cruised to the top of the box office again, taking in $21.2 million in its second weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday. For the second weekend in a row, Universal claimed No. 1 and No. 2 at the box office, with the Afghanistan war film "Lone Survivor" earning $12.6 million in its fifth week. Starring a beefed-up Aaron Eckhart as Mary Shelley's famous monster in a modern-day setting, the 3-D film wasn't screened for critics and came into the weekend with little buzz. With $13 million in overseas box office, "I, Frankenstein" could scare up better business internationally. Two family films trailed "Ride Along" and "Lone Survivor." The animated squirrel comedy "The Nut Job" made $12.3 million in its second week for Open ...
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Movie Review: ‘I, Frankenstein’ Stars Aaron Eckhart as the Lonely Ghoul
NYTimes - about 3 years
Aaron Eckhart plays a version of Mary Shelley’s monster in the new film “I, Frankenstein,” also starring Bill Nighy.     
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When serious actors become action stars [Photos]
Calgary Sun - about 3 years
Aaron Eckhart is a respected dramatic actor thanks to such films as Rabbit Hole or The Rum Diary, and if you've seen him in anything like Possession, Erin Brockovich or No Reservations, you know he can hold his own as a heartthrob, too.
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Aaron Eckhart
    FORTIES
  • 2013
    Age 44
    He recently appeared as the U.S. President who has been taken hostage in the 2013 action thriller Olympus Has Fallen.
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  • 2011
    Age 42
    In 2011, Eckhart starred in Jonathan Liebesman's science fiction film Battle: Los Angeles, in which he portrayed a combat veteran Marine platoon sergeant.
    More Details Hide Details The film was set in modern-day Los Angeles during a global alien invasion, and followed a platoon of U.S. Marines who are joined by an Air Force special operations sergeant and some Army infantry soldiers in combat operations against the alien enemy. He appeared alongside Johnny Depp, Richard Jenkins, and Amber Heard in Hunter S. Thompson's novel adaptation The Rum Diary, directed by Bruce Robinson. In the film, Eckhart played Sanderson, a wealthy landowner, who believes everything has a price and introduces Paul Kemp (Depp) to a different standard of living.
  • 2009
    Age 40
    He next co-starred with Jennifer Aniston in the romantic drama Love Happens, released in September 2009, as a motivational speaker coming to terms with his own grief.
    More Details Hide Details The movie received ambivalent reviews, with a contributor of the Orlando Sentinel reporting that Eckhart plays "broken" for the whole movie. The following year he starred alongside Nicole Kidman in Rabbit Hole (2010), an adaption of David Lindsay-Abaire's 2005 drama of the same name. The feature premiered at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival.
  • THIRTIES
  • 2008
    Age 39
    Also in 2008, Eckhart portrayed the comic book character Harvey Dent in Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight, the sequel to the 2005 film Batman Begins.
    More Details Hide Details Nolan's decision to cast Eckhart was based on his portrayal of corrupt characters in the films In the Company of Men, The Black Dahlia, and Thank You For Smoking. He noted in his depiction of the character that "he is still true to himself. He's a crime fighter, he's not killing good people. He's not a bad guy, not purely", while admitting "I'm interested in good guys gone wrong." The Dark Knight was a big financial and critical success, setting a new opening weekend box office record for North America. With revenue of $1 billion worldwide, it became the fourth highest-grossing film of all time, and the highest-grossing film of Eckhart's career. Roger Ebert opined that Eckhart did an "especially good job" as his character in the feature, while Premiere magazine also enjoyed his performance, noting that he "makes you believe in his ill-fated ambition... of morphing into the conniving Two-Face."
    Eckhart starred in the 2008 comedy Meet Bill, in which he played the eponymous character, a sad executive working at his father-in-law's bank.
    More Details Hide Details He gained 30 pounds and donned a fat suit for the role.
  • 2006
    Age 37
    Eckhart dated country music songwriter and member of SHeDAISY Kristyn Osborn from 2006–2007.
    More Details Hide Details He appeared in the group's video for their single, "I'm Taking the Wheel". In various interviews Eckhart has talked about his beliefs, his way of life, and his future career ambitions. Talking to Entertainment Weekly regarding his Mormon faith, he revealed: "I'm sure people think I'm a Mormon, but I don't know that I'm a Mormon anymore, you know? To be honest, to be perfectly clear, I'd be a hypocrite if I did say that I was, just because I haven't lived that lifestyle for so many years." In other interviews he has divulged that, through hypnosis, he quit drinking, smoking, and partying, and that in his spare time, he enjoys photography. In an interview with Parade magazine, Eckhart revealed that before he discovered acting, he wanted to become a songwriter.
    Internationally viewed as a sex symbol, he was named one of People magazine's 100 Most Beautiful People in 2006.
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    He appeared in the 2006 film noir The Black Dahlia—based on a real 1947 crime—as Sergeant Leland "Lee" Blanchard, a detective investigating the murder of Elizabeth Short, later dubbed the "Black Dahlia".
    More Details Hide Details The film premiered at the 63rd Venice International Film Festival. Reception for the movie was mixed, but many critics enjoyed Eckhart's performance; Time Out magazine praised Eckhart and co-star Hilary Swank for their performances, writing " both are great in their secondary roles."
  • 2005
    Age 36
    In 2005, returning to film, Eckhart appeared in Neverwas as a therapist who takes a job at a rundown mental hospital that once treated his father (Nick Nolte).
    More Details Hide Details The feature was never given a full theatrical release, eventually being released straight to DVD in 2007. Eckhart's next project was Thank You for Smoking, in which he played Nick Naylor, a tobacco lobbyist whose firm researched the link between smoking cigarettes and lung cancer. Eckhart said that he felt challenged playing the role: "You have to say these words that are crazy, and yet do it with a smile on your face and have the audience like you. At one point, I'm doing a talk show with a kid who's dying of cancer, and he's going through chemotherapy and the whole thing, and I spin it so the anti-smoking people are the bad guys and I'm the good guy, and I'm this guy's best friend. I mean, it's whacked out." The film was screened at a special presentation at the 30th annual Toronto International Film Festival in 2005. It had a limited release in March 2006 and was released worldwide the following month. For his performance, Eckhart received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Musical or Comedy. A contributor of USA Today wrote that he gave a "standout, whip-smart performance" citing that as Nick Naylor he kept him "likable even in his cynicism." In the Seattle Post-Intelligencer review of the film, it was reported that "Under his chummy but compassionless smile" Eckhart radiated charm and "Naylor's true joys: manipulating arguments, steering debate, cooking words."
  • 2004
    Age 35
    Also in 2004, Eckhart starred on the London stage, opposite Julia Stiles, in David Mamet's Oleanna at the Garrick Theatre.
    More Details Hide Details The drama ran until mid-2004. For this performance, Eckhart received favorable critical reviews.
  • 2003
    Age 34
    Also in 2003, he appeared in The Missing, in which he played Cate Blanchett's lover, and in the action-thriller Paycheck opposite Ben Affleck.
    More Details Hide Details Paycheck, based on a short story by science fiction writer Philip K. Dick, garnered generally negative reception. Film critic Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times gave the film two stars (out of four), saying that he "enjoyed the movie" but felt that it "exploits story for its action and plot potential, but never really develops it." The following year, away from film, Eckhart guest starred in two episodes of NBC's comedy sitcom Frasier, where he played a boyfriend of Charlotte, Dr. Frasier Crane's love interest. His next film role was in E. Elias Merhige's thriller Suspect Zero, a movie about an FBI agent who tracks down a killer who murders serial killers. Upon release, the movie received broadly negative reviews. Despite the reception, Eckhart's performance was favored by critics; Newsday wrote that Eckhart was a "classically handsome leading man... but Merhige demands of him complexity and anguish." Suspect Zero was a box office disappointment, earning $11 million worldwide.
    In 2003, Eckhart co-starred with Hilary Swank in The Core, a film about a geophysicist who tries to detonate a nuclear device in order to save the world from destruction.
    More Details Hide Details The film was critically and financially unsuccessful.
  • 2001
    Age 32
    He starred in No Reservations (2007), a remake of the 2001 German romantic comedy Mostly Martha.
    More Details Hide Details He starred opposite Catherine Zeta-Jones as an up-and-coming hotshot chef. The film was met with mixed reviews and was unfavorably compared to the original film.
  • 2000
    Age 31
    Eckhart first gained wide exposure in 2000 as George, a pony tailed, goateed biker, in Steven Soderbergh's drama Erin Brockovich.
    More Details Hide Details The film was met with reasonable reviews, and was a box office success, earning $256 million worldwide. His performance was well received by critics; Entertainment Weekly's Owen Gleiberman wrote that Eckhart "may be playing a bit of an ideal but he makes goodness as palpable as he did yuppie evil in 'In the Company of Men'." In an August 2004 interview, Eckhart claimed that he had not worked for nearly a year before he was cast in the movie. "I felt like I sort of was getting away from what I wanted to do as an actor. I had nine months off, but it wasn't a vacation. Sure, I didn't earn any money for nine months, but every day I was reading scripts, I was producing my own material, I was taking meetings, I was working on my craft."
  • 1999
    Age 30
    In 1999 he starred opposite Elisabeth Shue in Molly, a romantic comedy-drama in which he played the self-absorbed brother of an autistic woman who was cured by surgery.
    More Details Hide Details Eckhart also starred that year as a football coach, an offensive coordinator in Oliver Stone's Any Given Sunday.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1998
    Age 29
    Eckhart once was engaged to actress Emily Cline whom he met during filming of In the Company of Men, but they separated in 1998.
    More Details Hide Details He always has been reluctant in speaking about his relationships in interviews.
  • 1997
    Age 28
    In 1997 Eckhart was approached by Neil LaBute to star in a film adaptation of LaBute's stage play In the Company of Men.
    More Details Hide Details He played a frustrated white-collar worker who planned to woo a deaf office worker, gain her affections, then suddenly dump her. The film, his first feature to reach theaters, was critically well received, with Desson Howe of The Washington Post reporting that Eckhart is the "movie's most malignant presence" and that he "is in chilling command as a sort of satanic prince in shirtsleeves". In the Company of Men was a critical success, winning Best First Film at the 63rd annual New York Film Critics Circle Award. His performance won him the Independent Spirit Award in the category of Best Debut Performance. The film was ranked as one of "The 25 Most Dangerous Movies" by Premiere magazine. The following year Eckhart starred in another LaBute feature, Your Friends & Neighbors (1998), as Barry, a sexually frustrated husband in a dysfunctional marriage. For the role Eckhart was required to gain weight.
  • 1994
    Age 25
    In 1994 he appeared as an extra on the television drama series Beverly Hills, 90210.
    More Details Hide Details Eckhart followed this small part with roles in documentary re-enactments (Ancient Secrets of the Bible: Samson), made-for-television movies, and short-lived programs like Aliens in the Family.
    He graduated in 1994 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.
    More Details Hide Details While at Brigham Young University, Eckhart appeared in the Mormon-themed film Godly Sorrow, and the role marked Eckhart's professional debut. At this time he met director/writer Neil LaBute, who cast him in several of his own original plays. After graduating from BYU, Eckhart moved to New York City, acquired an agent, and took various occasional jobs, including bartending, bus driving, and construction work. His first television roles were in commercials.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1988
    Age 19
    In 1988, Eckhart returned to the United States and enrolled as a film major at Brigham Young University–Hawaii, but later transferred to Brigham Young University (BYU) in Provo, Utah.
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  • 1985
    Age 16
    In 1985 he moved to Sydney, where he attended American International School of Sydney for his high school senior year; he further developed his acting skills in productions like Waiting for Godot, where he admits that he gave a "terrible" performance.
    More Details Hide Details In the autumn of his senior year Eckhart left the school in order to take a job working at the Warringah Mall movie theater. He eventually earned his diploma through an adult education course. This also allowed Eckhart time to enjoy a year of surfing in Hawaii and the coastal waters of France as well as skiing in the Alps.
  • 1981
    Age 12
    Eckhart's family relocated to England in 1981, following his father's job in information technology.
    More Details Hide Details The family resided in Ripley Surrey, South East England, then moved onto Walton-on-Thames, later moving to Cobham. While living in England, Eckhart attended American Community School, now known as ACS International Schools, where he was first introduced to acting, starring in a school production as Charlie Brown.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1968
    Born
    Eckhart was born on March 12, 1968 in Cupertino, California, the son of Mary Martha Eckhart (née Lawrence), a writer, artist, and poet, and James Conrad Eckhart, a computer executive.
    More Details Hide Details He is the youngest of three brothers. His father was of German (including German-Russian) descent, while his mother was of English, Scottish, German and Scotch-Irish ancestry. He was raised as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church), and served a two-year LDS mission in France and Switzerland.
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