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Armie Hammer
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Hammer at the 2017 Berlin International Film Festival
Born
Armand Douglas Hammer

(1986-08-28) August 28, 1986 (age 37)
Occupation Actor
Years active 2005-present
Spouse(s)
Elizabeth Chambers
(m. 2010; sep. 2020)
Children 2
Parent(s)
  • Michael Armand Hammer (father)
Relatives Armand Hammer (great-grandfather)
Baroness Olga von Root (great-grandmother)
Victor Hammer (great-granduncle)

Armand Douglas Hammer (born August 28, 1986) is an American actor. A son of the businessman Michael Armand Hammer and a great-grandson of the oil tycoon Armand Hammer and the singer Baroness Olga von Root, he began his acting career with guest appearances in several television series. Hammer's first leading role was as Billy Graham in the 2008 film Billy: The Early Years, and he gained wider recognition for his portrayal of the twins Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss in David Fincher's biographical drama film The Social Network (2010), for which he won the Toronto Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor.

Hammer portrayed Clyde Tolson in the biopic J. Edgar (2011), played the title character in the western The Lone Ranger (2013), and starred as Illya Kuryakin in the action film The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (2015). In 2017, he starred in Luca Guadagnino's romantic drama Call Me by Your Name, for which he received a nomination for the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor and a nomination for the Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male. The following year, he portrayed Martin D. Ginsburg in the biopic On the Basis of Sex (2018). On Broadway, he starred in a production of Straight White Men in 2018.

..... Hammer denied the allegations, calling them an "online attack". He later abandoned several future projects and was dropped by his acting agency and publicist.

Early life and background

Armand Douglas Hammer was born on August 28, 1986, in Santa Monica, California. His mother, Dru Ann (née Mobley), is a former bank loan officer, and his father, Michael Armand Hammer, owns several businesses, including Knoedler Publishing and Armand Hammer Productions, a film/television production company. He has a younger brother, Viktor, named after their great-granduncle Victor Hammer.

Hammer has described his background as "half Jewish." His paternal great-grandfather was oil tycoon and philanthropist Armand Hammer, whose parents were Jewish emigrants to the U.S. from the Russian Empire. Armand's father, Julius Hammer, was from Odessa and was an early activist in the U.S. Communist Party in New York. Armie's paternal great-grandmother was the Russian-born actress and singer Olga von Root (from Sevastopol), the daughter of a tsarist general. His paternal grandmother was from Texas, while his mother's family is from Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Hammer lived in the Dallas neighborhood of Highland Park for several years. When he was seven, his family moved to the Cayman Islands, where they lived for five years, and then settled in Los Angeles. He attended Faulkner's Academy in Governor's Harbour, Cayman Islands, and Grace Christian Academy, also in Grand Cayman (a school founded by his father in West Bay, Grand Cayman), and later went to Los Angeles Baptist High School in the San Fernando Valley. He dropped out of high school in eleventh grade to pursue an acting career. Subsequently, he took college courses at UCLA. Hammer said his parents disowned him when he decided to leave school and take up acting but have since become supportive and proud of his work.

Career

2005–2015: Early work and breakthrough

Hammer's professional acting career began with small guest appearances in the television series Arrested Development, Veronica Mars, Gossip Girl, Reaper and Desperate Housewives. His first ventures into film began with a minor role in the 2006 film Flicka, as well as co-starring in a 2008 psychological thriller, Blackout. His first leading role in film came with his portrayal of the Christian evangelist Billy Graham in Billy: The Early Years, which premiered in October 2008. The film garnered Hammer a "Faith and Values Award" nomination in the Grace Award category, which is awarded for the Most Inspiring Performance in Movie or Television by Mediaguide, an organization which provides movie reviews from a Christian perspective.

In 2007 Hammer was hand-picked by filmmaker George Miller, after a long search, to star in the planned superhero film Justice League: Mortal, as Batman/Bruce Wayne. The film, which was to be directed by Miller, was eventually cancelled. The film's cancellation came in large part due to the looming 2007–08 Writers Guild of America strike as well as stalled budgetary rebate negotiations with the Australian Government. In 2009, he played Harrison Bergeron in 2081, based on the short story of the same name by author Kurt Vonnegut, which premiered at the Seattle International Film Festival.

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Hammer at the 83rd Academy Awards in 2011

In 2010 Hammer's breakthrough film role was in David Fincher's The Social Network, about the creation of Facebook. He portrayed the identical twins Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, with actor Josh Pence serving as a body double during filming. The filmmakers utilized computer-generated imagery during post-production to superimpose Hammer's face over Pence's as well as the use of split-screen photography in certain scenes. In preparation for the film, Hammer stated that he had to learn how to row on both sides of a boat in order to play the twins, who are rowing champions. Hammer and Pence also went through 10 months of extensive twin boot camp in preparation for their roles, in order to "drill the subtle movements and speech patterns that the Winklevosses would have developed over two decades of genetic equality." This film earned Hammer his first critical plaudits, with Richard Corliss of Time magazine remarking that Hammer's portrayal of the twins was "an astonishingly subtle trompe l'oeil of special effects". For his role in the film, Hammer won Toronto Film Critics Association Awards for Best Supporting Actor.

His next role was that of the first associate director of the FBI, Clyde Tolson, in Clint Eastwood's 2011 film J. Edgar. The biographical drama, written by Dustin Lance Black, focused on the expansive career of J. Edgar Hoover, of which the titular role was portrayed by Leonardo DiCaprio. The acting was largely praised, with David Denby of The New Yorker calling Hammer's performance "charming", and The Hollywood Reporter's Todd McCarthy describing it as "excellent". ....." Despite this, the film received mixed reviews overall, in part due to the direction and writing, as well as pointed criticism of the makeup used to age DiCaprio and Hammer's characters. Both actors received Screen Actors Guild Awards nods.

The following year Hammer co-starred with Julia Roberts and Lily Collins in Mirror Mirror (2012), playing Prince Andrew Alcott. In January 2012, he voiced the Winklevoss twins in an episode of The Simpsons titled "The D'oh-cial Network". In 2013, Hammer was cast as the title role of Disney's, The Lone Ranger, alongside Johnny Depp as Tonto, in an adaptation of the radio and film serials Lone Ranger. The film, released theatrically in July 2013, was considered a box office failure, grossing only $260.5 million worldwide on a reported budget of $215 million. In 2015, he starred in director Guy Ritchie's The Man from U.N.C.L.E., a feature film adaptation of the 1960s TV show The Man from U.N.C.L.E., playing Illya Kuryakin, opposite Henry Cavill.

2016–2021: Independent film focus

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Hammer attending a screening of Nocturnal Animals at the 2016 BFI London Film Festival

The following year Hammer played Sam Turner in the 2016 film The Birth of a Nation, directed by Nate Parker. The film, which premiered in competition at the Sundance Film Festival, won both the Audience Award and Grand Jury Prize in the U.S. Dramatic Competition. ..... He then had a role in the ensemble of Tom Ford's psychological thriller Nocturnal Animals, played Ord in the action film Free Fire, which was written and directed by Ben Wheatley, and played U.S. Marine Mike Stevens, in Mine.

In 2017, Hammer starred as Oliver in Call Me by Your Name, starring opposite Timothée Chalamet and Michael Stuhlbarg. The film, an adaptation of an André Aciman novel of the same name, was directed by Luca Guadagnino. Production began in May 2016, and the film premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. For his performance, Hammer received acclaim and nominations for the Critics' Choice Award, the Independent Spirit Award, and the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor. Film critic Richard Lawson of Vanity Fair asserted that Hammer utilized "his ludicrous proportions and chiseled handsomeness to great, surprisingly witty and sensitive effect." Hammer's acclaim was further echoed by Peter Travers; he wrote for Rolling Stone magazine: "a revelation, giving his most complex screen role to date the tightrope thrill of full immersion." Often highlighted was the "ridiculous chemistry" between Hammer and Chalamet, in which Christy Lemire of RogerEbert.com found the pairing successful, in part due to Hammer's skill in finding the "tricky balance between the character's swagger and his vulnerability as he gives himself over to this exciting affair." Hammer also narrated the audiobook, which was published by Macmillan Publishers.

In the same year, he voiced Jackson Storm, the main antagonist, in Disney-Pixar's animated film Cars 3, as well as starred alongside Geoffrey Rush in Stanley Tucci's Final Portrait. The film premiered at the 2017 Berlin International Film Festival and received a theatrical release the following year by Sony Pictures Classics to favorable reviews. Owen Gleiberman of Variety magazine praised Hammer's ability to "suggest turbulent eddies of thought beneath the blondish Clark Kent looks and preppie manners." The Village Voice critic found the performances "uniformly strong" and cited Hammer's portrayal of American author James Lord as the "comic highlight".

In 2018, Hammer co-starred in Boots Riley's dark comedy Sorry to Bother You alongside Lakeith Stanfield, Steven Yeun, and Tessa Thompson. Film Journal International critic Tomris Laffly described Hammer's character, Steve Lift, as an "irresistibly funny" and "coke-snorting, abominable villain". The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on January 20. The film won the 2019 National Board of Review's Top Ten Independent Films award and also won Best Screenplay and Best First Feature at the 2019 Independent Spirit Awards. He then appeared as David in the thriller Hotel Mumbai, about the 2008 Mumbai attacks. The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 7, 2018. In the same year, Hammer starred alongside Felicity Jones, playing taxation law expert Martin D. Ginsburg, the spouse of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, in On the Basis of Sex, a biographical legal drama film based on the life and early cases of Ginsburg, directed by Mimi Leder. It premiered at the AFI Fest on November 8, 2018. In June 2018, Hammer led as Drew in Straight White Men at Second Stage Theater on Broadway. For his notable film works from 2017 to 2018, Hammer was awarded "Outstanding Achievement in Cinema" by The SCAD Savannah Film Festival.

In 2019, Hammer starred in Babak Anvari's psychological horror film Wounds along with Dakota Johnson. It premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on January 26. .....

Hammer was part of an ensemble cast in director Kenneth Branagh's 2022 adaptation of Agatha Christie's Death on the Nile.

(see § Abuse allegations, below)

..... These included the romantic comedy Shotgun Wedding, a thriller based on The Billion Dollar Spy book by David E. Hoffman, the Broadway play The Minutes and the Paramount Plus series The Offer.

Personal life

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Hammer and wife Elizabeth Chambers at the 2016 BFI London Film Festival

In May 2010, Hammer married television personality Elizabeth Chambers. The pair were introduced by Hammer's friend, artist Tyler Ramsey. They have two children. On July 10, 2020, Hammer and Chambers announced their separation via Instagram.

..... In 2013, Hammer said the arrest "was a misunderstanding of laws and interstate laws versus state laws and apparently federal laws supersede state laws."

In 2022, Hammer was living in the Cayman Islands to be near Chambers and their children; he was said to have a job selling timeshares, after a previous stint working as a manager for an apartment complex.

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
2006 Flicka Male prefect
2008 Blackout Tommy
Billy: The Early Years Billy Graham
2009 Spring Breakdown Beachcomber boy
2081 Harrison Bergeron Short film
2010 The Social Network Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss
2011 J. Edgar Clyde Tolson
2012 Mirror Mirror Prince Andrew Alcott
The Polar Bears Zook (voice) Short film
2013 The Lone Ranger John Reid / The Lone Ranger
2014 Stan Lee's Mighty 7 Strong Arm (voice)
2015 Entourage Himself Cameo
The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Illya Kuryakin
2016 The Birth of a Nation Samuel Turner
Nocturnal Animals Hutton Morrow
Free Fire Ord
Mine Mike Stevens
2017 Call Me by Your Name Oliver
Final Portrait James Lord
Cars 3 Jackson Storm (voice)
2018 Sorry to Bother You Steve Lift
Hotel Mumbai David
On the Basis of Sex Martin D. Ginsburg
2019 Wounds Will
2020 Query Jim Short film
Rebecca Maxim de Winter
2021 Crisis Jake Kahane
2022 Death on the Nile Simon Doyle

Television

Year Title Role Notes
2005 Arrested Development Student #2 Episode: "The Immaculate Election"
2006 Veronica Mars Kurt Episode: "Wichita Linebacker"
2007 Desperate Housewives Barrett Episode: "Distant Past"
2009 Reaper Morgan 5 episodes
2009 Gossip Girl Gabriel Edwards 4 episodes
2012 The Simpsons Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss (voices) Episode: "The D'oh-cial Network"
American Dad! Car rental agent (voice) Episode: "The Wrestler"
2018 Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Himself (guest) 1 episode
2019 Running Wild with Bear Grylls Himself (guest) 1 episode
2020 We Are Who We Are Cafeteria worker Episode: "Right Here Right Now VI"

Video games

Year Title Role Ref.
2013 Disney Infinity John Reid/The Lone Ranger
2014 Disney Infinity 2.0
2015 Disney Infinity 3.0

Theater

Year Title Role Notes
2018 Straight White Men Drew
2020 The Minutes Mr. Peel

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2010 Alliance of Women Film Journalists Best Ensemble Cast The Social Network Nominated
Hollywood Film Festival Awards Ensemble of the Year Won
Toronto Film Critics Association Awards Best Supporting Actor Won
Chicago Film Critics Association Awards Most Promising Performer Nominated
Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards Best Ensemble Acting Won
San Diego Film Critics Society Awards Best Ensemble Performance Nominated
Southeastern Film Critics Association Awards Best Ensemble Won
Village Voice Film Poll Best Supporting Actor 8th place
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award Best Ensemble Nominated
2011 Central Ohio Film Critics Association Best Ensemble Nominated
Critics' Choice Awards Best Acting Ensemble Nominated
Palm Springs International Film Festival Ensemble Cast Award Won
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Nominated
Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Breakout: Male Nominated
Young Hollywood Awards Male Star of Tomorrow Won
Dallas–Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards Best Supporting Actor J. Edgar 4th place
Houston Film Critics Society Award Best Supporting Actor Nominated
2012 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role Nominated
2013 CinemaCon Male Star of Tomorrow Won
Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie: Chemistry (shared with Johnny Depp) The Lone Ranger Nominated
2016 San Diego Film Critics Society Awards Best Ensemble Nocturnal Animals Nominated
2017 Central Ohio Film Critics Association Best Ensemble Nominated
Austin Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actor Call Me by Your Name Nominated
Chicago Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actor Nominated
Dallas–Fort Worth Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actor 4th place
Dublin Film Critics' Circle Best Actor 6th place
Florida Film Critics Circle Best Supporting Actor Nominated
IndieWire Critics Poll Best Supporting Actor 3rd place
Online Film Critics Society Best Supporting Actor Nominated
Phoenix Critics Circle Best Supporting Actor Nominated
San Francisco Film Critics Circle Best Supporting Actor Nominated
Seattle Film Critics Society Best Ensemble Cast Nominated
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actor Nominated
Vancouver Film Critics Circle Awards Best Supporting Actor Nominated
2018 AACTA Award Best Supporting Actor Nominated
Chlotrudis Awards Best Performance by an Ensemble Cast Nominated
Critics' Choice Award Best Supporting Actor Nominated
Denver Film Critics Society Best Supporting Actor Nominated
Dorian Awards Supporting Film Performance of the Year — Actor Nominated
Empire Award Best Actor Nominated
Golden Globe Award Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture Nominated
Independent Spirit Award Best Supporting Male Nominated
Iowa Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actor Nominated
Satellite Award Best Supporting Actor Nominated
Village Voice Film Poll Best Supporting Performance 12th place
Texas Film Hall of Fame One to Acclaim Award Won
SCAD Savannah Film Festival Outstanding Achievement in Cinema Call Me by Your Name, Sorry to Bother You, Hotel Mumbai, and On the Basis of Sex Won
2019 Shorty Awards Storyteller of the Year Nominated
Broadway.com Audience Awards Favorite Breakthrough Performance (Male) Straight White Men Nominated

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