march-13.jpgIt was on this day in 1985 that young, burgeoning actor Emile Hirsch came into the world, or, more specifically, Topanga Canyon, California. His early career involved series television, including recurring roles on “Sabrina the Teenage Witch” and “Third Rock From the Sun.” Fans of the Olsen twins might also remember him from the sitcom “Two of a Kind.” Thankfully, he soon left his teeny-bopper side behind and took off with head-turning, provocative roles in The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys, The Emperor’s Club, Imaginary Heroes, The Mudge Boy and Alpha Dog. Look for him to shine next in the Sean Penn-penned (and directed) drama Into the Wild, alongside Vince Vaughn, Catherine Keener, William Hurt and Marcia Gay Harden.

Connections: Emile Hirsch was approached by the producers of the now-defunct Matt Damon/Ben Affleck television series, “Project Greenlight,” to star in its second independent production, The Battle of Shaker Heights. Hirsch ultimately turned the role down, paving the way for fellow budding actor Shia LaBeouf to take it.