Armie Hammer Bio: In His Own Words – Video Exclusive, News, Photos
Armand Douglas Hammer is an American-born actor. Among his most famous roles is the dual role of the real-life Winklevoss twins, Tyler and Cameron, in the 2010 film The Social Network. He is also famous for playing the lead character in the 2013 adventure film The Lone Ranger.
He also had major roles in the films The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (2015) and J. Edgar (2011), as well as Call Me By Your Name (2017).
Hammer is a native of Santa Monica, California. He was born there to mother Dru Ann, a retired bank loan employee, and father Michael Armand Hammer, an owner of multiple businesses including a publishing company and Armand Hammer Productions, a television/film production firm.
Hammer’s great-grandfather on his father’s side was famous oil tycoon and philanthropist Armand Hammer of Occidental Petroleum. His great-grandmother on the same side of the family was a renown Russian-born singer and actress.
He has one younger brother. Armie once self-identified as “half Jewish.”
Hammer lived in Dallas, Texas, for a long time. When he was just seven years old, his family relocated to the Cayman Islands, where they ended up staying for about five years, and then eventually moved back to Los Angeles. He dropped out of a San Fernando Valley high school in his junior year to start acting and later enrolled in some university classes. Hammer said his parents were disappointed in him for abandoning school to become an actor, although he added that they eventually supported him for what he was doing and were happy for him.
ARMIE HAMMER BIO: AGE, EARLY TV AND FILM CAREER
Hammer (born August 28, 1986, Armie Hammer age: 31) first appeared in several television shows, including Veronica Mars, Reaper, Gossip Girl and Desperate Housewives.
He then went on to play Christian evangelist Billy Graham in the 2008 biographical film Billy: The Early Years. He also had main roles in the 2008 horror film Blackout and the 2009 short science fiction movie 2081.
In 2007, Hammer was signed on to play Bruce Wayne/Batman in George Miller’s Justice League: Mortal after the director personally chose him. However, the project — which was also supposed to include Adam Brody, Common, Zoe Kazan and Teresa Palmer — was ultimately abandoned, possibly for financial reasons.
Hammer’s breakout role came in 2010, when he played identical wealthy Harvard University twins Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss in David Fincher’s The Social Network, which relayed the founding of Facebook. Hammer revealed he had to learn how to row for the dual part, as the twins were talented crew athletes. He also voiced the Winklevoss twins in a 2012 episode of The Simpsons called “The D’oh-cial Network.”
Hammer then played FBI Associate Director Clyde Tolson in Clint Eastwood’s 2011 drama film J. Edgar about J. Edgar Hoover, which starred Leonardo DiCaprio as the first director of the FBI. He was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award for his supporting role in this movie.
He then co-starred with Emma Roberts and Lily Collins in Mirror Mirror (2012), in which he played Prince Andrew.
Hammer then played John Reid/The Lone Ranger in the 2013 western flick The Lone Ranger, which co-starred Johnny Depp as Tonto and was a remake of the old television series.
In 2015, Hammer played Russian KGB operative Ilya Kuryakin in Guy Ritchie‘s action spy comedy The Man from U.N.C.L.E, a remake of the 1960s MGM television series of the same name.
Hammer also played a slave owner in Nate Parker’s 2016 period drama The Birth of a Nation. He also had a small role as Amy Adams’ husband in Tom Ford’s 2016 thriller Nocturnal Animals.
Hammer then starred in the 2017 coming-of-age gay romance film Call Me By Your Name, based on André Aciman’s 2007 fiction book of the same title. The film, directed by Luca Guadagnino, co-stars Timothée Chalamet and Michael Stuhlbarg. For his performance, Hammer received very positive reviews and was nominated for many awards including the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor and the Critics’ Choice Award.
He also starred in the 2016 action comedy Free Fire alongside Brie Larson and Sharlto Copley, and the 2017 Stanley Tucci-directed drama Final Portrait, which also stars Geoffrey Rush and Clemence Poesy.
His animated/voice-over roles include that of the main villain (Jackson Storm) in the 2017 Disney Pixar movie Cars 3.
Hammer is next set to play a billionaire in Boots Riley’s 2018 sci-fi comedy Sorry To Bother You, which also stars Lakeith Stanfield, Tessa Thompson and Terry Crews.
ARMIE HAMMER INTERVIEW: THE SOCIAL NETWORK
In 2010, Hammer sat down with uInterview for an exclusive interview about the film. Fans submitted all questions about his experience making the movie, in which he played the twins who claim Mark Zuckerberg stole their idea for Facebook.
Hammer revealed that the scene from near the end of the film where his characters, brothers Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss, lose the royal regatta (rowing) race and are talking to Prince Albert, was originally meant to be “one long walk-and-talk, instead of broken up into bits.” He also said it was memorable because he shot the scene an impressive number of times.
“We shot that scene 46 times,” said Hammer. “I think it was a seven-page scene. At the end, I heard [David] Fincher go, ‘Cut! Print. Take that one, delete all the other ones. Do it again!’ And we did it again.”
Hammer added that he got the opportunity to meet the Winklevoss twins, but after he had finished shooting the film. He said his wife was close friend with some people from the same class year as the brothers, and that they are on Facebook.
Finally, Hammer added that he had a body double to help him play the twins in some scenes.
“It was myself and another actor named Josh Pence… Essentially, what we would do is I would always start as Cameron Winklevoss and Josh would start as Tyler. We would shoot it until Fincher was happy and then he would say, ‘Okay, switch!’ and then I’d go change clothes and sit where Josh was sitting. But there were certain instances where that couldn’t happen, and in those cases they would use the facial replacement technology.”
ARMIE HAMMER: HEIGHT, WIGHT, WIFE, DATING, QUOTES
Hammer is 6-foot-5 and weighs 207 pounds.
In a 2008 interview, he stated about his relationship with faith and religion, “I have my own spiritual life, and I value it very much.”
Hammer married television host Elizabeth Chambers in May 2010. They share two children together, a daughter born in 2014 and a son born in 2017.
According to published reports, Hammer’s net worth is approximately $16 million.
His Twitter and Instagram handles are both @armiehammer.
“As a fluke, my great-grandfather hit one of the largest oil reserves in California.”
“There were two auditions for ‘The Social Network,’ one with Aaron Sorkin and one with David Fincher. I was a nervous wreck. I was like, ‘Okay, how do I hold the paper without my hands making it shake?'”
“I mean I would still love to be in Mel Brooks’ movies; he’s great.”