We might no longer be in the golden age of pure adrenaline rush action movies but that’s not to say we are out of actors who excel in action roles. Australian born actor, Jai Courtney is one of such actors whose talents are best deployed to fight scenes. He got his big break in Jack Reacher in 2012 but his most popular project was the DC film, Suicide Squad in 2016. Read the details below to learn a few more things about the Australian action star.
Who Is Jai Courtney?
The Australian actor, Jai Stephen Courtney, was born on the 15th of March 1986 to middle-class parents, a father who worked for a state-owned electricity company and a mother who was a teacher in a public school. He grew up in Cherrybrook, even though he was born in Sydney, New South Wales.
His educational background was spread across multiple schools, culminating in a degree from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts in 2008.
Before he completed his education, he appeared in what became a controversial short film titled Boys Grammar in 2005. Immediately after graduation, he secured a role on an Australian series, Packed to the Rafters and had guest roles in All Saints and To Hell & Bourke, a popular Australian comedy feature.
In 2010, he had his first role in a Hollywood project, Spartacus: Blood and Sand. His performance on the show opened a wave of decent opportunities for him in the industry, and he was cast in some of the few action movies at the time including Jack Reacher in 2012 alongside Tom Cruise and A Good Day to Die Hard, the latest entry in the Die Hard series alongside Bruce Willis.
Typecast as the macho action man, Jai Courtney’s roles have been limited to playing different versions of a tough guy. He appeared in I, Frankenstein as the leader of the gargoyle army, appeared in Divergent as the leader of the Dauntless faction, and in Terminator Genisys as one of the leads – Kyle Reese.
He’s also stepped out from the front of a camera to play the titular role in a Macbeth production by the Melbourne Theatre Company in 2017.
Jai Courtney’s biggest role till date was in Suicide Squad, playing Captain Boomerang in the DC Comics film. Even though the movie was a critical failure, it was a box office success gifting Jai Courtney his first commercially successful project as a major character.
His limited filmography has earned him an AFCA Award nomination, a Foxtel Breakthrough Award, and the FCCA Award.
Although not considered one of the most popular men in Hollywood, his personal life has garnered a bit of attention due to controversies surrounding his relationships. He has dated Gemma Pranita in a relationship that lasted from 2006 to 2013. He also dated Game of Thrones superstar, Emilia Clarke in a short relationship and most recently was in a relationship with Mecki Dent. He currently lives in Los Angeles.
5 Facts About Jai Courtney
1. He’s A Lover Of Sports
Perhaps due to his roots as an Australian where sports is a big part of the culture, Jai is a big fan of sports. He played rugby and was very involved in athletics and cricket. The star also considers himself an outdoor person.
2. He Can Play The Guitar
Jai Courtney is not only a wonderful actor, he is also an amazing singer and a talented guitarist. The multi-talented artist who has a passion for music, says he would love to take his music side a little more seriously but he’s currently too invested in his acting career to pursue it.
3. His Body Build Defines the Roles he Takes
Jai Courtney’s acting range might be limited to action roles but that’s okay because he has the body for it. The Australian actor has a height of 6 feet 1 inch and weighs 93kg. His voice also makes him a good fit for a sophisticated foreign bad man.
4. Net Worth – $3 Million
Although Jai hasn’t yet become a household name in the movie industry, he isn’t doing too badly for himself financially. He has a current net worth of $3 million which is mostly thanks to his roles in the Divergent series and Suicide Squad.
5. He Loves Tattoos
Like his character in the Divergent film series, Jai Courtney has several tattoos. One of his tattoos has a wholesome story to it that involves the tattoo getting designed by his goddaughter. The tattoo is a three-headed skull.