Date of Birth: March 12, 1968
Originally from Northern California, Eckhart moved to England with his family when he
was a teen. He returned to the States to study theater at Brigham Young University in Utah. Which is where he met director/writer Neil LaBute, and their working association began. Eckhart has become a regular player for LaBute appearing in a number of the director's projects.
Although Eckhart had a few stints on television, he really made a name for himself
playing men who excel at dysfunction. Hollywood really took notice of him in the role of a white collar business executive who plots with a fellow employee to emotionally destroy a female co-worker in The Company of Men (1997), which was written and directed by LaBute. The movie won great acclaim (as well
as a couple of awards for Eckhart's performance), and Eckhart went on to star in the director's next feature Your Friends and Neighbors (1998).
The following year Eckhart won a lead role in Molly (1999), playing the brother of an autistic woman who was "cured" by surgery. That same year he also costarred in LaBute's third film, the uncharacteristically sweet-natured Nurse Betty (2000). He played a romantic lead co-starring opposite Hilary Swank in the big budget feature The Core (2003). More recently he appeared as ex-CIA agent Ben Logan in Erased.
Never married, Eckhart was once engaged to actress Emily Cline, but the two separated in 1998. In 2007, he was one of 115 people invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
The Rum Diary
The Dark Knight
The Wicker Man
The Black Dahlia
Conversations with Other Women
Thank You for Smoking
Any Given Sunday
Your Friends & Neighbors (1998)
In the Company of Men (1997)
Slaughter of the Innocents (1994)