Shawn Hatosy

Active - 1995 - 2019  |   Born - Dec 29, 1975 in Frederick, Maryland, United States  |   Genres - Drama, Crime, Comedy, Comedy Drama

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Biography by Rebecca Flint Marx

One of the more promising actors to emerge during the late-1990s Teen Invasion, Shawn Hatosy got his start in commercials and theatre. The Maryland native first broke into film with a miniscule role in the 1995 Home for the Holidays, and two years later appeared in a string of films, with his most notable role being the high school student who stands up for an outed Kevin Kline in In & Out. He gained further recognition the following year as a football player battling alien teachers in The Faculty, and in 1999 had a number of substantial roles: he could be seen as the protagonist of the Farrelly Brothers' coming-of-age comedy Outside Providence, as a young Nick Nolte in Simpatico, and as the guy who teaches Natalie Portman a few things about life in Wayne Wang's Anywhere But Here.

As the new century got under way, Hatosy could be seen in a variety of projects including Down to You, 11:14, and the indie hit The Cooler. He continued to work steadily in projects such as Faith of My Fathers, Alpha Dog, Factory Girl, and Nobel Son. He landed a major part in the cop series Southland, and found time during his work on that show to appear in Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans, and Michael Mann's historical gangster film Public Enemies.

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  • Started acting at age 10 in local community theater productions and commercials.
  • Debuted on the big screen in 1995's Home for the Holidays, with a small role as a counter boy.
  • Lobbied hard for his role in Swimmers (2005) because of the film's connection to his home state, Maryland.
  • Worked opposite Al Pacino in Orphans at the Greenway Court Theatre in Los Angeles.