Sam Worthington

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Sam Worthington
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Worthington in 2013
Born (1976-08-02) 2 August 1976 (age 44)
Godalming, Surrey, England
Alma mater National Institute of Dramatic Art
OccupationActor, writer
Years active2000–present
(m. 2014)

Samuel Henry John Worthington [1] (born 2 August 1976) is a British-born Australian actor and writer. He is best known for playing Jake Sully in the Avatar film series, Marcus Wright in Terminator Salvation , and Perseus in Clash of the Titans as well as its sequel Wrath of the Titans . He then transitioned to more dramatic roles, appearing in "The Debt", Everest (2015), Hacksaw Ridge (2016), The Shack (2017), Manhunt: Unabomber (2017), and Fractured (2019). He also voiced the protagonist, Captain Alex Mason, in the video games Call of Duty: Black Ops (2010), Call of Duty: Black Ops II (2012) and Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 (2018).


In 2004, Worthington received Australia's highest film award for his lead role in Somersault .

Early life

Worthington was born to English parents in Godalming, Surrey, in South East England, and moved to Perth, Western Australia when he was six months old. He grew up in Warnbro, a suburb of Rockingham. His mother, Jeanne J. (née Martyn), is a housewife, and his father, Ronald W. Worthington, is a power plant employee. [2] He has a sister, Lucinda. [3] [4]

He attended John Curtin College of the Arts, a school specialising in the dramatic arts, located in Fremantle, Western Australia, where he studied drama but did not graduate. When he left the college, his father gave him $400 and sent him on a one-way trip to Cairns, Queensland, telling him to "work his way home". He began working on construction and odd jobs, eventually settling in Sydney. At age 19, while working as a bricklayer, he auditioned for the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) and was accepted with a scholarship. [5]



Worthington played a small role alongside Adam Garcia in the Aussie dance film Bootmen (2000). [6] He played a lead role in the low budget Aussie comedy Gettin' Square . [7]


Worthington had a major role in Somersault (2004) and played the lead in a modern Australian retelling of Macbeth (2006). He won the AFI Award for Best Lead Actor for his role in Somersault. He was well known in Australia for his role as Howard in the acclaimed Australian TV series Love My Way , in which he played the main love interest of the female lead.

Worthington's international film career began with a series of small roles in Hollywood production The Great Raid (2005), which was filmed in Australia. He auditioned for the role of James Bond in Casino Royale but lost the role to Daniel Craig. [8] He starred in the Australian creature-feature film Rogue (2007), as a man named Neil, which gained a 100 percent fresh rating from Rotten Tomatoes. [9]


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Worthington in 2010

In Terminator Salvation , Worthington plays cyborg Marcus Wright who assists the humans despite their suspicions of him. Shot prior to the release of Terminator Salvation, the James Cameron-directed science-fiction film Avatar was Worthington's next project. In the film, he played Jake Sully, a paraplegic US Marine who, assigned to control an alien body called an avatar through a neural link, finds himself at the centre of a war between his own species and the indigenous Na'vi people of the moon Pandora. The film went on to become the highest-grossing film of all time, grossing more than $2.73 billion ($3.3 billion adjusted for inflation) in box-office receipts worldwide, before being overtaken by Avengers: Endgame. [10] In November 2010, Worthington told GQ Australia [11] that he went to audition, but wasn't told what it was for and got annoyed. So he did his part, left, forgot about it – and was called back. "I was a bit pissed off, and I think that came across," he says. "I think Jim saw a spark and liked it because that's Sully's character – a guy who doesn't like to be bullied and a guy who just wants to set things right." [12]

He provided voice work for Captain Alex Mason, the protagonist character in the video game Call of Duty: Black Ops . Some gamers criticised Worthington's inability to mask his Australian accent, as in Avatar. [13] In November 2010, The Hollywood Reporter named Worthington as one of the young male actors who are "pushing – or being pushed" into taking over Hollywood as the new "A-List". [14]

He was selected as one of the entrants to the Who's Who in Australia 2011 edition. [15]

In 2012, Worthington starred in the sequel to Clash of the Titans , called Wrath of the Titans , alongside Liam Neeson. As in the first film, Worthington played the demigod and son of Zeus, Perseus. He also reprised his role as Alex Mason in Call of Duty: Black Ops II . [16] Also in 2012, Worthington starred as Nick Cassidy in Man on a Ledge , a suspense-thriller film directed by Asger Leth.

Worthington also portrays Jim Fitzgerald in the Discovery Channel television series, Manhunt: Unabomber. [17]

In 2019, Worthington starred as Ray Monroe in the Netflix thriller film Fractured . [18]

Personal life

Lara Bingle and Worthington on the 2014 AACTA Awards red carpet Lara Bingle and Sam Worthington on 2014 AACTAS Awards red carpet (cropped).jpg
Lara Bingle and Worthington on the 2014 AACTA Awards red carpet

Worthington has said that when he was about 30, he sold most of his possessions and ended up with around $2,000 to his name. He says he bought a car with the proceeds and was living in it before he successfully auditioned for his role in the film Avatar. [19] He then found a place to live. [20]

On 18 October 2013, Worthington had confirmed rumours of a relationship with fellow Australian, model Lara Bingle. [21] [22] They married on 28 December 2014 and had a son in 2015. [23] In 2016, Bingle and Worthington had their second child, another son. [24] In 2020 the couple announced the birth of their third child, another son. [25]

Worthington is a Christian. [26]

On 23 February 2014, Worthington was arrested in New York City for assault, after punching a paparazzo, Sheng Li, who allegedly kicked Bingle in the shin. Video footage of the incident depicts Worthington referring to Bingle as his "wife", furthering speculation about the pair's marital status. [27] Worthington was initially released on a desk appearance ticket, while Li was arrested on charges of reckless endangerment, assault and harassment. [28]

On 26 February 2014, Worthington appeared in Manhattan Criminal Court, where he was ordered to stay away from Li for six months. The case was adjourned until 8 May 2014, with the actor to face charges of assault in the third degree, attempted assault and harassment. [29]

On 1 April 2014, Li blamed Bingle for starting the fight and called for her to be arrested. [30] Later that month, Worthington secured a conditional discharge deal on a misdemeanour assault charge, therefore avoiding any jail time, while the charges against Li were dismissed "in the interest of justice". [31] Li then filed a $3.7 million civil lawsuit against Worthington, which was settled out of court before going to trial in September 2015. [32]



2000 Bootmen Mitchell Okden
2001A Matter of LifeOur Hero Short film
2002 Hart's War Cpl. B.J. "Depot" Guidry
Dirty Deeds Darcy Ryan
2003 Gettin' Square Barry "Wattsy" Wirth
2004Enzo-Short film; Director, Writer, Music and Cinematography
Somersault Joe
Thunderstruck Ronnie
2005 The Great Raid Pfc. Lucas
2006 Macbeth Lord Macbeth
2007 Rogue Neil Kelly
2009 Terminator Salvation Marcus Wright
Avatar Jake Sully / Tom Sully
2010 Clash of the Titans Perseus
Last Night Michael Reed
Love & Distrust MilesSegment: "Blue Poles"
2011 The Debt Young David Peretz
Texas Killing Fields Detective Mike Souder
2012 Man on a Ledge Nick Cassidy
Wrath of the Titans Perseus
2013 Drift JB
2014 Sabotage James "Monster" Murray
Cake Roy Collins
The Keeping Room Moses
2015 Paper Planes Jack Webber
Kidnapping Freddy Heineken Willem Holleeder
Everest Guy Cotter
2016 Hacksaw Ridge Captain Glover
2017 The Shack Mack Philips
The Hunter's Prayer Stephen Lucas
2018 The Titan Rick Janssen
2019 Fractured Ray Monroe
2021 Lansky David Stone
2022 Avatar 2 Jake SullyPost-production
2024 Avatar 3 Jake SullyFilming
TBA The Georgetown Project JoePost-production


2000 JAG DunsmoreEpisode: "Boomerang: Part 1"
Water Rats Phillip ChampionEpisode: "Able to Leap Tall Buildings"
Blue Heelers Shane DonovanEpisode: "Bloodlines"
2004 Love My Way Howard Light10 episodes
2005 The Surgeon Dr. Sam Dash8 episodes
2006 Two Twisted Gus RogersEpisode: "Delivery Man"
2015 Deadline Gallipoli Phillip Schuler4 episodes; miniseries
Executive producer
2017 Manhunt: Unabomber Jim Fitzgerald

Video games

2010 Call of Duty: Black Ops Alex Mason
2012 Call of Duty: Black Ops II
2018 Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Specialist HQ and Blackout Character

Awards and nominations

2000 AFI Award Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role Bootmen Nominated
2002 FCCA Award Best Supporting Actor – Male Dirty Deeds Won
2004AFI AwardBest Actor in a Leading Role Somersault Won
FCCA AwardBest Actor – MaleSomersaultWon [33]
IF Award Best ActorSomersaultWon
2009 Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Fresh Face Male Terminator Salvation Nominated
Australians in Film Breakthrough AwardAustralians in Film [34] Avatar
2010 Saturn Award Best Actor Avatar Won
Australian Film Institute International Award for Best Actor Best ActorAvatarWon
Empire Award Best Actor AvatarWon
Giffoni AwardWon
Kid's Choice Awards Cutest Couple (shared with Zoe Saldana)AvatarNominated
MTV Movie Awards Best Fight (shared with Stephen Lang)AvatarNominated
Best Kiss (shared with Zoe Saldana)AvatarNominated
ShoWest AwardMale Star of the YearWon
Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie: Fight (shared with Stephen Lang)AvatarNominated
Choice Movie Actor: Sci-Fi AvatarWon
Choice Movie Actor: Fantasy Clash of the TitansNominated

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