Travis Fimmel

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Travis Fimmel
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Born (1979-07-15) 15 July 1979 (age 39)
Echuca, Victoria, Australia
OccupationActor, former model
Years active2002–present

Travis Fimmel (born 15 July 1979) is an Australian actor and former model. He is known for his role as Ragnar Lothbrok in the History Channel television series Vikings . [1] [2]

<i>Vikings</i> (2013 TV series) Canadian-Irish historical drama television series

Vikings is a historical drama television series created and written by Michael Hirst for the History channel. Filmed in Ireland, it premiered on March 3, 2013, in Canada.


Early life

Fimmel was born near Echuca, Victoria, Australia. He was raised on a 5,500-acre dairy farm in Lockington. The youngest of three brothers, he is the son of Jennie, a recreation officer for the disabled, and Chris, a cattle farmer. [3] Aspiring to be a professional Australian rules footballer, Fimmel moved to Melbourne in his late teens to play for the St Kilda Football Club in the AFL, but a broken leg sidelined him before the season began. [4] [5] He was accepted into RMIT to study commercial architecture and engineering but later deferred to travel abroad. [6] [7]

Echuca Town in Victoria, Australia

Echuca is a town on the banks of the Murray River and Campaspe River in Victoria, Australia. The border town of Moama is adjacent on the northern side of the Murray River in New South Wales. Echuca is the administrative centre and largest settlement in the Shire of Campaspe. At the time of the 2016 census, Echuca had a population of 12,906, and the population of the combined Echuca and Moama townships was 20,424 at June 2016.

Victoria (Australia) State in Australia

Victoria is a state in south-eastern Australia. Victoria is Australia's smallest mainland state and its second-most populous state overall, thus making it the most densely populated state overall. Most of its population lives concentrated in the area surrounding Port Phillip Bay, which includes the metropolitan area of its state capital and largest city, Melbourne, Australia's second-largest city. Victoria is bordered by Bass Strait and Tasmania to the south, New South Wales to the north, the Tasman Sea to the east, and South Australia to the west.

Australia Country in Oceania

Australia, officially the Commonwealth of Australia, is a sovereign country comprising the mainland of the Australian continent, the island of Tasmania and numerous smaller islands. It is the largest country in Oceania and the world's sixth-largest country by total area. The neighbouring countries are Papua New Guinea, Indonesia and East Timor to the north; the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu to the north-east; and New Zealand to the south-east. The population of 25 million is highly urbanised and heavily concentrated on the eastern seaboard. Australia's capital is Canberra, and its largest city is Sydney. The country's other major metropolitan areas are Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide.



Fimmel's modeling career first began when he was spotted working out at a gym in the Melbourne suburb of Hawthorn by the flatmate of Matthew Anderson, a talent scout for the Chadwick Models agency. [8]

Fimmel headed overseas and was signed on the spot with agency LA Models in 2002 after walking into their office broke and barefoot. [9] He then became the first male in the world to secure a six-figure deal to model exclusively for Calvin Klein for a year. [10] He fronted CK's Crave men's fragrance campaign and modelled the brand's famous underwear. It was reported that one of his London billboards had to be pulled down after complaints from an auto club of traffic congestion and accidents by 'rubbernecking' female drivers, but Fimmel insisted the story started with a rumour spread on the internet. [11] [12]

Calvin Klein American fashion designer

Calvin Richard Klein is an American fashion designer who launched the company that would later become Calvin Klein Inc., in 1968. In addition to clothing, he also has given his name to a range of perfumes, watches, and jewelry.

He was named one of the world's sexiest bachelors by America's People magazine in 2002 and at the time was regarded as "the most in-demand male model in the world". [13] [14] It has even been suggested by some journalists that Fimmel was the inspiration for Sex and the City heartthrob 'Jerry' Smith Jerrod. [15]

<i>People</i> (magazine) American celebrity and human interest magazine published by Time Inc.

People is an American weekly magazine of celebrity and human-interest stories, published by Time Inc., a subsidiary of the Meredith Corporation. With a readership of 46.6 million adults, People has the largest audience of any American magazine. People had $997 million in advertising revenue in 2011, the highest advertising revenue of any American magazine. In 2006, it had a circulation of 3.75 million and revenue expected to top $1.5 billion. It was named "Magazine of the Year" by Advertising Age in October 2005, for excellence in editorial, circulation, and advertising. People ranked number 6 on Advertising Age's annual "A-list" and number 3 on Adweek's "Brand Blazers" list in October 2006.

<i>Sex and the City</i> American TV series

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Fimmel appeared on various magazine covers, including France's Numero Homme and America's TV Guide, [16] as well as on top-rating American TV shows in 2003 including Jimmy Kimmel Live! , The Sharon Osbourne Show, Live with Regis and Kathie Lee , MTV's Total Request Live and entertainment TV news program Extra . [11] He also made a cameo appearance in the bar scene of a video clip for Janet Jackson's "Someone to Call My Lover" [17] and played a hunk loading hay onto the back of a pick-up truck in Jennifer Lopez's "I'm Real" (original version). [18]

<i>Jimmy Kimmel Live!</i> American comedy/interview television program

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MTV American pay television channel

MTV is an American pay television channel owned by Viacom Media Networks and headquartered in New York City. The channel was launched on August 1, 1981, and originally aired music videos as guided by television personalities known as "video jockeys" (VJs). At first, MTV's main target demographic was young adults, but today it is primarily teenagers, particularly high school and college students.

Extra is an American syndicated television newsmagazine that is distributed by Warner Bros. Television Distribution and premiered on September 5, 1994. The program serves as a straight rundown of news headlines and gossip throughout the entertainment industry, providing coverage of events and celebrities; however, since 2013, it has also placed an even greater emphasis on interviews and insider previews of upcoming film and television projects. As of 2017, the program's weekday broadcasts are currently anchored by Mario Lopez, Renee Bargh and Tanika Ray; its weekend editions are co-anchored by Lopez and Bargh.

Preferring to be known for his acting rather than his modelling, Fimmel turned down an offer from Australia's Seven Network to be a guest judge on the TV series Make Me A Supermodel . [19]


Fimmel studied under Hollywood acting coach Ivana Chubbuck, taking two years to pluck up the courage to audition for his first role, saying "half of acting is overcoming your fears [and] letting yourself be vulnerable in front of people". [7] He landed the title lead in Warner Bros. 2003 TV series Tarzan , described by CNN as one of the "five hottest things happening in entertainment right now”, in which he did most of his own stunts. [20] [21] [22] In addition, he appeared in the studio's pilot Rocky Point with Lauren Holly in 2005, the Fox film Southern Comfort with Madeleine Stowe in 2006 and The Big Valley with Richard Dreyfuss and Jessica Lange in 2011.

Fimmel has played a diverse spectrum of characters on the small and big screens. In 2008, he portrayed a murderer in Restraint and a party boy in Surfer, Dude with Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson. [11] In 2010, he portrayed a compassionate cowboy in Pure Country 2: The Gift and a forensic photographer in Australian horror film Needle , co-starring Ben Mendelsohn. [23]

He depicted a talented classical pianist in Ivory, a “creative, edgy, out-of-the box” independent film that was an Official Selection in the 2010 Montreal World Film Festival and the Strasbourg International Film Festival. [24] Produced by Academy Award-winner Gray Frederickson and co-starring Martin Landau and Peter Stormare, Ivory "details the troubled lives of classical pianists at a major American conservatory as they confront personal and professional rivalry during the rigors of training". [11] [25]

Fimmel played Helweg, a prison guard in the 2010 film The Experiment . [11] It was reported that the role originally went to Elijah Wood, who pulled out of shooting for reasons unknown, so Fimmel instead took the job. [26] [27] The film is based on a real-life experiment on volunteers by Stanford University that was cut short after spinning out of control, with 'guards' exhibiting sadistic behaviour and 'prisoners' suffering depression. [28]

Fimmel starred opposite Patrick Swayze in A&E's 2009 series The Beast (screened in Australia on ABC2). [29] He played rookie undercover FBI agent Ellis Dove partnered with a hardened veteran cop, Swayze's Charles Barker. Production ceased after 13 episodes due to Swayze's death from pancreatic cancer. [30]

He then played fugitive Mason Boyle in two episodes of NBC's 2010 action-adventure Chase (season 1, episodes 1 and 8), produced by Emmy Award-winning Jerry Bruckheimer. [31] [32]

Fimmel appeared in FX's TV pilot Outlaw Country in 2011 with Luke Grimes, described as a “modern drama set against the back drop of a southern organized crime family”. [33] According to Variety magazine, he plays a rugged, “hard-drinking gang member and the main character's best friend”. [33]

He co-starred with Billy Bob Thornton and Eva Longoria in the 2013 redneck Southern comedy flick The Baytown Outlaws , playing one of the three hapless Oodie brothers who bites off more than he can chew when he agrees to help a woman get her godson back from her deadbeat ex-husband. [34]

Fimmel plays the lead in 2012's Harodim, originally titled The Lazarus Protocol, with Peter Fonda as a former intelligence officer trained in black ops tracking down the world's most wanted terrorist who is compromised by his own chain of command. [35]

Fimmel was signed as the lead character for four seasons in the drama television series Vikings , co-starring Alexander Ludwig, Katheryn Winnick, Gabriel Byrne and Linus Roache. Premiering in 2013, the show was filmed in Ireland and chronicles "the extraordinary and ferocious world of the mighty Norsemen who raided, traded and explored during The Middle Ages." [36] He plays a character loosely based on Ragnar Loðbrók, the legendary Viking leader who is frustrated by the unadventurous tendencies of his local chieftain and strikes out to pillage new lands. [37] [38] USA Today described Fimmel's performance as "engaging", while the Huffington Post called it his "breakout role". [1] [39] [40]

Fimmel starred as military commander Anduin Lothar in Warcraft (2016), a live-action film adaptation of the World of Warcraft computer game. It was reported that a horse spooked by a wind fan collapsed on Fimmel while performing one of his own stunts but he emerged unscathed. [41] [42]

He was cast as a quirky hipster in romantic comedy Maggie's Plan with Ethan Hawke and Julianne Moore, a loving but irresponsible father in Lean on Pete with Charlie Plummer and Steve Buscemi.

Named as the 2017 Actor of the Year in GQ Australia's Men of the Year Awards, Fimmel told the audience in his characteristic self-deprecating style, "I'm not sure how I got this, but I won't demand a recount". [43]

In February 2018, Fimmel was announced as the lead actor in the upcoming film Danger Close , playing the role of heroic Major Harry Smith who led soldiers under his command in conflict against the Viet Cong during the Battle of Long Tan in the Vietnam War. It is based on the historic account of 105 Australian soldiers and 3 New Zealand soldiers who held off an estimated 2,000 Viet Cong soldiers in a rubber plantation near Nui Dat on 17 August 1966. [44] [45] [46]

He co-stars opposite fellow Australian Margot Robbie in the indie film Dreamland. Set in the 1930s Dust Bowl, the story follows a teenage boy on his quest to beat out the FBI to capture a fugitive bank robber in order to claim a bounty and save the family farm. [47] His next film is "El Tonto" a comedy written, directed by and starring Charlie Day. [48]

Drawing of Travis Fimmel as Ragnar Lothbrok Yaas art.jpg
Drawing of Travis Fimmel as Ragnar Lothbrok

Personal life

Fimmel's favourite recreational activities include Australian rules football, camping, horse riding, surfing, riding motorbikes and going to the beach. [12] [49] [50]

Fimmel also played a celebrity cricket match in the 2009 Australia vs England Hollywood Ashes with fellow Australian actors Jesse Spencer from House , Cameron Daddo, celebrity chef Curtis Stone, INXS bass guitarist Garry Gary Beers and cricket fast bowler Michael Kasprowicz. [15] [51]



2008 Surfer, Dude Johnny Doran
Restraint Ron
2010 Pure Country 2: The Gift Dale Jordan
Needle Marcus Rutherford
The Experiment Helweg
2011SupremacyGarrett TullyShort film
2012 The Baytown Outlaws McQueen Oodie
Harodim Lazarus Fell
2015 Maggie's Plan Guy Childers
2016 Warcraft Anduin Lothar
2017 Lean on Pete Ray Thompson
2019 Finding Steve McQueen Harry BarberPost-production
Danger Close Major Harry Smith
Dreamland George Evans
TBA El Tonto TBA


2003 Tarzan John Clayton/Tarzan9 episodes
2005Rocky PointTaj WaltersEpisode: "Pilot"
2006Southern ComfortBobbyTelevision movie
2009 The Beast Ellis Dove/Carlson13 episodes
2010 Chase Mason Boyle2 episodes
2012Outlaw CountryFeronTelevision movie
BlackBoxTV TedEpisode: "AZEP: The Reawakening"
2013–17 Vikings Ragnar Lothbrok Main role; 45 episodes
2019 Raised by Wolves MarcusUpcoming, Lead role

Awards and nominations

2013 IGN Awards Best TV Hero [52] Vikings Nominated

See also

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