Garrett John Hedlund was born in Roseau, Minnesota, USA on Sept. 3, 1984 to parents Robert Martin Hedlund and Kristine Anne Yanish. The youngest of three siblings, Garrett spent his early years isolated on a farm so remote the family only received one radio signal to a country music station. It was in this bubble that he developed a lifelong love of the outdoors and hunting. After his parents divorced, Garrett headed to Arizona with his mother, where he enrolled in Phoenix’s Horizon High School and joined in a host of athletic activities including wrestling, football, track and even ice skating. In ninth grade, Garrett began studying acting and began working as a model for Teen magazine and for LL Bean catalogues.
Garrett eventually graduated from school an entire semester early so he could move to Los Angeles and begin his quest for stardom. Within one month of arrival – in a circumstance rarely witnessed in the history of the industry he landed a part in a mega-budget action film ”Troy”, starring Brad Pitt.
Based on Homer’s The Iliad, “Troy” (2004) was Wolfgang Petersen’s take on one of Greek mythology’s most celebrated heroes, and featured Garrett as Patroclus – cousin to Brad Pitt’s Achilles. The movie provided Garrett with a Teen Choice Award nomination as Breakout Movie Star – Male.
In the Peter Berg directed “Friday Night Lights” (2004), based on the novel by H. G. Bissinger, Garrett was cast opposite Billy Bob Thornton in the story of the 1988 Permian High School Panthers football team and their pursuit of the state championship. The movie featured the actor as the fullback son of an abusive father played by Tim McGraw, who was, ironically, one of Garrett’s favourite musical artists he grew up listening to on that single radio station of his youth.
Garrett next headed to the dark and gritty world of “Four Brothers” (2005) – based on the Western, “The Sons of Katie Elder” (1965) – as Mark Wahlberg’s younger brother who joins in the redemptive search for their mother’s killer. The movie’s box office and favourable reviews continued to kick his career into higher gear.
In a dragon-riding fantasy “Eragon” (2006), he played Murtagh, the friend and rescuer of the protagonist.
His next movie was comedy-drama, “Georgia Rule” (2007), which cast Garrett in a supporting role as a Mormon love interest to Lindsay Lohan.
In his next project, “Death Sentence” (2007), Garrett did a roundabout with his image by becoming a vicious, tattooed, shaved-head gang leader, engaged in a grisly back and forth vendetta with Kevin Bacon, as the victim-turned-vigilante.
After a three-year absence from film, Garrett returned in a big way in 2010 with two huge projects. In the dramatic musical tale, “Country Strong” (2010), Garrett starred as an up-and-coming country musician who meets and becomes involved with an older singer (Gwyneth Paltrow) as she attempts her comeback.
In the highly anticipated sequel to the classic sci-fi adventure, “Tron” (1982) – which originally starred Jeff Bridges as a video game developer who becomes trapped in his cyber world – Garrett top-lined “Tron Legacy” (2010) over 25 years later. In this version, he stars as Bridges’ son, Sam Flynn, who, while going in search of his missing father, becomes transported into the same digital world.
Garrett has landed his ‘dream role’ as Dean Moriarty in a film adaptation of the Jack Kerouac novel ”On The Road” which has been in works for years. The movie is directed by Walter Salles and should be released in 2012.