Lucas Hedges

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Lucas Hedges
Lucas Hedges 2017.png
Hedges in 2017
Born (1996-12-12) December 12, 1996 (age 21)
New York City, U.S.
Alma mater University of North Carolina School of the Arts
Occupation Actor
Years active 2007–present
Parent(s) Peter Hedges

Lucas Hedges (born December 12, 1996) is an American actor.[1][2] The son of writer-director Peter Hedges, he studied theater at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.

Hedges has played supporting roles in Wes Anderson’s comedy-drama Moonrise Kingdom (2012), the crime biopic Kill the Messenger (2014), the coming-of-age film Lady Bird (2017), and the crime film Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017). He received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for playing a sardonic teenage orphan in Kenneth Lonergan's drama Manchester by the Sea (2016).

Early life and education[edit]

Hedges was born in Brooklyn Heights, New York,[3] the second child of poet and actress Susan Bruce (née Titman) and Oscar-nominated screenwriter and director Peter Hedges.[4][5] He has an older brother, Simon.[6] He grew up in Brooklyn Heights and Cobble Hill, frequently visiting his father's film sets.[7] His maternal grandfather is a former vice president in New York at Home Box Office.[8] His maternal grandmother, Narcissa Titman, is a former theatre director and lecturer.[9][10]

A graduate of Saint Ann's School, he has taken a break from studying theatre at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.[11][12][13][14] Hedges is a graduate of the Cherubs Theatre Program at Northwestern University's National High School Institute.


As a child, Hedges made his feature film debut as an extra in his father's film Dan in Real Life (2007). His line in the film was cut in post-production.[15] He starred in a middle-school play production, when the casting director for Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom (2012) was in the audience and eventually cast Hedges in the film, his first role, as Redford.[16][17] He later appeared in Arthur Newman (2013),[18] Jason Reitman's Labor Day (2013),[19] and Terry Gilliam's film The Zero Theorem (2013).[20][21] In 2014, Hedges made a cameo in Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel and appeared in Michael Cuesta's Kill the Messenger,[17][22] for which he received positive reviews.[23][24]

In April 2015, Hedges joined the cast of Kenneth Lonergan's third feature film, Manchester by the Sea (2016). In it, he plays Patrick Chandler, a 16-year-old dealing with the recent death of his father and who is left in the care of his unwilling and troubled uncle. The film had its world premiere on January 23, 2016, at the Sundance Film Festival,[25] where Hedges received rave reviews.[26] For his work in Manchester by the Sea, Hedges won a Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Young Performer, and received nominations for the Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Supporting Actor, Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role, BAFTA Rising Star Award and the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, among numerous awards.[27][17]

On January 31, 2017, Hedges made his stage debut as the lead in the Trip Cullman-directed off-Broadway play Yen, by playwright Anna Jordan.[28] The play ran from February 19 until March 4 at the Lucille Lortel Theatre.[29] For this performance, Hedges received rave reviews and was nominated for the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Play and won the Theatre World Award for Outstanding Off-Broadway Debut Performance.[30][31][32][33]

In 2017, Hedges had supporting roles in Greta Gerwig's directorial debut, Lady Bird, and Martin McDonagh's Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, both of which were nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture.[34][35]

As of 2018, Hedges has at least four upcoming projects. He will play a supporting role in Jonah Hill's upcoming directorial debut titled Mid-90s opposite Katherine Waterston.[36] Hedges will portray Garrard Conley in the film adaptation of his memoir Boy Erased, which he began filming in September 2017,[37] after which he will play the titular role of Ben in Ben Is Back, to be directed by his father, Peter Hedges.[38] He will return to Broadway in Kenneth Lonergan's play The Waverly Gallery, alongside Elaine May and Michael Cera. Previews will begin on September 25, with an official opening night of October 25 at the John Golden Theatre.[39]



Year Title Role Director Notes
2007 Dan in Real Life Lilly's Dance Partner Peter Hedges
2012 Moonrise Kingdom Redford Wes Anderson
2013 Arthur Newman Kevin Avery Dante Ariola
The Zero Theorem Bob Terry Gilliam
2014 Labor Day Richard Jason Reitman
The Grand Budapest Hotel Pump Attendant Wes Anderson
Kill the Messenger Ian Webb Michael Cuesta
2015 Anesthesia Greg Tim Blake Nelson
2016 Manchester by the Sea Patrick Chandler Kenneth Lonergan
2017 Lady Bird Danny O'Neill Greta Gerwig
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Robbie Hayes Martin McDonagh
2018 Ben Is Back Ben Burns Peter Hedges Post-production
Mid90s Ian Jonah Hill Post-production
Boy Erased Jared Eamons Joel Edgerton Post-production
2019 Honey Boy Otis Lort Alma Har'el Post-production
Waves Trey Edward Shults Filming


Year Title Role Notes
2015 The Slap Ritchie Joanou (né Collins) 5 episodes; American adaptation of the Australian series[40]


Year Title Role Theater Notes
2017 Yen Hench Lucille Lortel Theatre
2018 The Waverly Gallery Daniel Reed John Golden Theatre

Awards and nominations[edit]

At the 89th Academy Awards, Hedges was nominated for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Manchester by the Sea (2016).

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Hedges, Peter (January 1, 1999). "Baby Anger". Dramatists Play Service, Inc. Retrieved February 21, 2017 – via Google Books. 
  2. ^ [1] Interview of Peter Hedges for his film Dan in Real Life.
  3. ^ "Lucas Hedges, Born and Raised in Brooklyn Heights, Gets Buzz for Role in 'Manchester by the Sea'". December 30, 2016. Retrieved February 21, 2017. 
  4. ^ Stamelman, Peter (April 6, 2010). "'Dan in Real Life' director and writer Peter Hedges will speak April 14 at ISU". Iowa State University. Retrieved May 7, 2018. 
  5. ^ Clavin, Tom (July 28, 2009). "For filmmaker Peter Hedges, it's all in the timing". 27east-com. Retrieved May 7, 2018. 
  6. ^ Weinreich, Regina (July 24, 2012). "Garden Party at Goose Creek: The Odd Life of Timothy Green". Retrieved February 21, 2017. 
  7. ^ Nordstrom, Leigh (January 24, 2016). "Sundance 2016: Five Minutes with Lucas Hedges". WWD. Retrieved December 1, 2016. 
  8. ^ "WEDDINGS; Susan B. Titman, Peter S. Hedges". The New York Times. June 6, 1993. Retrieved May 7, 2018. 
  9. ^ Stamelman, Peter (November 14, 2017). "Brooklyn kid now a star in supporting roles & lead". Brooklyn Daily Eagle. Retrieved May 7, 2018. 
  10. ^ Douglass, Lynn (November 19, 2012). "Yoko Ono Honored For Feminist Art, Says Not Saying Anything With Art "A Waste"". Forbes. Retrieved May 7, 2018. 
  11. ^ Blickley, Leigh (November 21, 2016). "Get To Know The Breakout Star Of 'Manchester By The Sea,' Lucas Hedges". The Huffington Post. Retrieved December 1, 2016. 
  12. ^ "Lucas Hedges". Independent Spirit Awards. Retrieved December 3, 2016. 
  13. ^ Kaufman, Sarah. "Lucas Hedges, Born and Raised in Brooklyn Heights, Gets Buzz for Role in 'Manchester by the Sea'", Patch Media, December 30, 2016. Accessed December 31, 2016. "Hedges was born and raised in Brooklyn and grew up in Cobble Hill and Brooklyn Heights. He graduated from Saint Ann's School, a private, arts-based school on Pierrepont Street."
  14. ^ Lewis, Rebecca (January 5, 2017). "Spider-Man star Tom Holland among BAFTA'S 2017 EE Rising Star nominees". Metro. Retrieved January 23, 2017. 
  15. ^ Rosen, Lisa (November 10, 2016). "Lucas Hedges finds the lightness within the dark drama of 'Manchester by the Sea'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved December 4, 2016. 
  16. ^ Jacobs, Matthew (November 25, 2017). "Lucas Hedges In Real Life". HuffPost. Retrieved February 10, 2018. 
  17. ^ a b c Lodderhose, Diana (January 5, 2017). "BAFTA Rising Star Nominees Include Lucas Hedges, Tom Holland, Ruth Negga". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved February 10, 2018. 
  18. ^ Debruge, Peter (September 11, 2012). "Arthur Newman". Variety. Retrieved February 10, 2018. 
  19. ^ Miller, Daniel (June 8, 2012). "'Moonrise Kingdom' Actor Joins Jason Reitman's 'Labor Day'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved February 10, 2018. 
  20. ^ Fleming, Mike (October 1, 2012). "Terry Gilliam Sets David Thewlis, Tilda Swinton For 'The Zero Theorem'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved February 10, 2018. 
  21. ^ Lyttelton, Oliver (September 18, 2014). "Review: Terry Gilliam's Uneven But Rewarding 'The Zero Theorem' Starring Christoph Waltz, Matt Damon & Tilda Swinton". IndieWire. Retrieved February 10, 2018. 
  22. ^ Sneider, Jeff (July 24, 2014). "'Moonrise Kingdom's' Lucas Hedges to Play Jeremy Renner's Son in 'Kill the Messenger' (Exclusive)". TheWrap. Retrieved February 10, 2018. 
  23. ^ Perez, Rodrigo (September 26, 2014). "Review: 'Kill The Messenger' Starring Jeremy Renner, Mary Elizabeth Winstead & Rosemarie DeWitt". IndieWire. Retrieved December 4, 2016. 
  24. ^ McCarthy, Todd (September 26, 2014). "'Kill the Messenger': Film Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved December 4, 2016. 
  25. ^ "Manchester by The Sea". Sundance Film Festival. Retrieved September 3, 2016. 
  26. ^ Chang, Justin (January 23, 2016). "Sundance Film Review: 'Manchester by the Sea'". Variety. Retrieved December 4, 2016. 
  27. ^ Eng, Joyce. "Oscar Snubs and Surprises: Amy Adams Out, but Mel Gibson Is Welcomed Back In". TV Guide. Retrieved January 13, 2018. 
  28. ^ Gerard, Jeremy (January 31, 2017). "'Yen' Review: Oscar Nominee Lucas Hedges Simmers, Explodes In Stage Debut". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 13, 2018. 
  29. ^ Lee, Ashley (October 27, 2016). "Lucas Hedges to Star in Off-Broadway Play 'Yen' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved December 4, 2016. 
  30. ^ "Ben Platt, Sutton Foster, Lucas Hedges & More Nominated for 2017 Lucille Lortel Awards". April 4, 2017. Retrieved April 10, 2017. 
  31. ^ Brantley, Ben (January 31, 2017). "Review: 'Yen' Is a Den of Family Dysfunction". The New York Times. Retrieved February 1, 2017. 
  32. ^ Scheck, Frank (January 31, 2017). "'Yen': Theater Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved January 13, 2018. 
  33. ^ Lefkowitz, Andy (May 11, 2017). "Josh Groban, Christy Altomare, Lucas Hedges & More Win Theatre World Awards". Retrieved June 12, 2017. 
  34. ^ "Lucas Hedges ('Manchester by the Sea') on his character's 'deep emotional well'". YouTube. Retrieved December 4, 2016. 
  35. ^ Sneider, Jeff (April 7, 2016). "Peter Dinklage, John Hawkes, Lucas Hedges Join Martin McDonagh's New Movie (Exclusive)". The Wrap. Retrieved December 4, 2016. 
  36. ^ Mazzanti, Mike (March 1, 2017). "Jonah Hill's Directorial Debut 'Mid '90s' to Reunite 'Manchester by the Sea' Stars". Retrieved March 11, 2017. 
  37. ^ Fleming Jr., Mike (June 8, 2017). "Joel Edgerton To Direct, Lucas Hedges To Star In Gay Deprogram Drama 'Boy Erased'". Deadline. Retrieved June 12, 2017. 
  38. ^ Fleming Jr., Mike (October 23, 2017). "Julia Roberts And Lucas Hedges Team For Black Bear & 30WEST-Backed 'Ben Is Back'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved December 28, 2017. 
  39. ^ "Elaine May, Michael Cera, and Lucas Hedges Will Lead Kenneth Lonergran's THE WAVERLY GALLERY on Broadway!'". BroadwayWorld. April 11, 2018. Retrieved April 11, 2018. 
  40. ^ "Lucas Hedges & Penn Badgley Join 'The Slap' Miniseries On NBC; 'Full Circle' Sets Cast". Deadline Hollywood. October 20, 2014. Retrieved April 27, 2015. 

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