Charlize Theron

Charlize Theron

  • Born on
    • August 7th, 1975
Charlize Theron is a South African actress, film producer and former fashion model. She rose to fame in the late 1990s following roles in the films The Devil's Advocate (1997), Mighty Joe Young (1998), and The Cider House Rules (1999). Theron received critical acclaim for her portrayal of serial killer Aileen Wuornos in Monster (2003), for which she won the Silver Bear, Golden Globe Award, Screen Actors Guild Award, and Academy Award for Best Actress among several other accolades, becoming the first South African to win an Academy Award in a major acting category. In recent years, she has moved into the field of producing, both in television and film. She received further Academy Award and Golden Globe Award nominations for her performance in North Country in 2005, and a Golden Globe Award nomination for her performance in Young Adult in 2011. In 2012, she appeared in Snow White & the Huntsman and Prometheus, both of which were box office successes. Theron became a U.S. citizen in 2007, while retaining her South African citizenship. Theron was born in Benoni, in the then-Transvaal Province of South Africa, the only child of Gerda (née Maritz) and Charles Theron (born 27 November 1947). Second Boer War figure Danie Theron was her great-great-uncle. Her ancestry includes French, German, and Dutch; her French forebears were early Huguenot settlers in South Africa. "Theron" is an Occitan surname (originally spelled Théron) pronounced in Afrikaans as [tɜːron], although she has said that the way she pronounces it in South Africa is [θron]. She changed the pronunciation when she moved to the U.S. to give it a more "American" sound. She grew up on her parents' farm in Benoni, near Johannesburg. On 21 June 1991, Theron's father, an alcoholic, physically attacked her mother and threatened both her mother and her while drunk; Theron's mother then shot and killed him. The shooting was legally adjudged to have been self-defense and her mother faced no charges. Theron attended Putfontein Primary School (Laerskool Putfontein), a period she later characterised as not "fitting in". At 13, Theron was sent to boarding school and began her studies at the National School of the Arts in Johannesburg. Although Theron is fluent in English, her first language is Afrikaans.

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Acting (52 Credits)

2021The Addams Family 2 as Morticia Addams (voice)
2021F9: The Fast Saga as Cipher
2020The Old Guard as Andromache of Scythia / Andy
2020Home Movie: The Princess Bride as Fezzik
2019Long Shot as Charlotte Field
2019Bombshell as Megyn Kelly
2019The Addams Family as Morticia Addams (voice)
2018Tully as Marlo Moreau
2018Gringo as Elaine Markinson
2017Atomic Blonde as Lorraine Broughton
2017The Fate of the Furious as Cipher
2016The Last Face as Dr. Wren Petersen
2016The Huntsman: Winter's War as Queen Ravenna
2016Kubo and the Two Strings as Mother (voice)
2015Dark Places as Libby Day
2015Mad Max: Fury Road as Imperator Furiosa
2014A Million Ways to Die in the West as Anna
2012Snow White and the Huntsman as Queen Ravenna
2012Prometheus as Meredith Vickers
2011Young Adult as Mavis Gary
2009The Road as Mother
2009Astro Boy as Narrator
2008Hancock as Mary Embrey
2008The Burning Plain as Sylvia / Mariana
2008Sleepwalking as Joleen
2007In the Valley of Elah as Detective Emily Sanders
2007Battle in Seattle as EllaWatch Free
2005Aeon Flux as Æon FluxWatch Free
2005North Country as Josey Aimes
2004Head in the Clouds as Gilda Bessé
2004The Life and Death of Peter Sellers as Britt Ekland
2003Monster as Aileen WuornosWatch Free
2003The Italian Job as Stella Bridger
2002Trapped as Karen Jennings
2002Waking Up in Reno as Candy KirkendallWatch Free
2001Sweet November as Sara
200115 Minutes as Rose Hearn
2001The Curse of the Jade Scorpion as Laura Kensington
2000Men of Honor as Gwen Sunday
2000Reindeer Games as Ashley Mercer
2000The Legend of Bagger Vance as Adele Invergordon
2000The Yards as Erica Soltz
1999The Cider House Rules as Candy Kendall
1999The Astronaut's Wife as Jillian Armacost
1998Mighty Joe Young as Jill Young
1998Celebrity as Supermodel
1997Trial and Error as Billie Tyler
1997The Devil's Advocate as Mary Ann Lomax
1996That Thing You Do! as Tina
19962 Days in the Valley as Helga Svelgen
1995Children of the Corn III: Urban Harvest as Eli's Follower
Atomic Blonde 2 as Lorraine Broughton


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