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Travis Fimmel (1979)

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Travis Fimmel is an Australian actor and former model who is currently based in the United States. He is best known for his high-profile Calvin Klein campaign and for co-starring with Patrick Swayze in TV series The Beast shortly before Swayze's death.

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 early years
Fimmel was raised as the youngest of three brothers by parents Chris and Jennie on their 5500-acre dairy farm in Lockington near the small country town of Echuca, between Melbourne and Sydney.

He moved to Melbourne in his late teens to play professional AFL Football for the St Kilda Football Club, but a broken leg sidelined him before the season began. He was accepted into Melbourne University to study commercial architecture and engineering but later deferred to travel abroad.

 acting career
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 letting yourself be vulnerable in front of people". He landed the title lead in Warner Bros. TV series Tarzan in 2003, described by CNN as one of the "five hottest things happening in entertainment right now”. In addition, he appeared the studio’s pilot Rocky Point in 2005, the Fox movie Southern Comfort in 2006 and The Big Valley in 2011.

Fimmel has played a diverse spectrum of characters on the small and big screens. In 2008, he portrayed a murderer in Restraint (with True Blood’s Stephen Moyer) and a party boy in Surfer, Dude . In 2010, he portrayed a compassionate cowboy in Pure Country 2: The Gift; a forensic photographer in Australian horror movie Needle (with Packed to the Rafter’s Jessica Marais); and a gifted classical pianist in Ivory , produced by Academy Award recipient Gray Frederickson.

It was his role as Helweg, a cheeky-but-brutish prison guard, that saw him star opposite Academy Award recipients Adrien Brody and Forest Whitaker as well as the Twilight saga’s Cam Gigandet in the 2010 film release The Experiment. 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.

Fimmel’s TV profile received a boost when he starred opposite Patrick Swayze in cable network A&E’s 2009 series, The Beast . He played rookie undercover FBI agent Ellis Dove partnered with a hardened veteran cop, Swayze’s Charles Barker. Fimmel’s character relies on his wits to navigate a high-pressure environment, browbeaten by Barker and resisting attempts by Internal Affairs to force him to spy on his mentor. Production ceased after 13 episodes due to Swayze’s death from pancreatic cancer”.

He then played fugitive Mason Boyle in two episodes of NBC's 2010 action-adventure Chase , produced by Emmy Award winning Jerry Bruckheimer. Fimmel depicted a dangerous man on the run after a murderous rampage, tracked down by a team of US marshals who later try to enlist his help in nabbing a serial killer.

Fimmel will appear 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”. According to Variety magazine, he plays a rugged, “hard-drinking gang member and the main character’s best friend”. He has also signed to co-star with Billy Bob Thornton and Eva Longoria in the redneck Southern comedy flick The Baytown Disco. He plays one of the three hapless Oodie brothers who bites off more than he can chew when he agrees to help a woman get her son back from his deadbeat father.

Entertainment media reported that Fimmel has been cast with Meg Ryan in Long Time Gone, the movie adaptation of April Stevens’ book, Angel Angel about a dysfunctional family trying to heal after a cheating husband leaves. To be filmed in LA and directed by Sarah Siegel-Magness, who co-produced Oscar-nominated Precious, Fimmel will play an intelligent, pot-dealing Grateful Dead fan.

 personal life
The actor’s favorite recreational activities include Australian rules football , camping, surfing, riding motorbikes and going to the beach.

Fimmel also played a celebrity cricket match in the 2009 Australia vs England Hollywood Ashes with fellow Australian actors Jesse Spencer and Cameron Daddo , plus celebrity chef Curtis Stone, INXS bass guitarist Garry Gary Beers and fast bowler Michael Kasprowicz. England’s VIPs included Monty Python comedian Eric Idle and So You Think You Can Dance judge Nigel Lythgoe.

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