Most people know Luke Hemsworth as the elder brother of Hollywood stars, Chris and Liam Hemsworth. Most people also know that he is also an actor, albeit, on a less successful scale than his brothers. However, did you know that the eldest Hemsworth once ran a flooring business? Did you also know that he is actually shorter than his two younger brothers? Discover these and other interesting facts about the Australian actor below.
10 Things You Didn’t Know About Luke Hemsworth
1. His Mother is a Teacher While his Father is a Counselor
Luke Hemsworth was born on the 5th of November 1981 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. His nationality is Australian and he has Dutch, English, Irish, Scottish and German ancestry.
Hemsworth hails from a family of five. His mother is an English teacher named Leonie while his father is a social services worker named Craig.
2. He Played Australian Rules Football as a Teenager.
Hemsworth grew up in Melbourne and completed his education there. His formative years were filled with various adventurous activities that he carried out with his brothers. The trio reportedly got into so much mischief that their parents often sent them to separate relatives during holidays. Luke also played Australian Rules football, a contact sport which is played by two teams of eighteen players on an oval-shaped field, during his teenage years.
3. He Attended the National Institute of Dramatic Art
Prior to delving into acting, Hemsworth initially honed his skills at the National Institute of Dramatic Art located New South Wales. NIDA is Australia’s leading center for training in performing arts and has produced an illustrious array of alumni that includes Cate Blanchett, Mel Gibson, and Sam Worthington.
4. Luke Hemsworth Started Acting Before His Two Famous Brothers
Even though his younger brothers have surpassed him in fame and celebrity status, Luke actually started acting before them. He commenced his acting career at the age of 19, appearing in the Australian soap opera Neighbours. Since then, he has gone on to appear in several movies and TV shows such as Blue Heelers, Last Man Standing, Tangle, Crypto, Hickok, kill Me Three Times and The Anomaly.
5. He Ran a Flooring Business for Several Years
After getting his head start on Neighbours, Hemsworth went on to feature in several other TV shows such as The Saddle Club, Blue Heelers, Last Man Standing and Satisfaction. The actor, however, became disenchanted with his craft in 2008 and decided to do something else. He set up a floor sanding business and ran it successfully for several years.
Luke Hemsworth was motivated to go back to acting after witnessing his brother’s success in the 2011 superhero movie, Thor. He, therefore, relocated his family to L.A. and then resumed his acting career.
6. He is a Star of the HBO Series – Westworld
Hemsworth is one of the stars of the popular TV series, Westworld. Westworld is a HBO sci-fi series which debuted in 2016. The series revolves around a fictional technologically-advanced theme park which offers guests the opportunity to experience some of their wildest fantasies.
Westworld features the likes of Thandie Newton, Evan Rachael Wood while Hemsworth plays the role of Ashley Stubbs, the head of security at the theme park. The series has received high ratings while Hemsworth and his co-stars have nabbed a nomination for outstanding performance by an ensemble in a drama series.
7. He is the Shortest Amongst His Brothers
Even though Luke is the eldest in his family, he is actually shorter than his two younger brothers. He is 5 feet 9 ½ inches tall which translates into 1.77m. Chris and Liam, on the other hand, are both 6 feet 3 inches tall which translates into 1.91m. All three brothers, however, boast of swoon-worthy physiques which they maintain by regularly visiting the gym.
8. Luke Hemsworth has Four Children
The Westworld star is happily married to Samantha Hemsworth. The couple first met in 2006 and tied the knot in 2007. They now have four children together; Alexander, Ella, Holly and Harper Rose. A simple perusal of Hemsworth’s social media handles will reveal that he is crazy about his wife and kids. The actor has also stated that his kids give him the biggest sense of inspiration and joy.
9. He was the Face of the 2018 Dundee Ad for Tourism Australia
The Dundee Ad series is a popular Ad which is aimed at attracting more American tourists to Australia. In the 2018 edition of the ad, Hemsworth plays the role of a tour guide who takes viewers on a tour of a movie set. Luke is not the only Hemsworth to proudly represent his country in this way. Brothers Chris and Liam, also appeared in a Dundee Ad which aired at the Super Bowl.
10. He Once Stated that He Looks Up to His Younger Brother, Chris
Hemsworth maintains a close relationship with his two brothers and the trio do not compete on a professional level. They also avoid talking about work even when they are together.
Even though his brothers are more famous than him, Luke does not begrudge them their success but is rather supportive. In August 2019, Luke used his social media handle to send birthday wishes to younger brother, Chris. He described the latter as “da man” and stated that he looked up to him.