Charlize Theron

7 Aug 1975

Actor, Producer

Charlize Theron (born 7 August 1975) 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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Filmography (44 titles)

(movie, 2018)
···Tully
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Role: Actor, Producer
(movie, 2018)
···Gringo
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Action
Role: Actor, Producer
(movie, 2017)
···Atomic Blonde
Genre: Action, Mystery, Thriller
Role: Actor, Producer
(movie, 2017)
···The Fate of the Furious
Genre: Adventure, Action, Crime, Thriller, Mystery
Role: Actor (as Cipher)
(movie, 2016)
···Kubo and the Two Strings
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family
Role: Actor (as Monkey (voice))
(movie, 2016)
···The Huntsman: Winter's War
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Role: Actor (as Ravenna)
(movie, 2015)
···Mad Max: Fury Road
Genre: Action, Adventure, Science Fiction, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Imperator Furiosa)
(movie, 2015)
···Dark Places
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Role: Actor, Producer
Genre: Comedy, Western
Role: Actor (as Anna)
(movie, 2012)
8.5Prometheus
Genre: Science Fiction, Adventure, Mystery
Role: Actor (as Meredith Vickers)
Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Drama
Role: Actor (as Queen Ravenna)
(movie, 2011)
···Young Adult
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Role: Actor (as Mavis Gary)
(movie, 2009)
···The Road
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Role: Actor (as Mother)
(movie, 2009)
···Astro Boy
Genre: Action, Animation, Science Fiction, Family
Role: Actor (as Narrator)
(movie, 2008)
···The Burning Plain
Genre: Drama, Romance
Role: Actor (as Sylvia · Mariana)
(movie, 2008)
···Hancock
Genre: Fantasy, Action
Role: Actor (as Mary Embrey)
(movie, 2008)
···Sleepwalking
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Joleen)
(movie, 2007)
···In the Valley of Elah
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Detective Emily Sanders)
(movie, 2007)
···Battle in Seattle
Genre: Action, Drama
Role: Actor (as Ella)
Genre: Biography
Role: Actor (as Herself)
(movie, 2005)
···Æon Flux
Genre: Action, Science Fiction
Role: Actor (as Æon Flux)
(movie, 2005)
···North Country
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Josey Aimes)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Role: Actor (as Britt Ekland)
(movie, 2004)
···Head in the Clouds
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Role: Actor (as Gilda Bessé)
(movie, 2003)
···Monster
Genre: Crime, Drama
Role: Actor, Producer
(movie, 2003)
···The Italian Job
Genre: Action, Crime
Role: Actor (as Stella Bridger)
(movie, 2002)
···Trapped
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Karen Jennings)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Mystery, Thriller, Romance
Role: Actor (as Laura Kensington)
(movie, 2001)
···15 Minutes
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Rose Hearn)
(movie, 2001)
···Sweet November
Genre: Drama, Romance
Role: Actor (as Sara)
(movie, 2000)
···Men of Honor
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Gwen Sunday)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Role: Actor (as Adele Invergordon)
(movie, 2000)
···The Yards
Genre: Drama, Action, Thriller, Crime
Role: Actor (as Erica Soltz)
(movie, 2000)
···Reindeer Games
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Ashley Mercer)
(movie, 1999)
7.6The Cider House Rules
Genre: Drama, Romance
Role: Actor (as Candy Kendall)
(movie, 1999)
···The Astronaut's Wife
Genre: Drama, Science Fiction, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Jillian Armacost)
(movie, 1998)
···Mighty Joe Young
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Family
Role: Actor (as Jill Young)
(movie, 1998)
···Celebrity
Genre: Comedy
Role: Actor (as Supermodel)
(movie, 1997)
···The Devil's Advocate
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller, Fantasy
Role: Actor (as Mary Ann Lomax)
(movie, 1997)
···Trial and Error
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Role: Actor (as Billie Tyler)
(movie, 1996)
···That Thing You Do!
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Role: Actor (as Tina)
(movie, 1996)
···2 Days in the Valley
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Role: Actor (as Helga Svelgen)
Genre: Horror
Role: Actor (as Young Woman (uncredited))
(movie, )
···The Brazilian Job
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Stella Bridger)