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Josh Hutcherson Bio

Updated on June 26, 2015
Josh Hutcherson
Josh Hutcherson

Early Years

Josh Hutcherson was born as Joshua Ryan Hutcherson on October 12, 1992. Hutcherson was born in Union, Kentucky. His mother, Michelle, was an employee for Delta Air Lines and his father, Chris,k was an analyst for the EPA. Josh has one other sibling, a younger brother, whose name is Connor.

From the age of three Hutcherson begged his parents to help him pursue his acting career, however, it wasn't until Josh was 9 years old that his parents finally listened to him and began helping him actively pursue his dream of acting. It was at this time that Josh's parents decided to move to L.A. to help Josh make his dreams come true. Hutcherson's mother began homeschooling Josh so he would be able to pursue acting without worrying about the time constraints of school.

Hutcherson Fun Facts

- Josh used to have a blankie called "Yellow Blankie" that he carried everywhere with him.


- He is 5'7


-Josh has three tattoos: one of his Libra sign on his left wrist, an anchor on his torso, and a pirate ship on his back between his shoulder blades.


-Jennifer Lawrence accidentally kicked Hutcherson in the head and knocked him unconscious when they were fooling around on the "Hunger Games" set.


-He is dating Claudia Traisac





Early Acting Roles

Hutcherson began auditioning for TV pilots and landed his first role on the pilot "House Blend." Josh starred opposite of Amy Yasbeck, Dan Cortese, and Sean Faris. At the same time Hutcherson was cast on the pilot of "House Blend" he also had a bit part on the television show "ER" and was cast on another pilot called "Becoming Glen." However, both pilots failed to pan out and it was back to the drawing board for Hutcherson.

Hutcherson had a small part in the Academy Award nominated film "American Splendor" and then voiced the character of the hero boy in the holiday movie "The Polar Express." The character's movements and facial expressions were based off of Josh's movements and expressions.

In 2005, Hutcherson was cast as one of Will Farrell's children in the movie "Kicking and Screaming." It was also between the years of 2005 and 2006 that Hutcherson finally received recognition for one of his acting roles. Josh co-starred in the movie "Zathura" alongside a young Kristen Stewart and it was his role in "Zathura" that won Hutcherson The Young Artist Award. Josh then went onto star in "RV" with Robin Williams.

Following his moderate successes with "Zathura" and "RV", Josh went onto the land the leading role in "Bridge to Terabithia." His portrayal of Jesse Aarons in the movie again won Josh The Young Artist Award.

Hutcherson as Peeta Mellark
Hutcherson as Peeta Mellark

On His Way

In 2008 Hutcherson starred opposite of Bredan Frasier in the movie "Journey to the Center of the Earth" and followed it with the critically acclaimed "The Kids Are All Right" starring opposite of Annette Bening and Mark Ruffalo.

Hutcherson would go onto executive produce and star in the comedy "Detention." Hutcherson was beginning to become a well known name by the time he landed his biggest role to date as Peeta Mellark in the "Hunger Games" movies. If people didn't know Josh's name before the "Hunger Games" movies, they certainly knew his name after the release of the first movie in the "Hunger Games" series.

Hutcherson will reprise his role of Peeta Mellark for a total of four movies before saying goodbye to the character that brought him worldwide recognition.


Other movies Hutcherson can be seen in are: "Journey 2: The Mysterious Island", "Red Dawn", "The Forge", "7 Days in Havana", and "Epic."

Josh Hutcherson
Josh Hutcherson
Hutcherson and Claudia Traisac
Hutcherson and Claudia Traisac

Personal Life

Hutcherson has been linked to Vanessa Hudgens, his co-star in "Journey 2" and Claudia Traisac.


Josh works very closely with the group Straight But Not Narrow, which is an activist group supporting gay and lesbian equal rights. He encourages the education of straight men to learn about gay rights and hopes that he can encourage society to be more understanding and accepting of the gay community. Hutcherson is a strong supporter of the LGBT community because two of his uncles were gay and died from AIDs in their early thirties. Josh is the youngest recipient of the Vanguard Award from GLAAD, which was awarded to him for his support and promotion of equal rights for the LGBT community.

Jennifer Lawrence and Hutcherson
Jennifer Lawrence and Hutcherson
Hunger Games cast
Hunger Games cast

Josh Hutcherson Movie and Clips

Clips of Hutcherson

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