, California, U.S.A.
Aaron Eckhart is the son of Mary Eckhart (née Lawrence), a poet and children's author, and James C. Eckhart "Jim Senior", a computer executive. He is the youngest of three brothers. Eckhart was raised as a Mormon. He served a two year mission in France and Switzerland.
Eckhart's family relocated to England in 1981.where he attended American Community School. He then moved to Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
Eckhart returned to the United States and enrolled as a film major at Brigham Young University, Hawaii but later transferred to Brigham Young University (BYU) in Utah. He graduated in 1994 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.
The film ‘Godly Sorrow’ marked Eckhart's professional debut. After graduating from BYU, Eckhart moved to New York City. The film, ‘In the Company of Men’, his first feature to reach theaters, was critically well received. His performance won him the Independent Spirit Award in the category of Best Debut Performance.
Eckhart first gained wide exposure in 2000,in Steven Soderbergh's drama ‘Erin Brockovich’. The following year, Eckhart guest starred in two episodes of NBC's comedy sitcom ‘Frasier’. For his performance in ‘Thank You for Smoking’, Eckhart received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Musical or Comedy.
Talking to Entertainment Weekly regarding his Mormon faith, he revealed: "I'm sure people think I'm a Mormon, but I don't know that I'm a Mormon anymore, you know? To be honest, to be perfectly clear, I'd be a hypocrite if I did say that I was, just because I haven't lived that lifestyle for so many years." He has divulged that, through hypnosis, he quit drinking, smoking, and partying and in his spare time, he enjoys photography. In an interview with Parade magazine