Emile Davenport Hirsch (born March 13, 1985) is an American television and film actor. He began performing in the late 1990s, appearing in several television films and series, and became known as a film actor after roles in Lords of Dogtown, The Emperor's Club, The Girl Next Door, Alpha Dog, and the Sean Penn-directed film Into the Wild. In 2008, Hirsch starred in Speed Racer and Milk. His most recent films include Taking Woodstock, The Darkest Hour, Oliver Stone's Savages, and David Gordon Green's Prince Avalanche, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and co-stars Paul Rudd. He participated in Summit on the Summit, an expedition to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro to raise awareness of the need for clean water in the world.