Timothée Chalamet is an American stage and film actor who rose to prominence after starring as Elio Perlman in the Luca Guadagnino-directed coming-of-age drama film ‘Call Me by Your Name.’ “His acting alone would make the picture worth watching,” says ‘Empire’ star Olly Richards. He has been nominated for practically every major award, including the ‘Academy Award,’ ‘BAFTA,’ ‘Golden Globe,’ ‘Screen Actors Guild Award,’ and ‘Critics’ Choice Movie Award,’ for his outstanding performance. He is the third-youngest Academy Award nominee for Best Actor, and he is widely favored to win. He began his career as a commercial child artist and has since worked on shows such as ‘Law & Order,’ ‘Royal Pains,’ and ‘Homeland.’ He has already been in films such as Christopher Nolan’s ‘Interstellar,’ Greta Gerwig’s ‘Lady Bird,’ Scott Cooper’s ‘Hostiles,’ and John Patrick Shanley’s autobiographical drama ‘Prodigal Son’ in his short career of less than a decade.
Childhood and Adolescence
Timothée Hal Chalamet was born in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood of Manhattan on December 27, 1995, to Nicole Flender, a real estate broker and former Broadway dancer, and Marc Chalamet, a UNICEF editor. Pauline, his older sister, is a French actress who currently resides in Paris.
From his father’s side, he is half-French, and from his mother’s side, he is half-American Jewish. His maternal uncle is filmmaker Rodman Flender, his aunt is television producer and writer Amy Lippman, and his maternal grandfather was late screenwriter Harold Flender.
He was accepted into Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music, Art, and Performing Arts when he was in high school, which sparked his passion in acting at a young age. Following Claire Danes’ advice, he enrolled at Columbia University after graduating from high school in 2013, and was transferred to NYU Gallatin School of Individualized Study after a year.
Career of Timothée Chalamet
Timothée Chalamet began his acting career as a kid actor, performing in a number of commercials as well as two horror short films in 2008, ‘Sweet Tooth’ and ‘Clown.’
He made his television debut in 2009 in the episode ‘Pledge’ of the long-running television series ‘Law & Order,’ followed by a minor role in the made-for-television film ‘Loving Leah.’
In 2011, he made his Broadway debut as Nicholas, a sexually curious 12-year-old child, in the Off-Broadway play ‘The Talls,’ a coming-of-age comedy set in the 1970s. The chief theatrical critic of the ‘New York Daily News’ praised his performance in the play.
He got two recurring parts in 2012: Luke in the drama series “Royal Pains” and Finn Walden in the spy thriller series “Homeland.” For the latter, he was nominated alongside the rest of the ensemble for a ‘Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series.’
He made his feature film debut in the drama picture ‘Men, Women, and Children,’ directed by Jason Reitman, which was a critical and commercial flop. In the same year, he garnered excellent reviews for his role as a younger version of Sam, the co-lead in the limited-release comedy film ‘Worst Friends.’
However, his largest performance that year was in Christopher Nolan’s blockbuster sci-fi film ‘Interstellar,’ in which he played younger Tom Cooper, the son of the central character played by Matthew McConaughey. The film was a box office smash and gained critical acclaim for the cast’s outstanding performances.
Andrew Droz Palermo starred as Zac, a 16-year-old boy who, together with his sister Eva, finds magical talents after their mother falls ill in Andrew Droz Palermo’s 2015 fantasy thriller ‘One & Two.’ Later same year, he played a younger version of James Franco’s Stephen Elliott in Pamela Romanowsky’s criminal thriller ‘The Adderall Diaries,’ and Charlie Cooper in Pamela Romanowsky’s Christmas comedy ‘Love the Coopers.’
After being handpicked by playwright and director John Patrick Shanley and producer Scott Rudin to play Jim Quinn in the autobiographical play ‘Prodigal Son’ at Manhattan Theatre Club in February 2016, he returned to the stage. Critics praised his portrayal of a young Shanley, a misfit Bronx youngster in a fancy New Hampshire prep school set in 1963, and he received numerous honors and nominations for it.
In the independent film ‘Miss Stevens,’ he played the troubled student Billy opposite Lily Rabe in 2016. Stephen Holden of ‘The New York Times’ compared him to James Dean and said that he had never seen a greater portrayal of the final speech from ‘Death of a Salesman.’ In the 2017 coming-of-age drama film ‘Call Me by Your Name,’ he played Elio Perlman, a 17-year-old Italian lad in the 1980s who falls in love with his father’s helper Oliver. His dedication to mastering Italian, guitar, and piano paid off when he was nominated for a ‘Best Actor’ prize at a number of renowned award ceremonies, including the ‘Golden Globe’ and ‘Oscar.’
Later same year, he was praised for his performances as Daniel Middleton in the film ‘Hot Summer Nights’ and Kyle Scheible in Greta Gerwig’s critically acclaimed solo directorial debut, ‘Lady Bird.’ In the same year, he co-starred in Scott Cooper’s ‘Hostiles’ starring Christian Bale as soldier Philippe DeJardin.
In 2018, he will star as Nic Sheff, a methamphetamine addict, in the drama film ‘Beautiful Boy,’ based on David Sheff’s memoir of the same name. He’ll also appear alongside Selena Gomez in Woody Allen’s ‘A Rainy Day in New York,’ and will play Henry V of England in David Michôd’s ‘The King.’
Major Projects of Timothée Chalamet
‘Call Me by Your Name,’ Timothée Chalamet’s most well-known film to date, having already grossed nearly $30 million against a $3.5 million budget and received critical acclaim. ‘Interstellar,’ his 2014 film, grossed over $675 million worldwide.
Achievements & Awards
Timothée Chalamet has been nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in “Call Me by Your Name,” and he is a strong contender for the award. For the part, he was nominated for a BAFTA, a Golden Globe, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and a Critics’ Choice Movie Award.
He was nominated for a ‘SAG Award’ and a ‘Critics’ Choice Movie Award’ for his role in ‘Lady Bird.’
Personal History and Legacy
Timothée Chalamet was in a relationship with Lourdes Leon, Madonna’s daughter, in 2013. She was a classmate of his in high school, and the two performed together in a school production of ‘Sweet Charity.’ In October 2017, following new sexual assault allegations against Woody Allen in the wake of the #MeToo movement, he told the press that he would not accept earnings from the director’s future project. He became the most high-profile male actor to openly condemn Allen by declaring that he will contribute his salary to the Time’s Up effort against harassment and abuse, the LGBT Center of New York, and RAINN.
Estimated Net Worth
Timothée Chalamet has a net worth of $10 million dollars.
Timothée Chalamet is a huge football lover who dreamed of becoming a player as a child. He used to train young boys from six to 10 years old at a football camp in France when he was thirteen.