Fred Hechinger is an American actor and director who is best known for appearing in the films The Woman in the Window (2021), News of the World (2020), and Eighth Grade (2018).
Fred Hechinger was born on Thursday, December 2, 1999 (age 21 years; as of 2020), in Manhattan, New York City. Since childhood, he was interested in the art of storytelling. During his bar mitzvah, a Jewish coming-of-age ritual for boys, a family friend invited Fred to the UCB improv show named “ASSSSCAT.” Enchanted by the idea of improv, Fred was intrigued to pursue a career in acting after he spent the next night sitting on the floor of a basement theater in Chelsea, watching the show “ASSSSCAT.” In an interview, he said,
I sat on the side of the stage, I watched and I said, ‘That’s the coolest thing ever. I want to do what they’re doing.”
Consequently, he joined UCB (Upright Citizens Brigade), an improvisational and sketch comedy group.
Height (approx.): 5′ 5″
Hair Color: Light Golden Brown
Eye Color: Lavender Gray
He shares his name with his grandfather, Fred M. Hechinger, the longtime education editor for The New York Times who also served on its editorial board. The German-born editor, Fred M. Hechinger, had a Jewish descent. American Jewish Biographies- Google Books
His father’s name is Paul D. Hechinger. The well-known film critic Leah Rozen is Fred’s maternal aunt.
Fred Hechinger starred in the 2018 theatrical production ‘Now That We’re Men’ in which he played the role of Nick, a cinephile who is addicted to fetish porn. The storyline of the play revolves around the close friendships of five high school guys and their unfiltered stories of sex, power, consent, porn, manning up, and getting girls or maybe boys in the process of
Later, in the same year, he made his film debut when he played the role of Trevor in the 2018 American comedy-drama film ‘Eighth Grade.’ The coming-of-age film focuses on how technology has embedded itself in the lives of teenagers.
Other films in which he appeared include ‘Alex Strangelove’ (2018) as Josh and ‘Vox Lux’ (2018) as Aidan. He starred in the 2019 American-Italian drama film ‘Human Capital’ in which he played the role of Jamie Manning. In the film, Jamie is accused of hitting a man with his jeep, which he doesn’t recall as he was drunk.
He rose to fame with the 2020 American Western drama film ‘News of the World’ in which he played the role of John Calley, a loner and a member of a band of militia that works to cleanse the county from outsiders. In the film, Hechinger shared the screen with the celebrated American actor Tom Hanks who plays the role of Kyle Kidd, a Civil War veteran who must return a young girl, kidnapped and raised by Native Americans, to her last remaining family. As the story unfolds, John forms a close friendship with Kyle Kidd and also helps him escape a difficult situation.
Later, in the same year, he starred in the short films ‘David’ and ‘Let Them All Talk.’ He rose to prominence in 2021 with the American psychological thriller film ‘The Woman in the Window.’ In the film, Hechinger played the antagonist Ethan Russell, a budding serial killer who intends to kill Anna (protagonist played by Amy Adams).
- Grandson to the popular education editor for The New York Times, Fred Hechinger temporarily became a reporter during his teenage years.
- While filming for the television series “The White Lotus” in 2021, surprisingly, Hechinger’s career came full circle when his first UCB teacher, Natasha Rothwell, became one of his costars.
- Unlike other celebrities, who constantly display their lifestyle on social media, Fred Hechinger isn’t active on any social media platform.
- In reference to the play ‘Now That We’re Men’ (2018), in an interview, Hechinger talked about sexual assaults and claimed that rapes were mostly committed by non-strangers. He said,
People often associate rape with dark alleys, while a great deal of rape cases are not, in fact, committed by strangers. In the wake of Brock Turner and other similar cases, it is important to keep the conversation going, so that we prevent such tragedies from happening.”