Hilary Swank Biography, Career, Family, Spouse and Net Worth

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 Who is Hilary Swank?

Hilary Ann Swank is a famous American professional actress and film producer. She initially became popular in 1992 for her role on the television series Camp Wilder and made her movie breakout with a minor role in Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992). Swank then had her breakout by starring as Julie Pierce in The Next Karate Kid (1994), the 4th installment of The Karate Kid franchise, and as Carly Reynolds on the 8th season of Beverly Hills, 90210 (1997-1998).

She became recognized internationally for her performances as Brandon Teena, a transgender man, in Kimberly Peirce’s Boys Don’t Cry (1999), and as Maggie Fitzgerald, an aspiring boxer, in Clint Eastwood’s Million Dollar Baby (2004). Both of her performances earned her critical praise, and she received many accolades, comprising 2 Academy Awards, 2 Golden Globe Awards, 2 Critics’ Choice Movie Awards, and a Screen Actors Guild Award. Swank was then named by Time among the 100 most influential people in the world in 2005. She later entered into producing with the movies Amelia (2009), Conviction (2010), You’re Not You (2014), and What They Had (2018), in all of which she also starred. Swank’s other notable movies consist of the television movie Iron Jawed Angels (2004) and the feature films Freedom Writers (2007), Logan Lucky (2017), The Hunt (2020), and Fatale (2020).

Hilary Swank Career

She made her film debut in the 1992 comedy horror movie Buffy the Vampire Slayer, playing a supporting role. After this, she acted in the direct-to-video drama Quiet Days in Hollywood, where she co-starred alongside Chad Lowe, who became her husband for a time. Swank’s first leading movie role was in the 4th installment of the Karate Kid series, The Next Karate Kid (1994) as Julie Pierce. The role used her gymnastics background and partnered her with Pat Morita. Swank starred in the drama Cries Unheard: The Donna Yaklich Story, as the abused stepdaughter who was protected by Donna (Jaclyn Smith) in 1994. She then appeared alongside British actor Bruce Payne in Kounterfeit in 1995. In 1996, Swank starred in a TV film, the family drama Terror in the Family, as a troubled teenager.

1997 to 2005

She later played single mother Carly Reynolds in Beverly Hills, 90210 in September 1997, and was originally promised it would be a two-year role. However, she saw her character written out following 16 episodes in January 1998. She was freed to audition for the role of Brandon Teena in Boys Don’t Cry after her firing from Beverly Hills, 90210. Swank lived as a man for a month and reduced her body fat to 7% to prepare for the role. After launching, many critics praised her performance with Premiere listing it as one of the ”100 Greatest Performances of All Time”.

Swank’s work earned her several accolades such as the Golden Globe and Academy Awards for Best Actress. She also won the Academy Award and Golden Globe Award for Best Actress for playing a female boxer in Clint Eastwood‘s 2004 movie Million Dollar Baby. For the role, she underwent extensive training in the ring and weight room, assisted by professional trainer Grant L. Roberts, gaining 19 pounds of muscle.

A photo of Hilary Swank
A photo of Hilary Swank

How old is Hilary Swank?

Hilary Ann Swank is aged 48 as of 2022, having been born on July 30, 1974, in Lincoln, Nebraska, U.S. She shares her birthday with famous people including Joey King, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Young Lyric, Milos Guzel, Finneas O’Connell, Christopher Nolan, Terry Crews, Laurence Fishburne, Christine Taylor, Gina Rodriguez, and Simon Baker, among others.

Hilary Swank Family

Who are Hilary Swank’s parents?

Hilary Swank was born in Lincoln, Nebraska to Judy Kay and Stephen Michael Swank. Her father was a Chief Master Sergeant in the Oregon Air National Guard turned traveling salesman, while her mother was a secretary and dancer. Most of her family members are from Ringgold County, Iowa. At the age of 6, the family moved from Spokane, Washington to a home near Lake Samish in Bellingham, Washington. Her parents later separated when she was aged 15 and her mother moved with her to Los Angeles to support her desire to act, living in a car until they had enough money to rent a house.

Swank’s maternal grandmother, Frances Martha Clough was of Mexican (Spanish and Native American) descent and was born in El Centro, California. Her paternal grandmother was born in England, with other descent such as German, Dutch, Scottish, Ulster-Scots, Swiss, and Welsh. The surname ”Swank,” initially Schwenk,” is of German origin.

Does Hilary Swank have siblings?

Swank was born to her parents into a family of two children, having one sibling, brother Daniel Swank.

Hilary Swank Education

Swank attended Happy Valley Elementary School and then Fairhaven Middle School, before joining Sehome High School in Bellingham. She joined South Pasadena High School in California but later dropped out.

Hilary Swank Interests

Swank competed in the Junior Olympics and the Washington state championships in swimming and she ranked 5th in the state in all-around gymnastics. She then made her first appearance on stage at the age of 9, starring in The Jungle Book.

Clothing line

Swank revealed that she is launching a luxury clothing line, Mission Statement on October 18, 2016. The collection consists of jackets, dresses, tops, bottoms, sports bras, and sweaters that are made of eco-friendly technical fabrics, and priced from $125 to $1,150. She aimed to create clothing that is eco-conscious and devoid of large logos. The brand works with suppliers that follow strict environmental policies and sustainable production practices.


In July 2007, hair product brand Pantene, together with the Entertainment Industry Foundation’s Women’s Cancer Research Fund, signed her to represent Pantene Beautiful Lengths charity campaign in 2008. The campaign encouraged people to donate their healthy hair to create free wigs for women who have lost their hair because of cancer treatment. She took part in Pantene’s Million Inch Chain program by cutting her hair and donating it.

Animal advocacy

She then hosted and co-produced a two-hour television special, Fox’s Cause for Paws: An All-Star Dog Special, which aired in 2014 on Thanksgiving night. The program celebrated the human-dog connection and rescue dogs. The Petco Foundation honored her for her animal advocacy work in 2014 and she earned the Compassion Award from ASPCA in 2015. In 2015, she founded a nonprofit organization, the Hilaroo Foundation, which focuses to bring at-risk teenagers and rescue dogs together in the hope that the two can heal each other. Swank was inspired to create the foundation following rescuing a dog called Karoo in South Africa.

Hilary Swank Spouse

Swank was married to actor Chad Lowe on September 28, 1997, after they met while filming Quiet Days in Hollywood. The couple then revealed their intention to divorce on January 9, 2006, finalizing it on November 1, 2007 She then started dating her agent, John Campisi, but in May 2012, they ended their relationship.

Swank revealed her engagement to Ruben Torres, a financial advisor with UBS and former professional tennis player on March 22, 2016. The lovebirds dated since May 2015, but her representative confirmed that Torres and Swank had ended their engagement in June 2016.

Following two years in a relationship, she married entrepreneur Philip Schneider on August 18, 2018. She then revealed on October 5, 2022, that she and her husband are expecting twins.

Hilary Swank Children

Swank does not have any children of her own to date but she is expecting twins with her husband, as she revealed on October 5, 2022.

Hilary Swank Height

Swank has a well-curved, beautiful, and stunning body adding up to an average height of 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m) and a weight of 55 kg (121 lbs).

2006 to 2016

With her second Oscar, Swank had joined the ranks of Sally Field, Vivien Leigh, and Luise Rainer as the only actresses to have been nominated for Academy Awards for Best Actress two times and won both. She then signed a three-year deal with Guerlain to be the face of the women’s fragrance Insolence in 2006. Swank earned a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the motion picture category on January 8, 2007, which was the 2,325th star presented. She then starred in Freedom Writers, about a real-life teacher, Erin Gruwell in 2007.

Swank starred in the horror movie The Reaping (2007), as a debunker of religious phenomena. She convinced the producers to move the movie’s setting from New England to the Deep South, and the movie was filmed in Baton Rouge, Louisiana when Hurricane Katrina struck. That same year, Swank appeared in the romantic drama P.S. I Love You alongside Gerard Butler.

She then played the pioneering aviator Amelia Earhart in the 2009 biopic Amelia, which she also co-executive produced via 2S Films, a production company she established with producer Molly Smith. Her audiobook recording of Caroline Knapp’s Pack of Two: The Intricate Bond Between People and Dogs was launched at Audible.com in 2012. She then starred in the television movie Mary and Martha together with Brenda Blethyn in 2013. She played the lead role of Kate Parker, a woman whose life is shattered when she develops the degenerative disease ALS, in You’re Not You in 2014. The movie co-starred Emmy Rossum and Josh Duhamel, and in 2015, she was listed among the BBC’S 100 Women.

2017 to present

Swank appeared in Steven Soderbergh’s heist comedy Logan Lucky, as Special Agent Sarah Grayson, together with Channing Tatum and Daniel Craig in 2017. She also played lawyer Colette Hughes in Billie August’s drama movie 55 Steps. Swank then starred in and executive produced the Alzheimer’s disease drama movie What They Had directed by Elizabeth Chomko, in 2018. The same year, she played Gail Getty in the first season of FX’s anthology series Trust. She was then reported to star as Laura Murphy in Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s drama series The One Percent.

Swank was later cast in the thriller movie The Hunt, alongside Betty Gilpin in July 2019. Prior to its launch, the film’s plot about deadly violence between political liberals and conservatives caused controversy, following which its launch was delayed by Universal from the initial date of September 2019. It was later launched in 2020 and received mixed reviews. She portrayed Emma, an astronaut, in the Netflix science drama series Away, which was canceled after one season in September 2020. For both The Hunt and Away, she received a total of 3 nominations at the 2021 Critics’ Choice Super Awards.

Hilary Swank Net Worth

American professional actress and film producer, Swank has been active in the film industry from 1991 to the present. She has appeared in numerous films and produced various films and has garnered an estimated net worth of approximately $60 million as of 2022.



Year Title Role Notes
1992 Buffy the Vampire Slayer Kimberly Hannah
1994 The Next Karate Kid Julie Pierce
1996 Sometimes They Come Back… Again Michelle Porter
Kounterfeit Colleen
1997 Quiet Days in Hollywood Lolita
1998 Heartwood Sylvia Orsini
1999 Boys Don’t Cry Brandon Teena
2000 The Gift Valerie Barksdale
The Audition Short film
2001 The Affair of the Necklace Jeanne St. Rémy de Valois
2002 Insomnia Det. Ellie Burr
The Space Between Short film
2003 11:14 Buzzy
The Core Major Rebecca “Beck” Childs
2004 Red Dust Sarah Barcant
Million Dollar Baby Maggie Fitzgerald
2006 The Black Dahlia Madeleine Linscott
2007 The Reaping Katherine Winter
Freedom Writers Erin Gruwell
P. S. I Love You Holly Kennedy
2008 Birds of America Laura
2009 Amelia Amelia Earhart Also co-executive producer
2010 Conviction Betty Anne Waters Also executive producer
2011 The Resident Dr. Juliet Devereau
New Year’s Eve Claire Morgan
2014 The Homesman Mary Bee Cuddy
You’re Not You Kate Parker Also producer
2015 Lauda: The Untold Story Herself Documentary
2016 Spark The Queen Voice
2017 Logan Lucky Special Agent Sarah Grayson
55 Steps Colette Hughes
2018 What They Had Bridget Ertz Also executive producer
2019 I Am Mother Woman
2020 The Hunt Athena Stone
Fatale Detective Valerie Quinlan
TBA Ordinary Angels Sharon Stevens Filming


Year Title Role Notes
1991 Evening Shade Aimee Thompson 2 episodes
1991–92 Growing Pains Sasha Serotsky 2 episodes
1992–93 Camp Wilder Danielle Main role, 19 episodes
1994 Cries Unheard: The Donna Yaklich Story Patty Yaklich Television film
1996 Terror in the Family Deena Marten Television film
1997 Dying to Belong Lisa Connors Television film
The Sleepwalker Killing Lauren Schall Television film
Leaving L.A. Tiffany Roebuck Main role, 6 episodes
1997–98 Beverly Hills, 90210 Carly Reynolds Main role, 16 episodes
2004 Iron Jawed Angels Alice Paul Television film
2012 Family Guy Herself (voice) 1 Episode
2013 Mary and Martha Mary Morgan Television film
2018 Trust Gail Getty Main role, 8 episodes
2019–20 BoJack Horseman Joey Pogo (voice) 5 episodes
2020 Away Emma Green Main role, 10 episodes
2022 Alaska Daily Eileen Main role