Dane William DeHaan (born February 6, 1986) is an American actor. He is known for playing Jesse on the HBO series In Treatment, and for his roles in the films Chronicle (2012), The Place Beyond the Pines (2013), Kill Your Darlings (2013), and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014).
Dane DeHaan was born in Allentown, Pennsylvania to computer programmer Jeff DeHaan and Knoll Furniture executive Cynthia Boscia. He has an older sister, Meghann, and had what the New York Times Magazine has described as a “very normal, super-supportive childhood”.
Dane had an urge to act from an early age, which prompted him to look for local opportunities aged just five. He subsequently made his stage debut in a production of Aesop’s Fables, and played Tiny Tim in a production of A Christmas Carol a year after that. He had already garnered a wealth of acting experience when he got to middle school, where he would continue to participate in community theater productions.
He attended Emmaus High School, where he was vice president of his theater class, and starred in all of their productions. His parents offered him the chance to get an agent and start an acting career as a child, but Dane opted to go to college to learn his craft. He attended the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, where he completed his senior year of high school and his four-year undergraduate degree. It was there he met Anna Wood (now his wife), and they started dating in 2006. They were married in a private ceremony on 30 June 2012 in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. Two years later, Dane graduated UNCSA, and moved to New York to further pursue acting. He made his Broadway debut that year with American Buffalo, and had a guest appearance on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. He won an Obie Award for his Off-Broadway turn in The Aliens, starred in his first film John Sayles’ Amigo opposite Chris Cooper, and landed a recurring role as Jesse D’Amato in HBO’s critically acclaimed drama In Treatment, starring Gabriel Byrne.
Dane starred in Josh Trank’s supernatural found-footage film Chronicle, in which he co-starred with Michael B. Jordan and Alex Russell. It was released to positive reviews and overwhelming box-office success, and initiated a year of strong releases. It was followed by Lawless, John Hillcoat’s prohibition-era drama that stars Dane alongside Tom Hardy, Jessica Chastain, Guy Pearce and Gary Oldman. He capped the year with Derek Cianfrance’s The Place Beyond the Pines (2012), also starring Eva Mendes, Rose Byrne, Ryan Gosling and Bradley Cooper. These films established his niche of playing troubled, misguided young men and he continued in this vein in 2013 with three films that played at the Toronto International Film Festival.
He played Lucien Caar in Kill Your Darlings (2013), a film following the poets of the 1940’s Beat Generation. Directed by John Krokidas, Kill Your Darlings is loosely based on the life of poet Allen Ginsberg. DeHaan portrays Ginsberg’s friend, Lucien Carr, who documented their years together at school. The film tells the story of the 1944 untold murder bringing together a young Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac and William S. Burroughs, played by Daniel Radcliffe, Ben Foster and Jack Huston. DeHaan also completed production on and the independent film, The Place Beyond the Pines directed by Derek Cianfrance (Blue Valentine). He also starred in Atom Egoyan’s West Memphis Three drama Devil’s Knot (2014), opposite Colin Firth and Reese Witherspoon, and the experimental concert film Metallica: Through the Never (2013).
On December 3, 2012, director Marc Webb announced via Twitter that DeHaan is portraying Harry Osborn in The Amazing Spider-Man 2. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 recently premiered worldwide. Dane’s most recent project that he recently finished filming is Life, which tells a story of a photographer for Life Magazine (played by Robert Pattinson) is assigned to shoot pictures of James Dean (played by Dane).
In just a few years of his acting career Dane DeHaan was able to show his talent, acting abilities and great potential. He is one of the most promising and bright young actors of the new generation, and surely will have a bright acting future.