Born in Brooklyn Heights, actor Lucas Hedges was the son of Oscar-nominated screenwriter and director Peter Hedges and his wife, Susan Bruce, a poet. Hedges graduated from St. Ann's School in Brooklyn, and later enrolled at University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Hedges' film debut came in 2007 when he appeared in his father's movie, the Steve Carell vehicle "Dan in Real Life." Hedges also appeared in Wes Anderson's "Moonrise Kingdom" (2012), Dante Ariola's "Arthur Newman" (2012), Jason Reitman's "Labor Day" (2013), and "The Zero Theorem" directed by Terry Gilliam. Hedges next appeared in another one of Wes Anderson's films, "The Grand Budapest Hotel" (2014). His breakthrough role came when Hedges appeared in Kenneth Lonergan's "Manchester-by-the-Sea" (2016). Playing the nephew of a broken, emotionally crippled man, Hedges was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. In 2017 it was announced that Hedges would appear in "Lady Bird," directed by Greta Gerwig. The same year Hedges made his debut on the stage, in an off-Broadway production of "Yen," written by Anna Jordan and directed by Trip Cullman.