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January 12, 2014

Relatives proud of actor’s roles

A man with connections to Danville is busy making a name for himself in movies.

Christopher Hodshire, 42, is living in Malaysia, but plans to move to Singapore within a few months to be near the family of his wife, Lydia.

Among his movies are “Real Steel,” starring Hugh Jackman; “Street Boss” with Nicholas Turturro; and “This Must Be the Place” with Sean Penn.

Relatives in Danville have been following his acting jobs.

“It’s very interesting,” his aunt, Ruth Hodshire of Danville. “We’re proud of him.”

She recalled that Hodshire lived in Ladoga, Ind., when he was little. Her nephew later moved to Michigan with his family, and graduated from high school there, as well as Southwestern Michigan College of Dowagiac, Western Michigan University of Kalamazoo and University of Michigan at Ann Arbor.

“My family in Danville has always been supportive, upbeat about my side job in acting and entertainment,” Hodshire said in an e-mail interview. “At times they even encouraged me to take it on as a career.”

Ruth Hodshire’s husband, Robert, was a well-known preacher in the area. He preached at various local churches, including the Coal Branch Independent Church of Perrysville, Ind., and the Cheneyville Christian Church. He died in October 2006.

Other relatives here include his cousin, Phillip, and his wife, Rhonda, and their three children, Tyler, Caleb and Amanda. Caleb, a senior at Bismarck-Henning High School, is interested in acting and sometimes calls Christopher for advice.

Hodshire’s full-time career is as a professor in social work. He most recently taught at the University Science of Malaysia.

For the most part, his decisions revolve around family.

For example, the university wanted him to sign for two more years, but Hodshire decided it was more important for his wife to be near her aging mother, and so they’ll be moving to Singapore.

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