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Greg Kinnear

Greg KinnearBorn: 17-Jun-1963
Birthplace: Logansport, IN

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Actor, Talk Show Host

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Talk Soup

Greg Kinnear's father worked for the State Department, so the Kinnears lived in several major European cities during his childhood. His first show business experience came in high school, while living in Athens, where he hosted his own School Daze show on Armed Forces Radio.

After college, he worked as a low-level assistant for a very low-level Hollywood distributor, helping to craft the ad campaigns for such motion pictures as Sex Sluts in the Slammer starring Sandra Sleeze and Peter North and Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama with Linnea Quigley. That work quickly grew tiresome, so he re-invented himself as an actor, and landed a tiny role in What Price Victory, a cheesy TV movie about corruption in college football, starring George Kennedy and Robert Culp. After sending an audition tape to the little-seen MovieTime Channel, he worked there as an entertainment reporter until MovieTime changed management, became E! Entertainment Television, and let Kinnear go.

In 1991 he hosted Fox's Best of the Worst, a curmudgeonly once-weekly look at everything that sucks. As that show sank, Kinnear was hired again at E! and assigned to host Talk Soup, a nightly smorgasbord of clips from TV talk shows that became the network's biggest hit. Kinnear stayed with the show for four years, until he was lured to NBC to replace Bob Costas hosting the late night Later. Critics and the ratings agreed, though, that Kinnear was a poor fit for that format, and after two years he left Later.

Meanwhile he made his movie debut playing a talk show host in Blankman with Damon Wayans. In his second film, Kinnear took the William Holden role in a poorly received remake of the classic Sabrina with Harrison Ford and Julia Ormond in lieu of Humphrey Bogart and Audrey Hepburn. That film was a flop, and so were Kinnear's first two chances as a leading man -- he starred in Dear God as a postal worker who answers letters to the Lord, and A Smile Like Yours, a comedy about infertility co-starring Lauren Holly.

Since then, though, Kinnear has segued into a reliable, appealing character actor with a knack for feigning a funny, shallow smarminess. He was Oscar-nominated as Jack Nicholson's gay neighbor in As Good As It Gets, and in other memorable performances he played Meg Ryan's self-righteous boyfriend in You've Got Mail, a superhero who sells ad space on his uniform in Mystery Men with Ben Stiller and Janeane Garofalo, the helicopter pilot in We Were Soldiers with Mel Gibson, Matt Damon's Siamese twin in Stuck on You, a down-on-his-luck businessman in The Matador with Pierce Brosnan, and a failed motivational speaker in Little Miss Sunshine with Steve Carell.

Father: Edward Kinnear (US State Department employee)
Mother: Suzanne Kinnear
Brother: James Kinnear (executive with Wachovia Securities, b. 1957)
Brother: Steve Kinnear (works for Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, b. 1959)
Wife: Helen Labdon (former model, m. 1-May-1999)
Daughter: Lily Kathryn Kinnear (b. 12-Sep-2003 with Labdon)
Daughter: Audrey Mae Kinnear (b. 13-Jun-2006 with Labdon)

    High School: American Community School of Greece, Athens (1981)
    University: BA Broadcast Journalism, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ (1985)

    Bill Bradley for President
    Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity

    TELEVISION
    Later (1994-96)
    Talk Soup Host (1991-95)

    FILMOGRAPHY AS ACTOR
    Heaven Is for Real (16-Apr-2014)
    Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (24-Nov-2013)
    The English Teacher (26-Apr-2013)
    Stuck in Love (9-Sep-2012)
    I Don't Know How She Does It (15-Sep-2011) · Richard Reddy
    The Kennedys (3-Apr-2011)
    Thin Ice (25-Jan-2011)
    Salvation Boulevard (24-Jan-2011) · Carl Vanderveer
    The Last Song (31-Mar-2010) · Steve Miller
    Green Zone (26-Feb-2010) · Clark Poundstone
    Flash of Genius (7-Sep-2008)
    Ghost Town (5-Sep-2008)
    Baby Mama (23-Apr-2008)
    Feast of Love (27-Sep-2007)
    Unknown (1-Nov-2006)
    Invincible (25-Aug-2006)
    Little Miss Sunshine (26-Jul-2006)
    Fast Food Nation (19-May-2006) · Don Anderson
    The Matador (2-Sep-2005)
    Bad News Bears (22-Jul-2005) · Roy Bullock
    Robots (10-Mar-2005) [VOICE]
    Godsend (30-Apr-2004)
    Stuck On You (10-Dec-2003) · Walt
    Auto Focus (8-Sep-2002) · Bob Crane
    We Were Soldiers (25-Feb-2002) · Maj. Bruce Crandall
    Dinner with Friends (11-Aug-2001)
    Someone Like You... (30-Mar-2001) · Ray Brown
    The Gift (20-Dec-2000)
    Loser (20-Jul-2000) · Prof. Edward Alcott
    Nurse Betty (11-May-2000) · Dr. David Ravell
    What Planet Are You From? (3-Mar-2000) · Perry Gordon
    Mystery Men (22-Jul-1999) · Lance
    You've Got Mail (18-Dec-1998)
    As Good As It Gets (19-Dec-1997) · Simon Bishop
    A Smile Like Yours (22-Aug-1997)
    Dear God (1-Nov-1996) · Tom Turner
    Sabrina (15-Dec-1995) · David Larrabee
    Blankman (19-Aug-1994)
    Based on an Untrue Story (20-Sep-1993)
    Dillinger (6-Jan-1991)
    Murder in Mississippi (5-Feb-1990)


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