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John C. Reilly

John C. ReillyAKA John Christopher Reilly

Born: 24-May-1965
Birthplace: Chicago, IL

Gender: Male
Religion: Roman Catholic
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Actor

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Boogie Nights

John C. Reilly looks like he could be a beer truck delivery driver, or a pizza chef, a policeman, a lawyer, anything but a movie star. He is a homely schlump who seems the living embodiment of "everyman," and he is one of the cinema's most versatile character actors, believable as a thug or a cop, a monk or a madman.

Reilly was raised in a working-class Chicago neighborhood, attended an all-boys Catholic school, and says he "grew up in musicals." He became interested in acting as a young boy, performing in community plays from the age of eight. Through high school and into his college years he was a familiar presence in Chicago-area stage productions and, of course, school plays. While attending DePaul University, he wrote and performed for Chicago's Organic Theatre, then worked with the famous Steppenwolf Theater.

He made his feature film debut playing a particularly savage soldier in Casualties of War with Michael J. Fox and Sean Penn. He played Johnny Depp's pal in What's Eating Gilbert Grape?, a porn performer seemingly modeled on Ron Jeremy in Boogie Nights with Mark Wahlberg, the laconic Sergent Storm in Terrence Malick's Thin Red Line, Kevin Costner's catcher in For the Love of the Game, and Will Ferrell's clueless buddy in Talladega Nights.

He debuted on Broadway in The Grapes of Wrath with Gary Sinise in 1990, and returned in 2000 to co-star with Philip Seymour Hoffman in Sam Shepard's True West. In a remarkable show of theatrical bravado, Hoffman and Reilly switched roles from night to night during the play's run -- and both actors were Tony-nominated.

Reilly has never been an outspoken activist for animal rights, but in 2004 he quit his role in Manderlay in disgust when a donkey was intentionally killed on the set, its death filmed for the movie. Reilly's part was re-cast, and in the hubbub of bad publicity the animal's death was left on the cutting room floor.

Reilly has fostered a cult following as the charmingly inept Dr. Steve Brule on Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!, and received his own spin-off in 2010, Check It Out! with Dr. Steve Brule. He has occasionally played drums in Tenacious D as "Sasquatch".

Wife: Alison Dickey (film producer)
Sister: Pam Wellner (sister-in-law, Greenpeace staffer)

    High School: Brother Rice High School, Mount Greenwood, IL (1983)
    University: BFA Drama, DePaul University (1987)

    Dean for America
    Greenpeace
    Tenacious D Sasquatch
    Irish Ancestry Paternal
    Lithuanian Ancestry Maternal

    TELEVISION
    Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! Dr. Steve Brule (2007-10)

    FILMOGRAPHY AS ACTOR
    Bears (17-Apr-2014) · Narrator [VOICE]
    Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (24-Nov-2013)
    Wreck-It Ralph (1-Nov-2012) [VOICE]
    Carnage (1-Sep-2011)
    We Need to Talk About Kevin (12-May-2011)
    Cedar Rapids (11-Feb-2011) · Dean Ziegler
    Terri (22-Jan-2011)
    The Extra Man (25-Jan-2010) · Gershon Gruen
    Cyrus (23-Jan-2010) · John
    Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant (22-Oct-2009) · Crepsley
    9 (19-Aug-2009) · #5 [VOICE]
    Step Brothers (25-Jul-2008)
    The Promotion (9-Mar-2008)
    Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story (21-Dec-2007)
    Year of the Dog (20-Jan-2007) · Al
    Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (4-Aug-2006)
    A Prairie Home Companion (12-Feb-2006)
    Dark Water (8-Jul-2005)
    The Aviator (17-Dec-2004)
    Criminal (12-Jun-2004) · Richard Gaddis
    The Hours (18-Dec-2002) · Dan Brown
    Chicago (10-Dec-2002) · Amos Hart
    Gangs of New York (9-Dec-2002) · Happy Jack
    The Good Girl (12-Jan-2002) · Phil Last
    The Anniversary Party (23-May-2001)
    The Perfect Storm (26-Jun-2000)
    Magnolia (8-Dec-1999)
    For Love of the Game (15-Sep-1999) · Gus Sinski
    Never Been Kissed (9-Apr-1999) · Gus
    The Settlement (1999)
    The Thin Red Line (25-Dec-1998) · Sgt. Storm
    Chicago Cab (14-Mar-1998)
    Boogie Nights (8-Oct-1997) · Reed Rothchild
    Boys (10-May-1996)
    Hard Eight (20-Jan-1996) · John Finnegan
    Georgia (19-May-1995) · Herman
    Dolores Claiborne (24-Mar-1995) · Constable Frank Stamshaw
    The River Wild (30-Sep-1994) · Terry
    What's Eating Gilbert Grape (17-Dec-1993)
    Hoffa (25-Dec-1992) · Pete Connelly
    Out on a Limb (4-Sep-1992) · Jim, Jr.
    Shadows and Fog (30-Mar-1992) · Cop at Police Station
    State of Grace (14-Sep-1990)
    Days of Thunder (27-Jun-1990) · Buck Bretherton
    We're No Angels (15-Dec-1989)
    Casualties of War (18-Aug-1989)


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