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Also Known As: Gregory Kinnear Died:
Born: June 17, 1963 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Logansport, Indiana, USA Profession: actor, TV host, writer, producer, film marketer

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A television host-turned-actor with a flair for snarky satire, Greg Kinnear made the unusual leap from talking head to big screen stardom, earning an Oscar nomination for one of his first outings, James L. Brooks' "As Good as it Gets" (1997). Kinnear hosted entertainment segment shows before finding the perfect outlet for his sarcastic repartee on "Talk Soup" (E!, 1991-2002), a daily compilation of talk show highlights emphasizing the grotesque and bizarre, which, at one time, became the most popular program on the fledgling E! Entertainment network. The show's hip cache boosted Kinnear's profile and after a failed segue to late night talk shows, he began appearing on film in a familiar capacity as wisecracking, boyish supporters. Kinnear's romantic comedy output met with uneven reviews, but after an assortment of misfires, he took a turn towards higher caliber, character-driven films like "Auto Focus" (2002), "Little Miss Sunshine" (2007) and "Flash of Genius" (2008), while shining as John F. Kennedy in the controversial miniseries "The Kennedys" (Reelz Channel, 2011) - all meatier, dramatic roles where the deceptively complex actor found steadier critical success.

A television host-turned-actor with a flair for snarky satire, Greg Kinnear made the unusual leap from talking head to big screen stardom, earning an Oscar nomination for one of his first outings, James L. Brooks' "As Good as it Gets" (1997). Kinnear hosted entertainment segment shows before finding the perfect outlet for his sarcastic repartee on "Talk Soup" (E!, 1991-2002), a daily compilation of talk show highlights emphasizing the grotesque and bizarre, which, at one time, became the most popular program on the fledgling E! Entertainment network. The show's hip cache boosted Kinnear's profile and after a failed segue to late night talk shows, he began appearing on film in a familiar capacity as wisecracking, boyish supporters. Kinnear's romantic comedy output met with uneven reviews, but after an assortment of misfires, he took a turn towards higher caliber, character-driven films like "Auto Focus" (2002), "Little Miss Sunshine" (2007) and "Flash of Genius" (2008), while shining as John F. Kennedy in the controversial miniseries "The Kennedys" (Reelz Channel, 2011) - all meatier, dramatic roles where the deceptively complex actor found steadier critical success.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Anchorman 2 (2013)
2.
 Movie 43 (2013)
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 Thin Ice (2011)
6.
 Green Zone (2010)
7.
 Last Song, The (2010)
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 Baby Mama (2008)
9.
 Flash of Genius (2008)
10.
 Ghost Town (2008)
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1973:
Moved to Washington, DC at age 10 when his father went to work for the State Department
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Moved with family to Beirut, Lebanon
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Evacuated to Athens, Greece when civil war broke out in Beirut
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Attended high school in Athens, Greece
1985:
Moved to Los Angeles after graduating from college
1986:
Worked in the marketing department of Charles Band's Empire Pictures
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Worked on the advertising campaigns for such films as "Space Sluts in the Slammer" and the "Ghoulies" series
1987:
Hosted various segments on Movietime (later E!), a 24-hour entertainment cable network
1988:
Landed a small role in the ABC TV-movie "What Price Victory"
1989:
Hosted the short-lived game show "College Mad House" (syndicated)
1991:
Created and hosted comedy show "Best of the Worst" (Fox); also co-executive produced
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Hosted "The HBO International Report" on E! Entertainment Television
1991:
Became the first host of "Talk Soup" (E!), a daily compilation of talk show highlights; also produced and co-wrote
1994:
Hosted (also wrote and produced) the NBC late-night talk show "Later with Greg Kinnear"
1994:
Feature debut as a talk show host in the Damon Wayans comedy "Blankman"
1995:
Cast as David Larrabee in Sydney Pollack's remake of Billy Wilder's 1954 classic "Sabrina"
1996:
First leading role in a feature film, "Dear God"
1997:
Cast as Jack Nicholson's homosexual neighbor Simon Bishop in James L. Brooks' "As Good As It Gets"; received Golden Globe, SAG and Oscar nominations for Best Supporting Actor
2000:
Played Garry Shandling's sleazy, conniving co-worker in Mike Nichols' "What Planet Are You From?"
2000:
Played a soap opera actor in "Nurse Betty" opposite Renee Zellweger
2001:
Co-starred as Tom, a man facing the end of his marriage in the HBO adaptation of Pulitzer-winning play "Dinner With Friends"
2002:
Co-starred in the Vietnam War drama "We Were Soldiers"
2002:
Cast as TV star Bob Crane in the feature film "Auto Focus"
2003:
Starred opposite Matt Damon as conjoined twins in the Farrelly Brothers comedy "Stuck on You"
2004:
Co-starred with Rebecca Romijn-Stamos in the thriller "Godsend"
2005:
Cast opposite Billy Bob Thornton in the remake of 1976's "The Bad News Bears"
2005:
Co-starred with Pierce Brosnan and Hope Davis in "The Matador"
2006:
Played the father of a pre-teen beauty pageant contestant opposite Toni Collette and Steve Carell in "Little Miss Sunshine"
2006:
Cast as legendary football coach Dick Vermeil in "Invincible"
2006:
Played a fast food marketing executive in Richard Linklater's "Fast Food Nation"
2007:
Cast in Robert Benton's "Feast of Love," the ensemble drama based on the novel by Charles Baxter
2008:
Cast opposite Tina Fey and Amy Poehler in the comedy "Baby Mama"
2008:
Co-starred with Ricky Gervais in "Ghost Town"
2010:
Re-teamed with Matt Damon in Paul Greengrass' war thriller "Green Zone"
2010:
Played the father of a rebellious teen (Miley Cyrus) in the drama "The Last Song"
2011:
Portrayed John F. Kennedy in the eight-hour miniseries "The Kennedys," developed for the History Channel, but after they declined to air it, was shown on ReelzChannel
2011:
Nominated for the 2011 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor In A Miniseries Or A Movie
2011:
Starred opposite Sarah Jessica Parker in "I Don't Know How She Does It"
2011:
Co-starred with Billy Crudup and Alan Arkin in the crime drama "Thin Ice"
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Education

American Community Schools: -
University of Arizona: Tucson , Arizona - 1985

Notes

"... after I made the decision to pursue a career as an actor, it was so clear to me how much I had underestimated the task ahead -- the whole process of making a movie: It was, and is, so overwhelming that to try to do that while I was harboring other interests was crazy. Since then, I've tried to focus on this gigantic learning curve. I don't know where I am on the curve at any given moment. I have a feeling it's not very far off the bottom horizontal line." --Greg Kinnear to Los Angeles Times, January 1, 2001.

"I've heard the suggestion that people who get into this business have a tendency to have grown up in a number of different spots, and that by moving from place to place, you're having to constantly reinvent yourself and be accepted by people. So you grow to REALLY want to be accepted, to really want to have people like you. It sounds like psychiatric gibberish to me."--Greg Kinnear, quoted in Us, July 1994.

"Setting goals can blind you to opportunities. You might be trying to get to point C. When opportunity B comes, you don't even look at it because you're going straight to C. I've never had a clear road map. When things come along, I benefit." --Greg Kinnear, quoted in USA Weekend December 15, 1995.

"He's engaging, charming, quick-witted and from Indiana, like David Letterman," he says. "There must be something in the water there. They have a similar perspective." --talent manager Rick Baker on Kinnear in USA Today, November 10, 1993.

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wife:
Helen Labdon. Writer, former model. British; born c. 1968; married on May 1, 1999.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Edward Kinnear. Career diplomat. Worked for US State Department.
mother:
Suzanne Kinnear.
brother:
James Kinnear. Born c. 1957; served as executive director of the Corvalis (Oregon) Convention and Visitors Bureau.
brother:
Steve Kinnear. Business manager. Born c. 1959; worked for Billy Graham Training Center in North Carolina.
daughter:
Lily Kathryn. Born September 12, 2003 in Los Angeles.
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