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Also Known As: John Christopher Reilly Died:
Born: May 24, 1965 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Chicago, Illinois, USA Profession: actor, playwright, director

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Oscar and Tony-nominated actor John C. Reilly earned his stellar reputation with supporting roles in respected dramas like "What's Eating Gilbert Grape" (1993) and "Georgia" (1995), before a string of work with Paul Thomas Anderson - "Hard Eight" (1996), "Boogie Nights" (1997) and "Magnolia" (1998) - brought his unique talent for playing the Everyman to the forefront. Finely nuanced characterizations in Anderson's artful fare led to an Oscar-nominated performance in the musical "Chicago" (2002) and roles in Martin Scorsese's "Gangs of New York" (2002) and "The Aviator" (2004). In Adam McKay's "Talladega Nights" (2006), Reilly showcased his comedic talent and began to establish himself as a leading man, taking center stage the following year in Judd Apatow's biopic parody, "Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story" (2007), which showcased both the actor's music and comedy chops as well as his mainstream appeal. An unconventional Hollywood star, Reilly earned the respect of critics and the adulation of fans.

Oscar and Tony-nominated actor John C. Reilly earned his stellar reputation with supporting roles in respected dramas like "What's Eating Gilbert Grape" (1993) and "Georgia" (1995), before a string of work with Paul Thomas Anderson - "Hard Eight" (1996), "Boogie Nights" (1997) and "Magnolia" (1998) - brought his unique talent for playing the Everyman to the forefront. Finely nuanced characterizations in Anderson's artful fare led to an Oscar-nominated performance in the musical "Chicago" (2002) and roles in Martin Scorsese's "Gangs of New York" (2002) and "The Aviator" (2004). In Adam McKay's "Talladega Nights" (2006), Reilly showcased his comedic talent and began to establish himself as a leading man, taking center stage the following year in Judd Apatow's biopic parody, "Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story" (2007), which showcased both the actor's music and comedy chops as well as his mainstream appeal. An unconventional Hollywood star, Reilly earned the respect of critics and the adulation of fans.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Lobster, The (2015)
2.
 Entertainment (2015)
3.
 Bears (2014)
4.
 Life After Beth (2014)
6.
7.
 Anchorman 2 (2013)
8.
 Wreck-It Ralph (2012)
9.
 Dictator, The (2012)
10.
 Cedar Rapids (2011)
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Raised in Marquette Park, a working-class area of Chicago, IL
1973:
Started acting in community productions at age eight
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Appeared with the Organic Theatre; wrote and directed a series of monologues, "Walkin' the Boogie"
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Joined Steppenwolf Theatre; appeared in "Othello" and with Eric Simonson created "A Shakespeare Sampler"
1989:
Sent a videotape of his stage work to director Brian De Palma, who cast Reilly in "Casualties of War"; first of several roles in support of Sean Penn
1989:
Featured in the Penn vehicle "We're No Angels"
1989:
Had featured role in Steppenwolf production of "The Grapes of Wrath"; made Broadway debut when show moved to NYC
1990:
Appeared with Penn in the film "State of Grace"
1990:
Featured in the car-race drama "Days of Thunder"; first movie with Tom Cruise
1993:
Appeared in "The Frightening Frammis," a short film Cruise directed for Showtime's series "Fallen Angels"
1993:
Played Johnny Depp's friend in "What's Eating Gilbert Grape"
1995:
Played constable in "Dolores Claiborne"
1996:
Had lead in "Hard Eight," directed by Paul Thomas Anderson and co-starring Philip Baker Hall
1997:
Played Mitch in Steppenwolf Theatre 50th anniversary production of "A Streetcar Named Desire" in Chicago
1997:
Co-starred with Mark Wahlberg and Philip Seymour Hoffman in Anderson's "Boogie Nights"
1998:
Acted with Penn in the ensemble "The Thin Red Line"
1998:
Made rare TV appearance on the CBS drama "Martial Law"
1999:
Reteamed with writer-director Anderson for "Magnolia" playing a sweet natured cop; also in cast were Cruise, Hall and Hoffman
1999:
Had supportng roles in "For Love of the Game" and "Never Been Kissed"
2000:
Acted opposite Hoffman in the stage revival of Sam Shepard's "True West"; during course of run, the actors alternated the leading roles; each garnered Tony nominations for Best Actor in a Play
2000:
Re-teamed with Wahlberg as one of the crew members of the fishing vessel caught in "The Perfect Storm"
2001:
Appeared in "The Anniversary Party"
2001:
Had title role in the stage musical "Marty" (July 2001 and February 2002)
2002:
Starred opposite Jennifer Aniston in the indie film "The Good Girl"; earned an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor
2002:
Cast as Julianne Moore's husband in "The Hours"
2002:
Co-starred in the Martin Scorsese-directed period drama "Gangs of New York"
2002:
Played Amos Hart, the schlubby husband of an accused murderess, in the film version of the hit Broadway musical "Chicago"; received Golden Globe and Oscar nominations for Best Supporting Actor
2004:
Starred in "Criminal," an English-language version of the Argentine hit "Nine Queens" by Fabián Bielinsky
2004:
Featured in "The Aviator," Martin Scorsese's biopic of the legendary director and aviator Howard Hughes
2005:
Cast opposite Jennifer Connelly in the thriller "Dark Water"
2006:
Cast in Robert Altman's ensemble feature "A Prairie Home Companion," based on Garrison Keilor's radio program
2006:
Cast as Ricky Bobby's (Will Ferrell) childhood friend Cal Naughton Jr. in "Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby"
2007:
Played Molly Shannon's gun-nut neighbor in "Year of the Dog"
2007:
Played the title role in the comedy spoof "Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story"; also co-wrote the theme song; earned Golden Globe nominations for Best Actor and Best Original Song and a Grammy nomination for Best Song
2008:
Co-starred with Will Ferrell as unemployed adults living with their parents in the comedy "Step Brothers"
2009:
Lent his voice to the feature-length adaptation of Shane Acker's short film "9"
2009:
Played vampire Larten Crepsley in the feature adaptation of "Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant"
2010:
Co-starred with Jonah Hill and Marisa Tomei in the comedy "Cyrus"
2011:
Nominated for the 2011 Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead ("Cyrus")
2011:
Nominated for the 2011 Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead
2011:
Co-starred with Ed Helms in the comedy "Cedar Rapids"
2011:
Cast as the father of a troubled young man, opposite Tilda Swinton and Ezra Miller in the dark family drama "We Need to Talk About Kevin"
2011:
Co-starred with Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet and Christoph Waltz in Roman Polanski's "Carnage"
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Education

Brother Rice High School: Chicago , Illinois -
DePaul University: Chicago , Illinois - 1987

Notes

"Acting at Steppenwolf was an important goal for me, and still is. I check out every show there to see if there's a role for me."---John C Reilly in The Chicago Tribune, June 8, 1997.

"The truth is a million things can go wrong between the beginning and the end of the making of a movie. I used to try to find a script I thought would make a good movie. Now, I try to find a character I connect with. As much as we all complain about auditions, they're an important part of the process and give you your only glimpse at whether you have anything in common with a director or not."---John C Reilly in The Chicago Tribune, June 8, 1997.

"I grew up a Catholic and went regularly to church. When I made the decision to make acting my vocation, I used to joke that the theatre is my church now. But, especially doing live theatre, where you have to do eight performances in six days, you really have to kind of live like a monk. Then you go to this big, dark place and experience emotions, and it's very spiritual."---Reilly to USA Today, May 23, 1997.

"Hey, I'm just trying to become the Michael Caine/Gene Hackman of my generation."---Reilly to Anderson in an interview in Movieline, December/January 2000.

"It was like, would you like an entree of Sean Penn with a side of John C Reillly? Although I got along well with Sean as an actor, I purposely didn't spend a lot of personal time with him and I didn't want people to think that I was getting parts because I was his friend. By the time we did 'The Thin Red Line,' together, we were fucking sick and tired of each other and were like, 'Oh, you old woman, just leave me alone.'"---John C Reilly on his frequent collaboration with actor Sean Penn to Anderson in an interview for Movieline, December/January 2000.

" ... It was almost destiny that he and I met. He knew all of my work. A lot of it was just supporting-character stuff in big movies, but he watches everything. He was the first person who saw that I had something more to give, and he let me do it."---Reilly on his relationship with director Paul Thomas Anderson to Time Out New York, February 17, 2000.

"Theater makes me feel like a priest. Every day at the same time, you eat, you go to the theater, you summon all of these feelings and you go out onstage. All these people sitting in the dark try to connect with what you're doing. It's kind of a communion; it feels holy, monastic. "True West" is one of the best jobs I've ever had. My new rule is, I have to do a play every year."---Reilly to Time Out New York, February 17, 2000.

"There is so much expectation that comes when you win," says Reilly. "Winning an Oscar is like being the prettiest girl in high school: All the guys are convinced they've got no shot with you. My plan is never to get hot or cold. Stay nice and warm."---Reilly on not winning and oscar for his role in "Chicago" to People, September 27, 2004.

Plays harmonica with his L.A. blues band "Stereoblues"

"I think of all the parts I play as the main characters in their own story," he says. "When you see great supporting performances, it's because people are committed to their little corner of the sky."---Reilly to GQ, March 2005.

Companions close complete companion listing

wife:
Alison Dickey. Producer, screenwriter. Former assistant to Sean Penn; met during the filming of "Casualties of War"; married in 1992.

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