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Also Known As: Died:
Born: May 25, 1976 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: actor

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An imposingly built actor who racked up numerous feature credits after making his acting debut with a 1994-1997 recurring role on ABC's "Boy Meets World," dark-haired, baby-faced actor Ethan Suplee allied himself with filmmaker Kevin Smith early on, becoming a cult fixture for his work in View Askew films while also proving his versatility in varied other features. The son of New York bohemians (Suplee was born not in a hospital but in their Greenwich Village home), Suplee moved with his parents to Los Angeles when he was a year old, spending his early childhood there and in Vermont. A friend of actor Giovanni Ribisi, Suplee was encouraged by the child star to try his hand at acting and enrolled in a class at fifteen. Two years later, he landed his first role, playing reluctant bully Frankie on "Boy Meets World." For four seasons the actor essayed the gentle giant with a recurring part on the popular sitcom.

An imposingly built actor who racked up numerous feature credits after making his acting debut with a 1994-1997 recurring role on ABC's "Boy Meets World," dark-haired, baby-faced actor Ethan Suplee allied himself with filmmaker Kevin Smith early on, becoming a cult fixture for his work in View Askew films while also proving his versatility in varied other features. The son of New York bohemians (Suplee was born not in a hospital but in their Greenwich Village home), Suplee moved with his parents to Los Angeles when he was a year old, spending his early childhood there and in Vermont. A friend of actor Giovanni Ribisi, Suplee was encouraged by the child star to try his hand at acting and enrolled in a class at fifteen. Two years later, he landed his first role, playing reluctant bully Frankie on "Boy Meets World." For four seasons the actor essayed the gentle giant with a recurring part on the popular sitcom.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 True Story (2014)
2.
 Walk of Shame (2014)
3.
 Split Decision (2013)
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6.
 Unstoppable (2010)
7.
 Fanboys (2009)
8.
 Brothers (2009)
9.
 Mr. Woodcock (2007)
10.
 Fountain, The (2006)
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Milestones close milestones

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Moved to Los Angeles at age one
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Spent early childhood alternately in Los Angeles and Vermont
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Began acting at age 15 at the suggestion of friend actor Giovanni Ribisi
1994:
Had a recurring role on the sitcom "Boy Meets World" (ABC)
1995:
Played Willam, a hapless mall patron hellbent on seeing the hidden image in a Magic Eye poster in Kevin Smith's "Mallrats"
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Acted in Los Angeles stage productions of "Oliver!" and "Of Mice and Men"
1997:
Second collaboration with Smith, "Chasing Amy"
1998:
Played a young white supremacist in "American History X"
1999:
Voiced Norman the Golgothan in Kevin Smith's "Dogma"
2000:
Portrayed a football player in "Remember the Titans"
2000:
Played a phone company employee who helps to track a hacker in "Takedown"
2000:
Acted in the comedy "Road Trip"
2001:
Had a supporting role as Johnny Depp's childhood friend in "Blow"
2001:
Featured in the sci-fi comedy "Evolution"
2001:
Co-starred in the View Askew production "Vulgar" (filmed in 1997)
2001:
Featured in the Nick Cassavetes drama "John Q"
2002:
Acted in the comedy adaptation of "The First 20 Million Is Always the Hardest"
2003:
Acted in war epic "Cold Mountain," which starred Nicole Kidman and Jude Law
2004:
Appeared in the thriller "The Butterfly Effect," with Ashton Kutcher
2004:
Cast in the comedy "Without a Paddle" starring Matthew Lillard and Seth Green
2006:
Cast in Terry Zwigoff's adaptation of Daniel Clowes' comic story "Art School Confidential"
2005:
Cast in the NBC sitcom "My Name Is Earl," as the dimwitted but supportive brother, Randy Hickey
2006:
Co-starred in Darren Aronofsky's "The Fountain"
2010:
Appeared in the Tony Scott action movie "Unstoppable"
2011:
Began recurring role on "Raising Hope"
2013:
Featured in Martin Scorsese's "The Wolf of Wall Street"
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Notes

Suplee on being a superstar: "I don't want to be anything like that at all. That seems to be a lot more trouble than it's worth. I'd like to just work--steadily work--and do parts that I enjoy doing. I definitely don't want to achieve some kind of rock star status." --quoted in a December 23, 1998 interview for ViewAskew.com.

On playing a racist skinhead in 1998's "American History X": "Me and Edward Furlong, a couple of times, just sat there kind of void of all emotions after scenes. Just like, 'Wow, what are we doing? This is psychotic, what we're saying.' Because we improv-ed a lot. A lot of it wasn't in the movie, but there were times when we would just sit there and be having conversations for five minutes straight that were just ridiculous. Afterwards, when you have a few minutes off while they're loading film or whatever, it was kind of like a 'where's this coming from?' type of thing." --to ViewAskew.com interviewer Mike McCarthy, December 23, 1998.

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sister:
Samantha Suplee. Born on September 23, 1978.

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