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Also Known As: Died:
Born: April 4, 1970 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Campbell River, British Columbia, CA Profession: actor

Biography CLOSE THE FULL BIOGRAPHY

Always focused and intense on screen, versatile actor Barry Pepper established himself as one of the more promising young actors to emerge in the late-1990s while working with filmmakers that included Steven Spielberg and Frank Darabont. After debuting in the firefighting thriller "Firestorm" (1998), the Canadian-born Pepper was thrust into the limelight as a member of an impressive ensemble cast in Spielberg's harrowing WWII drama "Saving Private Ryan" (1998). More major productions like "Enemy of the State" (1998) and "The Green Mile" (1999) followed in quick succession, placing Pepper at the top of the in-demand young stars. That is, until the epic box office failure of the reviled "Battlefield Earth" (2000) threatened to derail Pepper's nascent career. He recovered nicely, however, with well regarded turns in projects such as the baseball biopic "61*" (HBO, 2001), "The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada" (2005), and "Flags of Our Fathers" (2006). By the end of the decade Pepper had regained his hard-earned status with prominent roles in two critically lauded efforts - "True Grit" (2010) and "The Kennedys" (Reelz Channel, 2011), again making him a go-to character actor who elevated all of his...

Always focused and intense on screen, versatile actor Barry Pepper established himself as one of the more promising young actors to emerge in the late-1990s while working with filmmakers that included Steven Spielberg and Frank Darabont. After debuting in the firefighting thriller "Firestorm" (1998), the Canadian-born Pepper was thrust into the limelight as a member of an impressive ensemble cast in Spielberg's harrowing WWII drama "Saving Private Ryan" (1998). More major productions like "Enemy of the State" (1998) and "The Green Mile" (1999) followed in quick succession, placing Pepper at the top of the in-demand young stars. That is, until the epic box office failure of the reviled "Battlefield Earth" (2000) threatened to derail Pepper's nascent career. He recovered nicely, however, with well regarded turns in projects such as the baseball biopic "61*" (HBO, 2001), "The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada" (2005), and "Flags of Our Fathers" (2006). By the end of the decade Pepper had regained his hard-earned status with prominent roles in two critically lauded efforts - "True Grit" (2010) and "The Kennedys" (Reelz Channel, 2011), again making him a go-to character actor who elevated all of his projects.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Monster Trucks (2015)
2.
3.
 Snitch (2013)
4.
 Broken City (2013)
5.
 Lone Ranger, The (2013)
7.
8.
 True Grit (2010)
9.
 Casino Jack (2010)
10.
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Milestones close milestones

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Acted on stage in Vancouver, Canada in such productions as "Equus" and "The Taming of the Shrew"
1992:
U.S. TV debut, "A Killer Among Friends" (CBS)
1993:
Landed recurring role on Canadian series "Madison"
1996:
Played supporting role of Harold Bride in CBS miniseries "Titanic"
1998:
Feature film debut, "Firestorm"
1998:
Played a Bible-spouting sniper in Steven Spielberg's WWII drama "Saving Private Ryan"
1998:
Cast in supporting role in "Enemy of the State," starring Will Smith
1999:
Re-teamed with Hanks, his co-star in "Saving Private Ryan" for "The Green Mile"
2000:
Co-starred with John Travolta in sci-fi epic "Battlefield Earth"
2001:
Portrayed Roger Maris in HBO drama "61*"
2002:
Co-starred in "Knockaround Guys"
2002:
Starred as journalist Joe Galloway in Vietnam War drama "We Were Soldiers"
2002:
Co-starred with Edward Norton and Philip Seymour Hoffman in Spike Lee's "25th Hour"
2004:
Portrayed legendary race car driver Dale Earnhardt in "3: The Dale Earnhardt Story" for ESPN; earned a SAG nomination for Best Actor
2005:
Co-starred in Tommy Lee Jones' feature directing debut "The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada"; earned Independent Spirit Award Nomination for Best Supporting Male
2006:
Cast in Clint Eastwood's WWII drama "Flags of Our Fathers"
2008:
Reunited with Will Smith in "Seven Pounds" as lead character's friend and executor of his will
2010:
Co-starred in "Casino Jack" with Kevin Spacey, who portrayed Washington, D.C. lobbyist and businessman Jack Abramoff
2010:
Co-starred in the Coen brothers' Western "True Grit"
2011:
Portrayed Robert F. Kennedy in 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
2013:
Cast alongside Mark Wahlberg and Russell Crowe in crime drama "Broken City"
2013:
Acted opposite Dwayne Johnson in action drama "Snitch"
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Education

Vancouver Actors Studio: Vancouver , British Columbia -
George P Vanier Secondary School: Campbell River , British Columbia - 1988

Notes

On the differences between boot camps for "Saving Private Ryan" and "We Were Soldiers", Barry Pepper told Louis Hobson of the Calgary Sun (March 2, 2002): "The one for Ryan was much more intense because we were out in the forest sleeping in tents, eating rations, trudging through mud. At Fort Benning, we ate in the mess hall, slept in barracks and trained with the recruits."

Companions close complete companion listing

wife:
Cindy Pepper. Born c. 1970; met in high school; began dating seriously c. 1994; married in November 1997.

Family close complete family listing

brother:
Doug Pepper. Older.
brother:
Alex Pepper. Older.
daughter:
Annaliese Pepper. Born on June 17, 2000.

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