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American film and television actor Larry Pine, whose extensive career ranges from soap operas to Woody Allen films, began his career as a founding member of influential New York avant-garde theater company The Manhattan Project, alongside internationally-renowned experimental theater stalwart Andre Gregory. That's one of many surprises that dotted the long career of this chameleon-like actor.
Born March 3, 1945 in Tucson, AZ, Pine moved to New York as many young actors do, making his first appearances in Off-Broadway theater before landing a role in a Broadway production of "Cyrano de Bergerac" (1968) alongside a young Blythe Danner and future associate director of the Repertory Theater of Lincoln Center Robert Symonds. Two years later, Pine appeared in a dark and unsettling version of "Alice In Wonderland" (1970), staged by his long-time collaborator, budding avant-garde director Andre Gregory. The show took New York by storm, ran for seven years, and inspired a generation of experimental theater projects in New York and around the world.
Pine's first foray into film was in Merchant and Ivory's "Hullabaloo Over Georgie and Bonnie's Pictures" (1978) opposite Dame Peggy Ashcroft. His next film was a film remake of pulp novelist Mickey Spillane's "I, The Jury" (1982) that opened to mixed reviews. That taste for widely varying film projects, ranging from a small part in a Sidney Poitier-directed comedy for husband and wife team Gene Wilder and Gilda Radner, "Hanky Panky" (1982) to the cult favorite slasher flick "Alone in the Dark" (1982).
In 1986, Pine began to his subsidize his taste for experimental theater in Manhattan by beginning a lengthy association with soap operas, then a handy way for New York-based actors to work steadily between passion projects. His stint as Tad Channing on the daytime drama "As the World Turns" (CBS 1956-2010) was followed by recurring roles on "One Life to Live" (ABC 1968-2012) and "All My Children" (ABC 1970-2011), and "Guiding Light" (CBS 1952-2009).
In the 1990s, Pine became an in-demand character actor on the burgeoning indie film scene. His breakthrough role came with yet another collaboration with Gregory in the critically-acclaimed "Vanya on 42nd Street" (1994), directed by the renowned Louis Malle, based on an English translation of Anton Chekhov's play "Uncle Vanya" by David Mamet, and also starring an up-and-coming Julianne Moore. This was followed by a string of performances in well-received films, including Tim Robbins' Academy Award nominated death-row drama "Dead Man Walking" (1995) and Ang Lee's portrait of 1970s suburban ennui "The Ice Storm" (1997). Several years later, Pine's role as Dave Gorman in that film led to his inclusion in "Are You Dave Gorman?" (2001), a stage comedy piece turned TV miniseries by British comedian Dave Gorman about his effort to meet 54 other people who shared his name.
In 1998, Pine began an ongoing association with legendary filmmaker Woody Allen by appearing in Allen's showbiz satire "Celebrity." Given Allen's fondness for working several times with the same actors, Pine also appeared in "Small Time Crooks" (2000) and "Melinda and Melinda" (2004). Pine also worked twice with cult director Wes Anderson on two of his best-reviewed films, "The Royal Tenenbaums" (2001) and "Moonrise Kingdom" (2012).
While continuing his sterling film career in the film adaptation of Annie Proulx's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel "The Shipping News" (2001), Robert Redford's "The Clearing" (2004), and "The Door in the Floor" (2004) an adaptation of John Irving's novel A Widow for One Year, Pine returned to television with a reccurring role as Arnie Zelman on the graphic prison drama "Oz" (HBO 1997-2003), the acclaimed miniseries "Empire Falls" (HBO 2005) based on the novel by Richard Russo, and "House of Cards," a 2013 original series by streaming video service Netflix based on the popular British political drama of the same name.
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Film debut in "Hullabaloo Over Georgie and Bonnie's Pictures"
Breakout role in "Vanya On 42nd Street"
First primetime recurring TV role in HBO's "Oz"
Co-starred in Netflix streaming series "House of Cards"