John C. Reilly

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John C. Reilly
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Reilly at the 2009 Los Angeles Film Festival premiere of Ponyo
Born John Christopher Reilly
(1965-05-24) May 24, 1965 (age 49)[1]
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Alma mater DePaul University
Occupation Actor, singer, producer, writer, comedian
Years active 1989–present
Spouse(s) Alison Dickey (m. 1992)

John Christopher Reilly (born May 24, 1965) is an American actor, singer, producer, screenwriter, and comedian. Making his film debut in Casualties of War, Reilly is one of several actors whose careers were launched by Brian De Palma. To date, he has appeared in more than fifty films, including three separate films in 2002 that were all nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture. He has been nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Chicago and a Grammy Award for the song "Walk Hard", which he performed in Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story. Reilly has starred in Check It Out! with Dr. Steve Brule, a television show on Adult Swim, since its premiere on May 16, 2010.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Reilly was born in Chicago, Illinois, the fifth of six children. His father was of Irish and Scottish descent, and his mother was of Lithuanian ancestry.[3][4][5] His father ran an industrial linen supply company.[6][7]

Reilly was raised Roman Catholic[8][9] and attended Brother Rice High School.[10][11] Reilly is an alumnus of DePaul University in Chicago.

Career[edit]

Reilly made his film debut in the Brian De Palma film Casualties of War (1989) as PFC Herbert Hatcher.[12] Although his role was written as a small one, De Palma liked Reilly's performance so much that the role was significantly expanded. In 1990s, he starred in Paul Thomas Anderson's 1997 film Boogie Nights as the pornographic film star Reed Rothchild. Reilly was a frequent collaborator of Anderson's in the 1990s, including other roles in Hard Eight, Magnolia, and a cameo in the video for the Fiona Apple single "Across the Universe", which Anderson directed.

He appeared in Days of Thunder (1990) as stock car crew member “Buck Bretherton” – in 2006 he revisited this film’s subject matter as the character of race car driver “Cal Naughton, Jr.” in Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby.

In 2002, he appeared in three of the year's Academy Award for Best Picture nominees – Chicago, Gangs of New York and The Hours. The three films were nominated for a total of thirty-two Oscars, including one for Best Supporting Actor for Reilly's performance as Renée Zellweger's trusting husband in Chicago. Ultimately, Chicago won six, The Hours won one, and Gangs of New York won none.

Reilly in February 2007

Reilly appeared in Martin Scorsese's 2004 Howard Hughes biopic, The Aviator, as Hughes' (played by Leonardo DiCaprio) trusted business partner, Noah Dietrich. Of the role Reilly said, “Noah was almost a father figure to Hughes... Howard would have a scheme, and it was Noah who had to say, ‘We don’t have the money.’ He was one of his few friends.”[13] He reportedly quit the 2005 film Manderlay to protest the on-set killing of a donkey.[14] He appeared in Adam McKay's Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby in 2006, as Cal Naughton, Jr., the title character's best friend, alongside Will Ferrell. He also starred alongside Woody Harrelson, Meryl Streep, and Lindsay Lohan among others in the Robert Altman film A Prairie Home Companion. In 2007, Reilly starred as the title character in parody bio-pic Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, singing various songs parodying Johnny Cash, Ray Charles, and others. The next year, Reilly reunited with Ferrell to star in Step Brothers.

Reilly at the 2012 Comic-Con International in San Diego

In 2008, he was among the many notable actors to perform in the online political musical, Proposition 8 - The Musical.

Then in 2009, he played the role of Larten Crepsley in the film Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant, voiced "5" in 9. and starred in the 2010 film Cyrus.

In 2011, Reilly co-starred alongside Tilda Swinton and Ezra Miller in the British-American drama We Need to Talk About Kevin, based on the novel by Lionel Shriver.

Reilly has stated that he would be very determined to play the lead role of Nathan Detroit if a revival of the musical Guys and Dolls were to occur.[15]

In March 2012, he was featured in a performance of Dustin Lance Black's play, 8—a staged reenactment of the federal trial that overturned California's Prop 8 ban on same-sex marriage—as David Blankenhorn.[16] The production was held at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre and broadcast on YouTube to raise money for the American Foundation for Equal Rights, a non-profit organization funding the plaintiffs' legal team and sponsoring the play.[17][18]

Reilly voiced the title character in the 2012 animated hit Wreck-It Ralph.[19] He played Rhomann Dey in the 2014 Marvel Studios film Guardians of the Galaxy.[20]

Music[edit]

In 1998, Reilly appeared, along with Giovanni Ribisi and Winona Ryder, as Jon Spencer Blues Explosion in their video Talk About The Blues. In 2002, he played the role of Amos Hart, Roxie Hart's naïve husband, in Chicago. In 2006, he performed two songs on Rogue's Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs, and Chanteys: “Fathom the Bowl” and “My Son John”.[21]

In 2007, Reilly starred in the biopic parody Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story. In addition to his acting role, he also performed as a vocalist and songwriter on the movie's soundtrack, for which he was nominated for a Grammy.[22] Reilly went on a concert performance tour in the US, performing as his character Dewey Cox in the Cox Across America 2007 Tour.[23]

In 2011, he recorded two songs produced by Jack White and released as singles by White's Third Man Records: The Delmore Brothers' "Gonna Lay Down My Old Guitar," performed with Tom Brosseau, and Ray Price's "I'll Be There If You Want," performed with Becky Stark. He also appeared as "future Mike D" in the Beastie Boys' video "Make Some Noise."

In 2012, his current band, John Reilly & Friends, was slated to perform in the Railroad Revival Tour, alongside Willie Nelson & Family, Band of Horses and Jamey Johnson. However, the event was cancelled.[24][25]

Television[edit]

Reilly provided the voice of himself in The Simpsons episode "Any Given Sundance". He also frequently appeared on Tim & Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! as Dr. Steve Brule, a role which led to the spin-off series Check It Out! with Dr. Steve Brule.

Theatre[edit]

Reilly is also known to be a versatile stage actor. He has participated in numerous Broadway productions, and was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play for the 2000 Broadway production of Sam Shepard's True West. He and co-star Philip Seymour Hoffman were both nominated, alternating between the two lead characters during separate performances.

Personal life[edit]

Reilly married Alison Dickey, an independent film producer, in 1992. They have two sons.[26] Reilly is a vegetarian.[27]

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1989 Casualties of War PFC. Herbert Hatcher
1989 We're No Angels Young Monk
1990 Days of Thunder Buck Bretherton
1990 State of Grace Stevie McGuire
1992 Shadows and Fog Cop at Police Station
1992 Out on a Limb Jim Jr.
1992 Hoffa Pete Connelly
1993 What's Eating Gilbert Grape Tucker Van Dyke
1994 River Wild, TheThe River Wild Terry
1995 Dolores Claiborne Const. Frank Stamshaw
1995 Georgia Herman
1996 Hard Eight John Finnegan
1996 Boys Officer Kellogg Curry
1997 Nightwatch Deputy Inspector Bill Davis Uncredited
1997 Boogie Nights Reed Rothchild Florida Film Critics Circle Award for Best Cast
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
1997 Chicago Cab Steve
1998 Thin Red Line, TheThe Thin Red Line Sergeant Storm
1999 Settlement, TheThe Settlement Pat
1999 Never Been Kissed Augustus Strauss
1999 For Love of the Game Gus Sinski
1999 Magnolia Jim Kurring Florida Film Critics Circle Award for Best Cast
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
2000 Perfect Storm, TheThe Perfect Storm Dale 'Murph' Murphy
2001 Anniversary Party, TheThe Anniversary Party Mac Forsyth Nominated—Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male
2002 Good Girl, TheThe Good Girl Phil Last Nominated—Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor - Motion Picture
2002 Gangs of New York Happy Jack Las Vegas Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actor
2002 Chicago Amos Hart Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Cast
Las Vegas Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actor
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Nominated—Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture
Nominated—Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast
2002 Hours, TheThe Hours Dan Brown Las Vegas Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated—Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
2003 Anger Management Older Arnie Shankman Uncredited
2004 Aviator, TheThe Aviator Noah Dietrich Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
2004 Criminal Richard Gaddis
2005 Dark Water Mr. Murray
2006 A Prairie Home Companion Lefty Nominated—Gotham Awards for Best Ensemble Cast
2006 Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby Cal Naughton, Jr.
2006 Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny Sasquatch Uncredited
2007 Year of the Dog Al
2007 Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story Dewford "Dewey" Cox Las Vegas Film Critics Society Award for Best Song
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song
Nominated—Grammy Award for Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media
2007–2010 Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! Dr. Steven Brule 25 Episodes
2008 Promotion, TheThe Promotion Richard Wehlner
2008 Step Brothers Dale Doback Also writer
2009 9 5 (voice)
2009 Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant Larten Crepsley
2010–present Check It Out! with Dr. Steve Brule Dr. Steve Brule 16 episodes; Also writer and producer
2010 Extra Man, TheThe Extra Man Gershon
2010 Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! Chrimbus Special Dr. Steve Brule Television film
2010 Cyrus John Nominated—Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
2011 Cedar Rapids Dean Ziegler Nominated—Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male
2011 Fight for Your Right Revisited Mike D (B-Boys 2) Short film
2011 We Need to Talk About Kevin Franklin
2011 Terri Mr. Fitzgerald
2011 Carnage Michael
2012 Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie Taquito
2012 Dictator, TheThe Dictator Clayton Uncredited cameo
2012 Wreck-It Ralph Wreck-It Ralph (voice) Also wrote additional story material
2013 Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues The Ghost of Stonewall Jackson Uncredited cameo[28]
2014 Bears Narrator Documentary
2014 Life After Beth Maury Slocum
2014 Guardians of the Galaxy Rhomann Dey
2015 The Lobster Lisping Man Post-production

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Monitor". Entertainment Weekly (1260): 34. May 24, 2013. 
  2. ^ Entertainment Weekly article: "'Check it Out! with Dr. Steve Brule': Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim on John C. Reilly's 'Awesome Show' spin-off."
  3. ^ Interview: John C. Reilly. Retrieved 2009-05-19.
  4. ^ Life of Reilly. Retrieved 2009-05-19.
  5. ^ http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/entertainment/celebrity/hollywood-star-john-c-reilly-1647467
  6. ^ Tucker, Reed (June 26, 2011). "Life of Reilly". New York Post. 
  7. ^ http://moviedriver.wordpress.com/2009/09/29/interview-john-c-reilly-his-joy-of-acting/
  8. ^ Goldman, Andrew (November 6, 2007). "Mr. Wise Guy". Elle. Retrieved September 19, 2010. 
  9. ^ Carty, Ciaran (August 15, 2010). "Life of Reilly". Sunday Tribune. Retrieved September 19, 2010. 
  10. ^ Allen, Nick (2010-06-24). "TSR Exclusive ..... 'Cyrus' – Interview with actor John C. Reilly — The Scorecard Review". Thescorecardreview.com. Retrieved 2010-08-22. 
  11. ^ Steinberg, Jacques (July 23, 2006). "One of These Days Audiences May Remember John C. Reilly's Name". The New York Times. Retrieved September 19, 2010. 
  12. ^ John C. Reilly at IMDB. Retrieved 2009-05-19.
  13. ^ "In Step With: John C. Reilly". Parade Magazine. August 29, 2004. 
  14. ^ "Cruelty to Animals in the Entertainment Business : Cruel Camera - Cruelty on Film : the fifth estate : CBC News". CBC News. [dead link]
  15. ^ "Zimbio Interview: John C. Reilly". Zimbio. June 25, 2010. 
  16. ^ "‘Glee’ Stars ‘Touched’ By Pitt & Clooney’s Support Of ‘8’". Access Hollywood. accesshollywood.com. Retrieved March 18, 2012. 
  17. ^ ""8": A Play about the Fight for Marriage Equality". YouTube. Retrieved March 18, 2012. 
  18. ^ "YouTube to broadcast Proposition 8 play live". pinknews.co.uk. Retrieved March 18, 2012. 
  19. ^ Wreck-It Ralph official website
  20. ^ Fleming, Jr., Mike (June 14, 2013). "John C. Reilly Firmed For Rhomann Dey, leader of the Nova Corps, In ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’". Deadline.com. Archived from the original on June 14, 2013. Retrieved June 14, 2013. 
  21. ^ Rogue's Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs, & Chanteys. Retrieved 2009-05-19.
  22. ^ The 51st Annual Grammy Awards Winners List. Retrieved 2009-05-19.
  23. ^ Columbia puts 'Dewey' on tour duty. Retrieved 2009-05-19.
  24. ^ "Willie Nelson on board for Railroad Revival Tour". Usatoday.com. July 24, 2012. Retrieved 2012-08-13. 
  25. ^ "Railroad Revival Tour With Willie Nelson, Band of Horses Canceled". Rolling Stone. 2012-10-05. Retrieved 2013-02-27. 
  26. ^ http://celebritybabies.people.com/2008/07/23/john-c-reilly-i/
  27. ^ Celebrity Vegetarians and Vegans Retrieved 6 February 2013
  28. ^ "First look at James Marsden filming his cameo for ‘Anchorman 2′ in Atlanta". On Location Vacations. May 9, 2013. 

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