Ron Livingston

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Ron Livingston
RonLivingstonMay10.jpg
Livingston in May 2010
Born Ronald Joseph Livingston
(1967-06-05) June 5, 1967 (age 47)
Cedar Rapids, Iowa, U.S.
Alma mater Yale University
Occupation Actor
Years active 1992–present
Spouse(s) Rosemarie DeWitt (m. 2009)
Children 1 (adopted)

Ronald Joseph "Ron" Livingston (born June 5, 1967)[1][2] is an American actor. His early roles in Office Space and the miniseries Band of Brothers have been noted as two of his best-known.[3]

Early life[edit]

Livingston was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the son of Linda (née Rinas), a Lutheran pastor, and Kurt Livingston, an aerospace/electronics engineer.[4][5][6] His younger brother John is also an actor; sister Jennifer Livingston and brother-in-law Mike Thompson are both TV news personalities at WKBT in La Crosse, Wisconsin. He graduated from Marion High School in Marion, Iowa, and attended Yale University, where he received B.A. degrees in Theater and English. Livingston had his first acting experience at Theatre Cedar Rapids after being introduced to the group during a school job shadowing.[7] Livingston relocated to Chicago and became involved in the local theater scene.

Career[edit]

Livingston's first film role was in 1992, in Dolly Parton's Straight Talk. He moved to Los Angeles and was cast in supporting roles in Some Folks Call it a Sling Blade and The Low Life. Livingston landed his first role in a major film in 1996's Swingers. He starred as the male lead, Peter Gibbons, in the comedy cult classic Office Space, which co-starred Jennifer Aniston and was written and directed by Mike Judge. He also appeared in HBO's miniseries Band of Brothers as Captain Lewis Nixon opposite Donnie Wahlberg and Damian Lewis. Going beyond nice-guy roles, Livingston played a Hollywood agent in Adaptation (2002); a weaselly Ivy League upstart to Alec Baldwin's casino boss in The Cooler (2003); and teachers in Winter Solstice and Pretty Persuasion (both 2005). He also appeared as sardonic writer Jack Berger, Carrie's short-term boyfriend in the sixth season of Sex and the City, as well as in the episode "TB or Not TB" of House. In 2006, he starred as FBI negotiator Matt Flannery in the Fox series Standoff, co-starring Rosemarie DeWitt, and he was an ad spokesman for Sprint Nextel.

In summer 2007 Livingston appeared on the off-Broadway stage in the world premiere of Neil LaBute's In A Dark Dark House, produced by MCC Theater, with Frederick Weller and Louisa Krause. The show ran from May–July at the Lucille Lortel Theatre in New York City.

In November 2007, the indie film Holly told the story of a Vietnamese girl trafficked into the sex trade in Cambodia. Livingston starred as Patrick, a shady card shark who becomes determined to save Holly from her ill-destined fate.

In 2009 he portrayed flight engineer Maddux Donner in the series Defying Gravity, which was cancelled after its first season.[8]

In 2010, Livingston co-starred in the Jay Roach comedy Dinner for Schmucks.[9] On February 26, 2013, Entertainment Weekly confirmed that he would be joining the cast of HBO's Boardwalk Empire for the fourth season.[10]

In 2013, Livingston co-starred in the indie comedy Drinking Buddies alongside Olivia Wilde, Jake Johnson, and Anna Kendrick. Drinking Buddies received positive reviews from critics. Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a score of 82% based on 97 reviews.[11]

Personal life[edit]

Livingston and his Standoff co-star Rosemarie DeWitt began a relationship after meeting each other on the show.[12] After dating for three years, they were married on November 2, 2009, in San Francisco.[3] He was previously engaged to actress Lisa Sheridan.[13]

In May 2013, Livingston and wife Rosemarie announced that they had adopted a girl, Gracie James Livingston, who was born on April 29, 2013.[14]

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Title Role Notes
1992 Straight Talk Soldier
1994 Some Folks Call It a Sling Blade N/A Short film
1995 Low Life, TheThe Low Life Chad
1996 Swingers Rob
1997 Campfire Tales Rick
RV Driver
Segment "The Honeymoon"
Segment "The Campfire"
1997 Small Hours, TheThe Small Hours Steve
1999 Dill Scallion Ron Statlin
1999 Office Space Peter Gibbons
1999 Big Brass Ring, TheThe Big Brass Ring Sheldon Buckle
1999 Two Ninas Marty Sachs
1999 Body Shots Trent
2000 Beat Allen Ginsberg
2000 Rumor of Angels, AA Rumor of Angels Uncle Charlie
2002 Buying the Cow Tyler Carter Bellows
2002 Adaptation Marty Bowen
2003 Pirates N/A Short film
2003 Cooler, TheThe Cooler Larry Sokolov
2003 44 Minutes: The North Hollywood Shoot-Out Donnie Anderson Television film
2003 King of the Ants Eric Gatley Uncredited
2005 Winter Solstice Mr. Bricker
2004 Little Black Book Derek
2005 Pretty Persuasion Mr. Anderson
2005 Life Coach, TheThe Life Coach Ron
2006 Life Happens Ben Dreamantowski Short film
2006 Relative Strangers Richard Clayton
2006 Holly Patrick
2007 Music Within Richard Pimentel
2008 American Crude Johnny
2008 Spleenectomy, TheThe Spleenectomy Dr. Bannister Short film
2008 McCartney's Genes Rudolf
2009 Time Traveler's Wife, TheThe Time Traveler's Wife Gomez
2010 Lawyers Ryder Short film
2010 Dinner for Schmucks Caldwell
2010 Going the Distance Will
2011 Leave Dr. Lieberman
2011 10 Years Paul
2012 Game Change Mark Wallace Television film
2012 Queens of Country Rance McCoy
2012 Odd Life of Timothy Green, TheThe Odd Life of Timothy Green Franklin Crudstaff
2013 Touchy Feely Adrian
2013 Drinking Buddies Chris
2013 Pretty One, TheThe Pretty One Charles
2013 Conjuring, TheThe Conjuring Roger Perron
2013 Sidekick, TheThe Sidekick Captain Wonder Short film
2013 Parkland James P. Hosty
2014 Fort Bliss Richard Completed
Television
Year Title Role Episode
1995 JAG Corporal David Anderson Episode: "Scimitar"
1996 Townies Ryan 2 episodes
1997 Timecop Elliott Ness Episode: "Public Enemy"
1997 Players Jordan Episode: "Con Law"
1998 That's Life Mitch Main cast; 5 episodes
2000 Then Came You Max Episode: "Then Came Cousin Aidan"
2001 Band of Brothers Captain Lewis Nixon Miniseries; 10 episodes
Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
2001–2002 Practice, TheThe Practice A.D.A. Alan Lowe Main cast (season 6); 8 episodes
2002–2003 Sex and the City Jack Berger 8 episodes
2005–2007 American Dad! Bob Memari Voice; 3 episodes
2005 House Dr. Sebastian Charles Episode: "TB or Not TB"
2006 Brothers in Arms: The Untold Story of the 502 Himself Narrator; History Channel documentary
2006 Family Guy Video store clerk Voice; episode: "Stewie B. Goode"
2006 Nightmares & Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King Howard Fornoy Episode: "The End of the Whole Mess"
2006–2007 Standoff Matt Flannery Main cast; 18 episodes
2009 Defying Gravity Maddux Donner Main cast; 13 episodes
2009 WWII in HD Charles Scheffel Voice; 5 episodes
2013 Boardwalk Empire Roy Phillips Main cast (season 4); 6 episodes

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Today in History". Boston.com. The Associated Press. June 5, 2012. Retrieved October 24, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Ron Livingston Biography (1968–)". Filmreference.com. Retrieved October 25, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Ron Livingston Marries Former Costar". Us Weekly. November 12, 2009. Retrieved October 25, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Iowa briefs (third item)". Telegraph - Herald (Dubuque). Associated Press. September 11, 2001. Retrieved October 24, 2013 – via HighBeam Research. "[Ron] Livingston, 34, grew up in Marion where his parents, Kurt and Linda Livingston, still live. His route to Hollywood went from Marion High School to Yale, where he studied English and theater." (subscription required)
  5. ^ "`Practice' makes perfect : Ron Livingston joins top-rated ABC law team". The Washington Times. September 25, 2001. Retrieved October 25, 2013 – via Newsbank. (subscription required)
  6. ^ "Remembering Rinas - Marion Times - Online at". Mariontoday.org. Retrieved August 1, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Ron Livingston speaks about Theatre Cedar Rapids". YouTube. Retrieved August 1, 2013. 
  8. ^ Lewinski, John (October 22, 2009). "Set visits reveal ghosts of Defying Gravity set destruction". TVSquad. Retrieved October 22, 2009. 
  9. ^ Siegel, Tatiana (October 25, 2009). "'Dinner' for Ron Livingston". Variety. 
  10. ^ Hibberd, James (February 26, 2013). "Ron Livingston joins 'Boardwalk Empire' season 4 | Inside TV | EW.com". Insidetv.ew.com. Retrieved August 1, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Drinking Buddies". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster. Retrieved November 2, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Rosemarie DeWitt : News". People.com. Retrieved September 3, 2010. 
  13. ^ Kappes, Serena (July 19, 2006). "Celeb Spotlight: Ron Livingston – Ron Livingston". People.com. Retrieved September 3, 2010. 
  14. ^ "Ron Livingston and Rosemarie DeWitt Welcome Daughter Gracie James" May 23, 2013, People Magazine Online

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