Ethan Suplee

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Ethan Suplee
Suplee in 2011
Born (1976-05-25) May 25, 1976 (age 47)
Years active1994–present
Brandy Lewis
(m. 2006)

Ethan Suplee (/sˈpl/;[1] born May 25, 1976) is an American film and television actor. He is best known for his roles in the films American History X, Blow, Remember the Titans, John Q, The Wolf of Wall Street, Without a Paddle, Unstoppable, and several of Kevin Smith's films as well as Frankie in Boy Meets World and Randy Hickey in My Name Is Earl.

Early life[edit]

Suplee was born in Manhattan, New York City, the son of Debbie and Bill Suplee (who later played Willie the One Eyed Mailman in My Name Is Earl). His parents were actors who met while performing summer stock theater and appeared on Broadway.[2] On the Your Welcome show, Ethan stated that he dropped out of school at age 14.


The first major role Suplee landed was as Willam in Mallrats, directed by Kevin Smith, alongside future My Name is Earl costar Jason Lee. He also appeared briefly in the independent View Askew-produced Drawing Flies. Smith cast both Suplee and Lee again in later films Chasing Amy and Dogma. They both make cameos in Clerks II. At the same time as the filming of Mallrats, Suplee also had a recurring role as Frankie "The Enforcer" Stechino in Boy Meets World, from 1994 to 1998. Suplee's dramatic performances include the roles of the ruthless white power skinhead Seth in American History X, one of three men who rape a clown in Vulgar, Ashton Kutcher's goth college roommate "Thumper" in The Butterfly Effect, American football player Louie Lastik in Remember the Titans, Johnny Depp's buddy and initial drug-dealing partner Tuna in Blow, and the simpleminded Pangle in Cold Mountain. Suplee also had a cameo in the HBO TV series Entourage[3] in the fictional movie Queens Boulevard. In 2014, he was cast in the TV Land original sitcom Jennifer Falls, which reunited him with My Name Is Earl co-star, Jaime Pressly.[4]

In 2016, Suplee started playing D in Hulu's series Chance, as well as police officer Billy "Beer Pong" Tompkins on the Netflix sitcom The Ranch.

In 2020, Suplee launched his own podcast entitled American Glutton.

Personal life[edit]

Since 2006, Suplee has been married to Brandy Lewis, the younger sister of actress and singer Juliette Lewis. He is a Scientologist.[5]

In March 2011, Suplee was featured on TMZ on TV, having lost over 200 lb (91 kg) in body weight. He mentioned on his podcast American Glutton that his heaviest weight was 530 lb (240 kg) and his lightest weight was 220 lb (100 kg).[6] He has credited cycling for helping keep frame, explaining "I ride road bikes, I ride bicycles." He once reached an all-time low of 9% body fat, but put some of the weight back on upon realizing that his weight had been a past source of acting opportunities.[7]

Suplee is good friends with Stza of Star Fucking Hipsters and he agreed to appear in their music video for the song "3000 Miles Away" from their album Never Rest in Peace.[8]



Denotes works that have not yet been released
Year Title Role Notes
1995 Mallrats Willam Black
1996 One Down Prison inmate
1997 Chasing Amy Comic Fan
A Better Place Large Rude Student
35 Miles from Normal Mike
11th Hour Mike
1998 Desert Blue Cale
American History X Seth Ryan
Bad Trip Josh
1999 Dogma Noman the Golgothan Voice role
Tyrone Joshua Schatzberg
2000 Takedown Dan Brodley
Road Trip Ed Bradford
Vulgar Frankie Fanelli
Remember the Titans Louie Lastik
2001 Don's Plum Big Bum
Blow Tuna
Evolution Deke Donald
2002 John Q. Max Conlin
The First $20 Million Is Always the Hardest Tiny
2003 Cold Mountain Pangle
2004 The Butterfly Effect Thumper
Without a Paddle Elwood
2005 Neo Ned Johnny-Orderly
2006 Art School Confidential Vince
Clerks II Teen #2
The Fountain Manny
2007 Mr. Woodcock Nedderman
Cutlass Bruce Short film
2008 Struck Cupid Short film
2009 Fanboys Harry Knowles
Brothers Sweeney
2010 The Dry Land Jack
Unstoppable Dewey
2011 I'm Having a Difficult Time Killing My Parents Andrew Short film
Grow Up Already Bunky Short film
2012 Ten Feet Apart Homer Short film
Paper Cuts Steven
Delivery Jake Short film
2013 Breakout Kenny Baxter
The Wolf of Wall Street Toby Welch
2014 Walk of Shame Officer Dave
2015 True Story Pat Frato
Tooken Paul Miller
2016 The Trust Russian Roulette Detective
Deepwater Horizon Jason Anderson
2019 Motherless Brooklyn Gilbert Coney
2020 The Hunt Gary
2022 Dog Noah
Clerks III Willam Black Role shared with Scott Mosier
Babylon Wilson
2023 Manodrome Dad Leo
God Is a Bullet Gutter
Blood for Dust Slim


Year Title Role Notes
1994 Tales from the Crypt Jaimie Episode: "Operation Friendship"
1994–1998 Boy Meets World Frankie Stechino 19 episodes
1995 Sister, Sister Lionel Episode: "Put to the Test"
1996 Don't Look Back Gary Television film
2004 Third Watch Aaron Gordon Episode: "Obsession"
2005–2009 My Name Is Earl Randy Hickey 96 episodes
Main cast
2005–2010 Entourage Himself 2 episodes
2006 The Year Without a Santa Claus Jingle Bells Television film
2010 The Good Guys Andy Davis Episode: "Dan on the Run"
2010 Playing with Guns Siff Television film
2010 Nevermind Nirvana Perry Television film
2011 No Ordinary Family Tom Seeley Episode: "No Ordinary Double Standard"
2011–2013 Raising Hope Andrew 5 episodes
2011 Wilfred Spencer 2 episodes
2012 Men at Work Dan Episode: "Milo Full of Grace"
2012 Rise of the Zombies Marshall Television film
2014 Jennifer Falls Wayne Doyle 10 episodes
Main cast
2016–2020 The Ranch Officer Billy "Beer Pong" Tompkins 13 episodes
2016–2017 Chance Darius "D" Pringle 20 episodes
Main cast
2017 Twin Peaks Bill Shaker Episode: "The Return, Part 4"
2018–2020 Vampirina Uncle Bob Bigfoot 3 episodes
2019 Santa Clarita Diet Tommy 6 episodes
2020 Good Girls Gil 3 episodes

Music video[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2002 Lonesome Tears Friend Beck
2008 Wasting Time Guy at the door The Briggs
2010 3000 Miles Away Interrogator Star Fucking Hipsters

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2022 The Quarry Robert N. "Bobby" Hackett Likeness
Motion capture

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
2006 OFTA Television Award Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series My Name is Earl Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Shared with Jason Lee, Jaime Pressly, Eddie Steeples, and Nadine Velazquez Nominated
2007 Golden Nymph Outstanding Actor – Comedy Series Nominated
OFTA Television Award Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Nominated
2014 Gold Derby Film Award Ensemble Cast Shared with Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Matthew McConaughey, Jon Bernthal, Jean Dujardin, Jon Favreau, Joanna Lumley, Cristin Milioti, Rob Reiner and Margot Robbie The Wolf of Wall Street Nominated
Seattle Film Critics Award Best Ensemble Cast Shared with Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Matthew McConaughey, Jon Bernthal, Jean Dujardin, Jon Favreau, Joanna Lumley, Cristin Milioti, Rob Reiner and Margot Robbie Nominated


  1. ^ "American Glutton Trailer". American Glutton. December 9, 2019. Retrieved January 18, 2020.
  2. ^ Stax (May 2, 2006). "IGN: Interview: Ethan Suplee". IGN. Retrieved June 29, 2021.
  3. ^ "Ethan Suplee". Retrieved July 9, 2014.
  4. ^ Mitovich, Matt Webb (February 28, 2014). "Scoop: Ethan Suplee Joins Earl Costar Jaime Pressly's TV Land Comedy Jennifer Falls". TV Line. Archived from the original on August 1, 2018. Retrieved February 28, 2014.
  5. ^ Oppenheimer, Mark (July 15, 2007). "The Actualizer". The New York Times. Archived from the original on November 4, 2022. Retrieved January 1, 2023.
  6. ^ Blechman, Phil (January 14, 2020). "How Ethan Suplee from 'Remember the Titans' Got Jacked". Retrieved December 17, 2023.
  7. ^ Rahman, Ray (March 14, 2017). "'Chance' actor Ethan Suplee on how losing weight lost him roles". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved November 28, 2022.
  8. ^ "Ethan Suplee Finally Saw The Sailboat". December 15, 2009. Archived from the original on April 5, 2012. Retrieved November 5, 2011.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)

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