Kinnear at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival
|Born||Gregory Buck Kinnear
June 17, 1963
Logansport, Indiana, U.S.
|Occupation||Actor, television personality|
|Spouse(s)||Helen Labdon (m. 1999)|
Kinnear has appeared in many popular films, including Sabrina, You've Got Mail, Nurse Betty, We Were Soldiers, Little Miss Sunshine, Invincible and Green Zone, and television roles, such as Friends, Talk Soup, The Kennedys, Modern Family and Rake.
Kinnear was born in Logansport, Indiana, to Suzanne (née Buck), a homemaker, and Edward Kinnear, a career diplomat who worked for the US State Department. He has two brothers, James and Steven. He grew up a "Foreign Service brat", having moved around frequently, from Beirut to Athens. While a student at the American Community Schools in Athens, Kinnear first ventured into the role of talk show host with his radio show School Daze With Greg Kinnear. Returning to the United States for a college education, he attended the University of Arizona, graduating in 1985 with a degree in broadcast journalism. While there, he was a member of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity.
Kinnear hosted a short-lived game show, College Mad House, which was spun off from the kids' show Fun House. He became the creator, co-executive producer and host of Best of the Worst, which aired from 1990 to 1991. The show was canceled. Rooster Teeth founder Burnie Burns recounts the tale of impersonating his college friend Dal as a candidate for Best of the Worst Jobs, where it escalated to the point that Dal had actually won the competition. The truth of his entry was later revealed, and the issue is believed to have caused the end of the series. In 1991, Kinnear became the first host of Talk Soup, which he hosted until 1995, when he left the show for the NBC late-night talk show Later with Greg Kinnear (1994).
After his film debut, Blankman, Kinnear won the part of David Larrabee in Sydney Pollack's 1995 remake of Billy Wilder's 1954 classic Sabrina. He played the lead role in the 1996 comedy Dear God. In 1997, he was cast in James L. Brooks' comedy-drama, As Good as It Gets, and received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. He also starred in, A Smile Like Yours with Lauren Holly, as part of a couple trying to have a baby. His next film was the popular You've Got Mail, as Kathleen's (Meg Ryan) significant other. Other films are Mystery Men, Nurse Betty, Loser, The Gift and Someone Like You. Kinnear often alternated roles, often playing good guys like a righteous principal in The Gift or a gay painter in As Good as It Gets, to bad guys such as a sleazy college professor in Loser, a womanizer in Someone Like You as well as Sabrina and an egotistical soap opera star in Nurse Betty.
Kinnear starred in Auto Focus about the life and murder of actor Bob Crane in 2002. Kinnear portrayed Crane. In 2003, he starred in the comedy Stuck On You, with Matt Damon as a conjoined twin who pursues his dream of becoming a Hollywood actor in spite of his joined brother's desire for a different kind of life. In 2005, he starred in the black comedy The Matador with Pierce Brosnan and voiced Phineas T. Ratchet in the computer-animated film Robots. Kinnear co-starred with Steve Carell in the Oscar-winning comedy-drama Little Miss Sunshine in 2006, and with Mark Wahlberg in Invincible, based on the true story of a bartender who tries out for the Philadelphia Eagles football team. He also appeared in Fast Food Nation, playing a fast food executive who discovers secrets about his company. In 2008, he starred in Flash of Genius, a docudrama about Robert Kearns who invented the intermittent windshield wiper. His portrayal of then-Major Bruce P. Crandall in 2002's We Were Soldiers brought public attention to Crandall's heroism during the 1965 Battle of Ia Drang. (On February 26, 2007, Crandall was awarded the Medal of Honor by President Bush.) In Baby Mama Kinnear played Rob, a local smoothie shop owner and the romantic interest of Kate (Tina Fey).
In 2010, he starred as the estranged father of Miley Cyrus' character in The Last Song. In 2011, Kinnear starred in the miniseries The Kennedys playing the lead role as John F. Kennedy. It was originally planned to air on the History Channel; however, it was announced in January 2011 that the miniseries had been pulled from that network. It was subsequently picked up by ReelzChannel and then first aired on April 3, 2011. Kinnear played a famous novelist in the Josh Boone's directorial debut film, Stuck in Love, which followed his relationships with his ex-wife (Jennifer Connelly) and teenage children.
|1994||Blankman||Talk Show Host|
|1996||Dear God||Tom Turner|
|1996||Beavis and Butt-Head Do America||ATF Agent Bork (voice)||Uncredited|
|1997||A Smile Like Yours||Danny Robertson|
|1997||As Good as It Gets||Simon Bishop|
|1998||You've Got Mail||Frank Navasky|
|1999||Mystery Men||Captain Amazing/Lance Hunt|
|2000||What Planet Are You From?||Perry Gordon|
|2000||Nurse Betty||Dr. David Ravell/George McCord|
|2000||Loser||Professor Edward Alcott|
|2000||The Gift||Wayne Collins|
|2001||Someone Like You||Ray Brown|
|2002||We Were Soldiers||Maj. Bruce "Snake" Crandall|
|2002||Auto Focus||Bob Crane|
|2003||Stuck on You||Walt Tenor|
|2005||The Matador||Danny Wright|
|2005||Robots||Phineas T. Ratchet||Voice|
|2005||Bad News Bears||Roy Bullock|
|2006||Fast Food Nation||Don Anderson|
|2006||Little Miss Sunshine||Richard Hoover|
|2007||Feast of Love||Bradley Smith|
|2008||Baby Mama||Rob Ackerman|
|2008||Ghost Town||Frank Herlihy|
|2008||Flash of Genius||Bob Kearns|
|2010||Green Zone||Clark Poundstone|
|2010||The Last Song||Steve Miller|
|2011||Thin Ice||Mickey Prohaska|
|2011||That's What I Am||Narrator||Uncredited|
|2011||Salvation Boulevard||Carl Vanderveer|
|2011||I Don't Know How She Does It||Richard Reddy|
|2012||Stuck in Love||Bill Borgens|
|2013||Movie 43||Griffin Schraeder||Segment "The Pitch"|
|2013||The English Teacher||Dr. Tom Sherwood|
|2013||Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues||Gary|
|2014||Heaven Is for Real||Todd Burpo|
|2014||Murder of a Cat||Ford|
|2016||Little Men||Brian Jardine|
|2017||Same Kind of Different as Me||Ron Hall|
|1988||What Price Victory||Assistance||Movie|
|1989||Life Goes On||Corey||Episode: "Break a Leg, Mom"|
|1990||Murder in Mississippi||News Reporter||Movie|
|1990||Mancuso, FBI||Photographer||Episode: "Adamant Eve"|
|1991||L.A. Law||Reporter||Episode: "Spleen It to Me, Lucy"|
|1991–1995||Talk Soup||Host||2 episodes|
|1993||Based on an Untrue Story||Orlando Chang Stein||Movie|
|2000||Happily Ever After:
Fairy Tales for Every Child
|Prince Gavin||Episode: "The Frog Princess"|
|2001||Dinner With Friends||Tom||Movie|
|2003||Friends||Benjamin Hobart||Episode: "The One with Ross' Grant"|
|2011||The Kennedys||John F. Kennedy||8 episodes|
|2012||Modern Family||Tad||Episode: "Me? Jealous?"|
|2014||Rake||Keegan Deane||13 episodes|
|2015||Drunk History||Thaddeus Lowe||Episode: "New Jersey"|
Awards and nominations
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- "Greg Kinnear profile at". Filmreference.com. Retrieved 2008-10-28.
- "Greg Kinnear Biography". Movies.yahoo.com. Retrieved 2008-10-28.
- Logansport Pharos Tribune, July 2, 1955, Logansport, Indiana; engagement announcement of Edward Kinnear and Suzanne Buck
- Alpha Tau Omega website; accessed February 14, 2014.
- Rooster Teeth · RT Podcast #192. Roosterteeth.com (2014-02-13). Retrieved on 2014-06-05.
- Hollywood Reporter.aspx
- Kilday, Gregg (January 26, 2012). "Greg Kinnear and Jennifer Connelly to Star in 'Writers'". Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on February 4, 2012. Retrieved February 4, 2012.
- Pringle, Gill (13 March 2009). "Greg Kinnear – 'We all lead double lives'". The Independent (Independent Print Limited). Retrieved 24 January 2015.
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