Ron Livingston

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Ron Livingston
RonLivingstonMay10.jpg
Livingston in 2010
BornRonald Joseph Livingston
(1967-06-05) June 5, 1967 (age 51)
Cedar Rapids, Iowa, U.S.
Alma materYale University
OccupationActor
Years active1992–present
Spouse(s)
Rosemarie DeWitt (m. 2009)
Children2

Ronald Joseph Livingston (born June 5, 1967)[1][2] is an American actor. Livingston is known for his starring role as Peter Gibbons in the 1999 movie Office Space, as well as his role as Captain Lewis Nixon in the 2001 miniseries Band of Brothers.

Livingston's other notable roles were in the films Swingers (1996), Adaptation (2002), The Conjuring (2013), and the television series Loudermilk and Boardwalk Empire, on which he appeared in the fourth season.

Early life[edit]

Livingston was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to Linda (née Rinas), a Lutheran pastor, and Kurt Livingston, an aerospace/electronics engineer.[3][4][5] His younger brother John is also an actor; sister Jennifer Livingston and brother-in-law Mike Thompson are TV news personalities at WKBT in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Livingston first acted at Theatre Cedar Rapids after being introduced to the group during a school job shadowing.[6] Livingston moved 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 fifth and sixth seasons of Sex and the City. He guest starred 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.[7]

In 2010, Livingston co-starred in the Jay Roach comedy Dinner for Schmucks.[8] On February 26, 2013, Entertainment Weekly confirmed that he would be joining the cast of HBO's Boardwalk Empire for the fourth season.[9]

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.[10]

Livingston currently stars in the Audience comedy television series, Loudermilk. In the Peter Farrelly produced series, Livingston plays the title role of Sam Loudermilk, a substance abuse counselor who is also a recovering alcoholic who is known for his bad behavior and attitude. The show premiered in October 2017 and was renewed in April 2018 for a second season that will premiere in October 2018.[11] He also stars in the upcoming ABC family drama series A Million Little Things as Jon Dixon, whose suicide causes his group of friends to evaluate their own lives [12]

Personal life[edit]

Livingston and his Standoff co-star Rosemarie DeWitt began a relationship after meeting on the show.[13] After dating for three years, they were married on November 2, 2009, in San Francisco.[14] He was previously engaged to actress Lisa Sheridan.[15]

In May 2013, Livingston and his wife announced they had adopted an infant girl born the previous month.[16] In December 2016, the couple announced they had adopted another child, a girl, who was born the previous year.[17][18]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1992 Straight Talk Soldier
1994 Some Folks Call It a Sling Blade N/A Short film
1995 The Low Life Chad
1996 Swingers Rob
1997 Campfire Tales Rick / RV Driver Segments: "The Honeymoon" and "The Campfire"
1997 The Small Hours Steve
1999 Dill Scallion Ron Statlin
1999 Office Space Peter Gibbons
1999 The Big Brass Ring Sheldon Buckle
1999 Two Ninas Marty Sachs
1999 Body Shots Trent
2000 Beat Allen Ginsberg
2000 A Rumor of Angels Uncle Charlie
2002 Buying the Cow Tyler Carter Bellows
2002 Adaptation Marty Bowen
2003 The Cooler Larry Sokolov
2003 King of the Ants Eric Gatley Uncredited
2005 Winter Solstice Mr. Bricker
2004 Little Black Book Derek
2005 Pretty Persuasion Mr. Anderson
2005 The 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 The Spleenectomy Dr. Bannister Short film
2008 McCartney's Genes Rudolf
2009 The Time Traveler's Wife Gomez
2010 Dinner for Schmucks Caldwell
2010 Going the Distance Will Broderick
2011 Leave Dr. Lieberman
2011 10 Years Paul
2012 Queens of Country Rance McCoy
2012 The Odd Life of Timothy Green Franklin Crudstaff
2013 Touchy Feely Adrian
2013 Drinking Buddies Chris Cook
2013 The Pretty One Charles
2013 The Conjuring Roger Perron Nominated – Fright Meter Award for Best Supporting Actor
2013 The Sidekick Captain Wonder Short film
2013 Parkland James P. Hosty
2014 Fort Bliss Richard Swann
2015 James White Ben
2015 Addicted to Fresno Edwin
2015 Vacation Ethan
2015 Digging for Fire Bob
2016 The 5th Wave Oliver Sullivan
2017 Shimmer Lake Kyle Walker
2017 Lucky Bobby Lawrence
2018 Tully Drew Moreau
2018 The Long Dumb Road Francois
2018 Richard Says Goodbye Harry

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1995 JAG Corporal David Anderson Episode: "Scimitar"
1996 Townies Curt 2 episodes
1997 Timecop Elliott Ness Episode: "Public Enemy"
1997 Players Jordan Episode: "Con Law"
1998 That's Life Mitch 6 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 The Practice A.D.A. Alan Lowe 8 episodes
2002–2003 Sex and the City Jack Berger 8 episodes
2003 44 Minutes: The North Hollywood Shoot-Out Donnie Anderson Television film
2005–2007 American Dad! Bob Memari (voice) 3 episodes
2005 House Dr. Sebastian Charles Episode: "TB or Not TB"
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 18 episodes
2009 Defying Gravity Maddux Donner 13 episodes
2009 WWII in HD Charles Scheffel (voice) 5 episodes
2012 Game Change Mark Wallace Television film
2013 Boardwalk Empire Roy Phillips 6 episodes
Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
2015 Adventure Time Morty Rogers (voice) Episode: "Chips & Ice Cream"
2015 Saints & Strangers John Carver Miniseries; 2 episodes
2016–present Search Party Keith Powell 10 episodes
2017 Dice Sydney Stein 2 episodes
2017–present Loudermilk Sam Loudermilk Lead role, 10 episodes
2018 A Million Little Things Jon Dixon Series regular
2018 The Romanoffs Alex Myers Episode: "Bright and High Circle"

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Today in History". The Boston Globe. The Associated Press. June 5, 2012. Retrieved October 24, 2013.
  2. ^ "Ron Livingston Biography (1968–)". Filmreference.com. Retrieved October 25, 2013.
  3. ^ "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)
  4. ^ "'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)
  5. ^ "Remembering Rinas - Marion Times - Online at". Mariontoday.org. Retrieved August 1, 2013.
  6. ^ "Ron Livingston speaks about Theatre Cedar Rapids". YouTube. Retrieved August 1, 2013.
  7. ^ Lewinski, John (October 22, 2009). "Set visits reveal ghosts of Defying Gravity set destruction". TVSquad. Retrieved October 22, 2009.
  8. ^ Siegel, Tatiana (October 25, 2009). "'Dinner' for Ron Livingston". Variety.
  9. ^ Hibberd, James (February 26, 2013). "Ron Livingston joins 'Boardwalk Empire' season 4 | Inside TV | EW.com". Insidetv.ew.com. Retrieved August 1, 2013.
  10. ^ "Drinking Buddies". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster. Retrieved November 2, 2013.
  11. ^ Haring, Bruce (July 27, 2018). "'Loudermilk' Second Season, East St. Louis Documentary Premiere Dates Set By AT&T Audience Network". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved July 27, 2018.
  12. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (July 27, 2018). "A Million Little Things' New ABC Drama Series Recasts Role". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 26, 2018.
  13. ^ "Rosemarie DeWitt : News". People.com. Retrieved September 3, 2010.
  14. ^ "Ron Livingston Marries Former Costar". Us Weekly. November 12, 2009. Retrieved October 25, 2013.
  15. ^ Kappes, Serena (July 19, 2006). "Celeb Spotlight: Ron Livingston – Ron Livingston". People.com. Retrieved September 3, 2010.
  16. ^ "Ron Livingston and Rosemarie DeWitt Welcome Daughter Gracie James" May 23, 2013, People Magazine Online
  17. ^ Juneau, Jen (December 15, 2016). "Rosemarie DeWitt Reveals She Welcomed a Daughter Through Adoption: 'She's a Little Sweetheart'". People. Retrieved January 10, 2017.
  18. ^ Johnson, Zach (December 15, 2016). "Rosemarie DeWitt and Ron Livingston Adopt Daughter Esperanza Mae". E! News. Retrieved January 10, 2017.

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