Greg Kinnear

Actor, TV host, Producer
A television host-turned-actor with a flair for snarky satire, Greg Kinnear made the unusual leap from talking head to big screen stardom, earning an Oscar nomination for one of his first outings, James L. Brooks' "As ... Read more »
Born: 06/16/1963 in Logansport, Indiana, USA

Filmography

Actor (74)

Conan 2011, 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Heaven is for Real 2014 (Movie)

Todd Burpo (Actor)

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2004, 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

Late Night with Seth Meyers 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

Murder of a Cat 2014 (Movie)

Alistair Ford (Actor)

Rake 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

The Soup 1991 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues 2013 (Movie)

Gary (Actor)

Movie 43 2013 (Movie)

Griffin Schraeder (Actor)

Stuck in Love 2013 (Movie)

Bill Borgens (Actor)

The English Teacher 2013 (Movie)

Dr. Tom Sherwood (Actor)

Modern Family 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Thin Ice 2012 (Movie)

Micky Prohaska (Actor)

I Don't Know How She Does It 2011 (Movie)

Richard Reddy (Actor)

Salvation Boulevard 2011 (Movie)

Carl Vandermeer (Actor)

The 16th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Kennedys 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Green Zone 2010 (Movie)

Clark Poundstone (Actor)

The Last Song 2010 (Movie)

Steve Miller (Actor)

The Late Show With David Letterman 2010 (Tv Show)

Guest

Baby Mama 2008 (Movie)

Rob (Actor)

Flash of Genius 2008 (Movie)

Dr. Robert Kearns (Actor)

Ghost Town 2008 (Movie)

Frank Herlihy (Actor)

Feast of Love 2007 (Movie)

Bradley Smith (Actor)

The 2007 Screen Actors Guild Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Fast Food Nation 2006 (Movie)

Don Anderson (Actor)

Invincible 2006 (Movie)

Dick Vermeil (Actor)

Little Miss Sunshine 2006 (Movie)

Richard (Actor)

Unknown 2006 (Movie)

Broken Nose (Actor)

20th Independent Spirit Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Robots 2005 (Movie)

Ratchet (Voice)

The Bad News Bears 2005 (Movie)

Roy Bullock (Actor)

The Matador 2005 (Movie)

Danny Wright (Actor)

Godsend 2004 (Movie)

Paul Duncan (Actor)

Reel Comedy: Stuck on You 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Friends 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Stuck on You 2003 (Movie)

Walt (Actor)

Auto Focus 2002 (Movie)

Bob Crane (Actor)

We Were Soldiers 2002 (Movie)

Major Bruce Crandall (Actor)

Canned Ham: Nurse Betty 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Later 1993 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Someone Like You 2001 (Movie)

Ray Brown (Actor)

The 58th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The VH1/Vogue Fashion Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

1st Annual Laureus Sports Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Loser 2000 (Movie)

Professor Edward Alcott (Actor)

Nurse Betty 2000 (Movie)

Doctor David Ravell (Actor)

The Gift 2000 (Movie)

Wayne Collins (Actor)

What Planet Are You From? 2000 (Movie)

Perry Gordon (Actor)

Canned Ham: Mystery Man 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Mystery Men 1999 (Movie)

Captain Amazing (Actor)

You've Got Mail 1998 (Movie)

Frank Navasky (Actor)

A Smile Like Yours 1997 (Movie)

Danny Robertson (Actor)

As Good As It Gets 1997 (Movie)

Simon Bishop (Actor)

1996 ShoWest Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Dear God 1996 (Movie)

Tom Turner (Actor)

NBC's New Year's Eve With "Friday Night" 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Sabrina 1995 (Movie)

David Larrabee (Actor)

Blankman 1994 (Movie)

Talk Show Host (Actor)

Spring Break 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

L.A. Law 1991 - 1992 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Best of the Worst 1990 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Dillinger 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

College Mad House 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Based on an Untrue Story (TV Show)

Actor

Dinner With Friends (TV Show)

Actor

Murder in Mississippi (TV Show)

Actor

What Price Victory (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

A television host-turned-actor with a flair for snarky satire, Greg Kinnear made the unusual leap from talking head to big screen stardom, earning an Oscar nomination for one of his first outings, James L. Brooks' "As Good as it Gets" (1997). Kinnear hosted entertainment segment shows before finding the perfect outlet for his sarcastic repartee on "Talk Soup" (E!, 1991-2002), a daily compilation of talk show highlights emphasizing the grotesque and bizarre, which, at one time, became the most popular program on the fledgling E! Entertainment network. The show's hip cache boosted Kinnear's profile and after a failed segue to late night talk shows, he began appearing on film in a familiar capacity as wisecracking, boyish supporters. Kinnear's romantic comedy output met with uneven reviews, but after an assortment of misfires, he took a turn towards higher caliber, character-driven films like "Auto Focus" (2002), "Little Miss Sunshine" (2007) and "Flash of Genius" (2008), while shining as John F. Kennedy in the controversial miniseries "The Kennedys" (Reelz Channel, 2011) - all meatier, dramatic roles where the deceptively complex actor found steadier critical success.

Relationships

Edward Kinnear

Father
Worked for the U.S. State Department

Suzanne Kinnear

Mother

Audrey Kinnear

Daughter
Born June 13, 2006; mother, Helen Labdon

Lily Kinnear

Daughter
Born Sept. 12, 2003; mother, Helen Labdon

James Kinnear

Brother
Born c. 1957 Served as executive director of the Corvalis (Oregon) Convention and Visitors Bureau

Steve Kinnear

Brother
Born c. 1959 Worked for the Billy Graham Training Center in North Carolina

Helen Labdon

Wife
Married May 1, 1999

EDUCATION

University of Arizona

Tucson , Arizona 1985
Member of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity

American Community Schools

While attending high school overseas, hosted the radio show "School Daze With Greg Kinnear"

Milestones

2011

Portrayed John F. Kennedy in the eight-hour miniseries "The Kennedys," developed for the History Channel, but after they declined to air it, was shown on ReelzChannel

2011

Starred opposite Sarah Jessica Parker in "I Don't Know How She Does It"

2011

Co-starred with Billy Crudup and Alan Arkin in the crime drama "Thin Ice"

2011

Nominated for the 2011 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor In A Miniseries Or A Movie

2010

Re-teamed with Matt Damon in Paul Greengrass' war thriller "Green Zone"

2010

Played the father of a rebellious teen (Miley Cyrus) in the drama "The Last Song"

2008

Cast opposite Tina Fey and Amy Poehler in the comedy "Baby Mama"

2008

Co-starred with Ricky Gervais in "Ghost Town"

2007

Cast in Robert Benton's "Feast of Love," the ensemble drama based on the novel by Charles Baxter

2006

Played the father of a pre-teen beauty pageant contestant opposite Toni Collette and Steve Carell in "Little Miss Sunshine"

2006

Played a fast food marketing executive in Richard Linklater's "Fast Food Nation"

2006

Cast as legendary football coach Dick Vermeil in "Invincible"

2005

Cast opposite Billy Bob Thornton in the remake of 1976's "The Bad News Bears"

2005

Co-starred with Pierce Brosnan and Hope Davis in "The Matador"

2004

Co-starred with Rebecca Romijn-Stamos in the thriller "Godsend"

2003

Starred opposite Matt Damon as conjoined twins in the Farrelly Brothers comedy "Stuck on You"

2002

Cast as TV star Bob Crane in the feature film "Auto Focus"

2002

Co-starred in the Vietnam War drama "We Were Soldiers"

2001

Co-starred as Tom, a man facing the end of his marriage in the HBO adaptation of Pulitzer-winning play "Dinner With Friends"

2000

Played a soap opera actor in "Nurse Betty" opposite Renee Zellweger

2000

Played Garry Shandling's sleazy, conniving co-worker in Mike Nichols' "What Planet Are You From?"

1997

Cast as Jack Nicholson's homosexual neighbor Simon Bishop in James L. Brooks' "As Good As It Gets"; received Golden Globe, SAG and Oscar nominations for Best Supporting Actor

1996

First leading role in a feature film, "Dear God"

1995

Cast as David Larrabee in Sydney Pollack's remake of Billy Wilder's 1954 classic "Sabrina"

1994

Feature debut as a talk show host in the Damon Wayans comedy "Blankman"

1994

Hosted (also wrote and produced) the NBC late-night talk show "Later with Greg Kinnear"

1991

Created and hosted comedy show "Best of the Worst" (Fox); also co-executive produced

1991

Became the first host of "Talk Soup" (E!), a daily compilation of talk show highlights; also produced and co-wrote

1989

Hosted the short-lived game show "College Mad House" (syndicated)

1988

Landed a small role in the ABC TV-movie "What Price Victory"

1987

Hosted various segments on Movietime (later E!), a 24-hour entertainment cable network

1986

Worked in the marketing department of Charles Band's Empire Pictures

1985

Moved to Los Angeles after graduating from college

1973

Moved to Washington, DC at age 10 when his father went to work for the State Department

Hosted "The HBO International Report" on E! Entertainment Television

Attended high school in Athens, Greece

Worked on the advertising campaigns for such films as "Space Sluts in the Slammer" and the "Ghoulies" series

Moved with family to Beirut, Lebanon

Evacuated to Athens, Greece when civil war broke out in Beirut

Bonus Trivia

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"He's engaging, charming, quick-witted and from Indiana, like David Letterman. There must be something in the water there. They have a similar perspective." – talent manager Rick Baker to USA Today, Nov. 10, 1993

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"I've heard the suggestion that people who get into this business have a tendency to have grown up in a number of different spots, and that by moving from place to place, you're having to constantly reinvent yourself and be accepted by people. So you grow to REALLY want to be accepted, to really want to have people like you. It sounds like psychiatric gibberish to me." – Kinnear quoted in Us Weekly, July 1994

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"Setting goals can blind you to opportunities. You might be trying to get to point C. When opportunity B comes, you don't even look at it because you're going straight to C. I've never had a clear road map. When things come along, I benefit." – Kinnear quoted in USA Weekend Dec. 15, 1995

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"After I made the decision to pursue a career as an actor, it was so clear to me how much I had underestimated the task ahead – the whole process of making a movie: It was, and is, so overwhelming that to try to do that while I was harboring other interests was crazy. Since then, I've tried to focus on this gigantic learning curve. I don't know where I am on the curve at any given moment. I have a feeling it's not very far off the bottom horizontal line." – Kinnear to The Los Angeles Times, Jan. 1, 2001

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