John C Reilly

Actor, Playwright, Director
Oscar and Tony-nominated actor John C. Reilly earned his stellar reputation with supporting roles in respected dramas like "What's Eating Gilbert Grape" (1993) and "Georgia" (1995), before a string of work with Paul ... Read more »
Born: 05/23/1965 in Chicago, Illinois, USA


Actor (75)

Entertainment 2015 (Movie)


Bears 2014 (Movie)


Conan 2012, 2014 (Tv Show)


Guardians of the Galaxy 2014 (Movie)

Corpsman Dey (Actor)

Life After Beth 2014 (Movie)

Maury Slocum (Actor)

The Late Show With David Letterman 2008, 2014 (Tv Show)


The Lobster 2014 (Movie)

Lisping Man (Actor)

The Tale of Tales 2014 (Movie)


Tim & Eric's Bedtime Stories 2014 (Tv Show)


The Dictator 2012 (Movie)

American agent (Actor)

The Tonight Show With Jay Leno 2012 (Tv Show)


Wreck-It Ralph 2012 (Movie)

Wreck-It Ralph (Voice)

Carnage 2011 (Movie)

Michael Longstreet (Actor)

Cedar Rapids 2011 (Movie)

Dean Ziegler (Actor)

Funny or Die Presents... 2009 - 2011 (TV Show)


Terri 2011 (Movie)

Mr. Fitzgerald (Actor)

We Need to Talk About Kevin 2011 (Movie)

Franklin (Actor)

Cyrus 2010 (Movie)

John (Actor)

Drunk History: Tesla & Edison 2010 (Movie)


Fight for Your Right Revisited 2010 (Movie)


Scream 2009 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)


The Extra Man 2010 (Movie)

Gershon (Actor)

9 2009 (Movie)

#3 (Voice)

Cirque Du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant 2009 (Movie)

Larten Crepsley (Actor)

The Jay Leno Show 2009 (Tv Show)


Movies Rock 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)


Reel Comedy: Step Brothers 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)


Reel Comedy: Walk Hard 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)


Step Brothers 2008 (Movie)

Dale Doback (Actor)

The Promotion 2008 (Movie)

Richard Wehlner (Actor)

The Simpsons 2008 (Tv Show)


2007 Taurus World Stunt Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)


D Tour: A Tenacious Documentary 2007 (Movie)


Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story 2007 (Movie)

Dewey Cox (Actor)

Year of the Dog 2007 (Movie)

Al (Actor)

A Prairie Home Companion 2006 (Movie)

Lefty (Actor)

Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby 2006 (Movie)

Cal Naughton Jr. (Actor)

The 2006 MTV Movie Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)


Dark Water 2005 (Movie)

Mr Murray (Actor)

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2005 (Tv Show)


Piggie 2005 (Movie)

Russell (Actor)

Cracking Up 2004 (Tv Show)


Criminal 2004 (Movie)

Richard Gaddis (Actor)

The Aviator 2004 (Movie)

Noah Dietrich (Actor)

Chicago 2002 (Movie)

Amos Hart (Actor)

Gangs of New York 2002 (Movie)

Happy Jack (Actor)

The Good Girl 2002 (Movie)

Phil Last (Actor)

The Hours 2002 (Movie)

Dan Brown (Actor)

The Anniversary Party 2001 (Movie)

Mac Forsyth (Actor)

The Perfect Storm 2000 (Movie)

Dale 'Murph' Murphy (Actor)

The Settlement 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)


For Love of the Game 1999 (Movie)

Gus Sinski (Actor)

Magnolia 1999 (Movie)

Jim Kurring (Actor)

Martial Law 1998 - 1999 (Tv Show)


Never Been Kissed 1999 (Movie)

Gus (Actor)

Chicago Cab 1998 (Movie)


Nightwatch 1998 (Movie)

Inspector Bill Davis (Actor)

The Thin Red Line 1998 (Movie)

Sergeant Storm (Actor)

Boogie Nights 1997 (Movie)

Reed Rothchild (Actor)

Hard Eight 1997 (Movie)

John (Actor)

Boys 1996 (Movie)

Officer Kellogg Curry (Actor)

Dolores Claiborne 1995 (Movie)

Constable Frank Stamshaw (Actor)

Georgia 1995 (Movie)

Herman (Actor)

The River Wild 1994 (Movie)

Terry (Actor)

What's Eating Gilbert Grape 1993 (Movie)

Tucker Van Dyke (Actor)

Hoffa 1992 (Movie)

Pete Connelly (Actor)

Out on A Limb 1992 (Movie)

Jim Jr (Actor)

Shadows and Fog 1992 (Movie)

Cop at Police Station (Actor)

Days of Thunder 1990 (Movie)

Buck Bretherton (Actor)

State of Grace 1990 (Movie)

Stevie (Actor)

Casualties of War 1989 (Movie)

Hatcher (Actor)

We're No Angels 1989 (Movie)

Young Monk (Actor)
Music (7)

Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie 2012 (Movie)

("Taquito Rap") (Song Performer)

Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie 2012 (Movie)

("Taquito Rap") (Song)

Step Brothers 2008 (Movie)

("Hairy Balls") (Song)

Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story 2007 (Movie)

("Let's Duet") (Song Performer)

Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story 2007 (Movie)

("(Mama) You Got To Love Your Negro Man") (Song)

A Prairie Home Companion 2006 (Movie)

("I Used To Live In Chicago") (Song Performer)

Chicago 2002 (Movie)

("Funny Honey") (Song Performer)
Writer (1)

Step Brothers 2008 (Movie)

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Oscar and Tony-nominated actor John C. Reilly earned his stellar reputation with supporting roles in respected dramas like "What's Eating Gilbert Grape" (1993) and "Georgia" (1995), before a string of work with Paul Thomas Anderson - "Hard Eight" (1996), "Boogie Nights" (1997) and "Magnolia" (1998) - brought his unique talent for playing the Everyman to the forefront. Finely nuanced characterizations in Anderson's artful fare led to an Oscar-nominated performance in the musical "Chicago" (2002) and roles in Martin Scorsese's "Gangs of New York" (2002) and "The Aviator" (2004). In Adam McKay's "Talladega Nights" (2006), Reilly showcased his comedic talent and began to establish himself as a leading man, taking center stage the following year in Judd Apatow's biopic parody, "Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story" (2007), which showcased both the actor's music and comedy chops as well as his mainstream appeal. An unconventional Hollywood star, Reilly earned the respect of critics and the adulation of fans.


Alison Dickey

Former assistant to Sean Penn met during the filming of "Casualties of War" (1989) married in 1992


Brother Rice High School

Chicago , Illinois

DePaul University

Chicago , Illinois 1987
Attended DePaul's Goodman School of Drama



Co-starred with Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet and Christoph Waltz in Roman Polanski's "Carnage"


Cast as the father of a troubled young man, opposite Tilda Swinton and Ezra Miller in the dark family drama "We Need to Talk About Kevin"


Co-starred with Ed Helms in the comedy "Cedar Rapids"


Nominated for the 2011 Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead ("Cyrus")


Nominated for the 2011 Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead


Co-starred with Jonah Hill and Marisa Tomei in the comedy "Cyrus"


Lent his voice to the feature-length adaptation of Shane Acker's short film "9"


Played vampire Larten Crepsley in the feature adaptation of "Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant"


Co-starred with Will Ferrell as unemployed adults living with their parents in the comedy "Step Brothers"


Played Molly Shannon's gun-nut neighbor in "Year of the Dog"


Played the title role in the comedy spoof "Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story"; also co-wrote the theme song; earned Golden Globe nominations for Best Actor and Best Original Song and a Grammy nomination for Best Song


Cast in Robert Altman's ensemble feature "A Prairie Home Companion," based on Garrison Keilor's radio program


Cast as Ricky Bobby's (Will Ferrell) childhood friend Cal Naughton Jr. in "Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby"


Cast opposite Jennifer Connelly in the thriller "Dark Water"


Starred in "Criminal," an English-language version of the Argentine hit "Nine Queens" by Fabián Bielinsky


Featured in "The Aviator," Martin Scorsese's biopic of the legendary director and aviator Howard Hughes


Played Amos Hart, the schlubby husband of an accused murderess, in the film version of the hit Broadway musical "Chicago"; received Golden Globe and Oscar nominations for Best Supporting Actor


Cast as Julianne Moore's husband in "The Hours"


Co-starred in the Martin Scorsese-directed period drama "Gangs of New York"


Starred opposite Jennifer Aniston in the indie film "The Good Girl"; earned an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor


Appeared in "The Anniversary Party"


Had title role in the stage musical "Marty" (July 2001 and February 2002)


Acted opposite Hoffman in the stage revival of Sam Shepard's "True West"; during course of run, the actors alternated the leading roles; each garnered Tony nominations for Best Actor in a Play


Re-teamed with Wahlberg as one of the crew members of the fishing vessel caught in "The Perfect Storm"


Reteamed with writer-director Anderson for "Magnolia" playing a sweet natured cop; also in cast were Cruise, Hall and Hoffman


Had supportng roles in "For Love of the Game" and "Never Been Kissed"


Acted with Penn in the ensemble "The Thin Red Line"


Made rare TV appearance on the CBS drama "Martial Law"


Co-starred with Mark Wahlberg and Philip Seymour Hoffman in Anderson's "Boogie Nights"


Played Mitch in Steppenwolf Theatre 50th anniversary production of "A Streetcar Named Desire" in Chicago


Had lead in "Hard Eight," directed by Paul Thomas Anderson and co-starring Philip Baker Hall


Played constable in "Dolores Claiborne"


Appeared in "The Frightening Frammis," a short film Cruise directed for Showtime's series "Fallen Angels"


Played Johnny Depp's friend in "What's Eating Gilbert Grape"


Appeared with Penn in the film "State of Grace"


Featured in the car-race drama "Days of Thunder"; first movie with Tom Cruise


Featured in the Penn vehicle "We're No Angels"


Sent a videotape of his stage work to director Brian De Palma, who cast Reilly in "Casualties of War"; first of several roles in support of Sean Penn


Had featured role in Steppenwolf production of "The Grapes of Wrath"; made Broadway debut when show moved to NYC


Started acting in community productions at age eight

Appeared with the Organic Theatre; wrote and directed a series of monologues, "Walkin' the Boogie"

Raised in Marquette Park, a working-class area of Chicago, IL

Joined Steppenwolf Theatre; appeared in "Othello" and with Eric Simonson created "A Shakespeare Sampler"

Bonus Trivia


"I grew up a Catholic and went regularly to church. When I made the decision to make acting my vocation, I used to joke that the theater is my church now. But, especially doing live theater, where you have to do eight performances in six days, you really have to kind of live like a monk. Then you go to this big, dark place and experience emotions, and it's very spiritual." – Reilly to USA Today, May 23, 1997


"Acting at Steppenwolf was an important goal for me, and still is. I check out every show there to see if there's a role for me." – Reilly in The Chicago Tribune, June 8, 1997


"The truth is a million things can go wrong between the beginning and the end of the making of a movie. I used to try to find a script I thought would make a good movie. Now, I try to find a character I connect with. As much as we all complain about auditions, they're an important part of the process and give you your only glimpse at whether you have anything in common with a director or not." – Reilly in The Chicago Tribune, June 8, 1997


"Hey, I'm just trying to become the Michael Caine/Gene Hackman of my generation." – Reilly in Movieline, December/January 2000


"It was like, would you like an entree of Sean Penn with a side of John C. Reilly? Although I got along well with Sean as an actor, I purposely didn't spend a lot of personal time with him and I didn't want people to think that I was getting parts because I was his friend. By the time we did 'The Thin Red Line,' together, we were f*ck*ng sick and tired of each other and were like, 'Oh, you old woman, just leave me alone.'" – Reilly on his frequent collaboration with actor Sean Penn to Anderson in an interview for Movieline, December/January 2000


"It was almost destiny that he and I met. He knew all of my work. A lot of it was just supporting-character stuff in big movies, but he watches everything. He was the first person who saw that I had something more to give, and he let me do it." – Reilly on his relationship with director Paul Thomas Anderson to Time Out New York, Feb. 17, 2000


"Theater makes me feel like a priest. Every day at the same time, you eat, you go to the theater, you summon all of these feelings and you go out onstage. All these people sitting in the dark try to connect with what you're doing. It's kind of a communion; it feels holy, monastic. 'True West' is one of the best jobs I've ever had. My new rule is, I have to do a play every year." – Reilly to Time Out New York, Feb. 17, 2000


"There is so much expectation that comes when you win. Winning an Oscar is like being the prettiest girl in high school: All the guys are convinced they've got no shot with you. My plan is never to get hot or cold. Stay nice and warm." – Reilly on not winning an Oscar for his role in "Chicago" to People, Sept. 27, 2004


Reilly played harmonica with his L.A. blues band "Stereoblues."


"I think of all the parts I play as the main characters in their own story. When you see great supporting performances, it's because people are committed to their little corner of the sky." – Reilly to GQ, March 2005


Reilly quit Lars Von Trier's "Manderlay" (2005) in protest over the killing of a donkey. The actor walked off the film's set in Trollhatten, Sweden and was replaced by Slovenian-born Zelijko Ivanek.


"When I went to acting school, the first thing that really ignited my imagination was improv class. There's something very attractive about the energy you get from an idea that has just arrived." – Reilly to Interview magazine, August 2006