Jon Gries

Actor, Singer, Musician
"Wolfman's got nards!" This line from the campy horror flick "The Monster Squad" (1987), directed at Jon Gries' vicious but vulnerable werewolf, neatly sums up the veteran character actor's career: tough characters with ... Read more »
Born: 06/15/1957 in Glendale, California, USA

Filmography

Actor (94)

Americons 2015 (Movie)

Billy (Actor)

Pass the Light 2015 (Movie)

Franklin (Actor)

Taken 3 2015 (Movie)

Casey (Actor)

Bad Turn Worse 2014 (Movie)

Sheriff Shep (Actor)

Criminal Minds 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Eternity: The Movie 2014 (Movie)

Barry Goldfield, Jr. (Actor)

Frank 2014 (Movie)

Colin York (Actor)

Good Intentions 2014 (Movie)

Sheriff Ernie (Actor)

Locker 13 2014 (Movie)

Archie (Actor)

The Bridge 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

A True Story 2013 (Movie)

Richard Simpkins (Actor)

Faults 2013 (Movie)

(Actor)

Noobz 2013 (Movie)

Greg Lipstein (Actor)

Skinwalker Ranch 2013 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Well 2013 (Movie)

(Actor)

Around June 2012 (Movie)

Murry (Actor)

Deep in the Heart 2012 (Movie)

Richard Wallrath (Actor)

Five Time Champion 2012 (Movie)

(Actor)

Napoleon Dynamite 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Voice

Natural Selection 2012 (Movie)

Peter (Actor)

Redemption: For Robbing the Dead 2012 (Movie)

(Actor)

Supernatural 2010, 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Taken 2 2012 (Movie)

Casey (Actor)

Unicorn City 2012 (Movie)

(Actor)

Hawaii Five-O 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Cold Case 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Crazy on the Outside 2010 (Movie)

Edgar (Actor)

Lost 2007, 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Nikita 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Psych 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Taken 2009 (Movie)

Casey (Actor)

Bar Starz 2008 (Movie)

(Actor)

CSI: New York 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Elsewhere 2008 (Movie)

Mr Tod (Actor)

American Pastime 2007 (Movie)

Ed Tully (Actor)

September Dawn 2007 (Movie)

John D. Lee (Actor)

The Astronaut Farmer 2007 (Movie)

FBI Agent Killbourne (Actor)

The BeatNicks 2007 (Movie)

Be Cool (Actor)

The Comebacks 2007 (Movie)

Barber (Actor)

The Sasquatch Gang 2007 (Movie)

Officer Chilcutt (Actor)

Stick It 2006 (Movie)

Brice Graham (Actor)

Carnivàle 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Waterborne 2005 (Movie)

(Actor)

Las Vegas 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Napoleon Dynamite 2004 (Movie)

Uncle Rico (Actor)

Northfork 2003 (Movie)

Arnold (Actor)

The Big Empty 2003 (Movie)

Elron (Actor)

The Rundown 2003 (Movie)

Harvey (Actor)

The Snow Walker 2003 (Movie)

(Actor)

24 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Pretender: The Island of the Haunted 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Jackpot 2001 (Movie)

Sunny Holiday (Actor)

The Pretender 2001 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Twin Falls, Idaho 1999 (Movie)

Jay (Actor)

Seinfeld 1995, 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Men in Black 1997 (Movie)

Van Driver (Actor)

Casualties 1996 (Movie)

Bill Summers (Actor)

Chicago Hope 1990 - 1996 (Tv Show)

Actor

L.A. Law 1990 - 1996 (Tv Show)

Actor

Strange Luck 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The Maze 1996 (Movie)

(Actor)

Get Shorty 1995 (Movie)

Ronnie Wingate (Actor)

Martin 1991 - 1995 (Tv Show)

Actor

Quantum Leap 1990 - 1995 (Tv Show)

Actor

Sweet Justice 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The X-Files 1990 - 1995 (Tv Show)

Actor

Bakersfield P.D. 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Beverly Hills 90210 1994 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Grifters 1990 (Movie)

Drunk's Friend (Actor)

Fright Night II 1989 (Movie)

Louie (Actor)

Kill Me Again 1989 (Movie)

Alan Swayzie (Actor)

Pucker Up and Bark Like a Dog 1989 (Movie)

Max (Actor)

Number One With a Bullet 1987 (Movie)

Bobby Sweet (Actor)

The Monster Squad 1987 (Movie)

Desperate Man (Actor)

Running Scared 1986 (Movie)

Tony (Actor)

TerrorVision 1986 (Movie)

O D (Actor)

Real Genius 1985 (Movie)

Lazlo Hollyfeld (Actor)

High School U.S.A. 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

High School, U.S.A. 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Joysticks 1982 (Movie)

King Vidiot (Actor)

The Texas Rangers 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

More American Graffiti 1979 (Movie)

Ron (Actor)

Sunnyside 1978 (Movie)

Wild Child (Actor)

Swap Meet 1978 (Movie)

(Actor)

Helter Skelter 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

The Chicken Chronicles 1976 (Movie)

Tom (Actor)

Will Penny 1968 (Movie)

Horace Greeley Allen (Actor)

Fever (TV Show)

Actor

Four Eyes and Six-Guns (TV Show)

Actor

Last Best Chance (TV Show)

Actor

Rainbow Drive (TV Show)

Actor

September Gun (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (4)

Northfork 2003 (Movie)

(Associate Producer)

Jackpot 2001 (Movie)

(Co-Producer)

Second Coming 2000 (Movie)

(Co-Producer)

Twin Falls, Idaho 1999 (Movie)

(Associate Producer)

Biography

"Wolfman's got nards!" This line from the campy horror flick "The Monster Squad" (1987), directed at Jon Gries' vicious but vulnerable werewolf, neatly sums up the veteran character actor's career: tough characters with soft hearts. His father, director Tom Gries, cast him in his movies such as "Will Penny" (1968) and the made-for-TV "Helter Skelter" (CBS, 1976), but the young actor quickly struck out on his own, appearing in cult '80s movies such as "Real Genius" (1985). By the 1990s he'd moved over to TV, landing memorable roles on "Beverly Hills, 90210" (Fox, 1990-2000); "Martin" (Fox, 1992-97); and "The Pretender" (NBC, 1996-2000). After appearing in "Get Shorty" (1995), Gries landed a breakout role as Uncle Rico in the surprise hit "Napoleon Dynamite" (2004) and joined the sprawling cast of "Lost" (ABC, 2004-2010). A self-professed late bloomer, Gries directed his first film, "Pickin & Grinnin," in 2010, before landing his first voice acting role on the animated "Napoleon Dynamite" (Fox, 2012). Though he may not have followed in his father's Emmy-winning footsteps, Jon Gries has made some distinct impressions of his own.

Relationships

Tom Gries

Father
born on December 22, 1922 died of a heart attack on January 3, 1977 directed sons in "Helter Skelter"

Cary Gries

Brother
born in May 1956

Stephen Gries

Brother
born in November 1952

Peter Gries

Half-Brother
born in 1947

Mary Munday

Mother
died of cancer on September 30, 1997 at age 71

Milestones

2010

Directed and produced his first film, "Pickin' & Grinnin"

2007

Cast as Ben Linus' father on ABC's "Lost"

2004

Portrayed Uncle Rico in the cult phenomenon "Napoleon Dynamite"

1996

Cast on the primetime NBC series "The Pretender"

1995

Appeared opposite Gene Hackman in Barry Sonnenfeld's "Get Shorty"

1994

Cast as a drug dealer on Fox's "Beverly Hills, 90210"

1987

Portrayed the werewolf's human form in the cult hit "The Monster Squad"

1985

Cast as a mysterious college student in "Real Genius"

1968

Made his film debut in Charlton Heston's "Will Penny," directed by his father, Tom Gries

Bonus Trivia

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"And Uncle Rico—you know, I came to things a little later. I didn't get on the ball as an actor when I was younger. So I understand how Uncle Rico feels like opportunity passed him by. Though he blames it on other people, and I more just accept it." - from TheAvClub.com, May 15, 2007

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Was cast as Michael Emerson's father on ABC's "Lost," even though Emerson was actually three years older than him.

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Grew up in a creative family: Mary, his mother, was an actress, while his father Tom was an Emmy-winning TV and film director in the 1950s and '60s.

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