Greg Kinnear

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Greg Kinnear
Greg Kinnear TIFF 2012.jpg
BornGregory Buck Kinnear[1]
(1963-06-17) June 17, 1963 (age 50)
Logansport, Indiana, United States
Alma materUniversity of Arizona (B.A., 1985)
OccupationActor/TV personality
Years active1988–present
Spouse(s)Helen Labdon (1999–present)
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Greg Kinnear
Greg Kinnear TIFF 2012.jpg
BornGregory Buck Kinnear[1]
(1963-06-17) June 17, 1963 (age 50)
Logansport, Indiana, United States
Alma materUniversity of Arizona (B.A., 1985)
OccupationActor/TV personality
Years active1988–present
Spouse(s)Helen Labdon (1999–present)

Gregory Buck "Greg" Kinnear (born June 17, 1963) is an American actor and television personality who first rose to stardom in 1991. He has appeared in more than 20 motion pictures, and was nominated for an Academy Award for his role in As Good as It Gets.

He has appeared in other notable films, including Sabrina, You've Got Mail, Nurse Betty, We Were Soldiers, Little Miss Sunshine, Invincible and Green Zone. Notable TV roles include Friends and his Emmy nominated roles for Talk Soup, The Kennedys and Modern Family, as well as starring as Keegan Deane, in the upcoming series, Rake.

Early life[edit]

Kinnear was born in Logansport, Indiana, United States, the son of Suzanne (née Buck), a homemaker, and Edward Kinnear, a career diplomat who worked for the US State Department.[2][3][4] 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, Greg 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, where he graduated in 1985 with a degree in broadcast journalism. Kinnear was a member of the Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity at Arizona.[5]


Talk shows[edit]

Kinnear hosted a short-lived game show, College Mad House, which was spun off from the kids' show, Fun House. Later he would become the creator, co-executive producer, and host of Best of the Worst which aired from 1990 to 1991. Unfortunately, due to a series of events caused by Rooster Teeth founder Burnie Burns, the show was canceled; 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.[6] In 1991, Kinnear became the first host of Talk Soup, which he did until 1995, when he left the show for the NBC late-night talk show, Later with Greg Kinnear (1994).

Film roles[edit]

It was in 1994 that Kinnear had his first big screen role, as a talk show host in the Damon Wayans comedy Blankman. In 1995 he won the part of David Larrabee in Sydney Pollack's remake of Billy Wilder's 1954 classic Sabrina. He later 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, for which he received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. His next film, A Smile Like Yours, had him starring opposite Lauren Holly as part of a couple trying to have a baby. His next film was the popular You've Got Mail, in which he played Meg Ryan's character's significant other. His following films were Mystery Men, Nurse Betty, Loser, The Gift, and Someone Like You. Kinnear often alternated roles, often playing good guys like a playboy in Sabrina 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 and an egotistical soap opera star in Nurse Betty.

Kinnear starred in the movie Auto Focus about the life and murder of actor Bob Crane in 2002. In 2003 he starred in Stuck On You, a comedy in which he played opposite 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 opposite Pierce Brosnan and voiced the main antagonist, Ratchet in the compter-animated film Robots.

Kinnear in 2006.

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 starred in the movie 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.)

Greg also appeared in the movie Baby Mama with Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. He played a man working in a local smoothie shop and sparked a romantic interest in Tina Fey's character. In 2010, Kinnear 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.[7] It was subsequently picked up by ReelzChannel and then first aired on April 3, 2011.

Kinnear starred as a famous novelist in the directorial debut of Josh Boone, Stuck in Love. The film followed his relationships with his ex-wife (Jennifer Connelly) and teenage children.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Kinnear married British model, Helen Labdon, on May 1, 1999. Labdon was previously a Page 3 glamour model.[9] They have three daughters, Lily Kathryn (born September 2003), Audrey Mae (born June 2006) and Kate "Katie" Grace (born fall 2009).



1994BlankmanTalk Show Host
1995SabrinaDavid LarrabeeChicago Film Critics Association Award for Most Promising Actor
1996Dear GodTom Turner
1996Beavis and Butt-head Do AmericaATF Agent BorkUncredited Voice Role
1997A Smile Like YoursDanny Robertson
1997As Good as It GetsSimon BishopNational Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actor
Southeastern Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated — Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated — Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture
Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
1998You've Got MailFrank NavaskyBlockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Supporting Actor – Comedy/Romance
1999Mystery MenCaptain Amazing/Lance Hunt
2000What Planet Are You From?Perry Gordon
2000Nurse BettyDr. David Ravell/George McCord
2000LoserProfessor Edward Alcott
2000The GiftWayne Collins
2001Someone Like YouRay Brown
2002We Were SoldiersMaj. Bruce "Snake" Crandall
2002Auto FocusBob CraneNominated — New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor (3rd place)
2003Stuck on YouWalt Tenor
2004GodsendPaul Duncan
2005The MatadorDanny Wright
2005RobotsPhineas T. RatchetVoice Role
2005Bad News BearsRoy Bullock
2006Fast Food NationDon Anderson
2006Little Miss SunshineRichard HooverPhoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Nominated — Central Ohio Film Critics Association for Best Ensemble (2nd place)
Nominated — Gotham Award for Best Ensemble Cast
2006InvincibleDick Vermeil
2006UnknownBroken Nose
2007Feast of LoveBradley Smith
2008Baby MamaRob Ackerman
2008Ghost TownFrank Herlihy
2008Flash of GeniusBob KearnsBoston Film Festival Award for Best Actor
2010Green ZoneClark Poundstone
2010The Last SongSteve Miller
2011Thin IceMickey Prohaska
2011That's What I AmNarratorUncredited
2011Salvation BoulevardCarl Vanderveer
2011I Don't Know How She Does ItRichard Reddy
2012Stuck in LoveBill Borgens
2013Movie 43Griffin SchraederSegment "The Pitch"
2013The English TeacherDr. Tom Sherwood
2013Anchorman 2: The Legend ContinuesGary
2014Heaven Is for RealTodd Burpofilming


1988What Price VictoryAssistanceTelevision movie
1989Life Goes OnCoreyEpisode: "Break a Leg, Mom"
1990Murder in MississippiNews ReporterTelevision movie
1990Mancuso, FBIPhotographerEpisode: "Adamant Eve"
1991DillingerArizona LegislatorTelevision movie
1991L.A. LawReporterEpisode: "Spleen It to Me, Lucy"
1991–1995Talk SoupHost2 episodes
Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Special Class Program
1993Based on an Untrue StoryOrlando Chang SteinTelevision movie
2000Happily Ever After:
Fairy Tales for Every Child
Prince GavinEpisode: "The Frog Princess"
2001Dinner With FriendsTomTelevision movie
2003FriendsBenjamin HobartEpisode: "The One with Ross' Grant"
2011The KennedysJohn F. Kennedy8 episodes
Nominated — Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie
2012Modern FamilyTadEpisode: "Me? Jealous?"
Nominated — Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series
2014RakeKeegan Deane

Awards and nominations[edit]

Academy Awards

Blockbuster Entertainment Award

Chicago Film Critics Association Awards

Daytime Emmy Awards

Emmy Awards

Golden Apple Awards

Golden Globe Awards

Gotham Awards

National Board of Review Awards

The last song Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards

Satellite Awards

Screen Actors Guild Awards

Southeastern Film Critics Association Awards


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  2. ^ "Greg Kinnear Biography (1963–)". Retrieved 2008-10-28. 
  3. ^ "Greg Kinnear Biography". Retrieved 2008-10-28. 
  4. ^ Logansport Pharos Tribune, July 2, 1955, Logansport, Indiana; engagement announcement of Edward Kinnear and Suzanne Buck
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  7. ^ Hollywood Reporter.aspx
  8. ^ 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. 
  9. ^ "Helen Labdon Biography, (contains nudity)". The Sun. Retrieved 2009-08-01. 

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