John C. Reilly

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John C. Reilly
JohnCReillyJune09.jpg
Reilly at the 2009 Los Angeles Film Festival premiere of Ponyo
BornJohn Christopher Reilly
(1965-05-24) May 24, 1965 (age 49)[1]
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Alma materDePaul University
OccupationActor, singer, producer, writer, comedian
Years active1989–present
Spouse(s)Alison Dickey (m. 1992)
 
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John C. Reilly
JohnCReillyJune09.jpg
Reilly at the 2009 Los Angeles Film Festival premiere of Ponyo
BornJohn Christopher Reilly
(1965-05-24) May 24, 1965 (age 49)[1]
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Alma materDePaul University
OccupationActor, singer, producer, writer, comedian
Years active1989–present
Spouse(s)Alison Dickey (m. 1992)

John Christopher Reilly (born May 24, 1965) is an American actor, singer, producer, screenwriter, and comedian. Making his film debut in Casualties of War, Reilly is one of several actors whose careers were launched by Brian De Palma. To date, he has appeared in more than fifty films, including three separate films in 2002 that were all nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture. He has been nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Chicago and a Grammy Award for the song "Walk Hard", which he performed in Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story. Reilly has starred in Check It Out! with Dr. Steve Brule, a television show on Adult Swim, since its premiere on May 16, 2010.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Reilly was born in Chicago, Illinois, the fifth of six children. His father was of Irish and Scottish descent, and his mother was of Lithuanian ancestry.[3][4][5] His father ran an industrial linen supply company.[6][7]

Reilly was raised Roman Catholic[8][9] and attended Brother Rice High School.[10][11] Reilly is an alumnus of DePaul University in Chicago.

Career[edit]

Reilly made his film debut in the Brian De Palma film Casualties of War (1989) as PFC Herbert Hatcher.[12] Although his role was written as a small one, De Palma liked Reilly's performance so much that the role was significantly expanded. In the 1990s, he starred in Paul Thomas Anderson's 1997 film Boogie Nights as the pornographic film star Reed Rothchild. Reilly frequently collaborated with Anderson in the 1990s, including other roles in Hard Eight, Magnolia, and a cameo in the video for the Fiona Apple single "Across the Universe", which Anderson directed.

He appeared in Days of Thunder (1990) as stock car crew member “Buck Bretherton” – in 2006 he revisited this film’s subject matter as the character of race car driver “Cal Naughton, Jr.” in Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby.

In 2002, he appeared in three of the year's Academy Award for Best Picture nominees – Chicago, Gangs of New York and The Hours. The three films were nominated for a total of thirty-two Oscars, including one for Best Supporting Actor for Reilly's performance as Renée Zellweger's trusting husband in Chicago. Ultimately, Chicago won six, The Hours won one, and Gangs of New York won none.

Reilly in February 2007

Reilly appeared in Martin Scorsese's 2004 Howard Hughes biopic, The Aviator, as Hughes' (played by Leonardo DiCaprio) trusted business partner, Noah Dietrich. Of the role Reilly said, “Noah was almost a father figure to Hughes... Howard would have a scheme, and it was Noah who had to say, ‘We don’t have the money.’ He was one of his few friends.”[13] He reportedly quit the 2005 film Manderlay to protest the on-set killing of a donkey.[14] He appeared in Adam McKay's Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby in 2006, as Cal Naughton, Jr., the title character's best friend, alongside Will Ferrell. He also starred alongside Woody Harrelson, Meryl Streep, and Lindsay Lohan among others in the Robert Altman film A Prairie Home Companion. In 2007, Reilly starred as the title character in parody bio-pic Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, singing various songs parodying Johnny Cash, Ray Charles, and others. The next year, Reilly reunited with Ferrell to star in Step Brothers.

Reilly at the 2012 Comic-Con International in San Diego

In 2008, he was among the many notable actors to perform in the online political musical, Proposition 8 - The Musical.

Then in 2009, he played the role of Larten Crepsley in the film Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant, voiced "5" in 9. and starred in the 2010 film Cyrus.

In 2011, Reilly co-starred alongside Tilda Swinton and Ezra Miller in the British-American drama We Need to Talk About Kevin, based on the novel by Lionel Shriver.

Reilly has stated that he would be very determined to play the lead role of Nathan Detroit if a revival of the musical Guys and Dolls were to occur.[15]

In March 2012, he was featured in a performance of Dustin Lance Black's play, 8—a staged reenactment of the federal trial that overturned California's Prop 8 ban on same-sex marriage—as David Blankenhorn.[16] The production was held at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre and broadcast on YouTube to raise money for the American Foundation for Equal Rights, a non-profit organization funding the plaintiffs' legal team and sponsoring the play.[17][18]

Reilly voiced the title character in the 2012 animated hit Wreck-It Ralph.[19] He played Rhomann Dey in the 2014 Marvel Studios film Guardians of the Galaxy.[20]

Music[edit]

In 1998, Reilly appeared, along with Giovanni Ribisi and Winona Ryder, as Jon Spencer Blues Explosion in their video Talk About The Blues. In 2002, he played the role of Amos Hart, Roxie Hart's naïve husband, in Chicago. In 2006, he performed two songs on Rogue's Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs, and Chanteys: “Fathom the Bowl” and “My Son John”.[21]

In 2007, Reilly starred in the biopic parody Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story. In addition to his acting role, he also performed as a vocalist and songwriter on the movie's soundtrack, for which he was nominated for a Grammy.[22] Reilly went on a concert performance tour in the US, performing as his character Dewey Cox in the Cox Across America 2007 Tour.[23]

In 2011, he recorded two songs produced by Jack White and released as singles by White's Third Man Records: The Delmore Brothers' "Gonna Lay Down My Old Guitar," performed with Tom Brosseau, and Ray Price's "I'll Be There If You Want," performed with Becky Stark. He also appeared as "future Mike D" in the Beastie Boys' video "Make Some Noise."

In 2012, his current band, John Reilly & Friends, was slated to perform in the Railroad Revival Tour, alongside Willie Nelson & Family, Band of Horses and Jamey Johnson. However, the event was cancelled.[24][25]

Television[edit]

Reilly provided the voice of himself in The Simpsons episode "Any Given Sundance". He also frequently appeared on Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! as Dr. Steve Brule, a role which led to the spin-off series Check It Out! with Dr. Steve Brule.

Theatre[edit]

Reilly is also known to be a versatile stage actor. He has participated in numerous Broadway productions, and was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play for the 2000 Broadway production of Sam Shepard's True West. He and co-star Philip Seymour Hoffman were both nominated, alternating between the two lead characters during separate performances.

Personal life[edit]

Reilly married Alison Dickey, an independent film producer, in 1992. They have two sons.[26] Reilly is a vegetarian.[27]

Filmography[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1989Casualties of WarPFC. Herbert Hatcher
1989We're No AngelsYoung Monk
1990Days of ThunderBuck Bretherton
1990State of GraceStevie McGuire
1992Shadows and FogCop at Police Station
1992Out on a LimbJim Jr.
1992HoffaPete Connelly
1993What's Eating Gilbert GrapeTucker Van Dyke
1994River Wild, TheThe River WildTerry
1995Dolores ClaiborneConst. Frank Stamshaw
1995GeorgiaHerman
1996Hard EightJohn Finnegan
1996BoysOfficer Kellogg Curry
1997NightwatchDeputy Inspector Bill DavisUncredited
1997Boogie NightsReed RothchildFlorida Film Critics Circle Award for Best Cast
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
1997Chicago CabSteve
1998Thin Red Line, TheThe Thin Red LineSergeant Storm
1999Settlement, TheThe SettlementPat
1999Never Been KissedAugustus Strauss
1999For Love of the GameGus Sinski
1999MagnoliaJim KurringFlorida Film Critics Circle Award for Best Cast
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
2000Perfect Storm, TheThe Perfect StormDale 'Murph' Murphy
2001Anniversary Party, TheThe Anniversary PartyMac ForsythNominated—Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male
2002Good Girl, TheThe Good GirlPhil LastNominated—Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor - Motion Picture
2002Gangs of New YorkHappy JackLas Vegas Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actor
2002ChicagoAmos HartBroadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Cast
Las Vegas Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actor
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Nominated—Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture
Nominated—Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast
2002Hours, TheThe HoursDan BrownLas Vegas Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated—Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
2003Anger ManagementOlder Arnie ShankmanUncredited
2004Aviator, TheThe AviatorNoah DietrichNominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
2004CriminalRichard Gaddis
2005Dark WaterMr. Murray
2006A Prairie Home CompanionLeftyNominated—Gotham Awards for Best Ensemble Cast
2006Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky BobbyCal Naughton, Jr.
2006Tenacious D in The Pick of DestinySasquatchUncredited
2006Tom Goes to the MayorJohn
2007Year of the DogAl
2007Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox StoryDewford "Dewey" CoxLas Vegas Film Critics Society Award for Best Song
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song
Nominated—Grammy Award for Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media
2007–2010Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!Dr. Steven Brule25 Episodes
2008Promotion, TheThe PromotionRichard Wehlner
2008Step BrothersDale DobackAlso writer
200995 (voice)
2009Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's AssistantLarten Crepsley
2010–presentCheck It Out! with Dr. Steve BruleDr. Steve Brule16 episodes; Also writer and producer
2010Extra Man, TheThe Extra ManGershon
2010Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! Chrimbus SpecialDr. Steve BruleTelevision film
2010CyrusJohnNominated—Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
2011Cedar RapidsDean ZieglerNominated—Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male
2011Fight for Your Right RevisitedMike D (B-Boys 2)Short film
2011We Need to Talk About KevinFranklin
2011TerriMr. Fitzgerald
2011CarnageMichael
2012Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar MovieTaquito
2012Dictator, TheThe DictatorClaytonUncredited cameo
2012Wreck-It RalphWreck-It Ralph (voice)Also wrote additional story material
2013Anchorman 2: The Legend ContinuesThe Ghost of Stonewall JacksonUncredited cameo[28]
2014BearsNarratorDocumentary
2014Life After BethMaury Slocum
2014Guardians of the GalaxyRhomann Dey
2014Tim and Eric's Bedtime StoriesJordan1 episode
2015The LobsterLisping ManPost-production

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Monitor". Entertainment Weekly (1260): 34. May 24, 2013. 
  2. ^ Entertainment Weekly article: "'Check it Out! with Dr. Steve Brule': Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim on John C. Reilly's 'Awesome Show' spin-off."
  3. ^ Interview: John C. Reilly. Retrieved 2009-05-19.
  4. ^ Life of Reilly. Retrieved 2009-05-19.
  5. ^ http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/entertainment/celebrity/hollywood-star-john-c-reilly-1647467
  6. ^ Tucker, Reed (June 26, 2011). "Life of Reilly". New York Post. 
  7. ^ http://moviedriver.wordpress.com/2009/09/29/interview-john-c-reilly-his-joy-of-acting/
  8. ^ Goldman, Andrew (November 6, 2007). "Mr. Wise Guy". Elle. Retrieved September 19, 2010. 
  9. ^ Carty, Ciaran (August 15, 2010). "Life of Reilly". Sunday Tribune. Retrieved September 19, 2010. 
  10. ^ Allen, Nick (2010-06-24). "TSR Exclusive ..... 'Cyrus' – Interview with actor John C. Reilly — The Scorecard Review". Thescorecardreview.com. Retrieved 2010-08-22. 
  11. ^ Steinberg, Jacques (July 23, 2006). "One of These Days Audiences May Remember John C. Reilly's Name". The New York Times. Retrieved September 19, 2010. 
  12. ^ John C. Reilly at IMDB. Retrieved 2009-05-19.
  13. ^ "In Step With: John C. Reilly". Parade Magazine. August 29, 2004. 
  14. ^ "Cruelty to Animals in the Entertainment Business : Cruel Camera - Cruelty on Film : the fifth estate : CBC News". CBC News. [dead link]
  15. ^ "Zimbio Interview: John C. Reilly". Zimbio. June 25, 2010. 
  16. ^ "‘Glee’ Stars ‘Touched’ By Pitt & Clooney’s Support Of ‘8’". Access Hollywood. accesshollywood.com. Retrieved March 18, 2012. 
  17. ^ ""8": A Play about the Fight for Marriage Equality". YouTube. Retrieved March 18, 2012. 
  18. ^ "YouTube to broadcast Proposition 8 play live". pinknews.co.uk. Retrieved March 18, 2012. 
  19. ^ Wreck-It Ralph official website
  20. ^ Fleming, Jr., Mike (June 14, 2013). "John C. Reilly Firmed For Rhomann Dey, leader of the Nova Corps, In ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’". Deadline.com. Archived from the original on June 14, 2013. Retrieved June 14, 2013. 
  21. ^ Rogue's Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs, & Chanteys. Retrieved 2009-05-19.
  22. ^ The 51st Annual Grammy Awards Winners List. Retrieved 2009-05-19.
  23. ^ Columbia puts 'Dewey' on tour duty. Retrieved 2009-05-19.
  24. ^ "Willie Nelson on board for Railroad Revival Tour". Usatoday.com. July 24, 2012. Retrieved 2012-08-13. 
  25. ^ "Railroad Revival Tour With Willie Nelson, Band of Horses Canceled". Rolling Stone. 2012-10-05. Retrieved 2013-02-27. 
  26. ^ http://celebritybabies.people.com/2008/07/23/john-c-reilly-i/
  27. ^ Celebrity Vegetarians and Vegans Retrieved 6 February 2013
  28. ^ "First look at James Marsden filming his cameo for ‘Anchorman 2′ in Atlanta". On Location Vacations. May 9, 2013. 

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