Ron Livingston

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Ron Livingston
Livingston in May 2010
BornRonald Joseph Livingston
(1967-06-05) June 5, 1967 (age 47)
Cedar Rapids, Iowa, U.S.
Alma materYale University
Years active1992–present
Spouse(s)Rosemarie DeWitt (m. 2009)
Children1 (adopted)
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Ron Livingston
Livingston in May 2010
BornRonald Joseph Livingston
(1967-06-05) June 5, 1967 (age 47)
Cedar Rapids, Iowa, U.S.
Alma materYale University
Years active1992–present
Spouse(s)Rosemarie DeWitt (m. 2009)
Children1 (adopted)

Ronald Joseph "Ron" Livingston (born June 5, 1967)[1][2] is an American actor. His early roles in Office Space and the miniseries Band of Brothers have been noted as two of his best-known.[3]

Early life[edit]

Livingston was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the son of Linda (née Rinas), a Lutheran pastor, and Kurt Livingston, an aerospace/electronics engineer.[4][5][6] His younger brother John is also an actor; sister Jennifer Livingston and brother-in-law Mike Thompson are both TV news personalities at WKBT in La Crosse, Wisconsin. He graduated from Marion High School in Marion, Iowa, and attended Yale University, where he received B.A. degrees in Theater and English. Livingston had his first acting experience at Theatre Cedar Rapids after being introduced to the group during a school job shadowing.[7] Livingston relocated to Chicago and became involved in the local theater scene.


Livingston's first film role was in 1992, in Dolly Parton's Straight Talk. He moved to Los Angeles and was cast in supporting roles in Some Folks Call it a Sling Blade and The Low Life. Livingston landed his first role in a major film in 1996's Swingers. He starred as the male lead, Peter Gibbons, in the comedy cult classic Office Space, which co-starred Jennifer Aniston and was written and directed by Mike Judge. He also appeared in HBO's miniseries Band of Brothers as Captain Lewis Nixon opposite Donnie Wahlberg and Damian Lewis. Going beyond nice-guy roles, Livingston played a Hollywood agent in Adaptation (2002); a weaselly Ivy League upstart to Alec Baldwin's casino boss in The Cooler (2003); and teachers in Winter Solstice and Pretty Persuasion (both 2005). He also appeared as sardonic writer Jack Berger, Carrie's short-term boyfriend in the sixth season of Sex and the City, as well as in the episode "TB or Not TB" of House. In 2006, he starred as FBI negotiator Matt Flannery in the Fox series Standoff, co-starring Rosemarie DeWitt, and he was an ad spokesman for Sprint Nextel.

In summer 2007 Livingston appeared on the off-Broadway stage in the world premiere of Neil LaBute's In A Dark Dark House, produced by MCC Theater, with Frederick Weller and Louisa Krause. The show ran from May–July at the Lucille Lortel Theatre in New York City.

In November 2007, the indie film Holly told the story of a Vietnamese girl trafficked into the sex trade in Cambodia. Livingston starred as Patrick, a shady card shark who becomes determined to save Holly from her ill-destined fate.

In 2009 he portrayed flight engineer Maddux Donner in the series Defying Gravity, which was cancelled after its first season.[8]

In 2010, Livingston co-starred in the Jay Roach comedy Dinner for Schmucks.[9] On February 26, 2013, Entertainment Weekly confirmed that he would be joining the cast of HBO's Boardwalk Empire for the fourth season.[10]

In 2013, Livingston co-starred in the indie comedy Drinking Buddies alongside Olivia Wilde, Jake Johnson, and Anna Kendrick. Drinking Buddies received positive reviews from critics. Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a score of 82% based on 97 reviews.[11]

Personal life[edit]

Livingston and his Standoff co-star Rosemarie DeWitt began a relationship after meeting each other on the show.[12] After dating for three years, they were married on November 2, 2009, in San Francisco.[3] He was previously engaged to actress Lisa Sheridan.[13]

In May 2013, Livingston and wife Rosemarie announced that they had adopted a girl, Gracie James Livingston, who was born on April 29, 2013.[14]


1992Straight TalkSoldier
1994Some Folks Call It a Sling BladeN/AShort film
1995Low Life, TheThe Low LifeChad
1997Campfire TalesRick
RV Driver
Segment "The Honeymoon"
Segment "The Campfire"
1997Small Hours, TheThe Small HoursSteve
1999Dill ScallionRon Statlin
1999Office SpacePeter Gibbons
1999Big Brass Ring, TheThe Big Brass RingSheldon Buckle
1999Two NinasMarty Sachs
1999Body ShotsTrent
2000BeatAllen Ginsberg
2000Rumor of Angels, AA Rumor of AngelsUncle Charlie
2002Buying the CowTyler Carter Bellows
2002AdaptationMarty Bowen
2003PiratesN/AShort film
2003Cooler, TheThe CoolerLarry Sokolov
200344 Minutes: The North Hollywood Shoot-OutDonnie AndersonTelevision film
2003King of the AntsEric GatleyUncredited
2005Winter SolsticeMr. Bricker
2004Little Black BookDerek
2005Pretty PersuasionMr. Anderson
2005Life Coach, TheThe Life CoachRon
2006Life HappensBen DreamantowskiShort film
2006Relative StrangersRichard Clayton
2007Music WithinRichard Pimentel
2008American CrudeJohnny
2008Spleenectomy, TheThe SpleenectomyDr. BannisterShort film
2008McCartney's GenesRudolf
2009Time Traveler's Wife, TheThe Time Traveler's WifeGomez
2010LawyersRyderShort film
2010Dinner for SchmucksCaldwell
2010Going the DistanceWill
2011LeaveDr. Lieberman
201110 YearsPaul
2012Game ChangeMark WallaceTelevision film
2012Queens of CountryRance McCoy
2012Odd Life of Timothy Green, TheThe Odd Life of Timothy GreenFranklin Crudstaff
2013Touchy FeelyAdrian
2013Drinking BuddiesChris
2013Pretty One, TheThe Pretty OneCharles
2013Conjuring, TheThe ConjuringRoger Perron
2013Sidekick, TheThe SidekickCaptain WonderShort film
2013ParklandJames P. Hosty
2014Fort BlissRichardCompleted
1995JAGCorporal David AndersonEpisode: "Scimitar"
1996TowniesRyan2 episodes
1997TimecopElliott NessEpisode: "Public Enemy"
1997PlayersJordanEpisode: "Con Law"
1998That's LifeMitchMain cast; 5 episodes
2000Then Came YouMaxEpisode: "Then Came Cousin Aidan"
2001Band of BrothersCaptain Lewis NixonMiniseries; 10 episodes
Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
2001–2002Practice, TheThe PracticeA.D.A. Alan LoweMain cast (season 6); 8 episodes
2002–2003Sex and the CityJack Berger8 episodes
2005–2007American Dad!Bob MemariVoice; 3 episodes
2005HouseDr. Sebastian CharlesEpisode: "TB or Not TB"
2006Brothers in Arms: The Untold Story of the 502HimselfNarrator; History Channel documentary
2006Family GuyVideo store clerkVoice; episode: "Stewie B. Goode"
2006Nightmares & Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen KingHoward FornoyEpisode: "The End of the Whole Mess"
2006–2007StandoffMatt FlanneryMain cast; 18 episodes
2009Defying GravityMaddux DonnerMain cast; 13 episodes
2009WWII in HDCharles ScheffelVoice; 5 episodes
2013Boardwalk EmpireRoy PhillipsMain cast (season 4); 6 episodes
2015We Hate Paul ReverePaul Revere[15]


  1. ^ "Today in History". The Associated Press. June 5, 2012. Retrieved October 24, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Ron Livingston Biography (1968–)". Retrieved October 25, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Ron Livingston Marries Former Costar". Us Weekly. November 12, 2009. Retrieved October 25, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Iowa briefs (third item)". Telegraph - Herald (Dubuque). Associated Press. September 11, 2001. Retrieved October 24, 2013 – via HighBeam Research. "[Ron] Livingston, 34, grew up in Marion where his parents, Kurt and Linda Livingston, still live. His route to Hollywood went from Marion High School to Yale, where he studied English and theater." (subscription required)
  5. ^ "`Practice' makes perfect : Ron Livingston joins top-rated ABC law team". The Washington Times. September 25, 2001. Retrieved October 25, 2013 – via Newsbank. (subscription required)
  6. ^ "Remembering Rinas - Marion Times - Online at". Retrieved August 1, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Ron Livingston speaks about Theatre Cedar Rapids". YouTube. Retrieved August 1, 2013. 
  8. ^ Lewinski, John (October 22, 2009). "Set visits reveal ghosts of Defying Gravity set destruction". TVSquad. Retrieved October 22, 2009. 
  9. ^ Siegel, Tatiana (October 25, 2009). "'Dinner' for Ron Livingston". Variety. 
  10. ^ Hibberd, James (February 26, 2013). "Ron Livingston joins 'Boardwalk Empire' season 4 | Inside TV |". Retrieved August 1, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Drinking Buddies". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster. Retrieved November 2, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Rosemarie DeWitt : News". Retrieved September 3, 2010. 
  13. ^ Kappes, Serena (July 19, 2006). "Celeb Spotlight: Ron Livingston – Ron Livingston". Retrieved September 3, 2010. 
  14. ^ "Ron Livingston and Rosemarie DeWitt Welcome Daughter Gracie James" May 23, 2013, People Magazine Online
  15. ^ "Ron Livingston Joins AMC Pilot ‘We Hate Paul Revere’". July 29, 2014. Retrieved July 29, 2014. 

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