Barry Pepper - Rotten Tomatoes

Barry Pepper

Highest Rated:   96% True Grit (2010)
Lowest Rated:   3% Battlefield Earth (2000)
Birthplace:   Campbell River, British Columbia, Canada
With cool-eyed charisma and looks suggesting he had borrowed DNA from Paul Newman and Dennis Hopper, Barry Pepper first caught the attention of audiences and critics as the Bible-quoting Private Jackson in Saving Private Ryan. Before his role in the hit 1998 World War II epic, Pepper, a native of Canada, had been largely unheard of outside of his homeland. Born in Campbell River, British Columbia, on April 4, 1970, Pepper had what can only be described as a unique upbringing. When he was five years old, his parents built a boat and, setting sail with Pepper and his two older brothers, spent the next three years traveling around the world. Pepper was schooled in places as far-flung as Tahiti, Fiji, and New Zealand, and after returning to Canada, went to college to study graphic design. By his own account a poor student, Pepper dropped out of college and decided to give acting a try. He made his professional debut on the popular Vancouver TV series Madison and stayed with the show for four years. After parts in a couple of obscure films and a stint on the television series Titanic with George C. Scott, Pepper attracted the attention of director Steven Spielberg, who cast him in Saving Private Ryan. The critical and commercial success of the film put Pepper -- and several of his co-stars -- in the spotlight, and he soon had a coveted spot on the cover of Vanity Fair's 1999 Hollywood issue, alongside several other up-and-coming young actors. That same year, Pepper further enhanced his visibility with a role in the action thriller Enemy of the State. Hollywood hype being Hollywood hype, Pepper was soon being hailed as a Next Big Thing by any number of publications and his role as a prison guard in the hotly anticipated The Green Mile (1999) seemed to attest to this status. Whether the young actor really was a star in the making or not, his career had gotten off to an inarguably positive start.Over the next several years, Pepper would find success in movies like Flags of Our Fathers and True Grit, as well as the TV mini-series The Kennedys.

Highest Rated Movies



42% Maze Runner: The Death Cure
  • Vince
$57.1M 2018
14% Bitter Harvest
  • Yaroslav
$0.6M 2017
32% Monster Trucks
  • Sheriff Rick
$33.3M 2017
46% Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials
  • Vince
77% Kill the Messenger
  • Russell Dodson
$2.5M 2014
31% The Lone Ranger
  • Fuller
$89.3M 2013
56% Snitch
  • Agent Cooper
$43M 2013
29% Broken City
  • Jack Valliant
$19.6M 2013
96% True Grit
  • "Lucky" Ned Pepper
$171.1M 2010
40% Casino Jack
  • Michael Scanlon
$1.1M 2010
82% Like Dandelion Dust
  • Rip Porter
$0.4M 2010
18% Princess Ka'iulani
  • Lorrin Thurston
$0.9M 2010
No Score Yet When Love Is Not Enough: The Lois Wilson Story
  • Ben Wilson
26% Seven Pounds
  • Dan
$70M 2008
38% Unknown
  • Rancher Shirt/William Coles Jr.
73% Flags of Our Fathers
  • Mike Strank
$33.6M 2006
85% The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada
  • Mike Norton
$5M 2006
No Score Yet Ripley Under Ground
  • Tom Ripley
88% Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon 3D
  • John Young
$32.6M 2005
No Score Yet 3
  • Dale Earnhardt
86% The Snow Walker
  • Charlie Halliday
78% 25th Hour
  • Frank Slaughtery
21% Knockaround Guys
  • Matty Demaret
$11.6M 2002
63% We Were Soldiers
  • Galloway
$78.1M 2002
82% 61*
  • Roger Maris
3% Battlefield Earth
  • Jonnie Goodboy Tyler
80% The Green Mile
  • Dean
71% Enemy of the State
  • Pratt
93% Saving Private Ryan
  • Pvt. Jackson
12% Firestorm
  • Packer
No Score Yet Into the Breach: 'Saving Private Ryan'
  • Actor
No Score Yet We All Fall Down
  • Actor
No Score Yet Titanic
  • Harold Bride
No Score Yet Barbarian Princess
  • Actor


No Score Yet All Access: Mayweather vs. Maidana
  • Narrator
  • 2014
No Score Yet Highlander
  • Immortal
  • 1995

Quotes from Barry Pepper's Characters