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Barry Pepper

Highest Rated:   95% True Grit (2010)
Lowest Rated:   3% Battlefield Earth (2000)
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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

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
13% Bitter Harvest
  • Yaroslav
$0.6M 2017
31% Monster Trucks
  • Sheriff Rick
$33.3M 2017
47% Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials
  • Vince
2015
77% Kill the Messenger
  • Russell Dodson
$2.5M 2014
31% The Lone Ranger
  • Fuller
$89.3M 2013
56% Snitch
  • Agent Cooper
$43M 2013
28% Broken City
  • Jack Valliant
$19.6M 2013
95% True Grit
  • "Lucky" Ned Pepper
$171.1M 2010
38% Casino Jack
  • Michael Scanlon
$1.1M 2010
81% 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
2010
26% Seven Pounds
  • Dan
$70M 2008
38% Unknown
  • Rancher Shirt/William Coles Jr.
2006
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
2005
88% Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon 3D
  • John Young
$32.6M 2005
No Score Yet 3
  • Dale Earnhardt
2004
86% The Snow Walker
  • Charlie Halliday
2003
78% 25th Hour
  • Frank Slaughtery
2003
21% Knockaround Guys
  • Matty Demaret
$11.6M 2002
63% We Were Soldiers
  • Galloway
$78.1M 2002
80% 61*
  • Roger Maris
2001
3% Battlefield Earth
  • Jonnie Goodboy Tyler
2000
80% The Green Mile
  • Dean
1999
71% Enemy of the State
  • Pratt
1998
92% Saving Private Ryan
  • Pvt. Jackson
1998
12% Firestorm
  • Packer
1998
No Score Yet Into the Breach: 'Saving Private Ryan'
  • Actor
1998
No Score Yet We All Fall Down
  • Actor
1997
No Score Yet Titanic
  • Harold Bride
1996
No Score Yet Barbarian Princess
  • Actor

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet All Access: Mayweather vs. Maidana
2014
  • Narrator
  • 2014

Quotes from Barry Pepper's Characters