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      David Thornton

      David Thornton

      Highest Rated: 100% Semana santa (2015)

      Lowest Rated: 5% Swept Away (2002)

      Birthday: Jun 12, 1953

      Birthplace: Cheraw, South Carolina, USA

      David Thornton is perhaps most recognizable to modern audiences as the inimical but effective defense attorney Lionel Granger. As Granger, Thornton has often gone toe-to-toe with the (revolving door of) assistant District Attorneys on both "Law & Order" and its even more popular spin-off, "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit." While these procedural police dramas have produced a seemingly endless supply of attorneys to represent their rogues' gallery of defendants, Thornton has been given the opportunity to shine as Lionel Granger on multiple occasions. When he is given more air-time by clients who kill (or try to kill) the ADA assigned to their cases, the Machiavellian Granger never fails to take advantage of these convenient "accidents." Far from typecast as the sleazy lawyer, though, Thornton has had the opportunity to stretch his wings as an actor in critically acclaimed independent films like "Here and There." In that film, he starred as an emotionally detached but sympathetic New Yorker down on his luck and out of his element in Serbia. Thornton has also played key roles in more mainstream fare, such as "The Notebook," a tear-jerker of a romance, and "John Q," an action film starring Denzel Washington that is layered with social commentary.

      Highest rated movies

      Semana santa poster
      Semana santa
      Unhook the Stars poster
      Unhook the Stars
      High Art poster
      High Art
      Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle poster
      Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle
      The Last Days of Disco poster
      The Last Days of Disco
      Private Property poster
      Private Property
      Here and There poster
      Here and There
      A Question of Faith poster
      A Question of Faith




      100% 67% Semana santa Unknown (Character) - 2015
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Trophy Kids Charlie (Character) - 2011
      No Score Yet 49% Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life Simon Rudolph (Character) - 2011
      No Score Yet 57% Fake Tay Murphy (Character) - 2010
      19% 33% Reunion Lloyd (Character) $6.5K 2009
      67% 67% Here and There Robert (Character) - 2009
      47% 72% My Sister's Keeper Dr. Chance (Character) $49.2M 2009
      54% 67% Alpha Dog Butch Mazurski (Character) $15.2M 2006
      52% 56% Romance & Cigarettes Urologist (Character) $540.1K 2005
      71% No Score Yet Private Property Unknown (Character) - 2005
      No Score Yet 37% Noise Elliot (Character) - 2004
      53% 85% The Notebook John Hamilton (Character) $81.0M 2004
      No Score Yet 67% Family Portraits: A Trilogy of America Walker (Character) - 2003
      42% 44% XX/XY Miles (Character) $103.9K 2002
      5% 28% Swept Away Michael (Character) $598.6K 2002
      25% 78% John Q Jimmy Palumbo (Character) $71.0M 2002
      60% 22% 100 Mile Rule Jerry (Character) - 2002
      27% 83% Garmento Ronnie Grossman (Character) - 2002
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Girl Under the Waves Unknown (Character) - 2001
      67% 40% A Question of Faith Elmo (Character) $15.0K 2000
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Blessed Art Thou Elmo (Character) - 2000
      20% 40% Blue Moon Frank's Father (Character) $76.1K 2000
      No Score Yet 56% Too Tired to Die Lulu (Character) - 1998
      76% 77% High Art Harry (Character) $1.9M 1998
      73% 65% The Last Days of Disco Bernie (Character) $3.0M 1998
      12% 34% Hush Gavin (Character) $13.5M 1998
      29% 27% Home Alone 3 Earl Unger (Character) $30.7M 1997
      17% 51% Office Killer Gary Michaels (Character) $74.9K 1997
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Breathing Room Brian (Character) - 1996
      81% 47% Unhook the Stars Frankie Warren (Character) $285.5K 1996
      18% 52% If Lucy Fell Ted (Character) $2.2M 1996
      No Score Yet No Score Yet 'Til Christmas Brian (Character) - 1996
      76% 61% Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle George S. Kaufman (Character) $2.1M 1994
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Off and Running Reese (Character) - 1990
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Ask Me Again Unknown (Character) - 1989
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Diamond Run Lomax (Character) - 1988


      No Score Yet 69% Tommy Gold (Guest Star) 2020
      85% 86% Homeland George Pallis (Guest Star) 2017
      95% 88% Elementary Unknown (Guest Star) 2016
      78% 88% Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Lionel Granger (Guest Star) 2003-2010
      No Score Yet 96% Law & Order Unknown (Guest Star) 1996 2000 2002 2005
      No Score Yet 84% Law & Order: Criminal Intent Unknown (Guest Star) 2002
      No Score Yet No Score Yet New York Undercover Unknown (Guest Star) 1995
      No Score Yet 91% Miami Vice Unknown (Guest Star) 1985