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




100% 80% Semana santa Unknown (Character) - 2015
No Score Yet 49% Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life Simon Rudolph (Character) - 2011
No Score Yet 72% Trophy Kids Charlie (Character) - 2011
No Score Yet 57% Fake Tay Murphy (Character) - 2010
48% 72% My Sister's Keeper Dr. Chance (Character) $49.2M 2009
19% 33% Reunion Lloyd (Character) $6.5K 2009
67% 67% Here and There Robert (Character) - 2009
54% 67% Alpha Dog Butch Mazurski (Character) $15.2M 2006
71% No Score Yet Private Property Unknown (Character) - 2005
52% 56% Romance & Cigarettes Urologist (Character) $540.1K 2005
No Score Yet 37% Noise Elliot (Character) - 2004
53% 85% The Notebook John Hamilton (Character) $81M 2004
No Score Yet 67% Family Portraits: A Trilogy of America Walker (Character) - 2003
60% 22% 100 Mile Rule Jerry (Character) - 2002
43% 44% XX/XY Miles (Character) $103.9K 2002
27% 83% Garmento Ronnie Grossman (Character) - 2002
5% 28% Swept Away Michael (Character) $598.6K 2002
23% 78% John Q Jimmy Palumbo (Character) $71M 2002
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Girl Under the Waves Unknown (Character) - 2001
20% 40% Blue Moon Frank's Father (Character) $76.1K 2000
67% 40% A Question of Faith Elmo (Character) $15K 2000
No Score Yet No Score Yet Blessed Art Thou Elmo (Character) - 2000
No Score Yet 56% Too Tired to Die Lulu (Character) - 1998
73% 65% The Last Days of Disco Bernie (Character) $3M 1998
12% 34% Hush Gavin (Character) $13.5M 1998
75% 77% High Art Harry (Character) $1.9M 1998
12% 51% Office Killer Gary Michaels (Character) $74.9K 1997
29% 27% Home Alone 3 Earl Unger (Character) $30.7M 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet 'Til Christmas Brian (Character) - 1996
81% 48% 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 Breathing Room Brian (Character) - 1996
75% 60% 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 68% Tommy Gold (Guest Star) 2020
85% 86% Homeland George Pallis (Guest Star) 2017
95% 89% Elementary Unknown (Guest Star) 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cyndi Lauper: Still So Unusual Unknown (Character) 2013
78% 89% Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Lionel Granger (Guest Star) 2003-2010
No Score Yet No Score Yet Law & Order Unknown (Guest Star) 2005 2002 2000 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet Law & Order: Criminal Intent Unknown (Guest Star) 2002
No Score Yet No Score Yet New York Undercover Unknown (Guest Star) 1995
72% No Score Yet Miami Vice Unknown (Guest Star) 1985


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