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Greg Kinnear

Highest Rated:   96% Little Men (2016)
Lowest Rated:   4% Godsend (2003)
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Birthplace:   Logansport, Indiana, USA
With the handsome looks and winning sarcasm that befit a late-night television talk show host, it is no surprise that Greg Kinnear first shot to stardom as the host of the E! channel's Talk Soup. More surprising, and thus more impressive, has been Kinnear's success in making the leap from television to the big screen. With only his fourth major celluloid outing, As Good As It Gets, Kinnear scored his first Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor, effectively establishing himself as someone whose scope included screens small and large.Born June 17, 1963, in Logansport, IN, as the youngest of three sons, Kinnear led a peripatetic childhood. His father was a Foreign Services diplomat for the State Department, and his family accompanied him to places as far-flung as Beirut and Athens. While a student in Athens, Kinnear first ventured into the role of talk show host with his radio show School Daze With Greg Kinnear. Returning to the States for a college education, Kinnear attended the University of Arizona in Tucson, where he graduated in 1985, with a degree in broadcast journalism. From Arizona, he headed out to Los Angeles, where he landed his first job as a marketing assistant with Empire Entertainment. It was there that Kinnear got his first taste of show business, creating promotional campaigns for such films as Space Sluts in the Slammer. Following this stint, Kinnear found a job with the Movietime cable channel. Using an audition tape from a failed attempt at an MTV VJ position, Kinnear became a host and on-location reporter for the channel. All went swimmingly until he was fired, when Movietime became the E! Entertainment Network, and Kinnear soon found himself taking bit parts on such television shows as L.A. Law and Life Goes On.His luck began to change, however, when he became the creator, co-executive producer, and host of Best of the Worst, which aired from 1990 to 1991. In a more ironic and satisfying twist of fate, Kinnear was then hired back by E! to host Talk Soup, the network's new talk show. The show proved to be hugely popular, and Kinnear acted as its host and eventual executive producer until 1994, when he left the show for the NBC late-night talk show Later With Greg Kinnear. It was also in 1994 that he had his first big-screen role, as -- wait for it -- a talk show host in the Damon Wayans comedy Blankman. In 1995, he snared the part that was to give him more prominence among film audiences -- that of the irresponsible David Larrabee in Sydney Pollack's remake of Billy Wilder's 1954 classic romance Sabrina. The film was less than a success, but it did nothing to prevent Kinnear from getting the lead role in the 1996 comedy Dear God. That film, too, had a somewhat unfortunate fate, but Kinnear (now resigned from Later) more than rebounded with his next effort, James L. Brooks' As Good As It Gets (1997). The film was an unqualified hit, netting seven Oscar nominations and winning two, a Best Actor for Jack Nicholson and a Best Actress for Helen Hunt. Kinnear himself had the honor of both a Best Supporting Actor nomination and a Golden Globe nomination. Kinnear's next film, the romantic comedy A Smile Like Yours, had him starring opposite Lauren Holly as one-half of a couple trying to have a baby. The film met with lukewarm reviews and fairly anemic box-office results, but Kinnear's subsequent film, 1998's You've Got Mail, struck gold. He played Meg Ryan's significant other, a newspaper columnist wholly unlike what was to be his next character, that of Captain Amazing in the 1999 summer action film Mystery Men. With a stellar cast, including Ben Stiller, William H. Macy, Janeane Garofalo, Lena Olin, and Tom Waits, Kinnear was indeed in good company, further proof of how far he had come in a short amount of time. Unfortunately, both Mystery Men and the subsequent Garry Shandling comedy What Planet Are You From (in which Kinnear amusingly portrayed Shandling's sleazy co-worker) fared poorly with both critics a

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet The Red Sea Diving Resort
  • Actor
2018
29% Same Kind of Different As Me
  • Ron Hall
$6.3M 2017
80% Brigsby Bear
  • Detective Vogel
$0.6M 2017
96% Little Men
  • Brian Jardine
$0.8M 2016
81% Confirmation
  • Joe Biden
2016
30% Murder of a Cat
  • Ford
2014
48% Heaven Is for Real
  • Todd Burpo
2014
60% Stuck in Love
  • Bill Borgens
$0.1M 2013
41% The English Teacher
  • Dr. Tom Sherwood
$60.7k 2013
69% The Convincer (Thin Ice)
  • Mickey Prohaska
$0.7M 2012
17% I Don't Know How She Does It
  • Richard Reddy
$9.6M 2011
21% Salvation Boulevard
  • Carl Vandermeer
$27.9k 2011
No Score Yet Shalom Sesame: Grover Plants A Tree
  • Actor
2011
20% The Last Song
  • Steve Miller
$42.5M 2010
54% Green Zone
  • Clark Poundstone
$35M 2010
59% Flash of Genius
  • Robert Kearns
$4.3M 2008
86% Ghost Town
  • Frank Herlihy
$13.3M 2008
64% Baby Mama
  • Rob Ackerman
$60.3M 2008
40% Feast of Love
  • Bradley Thomas
$3.5M 2007
50% Fast Food Nation
  • Don Anderson
$1M 2006
38% Unknown
  • Nez Cassé
2006
72% Invincible
  • Dick Vermeil
$57.8M 2006
91% Little Miss Sunshine
  • Richard Hoover
$59.9M 2006
75% The Matador
  • Danny Wright
$12.5M 2006
48% Bad News Bears
  • Roy Bullock
$32.8M 2005
63% Robots
  • Phineus T. Ratchet
$128.2M 2005
61% Stuck on You
  • Walt
$33.9M 2003
4% Godsend
  • Paul Duncan
$14.3M 2003
72% Auto Focus
  • Bob Crane
$1.9M 2002
63% We Were Soldiers
  • Crandall
$78.1M 2002
88% Dinner with Friends
  • Tom
2001
43% Someone Like You
  • Ray Brown
$26.8M 2001
57% The Gift
  • Wayne Collins
$11.2M 2000
84% Nurse Betty
  • Dr. David Ravell/George McCord
2000
24% Loser
  • Professor Edward Alcott
2000
42% What Planet Are You From?
  • Perry Gordon
2000
60% Mystery Men
  • Captain Amazing
1999
69% You've Got Mail
  • Frank
1998
86% As Good as It Gets
  • Simon Bishop
1997
6% A Smile like Yours
  • Danny Robertson
1997
72% Beavis and Butt-head Do America
  • FBI Agent Bork
1996
12% Dear God
  • Tom Turner
1996
65% Sabrina
  • David Larrabee
1995
13% Blankman
  • Talk Show Host
1994
No Score Yet Dillinger
  • Arizona Lawman
1991

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
  • Guest
  • 2016
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
  • Guest
  • 2016
  • 2014
No Score Yet Drunk History
2013
  • Actor
  • 2015
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
  • Guest
  • 2014
67% Rake
2014
  • Keegan Deane Keegan Joye
  • 2014
No Score Yet Sunday Morning
2011
  • Appearing
  • 2014
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
  • Guest
  • 2014
No Score Yet Conan
2010
  • Guest
  • 2014
  • 2011
86% Modern Family
2009
  • Tad
  • 2012
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
  • Guest
  • 2002
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Guest
  • Host
  • 1998

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