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James LeGros

Highest Rated:   100% Drugstore Cowboy (1989)
Lowest Rated:   0% Wishful Thinking (1997)
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Birthplace:   Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Thanks in large part to the independent film movement of the late '80s, the boyishly handsome James LeGros went from being an underrated bit player in Hollywood schlock to a well-respected character actor. A Minnesota native, LeGros found steady work when he migrated to Los Angeles after college in the early '80s, popping up as a guest star in such TV series as Knight Rider, and in Danny DeVito's directorial debut, the made-for-cable satire The Ratings Game (a.k.a. The Mogul). Sci-fi made up the bulk of LeGros' early feature-film roles, including the dreadful post-apocalyptic teen flop Solarbabies (1986) and the thriller sequel Phantasm II (1988).It was director Gus Van Sant who afforded LeGros the opportunity to show his skills with a meaty supporting role in 1989's much-acclaimed Drugstore Cowboy. As part of a quartet of drifters stealing their way across the Pacific Northwest, the actor held his own against the iconic Matt Dillon as well as newcomer Heather Graham. More challenging parts followed in the early '90s, including the psychological drama The Rapture (1991), Cameron Crowe's ensemble romantic comedy Singles (1992), and a pair of firearm-obsessed indies, Guncrazy and My New Gun (also 1992). Pairing with director Todd Haynes for his 1995 sophomore feature Safe, LeGros garnered more acclaim as a confidante/romantic interest for the mysteriously ailing character played by Julianne Moore. That same year, he hilariously sent up a narcissistic Hollywood actor -- not-so-secretly based on Brad Pitt -- in director Tom DiCillo's satire on the perils of indie filmmaking, Living in Oblivion.As the millennium drew to a close, LeGros would re-team with Moore in the ensemble dramedy The Myth of Fingerprints (1997), playing an eccentric New England townie who has a crush on Moore's icy, cosmopolitan yuppie. With the film, LeGros began a long-standing collaboration with the film's writer-director -- and Moore's real-life beau -- Bart Freundlich, who would go on to cast LeGros in his subsequent films, including the road movie World Traveler (2001), the family film Catch That Kid (2003), and the screwball relationship comedy Trust the Man (2006).In the intervening years, LeGros made a successful return to the medium that gave him his first break: television. He was exposed to perhaps his widest audience to date in 1998 on the venerable medical drama ER, and then on the popular series Ally McBeal, in 2000 and 2001. A starring role on Showtime's gritty, controversial terrorist drama Sleeper Cell followed in 2005.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
75% Stray Bullets
  • Cody
2017
93% Certain Women
  • Ryan
$1.1M 2016
14% The People Garden
  • Director
2016
9% Point Break
  • FBI agent
2015
56% The Young Kieslowski
  • Walter Mallard
2015
57% Big Muddy
  • Buford Carter
$802 2015
86% Night Moves
  • Actor
2014
82% Redwood Highway
  • Michael Vaughn
$0.2M 2014
90% A Birder's Guide To Everything
  • Donald Portnoy
2014
74% Big Miracle
  • Karl Hootkin
$20.2M 2012
38% Skateland
  • Clive Burkham
$14.1k 2011
57% Bitter Feast
  • Peter Gray
2010
33% Sherman's Way
  • Palmer Van Dyke
2009
70% Visioneers
  • Julieen
2008
35% Vantage Point
  • Ted Heinkin
$72.3M 2008
76% The Last Winter
  • James Hoffman
2007
89% Zodiac
  • Off. George Bawart
$33M 2007
27% Trust the Man
  • Dante
$1.5M 2006
32% November
  • Hugh
2005
No Score Yet Sexual Life
  • Josh
2005
60% Straight Into Darkness
  • Soldier
2005
No Score Yet Paradise
  • Matthew
2004
12% Catch That Kid
  • Ferrell
$16.6M 2004
86% Lovely & Amazing
  • Paul
$4.2M 2002
No Score Yet Le prix de la santé
  • Doug
2002
34% World Traveler
  • Jack
2002
No Score Yet Big Shot: Confessions of a Campus Bookie
  • Troy
2002
59% Scotland, Pa.
  • Joe McBeth
$0.3M 2001
No Score Yet If You Only Knew
  • Jack
2000
No Score Yet Common Ground
  • Amos
2000
No Score Yet Drop Back Ten
  • Actor
2000
38% Phantasm II
  • Mike
2000
No Score Yet Jump
  • Bicker
1999
37% Psycho
  • Car Dealer
1998
71% Enemy of the State
  • Jerry Miller
1998
33% Thursday
  • Billy Hill
1998
No Score Yet The Pass
  • Hunter
1998
No Score Yet Life in the Fast Lane (There's No Fish Food in Heaven)
  • D.J.
1998
No Score Yet L.A. Without a Map
  • Takowsky
1998
No Score Yet Pronto
  • Raylon Givens
1997
60% The Myth of Fingerprints
  • Cezanne
1997
0% Wishful Thinking
  • Actor
1997
62% Infinity
  • John Wheeler
1996
56% The Low Life
  • Mike Jr.
1996
15% Boys
  • Fenton Ray
1996
No Score Yet The Destiny of Marty Fine
  • Grill
1996
No Score Yet Countdown
  • Agent Michael Killip
1996
No Score Yet Marshal Law
  • Cougar
1996
88% Living in Oblivion
  • Chad Palomino
1995
85% Safe
  • Chris
1995
27% Panther
  • Avakian
1995
12% Destiny Turns on the Radio
  • Harry
1995
No Score Yet Just Looking
  • John
1995
74% Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle (Mrs. Parker and the Round Table)
  • Deems Taylor
1994
9% Bad Girls
  • William Tucker
1994
67% Floundering
  • John Boyz
1994
No Score Yet Don't Do It
  • Dodger
1994
No Score Yet Nervous Ticks
  • Rusty
1993
80% Singles
  • Andy
1992
50% My New Gun
  • Skippy
1992
80% Where the Day Takes You
  • Crasher
1992
63% Guncrazy
  • Howard
1992
68% Point Break
  • Roach
1991
No Score Yet Blood & Concrete: A Love Story
  • Lance
1991
64% The Rapture
  • Tommy
1991
No Score Yet Leather Jackets
  • Carl
1990
90% Born on the Fourth of July
  • Platoon - Vietnam
1989
100% Drugstore Cowboy
  • Rick
1989
60% *batteries not included
  • Actor
1987
23% Fatal Beauty
  • Zack Jaeger
1987
88% Near Dark
  • Teenage Cowboy
1987
No Score Yet Real Men
  • Buddy MacGruder
1987
0% Solarbabies
  • Metron
1986
No Score Yet Ace Hits the Big Time
  • Actor
1985
No Score Yet The Ratings Game (The Mogul)
  • Car Attendant
1984

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
92% Person Of Interest
2011-2016
  • Bruce Moran
  • 2016
  • 2014
95% Battle Creek
2015
  • Clint Ford
  • 2015
72% Constantine
2014-2015
  • Actor
  • 2014
97% Justified
2010-2015
  • Wade Messer
  • 2014
  • 2012
  • 2011
75% Revenge
2011-2015
  • Father Paul Whitley
  • 2013
96% The Good Wife
2009-2016
  • Judge Tolkin
  • 2013
89% Girls
2012
  • Jeff
  • 2012
70% Grey's Anatomy
2005
  • Jerry
  • 2012
No Score Yet House
2004-2012
  • Oliver
  • 2012
70% Mildred Pierce
2011
  • Wally Burgan
  • 2011
29% Mercy
2009-2010
  • Dr. Harris
  • 2010
  • 2009
No Score Yet Law & Order
1990-2010
  • Dwight Jacobs
  • 2005
No Score Yet Ally McBeal
1997-2002
  • Mark Albert Mark
  • 2001
  • 2000
No Score Yet ER
1994-2009
  • Dr. Max Rosher
  • 1998
No Score Yet Roseanne
1988-1997
  • Mr. Schlosser
  • 1996

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