John Reilly

John Reilly

Highest Rated: 93% Stan & Ollie (2019)

Lowest Rated: 40% The Main Event (1979)

Birthday: Not Available

Birthplace: Not Available

One of the screen's most versatile and woefully under-appreciated character actors, John C. Reilly has appeared in a series of films united only in their complete lack of similarity. To date, he has been used most intelligently by director Paul Thomas Anderson, who has cast him in Hard Eight, Boogie Nights, and Magnolia.A native of Chicago, where he was born May 24, 1965, Reilly broke into film in 1989, the year he starred in Casualties of War and We're No Angels, both of which featured Sean Penn and a less than stellar reception. Reilly subsequently spent the early '90s appearing in films of every conceivable genre, from the Tom Cruise testosterone extravaganza Days of Thunder (1990) to Woody Allen's Shadows and Fog (1992) to What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993). Thanks to his unglamorous appearance, Reilly also did an obligatory turn as a backwoods psycho, popping up alongside Kevin Bacon in The River Wild (1994) long enough to freak out Meryl Streep and her family.1996 marked the beginning of Reilly's collaboration with director Anderson. That year, he starred as a none-too-bright loser stranded in Vegas in Hard Eight, Anderson's feature-length directorial debut. Reilly earned wide praise for his work in the film, which went largely unseen by audiences. The same couldn't be said of Reilly and Anderson's second collaboration, Boogie Nights, the following year. One of the most critically lauded films of 1997, it featured Reilly as another loser, a dim porn actor with dreams of becoming a magician/songwriter.Thanks to the film's success, Reilly finally earned a bit of long-overdue recognition, as was evidenced by his subsequent casting in Terrence Malick's adaptation of The Thin Red Line (1998). The actor's visibility further increased the following year, thanks to prominent roles in no less than four films. One of these was Magnolia, Anderson's follow-up to Boogie Nights. Like his previous film, Magnolia boasted a large ensemble cast of first-rate actors; among them, Reilly stood out as a lonely police officer who becomes involved with an emotionally unstable woman.With his career continuing to build momentum, Reilly was next cast alongside George Clooney and Mark Wahlberg in the 2000 big-budget adaptation of the best-selling book The Perfect Storm. However, his biggest year to date came in 2002. Not only could Reilly be seen in prominent roles in four high-profile films, but his scene-stealing turn in the musical Chicago netted him his first Academy Award nomination. Riding high on his escalating stardom, Reilly spent 2003 hard at work on three big releases, The Aviator, Dark Water, and Criminal. Of Reilly's 2004 projects, Criminal arrived first - in September of that year. A remake of the late Argentinian director Fabian Bielinsky's debut crime, the American version tells the story of a couple of scammers (Reilly and Diego Luna) who con members of the Beverly Hills upper-crust, the picture (brought to fruition by Steven Soderbergh) received average to positive reviews. On the enthusiastic end, The Los Angeles Times's Carina Chocano called the picture "funny, original and very well observed," and The Philadelphia Inquirer's Carrie Rickey remarked, "Gregory Jacobs' zircon remake of that glowing Argentine gem Nine Queens is the film equivalent of Chinese boxes or Russian matrushka dolls. If you've never played with them before, then there's a prize inside for you." Less enthused was The Charlotte Observer's Lawrence Toppmann, who compared the film somewhat unfavorably to its original: "a watered-down version of the same pleasures." Issued in December 2004, Martin Scorsese's The Aviator fared immeasurably better (with critics and at the box) and left in its wake the most enduring legacy of Reilly's 2004 efforts. As Noah Dietrich, the individual who manages Howard Hughes's (Leonardo di Caprio) business affairs, Reilly contributed to a strong ensemble cast that included Cate Blanchett and the splendid Alan Alda. Dark Water, Walter

Highest Rated Movies



93% Stan & Ollie Actor 2019
No Score Yet Book of Days Richard Worthington 2003
47% We're No Angels Young Monk 1989
No Score Yet Touch and Go Pepper 1986
No Score Yet Doin' Time Governor 1985
No Score Yet Charlie and the Great Balloon Chase Actor 1982
40% The Main Event Alan Crane 1979
No Score Yet The Incredible Journey of Doctor Meg Laurel Thom 1979
67% The Great Waldo Pepper Western Star 1975


No Score Yet General Hospital: Night Shift
Sean Donely 2008
62% Arli$$
No Score Yet Judging Amy
Bill Hackett 2002
No Score Yet Son of the Beach
J.P. Wynne 2000
No Score Yet For Your Love
Mr. Thompson 1999
No Score Yet Melrose Place
Mr. McBride 1999
No Score Yet Beverly Hills, 90210
Kelly's Father Bill Taylor 1998
No Score Yet Empty Nest
Adam 1994
No Score Yet Newhart
Cameron 1984
No Score Yet Who's the Boss?
Mitchell 1984
No Score Yet Three's Company
No Score Yet The Incredible Hulk
Steve 1980
100% Wonder Woman (1976)
Skye 1978
No Score Yet The Bionic Woman
Hober Sam Sloan 1978
No Score Yet The Mary Tyler Moore Show
Jake 1977
No Score Yet Kojak
Robert Whelan 1976
No Score Yet Gunsmoke
Ike Orlo 1974
78% The Brady Bunch
Dick 1972
No Score Yet The Andy Griffith Show
Billy 1966
No Score Yet The Beverly Hillbillies
Hogan 1965
No Score Yet General Hospital
Sean Donely
No Score Yet Passions
Alistair Crane
No Score Yet Sunset Beach


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