John Doe

John Doe

Highest Rated: 93% Boogie Nights (1997)

Lowest Rated: 20% The Rage: Carrie 2 (1999)

Birthday: Feb 25, 1954

Birthplace: Decatur, Illinois, USA

John Doe is a man who balances two well-respected careers -- as a musician, Doe was the co-founder, songwriter, vocalist, and bassist of one of America's most acclaimed alternative rock bands, X, and while he continues to write and record new material, he has also carved out a reputation as a busy and well-regarded character actor. Born in Decatur, IL, in 1954 as John Duchac, John spent his young adult years in Baltimore, MD, where he began playing and singing in a number of bar bands. Fascinated by beat poetry and eager to hone his skills as a writer, Duchac moved to Venice, CA, in 1976; early the next year, John adopted the stage name John Doe and began dipping his toes into Los Angeles's burgeoning punk rock scene. Doe met guitarist Billy Zoom, who like Doe was eager to form a band, and when Doe met Exene Cervenka at a poetry workshop, they began comparing notes and soon started writing songs. They also began dating, and married a few years later, though they would divorce in 1985. With drummer D.J. Bonebrake, Doe, Zoom, and Cervenka formed the band X, which blended the power and speed of punk rock with the melodies and accents of rockabilly, blues, and roots rock, all coupled with Doe and Cervenka's hard-edged but literate lyrics about California's underclass. X quickly earned a reputation as one of the strongest bands to emerge from the American punk rock scene, and as X's popularity in Los Angeles grew, they began attracting the attention of a variety of filmmakers. Penelope Spheeris featured the band in her documentary about the L.A. punk scene, The Decline. . .of Western Civilization, the band performed their song "Beyond and Back" in Urgh! A Music War, and Jim McBride asked the band to record the title song for his remake of Jean-Luc Godard's Breathless. In 1985, independent filmmakers Allison Anders, Kurt Voss, and Dean Lent began making a movie about musicians living along the edges of Hollywood's music scene called Border Radio, and they cast Doe in his first acting role alongside such fellow L.A. punk scenesters as Chris D. and Dave Alvin. While the film was not released until 1987 and received poor distribution, Doe's rugged good looks and cool charisma registered well on screen, and he soon landed small roles in Oliver Stone's breakthrough film Salvador and Wayne Wang's neo-noir drama Slam Dance. In 1989, Jim McBride cast Doe in a small but substantial role in his Jerry Lee Lewis biopic Great Balls of Fire as J.W. Brown, Lewis' bassist and the father of the rocker's 13-year-old "child bride." By the time Great Balls of Fire was released, X had announced their breakup (though the band would stage several reunions throughout the 1990s), and while Doe began recording and touring as a solo act, he also devoted an increasing amount of his time to his acting career, so much so that by the end of the 1990s Doe's film work had outstripped music as his primary livelihood. Doe has since played a number of memorable supporting roles, often as musicians, in films running the gamut from Pure Country and Wyatt Earp to Georgia and Boogie Nights. In 1999, Doe reunited with Allison Anders and Kurt Voss for another film about the Los Angeles music community, Sugar Town, in which he gave a superb performance as a musician trying to hold his marriage and his career together; that same year, he also landed a recurring role on the TV series Roswell as Geoff Parker, father of teenaged protagonist Liz Parker (Shiri Appleby) and owner of Roswell diner The Crashdown Cafe.


Highest Rated Movies



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74% All Creatures Here Below Actor 2019
No Score Yet My Little One Actor 2019
40% Most Likely to Die The Graduate 2016
No Score Yet The 78 Project Movie Actor 2014
No Score Yet Pleased To Meet Me Pete Jones 2013
No Score Yet Drowning on Dry Land Actor 2008
No Score Yet The Undeniable Charm of Sloppy Unruh Actor 2008
No Score Yet Man Maid Sissy Taylor 2008
No Score Yet Ten Inch Hero Trucker 2008
90% Punk's Not Dead Actor 2007
25% The Darwin Awards Actor 2006
No Score Yet Players Chief Macintyre 2006
No Score Yet Live Freaky! Die Freaky! Actor 2006
89% We Jam Econo: The Story of the Minutemen Actor 2005
No Score Yet The Sandpiper Actor 2005
No Score Yet Lucky 13 Mr. Baker 2004
23% Torque Sheriff Barnes $21.1M 2004
No Score Yet Return to Sin City - A Tribute to Gram Parsons Actor 2004
No Score Yet Wuthering Heights Earnshaw 2003
No Score Yet Under the Gun Herb 2002
82% The Good Girl Mr. Worther $13.8M 2002
No Score Yet Bug Record Store Owner 2002
54% Gypsy 83 Ray Vale 2001
No Score Yet The Red Right Hand Actor 2001
47% The Specials One of Eight 2000
57% Wildflowers Teacher 2000
67% Sugar Town Carl 1999
31% Brokedown Palace Bill Marano 1999
No Score Yet The Price of Kissing Mouse 1999
45% Forces of Nature Carl 1999
20% The Rage: Carrie 2 Boyd 1999
No Score Yet Black Cat Run Harlan 1998
No Score Yet Black Circle Boys Bonfiglio 1998
No Score Yet The Pass Bus Station Clerk 1998
No Score Yet Knocking on Death's Door Actor 1998
93% Boogie Nights Thomas, Amber's Husband 1997
33% Touch Elwin Worrel 1997
No Score Yet Vanishing Point Sammy 1997
No Score Yet Scorpion Spring Deputy 1996
No Score Yet The Last Time I Committed Suicide Actor 1996
80% Georgia Bobby 1995
No Score Yet Shake, Rattle and Rock! Actor 1994
44% Wyatt Earp Tommy Behind-the-Deuce 1994
41% Pure Country Blackstock 1992
No Score Yet Liquid Dreams Cab Driver 1992
83% Roadside Prophets Joe 1992
No Score Yet A Matter Of Degrees Peter Downs 1991
57% Without You I'm Nothing Himself 1990
63% Great Balls of Fire J.W. Brown 1989
37% Road House Pat McGurn 1989
No Score Yet Border Radio Dean 1987
20% Slam Dance Gilbert 1987
No Score Yet 3:15 (3:15 The Moment Of Truth) Drunk at Club 1986
88% Salvador Roberto, Restaurant Owner 1986
No Score Yet X: The Unheard Music Actor 1986


No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
Performer 2014
No Score Yet One Tree Hill
Mick Wolf 2008
No Score Yet The Henry Rollins Show
Performer 2006
No Score Yet Law & Order
Teddy Connor 2003
No Score Yet Roswell
Jeff Parker Jeff 2002
No Score Yet ER
Carter's Doctor 2000
No Score Yet Party of Five
Carter 1997


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