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John Doe

Highest Rated:   92% Boogie Nights (1997)
Lowest Rated:   20% Slam Dance (1987)
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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.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet 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
33% Ring of Fire
  • A.P. Carter
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
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
81% The Good Girl
  • Mr. Worther
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
21% 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
92% 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
42% Wyatt Earp
  • Tommy Behind-the-Deuce
1994
38% Pure Country
  • Blackstock
1992
No Score Yet Liquid Dreams
  • Cab Driver
1992
83% Roadside Prophets
  • Joe
1992
57% Without You I'm Nothing
  • Himself
1990
63% Great Balls of Fire
  • J.W. Brown
1989
38% 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
92% Salvador
  • Roberto, Restaurant Owner
1986
No Score Yet X: The Unheard Music
  • Actor
1986

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
1993-2015
  • Performer
No Score Yet One Tree Hill
2003-2012
  • Mick Wolf
No Score Yet Law & Order
1990-2010
  • Teddy Connor

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