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Jon Gries

Highest Rated:   100% Waterborne (2005)
Lowest Rated:   0% Eternity: The Movie (2016)
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Birthplace:   Glendale, California, USA
A longtime character actor with the unique ability to alternate between meek and menacing at the drop of a hat, Jon Gries can play a computer wiz (Real Genius, The Pretender) or a South American mercenary (The Rundown) with equal zeal and conviction. A native of Glendale, CA, and the son of Emmy-winning writer/producer/director Tom Gries, Jon launched his acting career with a small role in his father's made-for-television feature Helter Skelter (1976). His father unfortunately died shortly thereafter due to a heart attack, but the the groundwork for Gries' career had been laid. After moving to New York, the young actor studied under the capable tutelage of Stella Adler. Supporting roles in More American Graffiti, Joysticks, and High School USA segued Gries' career into the 1980s, with his role as the reclusive genius Lazlo in the brainy college comedy Real Genius enduring him to a nation of moviegoers. If the remainder of the decade didn't offer Gries the sort of roles that would take him to leading-man status, they would at least find him cast in such high-profile releases as Running Scared, The Monster Squad, and Fright Night Part 2. After once again appearing opposite Real Genius co-star Val Kilmer in the 1989 noir thriller Kill Me Again, Gries found a niche in television with roles in such series as Martin and The Pretender in the 1990s. Of course, Gries also continued to remain active on the big screen throughout the 1990s, and after a bit role in the popular sci-fi comedy Men in Black, he would establish a fruitful working relationship with Mark and Michael Polish -- the filmmaking duo behind the quirky sleeper Twin Falls Idaho. After turning in a memorable performance as a lawyer in that film, Gries became something of a stock player for the Polish brothers with appearances in both Jackpot and Northfork. Even outside of his work with the Polish brothers, Gries continued to gain indie credibility thanks to parts in such features as The Big Empty and Napoleon Dynamite. Gries' performance as a literally whip-smart heavy in the 2003 action comedy The Rundown found him essaying a rare villainous role, but doing so with such malevolent gusto that even audiences with vivid memories of the brainy Lazlo may not have realized whom they were watching give The Rock such a sound thrashing.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet All About the Money
  • Jon Waters
2017
No Score Yet The Axe Murders of Villisca
  • Greg
2017
0% Eternity: The Movie
  • Actor
2016
No Score Yet Falsely Accused
  • Gus
2016
17% Durant's Never Closes
  • Dizzy Dean
2016
50% Endgame
  • Principal Thomas
2015
91% Faults
  • Terry
2015
No Score Yet Pass the Light
  • Franklin Baumann
2015
14% Americons
  • Actor
$14.9k 2015
11% Taken 3
  • Casey
2015
No Score Yet Endgame
  • Actor
2015
83% Bad Turn Worse
  • Sheriff Shep
2014
80% The Last Survivors (The Well)
  • Actor
2014
13% Locker 13
  • Archie
2014
No Score Yet Skinwalker Ranch
  • Hoyt Miller
2013
No Score Yet A True Story
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet noobz
  • Lipstein
2013
No Score Yet Last Best Chance
  • Bernard Wheeler
2013
No Score Yet Pickin' & Grinnin
  • Producer
  • Director
2012
No Score Yet Around June
  • Murry
$9.6k 2012
71% Natural Selection
  • Peter
$48.7k 2012
No Score Yet Unicorn City
  • Shadowhawk
2012
No Score Yet Deep in the Heart
  • Dick
2012
No Score Yet Five Time Champion
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet Redemption: For Robbing The Dead
  • Tom Sutter
2012
8% Crazy on the Outside
  • Edgar
$64.9k 2010
No Score Yet Good Intentions
  • Sheriff Ernie
2010
58% Taken
  • Casey
$145M 2009
No Score Yet Elsewhere
  • Mr. Tod
2009
No Score Yet Bar Starz
  • Ricky
2008
No Score Yet South of Heaven
  • Actor
2008
46% The Sasquatch Gang
  • Officer Ed Chillcut
2007
9% The Comebacks
  • Barber
$13.4M 2007
13% September Dawn
  • John D. Lee
$1.1M 2007
33% American Pastime
  • Ed Tully
2007
No Score Yet Frank
  • Colin York
2007
No Score Yet Frank
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet Car Babes
  • Actor
2006
57% The Astronaut Farmer
  • FBI Agent Killbourne
$11M 2006
31% Stick It
  • Brice Graham
$26.9M 2006
100% Waterborne
  • Ritter
2005
71% Napoleon Dynamite
  • Uncle Rico
$44.5M 2004
70% The Rundown
  • Harvey
$47.6M 2003
86% The Snow Walker
  • Pierce
2003
56% Northfork
  • Arnold
$1.3M 2003
71% The Big Empty
  • Elron
2003
No Score Yet The Beatnicks
  • B Cool
2001
29% Jackpot
  • Producer
  • Sunny Holiday
2001
No Score Yet The Pretender 2001
  • Actor
2001
No Score Yet Pretender: Island of the Haunted (Island of the Haunted )
  • Actor
2001
78% Twin Falls Idaho
  • Jay
1999
50% Ed and His Dead Mother
  • Rob Sundheimer
1997
92% Men in Black
  • Van Driver
1997
No Score Yet Casualties
  • Bill
1997
No Score Yet Race Against Time: The Search for Sarah
  • Steve
1996
86% Get Shorty
  • Ronnie Wingate
1995
No Score Yet Four Eyes and Six-Guns
  • Deputy Elmo
1993
90% The Grifters
  • Drunk's Friend
1990
No Score Yet Rainbow Drive
  • Azzolini
1990
No Score Yet Kill Me Again
  • Alan Swayze
1989
No Score Yet Pucker up and Bark Like a Dog
  • Max
1989
25% Fright Night 2
  • Louie
1989
53% The Monster Squad
  • Desperate Man
1987
No Score Yet Number One with a Bullet
  • Bobby Sweet
1987
60% Running Scared
  • Tony
1986
0% TerrorVision
  • O.D.
1986
75% Real Genius
  • Lazlo Hollyfeld
1985
No Score Yet High School U.S.A.
  • Dirty Curt
1983
No Score Yet Joy Sticks
  • King Vidiot
1983
22% More American Graffiti
  • Ron
$8.2M 1979
No Score Yet The Chicken Chronicles
  • Tom
1977
83% Will Penny
  • Horace Allen
1968

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Dream Corp LLC
2016
  • Voice
  • 2016
No Score Yet Criminal Minds
2005
  • Clifford Walsh
  • 2014
25% Napoleon Dynamite
2012
  • Voice
  • 2012
92% Supernatural
2005
  • Martin
  • 2012
  • 2010
No Score Yet Hawaii Five-0
2010
  • Liam Miller
  • 2011
90% Sons of Anarchy
2008-2014
  • Magoo
  • 2010
87% Lost
2004-2010
  • Roger Linus
  • 2010
  • 2009
  • 2007
No Score Yet CSI: NY
2004-2013
  • Jim Warren
  • 2008
87% 24
2001-2014
  • Joe Wald
  • 2002
No Score Yet ER
1994-2009
  • Marty Nesmith
  • 2001
No Score Yet The Pretender
1996-2000
  • Director
  • Broots
  • 2001
  • 2000
  • 1999
  • 1998
  • 1997
No Score Yet Seinfeld
1989-1998
  • Homeless Man Rusty
  • 1998
  • 1995
No Score Yet Martin
1992-1997
  • Shawn
  • 1994
  • 1993
  • 1992
No Score Yet The Twilight Zone
1985-1989
  • Nick
  • 1987

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