John C. Reilly

John C. Reilly

Infobox actor

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birthplace = Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
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spouse = Alison Dickey (1992 — present)
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academyawards = Nominated: Best Supporting Actor
2002 "Chicago"
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sagawards = Best Cast - Motion Picture
2002 "Chicago"
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John Christopher Reilly (born May 24, 1965) is an Academy Award- and two-time Golden Globe-nominated American actor.


Early life

Reilly, the fifth of six children, was born in Chicago, Illinois to an Irish American father and a Lithuanian mother. [ [ Interview: John C. Reilly ] ] [ [,6737,1366501,00.html Life of Reilly | Interviews | Guardian Unlimited Film ] ] [ [ SacTicket // Movie News ] ] His father owned a linen supply company. [ [ John C. Reilly Biography (1965-) ] ] He was raised a Catholic [ [ John C Reilly - Profile, Latest News and Related Articles ] ] and graduated from Brother Rice High School. Reilly had several minor infractions for juvenile mischief. To better occupy his time, he later became involved with theatre. He subsequently enrolled at the Goodman School of Drama, at DePaul University. A proud member of the Chicago theater, Reilly credits the Windy City with helping him gain experience as he was working for his big break.


Reilly made his film debut in the Brian De Palma film "Casualties of War" (1989) as PFC Herbert Hatcher. [John C. Reilly(I) - IMDB,, Retrieved 12-13-2007] Although the role of Hatcher was written as a small one, De Palma liked Reilly's performance so much that the role was significantly expanded.

Reilly has consistently appeared in film since his debut; he has appeared in an about 50 roles since 1989, mostly supporting roles.

Among his most notable roles: [John C. Reilly(I) - IMDB,, Retrieved 12-13-2007]
* Dale Doback, an unemployed immature 40-year-old who still lives with his father in "Step Brothers" (2008)
* Dewford Randolph “Dewey” Cox, a Johnny Cash-type singer in "Walk Hard" (2007)
* Dr. Steve Brule, the local news correspondent on "Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!" (2007)
* Cal Naughton, Jr., the dimwitted race car driver and best friend of Ricky Bobby in "" (2006)
* Lefty the singing cowboy in "A Prairie Home Companion" (2006)
* Noah Dietrich in "The Aviator" (2004)
* Amos Hart, husband to an adulterous murderess in "Chicago" (2002)
* Happy Jack, right-hand policeman of Bill the Butcher in Martin Scorsese's "Gangs of New York" (2002)
* House painter Phil Last, a stoner with an unhappy marriage in "The Good Girl" (2002)
* Jim Kurring, a lonely divorced religious by-the-book cop who ends up involved with a drug-addicted woman in "Magnolia" (1999)
* Dale Murphy, or "Murph," a divorced fisherman father who is in the tragedy on the Andrea Gail in The Perfect Storm.
* Gus Siniski, Detroit Tigers catcher in "For Love of the Game" (1999)
* Reed Rothchild, Dirk Diggler's co-worker and sidekick in "Boogie Nights" (1997)
* Buck Bretherton, racecar pit crew member in "Days of Thunder" (1990)In the past six years, he has been a friend of Tenacious D, appearing as Sasquatch in the late-'90s HBO television show "Tenacious D", on their 2001 album, "Tenacious D", and in the 2006 feature-length movie, "".

His profile as a film actor was significantly raised in 2002 when he appeared in three of the year's Academy Award for Best Picture nominees - "Chicago", "Gangs of New York" and "The Hours". The three movies were nominated for a total of 32 Oscars, including one for Best Supporting Actor for Reilly's performance as Renée Zellweger's trusting husband in "Chicago". Ultimately, "Gangs of New York" won none, "Chicago" won six, and "The Hours" won one. Reilly lost to Chris Cooper for "Adaptation.".

More recently, Reilly appeared in Martin Scorsese's 2004 Howard Hughes biopic, "The Aviator", as Hughes' trusted business partner, Noah Dietrich. Reilly had to turn down the role of Champ Kind in the Will Ferrell film "" in order to appear in "The Aviator". Reilly quit his role in the film "Manderlay" in protest in 2005 when a donkey was killed on-camera for dramatic purposes, in a scene later deleted from the film. []

Reilly has been praised for his diversity as an actor, drawing plaudits for his dramatic roles and for being a great comedic actor with notable roles in "", "Walk Hard", and "Step Brothers".

He is also a singer, performing on two tracks of the 2006 compilation "Rogue's Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs, and Chanteys": “Fathom the Bowl” and “My Son John”. [Rogue's Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs, & Chanteys,, Accessed 12-13-2007]

He also performed his own vocals in "Walk Hard", and went on tour in the US, performing as Dewey Cox in the Cox Across America 2007 Tour. [ [ E! News - Reilly Takes Cox Across America - John C Reilly ] ]

Most recently he has appeared in Adult Swim's "Tom Goes to the Mayor" and "Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!". In May 2008 he appeared as part of T&E's Awesome Tour 2008 [ [ Awesome Tour Live 2008] ] at the Echoplex in Los Angeles.

He provided the voice of himself in the "The Simpsons" episode “Any Given Sundance”.

Personal life

Reilly has been married since 1992 to Allison Dickey, whom he met on the set of "Casualties of War". He is also very good friends with Paul Thomas Anderson. Reilly is a vegetarian and resides in Los Angeles.


*"Casualties of War" (1989) as PFC. Herbert Hatcher
*"We're No Angels" (1989) as Young Monk
*"Days of Thunder" (1990) as Buck Bretherton
*"State of Grace" (1990) as Stevie McGuire
*"Shadows and Fog" (1992) as Cop at Police Station
*"Out on a Limb" (1992) as Jim Jr.
*"Hoffa" (1992) as Pete Connelly
*"What's Eating Gilbert Grape" (1993) as Tucker Van Dyke
*"The River Wild" (1994) as Terry
*"Dolores Claiborne" (1995) as Const. Frank Stamshaw
*"Georgia" (1995) as Herman
*"Hard Eight" (1996) as John Finnegan
*"Boys" (1996) as Officer Kellogg Curry
*"Nightwatch" (uncredited) (1997) as Deputy Inspector Bill Davis
*"Boogie Nights" (1997) as Reed Rothchild
*"Hellcab" (1998) as Steve
*"The Thin Red Line" (1998) as Sergeant Storm
*"The Settlement" (1999) as Pat
*"Never Been Kissed" (1999) as Augustus Strauss
*"For Love of the Game" (1999) as Gus Sinski
*"Magnolia" (1999) as Jim Kurring
*"The Perfect Storm" (2000) as Dale 'Murph' Murphy
*"The Anniversary Party" (2001) as Mac Forsyth
*"The Good Girl" (2002) as Phil Last
*"Gangs of New York" (2002) as Happy Jack
*"Chicago" (2002) as Amos Hart
*"The Hours" (2002) as Dan Brown
*"Anger Management" (2003) as older monk Arnie Shankman
*"Piggie" (2003)
*"The Aviator" (2004) as Noah Dietrich
*"Criminal" (2004) as Richard Gaddis
*"Dark Water" (2005) as Mr. Murray
*"A Prairie Home Companion" (2006) as Lefty
*"" (2006) as Cal Naughton, Jr.
*"" (2006) as Sasquatch (uncredited)
*"Year of the Dog" (2007) as Al
*"" (2007) as Dewford "Dewey" Cox
*"The Promotion" (2008) as Richard
*"Step Brothers" (2008) as Dale Doback

*"9" (2008) (voice only) (post-production)
*"Cirque du Freak" (2009) as Larten Crepsley (post-production)


External links

*imdb name|id=0000604|name=John C. Reilly
*ibdb name|id=76408|name=John C. Reilly
* [ Commentary Fansite]
* [| New York Times profile on John C. Reilly]
* [ In the Driver's Seat ("Moving Pictures Magazine" interview)]
* [ Interpreting Tennessee Williams] - "Working in the Theatre Seminar" video at American Theatre, April 2005

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