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Greg Kinnear

Academy Award-nominated actor Greg Kinnear continues to build upon his already impressive résumé with roles in the most diverse of projects. Last year was a very busy one for the actor, beginning with Little Miss Sunshine, the critically acclaimed hit of the 2006 Sundance Film Festival. Kinnear played a struggling motivational coach who leads his family on an eventful road trip so that his seven-year-old daughter can realize her dream of competing in a beauty pageant. Lauded by critics nationwide, Little Miss Sunshine went on to garner several Academy Award nominations and receive Independent Spirit Awards, while Kinnear, along with Steve Carell, Alan Arkin, Abigail Breslin, Paul Dano and Toni Collette, won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.

Kinnear then segued from beauty pageants to the gridiron, starring opposite Mark Wahlberg in the hit film Invincible, the real-life tale of Vince Papale, a 30-year-old bartender who goes to an open tryout for the Philadelphia Eagles, organized by new coach Dick Vermeil (Kinnear). Kinnear then starred in Richard Linklater's Fast Food Nation, based on the best-selling book by Eric Schlosser. Kinnear was seen next in Feast of Love, which was directed by Robert Benton and co-starred Morgan Freeman. Kinnear is currently filming Universal's untitled Green Zone thriller.

Kinnear also starred in the dark comedy The Matador with Pierce Brosnan, Bad News Bears, opposite Billy Bob Thornton and lent his voice as Ratchet in the highly successful animated film Robots. In 2002, Kinnear starred in the critically acclaimed biopic of actor and comedian Bob Crane in Auto Focus for director Paul Schrader. That year also saw Kinnear battling on the big screen opposite Mel Gibson in the feature We Were Soldiers, focusing on the Vietnam War battle at La Drang Valley. That year, he also lit up the small screen in the emotion-driven Norman Jewison HBO movie Dinner with Friends, alongside Toni Collette, Dennis Quaid and Andie MacDowell.

Some of Kinnear's other credits include the romantic comedy Someone Like You… with Ashley Judd and Hugh Jackman; the Farrelly brothers' comedy Stuck on You, in which he co-starred with Matt Damon; Sam Raimi's supernatural thriller The Gift, alongside Cate Blanchett and Katie Holmes; Unknown, a thriller with Jim Caviezel and Bridget Moynahan; and director Neil LaBute's black comedy Nurse Betty, opposite Renée Zellweger, Morgan Freeman and Chris Rock.

In 1997, Kinnear starred alongside Jack Nicholson as his unfortunate neighbor Simon in James L. Brooks' Academy Award-nominated film As Good as It Gets. His performance garnered him not only an Academy Award nomination, but earned him the honor of being named Best Supporting Actor by the National Board of Review; he was also nominated in the same category at the Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Awards that year.

Kinnear made his feature film debut in the Sydney Pollack-directed remake Sabrina, in which he co-starred with Harrison Ford and Julia Ormond. His performance prompted the trade organization of the movie theater owners to name him NATO ShoWest's Male Star of Tomorrow. Following his Oscar-nominated performance in As Good as It Gets, he co-starred in Nora Ephron's romantic hit comedy You've Got Mail with Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan; Mike Nichols' What Planet Are You From?, with Garry Shandling and Annette Bening; and appeared in a cameo role as Captain Amazing in Mystery Men.

Kinnear first gained prominence as the animated, wisecracking host of E! Entertainment Television's Talk Soup in 1991. As the first host of Talk Soup, he was the master of not one, but of all talk shows with his witty commentary on clips from such programs as Sally Jessy Raphael, The Jerry Springer Show and The Montel Williams Show. Eventually taking on the additional role of executive producer on the show, Kinnear earned an Emmy Award, rave reviews and established a cult-like following. As the popularity of Talk Soup grew, Kinnear captured the attention of NBC executives who were searching for a replacement for Bob Costas. In 1994, after three successful seasons with Talk Soup, Kinnear left the show permanently and became the host and executive producer of his own NBC late-night talk show, Later With Greg Kinnear.

Kinnear grew up virtually all over the world as his family followed his state department father to disparate locales such as Logansport, Indiana; Washington, D.C.; Beirut, Lebanon; and Athens, Greece. He currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife and daughters.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2008.
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Greg Kinnear Facts

BirthdayJune 17, 1963 (59)
BirthplaceLogansport, Indiana, USA
Height5' 10" (1m78)  How tall is Greg Kinnear compared to you?

Selected Filmography

The Gift
The Last Song
You've Got Mail
Heaven is for Real
Green Zone
Movie 43
As Good As It Gets
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