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Karl Bury

Karl Bury won his role (marking his motion picture debut) in The Majestic at the suggestion of director Frank Darabont's President of Production, Anna Garduño, who saw his talent on display at a local acting class and felt he would be perfect for the role of a scarred WWII veteran who luckily returns to his hometown of Lawson after surviving the war.

Bury's own hometown is Fremont, Ohio, where he grew up aspiring to become a farmer. He studied business at Ohio State University, and accidentally (or fatefully) was drawn to acting on a midterm break in Chicago. During his trip, he was cast as an extra in the John Hughes comedy, She's Having A Baby. After some time on the set, director Hughes noticed Bury and offered him a scene in the film opposite stars Kevin Bacon and Alec Baldwin.

Bury, who had to prepare for an economics midterm, declined Hughes' generous offer, opting instead for academics over acting. As fate would have it, he returned to class, flunked the test and immediately changed his major to theatre.

Upon graduation from Ohio State, Bury moved west to Seattle where he attended the University of Washington and obtained a Masters of Fine Arts. He took his degree south to Los Angeles to pursue his craft and immediately met famed acting coach Larry Moss (whose tutoring of actor Michael Clarke Duncan contributed to his Academy Award nominated performance in Darabont's The Green Mile). He continued studying with Moss while working in a variety of jobs, and soon found himself winning television roles and commercials to pay the bills.

Most recently, Bury played a district attorney involved in an unusual legal battle on ABC's Emmy-winning The Practice. Theatre credits encompass an eight-month run in Awake and Sing at L.A.'s Odyssey Theater, as well as Invisible Friends, The Rose Tattoo, The Habitation of Dragons and Shaw's Man and Superman. He is also a long-standing member of the award-winning Circle X Theater Company in Los Angeles.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2003.

Karl Bury Facts

BirthdayMarch 19, 1971 (52)
BirthplaceFremont, Ohio, USA
Height5' 9" (1m75)  How tall is Karl Bury compared to you?

Selected Filmography

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