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Greg Kinnear

Greg Kinnear in May 2006
Born Gregory Kinnear
June 17, 1963 (1963-06-17) (age 46)
Logansport, Indiana, U.S.
Occupation Actor/TV personality
Years active 1988–present
Spouse(s) Helen Labdon (1999-present) 2 children

Gregory "Greg" Kinnear (born June 17, 1963) is an American actor and television personality, who first rose to stardom as the first host of E!'s Talk Soup. He has appeared in a number of motion pictures. Kinnear was nominated for an Academy Award for his role in As Good as It Gets.

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Early life

Kinnear was born in Logansport, Indiana, the son of Suzanne, a homemaker, and Edward Kinnear, a career diplomat who worked for the U.S. State Department.[1][2] He has two brothers, James and Steven. As a child, the Kinnear family moved around frequently, from Beirut to Athens, part of a group sometimes referred to as the "Foreign Service Brats". While a student at the American Community Schools in Athens, Greg Kinnear first ventured into the role of talk show host with his radio show "School Daze With Greg Kinnear". Returning to the States for a college education, he attended the University of Arizona, where he graduated in 1985 with a degree in broadcast journalism

Career

Talk shows

Kinnear hosted a short-lived game show, College Mad House, which was spun-off from the kids' show, Fun House. After that, he would later become the creator, co-executive producer, and host of Best of the Worst which aired from 1990 to 1991. In 1991, Kinnear became the first host of Talk Soup; he hosted until 1995, when he left the show for the NBC late-night talk show, Later with Greg Kinnear (1994).

Film roles

It was in 1994 that Kinnear had his first big screen role, as a talk show host yet again in the Damon Wayans comedy Blankman. In 1995 he won the part of David Larrabee in Sydney Pollack's remake of Billy Wilder's 1954 classic Sabrina. He later played the lead role in the 1996 comedy Dear God. In 1997, he was cast in James L. Brooks' comedy-drama, As Good as It Gets, for which he received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. His next film, A Smile Like Yours, had him starring opposite Lauren Holly as part of a couple trying to have a baby. His next film was the popular You've Got Mail, in which he played Meg Ryan's significant other. His following films were Mystery Men, Nurse Betty, Loser, and Someone Like You.

In 2002, Kinnear starred in the movie Auto Focus about the life and murder of actor Bob Crane. In 2003 he starred in Stuck On You, a comedy in which he played a conjoined twin who pursues his dream of becoming a Hollywood actor. In 2005 he starred in the black comedy The Matador opposite Pierce Brosnan.

In 2006, Kinnear co-starred with Steve Carell in the Oscar-winning comedy-drama Little Miss Sunshine, and with Mark Wahlberg in Invincible, based on the true story of a bartender who tries out for the Philadelphia Eagles football team. He also appeared in Fast Food Nation, playing a fast food executive who discovers secrets about his company. In 2008 starred in the movie Flash of Genius, a docudrama about Robert Kearns who invented the intermittent windshield wiper. In 2010, Kinnear will star as the estranged father of Miley Cyrus' character in The Last Song.

His portrayal of then-Major Bruce P. Crandall in 2002's We Were Soldiers brought public attention to Crandall's heroism during the 1965 Battle of Ia Drang. (On February 26, 2007, Crandall was awarded the Medal of Honor by President Bush for his actions depicted by Kinnear.)

Personal life

Kinnear married Helen Labdon, a native of Great Britain and a former Page 3 glamor model[3], in 1999. They have two daughters, Lily Katherine (born September 2003) and Audrey Mae (June 2006). They are currently expecting their third child.

Filmography

Film
Year Film Role Notes
1994 Blankman Talk Show Host
1995 Sabrina David Larrabee
1996 Dear God Tom Turner
Beavis and Butt-Head Do America ATF Agent Bork Uncredited Voice Role
1997 A Smile Like Yours Danny Robertson
As Good as It Gets Simon Bishop Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor

Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actor

1998 You've Got Mail Frank Navasky
1999 Mystery Men Captain Amazing/Lance Hunt
2000 What Planet Are You From? Perry Gordon
Nurse Betty Dr. David Ravell/George McCord
Loser Professor Edward Alcott
The Gift Wayne Collins
2001 Someone Like You Ray Brown
2002 We Were Soldiers Maj. Bruce "Snake" Crandall
Auto Focus Bob Crane
2003 Stuck on You Walt Tenor
2004 Godsend Paul Duncan
2005 The Matador Danny Wright
Robots Phineas T. Ratchet Voice Role
Bad News Bears Roy Bullock
2006 Fast Food Nation Don Anderson
Little Miss Sunshine Richard Hoover
Invincible Dick Vermeil
Unknown Broken Nose
2007 Feast of Love Bradley Smith
2008 Baby Mama Rob Ackerman
Ghost Town Frank Herlihy
Flash of Genius Bob Kearns
2009 Green Zone Clark Poundstone
2010 The Last Song Steve Miller
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1988 What Price Victory ABC TV-Movie
1989 Life Goes On Corey Episode: Break a Leg, Mom
1990 Murder in Mississippi News Reporter NBC TV-Movie
Mancuso, FBI Photographer Episode: Adamant Eve
1991 Dillinger Arizona Legislator ABC TV-Movie
L.A. Law Reporter Episode: Spleen It to Me, Lucy
1991–1995 Talk Soup Host
1993 Based on an Untrue Story Orlando Chang Stein FOX TV-Movie
2000 Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child Prince Gavin Voice Role
Episode: The Frog Princess
2001 Dinner With Friends Tom HBO TV-Movie
2003 Friends Benjamin Hobart Episode: The One with Ross' Grant

Awards and nominations

Academy Awards

  • 1997: Nominated, "Best Actor in a Supporting Role" - As Good as It Gets

Blockbuster Entertainment Award

  • 1999: Won, "Favorite Supporting Actor in a Comedy/Romance" - You've Got Mail

Chicago Film Critics Association Awards

  • 1996: Won, Most Promising Actor - Sabrina

Daytime Emmy Awards

  • 1995: Won, "Outstanding Special Class Program" - "Talk Soup" (shared w/producers)

Golden Apple Awards

  • 1996: Won, "Male Discovery of the Year"

Golden Globe Awards

  • 1998: Nominated, "Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture" - As Good as It Gets

Gotham Awards

  • 2006: Nominated, "Best Ensemble Cast" - Little Miss Sunshine (shared w/castmembers)

National Board of Review Awards

  • 1997: Won, "Best Supporting Actor" - As Good as It Gets

Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards

  • 2006: Won, "Best Ensemble Cast" - Little Miss Sunshine (shared w/castmembers)

Satellite Awards

  • 1998: Nominated, "Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Comedy/Musical Motion Picture" - As Good as It Gets

Screen Actors Guild Awards

  • 1998: Nominated, "Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role" - As Good as It Gets
  • 2007: Won, "Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture" - Little Miss Sunshine (shared w/castmembers)

Southeastern Film Critics Association Awards

  • 1998: Won, "Best Supporting Actor" - As Good as It Gets

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