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Real Name: Greg Kinnear
Birthday: June 17th 

Biography And Filmography:

An attractive, cynical broadcaster turned actor, Greg Kinnear won attention for his arrogant and sarcastic bits on the television show "Talk Soup" (1991-94). This daily frontrunner of "The Daily Show" became the most popular program on E! Entertainment Television and a darling among entertainment executives.

The youngest of three sons born to a diplomat, he grew up in various places around the world, including Beirut, Lebanon and Athens, Greece. After attending the University of Arizona, the Indiana native got his start promoting low-budget movies before changing direction and working in front of the camera. He hosted the television shows "College Mad House" (1989) and "The Best of the Worst" (1991-92) before landing his dream job with "Talk Soup". 

In 1994, He replaced Bob Costas on the late night interview show, "Later.” NBC moved production from New York City to Los Angeles to allow Greg to work on both jobs on "Later" and "Talk Soup". The overhauled "Later" included a live studio audience, frequent comedy sketches and a monologue where he commented on the day's events.

The actor made his feature film introduction as a talk show host in "Blankman" (1994). But his first big break came when he was hired to take the William Holden role in the 1995 Sydney Pollack directed "Sabrina" starring Harrison Ford. He was then cast to star as a con man tuned postal worker who answers mail addressed to the Almighty in "Dear God" (1996), but that film struggled to find an audience. He was next cast as the newlywed husband of Lauren Holly in the romantic comedy "A Smile Like Yours" (1997), about a childless couple who are attempting to conceive a child and discover that his sperm is "lazy".

He then won a Best Supporting Actor Academy Award nomination, for his role as a gay man who makes friends with a bad-tempered neighbor (Jack Nicholson) in James L Brooks' comedy "As Good as It Gets" (1997) with Helen Hunt and Cuba Gooding Jr., where a single mother and waitress, a misanthropic author, and a gay artist form an unlikely friendship

He then had another supporting role as Meg Ryan's boyfriend in "You've Got Mail" (1998) starring Tom Hanks, about two business rivals who hate each other at the office but fall in love over the internet. Kinnear was next seen as Captain Amazing in "Mystery Men" (1999), and showed his trademarked self-centeredness as a college professor romancing a student in "Loser" (2000). 

One of his better movie roles was in "Nurse Betty" (also 2000), a comedy about a widow's post-traumatic obsession with a soap opera star. He rounded out his year playing the timid love "The Gift” (2000) working with an all-star ensemble cast that included Keanu Reeves, in the horror mystery about a woman with extrasensory perception who is asked to help find a young woman who has disappeared.

The following year He played a sly fox role, playing an attractive television producer who breaks up with his talk-show host lover (Ashley Judd) in the romantic comedy "Someone Like You" (2001). He was then hired and cast in the television adaptation of the Pulitzer-winning discovery of marriage in, "Dinner With Friends" (2001) before being added to the cast of  "We Were Soldiers"(2002) starring Mel Gibson, the dramatic story of the first major battle of the American phase of the Vietnam War and the soldiers on both sides that fought it.  

He then scored the starring role in the movie "Auto Focus" (2002) playing Bob Crane, the star of "Hogan's Heroes" whose secret life of sexual exploits was discovered after he was found murdered in his apartment. Next, he starred in the Farrelly Brothers comedy "Stuck On You" (2003) working with Matt Damon, in which they played hostile conjoined twins. He then starred with Robert De Niro in the thriller "Godsend" (2004), playing opposite Rebecca Romijn-Stamos as a couple who raise a clone of their dead child, with alarming results. Next, he lent his distinctive voice talents to Ratchet, a corporate big shot in a world inhabited by mechanical beings in the animated smash hit “Robots” (2005) alongside the voices of Amanda Bynes, Robin Williams, Jay Leno, Drew Carey and Mel Brooks. 

The actor then took on the Vic Morrow role of coach in Richard Linklater's variation of the classic children's baseball film "The Bad News Bears" (2005) with Billy Bob Thornton, playing the role with plenty of cynicism instead of Marrow's father-like pain in the neck. In “The Matador” (2005) starring Pierce Brosnan, he played an every day kind of guy on a business trip in Mexico who makes friends with an assassin who is going through a midlife crisis. 

He next took the starring role in the ensemble cast of “Little Miss Sunshine” (2006) with Steve Carell, portraying a badly confident and annoying motivational speaker not able to motivate anyone who goes on a road trip with his dysfunctional family to take his daughter to her beauty pageant. While “Little Miss Sunshine” was still in theaters, Kinnear was cast in the sports drama, “Invincible” (2006) starring Mark Wahlberg, the story of NFL player Vince Papale, a former part-timer bartender turned special teams star on the Philadelphia Eagles. He played first year coach Dick Vermeil, who hopes to turn around 12-straight losing seasons by holding open tryouts for Philadelphia locals.

The following year, he starred in the dramatic romance "Feast Of Love" (2007) a story of meditation on love and its various incarnations, set within a community of friends in Oregon. Next it was back to comedy in the summer smash hit "Baby Mama" (2007) with Tina Fey, about a successful, single businesswoman who dreams of having a baby and discovers she is infertile and hires a working class woman to be her unlikely surrogate. 

He then starred with Ricky Gervais in the comedy fantasy "Ghost Town" (2008) where a man whose people skills leave much to be desired dies unexpectedly, but is miraculously revived after seven minutes and wakes up to discover that he now has the annoying ability to see ghosts. He wrapped his year with the dramatic "Flash Of Genius" (2008), based on the true story of college professor and part-time inventor Robert Kearns' and his long battle with the United States automobile industry.

He then was hired and cast for the dramatic war movie "Green Zone" (2009), a thriller about a pair of CIA agents on the trail of certain Weapons of Mass Destruction and a foreign correspondent following their mission. Inspired by Imperial Life in the Emerald City.


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