John C. Reilly

John C. Reilly

May. 24th, 1965
Born in
Chicago, Illinois, USA
6' 1 1/2"

John C. Reilly's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! TV Show
Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!
Tenacious D TV Show
Tenacious D

Main Movie Roles

2015 - Entertainment
2014 - Guardians of the Galaxy
2014 - The 78 Project Movie
2014 - Life After Beth
2013 - Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues
2012 - The Dictator
2012 - Wreck-It Ralph
2011 - Terri
2011 - Cedar Rapids
2011 - Carnage
2011 - Fight for Your Right Revisited
2010 - The Extra Man
2009 - 9
2009 - Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant
2008 - The Promotion
2008 - Step Brothers
2007 - Walk Hard - The Dewey Cox Story
2006 - Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby
2006 - A Prairie Home Companion
2005 - Dark Water
2005 - Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny
2004 - The Aviator
2004 - Criminal
2003 - Anger Management
2002 - The Hours
2002 - Chicago
2002 - The Good Girl
2002 - Gangs of New York
2001 - The Anniversary Party
2000 - The Perfect Storm
1999 - For Love of the Game
1999 - Magnolia
1999 - Never Been Kissed
1998 - The Thin Red Line
1997 - Boogie Nights
1997 - Nightwatch
1996 - Boys
1995 - Dolores Claiborne
1993 - What's Eating Gilbert Grape
1992 - Hoffa
1990 - State of Grace
1990 - Days of Thunder
1989 - We're No Angels
1989 - Casualties of War

Guest TV Roles

Show Name
Characters Played
Ep Count
Dr. Steve Brule
Officer Barry (Voiced)
Himself - Guest
Himself (Voiced)
Himself - Host
Himself - Guest
[Complete List]


With a homely mug, lumbering gait and unruly mop of curly hair tailor-made for offbeat character work, John C. Reilly played a host of seamy characters to great effect over the years. Of late, however, he has defied the odds by drawing in the ladies with his touching "common man" portrayals of lovable, good-natured schlepps. The fifth of six children born to an Irish father and Lithuanian mother, Reilly was brought up on Chicago's tough Southwest territory. On the amateur stage from age eight, he trained at the Goodman School of Drama and eventually became a member of Chicago's renowned Steppenwolf Theatre. His film break came with a small role in the Vietnam War drama Casualties of War (1989), wherein Brian De Palma liked his work so much during the early stages that he recast him in a major role by the start of shooting as a soldier bent on rape. Reilly gained momentum throughout the 1990s and showed his dazzling stretch of talent in such films as Days of Thunder (1990), Shadows and Fog (1991), What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993) and The River Wild (1994). He became a major stock player in director Paul Thomas Anderson's films, while finding some of his best roles in Sydney (1996) as a compulsive gambler, Boogie Nights (1997) in which he played a narcissistic porn star, and in Magnolia (1999) as a compassionate policeman. He went on to earn further critical points for his role of the soldier sent to the front lines in Terrence Malick's war epic The Thin Red Line (1998). On stage, Reilly has wowed audiences in "The Grapes of Wrath" on Broadway, "A Streetcar Named Desire" and "Othello" at Steppenwolf, and earned an Outer Critics Circle Award and Tony nomination for "True West" alongside another impeccable character player Philip Seymour Hoffman. Reilly finally received the film recognition he deserved in 2002 with a slew of choice, high-profile parts in The Hours (2002), The Good Girl (2002), Gangs of New York (2002), and especially Chicago (2002) as the put-upon husband, Amos Hart, who is played for a patsy by murderous wife Roxie (Renée Zellweger). For this last part, he received both Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations for best supporting actor. Though he didn't win either, it's only a matter a time for this talented thespian who can easily switch from being a dream of a nice guy to your worst nightmare on any given day. Reilly is married to producer Alison Dickey.

  • In the tradition of 'Alan Young (I)' (qv)'s Filby from _The Time Machine (1960)_ (qv), Reilly plays a teenager aged 14 in his forties - aged 41, for _Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story (2007)_ (qv).
  • Mother is from Lithuania. Father is Irish. He is the fifth of six children.
  • In April 2004 he left the filming of _Manderlay (2005)_ (qv) to be replaced by Slovenian actor 'Zeljko Ivanek' (qv). According to a report in Entertainment Weekly, he did so to protest against the killing of a donkey during production.
  • His first plane ride was to Thailand to film _Casualties of War (1989)_ (qv).
  • Graduated from Brother Rice High School on the South Side of Chicago.
  • Lost a few pounds to play the rock star title character in _Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story (2007)_ (qv).
  • Made a home video of himself singing in a bow tie and suit for director 'Rob Marshall (I)' (qv) who gave him his role in _Chicago (2002)_ (qv).
  • Is a Chicago White Sox fan.

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