Oct. 15th, 1946
Davenport, Iowa, USA
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John William Getz (born October 15, 1946) is a stage-trained American actor. He is best known for Blood Simple. (1984), The Fly (1986) and The Social Network (2010).
Getz, one of four children, was born in Davenport, Iowa, and grew up in the Mississippi River Valley. He began acting while attending the University of Iowa, where he helped found the Center for New Performing Arts.
He has guest-starred in many television series, including the long-running Three's Company (1980) as Lee Tripper, brother of Jack Tripper played by 'John Ritter'. More recently, he has guest-starred in How I Met Your Mother, Prison Break, The King of Queens and Private Practice.
A bearded Getz also appeared in The Fly (1986) and The Fly II (1989) as Stathis Borans, a somewhat less than likeable science magazine editor who pays a heavy price for his curiosity. Also in 1989, he played a Marine Corps Major in Born on the Fourth of July. In 1991, Getz appeared as the unpleasant boyfriends of professional women in Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead and Curly Sue. In 1990, Getz appeared as a crime boss in the 'Charlie Sheen' and 'Emilio Estevez' spoof Men At Work. In 1994, he appeared in the film Playmaker, starring Colin Firth and Jennifer Rubin.
Getz married Grace McKeaney (January 3, 1987). They have a daughter together named, Hannah. They divorced (1996).
- One of his earliest roles was as "Shampoo Man" in a Johnson & Johnson Baby Shampoo commercial shot in the late 70s.
- A graduate of the University of Iowa.
- A children's theater production in Napa led to New York which led to his first East Coast play at LaMaMa with 'Danny DeVito' (qv) and 'Peter Riegert' (qv).
- After doing a number of plays at the University of Iowa he was encouraged to try acting as a profession.
- Stage training included ACT in San Francisco.
- Born and raised in the Mississippi River Valley of Northern Illinois and in Iowa.
- Was in the workshop and very first production of the musical "The Robber Bridegroom".
- Was one of four children.
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