John C. Reilly
John C. Reilly
Date of Birth: May 24, 1965, Chicago, Illinois

Birth Name: John Christopher Reilly

Height: 6' 1½"
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. Oscar and Tony-nominated actor John C. Reilly earned his stellar reputation with supporting roles in respected
dramas like "What's Eating Gilbert Grape" (1993) and "Georgia" (1995), before a string of work with Paul Thomas Anderson - "Hard Eight" (1996),
"Boogie Nights" (1997) and "Magnolia" (1998) - brought his unique talent for playing the Everyman to the forefront. Finely nuanced characterizations
in Anderson's artful fare led to an Oscar-nominated performance in the musical "Chicago" (2002) and roles in Martin Scorsese's "Gangs of New York"
(2002) and "The Aviator" (2004). In Adam McKay's "Talladega Nights" (2006), Reilly showcased his comedic talent and began to establish himself as a
leading man, taking center stage the following year in Judd Apatow's biopic parody, "Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story" (2007), which showcased both
the actor's music and comedy chops as well as his mainstream appeal and won him the coveted Delta's Choice Award for Best Comedic Performance.
An unconventional Hollywood star, Reilly earned the respect of critics and the adulation of fans.

Born on May 24, 1965, and raised in a working-class neighborhood on Chicago's South Side, Reilly became interested in theater early on and
debuted in his first stage production at the age of eight. As a teen, he migrated between school cliques, but felt most at home in school plays and
regional theatres - with his older brothers "taking care of" anyone who had a problem with their kid brother singing in musicals. After graduating from
an all-boys Catholic school, Reilly was accepted into Chicago's DePaul University, home of the famed Goodman School of Drama. The quick-witted
and admittedly soft-hearted actor still had not considered the theater as a career option, but after several years in the drama program, he decided
there was probably nothing else he was better suited to do, so he would try to make a living in the Windy City's unusually fertile theater scene.

"The C stands for Christopher. You can blame the union for that. The Screen Actors Guild make you do it if there's another member with the same
name. I wasn't going to change my name, so I just included the middle one. It was a decision I had to make on Casualties of War (1989), my first film in
1989. I got a phone call and had to fly out to Thailand where Brian De Palma was shooting and it was a sudden decision, and I'm stuck with it. So I'm
glad I didn't go for a stupid and exotic-sounding name just to grab attention, or you could be talking to a man named Tallulah or something".
1989 Casualties of War ... PFC Herbert Hatcher
1989 We're No Angels ... Young Monk
1990 Days of Thunder ... Buck Bretherton
1990 State of Grace ... Stevie McGuire
1991 Shadows and Fog ... Cop at Police Station
1992 Out on a Limb ... Jim Jr.
1992 Hoffa ... Pete Connelly
1993 What's Eating Gilbert Grape ... Tucker Van Dyke
1994 The River Wild ... Terry
1995 Dolores Claiborne ... Const. Frank Stamshaw
1995 Georgia ... Herman
1996 Hard Eight ... John
1996 Boys ... Officer Kellogg Curry
1997 Nightwatch ... Deputy Inspector Bill Davis (uncredited)
1997 Boogie Nights ... Reed Rothchild
1997 Chicago Cab ... Steve
1998 Flagpole Special (video short)
1998 The Thin Red Line ... Sgt. Storm
1999 Tenacious D (TV series)  ... Sasquatch
1999 Never Been Kissed ... Gus
1999 The Settlement ... Pat
1999 For Love of the Game ... Gus Sinski
1999 Magnolia ... Officer Jim Kurring
2000 The Perfect Storm ... Dale 'Murph' Murphy
2001 The Anniversary Party ... Mac Forsyth
2001 Frank's Book (short) ... Frank
2002 The Good Girl ... Phil Last
2002 Gangs of New York ... Happy Jack Mulraney
2002 Chicago ... Amos Hart
2002 The Hours ... Dan Brown
2003 Reel Comedy (TV series) ... – Step Brothers
2003 Anger Management ... Older Arnie Shankman (uncredited)
2003 Piggie
2004 Cracking Up (TV series) ... Steve Evers
2004 Criminal ... Richard Gaddis
2004 The Aviator ... Noah Dietrich
2005 Are You the Favorite Person of Anybody? (short)
2005 Dark Water ... Mr. Murray
2006 A Prairie Home Companion ... Lefty
2006 Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby ... Cal Naughton Jr.
2006 Tom Goes to the Mayor (TV series) ... John
2006 Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny ... Sasquatch (uncredited)
2007 Year of the Dog ... Al
2007 Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story ... Dewey Cox
2008 Prop 8: The Musical (short) ... Prop 8 Leader
2008 Green Team (video short) ... Green Team Member
2008 Step Brothers ... Dale Doback
2008 The Promotion ... Richard Wehlner
2009 Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant ... Larten Crepsley
2009 Zombieland ... Bathroomzombie (uncredited)
2009 9 ... 5 (voice)
2010 The Extra Man ... Gershon Gruen
2010 Cyrus ... John
2010 Fight for Your Right Revisited (short) ... Mike D (B-Boys 2)
Delta's Choice Awards
2008 - Delta    Best Comedic Performance   
                                                    For: Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story

Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards
2003 - Critics Choice Award         Best Acting Ensemble   for: Chicago

Florida Film Critics Circle Awards
2000 - FFCC Award         Best Ensemble Cast   for: Magnolia
1998 - FFCC Award         Best Ensemble Cast   for: Boogie Nights

Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards
2007 - Sierra Award         Best Song   
                                   for: Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story
2003 - Sierra Award         Best Supporting Actor   
                                   for: Gangs of New York, The Hours, and Chicago

Los Angeles Silver Lake Film Festival
2003 - Spirit of Silver Lake Award

Screen Actors Guild Awards
2003 - Actor         Outstanding Performance by the Cast of a Theatrical
Motion Picture     for: Chicago