Greg Kinnear

Gregory Buck Kinnear[1] (born June 17, 1963) is an American actor, producer and television personality. He was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in As Good as It Gets (1997).

Greg Kinnear
Gregory Buck Kinnear

(1963-06-17) June 17, 1963
Alma materUniversity of Arizona
OccupationActor, producer, television personality
Years active1988–present
Helen Labdon (m. 1999)

Kinnear has appeared in many popular films, including Sabrina (1995), You've Got Mail (1998), Nurse Betty (2000), Someone like You (2001), We Were Soldiers, Auto Focus (both 2002), Stuck on You (2003), Robots (2005), Little Miss Sunshine, Invincible (both 2006), Green Zone, The Last Song (both 2010), Heaven Is for Real (2014), and television roles, such as Friends, Talk Soup, The Kennedys, Modern Family and Rake.

Early life

Kinnear was born in Logansport, Indiana, to Suzanne (née Buck), a homemaker, and Edward Kinnear, a career diplomat who worked for the US State Department.[2][3][4] He has two brothers, James (born 1957) and Steven (born 1959). He is of Scots-Irish descent.[5] Kinnear grew up a "Foreign Service brat", having moved around frequently, from Beirut to Athens. While a student at the American Community Schools in Athens, Kinnear first ventured into the role of talk show host with his radio show School Daze With Greg Kinnear.[5] Returning to the United States for a university education, he attended the University of Arizona, graduating in 1985 with a degree in broadcast journalism. While there, he was a member of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity.[6]


Talk shows

Kinnear hosted a short-lived game show, College Mad House, which was spun off from the kids' show Fun House. He became the creator, co-executive producer and host of Best of the Worst, which aired from 1991 to 1992. In 1991, Kinnear became the first host of Talk Soup, which he hosted until 1995, when he left the show for the NBC late-night talk show Later with Greg Kinnear (1994).

After his film debut, Blankman, Kinnear won the part of David Larrabee in Sydney Pollack's 1995 remake of Billy Wilder's 1954 classic Sabrina. He 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, and received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. He also starred in A Smile Like Yours with Lauren Holly, as part of a couple trying to have a baby. His next film was the popular You've Got Mail as Kathleen's (Meg Ryan) significant other. Other films are Mystery Men, Nurse Betty, Loser, The Gift and Someone Like You. Kinnear often alternated roles, often playing good guys like a righteous principal in The Gift or a gay painter in As Good as It Gets, to bad guys such as a sleazy college professor in Loser, a womanizer in Someone Like You as well as Sabrina and an egotistical soap opera star in Nurse Betty.

Kinnear starred in Auto Focus about the life and murder of actor Bob Crane in 2002. Kinnear portrayed Crane. In 2003, he starred in the comedy Stuck On You, with Matt Damon as a conjoined twin who pursues his dream of becoming a Hollywood actor in spite of his joined brother's desire for a different kind of life. In 2005, he starred in the black comedy The Matador with Pierce Brosnan and voiced Phineas T. Ratchet in the computer-animated film Robots. Kinnear co-starred with Steve Carell in the Oscar-winning comedy-drama Little Miss Sunshine in 2006, 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, he starred in Flash of Genius, a docudrama about Robert Kearns who invented the intermittent windshield wiper. 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.) In Baby Mama Kinnear played Rob, a local smoothie shop owner and the romantic interest of Kate (Tina Fey).

In 2010, he starred as the estranged father of Miley Cyrus' character in The Last Song. In 2011, Kinnear starred in the miniseries The Kennedys playing the lead role as John F. Kennedy. It was originally planned to air on the History Channel; however, it was announced in January 2011 that the miniseries had been pulled from that network.[7] It was subsequently picked up by ReelzChannel and then first aired on April 3, 2011. Kinnear played a famous novelist in the Josh Boone's directorial debut film Stuck in Love, which followed his relationships with his ex-wife (Jennifer Connelly) and teenage children.[8]

Personal life

Kinnear married British glamour model Helen Labdon on May 1, 1999.[9] They have three daughters.



Year Title Role Notes
1994 Blankman Talk Show Host
1995 Sabrina David Larrabee
1996 Dear God Tom Turner
1996 Beavis and Butt-Head Do America ATF Agent Bork Voice
1997 A Smile Like Yours Danny Robertson
1997 As Good as It Gets Simon Bishop
1998 You've Got Mail Frank Navasky
1999 Mystery Men Captain Amazing / Lance Hunt
2000 What Planet Are You From? Perry Gordon
2000 Nurse Betty Dr. David Ravell / George McCord
2000 Loser Professor Edward Alcott
2000 The Gift Wayne Collins
2001 Someone like You Ray Brown
2002 We Were Soldiers Maj. Bruce "Snake" Crandall
2002 Auto Focus Bob Crane
2003 Stuck on You Walter Tenor
2004 Godsend Paul Duncan
2005 The Matador Danny Wright
2005 Robots Phineas T. Ratchet Voice
2005 Bad News Bears Ray Bullock
2006 Fast Food Nation Robert Anderson
2006 Little Miss Sunshine Richard Hoover
2006 Invincible Dick Vermeil
2006 Unknown Broken Nose
2007 Feast of Love Bradley Miller
2008 Baby Mama Rob Ackerman
2008 Ghost Town Frank Herlihy
2008 Flash of Genius Bob Kearns
2010 Green Zone Clark Poundstone
2010 The Last Song Steve Miller
2011 Thin Ice Mickey Prohaska
2011 That's What I Am Narrator Voice
2011 Salvation Boulevard Carl Vanderveer
2011 I Don't Know How She Does It Richard Reddy
2012 Stuck in Love Bill Borgens
2013 Movie 43 Griffin Schraeder Segment: "The Pitch"
2013 The English Teacher Dr. Richard Riker
2013 Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues Gary Bragger
2014 Heaven Is for Real Todd Burpo
2014 Murder of a Cat Al Ford
2016 Little Men Brian Jardine
2017 Brigsby Bear Detective Vogel
2017 Same Kind of Different as Me Ron Hall
2018 Brian Banks Justin Brooks
2019 Frankie Gary
2019 Strange but True Richard Chase
2019 Phil Phil
2019 The Red Sea Diving Resort Walton Bowen
2020 Misbehaviour Bob Hope Post-production
TBA Dreamland Dean Geoff Talbot Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
1988 What Price Victory Teacher's Assistant Television film
1989 Life Goes On Corey Episode: "Break a Leg, Mom"
1990 Murder in Mississippi News Reporter Television film
1990 Mancuso, F.B.I. Photographer Episode: "Adamant Eve"
1991 L.A. Law Reporter Episode: "Spleen It to Me, Lucy"
1991 Best of the Worst Himself Host
1991–95 Talk Soup Himself Host
1991 Dillinger Arizona Legislator Television film
1993 Based on an Untrue Story Orlando Chang Stein Television film
1998 The Larry Sanders Show Greg Kinnear Episode: "Flip"
2000 Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child Prince Gavin Episode: "The Frog Princess"
2001 Dinner with Friends Tom Television film
2003 Friends Benjamin Hobart Episode: "The One with Ross's Grant"
2011 The Kennedys John F. Kennedy Television miniseries
2012 Modern Family Tad Episode: "Me? Jealous?"
2014 Rake Keegan Deane Lead role
2015 Drunk History Thaddeus Lowe Episode: "New Jersey"
2016 Confirmation Joe Biden Television film
2016 BoJack Horseman Greg Kinglear Voice role; episode: "Start Spreading the News"
2017 Electric Dreams Father Episode: "Father Thing"
2018, 2019 Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Himself 2 episodes
2018 House of Cards Bill Shepherd 7 episodes
2019 The Twilight Zone Captain Lane Pendleton Episode: "A Traveler"[10]
2020 The Stand Glen Bateman

Awards and nominations

Year Nominated work Association Category Result
1995 Talk Soup CableACE Awards Best Entertainment Host Nominated
Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Special Class Program Won
1996 Sabrina Chicago Film Critics Association Awards Most Promising Actor Won
1997 As Good as It Gets National Board of Review Best Supporting Actor Won
1998 As Good as It Gets Academy Awards Best Supporting Actor Nominated
Chicago Film Critics Association Awards Best Supporting Actor Nominated
Golden Globe Awards Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture Nominated
Satellite Awards Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role Nominated
Southeastern Film Critics Association Awards Best Supporting Actor Won
1999 As Good as It Gets Blockbuster Entertainment Awards Favorite Supporting Actor – Comedy or Romance Nominated
2002 Auto Focus New York Film Critics Circle Awards Best Actor Nominated
2005 The Matador St. Louis Film Critics Association Awards Best Supporting Actor Nominated
2006 Little Miss Sunshine Gotham Awards Best Ensemble Cast Nominated
Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards Best Cast Won
2007 Little Miss Sunshine Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Won
2008 Flash of Genius Boston Film Festival Best Actor Won
2011 The Kennedys Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie Nominated
2012 Modern Family Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series Nominated
The Kennedys Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie Nominated
2014 Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues MTV Movie Awards Best Fight Nominated


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