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BARRY PEPPER (Mike Strank) first gained critical attention for his remarkable portrayal of Private Jackson in the Academy Award®- and Golden Globe-winning feature "Saving Private Ryan,” directed by Steven Spielberg. 

Pepper most recently starred in Tommy Lee Jones's directorial debut, "The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada,” which was shown in competition at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival and made a Gala presentation at last year's AFI Film Festival. For his performance, Pepper received a nomination for Best Supporting Male at the 2006 Independent Spirit Awards.

Pepper executive produced and starred in the title role of ESPN's "3: The Dale Earnhardt Story,” a biopic of the NASCAR star, who died in a crash during the final lap of the 2001 Daytona 500. He was nominated for a SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries for his performance.

Pepper executive produced and starred in "The Snow Walker,” a gripping epic of love and the struggle for survival in the hauntingly beautiful Canadian arctic. The film was shown at the Toronto Film Festival and Vancouver Film Festival. The film received nine Genie Award nominations, including a Best Actor nomination for Pepper. The film also garnered six awards, including Best Actor for Pepper, at the Leo Awards, which celebrate excellence in British Columbia Film and Television. The film also had a successful run on the film festival circuit.

Other feature film credits for Pepper include Spike Lee's "25th Hour”; Mel Gibson's "We Were Soldiers”; "Knockaround Guys”; "The Green Mile”; "Enemy of the State”; and many others. His starring role in the HBO feature "61*” earned him nominations for a Golden Globe, an Emmy and a Critic's Choice Award.

Pepper will next star in the feature film "Unknown” with Jim Caviezel and Greg Kinnear for The Weinstein Company.

Pepper grew up on the West Coast of Canada in a very unconventional style. At the age of five, his family launched a 50 ft. sailboat, which they hand built in a barn behind their home. Christened the "Moonlighter,” she would become their home for the next five years, throughout an incredibly adventurous voyage throughout the Islands of the South Pacific. Like the early explorers before them, they used a sextant and celestial navigation to find places like Fiji, Tahiti, Hawaii, and the Marquesa Islands. Pepper was educated by his parents through correspondence courses and was enrolled in public school whenever possible, in such places as Raratonga and New Zealand. The Polynesian people Pepper met on the remote Islands were expressive through storytelling, dance and music. These formative years developed his love of performance and, with no television and confined to a sailboat for month long crossings between countries, Barry intensely nurtured his imagination and creativity skills. The Peppers returned to Canada where they built a farm on a small Island off the West Coast. The town was very eclectic – a community made up of farmers, hippies, poets, painters, and musicians. He discovered his acting passion through his involvement in the Vancouver Actors Studio.


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