ETHAN SUPLEE has established himself over the past decade as an actor of considerable talent and accomplishment. His diverse and eclectic resume ranges from hilarious roles in such comedies as Mallrats and Without a Paddle, to hauntingly dramatic performances in intense features such as American History X, Blow and Cold Mountain. His breakthrough performance as a young football player in Disney's Remember the Titans with Denzel Washington garnered him critical acclaim and led to another role opposite Washington in director Nick Cassavetes' thriller, John Q.
Suplee co-stars opposite Jason Lee in NBC and Twentieth Century Fox TV's hit comedy, "My Name is Earl." Suplee plays 'Randy,' the brother of Lee's 'Earl.'
For the big screen, Suplee was most recently seen in Art School Confidential, for director Terry Zwigoff (Ghost World), and director Darren Aronofsky's The Fountain, with Hugh Jackman and Rachel Weisz.
Suplee made his feature film debut in 1995 (alongside "Earl" co-star Jason Lee) in writer/director Kevin Smith's Mallrats, where he played the memorable 'William Black,' a young man determined to crack the mystery behind the mall's magic eye poster. Smith went on to cast Suplee in Chasing Amy and as the voice of 'Norman the Golgothan' in Dogma. Other comedy credits include Without a Paddle with Matthew Lillard and Seth Green, director Todd Phillips' Roadtrip and Evolution, for director Ivan Reitman.
Suplee showcased his impressive acting chops with a powerful and compelling performance in 1998 in director Tony Kaye's American History X. He played a carelessly violent racist skinhead who tries to convince his friend (Edward Furlong) to "come back to his roots" in their gang of white supremacists.
His role of high school football lineman 'Lewis' in Disney's Remember the Titans exposed Suplee to a larger audience, and he was singled out by many critics as a fresh and welcome screen presence, with The Hollywood Reporter calling his performance "scene-stealing."
With Ted Demme's 1970s drug-cartel drama Blow, Suplee continued to raise his profile, playing 'Tuna,' the best friend of Johnny Depp's newly turned drug dealer 'George Jung.'
More recently, Suplee played a pivotal role of a young soldier in Miramax and Anthony Minghella's period piece Cold Mountain, with Jude Law and Nicole Kidman. He also co-starred with Ashton Kutcher in New Line's The Butterfly Effect.
Born in New York and raised in Los Angeles, Suplee landed his first role at the age of sixteen on the popular television series, "Boy Meets World." He recurred as the reluctant bully 'Frankie' for three seasons. Most recently for television, Suplee made a powerful guest-starring appearance on NBC's "Third Watch," where he played a disturbed young man who filmed a video journal about his obsession with a girl.
In his spare time, Suplee enjoys reading, cooking and playing chess. He has also recently starting taking Muay Thai kickboxing classes three times a week. Muay Thai is a form of martial arts boxing using full contact sparring, kicks, punches, kick blocks and shadow boxing learned under professional instruction.
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