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THOMAS HADEN CHURCH (Duncan Mee) received an Academy Award nomination for his
role as Jack starring opposite Paul Giamatti in Alexander Payne's critically
acclaimed film Sideways. The Fox Searchlight Pictures release premiered at the
29th Toronto International Film Festival and went on to win numerous awards in
2004 and 2005, including a Golden Globe for Best Comedy Picture, Broadcast Film
Critics award for Best Picture, a Screen Actors Guild / SAG Award for Best
Ensemble Cast and six Independent Spirit Awards. Church was also honored as Best
Supporting Actor by the Broadcast Film Critics and the Independent Spirit
Upcoming is the Voltage Pictures crime thriller Killer Joe, which premiered at
The Venice Film Festival, and where he worked alongside Matthew McConaughey,
Emile Hirsh, Juno Temple and Gina Gershon. Prior to this Church filmed Another
Happy Day in which he stars opposite Kate Bosworth, Demi Moore, Ellen Barking,
Jeffrey DeMun and Ellen Burstyn which will be released November 4th 2011.
Church was seen in Sony Screen Gems' Easy A, a comedy co-starring Emma Stone,
Amanda Bynes, Lisa Kudrow, Stanley Tucci, Penn Badgley and Patrica Clarkson with
Will Gluck directing. The film opened to critical accolades and has preformed
well at the worldwide box office.
In 2009, Church starred opposite Elisabeth Shue and Melissa Leo in Don McKay,
which premiered at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival. Church was also seen in
Twentieth Century Fox's dark comedy All About Steve, opposite Sandra Bullock and
Bradley Cooper, as well as in Paramount Pictures' family film Imagine That,
starring Eddie Murphy.
Church will next be seen in the Disney Pictures' sci-fi, adventure John Carter
of Mars, starring opposite Willem Dafoe, Bryan Cranston, Samantha Mortona and
Taylor Kitsch. Disney will release this film in the summer of 2012.
Church gained worldwide notice for starring as the villian Sandman, aka Flint
Marko, in the third installment of Sony Pictures franchise, Spider-Man 3, which
was 2007's biggest box-office success. That year, Church also starred opposite
Dennis Quaid and Sarah Jessica Parker in the Miramax film, Smart People.
Church won an Emmy Award and received a Golden Globe and a Screen Actors Guild
nomination for his role as Tom Harte opposite the legendary Robert Duvall in the
critically acclaimed western epic, Broken Trail, directed by Walter Hill, which
premiered on AMC/ American Movie Classics. In 2006, Church utilized his unique
voice in two voiceover roles: as a cow in DreamWorks' Over the Hedge, and then
as the crow, Brooks, in the remake of the classic, Charlotte's Web, released by
Church made his feature film debut in Tombstone, in 1993. His performance is
hardly noteworthy, save for the way that he was riddled with bullets at the O.K.
Corral. Church first gained prominence for his role as the bucket-headed
mechanic Lowell Mather on the long-running NBC series Wings. He is also known
for his lead role in the FOX series Ned and Stacey, in which he starred opposite
Debra Messing as the self-righteous Ned Dorsey. In 1997, Time magazine
proclaimed that the character of Ned was one of the six reasons to watch
television. That same year, and for the same performance, Church was declared
unfit to live with dogs by National Public Radio.
Church has also had roles in numerous feature films, most notably opposite
Brendan Fraser in the box-office blockbuster George of the Jungle, and the
straight-to-cable Free Money, opposite Marlon Brando.
In addition, Church is co-screenwriter and director of the film Rolling Kansas,
which premiered as an official selection at the Sundance Film Festival in 2003.
Acclaimed by no one, it now comfortably resides on Comedy Central.
Church resides on his ranch in Texas.
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