HEAVEN IS FOR REAL
THOMAS HADEN CHURCH (Jay Wilkins) recently finished
production on the independent drama Cardboard Boxer in which he stars opposite
Terence Howard. Written and directed by Knate Gwaltney, the film centers on a
homeless man who is recruited by a group of rich kids to fight other
impoverished people for entertainment.
Most recently, Church co-starred in Lucky Them opposite Toni Collette. The
film premiered at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival and has been
picked up for distribution by IFC. Earlier this year, Church starred in the
French-Canadian independent film Whitewash, The film premiered at the 2013
Tribeca Film Festival, where it won the Best New Narrative Director Award.
Oscilloscope Laboratories will release the film in 2014. Church plays Bruce, a
down-on-his-luck and recently unemployed plow operator in a small, snowy
Canadian town. When he accidentally kills a man in the midst of a rampage with
his snowplow, he must deal with the consequences.
Church appeared in acclaimed film-maker Cameron Crowe's family "dramedy" We
Bought A Zoo, in 2012. Church starred opposite Matt Damon and Scarlett
Johansson. He also was seen in William Friedkin's critically acclaimed crime
thriller Killer Joe which premiered at The Venice Film Festival in 2011. The
film also starred Matthew McConauhey, Emile Hirsh, Juno Temple and Gina Gershon,
who played Church's wife in the film.
In 2010, Church was seen in Sony Screen Gems' Easy A, a comedy co-starring
opposite Emma Stone, Amanda Bynes, Lisa Kudrow, Stanley Tucci, Penn Badgley and
Patrica Clarkson. The
film was directed by Will Gluck and premiered at the Toronto Film Festival. Easy
A was a critical and box office success both domestically and internationally.
Church gained world-wide appreciation for starring as the villian "Sandman"
aka "Flint Marko" in the third installment of Sony Picture franchise, Spider-Man
3, which remains 2007's largest box-office success to date.
Church also starred opposite Dennis Quaid and Sarah Jessica Parker in the
Miramax art-house film, Smart People that year. He also co-starred with
Elisabeth Shue in the indepdent feature Don McKay which premiered at the Tribeca
Film Festival in 2009.
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 and ratings success western epic, Broken
Trail, directed by Walter Hill, which premiered on AMC/ American Movie Classics.
In 2006, Church utilized his unique voice in two voice-over roles; first 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 Paramount Pictures.
In 2004, Church starred opposite Paul Giamatti in Alex Payne's critically
acclaimed film Sideways. He earned an Academy Award nomination for his role as
"Jack." The Fox Searchlight Pictures' release premiered at the 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 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 Awards.
Thomas Haden Church made his feature film debut in the legendary film
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 "Ned Dorsey is one of the six
reasons to watch television."
In addition, Church co-wrote and directed the film "Rolling Kansas," which
premiered as an official selection to 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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