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GREG KINNEAR (Todd Burpo) is an Academy Award nominee and
Emmy award winning actor who continues to draw audiences and critical acclaim
with diverse and interesting roles in both television and film.
Kinnear can currently be seen starring in FOX's U.S. version of the popular
Australian legal drama, "Rake," which follows the chaotic and comedic world of
criminal defense lawyer Keegan Deane (Kinnear). The show, written by Peter
Duncan, creator of the original Australian series, is co-executive produced by
Kinnear, along with Peter Tolan and Michael Wimer. Last year, the actor starred
in Anchorman: The Legend Continues, the sequel to the 2004 hit comedy starring
Will Ferrell, Steve Carrell and Paul Rudd.
In 2012, Kinnear's guest starring role on the award-winning ABC hit-series
Modern Family, as Phil's (Ty Burrell) inappropriate boss Tad, earned him a 2012
Emmy Award nomination in the category of "Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy
On the small screen, Kinnear's performance as John F. Kennedy in The Kennedys
earned him an Emmy Award nomination for Best Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie
and a Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award nomination for Outstanding Performance by
a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries. The mini-series was directed
by Jon Cassar and co-starred Katie Holmes and Barry Pepper.
In 2006, Kinnear starred in Little Miss Sunshine, the critically-acclaimed
hit of the Sundance Film Festival. Lauded by critics nationwide, the film went
on to receive several Academy Award nominations and Independent Spirit Awards
wins, while Kinnear, along with Steve Carell, Alan Arkin, Abigail Breslin, Paul
Dano, and Toni Collette, won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding
Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.
n 1997, Kinnear starred alongside Jack Nicholson as his unfortunate neighbor
Simon in James L. Brooks' Academy Award nominated film As Good As It Gets. His
performance garnered him not only an Academy Award nomination, but earned him
the honor of being named Best Supporting Actor by the National Board of Review;
he was also nominated in the same category at The Golden Globes and The Screen
Actors Guild Awards that year. Next, he co-starred in Nora Ephron's romantic hit
comedy You've Got Mail with Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan.
Kinnear made his feature film debut in the Sydney Pollack-directed remake of
Sabrina, in which he co-starred with Harrison Ford and Julia Ormond. His
performance prompted the trade organization of the movie
theatre owners to name him NATO ShoWest's Star of Tomorrow.
Additional film credits include Craig Zisk's The English Teacher co-starring
Julianne Moore, Josh Boone's Stuck in Love, Thin Ice opposite Alan Arkin and
Billy Crudup, Douglas McGrath's I Don't Know How She Does It, Salvation
Boulevard opposite Jennifer Connelly and Marisa Tomei, Paul Schrader's Auto
Focus, Invincible opposite Mark Wahlberg, Richard Linklater's Fast Food Nation
based on the best-selling book by Eric Schlosser, Paul Greengrass' Green Zone,
Ghost Town opposite Ricky Gervais, Feast of Love directed by Robert Benton and
co-starring Morgan Freeman, Mike Nichols' What Planet Are You From? with Garry
Shandling and Annette Bening, and a cameo role as Captain Amazing' in Mystery
Men, as well as The Matador, Bad News Bears, We Were Soldiers, HBO's Dinner with
Friends, Someone Like You, Stuck on You, The Gift, Unknown, Nurse Betty and Baby
Kinnear grew up virtually all over the world as his family followed his State
Department father to disparate locales such as Logansport, Indiana; Washington,
D.C.; Beirut, Lebanon; and Athens, Greece. He currently resides in Los Angeles
with his wife and three daughters.
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