Played by Greg Kinnear
Academy Award nominee and Emmy Award-winning actor Greg Kinnear continues to draw audiences and critical acclaim with diverse and interesting roles in both television and film.
Kinnear wrapped production on his feature directorial debut Phil. The actor/director portrays a dentist whose life is falling apart as he struggles to find his path after a patient who seemed to have it all unexpectedly commits suicide. Emily Mortimer, Luke Wilson and Jay Duplass star alongside Kinnear in this dark comedy based on a screenplay by Stephen Mazur.
Kinnear was seen in the critically-acclaimed Little Men, directed by Ira Sachs. The film, made its debut at the Sundance Film Festival, and was acquired by Magnolia Pictures. He stars in Same Kind of Different as Me alongside Renee Zellweger and Djimon Honsou. The film, directed by Michael Carney, tells the story of a modern-day slave, an international art dealer and the unlikely woman who bound them together.
In 2014, Kinnear starred 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).
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 an Emmy Award nomination in the category of Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series.
His 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 miniseries 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.
In 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 theater owners to name him NATO ShoWest's Star of Tomorrow.
Additional film credits include: Anchorman: The Legend Continues, the sequel to the 2004 hit comedy starring Will Ferrell, Steve Carrell and Paul Rudd; Heaven Is For Real, The English Teacher opposite Julianne Moore; 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; a cameo role as Captain Amazing in Mystery Men; and 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 Mama.
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.