The son of a U.S. diplomat, Greg Kinnear was born in Indiana but raised in such far-flung places as Lebanon and Greece. While attending high school in Athens, he made his first foray into broadcasting by hosting a talk show (School Daze with Greg Kinnear
) on Armed Forces Radio. The budding talkmeister returned stateside to attend college in Arizona and majored in broadcasting. Upon graduation, Kinnear moved to Los Angeles and landed bit TV roles but he came to prominence in 1991 as the sarcastic host of the cable series Talk Soup
and won a Daytime Emmy as one of the show's producers. He next waded into the late-night waters with his own eponymous talk show but when it failed to click with viewers he turned his attention to films and made his screen debut in 1994 alongside Damon Wayans in the superhero comedy Blankman
. Kinnear's winning performance quickly attracted the attention of A-list directors, such as Sidney Pollack (Sabrina
) and Garry Marshall (Dear God
), but it was James L. Brooks who gave Kinnear an image-changing role as a gay artist in 1997's As Good as It Gets
that catapulted his career and earned Kinnear his first Oscar nomination. He followed that smash with another hit (You've Got Mail
) and a few misfires from other elite helmers, including Mike Nichols and Sam Raimi, and then in 2002 Kinnear top-lined the sex-soaked Auto Focus
as the late Bob Crane of Hogan's Heroes
fame. The Paul Schrader film failed to find an audience but earned Kinnear glowing notices and once again proved his versatility as an actor. He finally achieved box-office success with the animated Robots
before cheering audiences in a pair of 2006 fan favorites, the indie smash Little Miss Sunshine
and the sports-themed Invincible
. Two years later, Kinnear delivered a trio of diverse pictures (Baby Mama
, Ghost Town
, Flash of Genius
) in which he continued to alternate between meaty supporting roles and challenging lead parts. That trend continued in 2010 with the action-packed Green Zone
and the romantic drama The Last Song
. Kinnear, married to former British model Helen Labdon, is the father of three daughters.Greg Kinnear Fast Facts:
- Lived abroad in locales including Lebanon and Greece.
- Hosted a talk show, School Daze with Greg Kinnear, on Armed Forces Radio.
- Won a Daytime Emmy in 1994 as a producer of Talk Soup.
- Made his movie debut alongside Damon Wayans and Jason Alexander in Blankman (1994).
- Received the Male Star of Tomorrow Award in 1996 from the National Association of Theater Owners.
- Nominated for a supporting Oscar for As Good as It Gets.
- Will play John F. Kennedy in a 2011 History Channel mini-series.
- Greg Kinnear Relationships:
- James Kinnear - Brother
- Lily Kathryn Kinnear - Daughter
- Edward Kinnear - Father
- Audrey Mae Kinnear - Daughter
- Steve Kinnear - Brother
- Suzanne Kinnear - Mother
- Helen Labdon - Wife
- Kate Kinnear - Daughter
- Greg Kinnear Awards:
- 1998 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture - Nominee
- 1997 Oscar: Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role - Nominee
- 1997 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role - Nominee
- 2006 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture - Winner
- 2011 Emmy: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie - Nominee
- 2012 Emmy: Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series - Nominee
- 2011 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries - Nominee
- University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ (BA in Broadcast Journalism, 1985)