Ethan Suplee

  • Birth Place: New York, New York, United States
  • Profession: Actor
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Biography

Popular supporting actor Suplee started his career with a recurring role as a good-natured bully on the sitcom Boy Meets World and made his film debut opposite his childhood friend Jason Lee in Kevin Smith's 1995 flop Mallrats. But the collaboration proved important: Not only did Smith cast him in more movies (including Chasing Amy, Dogma, and Clerks II), but Suplee became a star as Lee's dimwitted buddy on the sitcom My Name Is Earl in 2005. Along the way Suplee also proved his versatility in a string of big-screen roles, segueing from sweet (Return of the Titans) to scary (American History X) to stupid (Without a Paddle). Post Earl, the actor has appeared in films such as the critically acclaimed Brothers (2009).

Fast Facts

  • Has been friends with actor and frequent costar Jason Lee since childhood.
  • Was convinced to take acting classes at 16 by friend Giovanni Ribisi. Ribisi's mother was later Suplee's manager.
  • Career took off after he dropped out of an acting class when the teacher would not advance him to the next level; at 17, landed a part on the sitcom Boy Meets World.
  • Is married to Brandy Lewis, the sister of actress Juliette Lewis.

Awards

  • 2005, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: Nominee

Relationships

  • Bella — Stepdaughter
  • Lily — Stepdaughter
  • Brandy Lewis — Wife
  • Francis Clementine Suplee — Daughter
  • Samantha Suplee — Sister
  • Billie Grace Suplee — Daughter

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