Ron Livingston

  • Birth Name: Ronald Joseph Livingston
  • Birth Place: Cedar Rapids, Iowa, United States
  • Profession: Actor
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Biography

Believable as a hero or a cad, this handsome actor should have gotten his big break as one of the buddies in the testosterone-driven indie Swingers, but he was upstaged by his costars, including a young Vince Vaughn. Ultimately his career took off when he embodied an unmotivated employee in the 1999 anticorporate comedy Office Space. Although the film wasn't initially a hit, it became a cult favorite around the time Livingston began popping up on the small screen, including recurring parts as a zealous prosecutor on The Practice and a commitment-phobic novelist on Sex and the City, and his Golden Globe-nominated turn as a real-life paratrooper in the lauded WWII miniseries Band of Brothers. Livingston continues to expand his repertoire, from supporting parts in impressive indie features (Adaptation, The Cooler) and feature films (The Time Travelers Wife) to starring roles on the small screen, including a plum assignment as an FBI hostage negotiator in 2006's Standoff and as chief engineer in the 2009 space thriller Defying Gravity.

Fast Facts

  • During his senior year at Yale, directed fellow student and Edward Norton in a play.
  • While in college, performed at the Williamstown (MA) Theatre Festival, where he met actor George Wendt; after moving to L.A., became Wendt's personal assistant.
  • Met future wife Rosemarie DeWitt when the pair co-starred on the short-lived FOX series Standoff.
  • Starred in the original, off-Broadway run of Neil LaBute's In a Dark Dark House in 2007.
  • His sister Jennifer is a local news anchor, who made national news in 2016 when she responded to a viewer's email critizing her weight.

Awards

  • 2002, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Nominee
  • 2013, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Nominee

Relationships

  • Rosemarie DeWitt — Wife
  • Gracie James Livingston — Daughter
  • Linda Livingston — Mother
  • Jennifer Livingston — Sister
  • John Livingston — Brother
  • Esperanza Mae Livingston — Daughter
  • Nick Livingston — Brother
  • Lisa Sheridan — Ex-fiancée
  • Kurt Livingston — Father

College

  • Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, United States (BA in Theater Studies and English Literature, 1989)
MIXED-ISH - In "mixed-ish," Rainbow Johnson recounts her experience growing up in a mixed-race family in the '80s and the constant dilemmas they had to face over whether to assimilate or stay true to themselves. Bow's parents Paul and Alicia decide to move from a hippie commune to the suburbs to better provide for their family. As her parents struggle with the challenges of their new life, Bow and her siblings navigate a mainstream school in which they're perceived as neither black nor white. This family's experiences illuminate the challenges of finding one's own identity when the rest of the world can't decide where you belong. (ABC/Kelsey McNeal)
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