John C. Reilly

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John C. Reilly
John C. Reilly speaking at the 2012 San Diego Comic-Con International in San Diego, California.
Born May 24, 1965
Chicago, Illinois
United States
Notable role(s) Lt. Hank Marlow
First work Casualties of War (1989)
Notable work Step Brothers (2008)
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John C. Reilly is an American actor, comedian, singer, screenwriter, and producer.


Kong: Skull Island Production Notes

JOHN C. REILLY (Hank Marlow) is a versatile actor who has appeared in a wide variety of film and television projects, as well as on the stage. He has worked with numerous directors on an array of films, including: Martin Scorsese’s Gangs of New York and The Aviator; Brian De Palma’s Casualties of War; Robert Altman’s A Prairie Home Companion; Terrence Malick’s The Thin Red Line; Roman Polanski’s Carnage; Wolfgang Petersen’s The Perfect Storm; Lynne Ramsay’s We Need to Talk About Kevin; and Paul Thomas Anderson’s Hard Eight, Boogie Nights and Magnolia.

Reilly also starred in Adam McKay’s hit comedies Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby and Stepbrothers, both opposite Will Ferrell; and in the indie film Cyrus, directed by the Duplass brothers. His additional work in the world of independent film includes The Good Girl, Cedar Rapids, The Promotion, Terri, Year of the Dog, Criminal, The Anniversary Party, Life After Beth and, most recently, The Little Hours, which premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. He was also in Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Lobster, Thomas Bidegain’s Les Cowboys and Matteo Garrone’s The Tale of Tales which were all selections at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.

For his role in the musical Chicago he was nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor as well as a Golden Globe Award in the same category. He received another Golden Globe nomination, for Best Actor in a Comedy or Musical, for Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story. His work has also garnered multiple Independent Spirit Award and Screen Actors Guild Award nominations, as well as critics’ nods.

Among his other films are James Gunn’s blockbuster sci-fi adventure Guardians of the Galaxy, and lending his voice to the title character in the Oscar-nominated animated feature Wreck-It Ralph as well as to Eddie in Sing. He is currently filming Holmes and Watson, in which he stars in the role of Watson, opposite Will Ferrell’s Holmes, for director Etan Cohen.

On television, Reilly is a frequent collaborator with comedians Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim for the shows Tim and Eric’s Awesome Show, Great Job and Check It Out, with Dr. Steve Brule, among others.

His many theater credits include True West, for which he received a Tony Award nomination, and A Streetcar Named Desire on Broadway, as well as Steppenwolf productions of The Grapes of Wrath and A Streetcar Named Desire in Chicago.

Selected filmography


John C. Reilly on-set interview


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