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Celebrity Then And Now
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Entertainment
Celebrity Then And Now
Publication: City Of Edmonton News.
Posted by Lexi Schwartz
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John C. Reilly

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Famous For:
Days of Thunder, Be Nights, Wreck It Ralph
Networth:
$45 Million
Currently Known For:
Actor, Comedian, Singer, and Producer
Famous Years:
1990s - Present
Birthdate:
May 24, 1965
John C. Reilly


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  Famous For:
Days of Thunder, Be Nights, Wreck It Ralph

  Networth:
$45 Million

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“I’ve looked like a 53-year-old man since I was 18. In my face, anyway. My body has caught up now. This suits me.” One of Hollywood’s favorite actors, producers, and comedians, John C. Reilly is best known for his work alongside Will Farrell and Sacha Baron Cohen in Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006) and Step Brothers (2008). Reilly gave an award-nominated performance in Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story (2007) and voiced the title character in the Wreck-It Ralph film series (2012-2018). Most recently, he’s turned his attention to television with his starring role in Check it Out! With Dr. Steve Brule, a spinoff of the Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! Advertisements:

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Early Life and Career

John Christopher Reilly came into this world on May 24, 1965, in Chicago, Illinois as the fifth of sixth children. With so many siblings, Reilly enjoyed a chaotic childhood and was often into mischief with his siblings and their large group of friends. In fact, he was 12 years old when the group stole 500 boxes of Sugar Corn Pops from a local freight train. Fortunately, trouble didn’t follow him for too long as he graduated from Brother Rice High School in 1983 and studied acting at The Theatre School at DePaul University in his native Chicago.

Reilly landed his first major film role as PFC Herbert Hatcher in the 1989 war film Casualties of War. Director Brian De Palma liked Reilly’s performance so much that he expanded Hatcher as a character, which did wonders to hone Reilly’s talents on the silver screen. The following year, he joined Tom Cruise in Days of Thunder (1990) and Sean Penn in State of Grace (1990). He starred opposite Jack Nicholson in Hoffa (1992) and Johnny Depp in What’s Eating Gilbert Grape (1993) before his next big role came opposite Kevin Bacon in The River Wild (1994).

By the mid-1990s, Reilly met and befriended filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson who cast him in Hard Eight (1996), which marked Anderson’s directorial debut. The duo returned to the silver screen even bigger the following year in Boogie Nights (1997). He added in credits in The Thin Red Line (1998), Magnolia (1999), Never Been Kissed (1999), and For the Love of the Game (1999) before he joined George Clooney and Mark Wahlberg in The Perfect Storm (2000).

Reilly continued taking on dramatic roles in The Anniversary Party (2001), The Good Girl (2002), Chicago (2002), Gangs of New York (2002), and The Hours (2002) before he ventured into comedy and rose to even greater acclaim in Anger Management (2003). “I’m good at being sincere when acting,” he said. “I’m good at believing what I’m saying. But I can’t take something and make it funny. If it’s circumstantially funny, or if in relationship to the other people around me it’s funny, I can do that.”

Reilly found his sense of funny in the new millennium. After a few more dramatic roles in Criminal (2004) and Dark Water (2005), he joined Will Ferrell in Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006). The film was a huge hit and inspired Reilly to pursue comedy even further as he frequently appeared as Dr. Steve Brule on the sketch comedy series Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! from 2007 to 2010.

“It’s not hard to sell once people see the show, but there’s so much stuff out there that it’s a challenge to get people to notice it,” Reilly said of the Tim and Eric Awesome Show… “The thing is, I could go on big, mainstream talk shows, but part of me feels like most people are not even going to want to see the show. But we’re trying to reach everyone who would want to see it, which is people who are into weirder stuff, but that’s a lot of people. I just remember when I was a kid and I saw Monty Python for the first time. Monty Python was not for everyone, but for the people that loved it, it spread like wildfire. So, we’re trying to spread the wildfire for Brule.”

Settling into Stardom

Reilly’s venture into comedy was a smart move as he starred in Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story (2007), which earned him two Golden Globe Award nominations. He then reunited with Ferrell in Step Brothers (2008) and added a string of appearances in The Promotion (2008), Cyrus (2010), which earned him several award nominations, Cedar Rapids (2011), and Carnage (2011).

In 2012, Reilly lent his voice to the title character in the Disney animated film Wreck-It Ralph and once again wowed audiences as the movie grossed over $471 million. Reilly reprised his role in Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018). “Animation is a great way to work,” he said. “No early morning call times, no make-up chair. In live action, you’re always fighting the clock; the sun is always going down too soon.”

Apart from voicing Ralph, Reilly narrated the Bears nature documentary in 2014 and then joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Nova Corps corpsman Rhomann Dey in Guardians of the Galaxy (2014). Over the last five years, he’s made over a dozen appearances in television and film. His film credits include Entertainment (2015), The Lobster (2015), The Cowboys (2015), Sing (2016), The Little Hours (2017), The Sisters Brothers (2018), Stan & Ollie (2018), and Holmes & Watson (2018). On television, he voiced Officer Barry in Stone Quackers from 2014 to 2015 and then reprised his role as Dr. Steven Brule in Bagboy (2015), which he also wrote and executive produced.

Despite his incredible success over the last three decades, Reilly still isn’t accustomed to his fame. “That’s one of the difficult things of being an actor that I’m still not used to,” he says. “You have to go, you have to show up at these places where you know nobody, and sometimes with really impressive, high stakes people like Roman Polanski.” Today, the 54-year-old manages his nerves because he knows he’s already won the greatest roles—that of husband and father. “All actors have this hole inside that they’re trying to fill by performing,” he says. “I’m anxious to keep creating, but I’m not so desperate anymore because I have the love and support of my kids and wife.”

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