PROFILE
Name:
Ethan Suplee
Birth Date:
May 25, 1976
Birth Place:
Manhattan, New York, USA
Height:
6' 2" (1.88 m)
Nationality:
American
BIOGRAPHY
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Mallrats

Background:

A dauntingly built actor who marked up a number of features after making his acting debut with a 1994-1998 recurring character on the popular sitcom “Boy Meets World,” Ethan Suplee contributed himself with filmmaker Kevin Smith early on, becoming a cult fixture for his work in View Askew films while also demonstrating his versatility in varied other features. Thanks to this fruitful collaboration, the dark-haired actor found his early success with Smith’s Mallrats (1995), where he offered memorable comedic turn as Willam Black. The two rejoined for 1997’s Chasing Amy, 1999’s Dogma, and more recently 2006’s Clerks II.

After his widely recognized performance on Mallrats, Suplee continued to make a name for himself as an accomplished dramatic actor with his hauntingly performances in such intense features as the controversial American History X (1998, as young white supremacist Seth), Remember the Titans (2000, as football player Louie Lastik), Blow (2001, as Johnny Depp’s childhood pal Tuna) and Cold Mountain (2003, as Pangle).

Presently, the baby-faced performer showcases his comic flair on the NBC sitcom “My Name Is Earl” (2005-?), playing Earl Hickey’s dimwitted but supportive brother, Randy Hickey. Along with other cast members including Jason Lee, Jaime Pressly, Nadine Velazquez and Eddie Steeples, he was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award in 2006.

Moviegoers can catch Suplee in the forthcoming comedy film Mr. Woodcock (2007), starring Billy Bob Thornton, Susan Sarandon and Seann William Scott.

As for his personal life, Suplee is married to Brandy Lewis, the daughter of Geoffrey Lewis and sister of Juliette Lewis. They have a daughter named Francis and are expecting another girl in spring 2007.


Sups

Childhood and Family:

Ethan Suplee, known by close friends and family as Sups, was born on May 25, 1976, in Manhattan, New York, to New York bohemians Debbie and Bill Suplee. His family moved to Los Angeles, California when he was one year old. Ethan has spent most of his life in L.A., but as a child he also spent time in Vermont.

On June 23, 2005, in Los Angeles, Ethan and his fiancée, Brandy Lewis, welcomed their first child, daughter Francis Clementine Suplee. The couple eventually married in the summer of 2006. They are expecting another daughter in spring 2007. Both Ethan and Brandy are Scientologists.


My Name Is Earl

Career:

Ethan Suplee started to recognize his love for acting early in his life through school plays and drama projects. Lacking a sense of guidance after graduating from high school, he was encouraged by friend and fellow actor Giovanni Ribisi to try his hand in acting and enrolled in a class. Bothered by his tutor’s lack of support and promotion, he decided to leave his studies after only a year and soon got his first major role, as a recurring character on the ABC hit sitcom “Boy Meets World.” He portrayed hesitant bully Frankie Stechino from 1994 to 1998.

Suplee went on to score a supporting role in the 1995 comedy /romance film Mallrats, which marked the actor’s feature debut and also his first collaboration with director-writer Kevin Smith. In the Shannen Doherty-Jeremy London vehicle, Suplee finely played Willam, an ill-fated mall patron determined to break the mystery behind the mall’s Magic Eye poster. Though small, the role successfully made Suplee a well-known face.

After the auspicious debut, Suplee stuck mainly to the wide screen. He rejoined Smith for 1997’s comedy/romance Chasing Amy, which starred Ben Affleck and Jason Lee, and in 1998, he found himself acting in the small town-set independents Dante’s View, Desert Blue and Tyrone. It was also in 1998 that Suplee attracted attention when he played the role of the Nazi skinhead Seth Ryan on the controversial film American History X, directed by Tony Kaye. Costarring Edward Norton and Edward Furlong, Suplee’s performance was commanding and terrifying, and marked the young actor as one to watch.

The following year saw Suplee reunite with Smith for Dogma, in which he voiced the costumed Norman the Golgothan. Thanks to his roles in Takedown (2000), playing a phone company employee who helps to trail a hacker, the comedy Road Trip (2000), and Denzel Washington’s Remember the Titans (2000), the actor reached a larger audience. His impressive performance in the latter project, in which he was cast as a football player, Louie Lastik, even singled out by many critics as a brand new and welcome presence onscreen. Suplee further increased his profile with his role as Tuna, the best pal of Johnny Depp’s new to the drug trade dealer, in Ted Demme’s Blow (2001). This was followed by supporting roles in the sci-fi/ comedy Evolution (2001), the Nick Cassavetes emergency room hostage drama John Q (2002), again opposite Denzel Washington, and the comedy adaptation The First 20 Million is Always the Hardest (2002).

Next up for Suplee was a brief, but memorable turn as Pangle on the war epic Cold Mountain, starring Nicole Kidman and Jude Law, a performance that led to a minor role as a Goth college student into S&M coeds in the 2004 thriller The Butterfly Effect, starring Ashton Kutcher as a time-traveling psychology student attempting to regain his elapsed memories. Also in 2004, he was featured as a mentally poor hillbilly in the Matthew Lillard and Seth Green comedy Without a Paddle. Returning to the small screen, Suplee took on the regular role of the senseless but supportive brother, Randy Hickey, on the NBC series “My Name Is Earl” (2005-?), a comedy about dimwitted troublemaker (Jason Lee) who has an epiphany after winning the lottery to remedy all the mistakes he has made all through his life. Still working on the show today, he jointly received a 2006 Screen Actors Guild nomination for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series.

Suplee acted in Terry Zwigoff’s adaptation of Daniel Clowes’ comic story Art School Confidential, made a cameo appearance in the Kevin Smith comedy Clerks II and costarred in Darren Aronofsky’s The Fountain, opposite Hugh Jackman and Rachel Weisz (all in 2006). The same year, he also appeared in the made-for-television film The Year Without a Santa Claus, directed by Ron Underwood.

The 31-year-old versatile and talented Suplee is scheduled to appear as Needleman in Craig Gillespie’s Mr. Woodcock, a comedy slated for releasing on October 26, 2007. Billy Bob Thornton, Susan Sarandon and Seann William Scott will star in the upcoming feature.


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