Barry Pepper Biography |
  • Barry Pepper Biography

    Born: April 04, 1970 in Campbell River, British Columbia, Canada

    BARRY PEPPER ever since he gained critical attention for his portrayal of Private Jackson in the Academy Award winning feature SAVING PRIVATE RYAN, has been sought out for compelling roles with award-winning filmmakers.

    Pepper recently wrapped THE LONE RANGER for Disney, directed by Gore Verbinski, with Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer.

    Pepper has starred alongside some of today’s most respected fellow actors and directors: in the soon to be released SNITCH, along with Dwayne Johnson and Susan Sarandon; with Jeff Bridges, Josh Brolin and Matt Damon in the Coen Brother’s remake of TRUE GRIT; and opposite Kevin Spacey in CASINO JACK, the story of disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff. For his performance in this film Pepper was the recipient of the Hollywood Spotlight Award from the 14th annual Hollywood Film Festival. He also starred in LIKE DANDELION DUST, which won more than 30 national and international film festival awards, including Best Actor at the 2009 Las Vegas International Film Festival and 2009 NY Vision Festival.

    His other starring roles include: opposite Will Smith in Columbia Pictures’ SEVEN POUNDS; Clint Eastwood’s World War II epic FLAGS OF OUR FATHERS for Dreamworks/Warner Bros; starring alongside Tom Hanks in the Academy Award winning feature THE GREEN MILE; 25th HOUR, Spike Lee’s compelling view of post-9/11 New York City, also starring Ed Norton and Philip Seymour Hoffman. Pepper had a key role in THE THREE BURIALS OF MELQUIADES ESTRADA, for Sony Pictures Classics, which marked Tommy Lee Jones’ directorial debut.

    The film was shown in competition at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival, and Pepper received a nomination for Best Supporting Male in the 2006 Independent Spirit Awards.

    Additional feature credits for Pepper include the Bruckheimer/Scott thriller ENEMY OF THE STATE, with Will Smith and Gene Hackman; the critically acclaimed Paramount Pictures’ WE WERE SOLDIERS, with Mel Gibson; and the New Line feature KNOCKAROUND GUYS, opposite John Malkovich and Dennis Hopper.

    Pepper starred as Robert Kennedy in the Reelz Channel miniseries THE KENNEDYS, with Greg Kinnear and Katie Holmes. In recognition of his outstanding performance, Pepper won the 2011 Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie, and the 26th annual Gemini Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a leading Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series.

    He has also made his mark as a producer. He executive produced and starred in the title role of the ESPN feature 3: THE DALE EARNHARDT STORY, a biopic of the NASCAR star who died in a crash during the final lap of the 2001 Daytona 500. Pepper’s performance garnered a nomination for the 11thAnnual SAG Awards for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries. He also executive produced and starred in THE SNOW WALKER, for which Pepper received a Best Actor nomination for the 24th Annual Genie Awards in Canada, as well as eight other nominations for the film.

    Pepper’s starring role in the HBO feature 61* earned him nominations for a Golden Globe, an Emmy, and a Critic’s Choice Award. The film tells the story behind the competition between the New York Yankees’ Roger Maris (Pepper) and Mickey Mantle (Thomas Jane) to break Babe Ruth’s single season home run record in 1961. The critically acclaimed film was directed and executive produced by Billy Crystal.

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