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Overview (3)

Born in Manhattan, New York, USA
Nickname Sups
Height 6' 1" (1.85 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Ethan Suplee has established himself over the past few decades as an actor of considerable talent and accomplishment. His diverse and eclectic resume ranges from hilarious roles in such comedies as Mallrats (1995) and Without a Paddle (2004) to hauntingly dramatic performances in intense features such as American History X (1998), Blow (2001) and Cold Mountain (2003). His breakthrough performance as a young football player in Disney's Remember the Titans (2000) with Denzel Washington garnered him critical acclaim and led to another role opposite Washington in director Nick Cassavetes' thriller, John Q (2002).

Born in New York and raised in Los Angeles, Suplee is the son of actors Deborah Deeble and Bill Suplee. He landed his first role, at the age of 16, on the popular television series, Boy Meets World (1993). He had a recurring role as the reluctant bully "Frankie" for three seasons. Most recently for television, he made a powerful guest-starring appearance on NBC's Third Watch (1999) as a disturbed young man who filmed a video journal about his obsession with a girl.

He made his feature film debut in 1995 (alongside My Name Is Earl (2005) co-star Jason Lee) in writer/director Kevin Smith's Mallrats (1995), where he played the memorable "Willam Black", a young man determined to crack the mystery behind the mall's magic eye poster. Smith went on to cast Suplee in Chasing Amy (1997) and as the voice of "Norman the Golgothan" in Dogma (1999). More recent comedy credits include "Without A Paddle" with Seth Green and Matthew Lillard, director Todd Phillips Road Trip (2000) and Evolution (2001) for director Ivan Reitman.

Suplee showcased his impressive acting chops with a powerful and compelling performance in 1998 in director Tony Kaye's "American History X". He played a carelessly violent racist skinhead who tries to convince his friend (Edward Norton) to "come back to his roots" in their gang of white supremacists.

His role of high school football lineman "Louie" in Disney's "Remember the Titans" exposed Suplee to a larger audience, and he was singled out by many critics as a fresh and welcome screen presence, with the Hollywood Reporter calling his performance "scene-stealing."

With Ted Demme's 1970s drug-cartel drama "Blow," Suplee continued to raise his profile, playing "Tuna", the best friend of Johnny Depp's newly turned drug dealer "George Jung".

More recently, Suplee played a pivotal role of a young soldier in Miramax and Anthony Minghella's period piece "Cold Mountain," with Jude Law and Nicole Kidman. He also co-starred with Ashton Kutcher in New Line's The Butterfly Effect (2004).

Suplee co-stars opposite Jason Lee in NBC and Twentieth Century-Fox TV's half-hour comedy, "My Name is Earl." He plays "Randy", the brother of Lee's "Earl" who, following an epiphany, embarks on a mission to right all the wrongs he has inflicted on people.

For the big screen, Suplee will next be seen starring in Art School Confidential (2006) for director Terry Zwigoff (Ghost World (2001)), and he recently completed work for director Darren Aronofsky on Warner Bros.' The Fountain (2006) with Hugh Jackman and Rachel Weisz.

In his spare time, Suplee enjoys reading, cooking and playing chess. He has also recently starting taking Muay Thai kick-boxing classes three times a week. Muay Thai is a form of martial arts boxing using full contact sparring, kicks, punches, kick blocks and shadow boxing learned under professional instruction.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Steve Tudor

Spouse (1)

Brandy Lewis (2006 - present) ( 2 children)

Trivia (16)

Often cast by writer/director Kevin Smith.
Most recognized for his very first TV role - Frankie "The Enforcer" on ABC's Boy Meets World (1993)".
A large young actor on the upside of 300 pounds, he often portrays dim-witted brutes due to his size.
His fiancée, Brandy Lewis gave birth to their first child, a daughter named: Francis Clementine Suplee on 23 June 2005. The baby was born in Los Angeles.
Lost over 100 pounds from his once-nearly 400 pound frame by 2005 due to a sugar-free diet.
Brother-in-law of Juliette Lewis
Stepdaughter Lily, born 1998.
He and wife Brandy Lewis are expecting their second daughter in April 2007.
Stepdaughter Bella, born 1997.
Daughter Billie Grace, born April 2007.
An old friend of Leonardo DiCaprio.
Son of Bill Suplee, who has had multiple guest appearances in My Name Is Earl (2005), and Deborah Deeble.
He has appeared in four films directed by Kevin Smith: Mallrats (1995), Chasing Amy (1997), Dogma (1999) and Clerks II (2006).
Born on the same date as Erinn Hayes and Cillian Murphy.
Son-in-law of Geoffrey Lewis.
His surname is pronounced "soup-lee".

Personal Quotes (21)

I want to be on a show that's as good as the one we're doing and that we get to make for many years.
As far as big egos, there are definitely guys out there that just think God only knows what about themselves.
I think anything Tony Kaye would've done would've been interesting, definitely. And worth seeing.
I was born in Manhattan on West 12th. My parents were kind of hippies and they did a home birth.
I'd like to just work - steadily work - and do parts that I enjoy doing.
But the drugs are kind of like taboo, at least among me and my friends and the people I've worked with.
David Bowie's my favourite musician. I love him above all, but I'm really into rap a lot right now.
I like the Wu-Tang Clan a lot.
I definitely don't want to achieve some kind of rock star status.
I don't need to be on the number one show. Number 25 is fine.
I hope that people like us next year like they liked us last year.
I really like The Catcher in the Rye a lot.
I really started trying to get my act together in August of 2002.
The first few years I was in Vermont quite a bit, but I don't think I ever spent years and years there.
Tony Kaye is great with that kind of stuff. Up until American History X (1998), he had only done commercials.
But my favorite period for actors is the 70s. I think so many great movies were made in the 70s. The 90s just seem to be a confused decade. Nobody knows, really, what's going on.
I have kids and I want to have a long life and there are certain things that are conducive to that and certain things that aren't. I've opted for the road of happiness and long life.
I've lived a lot in the last 12 years or however long its been since Boy Meets World (1993). I have a lot more to draw upon in playing Randy than I did playing Frankie. Although, I did have a lot of fun playing that role.
It was like there's got to be some way to stay working and stay productive in Los Angeles. TV is that kind of thing for an actor. Unless you get stuck in one of these shows where you have to go to Vancouver.
Tyrone, I think they're taking to festivals. I don't know which festivals it will be at. It's like a buddy picture. It's a couple of guys driving across the country and they get to a small town and they hit a guy. The guy turns out to be a drug smuggler.
Writing, yeah. Me and my friend Scott Bloom just finished the first rough draft of a script. It's taken us three years to do, but we finally got a first draft. And we'll see whatever happens with that.

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