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Jon Gries was born on June 17, 1957 in Glendale, California, USA as Jonathan Francis Gries. He is an actor, known for Taken (2008), Napoleon Dynamite (2004) and Men in Black (1997). See full bio »
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  The Knife Thrower (pre-production)
Circus Manager
 2015 Durant's Never Closes (filming)
Dizzy Dean
 2015 Villisca (post-production)
 2015 Falsely Accused (completed)
 2015 Mucho Dinero (completed)
Jon Waters
 2015/I Endgame (completed)
Principal Thomas
 2015 Pass the Light
 2015 Americons
 2014/VIII Brothers (Short)
 2014 Dream Corp LLC (TV Movie)
Dr. Roberts
 2014 Taken 3 (Mark) Casey
 2013-2014 The Bridge (TV Series)
- Eye of the Deep (2014) ... Bob
- The Acorn (2014) ... Bob
- Sorrowsworn (2014) ... Bob
- Yankee (2014) ... Bob
- All About Eva (2013) ... Bob
 2014/IV The Well
 2014 After We Rest (Short)
Mr. Norman
 2014 Locker 13
Archie (segment "title story")
 2014 Faults
 2014 Eternity: The Movie
Barry Goldfield, Jr.
 2014 Criminal Minds (TV Series)
Clifford Walsh
- The Road Home (2014) ... Clifford Walsh
 2013 Skinwalker Ranch
 2013 A True Story
Richard Simpkins
 2013 Bad Turn Worse
Sheriff Shep
 2012 Byron's Theme (Short)
 2010-2012 Supernatural (TV Series)
Martin Creaser
 2012 Hitman: Absolution (Video Game)
Sheriff Clive Skurky (voice)
 2012 Taken 2
 2012 Noobz
Greg Lipstein
 2012 BlackBoxTV (TV Series)
- Silverwood: The Hunger (2012) ... Dad
 2012 Napoleon Dynamite (TV Series)
Uncle Rico
- FFA (2012) ... Uncle Rico (voice)
- Bed Races (2012) ... Uncle Rico (voice)
- Pedro vs. Deb (2012) ... Uncle Rico (voice)
- Ligertown (2012) ... Uncle Rico (voice)
- Thundercone (2012) ... Uncle Rico (voice)
 2012 Unicorn City
 2012 Deep in the Heart
Dick Wallrath
 2011 Hawaii Five-0 (TV Series)
Liam Miller
- Lapa'au (2011) ... Liam Miller
 2011 Not Quite College
Tone Cash
 2011 Natural Selection
 2011 5 Time Champion
Melvin Glee
 2010 Pearblossom (Short)
 2010 Nikita (TV Series)
The Engineer
- Dark Matter (2010) ... The Engineer
 2010 Psych (TV Series)
- One, Maybe Two, Ways Out (2010) ... Strabinsky
 2010 Sons of Anarchy (TV Series)
Passport Forger
- So (2010) ... Passport Forger
 2010/I Good Intentions
Sherriff Ernie
 2009 A Lone Star State (Short)
Wyatt Kinney
 2009 The Smell of Success
Early Dunchamp
 2008 CSI: NY (TV Series)
Jim Warren
- The Box (2008) ... Jim Warren
 2008 Around June
 2008 So Long Jimmy
Levi Franklin
 2008 Bar Starz
Ricky Fabulous
 2008/I Taken
 2007 Fathom (Short)
 2007 Bicentennial Curious (Short)
Mick Jones
 2007 American Pastime
Ed Tully
 2007/I Frank
Colin York
 2006 Car Babes
 2006 The Sasquatch Gang
 2005 Last Best Chance (Video)
Bernard Wheeler
 2005 Waterborne
 2005 Confessions of an Action Star
Donald Buckheim
 2003-2005 Carnivàle (TV Series)
Texas Ranger
- Los Moscos (2005) ... Texas Ranger
 2004 Las Vegas (TV Series)
Greg Walker
- Sons and Lovers (2004) ... Greg Walker
 2003 The Big Empty
 2003 Northfork
 2002 24 (TV Series)
Joseph Wald
- Day 2: 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. (2002) ... Joseph Wald
 2001 Jackpot
Sunny Holiday / Glen Allen Johnson
 2001 The Beatnicks
B Cool
 2001 ER (TV Series)
Defense Attorney Marty Nesmith
- Fear of Commitment (2001) ... Defense Attorney Marty Nesmith
 2001 The Pretender 2001 (TV Movie)
 1996-2000 The Pretender (TV Series)
- Corn Man (2000) ... Broots
- Meltdown (2000) ... Broots
- School Daze (2000) ... Broots
 1999 Twin Falls Idaho
Lawyer Jay Harrison
 1995-1998 Seinfeld (TV Series)
Rusty / Homeless Man
- The Bookstore (1998) ... Rusty
- The Beard (1995) ... Homeless Man (as Jonathan Gries)
 1997 Mitzi & Joe
 1997 The Maze
Dr. Holmes
 1997 Casualties
Bill Summers
 1996 Race Against Time: The Search for Sarah (TV Movie)
 1995 Strange Luck (TV Series)
Henry Bloom
- Last Chance (1995) ... Henry Bloom
 1995 Chicago Hope (TV Series)
Jack Kimball
- Hello Goodbye (1995) ... Jack Kimball
 1994 Beverly Hills, 90210 (TV Series)
Mr. Trilling, Dope Dealer / Dope Dealer
- The Dreams of Dylan McKay (1994) ... Mr. Trilling, Dope Dealer (as Jonathan Gries)
- Intervention (1994) ... Dope Dealer (as Jonathan Gries)
- Things That Go Bang in the Night (1994) ... Dope Dealer (as Jonathan Gries)
 1994 The X-Files (TV Series)
Salvatore Matola
- Sleepless (1994) ... Salvatore Matola (as Jonathan Gries)
 1992-1994 Martin (TV Series)
Shawn McDermott / Shawn
- Martin's on the Move (1994) ... Shawn McDermott (as Jonathan Gries)
- The Hoedown in Motown (1994) ... Shawn McDermott (as Jonathan Gries)
- No Love Lost (1994) ... Shawn McDermott (as Jonathan Gries)
- Crunchy Drawers (1994) ... Shawn McDermott (as Jonathan Gries)
- I Don't Have the Heart (1994) ... Shawn McDermott (as Jonathan Gries)
 1993 Bakersfield P.D. (TV Series)
Ray Coombs
- A Bullet for Stiles (1993) ... Ray Coombs
 1993 Ed and His Dead Mother
Rob Sundheimer
 1992 Four Eyes and Six-Guns (TV Movie) (as Jonathan Gries)
 1992 L.A. Law (TV Series)
Hotel Desk Clerk
- I'm Ready for My Closeup, Mr. Markowitz (1992) ... Hotel Desk Clerk (as Jonathan Gries)
 1991 Fever (TV Movie)
 1989-1991 Quantum Leap (TV Series)
Flash McGrath / Roscoe
- Glitter Rock - April 12, 1974 (1991) ... Flash McGrath (as Jonathan Gries)
- The Right Hand of God - October 24, 1974 (1989) ... Roscoe (uncredited)
 1990 The Grifters
Drunk's Friend (as Jonathan Gries)
 1990 Rainbow Drive (TV Movie)
 1990 Tour of Duty (TV Series)
MAJ Rex Chapman, USAF
- The Raid (1990) ... MAJ Rex Chapman, USAF (as Jonathan Gries)
 1990 Jake and the Fatman (TV Series)
Lenny Maddox
- By Myself (1990) ... Lenny Maddox (as Jonathan Gries)
 1990 Falcon Crest (TV Series)
- Finding Lauren (1990) ... Stone (as Jonathan Gries)
 1989 Pucker Up and Bark Like a Dog
Max (as Jonathan Gries)
 1989 Kill Me Again
Alan Swayzie (as Jonathan Gries)
 1989 Guns of Paradise (TV Series)
- Dead Run (1989) ... Emmett (as Jonathan Gries)
 1988 Tattingers (TV Series)
Rick Jurasky
- The Sonny Also Rises (1988) ... Rick Jurasky (as Jonathan Gries)
- Pilot (1988) ... (as Jonathan Gries)
 1988 Fright Night Part 2
Louie (as Jonathan Gries)
 1987 Cagney & Lacey (TV Series)
Hands Callahan
- The City Is Burning (1987) ... Hands Callahan (as Jonathan Gries)
 1987 The Monster Squad
Desperate Man (as Jonathan Gries)
 1987 The Twilight Zone (TV Series)
Nick Gatlin (segment "Shelter Skelter")
- Joy Ride/Shelter Skelter/Private Channel (1987) ... Nick Gatlin (segment "Shelter Skelter") (as Jonathan Gries)
 1987 Number One with a Bullet
Bobby Sweet (as Jonathan Gries)
 1986 Running Scared
Det. Tony Montoya (as Jonathan Gries)
 1986 TerrorVision
O.D. (as Jonathan Gries)
 1985 Real Genius
Lazlo Hollyfeld (as Jonathan Gries)
 1984 High School U.S.A. (TV Movie)
Leo Bandini
 1983 High School U.S.A. (TV Movie)
Dirty Curt (as Jonathan Gries)
 1983 The Jeffersons (TV Series)
- I Do, I Don't (1983) ... Frank (as Jonathan Gries)
 1983 September Gun (TV Movie)
Brian Brian (as Jonathan Gries)
 1983 The Powers of Matthew Star (TV Series)
- The Road Rebels (1983) ... Brad
 1983 Joysticks
King Vidiot (as Jonathan Gries)
 1980 The White Shadow (TV Series)
Uri Kogenski
- The Russians Are Coming (1980) ... Uri Kogenski (as Jonathan Gries)
 1979 240-Robert (TV Series)
- Poison Air (1979) ... Brad
 1979 Swap Meet
 1979 More American Graffiti
Ron (as Jonathan Gries)
 1979 Sunnyside
Wild Child (as Jonathan Gries)
 1977 Mulligan's Stew (TV Series)
- Melinda Special (1977) ... Adams
 1977 The Chicken Chronicles
Tom (as Jonathon Gries)
 1977 Alexander: The Other Side of Dawn (TV Movie) (uncredited)
 1976 Helter Skelter (TV Movie)
William Garretson
 1976 Born of Water
 1968 Will Penny
Horace (button) (as Jon Francis)
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(On Get Shorty) I was probably the 250th person they saw for that. They saw Matthew McConaughey, Steve Buscemi, a lot of people. Getting it was kind of an anomaly. It's very difficult being nobody and getting a part in a movie like that. My personal feeling is that what I did in the audition didn't translate on film, and part of that was Barry Sonnenfeld's insecurity. There was so much dialogue, ... See more »


Son of noted writer/director/producer Tom Gries and actress Mary Munday. His paternal step-grandfather was jazz musician Muggsy Spanier (who was married to Jon's grandmother, Ruth). See more »

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