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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 Napoleon Dynamite (2004), Men in Black (1997) and The Rundown (2003). See full bio »

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Napoleon Dynamite
Napoleon Dynamite Uncle Rico
Men in Black
Men in Black Van Driver
The Rundown
The Rundown Harvey
Real Genius
Real Genius Lazlo Hollyfeld


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  The Knife Thrower (pre-production)
Circus Manager
  Glass Jaw (post-production)
Sam Austin
 2016-2018 Dream Corp LLC (TV Series)
Dr Roberts / Dr. Roberts
 2017 All About the Money
John Waters
 2017 Americons
 2016 Battle for Incheon: Operation Chromite
Gen Hoyt Vandenberg
 2016/I Falsely Accused
 2016 Dice (TV Series)
 2016 Durant's Never Closes
Dizzy Dean
 2015 A Country Called Home
Tyler (uncredited)
 2015/I Endgame
Principal Thomas
 2015 Pass the Light
 2014/VIII Brothers (Short)
 2014 Dream Corp LLC (TV Short)
Dr. Roberts
 2014 Taken 3 (Mark) Casey
 2013-2014 The Bridge (TV Series)
 2014 The Last Survivors
 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
 2013 Skinwalker Ranch
 2013 A True Story
Richard Simpkins
 2013 Bad Turn Worse
Sheriff Shep
 2012 Byron's Theme (Short)
 2012 Dr. Fubalous (TV Series)
Dr. Reed
 2010-2012 Supernatural (TV Series)
Martin Creaser
 2012 Hitman: Absolution (Video Game)
Skurky (voice, as John Gries)
 2012 Taken 2
 2012 Noobz
Greg Lipstein
 2012 BlackBoxTV (TV Series)
 2012 Napoleon Dynamite (TV Series)
Uncle Rico
 2012 Unicorn City
 2012 Deep in the Heart
Dick Wallrath
 2011 5 Time Champion
Melvin Glee
 2011 Hawaii Five-0 (TV Series)
Liam Miller
 2011 Not Quite College
Tone Cash
 2011 Natural Selection
 2010 Pearblossom (Short)
 2010 Nikita (TV Series)
The Engineer
 2010 Psych (TV Series)
 2010 Sons of Anarchy (TV Series)
 2010 Cold Case (TV Series)
Bill Shepard '78 / Bill Shepard
 2010/I Good Intentions
Sherriff Ernie
 2007-2010 Lost (TV Series)
Roger Linus
 2010 Crazy on the Outside
 2009 A Lone Star State (Short)
Wyatt Kinney
 2009 The Smell of Success
Early Dunchamp
 2009 Elsewhere
Mr. Tod
 2008 CSI: NY (TV Series)
Jim Warren
 2008 Around June
 2008 So Long Jimmy
Levi Franklin
 2008 South of Heaven
Hood 1
 2008 Bar Starz
Ricky Fabulous
 2008/I Taken
 2007/I Frank
Colin York
 2007 The Comebacks
 2007 September Dawn
John D. Lee
 2007 Fathom (Short)
 2007 Bicentennial Curious (Short)
Mick Jones
 2007 American Pastime
Ed Tully
 2006 Car Babes
 2006 The Astronaut Farmer
FBI Agent Killbourne
 2006 Stick It
Brice Graham
 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
 2004 Las Vegas (TV Series)
Greg Walker
 2004 Napoleon Dynamite
Uncle Rico
 2003 The Rundown
 2003 The Snow Walker
 2003 The Big Empty
 2003 Northfork
 2002 24 (TV Series)
Joseph Wald
 2001 The Pretender: Island of the Haunted (TV Movie)
 2001 Jackpot
Sunny Holiday / Glen Allen Johnson
 2001 The Beatnicks
B Cool
 2001 ER (TV Series)
Defense Attorney Marty Nesmith
 2001 The Pretender 2001 (TV Movie)
 1996-2000 The Pretender (TV Series)
 1999 Twin Falls Idaho
Lawyer Jay Harrison
 1995-1998 Seinfeld (TV Series)
Rusty / Homeless Man
 1997 Mitzi & Joe
 1997 The Maze
Dr. Holmes
 1997 Men in Black
Van Driver
 1997 Casualties
Bill Summers
 1996 Race Against Time: The Search for Sarah (TV Movie)
 1995 Get Shorty
Ronnie Wingate
 1995 Strange Luck (TV Series)
Henry Bloom
 1995 Chicago Hope (TV Series)
Jack Kimball
 1994 Beverly Hills, 90210 (TV Series)
Mr. Trilling, Dope Dealer / Dope Dealer
 1994 The X-Files (TV Series)
Salvatore Matola
 1992-1994 Martin (TV Series)
Shawn McDermott
 1993 Bakersfield P.D. (TV Series)
Ray Coombs
 1993 Ed and His Dead Mother
Rob Sundheimer
 1993 Alice in Chains: Rooster (Short)
 1992 Four Eyes and Six-Guns (TV Movie)
Deputy Elmo (as Jonathan Gries)
 1992 L.A. Law (TV Series)
Dr. Harold Benson
 1991 Fever (TV Movie)
 1989-1991 Quantum Leap (TV Series)
Flash McGrath / Roscoe
 1990 The Grifters
Drunk's Friend (as Jonathan Gries)
 1990 Rainbow Drive (TV Movie)
 1990 Tour of Duty (TV Series)
Maj. Rex Chapman, USAF
 1990 Jake and the Fatman (TV Series)
Lenny Maddox
 1990 Falcon Crest (TV Series)
 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)
 1988 Tattinger's (TV Series)
Rick Jurasky
 1988 Fright Night Part 2
Louie (as Jonathan Gries)
 1987 Che's Revenge (Short)
Jack (as Jonathan Gries)
 1987 Cagney & Lacey (TV Series)
Hands Callahan
 1987 The Monster Squad
Desperate Man (as Jonathan Gries)
 1987 The Twilight Zone (TV Series)
Nick Gatlin (segment "Shelter Skelter")
 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 (as Johnathan Gries)
 1983 High School U.S.A. (TV Movie)
Dirty Curt (as Jonathan Gries)
 1983 The Jeffersons (TV Series)
 1983 September Gun (TV Movie)
Brian Brian (as Jonathan Gries)
 1983 The Powers of Matthew Star (TV Series)
 1983 Joysticks
King Vidiot (as Jonathan Gries)
 1981 The Texas Rangers (TV Movie)
Sherman Ames
 1980 The White Shadow (TV Series)
Uri Kogenski
 1979 240-Robert (TV Series)
 1979 Swap Meet
 1979 More American Graffiti
Ron (as Jonathan Gries)
 1979 Sunnyside
Wild Child (as Jonathan Gries)
 1977 Mulligan's Stew (TV Series)
 1977 The Chicken Chronicles
Tom (as Jonathon Gries)
 1977 Alexander: The Other Side of Dawn (TV Movie) (uncredited)
 1976 Born of Water
 1976 Helter Skelter (TV Movie)
William Garretson
 1967 Will Penny
Horace - aka 'Button' (as Jon Francis)
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Alternate Names:

Jon Francis | Johnathan Gries | John Gries | Jonathan Gries | Jonathon Gries


5' 11" (1.8 m)

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On Napoleon Dynamite (2004): The fun of this kind of experience, which I think, unfortunately, a lot of people in the film industry miss, is really the adventure of making a movie that is being nurtured almost like a child and having to go through a channel where there are not millions of hands kind of massaging it to the screen. 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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