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Date Of BirthJune 17, 1957
FactSon 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).

Jon Gries is an American actor, writer and director. He is best known for his role as Uncle Rico in the 2004 film Napoleon Dynamite.

Gries was born in Glendale, California, on June 17, 1957, the son of Tom Gries, a writer, director and producer, and Gloria Gries, an actress. He has two sisters, Stefanie and Gina. He was raised in Los Angeles and attended Loyola Marymount University.

Gries began his career in the 1970s, appearing in television shows such as The Waltons and The A-Team. He had a recurring role in the 1980s sitcom Family Ties as Steven Keaton’s boss, Mr. Lawrence. He also appeared in films such as The Lost Boys (1987) and Taken (2008).

Gries has had a long and successful career in television and film. He has appeared in over 50 films and television shows. Some of his most notable roles include Uncle Rico in Napoleon Dynamite (2004), Martin Price in Get Shorty (1995), Roger Linus in Lost (2004-2010), and Steve Barker in The Rundown (2003).

Gries has been married twice. His first marriage was to actress Marisol Nichols from 1997 to 2005. They have one child together, a daughter named Autumn. His second marriage is to actress Carrie Preston, with whom he has two children, a son named Tyler and a daughter named Lila.

Gries is a tall man, standing at 6’4″ (1.93 m). He has dark brown hair and blue eyes.

General Info

Full NameJon Gries
Date Of BirthJune 17, 1957
Height1.8 m
ProfessionFilm producer, Voice Actor, Film director, Writer


ParentsMary Munday, Tom Gries
SiblingsCary Gries


NominationsIndependent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male, Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie: Rumble, Teen Choice Award for Film - Choice Sleazebag, Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie: Blush
MoviesNapoleon Dynamite, Taken, Taken 3, Taken 2, The Rundown, Real Genius, Men in Black, Get Shorty, Will Penny, Unicorn City, The Astronaut Farmer, Stick It, Faults, Northfork, The Monster Squad, September Dawn, Fright Night Part 2, Deep in the Heart, Bad Turn Worse, Noobz, The Sasquatch Gang, Skinwalke...
TV ShowsDr Fubalous, Napoleon Dynamite, The Pretender, Martin

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1(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, so he thought everything should be sped up. He kept saying, "Make it faster," and I think it lost something. When we had the cast and crew screening, there wasn't a peep from the audience. Barry was sweating profusely. He thought everyone hated it. I walked out of there thinking it was gonna be a big flop. Of course, seeing it now, I think it worked just fine, and we were all being too hard on it.
2On 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.
3On his definition of success: It's not about the money. It's not about the prestige or being recognized. It's about doing work that you really think has integrity.


1Played the role of a wolf man in 2 films, in The Monster Squad (1987) as Desperate Man (wolf man in human form) and in Fright Night Part 2 (1988) as Louie.
2Brother of Cary Gries.
3On Lost (2004) he played the father of Michael Emerson, who is actually 3 years older than him.
4In one of his appearances on Seinfeld (1989), he plays a homeless man that refuses to give Kramer's (Michael Richards) Tupperware back. In Napoleon Dynamite (2004), his character is a door-to-door salesman of Tupperware-like products.
5Does not drink milk and eats very little red meat.
6Son 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).




Around June2008Murry
So Long Jimmy2008Levi Franklin
South of Heaven2008Hood 1
Bar Starz2008Ricky Fabulous
The Comebacks2007Barber
September Dawn2007John D. Lee
Bicentennial Curious2007ShortMick Jones
American Pastime2007Ed Tully
Frank2007/IColin York
Car Babes2006Gary
The Astronaut Farmer2006FBI Agent Killbourne
Stick It2006Brice Graham
The Sasquatch Gang2006Chilcutt
Last Best Chance2005VideoBernard Wheeler
Confessions of an Action Star2005Donald Buckheim
Carnivàle2003-2005TV SeriesTexas Ranger
Las Vegas2004TV SeriesGreg Walker
Napoleon Dynamite2004Uncle Rico
The Rundown2003Harvey
The Snow Walker2003Pierce
The Big Empty2003Elron
242002TV SeriesJoseph Wald
The Pretender: Island of the Haunted2001TV MovieBroots
Jackpot2001Sunny Holiday / Glen Allen Johnson
The Beatnicks2001B Cool
ER2001TV SeriesDefense Attorney Marty Nesmith
The Pretender 20012001TV MovieBroots
The Pretender1996-2000TV SeriesBroots
Twin Falls Idaho1999Lawyer Jay Harrison
Seinfeld1995-1998TV SeriesRusty Homeless Man
Mitzi & Joe1997Joe
The Maze1997Dr. Holmes
Men in Black1997Van Driver
Casualties1997Bill Summers
Race Against Time: The Search for Sarah1996TV MovieSteve
Get Shorty1995Ronnie Wingate
Strange Luck1995TV SeriesHenry Bloom
Chicago Hope1995TV SeriesJack Kimball
Beverly Hills, 902101994TV SeriesMr. Trilling, Dope Dealer Dope Dealer
The X-Files1994TV SeriesSalvatore Matola
Martin1992-1994TV SeriesShawn McDermott Shawn
Bakersfield P.D.1993TV SeriesRay Coombs
Ed and His Dead Mother1993Rob Sundheimer
Four Eyes and Six-Guns1992TV Movie as Jonathan Gries
L.A. Law1992TV SeriesDr. Harold Benson
Fever1991TV MovieBobby
Quantum Leap1989-1991TV SeriesFlash McGrath / Roscoe
The Grifters1990Drunk's Friend (as Jonathan Gries)
Rainbow Drive1990TV MovieAzzolini
Tour of Duty1990TV SeriesMaj. Rex Chapman, USAF
Jake and the Fatman1990TV SeriesLenny Maddox
Falcon Crest1990TV SeriesStone
Pucker Up and Bark Like a Dog1989Max (as Jonathan Gries)
Kill Me Again1989Alan Swayzie (as Jonathan Gries)
Guns of Paradise1989TV SeriesEmmett
Tattinger's1988TV SeriesRick Jurasky
Fright Night Part 21988Louie (as Jonathan Gries)
Che's Revenge1987ShortJack (as Jonathan Gries)
Cagney & Lacey1987TV SeriesHands Callahan
The Monster Squad1987Desperate Man (as Jonathan Gries)
The Twilight Zone1987TV SeriesNick Gatlin (segment "Shelter Skelter")
Number One with a Bullet1987Bobby Sweet (as Jonathan Gries)
Running Scared1986Det. Tony Montoya (as Jonathan Gries)
TerrorVision1986O.D. (as Jonathan Gries)
Real Genius1985Lazlo Hollyfeld (as Jonathan Gries)
High School U.S.A.1984TV MovieLeo Bandini (as Johnathan Gries)
High School U.S.A.1983TV MovieDirty Curt (as Jonathan Gries)
The Jeffersons1983TV SeriesFrank
September Gun1983TV MovieBrian Brian (as Jonathan Gries)
The Powers of Matthew Star1983TV SeriesBrad
Joysticks1983King Vidiot (as Jonathan Gries)
The White Shadow1980TV SeriesUri Kogenski
240-Robert1979TV SeriesBrad
Swap Meet1979Doug
More American Graffiti1979Ron (as Jonathan Gries)
Sunnyside1979Wild Child (as Jonathan Gries)
Mulligan's Stew1977TV SeriesAdams
The Chicken Chronicles1977Tom (as Jonathon Gries)
Alexander: The Other Side of Dawn1977TV Movie uncredited
Helter Skelter1976TV MovieWilliam Garretson
Born of Water1976Friend
Will Penny1967Horace (button) (as Jon Francis)
The Knife Throwerpre-productionCircus Manager
All About the Money2016Jon Waters
Dream Corp LLC2016TV SeriesDr. Roberts
Falsely Accused2016/IGus
The Axe Murders of Villisca2016Greg
Dice2016TV Series
Durant's Never Closes2016Dizzy Dean
A Country Called Home2015Tyler (uncredited)
Endgame2015/IPrincipal Thomas
Pass the Light2015Franklin
Dream Corp LLC2014TV MovieDr. Roberts
Taken 32014Mark Casey
The Bridge2013-2014TV SeriesBob
The Last Survivors2014Carson
After We Rest2014ShortMr. Norman
Locker 132014Archie (segment "title story")
Eternity: The Movie2014Barry Goldfield, Jr.
Criminal Minds2014TV SeriesClifford Walsh
Skinwalker Ranch2013Hoyt
A True Story2013Richard Simpkins
Bad Turn Worse2013Sheriff Shep
Byron's Theme2012ShortButcher
Supernatural2010-2012TV SeriesMartin Creaser
Hitman: Absolution2012Video GameSkurky (voice, as John Gries)
Taken 22012Casey
Noobz2012Greg Lipstein
BlackBoxTV2012TV SeriesDad
Napoleon Dynamite2012TV SeriesUncle Rico
Unicorn City2012Shadowhawk
Deep in the Heart2012Dick Wallrath
Dr. Fubalous2012TV SeriesDr. Reed
Hawaii Five-02011TV SeriesLiam Miller
Redemption: For Robbing the Dead2011Tom Sutter
Not Quite College2011Tone Cash
Natural Selection2011Peter
5 Time Champion2011Melvin Glee
Nikita2010TV SeriesThe Engineer
Psych2010TV SeriesStrabinsky
Sons of Anarchy2010TV SeriesMagoo
Good Intentions2010/ISherriff Ernie
Lost2007-2010TV SeriesRoger Linus
Crazy on the Outside2010Edgar
A Lone Star State2009ShortWyatt Kinney
The Smell of Success2009Early Dunchamp
Elsewhere2009Mr. Tod
CSI: NY2008TV SeriesJim Warren


Napoleon Dynamite2012TV Series performer - 1 episode
Deep in the Heart2012arranger: "Under The Bottle" / performer: "Under The Bottle" / producer: "Under The Bottle" / writer: "Under The Bottle"
The Big Empty2003writer: "SILVER PIECES"
Twin Falls Idaho1999writer: "Wish"


Second Coming2012/IIco-producer
Pickin' & Grinnin'2010producer
Northfork2003associate producer
Twin Falls Idaho1999associate producer


Cokerattached announced
Pickin' & Grinnin'2010
The Pretender2000TV Series 1 episode


Pickin' & Grinnin'2010

Music Department

Sunday2016Short music engineer completed


You're So Cool Brewster! The Story of Fright Night2016DocumentaryHimself
Teens Wanna Know2015TV SeriesHimself
Full Burn2014Documentary shortJJ Perry
Featured by Fameus2013TV SeriesHimself
The Playboy Morning Show2012TV SeriesHimself
48 Hours2008TV Series documentaryHimself - Witness
The 20th IFP Independent Spirit Awards2005TV Special documentaryHimself
Napoleon Dynamite: Still Gallery2004Video documentary shortHimself
Make the Movie Live the Movie2004TV Movie documentaryHimself
The 19th Annual People's Choice Awards1993TV SpecialHimself - Accepting Award for Favourite New Television Comedy Series

Archive Footage

Lost: Destiny Calls2009TV MovieRoger Linus (uncredited)


Won Awards

2012Filmed in Utah AwardFilmed in Utah AwardsBest Supporting Actor: FeatureUnicorn City (2012)

Nominated Awards

2005Independent Spirit AwardIndependent Spirit AwardsBest Supporting MaleNapoleon Dynamite (2004)
2005Teen Choice AwardTeen Choice AwardsChoice Movie Blush SceneNapoleon Dynamite (2004)
2005Teen Choice AwardTeen Choice AwardsChoice Movie SleazebagNapoleon Dynamite (2004)
2005Teen Choice AwardTeen Choice AwardsChoice Movie RumbleNapoleon Dynamite (2004)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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