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Justin Kirk

A striking and compelling presence on screen, Justin Kirk earned high praise for his roles on television, in film, and on stage.

 

Kirk stars on the SHOWTIME's acclaimed television series, WEEDS, and has earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television. Kirk stars as Andy Botwin, the aimless brother-in-law to Nancy Botwin (Mary-Louise Parker), who is obsessed with get-rich-quick schemes until he finds out about Nancy's lucrative pot business, and invites himself to become her partner.

 

Kirk also earned high praise for his role as Prior Walter in Mike Nichols's award-winning mini-series, ANGELS IN AMERICA, starring alongside Al Pacino, Meryl Streep, and his WEEDS co-star, Mary-Louise Parker. Kirk was nominated for both an Emmy and SAG Award for his performance in the mini-series.

 

Most recently, Kirk completed principal photography on the independent film, MR. MORGAN'S LAST LOVE, in which he stars opposite Michael Caine and Clemence Poesy, and he also stars in the NBC pilot, ANIMAL KINGDOM, which was written by Brian Gatewood and Alex Tanaka, and was directed and executive produced by Joe and Anthony Russo. He also appears in Amy Heckerling’s upcoming film, VAMPS, and in the current Universal release, LIFE HAPPENS opposite Krysten Ritter, Kate Bosworth, Jason Biggs, and Rachel Bilson. He appeared in two films at the Sundance Film Festival 2012: GOATS, opposite David Duchovny and Vera Farmiga; and NOBODY WALKS, which was written by Lena Dunham and will be directed by Ry Russo, and also stars John Krasinski and Olivia Thirlby.

 

Other film credits include Tamara Junie's SEE YOU IN SEPTEMBER, Peter Callahan's AGAINST THE CURRENT, Wyatt McDill's FOUR BOXES, Maria Maggenti's PUCCINI FOR BEGINNERS, Jeff Lipsky's FLANNEL PAJAMAS, Robert Towne's ASK THE DUST, Henry Jaglom's HOLLYWOOD DREAMS, CHAPTER ZERO, and the independent thrillers THE EDEN MYTH and OUTPATIENT. He also worked on Harry Shearer's TEDDY BEARS PICNIC.

 

Appearing in notable guest spots on MODERN FAMILY, WITHOUT A TRACE, EVERWOOD, CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION, LAW & ORDER: SVU, and JACK AND BOBBY. Kirk was also a series regular on the WB series JACK AND JILL.

 

Also a highly accomplished stage actor, Kirk won the Obie Award for Distinguished Performance in the Ensemble for his portrayal of the blind character Bobby in LOVE! VALOUR! COMPASSION! and went on to star in the feature film adaptation. In 2001, he co-starred with Julianna Margulies and Donald Sutherland in Jon Robin Baitz's TEN UNKNOWNS at Lincoln Center. The role won him a Lucille Lortel Award, as well as Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle nominations.  Kirk was last seen in The Roundabout Theater Company's THE UNDERSTUDY opposite Mark Paul Gosselaar and Tony Award-winner, Julie White, at Laura Pels Theatre at the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre in New York. Most recently, Kirk starred on Broadway opposite Stockard Channing, Judith Light, and Rachel Griffiths in Jon Robin Baitz's Tony-nominated play, OTHER DESERT CITIES.

 

Additional stage work includes THE WORLD OVER at Playwrights Horizons, OLD WICKED SONGS at New York's Promenade Theatre and Los Angeles' Geffen Playhouse in which he starred as a piano prodigy, winning a Backstage West Garland Award for Outstanding Performance. He also appeared in ANY GIVEN DAY at the Longacre Theatre and June Moon with the Drama Department, a theater company of which he is a founding member.

 

Born in Salem, Oregon, Kirk spent his childhood in Union, Washington where he attended grade school on an Indian reservation. Kirk knew from three years old that he wanted to perform, and made his acting debut at seven in a college play. At twelve, he moved with his mother to Minneapolis, Minnesota and attended the Children's Theater School throughout high school. After graduation, he moved to New York and enrolled at Circle in the Square, where he completed a two-year conservatory acting program. Afterwards, he soon landed his first role on Broadway and has been working steadily ever since.

 

Kirk currently resides in Los Angeles.

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