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17 Ridiculous Facts You Did Not Know About Greg Kinnear

1. He was nominated for an Academy Award for his role in As Good as It Gets.

2. Kinnear was born in Logansport, Indiana, to Suzanne , a homemaker, and Edward Kinnear, a career diplomat who worked for the US State Department. He has two brothers, James and Steven.

3. He grew up a “Foreign Service brat”, having moved around frequently, from Beirut to Athens.

4. While a student at the American Community Schools in Athens, Kinnear first ventured into the role of talk show host with his radio show School Daze With Greg Kinnear.

5. Returning to the United States for a college education, he attended the University of Arizona, graduating in 1985 with a degree in broadcast journalism.

6. While there, he was a member of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity.

7. He became the creator, co-executive producer and host of Best of the Worst, which aired from 1990 to 1991.

8. Rooster Teeth founder Burnie Burns recounts the tale of impersonating his college friend Dal as a candidate for Best of the Worst Jobs, where it escalated to the point that Dal had actually won the competition.

9. The truth of his entry was later revealed, and the issue is believed to have caused the end of the series. In 1991, Kinnear became the first host of Talk Soup, which he hosted until 1995, when he left the show for the NBC late-night talk show Later with Greg Kinnear .

10. He also starred in, A Smile Like Yours with Lauren Holly, as part of a couple trying to have a baby.

11. Other films are Mystery Men, Nurse Betty, Loser, The Gift and Someone Like You.

12. Kinnear often alternated roles, often playing good guys like a righteous principal in The Gift or a gay painter in As Good as It Gets, to bad guys such as a sleazy college professor in Loser, a womanizer in Someone Like You as well as Sabrina and an egotistical soap opera star in Nurse Betty.

13. Kinnear starred in Auto Focus about the life and murder of actor Bob Crane in 2002.

14. In 2005, he starred in the black comedy The Matador with Pierce Brosnan and voiced Phineas T. Ratchet in the computer-animated film Robots.

15. Kinnear co-starred with Steve Carell in the Oscar-winning comedy-drama Little Miss Sunshine in 2006, and with Mark Wahlberg in Invincible, based on the true story of a bartender who tries out for the Philadelphia Eagles football team.

16. He also appeared in Fast Food Nation, playing a fast food executive who discovers secrets about his company.

17. In 2008, he starred in Flash of Genius, a docudrama about Robert Kearns who invented the intermittent windshield wiper.

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