Barry Pepper

Barry Robert Pepper (born April 4, 1970) is a Canadian actor. He played Private Daniel Jackson in Saving Private Ryan (1998), Corrections Officer Dean Stanton in The Green Mile (1999), Jonnie Goodboy Tyler in Battlefield Earth (2000), Roger Maris in 61* (2001), Sergeant Michael Strank in Flags of Our Fathers (2006) and "Lucky" Ned Pepper in True Grit (2010). He has been nominated for three Screen Actors Guild Awards and a Golden Globe Award. For his role as Robert F. Kennedy in the miniseries The Kennedys (2011), Pepper won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie.

Barry Pepper
Barry Pepper
Barry Robert Pepper

April 4, 1970 (age 48)
Years active1992–present
Cindy Pepper (m. 1997)

Early life

Pepper was born the youngest of three boys in Campbell River, British Columbia, the son of a lumberjack.[1] When he was five years old, his family set sail in a homemade ship, navigating through the South Pacific islands for five years.[1][2] His education was completed in both public schools and correspondence courses. Due to the lack of television as entertainment, the family created and performed sketches for each other. When the family had finished their travels, they returned to Canada and set up a shop on Denman Island.


Pepper is perhaps best known for his role as the sniper Private Daniel Jackson in Saving Private Ryan. He portrayed Corrections Officer Dean Stanton in The Green Mile, appeared as Frank Slaughtery in Spike Lee's 25th Hour, as journalist Joseph L. Galloway in We Were Soldiers, his role as the heroic antagonist of the film Battlefield Earth, his depiction of Roger Maris in Billy Crystal's HBO film 61*, as Dale Earnhardt in the ESPN produced film 3: The Dale Earnhardt Story, and as Dan Morris in the film Seven Pounds, with Will Smith. He recently had roles in Casino Jack and the Coen brothers' True Grit. Pepper provided the voice for Alex Mercer, the protagonist of the video game Prototype and the voice for Corporal Dunn, a character in the video game Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.

Pepper won the Razzie Award for Worst Supporting Actor for his performance in Battlefield Earth: A Saga of the Year 3000. He has stated that, had he known in advance he was going to win the award, he would have gladly accepted it in person.[3] Pepper will star in psychological thriller Frost Road which is being directed by Call of Duty director Keith Arem.[4] He also appeared in Jagged Edge's music video for "Goodbye". In 2011, he starred as Robert F. Kennedy in the Canadian-American TV mini-series The Kennedys, for which he won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie.

In 2015, Pepper appeared in The Maze Runner sequel, Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, as Vince, "a survivalist who is one of the last remaining soldiers of a legendary unit called the Right Arm".[5] Filming began at the end of October 2014, and the movie was released on September 18, 2015.

Personal Life

Pepper has one child, a daughter named Annaliese, with his wife, Cindy.



Year Title Role Notes
1992 A Killer Among Friends Mickey Television film
1995 Johnny's Girl Jimmy Zee Television film
1996 Titanic Harold Bride Television film
1996 Urban Safari Rico
1998 Firestorm Packer
1998 Saving Private Ryan Pvt. Daniel Jackson
1998 Enemy of the State David Pratt
1999 The Green Mile Dean Stanton
2000 Battlefield Earth Jonnie Goodboy Tyler
2000 We All Fall Down John
2001 61* Roger Maris Television film
2001 Knockaround Guys Matty Demaret
2002 We Were Soldiers Joseph L. Galloway
2002 25th Hour Frank Slaughtery
2003 The Snow Walker Charlie Halliday
2004 3: The Dale Earnhardt Story Dale Earnhardt Television film
2005 The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada Mike Norton
2005 Ripley Under Ground Tom Ripley
2006 Flags of Our Fathers Sgt. Mike Strank
2006 Unknown Rancher Shirt
2008 Seven Pounds Dan Morris
2009 Princess Kaiulani Lorrin A. Thurston
2009 Like Dandelion Dust Rip Porter
2010 Casino Jack Michael Scanlon
2010 True Grit "Lucky" Ned Pepper
2010 When Love Is Not Enough: The Lois Wilson Story Bill W. Television film
2012 To the Wonder Father Barry Deleted scenes[6]
2013 Broken City Jack Valliant
2013 Snitch Agent Cooper
2013 The Lone Ranger Captain Jay Fuller
2014 Kill the Messenger Russell Dodson
2015 Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials Vince
2017 Monster Trucks Rick
2017 Bitter Harvest Yaroslav
2018 Maze Runner: The Death Cure Vince
TBA Running with the Devil The Boss


Year Title Role Notes
1993–96 Madison Mick Farleigh 16 episodes
1994 Neon Rider Jason Episode: "The Secret Life of Garret Tuggle"
1994 M.A.N.T.I.S. Clayton Kirk Episode: "Days of Rage"
1995 Highlander: The Series Michael Christian Episode: "They Also Serve"
1995 Sliders Skidd Episode: "Summer of Love"
1995 Lonesome Dove: The Series Cam Episode: "Ties That Bind"
1996 Lonesome Dove: The Outlaw Years Jake Episode: "Partners"
1996 The Outer Limits Tyson Ruddick Episode: "The Heist"
1996 The Sentinel Kurt Hessman Episode: "Payback"
1996 Viper Johnny Hodge Episode: "White Fire"
2011 The Kennedys Robert F. Kennedy 8 episodes
2017 The Kennedys: After Camelot 1 episode

Video games

Year Title Role Notes
2009 [PROTOTYPE] Alex Mercer Voice
2009 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Army Ranger Corporal Dunn Voice

Awards and nominations

Year Association Category Nominated work Result
1999 Online Film Critics Society Best Cast Saving Private Ryan Won
1999 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Nominated
2000 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture The Green Mile Nominated
2001 Golden Raspberry Awards Worst Supporting Actor Battlefield Earth Won
2001 Primetime Emmy Award Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie 61* Nominated
2002 Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Actor in a Miniseries or Movie Nominated
2002 Golden Globe Award Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film Nominated
2004 Genie Awards Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role The Snow Walker Nominated
2004 Leo Awards Best Male Performance in a Drama Won
2004 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie 3: The Dale Earnhardt Story Nominated
2006 Independent Spirit Awards Best Supporting Male The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada Nominated
2010 Satellite Awards Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film When Love Is Not Enough: The Lois Wilson Story Nominated
2011 Gemini Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie The Kennedys Won
2011 Primetime Emmy Award Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie Won
2011 Prism Award Best Performance in a Miniseries or Movie When Love Is Not Enough: The Lois Wilson Story Nominated


  1. ^ a b Portman, Jamie (2006-10-30). "Vancouver actor inspired by fatherly Clint Eastwood". The Ottawa Citizen. Archived from the original on 2012-11-09. Retrieved 2010-12-17.
  2. ^ Barry Pepper Biography – Yahoo! Movies Archived August 26, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ Staff (30 March 2001). "Barry Pepper amused by his worst supporting actor award for Battlefield Earth". The Canadian Press.
  4. ^ 'Call of Duty' director takes to 'Road'
  5. ^ Borys Kit (November 3, 2014). "Barry Pepper Joins 'Maze Runner' Sequel 'Scorch Trials' (Exclusive)". Retrieved November 4, 2014.
  6. ^ "Barry Pepper, Michael Sheen & Amanda Peet Also Cut From Terrence Malick's 'To The Wonder'". The Playlist. 2012-08-29. Archived from the original on 2012-09-01. Retrieved 2012-08-30.

External links


61* is a 2001 American sports drama film written by Hank Steinberg and directed by Billy Crystal. It stars Barry Pepper as Roger Maris and Thomas Jane as Mickey Mantle on their quest to break Babe Ruth's 1927 single-season home run record of 60 during the 1961 season of the New York Yankees. The film first aired on HBO on April 28, 2001.

Bitter Harvest (2017 film)

Bitter Harvest is a 2017 romantic-action drama film set in Soviet Ukraine in the early 1930s during the Holodomor famine that killed millions of Ukrainians under Stalin's forced collectivization of all farms and businesses owned by Ukrainians. The film stars Max Irons, Samantha Barks, Barry Pepper, Tamer Hassan and Terence Stamp.

The film was directed by George Mendeluk and written by Richard Bachynsky Hoover, based on Bachynsky Hoover's original story. Mendeluk collaborated on a shooting draft with Bachynsky Hoover. The film is produced by Ian Ihnatowycz, Stuart Baird, Mendeluk, Chad Barager. Dennis Davidson, Peter D. Graves and William J. Immerman served as executive producers along with Bachynsky Hoover.

Crawl (upcoming film)

Crawl is an upcoming American horror film directed by Alexandre Aja. The film was written by Michael and Shawn Rasmussen and Aja. It stars Kaya Scodelario, Barry Pepper, Ross Anderson, Anson Boon and Jose Palma.

Enemy of the State (film)

Enemy of the State is a 1998 American action-thriller film directed by Tony Scott, produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, and written by David Marconi. The film stars Will Smith and Gene Hackman, with Jon Voight, Lisa Bonet, Gabriel Byrne, Loren Dean, Jake Busey, Barry Pepper, and Regina King in supporting roles. The film tells the story of a group of NSA agents conspiring to kill a Congressman and the cover up that ensues after a tape of the murder is discovered.

The film was released on November 20, 1998 in the U.S. and worldwide. Enemy of the State garnered generally positive reviews from film critics and audiences, with many praising the writing and direction as well as the chemistry between Smith and Hackman.

Jennifer Esposito

Jennifer Esposito (born April 11, 1973) is an American actress and author. She is known for her roles in the feature films Crash, Summer of Sam, Don't Say a Word, Taxi and Welcome to Collinwood. Esposito has also appeared in several television series, most notably Spin City, Related, Samantha Who?, Blue Bloods, and Mistresses. From 2016 to 2017, Esposito played Special Agent Alexandra Quinn on the CBS series NCIS.

Knockaround Guys

Knockaround Guys is a 2001 crime drama film starring Barry Pepper, Vin Diesel, Seth Green, John Malkovich and Dennis Hopper.

Monster Trucks (film)

Monster Trucks is a 2016 American action comedy film produced by Paramount Animation, Nickelodeon Movies and Disruption Entertainment for Paramount Pictures. It was directed by Chris Wedge and written by Derek Connolly, from a story by Jonathan Aibel, Glenn Berger and Matthew Robinson. The film stars Lucas Till, Jane Levy, Amy Ryan, Rob Lowe, Danny Glover, Barry Pepper and Holt McCallany, and follows a high schooler who finds an escaped monster living in his truck.

Principal photography of the film began on April 4, 2014, in Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada. It was released by Paramount Pictures in the United States on January 13, 2017, and received mixed reviews from critics. Monster Trucks grossed $64 million worldwide against its $125 million budget, leading it to be labeled as a box office bomb, losing the studio over $120 million.

Ripley Under Ground (film)

Ripley Under Ground (also known as White on White) is a 2005 German-British-French crime thriller film directed by Roger Spottiswoode and based on the second novel in Patricia Highsmith's Tom Ripley series. It stars Barry Pepper as the cunning psychopath Ripley and features Willem Dafoe, Alan Cumming and Tom Wilkinson in supporting roles. Ripley Under Ground was produced during July and August 2003, but was only released two years later. The film was shown on the 2005 AFI Fest by American Film Institute, receiving a low-profile wide theatrical release.

Running with the Devil

Running with the Devil is an upcoming American action thriller film written and directed by Jason Cabell and starring Nicolas Cage, Laurence Fishburne, Leslie Bibb and Barry Pepper. It is Cabell's directorial debut.

Serge Houde

Serge Houde (born February 16, 1953) is a Canadian film and television character actor.

He is best known for his role in Jon Cassar's Emmy-nominated miniseries The Kennedys playing the notorious Chicago mafia boss Sam Giancana opposite Tom Wilkinson and Barry Pepper.

GQ's Tom Carson said Houde’s performance was "a terrific Sam Giancana (Serge Houde, and where has this formidable actor been all of Martin Scorsese's life?). It will probably set off Camelot guardians' alarm bells to hear that Giancana, the Chicago Mob boss, appears at all—and tête-à-tête with papa Joe, who's committing hubris's fatal error by negotiating with him."Houde began acting at age 35, and he has over 160 film and TV productions to his credit.Besides his role as Sam Giancana in The Kennedys, Houde also appeared in the Seth Rogen-starring feature, 50/50, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2011. In it, he played Joseph Gordon-Levitt's character's father and Anjelica Huston's character's husband; his character suffered from Alzheimer's. He also starred as The Doctor in Episode 9 of Mortal Kombat: Legacy, Kevin Tancharoen's web series anthology inspired by the popular video game of the same name.

In 2014, Houde received a Leo Award nomination for Best Guest Performance by a Male in a Dramatic Series for his role as drug kingpin David Thorpe on CTV's undercover cop series Played.The following year, he attracted attention for his moving portrayal of a homeless man suffering from Tourette's in the hit Canadian police drama 19-2.

Seven Pounds

Seven Pounds is a 2008 American drama film, directed by Gabriele Muccino, in which Will Smith stars as a man who sets out to change the lives of seven people. Rosario Dawson, Woody Harrelson, and Barry Pepper also star. The film was released in theaters in the United States and Canada on December 19, 2008, by Columbia Pictures. Despite receiving negative reviews, it was a box-office success, grossing US $168,168,201 worldwide.

Snitch (film)

Snitch is a 2013 American action film directed by Ric Roman Waugh and starring Dwayne Johnson. The film was released in the United States on February 22, 2013. The film also stars Barry Pepper, Susan Sarandon, Jon Bernthal, Benjamin Bratt, and Michael Kenneth Williams.

The Kennedys (miniseries)

The Kennedys is a Canadian-American television miniseries chronicling the lives of the famous political Kennedy family, including key triumphs and tragedies it has experienced. It stars Greg Kinnear, Barry Pepper, Katie Holmes, and Tom Wilkinson among others, and is directed by Jon Cassar. The series premiered in the United States in April 2011 on the ReelzChannel and on History Television further north in Canada.

The Snow Walker

The Snow Walker is a 2003 Canadian survival drama film written and directed by Charles Martin Smith and starring Barry Pepper. Based on the short story Walk Well, My Brother by Farley Mowat, the film is about a Canadian bush pilot whose life is changed through an encounter with a young Inuit woman and their challenge to survive the harsh conditions of the Northwest Territories following an aircraft crash. The film won six Leo Awards, including Best Lead Performance by a Male (Barry Pepper), and was nominated for nine Genie Awards, including Best Motion Picture, Best Performance by an Actor (Barry Pepper), Best Performance by an Actress (Annabella Piugattuk), and Best Adapted Screenplay (Charles Martin Smith).

The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada

The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (also known as Three Burials) is a 2005 French-American neo-Western film directed by and starring Tommy Lee Jones and written by Guillermo Arriaga. It also stars Barry Pepper, Julio Cedillo, Dwight Yoakam, and January Jones.

The film was inspired by the real-life killing in Texas of a teenager, Esequiel Hernandez Jr, by United States Marines during a military operation near the United States–Mexico border as well as the novel As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner which contains the same plot premise and challenges encountered in the film.The film has many flashbacks and sometimes the same event is shown from different perspectives.

True Grit (2010 film)

True Grit is a 2010 American Revisionist Western film directed, written, produced, and edited by the Coen brothers and executively produced by Steven Spielberg. It is the second adaptation of Charles Portis' 1968 novel of the same name, which was previously released in 1969 starring John Wayne and Glen Campbell. This version stars Hailee Steinfeld as Mattie Ross and Jeff Bridges as Deputy U.S. Marshal Reuben J. "Rooster" Cogburn, along with Matt Damon, Josh Brolin, and Barry Pepper.

Feisty 14 year-old farm girl Mattie Ross (Steinfeld) hires Cogburn, a boozy, trigger-happy lawman (Bridges) after an outlaw named Tom Chaney (Brolin) murders her father. The bickering duo are accompanied on their quest by a Texas Ranger named LaBoeuf (Damon) who has been tracking Chaney for killing a State Senator. As they embark on a dangerous adventure, each character has his or her "grit" tested in different ways.

Filming began in March 2010, and the film was officially released in the U.S. on December 22, 2010 after advance screenings earlier that month. The film opened the 61st Berlin International Film Festival on February 10, 2011. It was well received by critics, garnering a 96% Rotten Tomatoes score. It was nominated for ten Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Actor in a Leading Role (Bridges), Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Steinfeld), Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design, Best Sound Mixing, and Best Sound Editing. However, it won none. The film was released on Blu-ray and DVD on June 7, 2011.

Unknown (2006 film)

Unknown is a 2006 American mystery thriller film directed by Simon Brand and starring Jim Caviezel, Greg Kinnear, Bridget Moynahan, Joe Pantoliano and Barry Pepper about a group of men kidnapped and locked in a factory with no memory of how they arrived there. Piecing together information around them, they realize that some were kidnapped and some were the kidnappers. They decide they must work together to figure out how to get away before the gang that captured them returns.

The film was previewed before a theater audience for the first time in New York City on December 13, 2005.

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