Gries, Jon 1957- (Jon Francis, Johnathan Gries, Jonathan Gries, Jonathon Gries)

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Gries, Jon 1957- (Jon Francis, Johnathan Gries, Jonathan Gries, Jonathon Gries)


Born June 17 (some sources cite June 16), 1957, in Glendale, CA; son of Tom Gries (a writer, director, and producer) and Mary Munday (an actress). Education: Studied acting with Stella Adler.


Agent—Gabrielle Krengel, Domain, 9229 Sunset Blvd., Suite 415, Los Angeles, CA 90069. Manager—David Cohn, David Cohn Management, 14431 Ventura Blvd., Suite 139, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423.


Actor, producer, and songwriter. Member of the band Carnival Dogs.

Awards, Honors:

Independent Spirit Award nomination, best supporting actor, Independent Features Project West, and Teen Choice Award nominations, choice movie "sleazebag", choice "movie rumble", and choice movie blush scene (with Jon Heder), all 2005, for Napoleon Dynamite.


Film Appearances; As Jon Gries:

Max, Pucker Up and Bark Like a Dog, Fries Entertainment, 1990.

Rob Sundheimer, Ed and His Dead Mother (also known as Bon Appetit, Mama and Motherhood), IRS Media, 1993.

Ronnie Wingate, Get Shorty, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1995.

Nick, Men in Black (also known as MIB), Universal, 1997.

Joe, Mitzi & Joe, 1997.

Dr. Holmes, The Maze, Alpine Releasing, 1997.

Bill Summers, Casualties, Trimark Pictures, 1997.

Jay Harrison, Twin Falls, Idaho, Sony Pictures Classics, 1999.

B Cool, The Beat Nicks, 2000.

Sunny Holiday/Glen Allen Johnson, Jackpot, Sony Pictures Classics, 2001.

Elron, The Big Empty, Artisan Entertainment, 2003.

Harvey, The Rundown (also known as Welcome to the Jungle), Universal, 2003.

Arnold, Northfork, Paramount, 2003.

Pierce, The Snow Walker, Lions Gate Films, 2004.

Uncle Rico, Napoleon Dynamite, Fox Searchlight, 2004.

Donald Bruckheim, Sledge: The Untold Story, Smashcut Films/Double Edge Entertainment, 2005.

Ritter, Waterborne, MTI Home Video, 2006.

Officer Ed Chillcut, The Sasquatch Dumpling Gang, Sony BMG Feature Films, 2006.

First hood, South of Heaven, Blue Maria Productions, 2006.

Brice Graham, Stick It (also known as Rebell in turnschuhen), Buena Vista, 2006.

FBI Agent Killbourne, The Astronaut Farmer, Warner Bros., 2006.

John D. Lee, September Dawn, Slow Hand Releasing, 2007.

Gary, Car Babes, Radio London Films, 2007.

Colin York, Frank, Bright Line Films/North by Northwest Entertainment, 2007.

Ed Tully, American Pastime, Warner Bros., 2007.

Mick Jones, Bicentennial Curious (short film), 2007.

Fathom (short film), 2007.

Barber, The Comebacks, Fox Atomic, 2007.

Casey, Taken, Twentieth Century-France, 2008.

Ricky Fabulous, Bar Starz, Slowhand Cinema Releasing, 2008.

Donald Buckheim, Confessions of an Action Star, Shoreline Entertainment, 2008.

Mr. Tod, Elsewhere, Lost Toys, 2008.

Murry, Around June, Fog City Pictures, 2008.

Sheriff Ernie, Good Intentions, Shadowlight Pictures, 2008.

Film Appearances; As Jonathan Gries:

Ron, More American Graffiti (also known as Purple Haze), Universal, 1979.

Doug, Swap Meet, Dimension Films, 1979.

Wild child, Sunnyside, American International Pictures, 1979.

King Vidiot, Joysticks (also known as Video Madness), Vestron Video, 1983.

Lazlo Hollyfeld, Real Genius, TriStar, 1985.

Detective Tony Montoya, Running Scared, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1986.

O. D., TerrorVision, Empire Pictures, 1986.

Bobby Sweet, Number One with a Bullet, Cannon Releasing, 1987.

Desperate man, The Monster Squad, TriStar, 1987.

Louie, Fright Night Part 2, New Century/Vista, 1989.

Alan Swayzie, Kill Me Again, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1989.

Drunk's friend, The Grifters, Miramax, 1990.

Film Appearances; Other:

(As Jon Francis) Horace Greeley Allen (Button), Will Penny, Paramount, 1968.

Friend, Born of Water, 1976.

(As Jonathon Gries) Tom, The Chicken Chronicles, Embassy, 1977.

Film Work:

Associate producer, Twin Falls, Idaho, Sony Pictures Classics, 1999.

Coproducer, Jackpot, Sony Pictures Classics, 2001.

Coproducer, Second Coming, 2001.

Associate producer, Northfork, Paramount, 2003.

Television Appearances; Series:

Shawn, a recurring role, Martin, Fox, between 1992 and 1994.

Broots, The Pretender, NBC, 1999-2000.

Television Appearances; Movies:

William Garretson, Helter Skelter (also known as Massacre in Hollywood), CBS, 1976.

Alexander: The Other Side of Dawn, NBC, 1977.

(As Jonathan Gries) Brian Brian, September Gun, CBS, 1983.

(As Jonathan Gries) Dirty Curt, High School U.S.A., NBC, 1983.

Azzolini, Rainbow Drive, Showtime, 1990.

Bobby, Fever, HBO, 1991.

(As Jonathan Gries) Deputy Elmo, Four Eyes and Six-Guns, TNT, 1992.

Steve, Race Against Time: The Search for Sarah, CBS, 1996.

Broots, The Pretender 2001 (also known as The Pretender), TNT, 2001.

Broots, The Pretender: Island of the Haunted (also known as Island of the Haunted and Pretender 2: Island of the Haunted), TNT, 2001.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Make the Movie Live the Movie, 2004.

Bernard Wheeler, Last Best Chance, HBO, 2005.

The 20th IFP Independent Spirit Awards, Bravo and Independent Film Channel, 2005.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

(As Jonathan Gries) Sherman Ames, The Texas Rangers, NBC, 1981.

(As Jonathan Gries) Leo Bandini, High School, U.S.A., NBC, 1984.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

(As Johnathan Gries) Uri Kogenski, "The Russians Are Coming," The White Shadow, 1980.

Brad, "Poison Air," 240-Robert, ABC, 1979.

"The Russians Are Coming," The White Shadow, CBS, 1980.

Brad, "The Road Rebels," The Powers of Matthew Star, 1982.

Frank, "I Do, I Don't," The Jeffersons, CBS, 1983.

(Uncredited) Roscoe, "The Right Hand of God—October 24, 1974," Quantum Leap, NBC, 1989.

"Dead Run," Paradise (also known as Guns of Paradise), CBS, 1989.

Stone, "Finding Lauren," Falcon Crest, 1990.

Porterhouse Johnson, Sweet Justice, NBC, 1994.

Rusty, "The Beard," Seinfeld, NBC, 1995.

Jack Kimball, "Hello Goodbye," Chicago Hope, CBS, 1995.

Henry Bloom, "Last Chance," Strange Luck, Fox, 1995.

Rusty, "The Bookstore," Seinfeld, NBC, 1998.

Defense Attorney Marty Nesmith, "Fear of Commitment," ER, NBC, 2001.

Joseph Wald, "Day 2: 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.," 24, Fox, 2002.

Texas Ranger, "The Day that Was the Day," Carnivale (also known as La feria ambulante), HBO, 2003.

Texas Ranger, "Los Moscos," Carnivale (also known as La feria ambulante), HBO, 2004.

Greg Walker, "Sons and Lovers," Las Vegas, NBC, 2004.

Roger Linus, "The Man behind the Curtain," Lost, ABC, 2007.

Also appeared in an episode of L.A. Law, NBC.

Television Appearances as Jonathan Gries; Episodic:

Nick Gatlin, "Shelter Skelter," The Twilight Zone (also known as The New Twilight Zone), CBS, 1987.

"Hands" Callahan, "The City Is Burning," Cagney & Lacey, 1987.

Lenny Maddox, "By Myself," Jake and the Fatman, CBS, 1990.

Major Rex Chapman, "The Raid," Tour of Duty, CBS, 1990.

Flash McGrath, "Glitter Rock-April 12, 1974," Quantum Leap, NBC, 1991.

Ray Coombs, "A Bullet for Stiles," Bakersfield P.D., Fox, 1993.

Salvatore Matola, "Sleepless," The X-Files, Fox, 1994.

Dylan's drug dealer, "Things that Go Bang in the Night," Beverly Hills, 90210, Fox, 1994.

Dylan's drug dealer, "Intervention," Beverly Hills, 90210, Fox, 1994.

Dylan's drug dealer, "The Dreams of Dylan McKay," Beverly Hills, 90210, Fox, 1994.

Dylan's drug dealer, "Hate Is Just a Four Letter Word," Beverly Hills, 90210, Fox, 1994.

Television Director; Episodic:

"School Daze," The Pretender, NBC, 2000.

Stage Appearances:

Appeared in King John, Old Globe Theatre, San Diego, CA; and The Tempest, Mark Taper Forum, Los Angeles.


Film Songs:

"Wish," Twin Falls, Idaho, Sony Pictures Classics, 1999.

"Silver Pieces," The Big Empty, Artisan Entertainment, 2003.

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