Exclusive Portraits: John C. Reilly at 60th Chicago Intl Film Festival Gala

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CHICAGO – You’ll never hear a better speech about the actor’s gratitude for his hometown than John C. Reilly’s proclamation at the 60th Chicago International Film Festival’s Summer Gala on June 1st, 2024. He brought the house down with emotional and passionate words about his journey that began in the Windy City.

With an astonishing range of roles already under his belt, John C. Reilly has played an eclectic host of rich characters to great effect over the years, from seedy ne’er-do-wells to lovable and good-natured schlepps. The fifth of six children, John Christopher Reilly was born in Chicago, and was brought up on Chicago’s Southwest Side. On the amateur stage from age eight, Reilly trained at the Goodman School of Drama and eventually became a member of Chicago’s renowned Steppenwolf Theatre.

John C. Reilly at the 2024 60th CIFF Summer Gala
Photo credit: Joe Arce of Starstruck Foto for HollywoodChicago.com

His film break came with a small role in the Vietnam War drama “Casualties of War” (1989). Reilly gained momentum throughout the 1990s and in films as ”Days of Thunder” (1990), ”Shadows and Fog” (1991), ”What’s Eating Gilbert Grape” (1993) and ”The River Wild” (1994). He became a major player in director Paul Thomas Anderson’s films, in ”Hard Eight” (1996), ”Boogie Nights” (1997) and in ”Magnolia” (1999). He went on to earn further critical points for his role of the soldier sent to the front lines in Terrence Malick’s war epic ”The Thin Red Line” (1998).

Reilly in the 2002 included high-profile parts in ”The Hours” (2002), ”The Good Girl” (2002), ”Gangs of New York” (2002), and especially ”Chicago” (2002) as “Mr. Cellophane,” Amos Hart, for which he received an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor. He also kept his toe on the stage, with Steppenwolf’s “A Streetcar Named Desire” and a musical version of “Marty.”

John C. Reilly Strikes a Pose
Photo credit: Joe Arce of Starstruck Foto for HollywoodChicago.com

In the next phase of the millennium, Reilly took on and ”The Aviator” (2004) and “We Need to Talk About Kevin” (2011), as well as broad comic turns in as the lead in ”Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story” (2007), and with Will Ferrell in ”Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby” (2006) and “Step Brothers” (2008), in addition to an absurdist turn in “Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie” (2012). His VoiceOver role in “Wreck-It Ralph” (2012) and its sequel is iconic, and most recently he was featured in “Kong: Skull Island” (2017), “Licorice Pizza” (2021) and the miniseries “Winning Time: The Rise of the Laker’s Dynasty” (2022-23).

A Tip ‘O the Hat from the Great John C.
Photo credit: Joe Arce of Starstruck Foto for HollywoodChicago.com

The 60th Chicago International Film Festival’s (CIFF) Summer Gala kicks off a milestone year for the famous fest. HollywoodChicago.com photographer Joe Arce got the Exclusive Portraits of John C. Reilly on the Red Carpet at the Gala on June 1st, 2024.

In a Red Carpet Interview with Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com at the 60th CIFF Summer Gala, John C. Reilly answers some burning questions …

The 60th Chicago International will take place take place October 16th-27th, 2024. CIFF is facilitated by Cinema/Chicago, click here for more information, including the FREE Summer Screenings.

HollywoodChicago.com senior staff writer Patrick McDonald

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© 2024 Patrick McDonald, HollywoodChicago.com

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