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Ethan Suplee (born May 25, 1976) is an American film and television actor best known for his roles as Frankie Stechino in Boy Meets World and Randy Hickey in My Name Is Earl.

BiographyEdit

Early lifeEdit

Suplee was born in Manhattan, the son of Debbie and Bill Suplee (the latter of whom would go on to play "Willie," the one-eyed mailman, in My Name Is Earl). His parents were actors who met while performing summer stock and appeared on Broadway; his mother also worked as a drama teacher.[1] Suplee's family moved to Los Angeles, California, when he was one year old.

CareerEdit

Suplee began acting in school plays. At 16, after high school, he was encouraged by friend Giovanni Ribisi to take an acting class. (It was also through Ribisi that Suplee first met his friend and future "Earl" castmate, Jason Lee.) Ethan dropped out of the acting class at 17, however he felt inspired to pursue acting as a career. He was originally best known as the kid from Sega's "Dead Squirrel" Game Gear commercials in the early 1990s.

The first major role Ethan landed was his comedic performance as Willam Black in Mallrats, directed by Kevin Smith, alongside Jason Lee. Smith recast both Suplee and Lee in later films Chasing Amy, and Dogma. They both make cameos in Clerks II. He went on to a guest starring role as Frankie "The Enforcer" Stechino in Boy Meets World, from 1994-1998. Suplee's notable dramatic performances include the roles of the obese Nazi skinhead Seth in American History X, a Goth in The Butterfly Effect, football player Louie Lastik in Remember the Titans, Johnny Depp's buddy and initial drug-dealing partner Tuna in Blow, and the simpleminded Pangle in Cold Mountain. Suplee also had an uncredited cameo in the HBO TV series Entourage as the scene-mate of movie star Vincent Chase in the fictional movie Queen's Boulevard.[2]

Personal lifeEdit

Suplee married Brandy Lewis, daughter of Geoffrey Lewis and sister of Juliette Lewis, in the summer of 2006. The couple have two daughters, Frances Clementine (born 2005) and Billie Grace (born 2007). Lewis also has two daughters from a previous marriage. Both Suplee and Lewis are members of the Church of Scientology.[3] In Clerks II, he was shown to have lost a substantial amount of weight.

FilmographyEdit

YearTitleRole
1994 Boy Meets World (TV) Frankie Stechino
1995 Mallrats Willam Black
1997 Chasing Amy Comic Fan
1998 American History X Seth Ryan
Desert Blue Cale
1999 Tyrone Joshua Schatzberg
Dogma Noman the Golgothan (voice)
2000 Takedown Dan Brodley
Road Trip Ed
Vulgar Frankie Fanelli
Remember the Titans Louie Lastik
2001 Don's Plum Big Bum
Blow Tuna
Evolution Deke
2002 John Q Max Conlin
The First $20 Million Is Always the Hardest Tiny
2003 Cold Mountain Pangle
2004 The Butterfly Effect Thumper
Without a Paddle Elwood
2005 Neo Ned Johnny (orderly)
My Name Is Earl (TV series) Randy Hickey
Entourage (TV series) Unnamed (cameo appearance)
2006 Art School Confidential Vince
The Fountain Manny
The Year Without a Santa Claus Jingle
Clerks II Teen #2
2007 Mr. Woodcock Nedderman
American Pie Presents: Beta House Fraternity Geek

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