Justin Kirk stars in NBC's new comedy series "Animal Practice" as Dr. George Coleman, a brilliant and dedicated veterinarian who overwhelmingly prefers pets to their owners. Kirk stars on Showtime's acclaimed television series "Weeds," and has earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television.
Kirk also earned high praise for his role as Prior Walter in Mike Nichols' award-winning miniseries "Angels in America," starring alongside Al Pacino, Meryl Streep and his "Weeds" co-star Mary-Louise Parker. Kirk was nominated for both an Emmy and SAG Award for his performance in the miniseries.
Most recently, Kirk completed principal photography on the independent film "Mr. Morgan's Last Love," in which he stars opposite Michael Caine and Clemence Poesy. He also appears in Amy Heckerling's upcoming film, "Vamps," and in the current Universal release "Life Happens," opposite Krysten Ritter, Kate Bosworth, Jason Biggs and Rachel Bilson. He appeared in two films at the Sundance Film Festival 2012: "Goats," opposite David Duchovny and Vera Farmiga, and "Nobody Walks," opposite John Krasinski and Olivia Thirlby, which was written by Lena Dunham and directed by Ry Russo.
Other film credits include Tamara Junie's "See You in September," Peter Callahan's "Against the Current," Wyatt McDill's "Four Boxes," Maria Maggenti's "Puccini for Beginners," Jeff Lipsky's "Flannel Pajamas," Robert Towne's "Ask the Dust," Henry Jaglom's "Hollywood Dreams," "Chapter Zero," and the independent thrillers "The Eden Myth" and "Outpatient." He also worked on Harry Shearer's "Teddy Bears' Picnic."
He has appeared in notable guest spots on "Modern Family," "Without a Trace," "Everwood," "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," NBC's "Law and Order: Special Victims Unit" and "Jack and Bobby." Kirk was also a series regular on the WB series "Jack and Jill."
Also a highly accomplished stage actor, Kirk won the Obie Award for Distinguished Performance in the Ensemble for his portrayal of the blind character, Bobby, in "Love! Valour! Compassion!" and went on to star in the feature film adaptation. In 2001, he co-starred with Julianna Margulies and Donald Sutherland in Jon Robin Baitz's "Ten Unknowns" at Lincoln Center. The role won him a Lucille Lortel Award, as well as Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle nominations. Kirk was last seen in The Roundabout Theater Company's "The Understudy" opposite Mark Paul Gosselaar and Tony Award winner Julie White at Laura Pels Theatre at the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre in New York. Most recently, Kirk starred on Broadway opposite Stockard Channing, Judith Light and Rachel Griffiths in Jon Robin Baitz's acclaimed play "Other Desert Cities."
Additional stage work includes "The World Over" at Playwrights Horizons, "Old Wicked Songs" at New York's Promenade Theatre and Los Angeles' Geffen Playhouse in which he starred as a piano prodigy, winning a Backstage West Garland Award for Outstanding Performance. He also appeared in "Any Given Day" at the Longacre Theatre and "June Moon" with the Drama Department, a theater company of which he is a founding member.
Born in Salem, Oregon, Kirk spent his childhood in Union, Washington, where he attended grade school on an Indian reservation. Kirk knew since he was three years old that he wanted to perform, and made his acting debut at seven in a college play. At 12, he moved with his mother to Minneapolis, Minnesota and attended the Children's Theater School through high school. After graduation, he moved to New York and enrolled at Circle in the Square, where he completed a two-year conservatory acting program. Afterwards, he soon landed his first role on Broadway and has been working steadily ever since.
Kirk currently resides in Los Angeles.
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