Ron Livingston

Ron Livingston

Born: June 5, 1967
Age: 57
Birthplace: Cedar Rapids, Iowa, U.S.
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Ronald Joseph "Ron" Livingston (born June 5, 1967) is an American actor. His early roles in Office Space and the miniseries Band of Brothers have been noted as two of his best-known works.


Early life

Livingston was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the son of Linda (née Rinas), a Lutheran pastor, and Kurt Livingston, an aerospace/electronics engineer. His younger brother John is also an actor; sister Jennifer Livingston and brother-in-law Mike Thompson are both TV news personalities at WKBT in La Crosse, Wisconsin. He graduated from Marion High School in Marion, Iowa, and attended Yale University, where he received B.A. degrees in Theater and English. Livingston had his first acting experience at Theatre Cedar Rapids after being introduced to the group during a school job shadowing. Livingston relocated to Chicago and became involved in the local theater scene.


Livingston's first film role was in 1992, in Dolly Parton's Straight Talk. He moved to Los Angeles and was cast in supporting roles in Some Folks Call it a Sling Blade and The Low Life. Livingston landed his first role in a major film in 1996's Swingers. He starred as the male lead, Peter Gibbons, in the comedy cult classic Office Space, which co-starred Jennifer Aniston and was written and directed by Mike Judge. He also appeared in HBO's miniseries Band of Brothers as Captain Lewis Nixon opposite Donnie Wahlberg and Damian Lewis. Going beyond nice-guy roles, Livingston played a Hollywood agent in Adaptation (2002); a weaselly Ivy League upstart to Alec Baldwin's casino boss in The Cooler (2003); and teachers in Winter Solstice and Pretty Persuasion (both 2005). He also appeared as sardonic writer Jack Berger, Carrie's short-term boyfriend in the sixth season of Sex and the City. He guest starred in the episode "TB or Not TB" of House. In 2006, he starred as FBI negotiator Matt Flannery in the Fox series Standoff, co-starring Rosemarie DeWitt, and he was an ad spokesman for Sprint Nextel.

In summer 2007, Livingston appeared on the off-Broadway stage in the world premiere of Neil LaBute's In a Dark Dark House, produced by MCC Theater, with Frederick Weller and Louisa Krause. The show ran from May-July at the Lucille Lortel Theatre in New York City. In November 2007, the indie film Holly told the story of a Vietnamese girl trafficked into the sex trade in Cambodia. Livingston starred as Patrick, a shady card shark who becomes determined to save Holly from her ill-destined fate.

In 2009, he portrayed flight engineer Maddux Donner in the series Defying Gravity, which was cancelled after its first season.

In 2010, Livingston co-starred in the Jay Roach comedy Dinner for Schmucks. On February 26, 2013, Entertainment Weekly confirmed that he would be joining the cast of HBO's Boardwalk Empire for the fourth season.

In 2013, Livingston co-starred in the indie comedy Drinking Buddies alongside Olivia Wilde, Jake Johnson and Anna Kendrick. Drinking Buddies received positive reviews from critics. Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a score of 82% based on 97 reviews.

Personal life

Livingston and his Standoff co-star Rosemarie DeWitt began a relationship after meeting each other on the show. After dating for three years, they were married on November 2, 2009, in San Francisco. He was previously engaged to actress Lisa Sheridan.

In May 2013, Livingston and wife Rosemarie announced that they had adopted a girl, Gracie James Livingston, who was born on April 29, 2013.


Year Title Role Notes
1992 Straight Talk Soldier
1994 Some Folks Call It a Sling Blade N/A Short
1995 The Low Life Chad
1996 Swingers Rob
1997 Campfire Tales Rick / RV Driver Segments: "The Honeymoon" and "The Campfire"
1997 The Small Hours Steve
1999 Dill Scallion Ron Statlin
1999 Office Space Peter Gibbons
1999 The Big Brass Ring Sheldon Buckle
1999 Two Ninas Marty Sachs
1999 Body Shots Trent
2000 Beat Allen Ginsberg
2000 A Rumor of Angels Uncle Charlie
2002 Buying the Cow Tyler Carter Bellows
2002 Adaptation Marty Bowen
2003 Pirates N/A Short
2003 The Cooler Larry Sokolov
2003 King of the Ants Eric Gatley Uncredited
2005 Winter Solstice Mr. Bricker
2004 Little Black Book Derek
2005 Pretty Persuasion Mr. Anderson
2005 The Life Coach Ron
2006 Life Happens Ben Dreamantowski Short
2006 Relative Strangers Richard Clayton
2006 Holly Patrick
2007 Music Within Richard Pimentel
2008 American Crude Johnny
2008 The Spleenectomy Dr. Bannister Short
2008 McCartney's Genes Rudolf
2009 The Time Traveler's Wife Gomez
2010 Lawyers Ryder Short
2010 Dinner for Schmucks Caldwell
2010 Going the Distance Will
2011 Leave Dr. Lieberman
2011 10 Years Paul
2012 Queens of Country Rance McCoy
2012 The Odd Life of Timothy Green Franklin Crudstaff
2013 Touchy Feely Adrian
2013 Drinking Buddies Chris
2013 The Pretty One Charles
2013 The Conjuring Roger Perron
2013 The Sidekick Captain Wonder Short
2013 Parkland James P. Hosty
2014 Fort Bliss Richard
2015 James White
2015 Addicted to Fresno Edwin
2015 Vacation Ethan
2015 Digging for Fire Bob
2016 The 5th Wave Oliver Sullivan
Year Title Role Episode
1995 JAG Corporal David Anderson Episode: "Scimitar"
1996 Townies Ryan 2 episodes
1997 Timecop Elliott Ness Episode: "Public Enemy"
1997 Players Jordan Episode: "Con Law"
1998 That's Life Mitch Main cast; 5 episodes
2000 Then Came You Max Episode: "Then Came Cousin Aidan"
2001 Band of Brothers Captain Lewis Nixon Miniseries (10 episodes)
Nominated - Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor - Series, Miniseries or Television Film
2001-2002 The Practice A.D.A. Alan Lowe Main cast (season 6); 8 episodes
2002-2003 Sex and the City Jack Berger 8 episodes
2003 44 Minutes: The North Hollywood Shoot-Out Donnie Anderson Movie
2005-2007 American Dad! Bob Memari (voice) 3 episodes
2005 House Dr. Sebastian Charles Episode: "TB or Not TB"
2006 Brothers in Arms: The Untold Story of the 502 Himself Narrator; History Channel documentary
2006 Family Guy Video Store Clerk (voice) Episode: "Stewie B. Goode"
2006 Nightmares & Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King Howard Fornoy Episode: "The End of the Whole Mess"
2006-2007 Standoff Matt Flannery Main cast (18 episodes)
2009 Defying Gravity Maddux Donner Main cast (13 episodes)
2009 WWII in HD Charles Scheffel (voice) 5 episodes
2010 WWII Lost Films Charles Scheffel (voice)
2012 Game Change Mark Wallace Movie
2013 Boardwalk Empire Roy Phillips Main cast (season 4); 6 episodes
2015 We Hate Paul Revere Paul Revere
2015 Saints & Strangers John Carver TV miniseries

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