Life Happens

Editors' review

June 28, 2016

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A striking and compelling presence on screen, Justin Kirk earned high praise for his roles on television, in film and on stage.

Kirk stars on the 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 stars as Andy Botwin, the aimless brother-in-law to Nancy Botwin (Mary-Louise Parker), who is obsessed with get-rich-quick schemes until he finds out about Nancy's lucrative pot business, and invites himself to become her partner. Showtime has just renewed the series, which will begin filming their eighth season in Spring, 2012.

Kirk also earned high praise for his role as Prior Walter in Mike Nichols's award-winning mini-series, 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 mini-series.

Currently, Kirk is in Europe filming MR. MORGAN'S LAST LOVE, in which he stars opposite Michael Caine and Clemence Poesy. He recently completed Amy Heckerling’s upcoming film, VAMPS and in the indie films, L!FE HAPPENS opposite Krysten Ritter, Kate Bosworth and Jason Biggs, Rachel Bilson; GOATS, opposite David Duchovny and Vera Farmiga; and NOBODY WALKS opposite John Krasinski and Olivia Thirlby, which was written by Lena Dunham and will be 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.

Appearing in notable guest spots on MODERN FAMILY, WITHOUT A TRACE, EVERWOOD, CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION, 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.

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. He will be performing on stage January-March 2012 in OTHER DESERT CITIES at Lincoln Center opposite Stockard Channing, Rachel Griffiths and Judith Light.

Born in Salem, Oregon, Kirk spent his childhood in Union, Washington where he attended grade school on an Indian reservation. Kirk knew from three years old that he wanted to perform, and made his acting debut at seven in a college play. At twelve, he moved with his mother to Minneapolis, Minnesota and attended the Children's Theater School throughout high school. After graduation, he moved to New York and enrolled at Circle in the Square, where he completed a two-year conservation acting program. Afterwards, he soon landed his first role on Broadway and has been working steadily ever since.

Kirk currently resides in Los Angeles.