Born in New York and raised in Los Angeles, Suplee landed his first role at the age of sixteen on the popular television series, "Boy Meets World." He recurred as the reluctant bully 'Frankie' for three seasons. Most recently for television, Suplee made a powerful guest-starring appearance on NBC's "Third Watch," where he played a disturbed young man who filmed a video journal about his obsession with a girl.
He made his feature film debut in 1995 (alongside "Earl" co-star Jason Lee) in writer/director Kevin Smith's "Mallrats," where he played the memorable 'Willam Black,' a young man determined to crack the mystery behind the mall's magic eye poster. Smith went on to cast Suplee in "Chasing Amy" and as the voice of 'Norman the Golgothan' in "Dogma." More recent comedy credits include "Without A Paddle" with Matthew Lillard and Seth Green, director Todd Phillip's "Roadtrip" and "Evolution," for director Ivan Reitman.
Suplee showcased his impressive acting chops with a powerful and compelling performance in 1998 in director Tony Kaye's "American History X." He played a carelessly violent racist skinhead who tries to convince his friend (Edward Norton) to "come back to his roots" in their gang of white supremacists.
His role of high school football lineman 'Lewis' in Disney's "Remember the Titans" exposed Suplee to a larger audience, and he was singled out by many critics as a fresh and welcome screen presence, with the Hollywood Reporter calling his performance "scene-stealing."
With Ted Demme's 1970s drug-cartel drama "Blow," Suplee continued to raise his profile, playing 'Tuna,' the best friend of Johnny Depp's newly turned drug dealer 'George Jung.'
More recently, Suplee played a pivotal role of a young soldier in Miramax and Anthony Minghella's period piece "Cold Mountain," with Jude Law and Nicole Kidman. He also co-starred with Ashton Kutcher in New Line's "The Butterfly Effect."
For the big screen, Suplee will next be seen starring in "Art School Confidential," for director Terry Zwigoff ("Ghost World"), and he recently completed work for director Darren Aronofsky on Warner Bros.' "The Fountain," with Hugh Jackman and Rachel Weisz.
My Name is Earl
Although Lee and Suplee had worked together before, Garcia didn't discover Suplee because of that. Garcia discovered him while watching the DVD version of Without a Paddle, looking at the film because another actor in it had been recommended to him. What convinced Garcia to bring Suplee in for an audition were comments about him he heard on the DVD's commentary track. One of the actors in the commentary told the story of a dispute between the film's director and Suplee. The scene the actor described was one where Suplee's character was supposed to be pointing a gun at some people Suplee and others had captured. The commentary noted that Suplee had insisted that he shouldn't point his gun at them after all, since in Suplee's mind, it had taken so long to capture the people that it had given the character time to rethink his motives. Suplee got his way in the scene, over the director's objections. The fact that Suplee would think so much about such a small detail was enough to get Suplee an audition. Garcia and the show's writers have subsequently used Suplee's attention to detail to the show's advantage, in various "pestered by a bee" background activities that Suplee's character does in various scenes. The first such scene was an improvisation in the pilot, where Suplee is looking up at the ceiling with his mouth open.
In his spare time, Suplee enjoys reading, cooking and playing chess. He has also recently starting taking Muay Thai kick-boxing classes three times a week. Muay Thai is a form of martial arts boxing using full contact sparring, kicks, punches, kick blocks and shadow boxing learned under professional instruction.
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.[
Suplee made a bet with Kevin Smith (director of films such as Mallrats which Suplee starred in) that he'd lose more weight than him in 10 years (from right after making Mallrats). Suplee won.
- The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
- Struck (2008)
- Cutlass (2007)
- Mr. Woodcock (2007)
- The Year Without a Santa Claus (2006) (TV)
- The Fountain (2006)
- Clerks II (2006)
- Art School Confidential (2006)
- Neo Ned (2005)
- Without a Paddle (2004)
- The Butterfly Effect (2004)
- Cold Mountain (2003)
- The First $20 Million Is Always the Hardest (2002)
- John Q (2002)
- Evolution (2001)
- Blow (2001)
- Don's Plum (2001)
- Remember the Titans (2000)
- Vulgar (2000)
- Road Trip (2000)
- Takedown (2000)
- Dogma (1999)an
- Tyrone (1999)
- American History X (1998)
- Desert Blue (1998)
- Dante's View (1998)
- A Better Place (1997)
- Chasing Amy (1997)
- 35 Miles from Normal (1997)
- 11th Hour (1997)
- Don't Look Back (1996)
- Drawing Flies (1996)
- One Down (1996)
- Mallrats (1995)
- My Name is Earl (2005-2009)
- "Third Watch" (2004)
- "Boy Meets World" (1994-1998)
- "Sister, Sister" (1995)
- "Tales from the Crypt" (1994)