Ethan Suplee

Ethan Suplee (/sˈpl/;[1] born May 25, 1976) is an American film and television actor. He is best known for his roles in the films American History X, Remember the Titans, The Wolf of Wall Street, Without a Paddle, and several of Kevin Smith's films as well as Frankie in Boy Meets World and Randy Hickey in My Name Is Earl.

Ethan Suplee
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Suplee in 2011
Born (1976-05-25) May 25, 1976 (age 45)
Years active1994–present
Brandy Lewis
(m. 2006)

Early lifeEdit

Suplee was born in Manhattan, the son of Debbie and Bill Suplee (who later played Willie the One Eyed Mailman in My Name Is Earl). His parents were actors who met while performing summer stock theatre and appeared on Broadway.[2] On the Your Welcome show, Ethan stated that he dropped out of school at age 14.


The first major role Suplee landed was as Willam in Mallrats, directed by Kevin Smith, alongside future My Name is Earl costar Jason Lee. He also appeared briefly in the independent Kevin Smith View-Askew produced Drawing Flies. Smith cast both Suplee and Lee again in later films Chasing Amy and Dogma. They both make cameos in Clerks II. At the same time as the filming of Mallrats, Suplee also had a recurring role as Frankie "The Enforcer" Stechino in Boy Meets World, from 1994 to 1998. Suplee's dramatic performances include the roles of the ruthless white power skinhead Seth in American History X, one of three men who rape a clown in Vulgar, Ashton Kutcher's goth college roommate "Thumper" in The Butterfly Effect, American 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 a cameo in the HBO TV series Entourage[3] in the fictional movie Queens Boulevard. In 2014, he was cast in the TV Land original sitcom Jennifer Falls, which reunited him with My Name Is Earl co-star, Jaime Pressly.[4]

In 2016, Suplee started playing D in Hulu's series Chance, as well as police officer Billy "Beer Pong" Tompkins on the Netflix sitcom The Ranch.

Personal lifeEdit

In March 2011, Suplee was featured on TMZ on TV with a weight loss of over 200 pounds. He was quoted as crediting cycling for his fit frame, explaining, "I ride road bikes, I ride bicycles." He once reached an all time low of 9% body fat, but put some of the weight back on upon realizing that his weight had been a past source of job opportunity.[5] Suplee is also good friends with Stza of Star Fucking Hipsters and he agreed to appear in their music video for the song "3000 Miles Away" from their album Never Rest in Peace.[6] He is a Scientologist.[7] Since 2006, he has been married to Brandy Lewis, the younger sister of actress and singer Juliette Lewis.



Year Title Role Notes
1995 Mallrats Willam Black
1996 One Down Prison inmate
1997 Chasing Amy Comic Fan
1997 A Better Place Large Rude Student
1997 35 Miles from Normal Mike
1997 11th Hour Mike
1998 Desert Blue Cale
1998 American History X Seth Ryan
1998 Bad Trip Josh
1999 Dogma Noman the Golgothan Voice role
1999 Tyrone Joshua Schatzberg
2000 Takedown Dan Brodley
2000 Road Trip Ed Bradford
2000 Vulgar Frankie Fanelli
2000 Remember the Titans Louie Lastik
2001 Don's Plum Big Bum
2001 Blow Tuna
2001 Evolution Deke Donald
2002 John Q. Max Conlin
2002 The First $20 Million Is Always the Hardest Tiny
2003 Cold Mountain Pangle
2004 The Butterfly Effect Thumper
2004 Without a Paddle Elwood
2005 Neo Ned Johnny-Orderly
2006 Art School Confidential Vince
2006 Clerks II Teen #2
2006 The Fountain Manny
2007 Mr. Woodcock Nedderman
2007 Cutlass Bruce Short film
2008 Struck Cupid Short film
2009 Fanboys Harry Knowles
2009 Brothers Sweeney
2010 The Dry Land Jack
2010 Unstoppable Dewey
2011 I'm Having a Difficult Time Killing My Parents Andrew Short film
2011 Grow Up Already Bunky Short film
2012 Ten Feet Apart Homer Short film
2012 Paper Cuts Steven
2012 Delivery Jake Short film
2013 Breakout Kenny
2013 The Wolf of Wall Street Toby Welch
2014 Walk of Shame Officer Dave
2015 True Story Pat Frato
2015 Tooken Paul Miller
2016 The Trust Russian Roulette Detective
2016 Deepwater Horizon Jason Anderson
2019 Motherless Brooklyn Gilbert Coney
2020 The Hunt Gary


Year Title Role Notes
1994 Tales from the Crypt Jaimie Episode: "Operation Friendship"
1994–1998 Boy Meets World Frankie Stechino 19 Episodes
1995 Sister, Sister Lionel Episode: "Put to the Test"
1996 Don't Look Back Gary TV Movie
2004 Third Watch Aaron Gordon Episode: "Obsession"
2005–2009 My Name Is Earl Randy Hickey Main cast
96 Episodes
2005–2010 Entourage Himself 2 Episodes
2006 The Year Without a Santa Claus Jingle TV Movie
2010 The Good Guys Andy Davis Episode: "Dan on the Run"
2010 Playing with Guns Siff TV Movie
2010 Nevermind Nirvana Perry TV Movie
2011 No Ordinary Family Tom Seeley Episode: "No Ordinary Double Standard"
2011–2013 Raising Hope Andrew 4 Episodes
2011 Wilfred Spencer 2 Episodes
2012 Men at Work Dan 1 Episode: "Milo Full of Grace"
2012 Rise of the Zombies Marshall TV Movie
2014 Jennifer Falls Wayne Doyle Main cast
10 Episodes
2016–2020 The Ranch Officer Billy "Beer Pong" Tompkins 13 episodes
2016–2017 Chance Darius "D" Pringle Main cast
2017 Twin Peaks Bill Shaker Episode: "The Return, Part 4"
2018 Vampirina Uncle Bob Bigfoot (voice) Episode: "Uncle Bigfoot"
2019 Santa Clarita Diet Tommy 5 Episodes
2020 Good Girls Gil 3 Episodes

Music videoEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2008 Wasting Time Guy at the door The Briggs
2009 Lonesome Tears Friend Beck
2010 3000 Miles Away Interrogator Star Fucking Hipsters

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Work Result
2006 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Shared with Jason Lee, Jaime Pressly, Eddie Steeples, and Nadine Velazquez My Name is Earl Nominated
2007 Golden Nymph Outstanding Actor – Comedy Series Nominated


  1. ^ "American Glutton Trailer". American Glutton. December 9, 2019. Retrieved January 18, 2020.
  2. ^ Stax (May 2, 2006). "IGN: Interview: Ethan Suplee". IGN. Retrieved June 29, 2021.
  3. ^ "Ethan Suplee". Retrieved July 9, 2014.
  4. ^ Mitovich, Matt Webb (February 28, 2014). "Scoop: Ethan Suplee Joins Earl Costar Jaime Pressly's TV Land Comedy Jennifer Falls". TV Line. Retrieved February 28, 2014.
  5. ^ "Fat to Fit - Insight into Ethan Suplee Weight Loss Journey | Concise Mag".
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on January 21, 2012. Retrieved November 5, 2011.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ Oppenheimer, Mark (July 15, 2007). "Something happened". New York Times. Retrieved January 5, 2011.

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