"Getting into the film industry is like getting on to one of LA's freeways and just trying to pick your spot. All things can be overcome with hard work and perseverance. You need a strong work ethic to survive in the film industry. When it dries up for me, I'll go do something else for a living and I'll bring the same strength to whatever that may be." Berry Pepper
Canadian actor Berry Pepper initially caught the attention of both critics and audiences alike when he portrayed religious sniper Private Jackson in Steven Spielberg's W.W.II epic Saving Private Ryan (1998, starring Tom Hanks). He won the 1998 Movie line Young Hollywood Award and received a SAG nomination for his brilliant work in the film. On the small screen, Pepper received recognition for playing the starring role of Roger Moris in Billy Crystal's television movie 61* (2001, opposite Thomas Jane), in which he earned an Emmy nomination. As for his private life, Pepper, who appeared in Jagged Edge's Goodbye video, is the husband of Cindy Pepper, whom he wed in November 1997. He became the father of a beautiful daughter named Annaliese on June 17, 2000.
As a producer, Berry Pepper produced (also acted) in the wide screen adventure Snow Walker (2003) and the television film 3: The Dale Earnhardt Story (2004). In addition to producing films, fans can also catch Barry in the recent and forthcoming films Ripley Under Ground (2005), Tommy Lee Jones' The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (2005) and the thriller Unknown (2006).
Banned in the UK
Childhood and Family:
Son of a retired lumberjack father, Barry Robert Pepper was born on April 4, 1970, in Campbell River, British Columbia, Canada. The youngest of three sons, Barry has two older brothers, Doug Pepper and Alex Pepper.
As a child, Barry had a distinctive upbringing. From age five to eight, he lived on a 50 ft. boat named "The Moonlighter," traveling with his family to places like Fiji, Tahiti, New Zealand, Raratonga, Hawaii and the Marquesas Islands. While traveling, young Barry studied through correspondent classes and occasionally attended public schools. When the voyage was over, he went back to his native Canada and attended George P. Vanier High School. While in school, Barry developed his love for sports and arts. He played such sports as volleyball, football, baseball, and was a skilled rugby player. To balance out his sport enthusiasm, his mother signed him up for ballet courses. When Barry turned 15, he taught break-dancing to local kids and went on to became a part of the boy band "Banned in the UK." His band once won a Juno Award for the hit tract "Come On and Get My Love."
Upon high school graduation in 1988, Barry briefly enrolled in college studying Marketing and Graphic Design. However, he dropped out of college after getting involved with the Vancouver Actors Studio.
5' 10 inch tall Barry married Cindy Pepper in November 1997. The couple has one daughter named Annaliese (born on June 17, 2000).
During his off time, Barry enjoys skydiving, surfing, mountain biking, fly-fishing, skeet shooting, rock climbing and riding horses.
Barry Pepper, whose former jobs included being a fisherman and bartender, began acting on stage when he joined the Vancouver Actors Studio. With the Vancouver Actors Studio, he performed in such productions as "The Taming of the Shrew" and "Equus." Barry decided to leave college to give acting a try.
Pepper entered the spotlight in 1992 when he landed his first television role as Mickey in the made-for-television film A Killer Among Friends (1992). Starting from 1993, he had the four-year recurring role of Mick Farleigh in the award winning Canadian show "Madison," as well as appeared in a number of popular shows, many of which were filmed in Canada, including "Neon Rider," "M.A.N.T.I.S.," "Highlander: The Series," "Sliders," "Lonesome Dove: The Series," "The Outer Limits," "Viper," and "The Sentinel." He also played Jimmy Zee in the television movie Johnny's Girl (1995).
After acting in various syndicated shows filmed in Vancouver, Pepper headed for Hollywood in 1996. He got his first wide screen exposure with Urban Safari (1996) and played the supporting role of Assistant Marconi Operator Harold Bride, opposite George C. Scott, in the CBS film Titanic (1996). He next had an uncredited part in the cable movie Dead Silence (1997) and a role in the 1998 action thriller Firestorm, starring Howie Long, Scott Glenn, William Forsythe and Suzy Amis.
Pepper's breakthrough arrived when he was cast as bible- spouting sniper Private Jackson in Steven Spielberg's W.W.II drama Saving Private Ryan (1998, starring Tom Hanks, Tom Sizemore and Edward Burns). His bright performance handed him a Movie line Young Hollywood Award for Breakthrough Performance (Male) in 1998. Along with the other cast members, he also received a Screen Actors Guild nomination.
The victory of Saving Private Ryan put the young actor in the Hollywood mainstreams. Barry found himself acting with Will Smith and Gene Hackman in the blockbuster hit Enemy of the State (1998), portraying the small but remarkable character of Detective David Pratt. Pepper then costarred with Tom Hanks in the Oscar-worthy film The Green Mile (1999). The drama-fantasy film is based on the adaptation of Stephen King's novel.
Entering the new millennium, Pepper played John, a young man who worked in a coffee shop, in director Martin Cummains' We All Fall Down (2000) and costarred with superstar John Travolta in the sci-fi thriller Battlefield Earth: A Saga of the Year 3000 (2000, portrayed Jonnie Goodboy Tyler).
The following year, Pepper reappeared on the small screen with a starring role opposite Thomas Jane in the HBO made-for-TV movie 61* (2001). With director Billy Crystal at the helm, Pepper received rave reviews from critics for his portrayal of disturbing character Roger Maris. He also nabbed an Emmy nomination for his good work in the film.
In addition to his acclaimed performance in 61*, Pepper also won the lead in the action film Knockaround Guys (2001), playing Matty Demaret and starring with Seth Green, John Malkovich and Vin Diesel, portrayed journalist Joe Galloway in the Vietnam War drama We Were Soldiers (2002, starring Mel Gibson, Madeleine Stowe, Greg Kinner and Sam Elliot), and played Frank Slaughtery, opposite Edward Norton and Philip Seymour Hoffman, in director Spike Lee crime-drama 25th Hour (2002).
Already acting, Pepper also tried his hand at producing with the adventure film The Snow Walker (2003) and the made-for-cable drama 3: The Dale Earnhardt Story (2004), as well as playing the leads in the films. Recently, Pepper starred as Tom Ripley in Roger Spottiswoode's Ripley Under Ground (2005). The drama romance film also starred Jacinda Barrett and Tom Wilkinson. Barry was also cast as Mike Norton in Tommy Lee Jones' drama The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (2005).
Pepper is set to play a role in the forthcoming drama thriller Unknown (2006), for director Simon Brand.