Ron Livingston

'Brothers,' 'Practice' an impressive pair

HOMETOWN: Marion, Iowa

FAVORITE ACTORS: Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep

NEXT PROJECT: “Right now it’s concentrating on filming my first 13 episodes of ‘The Practice.’ After that it’s anyone’s guess.”

WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF 10 YEARS FROM NOW?: “Remaining diversified enough to keep the work flow going in front of the camera or possibly behind the scenes in all key areas of entertainment.”

WHY DID YOU BECOME AN ACTOR?: “Although I wasn’t sure I could make a living as an actor, after appearing in a few high school productions I knew this was something I wanted to pursue. I haven’t regretted a single minute of it. I’ve never been the 9-to-5 type.”

While many actors work for years and never find the spotlight, Ron Livingston — at least for the next few months — will have a hard time not getting sunburned.

Livingston, 34, currently portrays Capt. Lewis Nixon in HBO’s 10-part miniseries “Band of Brothers” and can be seen every Sunday in his new role as Assistant District Attorney Alan Lowe in the David E. Kelley series “The Practice”; and early in 2002 he co-stars opposite Academy Award winners Nicolas Cage and Meryl Streep in the Spike Jonze-directed “Adaptation” from Columbia.

The Yale-educated Livingston is no stranger to television and while his resume includes roles in short-lived sitcoms “Townies” (1996) and “That’s Life” (1998), “The Practice” will be his first recurring role on a small-screen drama.

“What’s exciting for me is the diversity of these different projects,” says Livingston. “Everyone in this lifetime is allowed a certain number of minutes to do something and if longevity is in the cards you must consistently shake up the mix. Acting is about exploring, about finding the type of roles that will keep the audience interested.”

With a degree in theater studies and English literature, Livingston sharpened his early acting skills while studying at Yale in plays at the Williams-town Theater Festival.

Eager for more experience, a move to Chicago after graduation led to roles in plays such as Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” “Romeo and Juliet” and, eventually, small theatrical parts in “Straight Talk” (with Dolly Parton in 1992) and the independent feature “The Low Life,” with Sean Astin.

His other film credits to date include “The Big Brass Ring” (with William Hurt and Miranda Richardson), “Swingers,” “Ink,” “Two Ninas,” “Body Shots” and, most noticeably to many, 1999’s “Office Space” as a disgruntled worker caught in a thankless job.

“Thankfully, for me ‘Office Space’ is not art imitating life,” says Livingston. “I’ve been fortunate enough to find something I wanted to do at an early age and right now I’m riding a huge wave of momentum. My hardest role to date, without a doubt, is to find ways to keep that momentum flowing.”

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