EVERY­MAN ac­tor John C. Reilly has gone from sil­ver­screen side­kick to Hol­ly­wood lead­ing man over the course of his lengthy ca­reer. Now 53, he’s por­tray­ing roly-poly comic Oliver Hardy in the re­cently re­leased Stan & Ol­lie. Here are ten things you don’t know about the life of Reilly.

1 Born in Illi­nois, he’s the fifth of six chil­dren.

2 When he was 12, he and his pals swiped 500 boxes of ce­real from a freight train.

3 His flight to Thai­land at age 22 to shoot 1989’s Ca­su­al­ties of War was the first time he’d ever been on a plane.

4 He did all of his own singing in 2002’s Chicago, a role that earned him a Golden Globe nom­i­na­tion. 5 In 2004, he quit the movie Man­der­lay over the planned slaugh­ter of a don­key, which was ul­ti­mately scrapped from the fi­nal film.

6 He’s a fan of the Chicago White Sox base­ball team.

7 He be­lieves he’s been suc­cess­ful as a char­ac­ter ac­tor be­cause “there’s some­thing about me that peo­ple can re­late to.” 8 He fre­quents roller rinks in L.A. and says, “One of the rea­sons I re­ally love roller-skat­ing is be­cause you can be a real so­cial but­ter­fly.” 9 He likes not be­ing rec­og­nized and says: “I love that peo­ple can’t place me. They don’t know my name. That’s ‘mis­sion ac­com­plished’ in my world.”

10 Af­ter his wife gifted him an am­a­teur paint­ing of a clown in the ’90s, he started to col­lect them and now owns more than 100, but says, “They are not al­lowed to hang in the house, so I have to keep all my clown paint­ings in my of­fice.”

Armed for ac­tion in early film Ca­su­al­ties of War Reilly en­joys not be­ing a house­holdname!

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