The star of the upcoming Dinner with Friends reflects on his sun-soaked days in Phoenix, Tucson, Scottsdale, and Sedona.
The son of a career diplomat, Greg Kinnear spent his youth bouncing around the globe. From their hometown of Logansport, Indiana, the Kinnears moved to Washington, D.C., then to Beirut and Athens, where a teenage Greg hosted an Armed Forces Radio show called School Dazes with Greg Kinnear. He landed in Tucson when he moved there to attend the University of Arizona. He earned a degree in broadcast journalism, then moved to Los Angeles. After gaining fame as the host of the E! channel's talk-show spoof Talk Soup, a call came in from director Sydney Pollack's people. "I had no idea what I was doing in Sydney's office that day," Kinnear has said. "I thought he wanted me to drive a catering truck on his next movie." Instead, he was cast as one of the leads in Pollack's 1995 remake of Sabrina. Later, Kinnear nabbed an Oscar nomination for his role in As Good As It Gets, then starred in the hits You've Got Mail and Nurse Betty. This month, Kinnear joins Dennis Quaid and Andie MacDowell in Dinner with Friends, an HBO original film based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning play. Although he now lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Helen, Arizona is the state he'll never forget, partially because his parents and brother still live in Phoenix. And while we caution the fainthearted about trying this in the heat of August, Kinnear's proposed Arizona driving tour would make a perfect fall outing.