John-Getz
John Getz | Biography

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  • Full Name John William Getz
  • Occupation Actor
  • Nationality American
  • Birthplace Davenport, Iowa, USA
  • Birth Date Oct 15, 1946
  • Age 75 Years, 7 Months
  • Nickname John Getz
  • Height 6 Feet 2 Inches
Sy in the 2010 Biographical Drama Film 'The Social Network'

John Getz | Biography

Famous for TV shows like 'Grey's Anatomy,' 'Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,' & 'CSI: Crime Scene Investigation'

'The Social Network' is the 2010 biographical drama film directed by David Fincher based on Ben Mezrich's 2009 book titled 'The Accidental Billionaires.' The film chronicles the story of a Harvard student Mark Zuckerberg, who created a social networking site called Facebook, and it soon became a global social network. Getz portrayed the role of Sy, a lawyer to Jesse Eisenberg's character, Mark Zuckerberg, in the film.


John Getz is an American character actor best known for his role as Sy in the 2010 biographical drama film The Social Network.

Who is John Getz?

John Getz is a stage, film, and television actor who began his professional acting career on stage in the early 1970s. He appeared in the workshop and the original production of the musical, The Robber Bridegroom

In 1974, Getz made his on-screen acting debut in the horror TV movie Keeler Bees. He went on to appear in over a dozen TV movies, including Kent State (1981), Concrete Beat (1984), Untamed Love (1994), and Hunger Point (2003). 

Getz also appeared in over 30 films, including The Happy Hooker (1975), Blood Simple (1984), The Fly (1986), Born on the Fourth of July (1989), Zodiac (2007), and The Social Network (2010). 

Furthermore, Getz appeared in around 80 television series, including Another WorldMacGruder and LoudMaggieGrey's AnatomyJAGLaw & Order: Special Victims UnitCSI: Crime Scene InvestigationBoschTimeless, and Dirty John. Most recently, he played a recurring role of Paul Trainor in the superhero comedy-drama series Doom Patrol from 2020 to 2021. 

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Age and Early Bio

Getz was born John William Getz on 15 October 1946 in Davenport, Iowa. Getz grew up with his three siblings in Iowa and the Mississippi River Valley of Northern Illinois. 

An alum of the University of Iowa, Getz was encouraged to try acting as a profession after doing several plays at the university. 

A Napa children's musical theater production led him to New York, where he quickly landed his first East Coast play at La MaMa Theater with Danny DeVito and Peter Riegert. In the early 1970s, he spent one season with American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, California, joined Actor's Equity Association, and subsequently helped found the Napa Valley Theater Company in Yountville, California.

In the late 1970s, he modeled as Shampoo Man in a Johnson & Johnson Baby Shampoo commercial. 

'The Social Network'

The Social Network is the 2010 biographical drama film directed by David Fincher based on Ben Mezrich's 2009 book titled 'The Accidental Billionaires.' The film chronicles the story of a Harvard student Mark Zuckerberg, who created a social networking site called Facebook, and it soon became a global social network. 

Though he becomes the youngest billionaire in history within a few years, his journey to success leads to both personal and legal complications. First, twins Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss sue him, claiming that he stole their idea. He is also sued by the co-founder Eduardo Saverin, who was later squeezed out of the business.

Actor Jesse Eisenberg played Mark Zuckerberg while Getz portrayed the role of Sy, a lawyer to Jesse Eisenberg's character, in The Social Network. Speaking about his character's psychology in the film in a December 2020 interview with Forbes, Getz said, "There are a lot of moments in those scenes where you don't really know. I don't know if it's not knowing if you're on the right side, but not knowing exactly what one is dealing with. No one's a villain in their own life. In the scene itself it was as much about managing them as it was about wondering what exactly the truth of all this might be."

In addition to that, he also credited the director David Finch for imprinting the deposition scenes which went on to become one of the heavy portions of the movie. "In David [Fincher’s] way, this was put together tiny piece by tiny piece. He's a meticulous filmmaker. And so the emotional effect of it has a great deal to do with his shots and cutting, as much as it has to do with any of our individual talents. But it didn't feel emotionally heated in the space partly because it was, as I say, bits and pieces here and there. It's curious."

Personal Life

Getz was married to his wife, Grace McKeaney, from 1987 until their divorce in 1996. The couple together shares one daughter named Hannah.

McKeaney is a writer and producer known for her works on television series like Roseanne (1988), The Client (1995), and Grace & Glory (1998), a short film Ur Gunna Get It.

Height

Getz stands tall at 6 feet 2 inches (1.88 meters) height.

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