Nurturing an impressive body of work that encompasses comedy and drama, Tyler Labine’s career continues to evolve with exciting and challenging projects. Posed to have a breakout year, “Labine is inherently funny” and “automatic laugh-getter” are just a few examples of what people are saying about his performances in his upcoming films.
Labine is currently working on the film “Someone Marry Barry.” He recently finished working with Justin Long on the comedy “Lumpy,” in which he plays the title character. The story, about the best man at an Arizona destination wedding, Lumpy is the life of the party, until a long, indulgent night leads to his untimely death. Labine also recently wrapped production on the new NBC comedy “Animal Practice” based on a gifted veterinarian who hates the pet owners. Tyler Labine plays Dr. Doug Jackson, a vet who's great with animals but luckless in romantic matters.
In 2011, Labine will be seen starring in three feature films. He plays Franklin, lab partner to James Franco’s character, in summer box office hit “The Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” but he REALLY brings the funny in his upcoming comedy “A Good Old Fashioned Orgy” (starring alongside Jason Sudeikis). The film is about a close group of 30somethings who spend every summer weekend throwing elaborate theme parties. When someone decides to sell off their summer playground, the friends agree there is only one way to have the biggest and brashest send off party, a good old fashioned orgy. The film debuted to rave reviews at the Tribeca Film Festival was released in September 2011.
Additionally, Tyler stars as Dale in “Tucker and Dale vs. Evil.” The film, a hilariously gory, goodspirited horror comedy, follows two best friends on vacation at their dilapidated Appalachian mountain cabin that are mistaken for murderous backwoods hillbillies by a group of obnoxious, preppy college kids. When one of the students gets separated from her friends, Tucker and Dale try to lend a hand, but as the misunderstanding grows, so does the body count. The film debuted at the Sundance Film Festival and Labine recently won the Leo Award for Best Lead Male Performance in a Feature Film for his work. The film has won the Audience Award and Midnight Movie Award at the South by Southwest Film and Music Festival, the Jury Prize for Best First Feature at Montreal’s Fantasia Film Festival and the award for Best Feature Film from the AMPIA (Alberta Media Production Industries Association). His other film credits include "My Boss's Daughter" with Ashton Kutcher, “Zack and Miri Make a Prono” with Seth Rogan, "Flyboys," "Trixie,” and "Antitrust.”
Segueing effortlessly between the big and small screens, Labine is set to star and produce the FOX pilot GUIDANCE with Ryan Reynolds and Allan Loeb’s company Dark Fire. The show is described as an adult buddy comedy set in high school. He recently stole the show on the CBS comedy "Mad Love," about a foursome of New Yorkers looking for love. He starred in the CW drama “Reaper” for which he won back to back Leo Awards for Best Lead Performance by a Male in a Dramatic Series. Labine is also known for his role as a series regular on the ABC science fiction show "Invasion" as well as a starring role on ABC’s hit legal show "Boston Legal," which won 5 Emmy Awards and 4 Golden Globe Awards during its 5year run. He also starred in the Fox series “Sons of Tucson” and enjoyed the challenge of portraying John Belushi in the television film "Behind the Camera: The Unauthorized story of 'Mork & Mindy.'"
In addition to his aptitude for acting, Labine continues to pursue his musical and creative talents. In 2004, Labine produced the film "Everyone," which won the Best Film" Award at the Montreal Film Festival. He and his brother, Cameron, co-wrote the film “Control Alt Delete” in which Tyler starred/produced and Cameron directed. Additionally, he executive produced, starred in, wrote and co-directed the mockumentary “Extreme Walking.” A talented music producer and MC, Labine is a part of two bands. He formed the hiphop band Self-Dep with his brother Kyle, Geoff Gustafson and Ryan Robbins and Demons are Real is an electro/indie/pop band he created with his brother Cameron.
A native of Canada, Labine began his career at the age of nine booking parts on television and professional theatre in Toronto, Ontario. He moved to Vancouver, British Columbia and continued to work in television and film. He splits his time between Vancouver and Los Angeles.