Always focused and intense on screen, versatile actor Barry Pepper established himself as one of the more promising young actors to emerge in the late-1990s while working with filmmakers that included Steven Spielberg and Frank Darabont. After debuting in the firefighting thriller "Firestorm" (1998), the Canadian-born Pepper was thrust into the limelight as a member of an impressive ensemble cast in Spielberg's harrowing WWII drama "Saving Private Ryan" (1998). More major productions like "Enemy of the State" (1998) and "The Green Mile" (1999) followed in quick succession, placing Pepper at the top of the in-demand young stars. That is, until the epic box office failure of the reviled "Battlefield Earth" (2000) threatened to derail Pepper's nascent career. He recovered nicely, however, with well regarded turns in projects such as the baseball biopic "61*" (HBO, 2001), "The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada" (2005), and "Flags of Our Fathers" (2006). By the end of the decade Pepper had regained his hard-earned status with prominent roles in two critically lauded efforts - "True Grit" (2010) and "The Kennedys" (Reelz Channel, 2011), again making him a go-to character actor who elevated all of his projects.