Who is David Thornton?

David Farrington Thornton was born on 4 May 1953 under the zodiac sign of Gemini, in Cheraw, South Carolina USA. He is a 68-year-old actor, probably best recognized for landing the role of Defence Attorney Lionel Granger in the series “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” (2003-2010), playing John Hamilton in the romantic drama film “The Notebook” (2004), and featuring as Nick in the comedy film “The Other Woman” (2014).

How rich is he, as of now? David Thornton Net Worth

As of mid-2021, David Thornton’s net worth is estimated at over $8 million, earned through his successful career in the entertainment industry, working on more than 70 television and film titles since he launched his career back in 1983.

Early Life, Parents, Nationality, Ethnicity, Educational Background

David Thornton spent his early years in his hometown of Cheraw, where he was raised by his father, Robert Donald Thornton, who was an international authority on the Scottish poet Robert Burns, and teacher of English at Harvard University, and his mother Grace Ellen Thornton.

He holds American nationality and belongs to White Caucasian ethnic group. Regarding his education, David graduated from Hamilton College and David Geffen School of Drama at Yale University. He also studied acting at Lee Strasberg’s Actors’ Studio.

Career Beginnings

David Thornton started his acting career in 1983 ,when he made his debut TV appearance as Marc in the made-for-TV drama film “Sessions”, alongside Jeffrey DeMunn and Veronica Hamel, after which he had guest parts in such TV series as “Miami Vice”, “Crime Story”, and “American Playhouse”. His feature film debut came in 1988, with the role of Lomax in the action film “Diamond Run”, written and directed by Robert Chappell.

In 1990, he played Philly Como in the crime drama film “Men Of Respect”, an adaptation of the play “Macbeth” by William Shakespeare, followed by his portrayals of Reese in the 1991 comedy-mystery film “Off And Running”, and George S. Kaufman in the 1994 biographical drama film “Mrs. Parker And The Vicious Circle”, next to Jennifer Jason Leigh and Campbell Scott. In 1995, he featured as Rob in the drama film “Search And Destroy”, directed by David Salle, after which he landed such roles as Ted in the romantic comedy film “If Lucy Fell”, alongside Sarah Jessica Parker and Ben Stiller, and Frankie in the drama film “Unhood The Stars”, next to Gena Rowlands, both in 1996.

Rise to Prominence

David Thornton gained popularity in 1997, when he landed the role of Earl Unger in the family comedy film “Home Alone 3”, the third installment of the “Home Alone” franchise, which was a modest box office success. Later that year, he featured as Saul Sunday in the romantic drama film “She’s So Lovely”, sharing the screen with Sean Penn and John Travolta. In 1998, he took the role of Gavin in the thriller film “Hush”, opposite Gwyneth Paltrow, played Bernie in the comedy-drama film “The Last Days Of Disco”, written and directed by Whit Stillman, and featured as Richard Aufiero in the legal drama film “A Civil Action”, next to Travolta, Robert Duvall, and James Gandolfini.

It was followed in the new millennium by his portrayals of Elmo in the 2000 fantasy drama film “A Question Of Faith” and Stevenson Nagel in the 2001 thriller film “Dead Dog”. Two years later, he featured as Jimmy Palumbo in the thriller film “John Q.”, opposite Denzel Washington, which was a box office hit, and played Jerry in the comedy film “100 Mile Rule”, directed by Brent Huff.

Continued Success

David Thornton’s next major role came when he joined the cast of the NBC crime drama series “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”, in which he starred in the role of Defence Attorney Lionel Granger from 2003 to 2010.

The series was created by Dick Wolf, and is the longest-running prime-time American live-action series in TV history; he reprised the role in the episode “Sects” of “Law & Order” in 2005.

Concurrently, he continued to work on other projects – in 2004, he played John Hamilton in the cult romantic drama film “The Notebook”, along with Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams. The film was directed by Nick Cassavetes and is based on Nicholas Sparks’ novel of the same title; it grossed over $115 million against the budget of $29 million.

It was followed by his appearances as Sam in the thriller film “Private Property”, written and directed by Elizabeth Dimon, and Mr. Eddy in the comedy film “Life On The Ledge”, both in 2005.

David Thornton and Cyndi Lauper

Afterwards, David starred as Butch Mazursky in the 2006 crime film “Alpha Dog”, and played Robert in the 2009 Serbian-German-American comedy-drama film “Here And There”.

Further Work

In 2011, David Thornton was cast as Tay Murphy in the mystery thriller film “Fake”, and as Charlie in the romantic comedy film “Trophy Kids”, after which he became quite inactive in the search for major projects. His next appearance came three years later, when he played Nick in the commercially successful comedy film “The Other Woman”, sharing the screen with Cameron Diaz and Leslie Mann.

He then appeared as Rick in the Mexican drama film “Semana Santa” (2015) and played Roger in the drama film “Love Kills” (2016). It was followed by his supporting role of George Pallis in the Showtime espionage thriller series “Homeland” in 2017.

Most recently, David took the role of Aldo in the 2020 drama film “Darcy”, and it’s announced that he will play Arthur Naci in the upcoming action crime film “God Is A Bullet”, which is currently under post-production. He will also appear as Maxx in the upcoming comedy film “Off By Heart”.

Appearance and Vital Statistics

David Thornton has short dark brown hair and dark brown eyes.

He stands at a height of 6ft 4ins (1.93m), while his weight is around 160lbs (78kgs). Information about his vital statistics, biceps size, and shoe size isn’t available.

Personal Life

David Thornton is married to famous singer-songwriter Cyndi Lauper. The couple met on the set of the 1991 film “Off and Running”, started dating and eventually tied the knot at a wedding ceremony held on 24 November 1991. They are the parents of a son named Declyn Wallace Thornton Lauper, who was born on 19 November 1997.

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