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Reed Birney, 'House of Cards' VP, comes home to Will North

When the Williamsville Wall of Fame inducted 10 new members in November, nine of the honorees attended.

On Thursday, the one who couldn't make it that day will make it up. And then some.

Reed Birney, better known as the vice president on the Netflix series "House of Cards," will be at his alma mater Williamsville North High to talk about his career.

Birney was unable to make the original ceremony because he was starring in an off-Broadway production  - "Excuses excuses 🙂 ," joked the school district's director of communications Rita M. Wolff in a news release - but he promised to pay the district a visit in January.

Reed Birney stars as the vice president in "House of Cards."

He will speak to the drama club, musical students and stage crew at North, from 11:45 a.m. to 1:10 p.m.

According to the bio Wolff provided, Birney was class president at North in both his junior and senior years. After graduating in 1972, he attended Boston University’s School of Fine Arts for two years before moving to New York in 1974. Three years later, he was on Broadway in Albert Innaurato's "Gemini."

He has performed in more than 30 off-Broadway and regional productions in a career spanning four decades. He received the 2006 Obie Award for Sustained Excellence in Performance, and in 2011, the Drama Desk Career Award honoring his career as an actor.

He is currently appearing in the Roundabout Production of Stephen Karam’s The Humans in New York. In 2014, he gave critically acclaimed performances in New York productions of Halley Feiffer's "I’m Gonna Pray for You So Hard" and Clare Barron's "You Got Older."

Birney made his film debut in in "Four Friends" (1981). He has appeared in "Changeling" (2008) and "Morning Glory" (2010); and Jeff Lipsky’s "Twelve Thirty" (2010), "Molly’s Theory of Relativity" (2013), and "Mad Women" (2015).  He also appeared with Kristen Wiig in "The Girl Most Likely" (2012). He is Vice President Donald Blythe on the Netflix series, "House of Cards" and can be seen as Patti LuPone's husband in the HBO series, "Girls." Other recent TV appearances include "Blue Bloods" (CBS); as Tom Connolly on "The Blacklist" (NBC); and "American Odyssey" (NBC).

Birney has taught acting at Columbia University and The Scott Freeman Studio in New York. He is married to actress Constance Shulman and they have two children, Ephraim and Gus, who are both actors.


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