The Tender Bar cast features Ben Affleck, Tye Sheridan and Daniel Ranieri. This info article contains minor spoilers for George Clooney’s Amazon movie. Check out more streaming guides in Vague Visages’ Know the Cast section.
Based on a 2005 memoir, The Tender Bar follows a Long Island writer who attends Yale University. As a child, J.R. Moehringer learns life lessons from his uncle Charlie while thinking about his estranged father. As an adult, the protagonist struggles with confidence issues while pursuing his personal and professional goals. Here’s every main player in The Tender Bar, a feature film adaptation written by Oscar winner William Monahan (The Departed).
The Tender Bar Cast: Ben Affleck as Charlie Moehringer
Character Profile: A Long Island native and bar owner. He serves as a father figure for his nephew, JR. Charlie offers life advice about the “male sciences.”
Affleck’s Resume: Director of The Town (2010) and Argo (2012) — Also, Chuckie in Good Will Hunting (1997), Nick Dunne in Gone Girl (2016), Bruce Wayne/Batman in the DCEU (2016-)
The Tender Bar Cast: Tye Sheridan as JR Moehringer
Character Profile: The main protagonist. He attends Yale University and tries to find his voice as a writer. JR struggles with abandonment issues involving both his father and a collegiate love interest.
Sheridan’s Resume: Steve in The Tree of Life (2011), Ellis in Mud (2012), Scott Summers/Cyclops in X-Men: Apocalypse (2016), Parzival/Wade in Ready Player One (2018), Cirk in The Card Counter (2021)
The Tender Bar Cast: Daniel Ranieri as Young JR Moehringer
Character Profile: The main character in the film’s opening act. He hopes to “find” his absent disc jockey father in the family radio. Young JR bonds with his uncle Charlie and learns valuable life lessons.
Ranieri’s Resume: Feature Debut in The Tender Bar
The Tender Bar Cast: Lily Rabe as Dorothy Moehringer
Character Profile: JR’s mother. In the past, she abandoned her collegiate goals because of a pregnancy. Dorothy supports JR’s decision to attend Yale University.
Rabe’s Resume: Various Characters in American Horror Story (2011-), Miss Stevens in Miss Stevens (2016), Joanne Monroe in Fractured (2019), Sylvia Steineitz in The Undoing (2020), Emma Hall/Karen Miller in Tell Me Your Secrets (2021)
The Tender Bar Cast: Christopher Lloyd as Grandpa Moehringer
Character Profile: JR’s grandfather. He has a photographic memory and speaks random words, such as “apricot.” Despite being “stingy with love and understanding,” Grandpa Moehringer steps up when JR needs someone to attend a father/son breakfast at school.
Lloyd’s Resume: Dr. Emmett Brown in Back to the Future (1985), Professor Plum in Clue (1985), Judge Doom in Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988), Uncle Fester Addams in The Addams Family (1991), David Mansell in Nobody (2021)
The Tender Bar Cast: Max Martini as The Voice
Character Profile: J.R.’s father, a radio DJ in New York. He flees the state after not paying child support. “The Voice” appears sporadically throughout the film and makes disparaging marks about JR’s writing talent.
Martini’s Resume: Corporal Henderson in Saving Private Ryan (1998), Mack Gerhardt in The Unit (2006-09), Herc Hansen in Pacific Rim (2013), Mark “Oz” Geist in 13 Hours (2016), Ryan Grant in The Purge (2019)
The Tender Bar Cast: Rhenzy Feliz as Wesley
Character Profile: JR’s Yale classmate. He serves as the voice of reason during collegiate scenes. Wesley helps JR prioritize his personal happiness.
Feliz’s Resume: Spencer in Casual (2016), Aaron in Teen Wolf (2017), Alex Wilder in Runaways (2017-19), Camilo in Encanto (2021), Chad in American Horror Stories (2021)
The Tender Bar Cast: Briana Middleton as Sidney
Character Profile: JR’s love interest. She’s a privileged Yale student with a boyfriend. Sidney continuously hooks up with JR but never commits to a relationship.
Middleton’s Resume: Juliette in Augustus (2020)
The Tender Bar cast also includes Max Casella (Inside Llewyn Davis, Jackie), Sondra James (Joker, Antarctica), Michael Braun (Succession, The Affair), Matthew Delamater (Daddy’s Home 2, Castle Rock), Ivan Leung (All American, Grey’s Anatomy) and Ron Livingston (Swingers, Office Space).
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