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Know the Cast & Characters: ‘The Nice Guys’

The Nice Guys Cast - Every Featured Performer and Character in the 2016 Movie

The Nice Guys cast features Russell Crowe, Ryan Gosling and Angourie Rice. This info article contains minor spoilers for Shane Black’s 2016 movie on Netflix. Check out more streaming guides in Vague Visages’ Know the Cast section.

The Nice Guys centers on two Los Angeles men who investigate the disappearance of a teenage girl. Jackson Healy operates like an old school enforcer, whereas Holland March uses his intellect to piece together clues. The narrative follows the main protagonists as they learn about a corporate conspiracy involving a high-ranking Department of Justice employee. Here’s every main performer and character in The Nice Guys.

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The Nice Guys Cast: Russell Crowe as Jackson Healy

The Nice Guys Cast on Netflix - Russell Crowe as Jackson Healy

Character Profile: A Los Angeles “fixer” from the Bronx. He’s a cynical man who thinks that kids possess too much information. Jackson tries to intimidate a detective and then asks him to help search for a missing girl.

Crowe’s Resume: Hando in Romper Stomper (1992), Bud White in L.A. Confidential (1997), Maximus in Gladiator (2000), John Nash in A Beautiful Mind (2001), Javert in Les Misérables (2012)

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The Nice Guys Cast: Ryan Gosling as Holland March

The Nice Guys Cast on Netflix - Ryan Gosling as Holland March

Character Profile: A private eye for March Investigations. He is morose widower who initially looks for an adult entertainment actress named Misty Mountains. Holland receives investigative assistance from his 13-year-old daughter.

Gosling’s Resume: Dan Dunne in Half Nelson (2006), Dean in Blue Valentine (2010), Driver in Drive (2011), Sebastian in La La Land (2016), Six in The Gray Man (2022)

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The Nice Guys Cast: Angourie Rice as Holly March

The Nice Guys Cast on Netflix - Angourie Rice as Holly March

Character Profile: Holland’s 13-year-old daughter. She is a literature enthusiast who questions her father’s methods. Holly helps track down a fellow teenager.

Rice’s Resume: Holly March in The Nice Guys (2016), Betty in Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017), Siobhan Sheehan in Mare of Easttown (2021), Young Stephanie Conway in Senior Year (2022), Honor Rose in Honor Society (2022)

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The Nice Guys Cast: Matt Bomer as John Boy

The Nice Guys Cast on Netflix - Matt Bomer as John Boy

Character Profile: A Los Angeles hit man. He poses as a doctor and tracks down Holland and Jackson’s target. John Boy is hired to eliminate people involved with an experimental film.

Bomer’s Resume: Henry Hamilton in In Time (2011), Ken in Magic Mike (2012), Felix Turner in The Normal Heart (2014), Larry Trainor/Negative Man in Doom Patrol (2019-21), Jamie in The Sinner (2020)

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The Nice Guys Cast: Margaret Qualley as Amelia Kuttner

The Nice Guys Cast on Netflix - Margaret Qualley as Amelia Kuttner

Character Profile: The daughter of a high-ranking Depart of Justice official. She hires Jackson to scare off Holland. Amelia stars in an experimental film with a missing porn star.

Qualley’s Resume: Raquel in Palo Alto (2013), Jill Garvey in The Leftovers (2014-17), Pussycat in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019), Ann Reinking in Fosse/Verdon (2019), Alex in Maid (2021)

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The Nice Guys Cast: Yaya DaCosta as Tally

The Nice Guys Cast on Netflix - Yaya DaCosta as Tally

Character Profile: An assistant for a government official. She deceives Jackson and Holland while searching for an experimental film. Misty is from Detroit and has a personal vendetta against an adult entertainment actress.

DaCosta’s Resume: LaRhette in Take the Lead (2006), Tanya in The Kids Are All Right (2010), Greta in In Time (2011), Carol Hammie in Lee Daniels’ The Butler (2013), April Sexton in Chicago Med (2015-21)

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The Nice Guys cast also includes Keith David (The Thing, They Live), Beau Knapp (Seven Seconds, The Lost Symbol), Lois Smith (Minority Report, Lady Bird), Murielle Telio (The DUFF, Paydirt), Gil Gerard (Airport ’77, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century) and Kim Basinger (Batman, L.A. Confidential).

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