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John Getz, pictured here in the upcoming movie "Elevator," plays the attorney for Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg in "The Social Network." (Contributed Photo)John Getz has dabbled only slightly in Facebook.
“I got on it a couple of years ago to look at photographs that a daughter who was going to school in Italy was posting,” the actor and Quad-City native said. “I occasionally check it — but very occasionally. I have more than enough correspondence with friends and family without Facebook.”
Getz, who turns 64 on Friday, plays the legal counsel for Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg in “The Social Network,” a docudrama about the creation of the popular website, which has been the nation’s No. 1 movie at the box office the past two weekends. Getz’s character, Sy, is a fictional composite of several attorneys.
Born in Davenport and raised in Moline, Getz’s father, William, was a Moline alderman and president of Williams, White & Co. His uncle, Tom Getz, is a longtime community volunteer in addition to his tenure as president of Moline Forge Inc.
John Getz said he may have had a role in one production at Moline High School — “I was on the swim team, and that was more interesting” — but he got interested in theater when he was an English major at the University of Iowa, where a professor encouraged him to try acting professionally. He still tries to do at least one theater project a year, Getz said.