Born in Denver, CO.
Agent—Billy Lazarus, United Talent Agency, 9560 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 500, Beverly Hills, CA 90212. Manager—Marsha McManus, Principal Entertainment, 1964 Westwood Blvd., Suite 400, Los Angeles, CA 90025.
Actor and producer.
Independent Spirit Award nomination, best male lead, Independent Features Project West, 1986, for Wildrose.
Prisoner 1069, The Trial of Billy Jack, 1974.
Abe, The Commitment, 1975.
Decker, Two Minute Warning, Universal, 1976.
Rock Ogaard, Wildrose, New Front Films, 1984.
Kirk Fredericks, Massive Retaliation, 1984.
Coop, The Lightship (also known as Killers at Sea), Castle Hill, 1985.
Bennett, River's Edge, Island, 1987.
Russell "Russ" Fielding, Beverly Hills Cop II, Paramount, 1987.
Detective Walsh, Split Decisions (also known as Kid Gloves), New Century Vista, 1988.
Sheriff Saunders, Lady in White (also known as The Mystery of the Lady in White), New Century Vista, 1988.
Louis, Distant Thunder (also known as L'enfer apres l'enfer), Paramount, 1988.
Detective, Wired, Taurus Entertainment, 1989.
Cecil Skell, True Believer (also known as Fighting Justice), Columbia, 1989.
Marvin, Die Hard 2 (also known as Die Hard 2: Die Harder), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1990.
Reverend Bodeen, Talent for the Game, Paramount, 1991.
Crawford, Aces: Iron Eagle III, New Line Cinema, 1992.
Sergeant Cully, Raising Cain, Universal, 1992.
(Uncredited) Dornan, American Me, United International Pictures, 1992.
Peter Baker, Teenage Bonnie and Klepto Clyde, Trimark Pictures, 1993.
Captain Phelan, Relentless 3, New Line Cinema, 1993.
(Uncredited) Lyle, The Ballad of Little Jo (also known as Little Man Jo), Fine Line, 1993.
(Uncredited) Clark's pilot, Clear and Present Danger, 1994.
John Gale, Far From Home: The Adventures of Yellow Dog (also known as Yellow Dog), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1995.
Erwin Flood, Georgia, Miramax, 1995.
Stanley, White Man's Burden (also known as White Man), Savoy Pictures, 1995.
Frank Nixon, Nixon, Buena Vista, 1995.
Jim Bradley, Malevolence, Ajv Productions, 1995.
Detective Jake Pestone, The Killing Jar, Curb Entertainment, 1996.
Governor, Female Perversions, October Films, 1996.
Larry, Follow Me Home, New Millenia Films/In Pictures, 1997.
The Spittin' Image, 1997.
(Uncredited) Larry, The Postman, 1997.
(Uncredited) Omar, The Negotiator (also known as Verhandlungssache), 1998.
Sheriff Lewis, Shadrach, Sony Pictures Releasing, 1998.
Mr. Decker, A Slipping-Down Life, Lions Gate Films, 1999.
Hector, The Million Dollar Hotel, Lions Gate Films, 2000.
Dan Miller, Pollock, Sony Pictures Classics, 2000.
Tom, Bill's Gun Shop, Polychrome Pictures, 2001.
Len Files, Hearts in Atlantis, Warner Bros., 2001.
Federal agent Mullins, High Crimes, Twentieth Century-Fox, 2002.
Sheriff Tom Fender, The Tulse Luper Suitcases, Part 1: The Moab Story (also known as Las maletas de Tulse Luper: La historia de Moab and Le valigie di Tulse Luper—La storia di Moab), A-Film Distribution, 2003.
Lenny Cochran, In the Land of Milk and Money, 2004.
Charles Fisk, How's My Driving (short film), 2004.
Merkin, Below the Belt (also known as Human Error), New Deal Pictures, 2005.
Teddy, Barbara Jean (short film), Productions, 2005.
Eddie Pasqua, Brothers of the Head, IFC Films/Tartan Films, 2005.
Gray Suchett, North Country, Warner Bros., 2005.
Floyd, The Moguls (also known as The Amateurs), Bauer Martinez Films, 2006.
Gas station attendant, The Hills Have Eyes, Fox Searchlight, 2006.
Sheriff Ackle, Valley of the Heart's Delight, Banana Peel Entertainment, 2006.
Don Osa, Undoing, A Space Between/Group Hug Productions/EK Films, 2006.
Buck, Feel, Vox3 Films, 2006.
Uncle Eugene Parson, Thr3e, Twentieth Century-Fox, 2006.
Joseph, Pain Within, Blue Diamond Entertainment, 2006.
Bill, Flannel Pajamas, Gigantic Pictures, 2007.
Frank Worthington, Pretzels & Pills, Cavalier Films, 2007.
Coproducer, Bill's Gun Shop, Polychrome Pictures, 2001.
Executive producer, Below the Belt (also known as Human Error), New Deal Pictures, 2005.
Television Appearances; Movies:
Richette, The 3,000 Mile Chase, NBC, 1977.
William Tate, The Winds of Kitty Hawk, ABC, 1978.
Lieutenant Jim Norton, When Hell Was in Session, NBC, 1979.
Tom, Life of the Party: The Story of Beatrice, CBS, 1982.
Boone Choate, The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez, 1983.
Sheriff, Family Sins, CBS, 1987.
Eldon Ray, What Price Victory, ABC, 1988.
Michael Elliot, Promised a Miracle, CBS, 1988.
Dan Cutler, Nightbreaker (also known as Advance to Ground Zero), TNT, 1989.
Billy Dobbs, Desperado: The Outlaw Wars, NBC, 1989.
Captain Leach, Dillinger, ABC, 1991.
Officer Russell Yates, Revenge on the Highway (also known as Silent Thunder), NBC, 1992.
Mike Riordan, Love Can Be Murder (also known as Kindred Spirits), NBC, 1992.
Mr. Speck, Shimmer, 1993.
Ed, Against the Wall, HBO, 1994.
Bill Hickman, The Avenging Angel, TNT, 1995.
Marshall, Shaughnessy (also known as Louis L'Amour's "Shaughnessy"), 1996.
Captain, The Last Time I Committed Suicide, Cinemax, 1996.
General Pike, Buffalo Soldiers, TNT, 1997.
Lieutenant Arnie Burns, Poodle Springs, HBO, 1998.
Uncle Ed, Monday After the Miracle, CBS, 1998.
Bill, Going Greek, Showtime, 2001.
John Unger, The Pennsylvania Miners' Story, ABC, 2002.
Father Roger Schmit, The Laramie Project, HBO, 2002.
Bull Hardwick, The Badge, Starz!, 2002.
(Uncredited) Vito, Fathers and Sons, Showtime, 2005.
Television Appearances; Series:
Dr. Curtis Willard, The Waltons, CBS, 1976-78.
Four Corners, 1998.
Television Appearances; Miniseries:
Sergeant O'Gar, The Dain Curse (also known as Dashiell Hammett's "The Dain Curse"), CBS, 1978.
Peter Leverette, Love, Lies and Murder, NBC, 1991.
Marion Bartlett, Murder in the Heartland, ABC, 1993.
Television Appearances; Episodic:
"Deadly Betrayal," Get Christie Love!, 1974.
Brenner, "A Souvenir from Atlantic City," Kojak, 1974.
Officer Hensley, "The Dark and Bloody Ground," The Rockford Files (also known as Jim Rockford, Private Investigator), 1974.
Rex Barker, "The Wingwalker," The Waltons, CBS, 1975.
Ted Ryan, "The Jailing of Jaime," The Bionic Woman, 1976.
"Everybody Needs a Little Attention," The Blue Knight, 1976.
"Bull's Eye," The Blue Knight, 1976.
Lieutenant Hadley, "Upward Mobility," The Blue Knight, 1976.
Eddie Ryan, "Street Edition," Baretta, 1976.
Jeffrey Cooperman, "The Trouble with Warren," The Rockford Files (also known as Jim Rockford, Private Investigator), 1976.
"Eight Columns Across the Top," Kingston: Confidential, 1977.
Lind, "Fire," Lou Grant, 1979.
First stalker, "A Short Happy Life," Barnaby Jones, 1979.
Mr. Royce, "Deadly Arena," Quincy M.E. (also known as Quincy), 1980.
Narcotics cop, "Jungle Madness," Hill Street Blues, 1981.
Jonathan Bailey, "Deadly Lady," Murder, She Wrote, CBS, 1984.
"Till Death Do Us Part," Crazy Like a Fox, 1985.
Jeffries, "Guess What's Coming to Dinner," Misfits of Science, 1985.
Marty Torrance, "Strangle Hold," Hardcastle and McCormick, 1985.
CIA Agent Carter, "Bushido," Miami Vice, 1985.
"Dead on Arrival," Crazy Like a Fox, 1986.
Mancuso, "Proof Positive," Dallas, 1986.
Mancuso, "So Shall Ye Reap," Dallas, 1987.
Father Jim, "Knights of the City," Knightwatch, syndicated, 1988.
Sheriff Talbott, "Kennonite," Gideon Oliver (also known as By the Rivers of Babylon), 1989.
Archie Winslow, "The Thanks of a Grateful Nation," China Beach, 1990.
Victor Ugo (some sources cite Victor Hugo), "The Final Adjustment," NYPD Blue, ABC, 1994.
Sheriff Harden, "Rush," The X-Files, Fox, 1999.
Everett Hubbell, "The Convention," Roswell (also known as Roswell High), The WB, 2000.
General Barrie, "And It's Surely to Their Credit," The West Wing, NBC, 2000.
Roy Harrison, "There's No Place Like Homo," First Years, NBC, 2001.
Tommy Tibideau, "The Delivery," The Beast, ABC, 2001.
John Pierce, "Vanished: Parts 1 & 2," The Practice, ABC, 2001.
Whitten, "The Fire This Time," Law & Order, NBC, 2001.
Bishop, "Forgive Me, Father," The Division (also known as Heart of the City), Lifetime, 2002.
Ray "Rufus" Schmiel, "Let God Sort 'em Out," The Guardian, CBS, 2003.
Sheriff Miller Thompson, "Vanished," Navy NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service (also known as NCIS and NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service), CBS, 2004.
Curtis "Dole" Collins, "Best Friends," Cold Case, CBS, 2005.
Pop Pop, "The Gang Finds a Dead Guy," It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, FX Channel, 2005.
Joe, "Taking a Break from All Your Worries," Battlestar Galactica, Sci-Fi Channel, 2007.
Appeared in an episode of Arli$$, HBO; voice for the series Jazz, PBS.
Television Appearances; Other:
Police guard, Incident at Vichy, 1973.
Eli Nugent, "Tales of the Apple Dumpling Gang" (pilot), Disneyland (also known as Disney's Wonderful World, The Disney Sunday Movie, The Magical World of Disney, Walt Disney, Walt Disney Presents, Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color, and The Wonderful World of Disney), CBS, 1982.
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