Born October 2, in Chicago, IL; raised in Pasadena, CA; son of Gloria Thompson (a homemaker); father, a firefighter. Education: Attended San Francisco State University; California State University, Los Angeles, B.A.; trained at American Academy of Dramatic Arts West.
Agent—Talent Group, Inc., 6300 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 900, Los Angeles, CA 90048; (theatrical) PTI Talent Agency, 14724 Ventura Blvd., Penthouse Suite, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403; (commercials) Brady, Brannon & Rich, 5670 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 820, Los Angeles, CA 90036.
Actor. Hold the Cream (improvisation group), member of company and performer at venues in California, including Upfront Comedy Theatre, Santa Monica. Appeared in commercials.
Screen Actors Guild.
Teenage Father (short film), 1978.
Limousine driver, Torch Light, 1981.
Journalist at rally, Brewster's Millions, Universal, 1985.
Scientist, Gremlins 2: The New Batch (also known as Gremlins 2), Warner Bros., 1990.
Jesse, L.A. Story, TriStar, 1991.
Preacher, Pretty Hattie's Baby, 1991.
Desk sergeant, Bounty Tracker (also known as Bounty Tracer), Republic, 1993.
Agent Odell, Open Fire, Marketing–Film, 1994.
Mr. Curtis, Casper (live action and animated; also known as Casper, the Friendly Ghost), Universal, 1995.
Williams, White Man's Burden (also known as White Man), Savoy Pictures, 1995.
Lieutenant Phillip Caldwell, Shogun Cop, 1998.
Burt Winter, Goat on Fire and Smiling Fish (also known as Smiling Fish & Goat on Fire), Stratosphere Entertainment, 2000.
Restaurant manager, The Dog Walker, 2000.
Second dinner man, Two Can Play That Game, Screen Gems/Sony Pictures Entertainment, 2001.
Stan, The Mail Gaze, 2001.
Dr. Glen Sherman, The Men's Room, Impetus Entertainment, 2003.
Officer Dick, Sex and the Green Card, Reel Stock Productions, 2003.
Officer Taylor, Reeker, Afraid of the Dark Productions/Primal Pictures/Institution, 2004.
Television Appearances; Series:
Les, Rituals, syndicated, 1984–85.
Wardell Halsey, He's the Mayor, ABC, 1986.
Vernon Morris, Pursuit of Happiness, ABC, 1987–88.
Television Appearances; Miniseries:
Sergeant McPherson, Fatal Vision, NBC, 1984.
Television Appearances; Movies:
First tough kid, The Violation of Sarah McDavid, CBS, 1981.
First young man, Women of San Quentin, NBC, 1983.
Attendant, Amazons, ABC, 1984.
Television Appearances; Specials:
Neighbor, Why Colors?, Showtime, 1995.
Television Appearances; Episodic:
Bill, "Half Nelson," The Incredible Hulk, CBS, 1981.
Brunswick, "The Shooter," Hill Street Blues, NBC, 1982.
Corpsman, "As Time Goes By," M*A*S*H, CBS, 1983.
Fourth member of the press, "A Change of Hart," Hart to Hart, ABC, 1983.
Photographer, "The Boys in the Bar," Cheers, NBC, 1983.
Police officer, "Fuchs Me? Fuchs You!," Hill Street Blues, NBC, 1984.
Police officer, "Nichols from Heaven," Hill Street Blues, NBC, 1984.
Snake Eyes, "The Mickey Mouse Mob," Simon & Simon, CBS, 1985.
"Trial and Error," Dallas, CBS, 1985.
"The Verdict," Dallas, CBS, 1985.
Randy, "Old Army Daze," What's Happening Now!, syndicated, 1986.
Raymond, "The Bed of Rose's," 227, NBC, 1986.
Elliot Pierpont, Jr., "Once Bitten," Singer & Sons, NBC, 1990.
Randy Johnson, "Night of the Inguinal," Doctor Doctor, CBS, 1990.
Steve, "Requiem for a Garbage Man," Roc, Fox, 1991.
Adam, "The Guilty Party," Dream On, HBO and Fox, 1992.
Manager, "Unforgettable," Hangin' with Mr. Cooper, ABC, 1993.
Mr. Williams, "Doug Gets Busy," Where I Live, ABC, 1993.
Officer Smith, "Two for the Show," Tales from the Crypt (also known as HBO's Tales from the Crypt), HBO, 1993.
Paramedic, "The Pioneer Bowl," Coach, ABC, 1993.
Cable guy, "One Mump or Two?," Dave's World, CBS, 1994.
Camera operator, "The Mr. Sharon Stone Show," The Larry Sanders Show, HBO, 1994.
Croupier, "Fred Runs Away," The Boys Are Back, CBS, 1994.
First customer, "The Garage Sale," Thunder Alley, ABC, 1994.
Funeral official, "For Whom the Heck the Bell Tolls," Hangin' with Mr. Cooper, ABC, 1994.
Second poker player, "The Opposite," Seinfeld, NBC, 1994.
"Sex, Lies, & Popcorn," Thunder Alley, ABC, 1994.
David Johnson, "The Tutor," Sister, Sister, The WB, 1995.
Detective sergeant Weld, "Caroline and the Gift," Caroline in the City (also known as Caroline), NBC, 1996.
Kevin Brown, "Lobster Diary," Ellen, ABC, 1996.
Musician patient, "The Sample," Mad about You (also known as Loved by You), NBC, 1996.
Phil Hallenbeck, "Twinkle Toes Faldo," Family Matters, ABC, 1996.
Phone man Bob, "Games, Flames, and Automobiles," Home Improvement, ABC, 1996.
Alan Watson, "Foot Fault," The Secret World of Alex Mack, Nickelodeon, 1997.
Police officer, "Lemon Wacky Hello," Just Shoot Me!, NBC, 1997.
Darren McCoy, "Objects Are Closer Than They Appear," Chicago Hope, CBS, 1998.
Mortuary director, "That's Our Son, Bobby," Any Day Now, Lifetime, 1999.
Police officer, "The Time the Millennium Approached," The Time of Your Life, Fox, 1999.
Dr. Wilson Wray, "The Gift," Providence, NBC, 2000.
Fritz, "Flight of Fancy," ER (also known as Emergency Room), NBC, 2000.
Sherman Lemay, "Smoochas Gracias," City of Angels, CBS, 2000.
David, "Catch Us If You Can," Grounded for Life, Fox, 2001.
David, "Love Child," Grounded for Life, Fox, 2001.
David, "Mrs. Finnerty, You've Got a Lovely Daughter," Grounded for Life, Fox, 2001.
Elf, "I Saw Daddy Hitting Santa Claus," Grounded for Life, Fox, 2001.
Fritz, "Rampage," ER (also known as Emergency Room), NBC, 2001.
Locksmith, "The One with the Creepy Holiday Card" (also known as "The One with Ross's Step Forward"), Friends, NBC, 2001.
Judge Nathan Lucas, "Children of a Lesser Dad," Family Law, CBS, 2002.
Mr. Baker, "Rock 'n' Roll Parking Lot," Do Over, The WB, 2002.
Mr. Jones, "Company Picnic," Malcolm in the Middle, Fox, 2002.
"Play Ball," The Division, Lifetime, 2004.
Appeared as Peter Wayne in an episode of Me and the Boys, ABC; appeared in The White Shadow, CBS.
Television Appearances; Pilots:
Larry, The First Gentleman, CBS, 1994.
Jumbo Dombroski, Panache, Pasadena Playhouse, Pasadena, CA, then Players Theatre, New York City, both 2000.
Appeared as McGlade, The Bridgehead, and as Fitch, The Miser, both Odyssey Theatre, West Los Angeles, CA; as Duke, Bullpen, Odyssey Theatre, then Hasty Pudding Theatre, Cambridge, MA; in The Cost of Doing Business, East Texas Hotlinks, and in Souls on Fire, all Met Theatre; in Grasshoppers, L.A.: Book of the Dead, and in Western Avenue, all Ensemble Theatre West; in Jump Camp, Alliance Repertory Theatre; in La Puta Vida Trilogy, Cast Theatre; in Passing Game, Gene Dynarski Theatre; in Pecan Tan, Matrix Theatre; in Shoot!, Whitmore–Lindley Theatre; in South of Where We Live, Ebony Showcase Theatre; as Honey, A Member of the Wedding; and as Ice, Short Eyes.
Voice of Leon Carter, Code Blue, Legacy Interactive, 2000.
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