Hello, and welcome!
I've got resumes, reels, pictures, and things elsewhere on the site but this page is for telling you a little about myself, so here goes...
I'm from the great state of Oregon, and remain completely in love with it. I am a RABID Portland Trail Blazers fan. And I still wince when someone mentions Sam Bowie or Greg Oden.
A few years ago (too many for my liking) I graduated from Oberlin College, which I adored. While I was there I met some of the most creative, driven, engaged (and engaging) human people I've ever known. I grew up in a family that believed in justice and activism, and that we had a responsibility to try to make the world a better place, and at Oberlin, I found a like-minded community. Most importantly, though, that is where I met my ridiculously talented and awesome wife. She's a pretty humble person, but since she may never read this, I can brag on her a little bit and just mention that, some years ago, she won a NY Dance & Performance "Bessie" Award for outstanding creative achievement in modern dance. She is, as the that award might suggest, a dancer. And a pretty damn good one. She's also an historical marine ecologist, which, I know, is just such an annoying cliche move for a dancer...
About my own work: If you know me, it's probably by way of the Showtime series Billions, in which I play 'Dollar' Bill Stearn. Or maybe as Pastor Tim on FX's The Americans. Although few people really recognize me from the latter, because they had me in this ridiculous wig. I mean, truly ridiculous. It's at least as well known as my actual character, and it's been the source of much suspicion... After it's first appearance on the show, the main topic of conversation online was the correlation between my annoying hair and my face's "punchability" (which totally became my favorite word). By the end, people seemed to pretty much make their peace with The Wig, and it really became a huge part of Pastor Groovyhair’s identity. A kind of spirit animal. Sort of like Dollar Bill's buzzcut on Billions... Pastor Tim, and his hair, are sort of free flowing. Bill's head, and he, are sort of blunt instruments.
Also, for you House of Cards fans, I played Doug Stamper's brother, Gary. I loved working on the show, but I was a little disappointed that I didn't get to push anybody in front of a speeding subway, or asphyxiate anyone in a parked car. In fact, I think I might be the only one on the show who never lied, cheated, stole, killed, or otherwise destroyed any other character's life. Super disappointing… AND, I only worked with one other cast member for my whole run on the show. BUT, on the (huge) plus side, I got to work with the terrific Michael Kelly. He's as awesome a guy as he is an actor. Which is pretty f***ing good. And a lot of people thought we really looked like brothers, which is probably good, since, you know, we were playing brothers. I think it might've had a lot to do with our similar hairlines. I'm telling you, it's all about the hair.
I joined the cast of AMC's TURN: Washington's Spies in it's final season, playing Hercules Mulligan. It was ridiculously fun. AND I wore a wig, so, I felt right at home from day one.
Other stuff: I kind of geeked out, recently, because I had the absolute pleasure of working with Justin Lin on the NBC pilot, Endgame. I've always been a huge fan of the Fast & Furious franchise, so this was a blast. We've been picked up, so, look for us soon. I probably nearly died on HBO's The Wizard Of Lies, playing Ted Caccioppi, the FBI agent who brought in Bernie Madoff, who was played by none other than Robert DeNiro. I still can't quite believe that he let me handcuff him without killing me. You think a goofy wig makes you punchable, try arresting Robert freaking DeNiro.
I love, and am grateful for, all the TV I've been able to do. But, without question, my first love is theater. There's nothing like it. Actors and audience sharing a space, breathing the same air. It's a primal, communal, deeply human thing. And it's the ensemble nature of theatre, and the community it creates, that drew me to acting in the first place. Consequently, one of the things most proud of is having been a part of the extraordinary cast of Signature Theatre's The Wayside Motor Inn, which was honored in 2015 with a special Drama Desk Award for "Outstanding Ensemble."
Just FYI, I also wore a wig in that show.
Some of my favorite theatre gigs: I played Octavius Caesar opposite Denzel Washington in the Broadway revival of Julius Caesar, and Jim Warnock in the west coast premier of JT Rogers' Blood and Gifts at La Jolla Playhouse, directed by the fabulous Lucie Tiberghien. I have been lucky enough to do two of my favorite Tom Stoppard plays, Arcadia and The Real Thing (playing Septimus and Henry), and the lovely Born Yesterday. Jailbait at Cherry Lane Theatre. And, I'd say, my first big break was probably joining the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. As an Oregon boy, I had grown up seeing plays at OSF, and the two seasons I spent with that company were Little Boy Me's dream come true.
So, that's some stuff about me. Thanks for coming by.
My follicular acting career: