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Christian Clemenson



A native of rural Humboldt, IA, character actor Christian Clemenson left his home state when a scholarship that he netted as part of his paperboy route afforded him the opportunity to attend the prestigious Phillips Academy preparatory school in Andover, MA. That experience imparted Clemenson with a deep-seated love of theatrics, and he spent his Iowan summers during college acting in local stage productions. The upstart subsequently attended Harvard as an undergraduate and Yale Drama School as a grad student, then moved to Los Angeles in the mid-'80s, where he accepted a long series of bit parts and supporting roles in A-list features, typically cast as nebbishy professional types. Early films in which Clemenson appeared included Heartburn (1986), Legal Eagles (1986), Hannah and Her Sisters (1986), and Broadcast News (1987).



Beginning in the late '90s, Clemenson began placing a stronger emphasis on television work, with guest roles in series including Ally McBeal, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The West Wing, and NYPD Blue. He received critical kudos for his portrayal of ill-fated executive Thomas E. Burnett Jr., a victim of the September 11th terrorist attacks, in Paul Greengrass' feature United 93 (2006), then joined William Shatner, Candice Bergen, and James Spader of David E. Kelley's offbeat seriocomedy Boston Legal in a recurring capacity during the show's second season; on the program, Clemenson played Jerry "Hands" Espenson, a troubled lawyer plagued by Asperger's Syndrome. He went on to win Best Guest Actor in a Drama Series in 2006 for that role, and continued to appear on the show, later attaining regular status and staying with the series until it folded in 2009. Clemenson would continue to appear regularly on screen as the years went on, appearing on shows like CSI: Miami and Harry's Law.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
33% Live By Night
  • Ritz Investor
2017
No Score Yet Not Safe For Work
  • Alan Emmerich
2013
43% J. Edgar
  • Inspector Schell
2011
No Score Yet Ashley's Ashes
  • Actor
2010
91% United 93
  • Thomas Burnett
2006
13% Lost and Found
  • Ray
1999
52% Mighty Joe Young
  • Jack
1998
39% Armageddon
  • Droning Guy
1998
8% Almost Heroes
  • Father Girard
1998
81% The Big Lebowski
  • Younger Cop
1998
95% Apollo 13
  • Dr. Chuck
1995
100% And the Band Played On
  • Dr. Dale Lawrence
1993
14% Josh and S.A.M.
  • Policeman
1993
68% Hero
  • Conklin
1992
82% The Fisher King
  • Edwin
1991
71% Bad Influence
  • Pismo
1990
No Score Yet Daddy's Boys
  • Otis
1988
98% Broadcast News
  • Bobby
1987
13% Surrender
  • Dream Lawyer
1987
44% Black Widow
  • Artie
1987
46% Making Mr. Right
  • Bruce Cohn
1987
47% Heartburn
  • Sidney
1986
47% Legal Eagles
  • Clerk
1986
93% Hannah and Her Sisters
  • Larry
1986

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet CSI: Miami
2002-2012
  • Tom Loman
No Score Yet The Mentalist
2008-2015
  • Dr. Roy Carmen
No Score Yet NCIS
2003
  • Perry Sterling
97% The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story
2015
  • Bill Hodgman
No Score Yet Ally McBeal
1997-2002
  • Harold Hookland
No Score Yet Beauty and the Beast
1987-1990
  • Jonathan Gould
97% Veronica Mars
2004-2007
  • Abel Koontz
66% Turn
2014
  • Maarten DeJong Maarten Dejong
No Score Yet Buffy the Vampire Slayer
1997-2003
  • Balthazar
No Score Yet The West Wing
1999-2006
  • Evan Woodkirk
71% Grey's Anatomy
2005
  • Ivan Fink
No Score Yet Mike & Molly
2010-2016
  • Mr. O'Donnell
Boston Legal
2004-2008
  • Jerry Esperson Jerry Espenson
No Score Yet CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
2000-2015
  • Charles Pellew
51% Californication
2007-2014
  • Actor
No Score Yet Numb3rs
2005-2010
  • Henry Korfelt
43% Harry's Law
2011-2012
  • Sam Berman

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