Geoff Pierson

Geoff Pierson

Highest Rated: 88% World's Greatest Dad (2009)

Lowest Rated: 3% Jack and Jill (2011)

Birthday: Jun 16, 1949

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, USA

A soap opera star of the 1980s who emerged in the 90s as a primetime sitcom star, Geoffrey Pierson was well into his 20 before he embarking on an acting career. He made his professional debut at the Shady Land Summer Theatre in Marengo, Illinois in 1976. The following year, he enrolled at the Yale School of Drama and by 1978, had made his NYC stage debut in the small role of a doctor in "Wings." The handsome actor remained with the play when it transferred to Broadway, simultaneously commuting to New Haven to work on his MFA. After graduation, Pierson found employment in daytime dramas beginning with a brief stint as a policeman on NBC's "Texas" and culminating in a three year stint as the charismatic politician Frank Ryan on ABC's acclaimed "Ryan's Hope" (1983-85). While still based in NYC, he segued to primetime with guest appearances on shows like "Kate and Allie" and "The Equalizer." He appeared in the CBS TV-movie "The Mating Season" (1980) and made an impact as the father of a youth (Mark-Paul Gosselaar) who sues his parents when they decide to divorce in "Necessary Parties" (PBS, 1988), directed by Alan Arkin. By the 90s, Pierson had begun to make his mark in primetime sitcoms. He landed the recurring role as the ex-husband of Brett Butler's Grace Kelly on "Grace Under Fire" (ABC). Simultaneously, Pierson was tapped as the lead in The WB sitcom "Unhappily Ever After" (1995-99), playing half of a couple facing a bitter divorce who learn they cannot live without one another. After supporting turns in films such as "Behind Enemy Lines" (2001) and "Spartan" (2004) and a short stint starring on the brief-lived Fox sit-com "That 80s Show" (2002), Pierson returned to series TV in the 2004-2005 season of the hit drama "24" as a senator who becomes embroiled in Jack Bauer's turbulent life.

Highest rated movies

World's Greatest Dad
Sleeping Dogs Lie
Leave It to Beaver
Revenge of the Green Dragons
Something Borrowed
Atlas Shrugged: Part 1
Jack and Jill




15% 30% Revenge of the Green Dragons Captain Higgins (Character) - 2014
3% 36% Jack and Jill Carter Simmons (Character) $74.2M 2011
15% 48% Something Borrowed Dexter Thaler Sr. (Character) $39.0M 2011
12% 69% Atlas Shrugged: Part 1 Midas Mulligan (Character) $4.6M 2011
88% 67% World's Greatest Dad Principal Anderson (Character) $221.2K 2009
No Score Yet 100% A Line in the Sand The Mayor (Character) - 2008
62% 82% Changeling S.S. Hahn (Character) $35.7M 2008
No Score Yet 59% The Valley of Light Whitlow Mayfield (Character) - 2007
No Score Yet 21% Already Dead Pierce (Character) - 2007
65% 41% Sleeping Dogs Lie Dad (Character) $10.9K 2006
21% 32% Leave It to Beaver Football Coach Gordon (Character) $10.7M 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet Necessary Parties Stephen Mills (Character) - 1988


No Score Yet No Score Yet The Face of Evil Narrator 2019
38% 82% Splitting Up Together Henry (Guest Star) 2018-2019
71% 53% Designated Survivor Cornelius Moss (Guest Star) 2017-2018
85% 86% Homeland Sen. Richard Eames (Guest Star) 2018
No Score Yet 50% D.B. Cooper: Case Closed? Narrator 2016
50% 57% Cooper Barrett's Guide to Surviving Life Unknown (Guest Star) 2016
92% 76% Person of Interest FBI SAIC Roberts (Guest Star) 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Murder Book Narrator 2014-2016
82% 86% Castle Unknown (Guest Star) 2011-2012 2015
55% 84% The Brink Pierce Grey (Character) 2015
47% 79% The Astronaut Wives Club Jim Matthis (Guest Star) 2015
74% 78% About a Boy Robert Freeman (Guest Star) 2014
87% 86% Enlisted Unknown (Guest Star) 2014
91% 90% Suburgatory Unknown (Guest Star) 2014
71% 81% Dexter Tom Matthews (Character),
Captain Tom Matthews (Guest Star)
2006-2007 2009-2013
69% 79% Revenge Unknown (Guest Star) 2013
No Score Yet 50% In Plain Sight Seth Mann (Guest Star) 2010 2012
21% 33% Man Up! Mr. Donahue (Guest Star) 2011
No Score Yet 77% Rules of Engagement Franklin Dunbar (Guest Star) 2008 2011
90% 78% Fringe Arnold McFadden (Guest Star) 2010
89% 94% Better Off Ted Elijah Palmer (Guest Star) 2009
No Score Yet 89% The Mentalist Noah Plaskett (Guest Star) 2009
20% No Score Yet Rodney Dale Hamilton (Guest Star) 2005-2006 2008
No Score Yet 93% Numb3ers Unknown (Guest Star) 2007
No Score Yet 83% NCIS Roy Carver (Guest Star) 2006
No Score Yet 85% Criminal Minds Unknown (Guest Star) 2006
91% 78% Veronica Mars Unknown (Guest Star) 2005
72% 88% Desperate Housewives Sam (Guest Star) 2005
87% 87% 24 Senator John Keeler (Guest Star) 2003-2005
No Score Yet No Score Yet Eyes Unknown (Guest Star) 2005
83% 83% NYPD Blue Phil Beckett (Guest Star) 2005
91% 90% Monk Harry Bolston (Guest Star) 2004
75% 95% The West Wing Senate Minority Leader Tripplehorn (Guest Star) 2002-2003
No Score Yet 0% The Drew Carey Show Unknown (Guest Star) 2003
No Score Yet No Score Yet Touched by an Angel Unknown (Guest Star) 2003
No Score Yet No Score Yet The District Unknown (Guest Star) 2003
No Score Yet No Score Yet That '80s Show R.T. Howard (Character) 2002
79% 93% Friends Mr. Franklin (Guest Star) 2001
No Score Yet 100% Becker Unknown (Guest Star) 2001
No Score Yet No Score Yet Nash Bridges Unknown (Guest Star) 2000-2001
60% 100% Popular Unknown (Guest Star) 2000
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cosby Unknown (Guest Star) 1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet Unhappily Ever After Jack Malloy (Character),
No Score Yet 100% Grace Under Fire Unknown (Guest Star) 1995-1998
No Score Yet 93% Party of Five Unknown (Guest Star) 1994
No Score Yet 96% Law & Order Unknown (Guest Star) 1991 1994
No Score Yet No Score Yet Kate & Allie Unknown (Guest Star) 1985 1989
No Score Yet 99% Married ... With Children Roland Squab (Guest Star) 1988
No Score Yet No Score Yet Free SHOWTIME Dexter Captain Tom Matthews (Character)