Jack Blessing

Jack Blessing

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Birthday: Jul 29, 1951

Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, USA

A versatile character player in television and the occasional feature for more than three decades, Jack Blessing essayed a wide variety of roles in dramatic and comic fare, including recurring roles on "Moonlighting" (ABC, 1985-89) and "George Lopez" (ABC, 2002-07).  Born July 29, 1951 in Baltimore, Maryland, Blessing was raised in the city's suburbs and attended the Catholic boys' prep school Calvert Hall College High School. After graduation, he earned a degree from the Maryland-based Frostburg State University before entering the U.S. Army in 1972. His military service, which included tenure with the Defense Language Institute, ran until 1975, after which he relocated to Boston, Massachusetts; there, he joined the city's acclaimed improvisational theater group, The Proposition, while taking courses at Harvard University. In his final year with the troupe, Blessing was reportedly spotted by a casting agent from Paramount Studios, which led to his first screen role in the CBS TV-movie "The Defection of Simas Kurdika" (1978), with Alan Arkin. From there, he worked steadily in episodic television, including episodes of "M*A*S*H" (CBS, 1972-1983), while also enjoying minor roles in features like Michael Cimino's "Heaven's Gate" (1980), before landing his first series regular work on "Small & Frye" (CBS, 1983), a short-lived comedy-fantasy series from The Walt Disney Company about a detective (Blessing) who could shrink to a height of six inches. The series lasted just four episodes before cancellation, and Blessing soon returned to steady guest work on television. Between 1986 and 2007, Blessing was a prolific presence on television, enjoying recurring roles on no less than four series while also appearing on numerous individual episodes of network programs ranging from broad sitcoms to police and legal dramas. He was featured in the final two seasons of "Moonlighting" as MacGillicudy, a foil for hapless detective Curtis Armstrong's romantic interest in Allyce Beasley's Agnes DiPesto, and appeared as Tea Leoni's unhinged building manager in the ill-fated debut season of "The Naked Truth" (ABC/NBC, 1995-98), but did not follow the series to NBC after its revival and retooling in 1997. Blessing also played a police detective on multiple episodes of Steve Bochco's "Murder One" (ABC, 1995-1997) and was later throughout the five-year run of "George Lopez" as Jack Powers, one-half of a thoughtless pair of siblings who ran the aviation company that employed series star Lopez. Between these efforts and other guest roles, Blessing also appeared in numerous features, including the Cuban missile crisis drama "Thirteen Days" (2000) and "Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby" (2006), and logged numerous hours as a voice-over and automated dialogue replacement (ADR) artist for countless live-action and animated projects. Blessing gave his final screen performance in the animated feature "Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return" (2013); he died of pancreatic cancer at his home in Chatsworth, California on November 14, 2017 at the age of 66.

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Murder at 75 Birch Detective Todd Holman (Character) - 1999
No Score Yet 85% The Last of His Tribe Tom Waterman (Character) - 1992
No Score Yet No Score Yet Miss America: Behind the Crown Eric Chandler (Character) - 1992
No Score Yet 20% The Marla Hanson Story Joel (Character) - 1991
No Score Yet 62% Joshua's Heart Nick (Character) - 1990
No Score Yet No Score Yet LBJ: The Early Years Billy Bob (Character) - 1987

TV

Credit
No Score Yet 58% Mike & Molly Pillot (Guest Star) 2012
No Score Yet 85% CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Unknown (Guest Star) 2009
82% 81% The Closer Dr. Dennis Blair (Guest Star) 2009
No Score Yet 71% George Lopez Unknown (Guest Star) 2002-2007
74% 86% The X-Files Dr. Jack Preijers (Guest Star) 2002
No Score Yet No Score Yet Judging Amy Unknown (Guest Star) 2002 2000
83% No Score Yet That's Life Unknown (Guest Star) 2001
20% No Score Yet City of Angels Unknown (Guest Star) 2000
46% No Score Yet It's Like, You Know ... Unknown (Guest Star) 1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet Touched by an Angel Unknown (Guest Star) 1999
83% No Score Yet NYPD Blue Dr. Swan (Guest Star) 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet Maximum Bob Unknown (Guest Star) 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet Brooklyn South Unknown (Guest Star) 1997-1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Practice Unknown (Guest Star) 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet Profiler Unknown (Guest Star) 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet Smart Guy Unknown (Guest Star) 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet Pensacola: Wings of Gold Unknown (Guest Star) 1997
60% No Score Yet Cracker Unknown (Guest Star) 1997
No Score Yet 76% Home Improvement Unknown (Guest Star) 1997
No Score Yet 82% ER Roger Drummond (Guest Star) 1997
91% No Score Yet Murder One Unknown (Guest Star) 1996-1997
No Score Yet 77% Everybody Loves Raymond Dr. Hammond (Guest Star) 1997
56% No Score Yet Dangerous Minds Unknown (Guest Star) 1996
91% 86% Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Dulmur (Guest Star) 1996
64% No Score Yet The Naked Truth Unknown (Character) 1995-1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cybill Unknown (Guest Star) 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet Civil Wars Mark Hayes (Guest Star) 1992
76% 68% Roseanne Cyrano de Bergerac/Phil (Guest Star) 1991
No Score Yet 94% The Golden Girls Father Monroe (Guest Star) 1991
83% No Score Yet thirtysomething Jeff Haggis (Guest Star) 1987
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mr. President Brian (Guest Star) 1987
No Score Yet 93% M*A*S*H Lt. Rollins (Guest Star) 1981

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