Michael Gaston

Michael Gaston

Highest Rated: 94% Home (2008)

Lowest Rated: 3% Bless the Child (2000)

Birthday: Nov 05, 1962

Birthplace: Walnut Creek, California, USA

Actor Michael Gaston built a career on playing shadowy authority figures in various network dramas including "Jericho" (CBS, 2006-08), "The Mentalist" (CBS, 2008-2015) and "Blindspot" (NBC, 2015-). Born in Walnut Creek, CA in 1962, Gaston initially trained to be a teacher before attending NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. After making his screen debut playing the Justice of the Peace in Ang Lee's "The Wedding Banquet" (1993), he made the first of numerous appearances in the "Law and Order" (NBC, 1990-2010) franchise and played a sharpshooter in "Amateur" (1994), agents in "Hackers" (1995) and "Ransom" (1996), and a hacker in "Sudden Death" (1996). Gaston then guested on multiple episodes of crime series "Profiler" (NBC, 1996-2000) and "newsroom drama" Deadline (NBC, 2000), showed up in "The Crucible" (1996), "Cop Land" (1997) and "Double Jeopardy" (1999), and enjoyed a supporting role in period drama "Cora Unashamed" (2000). Gaston continued to play characters in positions of power, including Detective Bugatti in "Bless the Child" (2000), USS Pierce Captain in "Thirteen Days" (2000) and Major Waldron in "High Crimes" (2002), but roles as office executive Stan Fine in "Far from Heaven" (2002) and abusive father Jesse in "Runaway" (2005) helped stretch his talents, too. Having racked up dozens of small screen guest spots, Gaston was finally given some regular screentime on numerous crime dramas, including "Blind Justice" (ABC, 2005), "Brotherhood" (Showtime, 2006-08) and "Damages" (FX, 2007-2012), and also played salt mine owner-turned-politician Gray Anderson on post-apocalyptic cult hit "Jericho" (CBS, 2006-08). Gaston also enjoyed minor parts in "Stay" (2005), "Out There" (2006), "Lonely Hearts" (2006) and "Sugar" (2008), starred opposite Marcia Gay Harden in "Home" (2008) and worked with Ridley Scott on "Body of Lies" (2008), Oliver Stone on "W." (2008) and Christopher Nolan on "Inception" (2010). After a four-episode stint as Pentagon consultant Sanford Harris on "Fringe" (Fox, 2008-2013), Gaston enjoyed the recurring roles of financial officer Burt Peterson in "Mad Men" (AMC, 2007-2015), Agent Donald Bloom in "Rubicon" (AMC, 2010), attorney Ben Zeitlin in "Terriers" (FX, 2010) and industrialist Barton Sinclair on "Last Resort" (ABC, 2012-13), and landed the more significant parts of CBI Director Gale Bertram in "The Mentalist" (CBS, 2008-2015) and Detective Mike Costello on "Unforgettable" (CBS, 2011-16). Gaston then returned to the big screen in "Big Miracle" (2012), "Bridge of Spies" (2015) and "First Reformed" (2017), portrayed General Charles Scott in "Turn: Washington's Spies" (AMC, 2014-17) and played dog killer Dean in The "Leftovers" (HBO, 2014-17), CIA Deputy Director Tom Carter in "Blindspot" (NBC, 2015-) and hardware store owner Mark Sampson in "The Man in the High Castle" (Amazon, 2015-). After adding "Murder in the First" (TNT, 2016-18), "Madam Secretary" (CBS, 2014-) and "Power" (Starz, 2014-) to his resume, Gaston appeared in TV movie "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" (2017), showed up in "Irreplaceable You" (2018) and "The Land of Steady Habits" (2018), and landed the parts of President Pickett in "Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan" (Amazon, 2018-) and Jack's father-in-law Virgil in "Strange Angel" (CBS All Access, 2018-).

Highest rated movies




37% 52% Spenser Confidential Captain Boylan (Character) - 2020
92% 95% Togo Michael Gaston (Character) - 2019
93% 68% First Reformed Edward Balq (Character) $3.4M 2017
90% 87% Bridge of Spies Williams (Character) $72.3M 2015
75% 64% Big Miracle Porter Beckford (Character) $20.1M 2012
58% 42% W. Gen. Tommy Franks (Character) $25.5M 2008
55% 62% Body of Lies Holiday (Character) $39.4M 2008
94% 73% Home Hermann (Character) $9K 2008
92% 80% Sugar Stu (Character) $1.1M 2008
47% 49% Lonely Hearts D.A. Hunt (Character) $187.4K 2006
No Score Yet No Score Yet Out There Wayne (Character) - 2006
27% 70% Stay Sheriff Kennelly / Security Officer (Character) $3.6M 2005
No Score Yet No Score Yet Runaway Jesse Adler (Character) - 2005
31% 50% High Crimes Major Waldron (Character) $41.5M 2002
3% 43% Bless the Child Det. Frank Bugatti (Character) $29.4M 2000
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cora Unashamed Arthur Studevant (Character) - 2000
No Score Yet No Score Yet Wayward Son Edgar (Character) - 1999
75% 62% Ransom Agent Jack Sickler (Character) $136.5M 1996
50% 39% Sudden Death Hickey (Character) $20.2M 1995


95% 91% Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Unknown (Guest Star) 2020
78% 89% Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Donald Bazinski (Guest Star) 2020 2016 2003 1999
47% 72% Treadstone Dan Levine (Character) 2019
71% 76% Strange Angel Virgil Byrne (Character) 2018-2019
36% 64% The Code General H.H. Carrick IV (Guest Star) 2019
No Score Yet 78% Madam Secretary CIA Director Hugh Haymond (Guest Star) 2017
81% 82% Power Judge Tapper (Guest Star) 2017
91% 90% The Leftovers Dean (Character),
Unknown (Guest Star)
2017 2014
71% 53% Designated Survivor Gov. John Royce (Guest Star) 2016
No Score Yet 83% Murder in the First Alfred Arkin (Character) 2016
65% 91% BrainDead Unknown (Guest Star) 2016
90% 81% Bones Agent Brandt Walker (Guest Star) 2016
No Score Yet 70% Blindspot Unknown (Guest Star) 2015
No Score Yet 89% Blue Bloods Jim Voutay (Guest Star) 2015
94% 74% Royal Pains Ed Harper (Guest Star) 2015
93% 91% The Good Wife Ernie Nolan (Guest Star) 2014-2015
58% 67% The Following Unknown (Guest Star) 2015
No Score Yet 70% NCIS: Los Angeles Unknown (Guest Star) 2015
No Score Yet 85% Chicago P.D. Parish (Guest Star) 2014
88% 85% How to Get Away With Murder Unknown (Guest Star) 2014
81% 91% TURN: Washington's Spies Gen. Scott (Guest Star) 2014
95% 89% Elementary Kurt Yoder (Guest Star) 2014
No Score Yet 87% The Mentalist Gale Bertram (Guest Star) 2010-2013
94% 96% Mad Men Burt Peterson (Guest Star) 2013 2009
96% 93% The Americans Agent Bartholomew (Guest Star) 2013
No Score Yet 69% Unforgettable Det. Mike Costello (Character) 2011-2012
69% 86% Rubicon Unknown (Character) 2010
87% 85% 24 General David Bruckner (Guest Star) 2010
31% No Score Yet Three Rivers Unknown (Guest Star) 2009
76% No Score Yet Saving Grace Unknown (Guest Star) 2009
90% 76% Fringe Sanford Harris (Guest Star) 2009
No Score Yet 92% Numb3ers Unknown (Guest Star) 2009
No Score Yet No Score Yet Law & Order Unknown (Guest Star) 2009 2001 1999 1997
No Score Yet 80% ER Rick (Guest Star) 2008
54% 87% Jericho Gray Anderson (Character),
Unknown (Guest Star)
80% No Score Yet Brotherhood Mr. Speaker (Guest Star) 2006
60% 78% Prison Break Quinn (Guest Star) 2005
39% No Score Yet Blind Justice Lt. Gary Fisk (Character) 2005
No Score Yet No Score Yet JAG Unknown (Guest Star) 2004
No Score Yet No Score Yet Without a Trace Unknown (Guest Star) 2004
75% 94% The West Wing Eric Hayden (Guest Star) 2004
No Score Yet 91% Malcolm in the Middle Unknown (Guest Star) 2004
No Score Yet 86% Navy NCIS Maj. Dougherty (Guest Star) 2004
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Guardian Unknown (Guest Star) 2004
20% No Score Yet Hack Unknown (Guest Star) 2003
73% No Score Yet John Doe Unknown (Guest Star) 2003
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Practice Unknown (Guest Star) 2002
21% No Score Yet First Monday Unknown (Guest Star) 2002
61% 70% Ally McBeal Unknown (Guest Star) 2002
No Score Yet No Score Yet Ed Unknown (Guest Star) 2001
92% 98% The Sopranos Alex Mahaffey (Guest Star) 1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet Profiler Unknown (Guest Star) 1997-1998
91% No Score Yet Homicide: Life on the Street Unknown (Guest Star) 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet New York Undercover Unknown (Guest Star) 1996


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