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      Michael Gaston

      Michael Gaston

      Highest Rated: 94% First Reformed (2017)

      Lowest Rated: 3% Bless the Child (2000)

      Birthday: Nov 5, 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

      First Reformed poster First Reformed Home poster
      Home
      Sugar poster
      Sugar
      Bridge of Spies poster Bridge of Spies Big Miracle poster Big Miracle Ransom poster
      Ransom
      A Mouthful of Air poster A Mouthful of Air W. poster
      W.

      Photos

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      68% 81% A Mouthful of Air Ron (Character) $247.5K 2021
      36% 51% Spenser Confidential Captain Boylan (Character) - 2020
      93% 95% Togo Self - 2019
      94% 69% First Reformed Edward Balq (Character) $3.4M 2017
      91% 87% Bridge of Spies Williams (Character) $72.3M 2015
      75% 64% Big Miracle Porter Beckford (Character) $20.1M 2012
      94% 73% Home Hermann (Character) $9.0K 2008
      92% 79% Sugar Stu (Character) $1.1M 2008
      58% 42% W. Gen. Tommy Franks (Character) $25.5M 2008
      55% 62% Body of Lies Holiday (Character) $39.4M 2008
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Out There Wayne (Character) - 2006
      47% 49% Lonely Hearts D.A. Hunt (Character) $187.4K 2006
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Runaway Jesse Adler (Character) - 2005
      26% 70% Stay Sheriff Kennelly / Security Officer (Character) $3.6M 2005
      30% 50% High Crimes Major Waldron (Character) $41.5M 2002
      3% 43% Bless the Child Det. Frank Bugatti (Character) $29.4M 2000
      No Score Yet 79% Cora Unashamed Arthur Studevant (Character) - 2000
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Wayward Son Edgar (Character) - 1999
      74% 62% Ransom Agent Jack Sickler (Character) $136.5M 1996
      50% 39% Sudden Death Hickey (Character) $20.2M 1995

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet 89% Chicago P.D. Chief O'Neal (Guest Star) 2014 2022
      91% 85% Five Days at Memorial Arthur "Butch" Schafer (Character) 2022
      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) 1999 2003 2016 2020
      47% 73% Treadstone Dan Levine (Character) 2019
      71% 78% Strange Angel Virgil Byrne (Character) 2018-2019
      36% 40% The Code General H.H. Carrick IV (Guest Star) 2019
      No Score Yet 77% Madam Secretary CIA Director Hugh Haymond (Guest Star) 2017
      81% 80% Power Judge Tapper (Guest Star) 2017
      91% 90% The Leftovers Dean (Character),
      Unknown (Guest Star)
      2014 2017
      71% 54% Designated Survivor Gov. John Royce (Guest Star) 2016
      No Score Yet 81% 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 71% Blindspot Unknown (Guest Star) 2015
      No Score Yet 81% Blue Bloods Jim Voutay (Guest Star) 2015
      94% 76% Royal Pains Ed Harper (Guest Star) 2015
      93% 90% The Good Wife Ernie Nolan (Guest Star) 2014-2015
      58% 65% The Following Unknown (Guest Star) 2015
      No Score Yet 69% NCIS: Los Angeles Unknown (Guest Star) 2015
      89% 85% How to Get Away With Murder Unknown (Guest Star) 2014
      81% 91% TURN: Washington's Spies Gen. Scott (Guest Star) 2014
      95% 88% Elementary Kurt Yoder (Guest Star) 2014
      No Score Yet 89% The Mentalist Gale Bertram (Guest Star) 2010-2013
      94% 96% Mad Men Burt Peterson (Guest Star) 2009 2013
      96% 94% The Americans Agent Bartholomew (Guest Star) 2013
      No Score Yet 59% Unforgettable Det. Mike Costello (Character) 2011-2012
      69% 88% Rubicon Unknown (Character) 2010
      87% 87% 24 General David Bruckner (Guest Star) 2010
      31% 0% Three Rivers Unknown (Guest Star) 2009
      76% 74% Saving Grace Unknown (Guest Star) 2009
      90% 78% Fringe Sanford Harris (Guest Star) 2009
      No Score Yet 93% Numb3ers Unknown (Guest Star) 2009
      No Score Yet 96% Law & Order Unknown (Guest Star) 1997 1999 2001 2009
      No Score Yet 84% ER Rick (Guest Star) 2008
      54% 81% Jericho Gray Anderson (Character),
      Unknown (Guest Star)
      2006-2008
      79% No Score Yet Brotherhood Mr. Speaker (Guest Star) 2006
      61% 78% Prison Break Quinn (Guest Star) 2005
      39% No Score Yet Blind Justice Lt. Gary Fisk (Character) 2005
      No Score Yet 35% JAG Unknown (Guest Star) 2004
      No Score Yet 66% Without a Trace Unknown (Guest Star) 2004
      75% 95% The West Wing Eric Hayden (Guest Star) 2004
      No Score Yet 90% Malcolm in the Middle Unknown (Guest Star) 2004
      No Score Yet 83% NCIS Maj. Dougherty (Guest Star) 2004
      No Score Yet 0% 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
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Ed Unknown (Guest Star) 2001
      92% 96% The Sopranos Alex Mahaffey (Guest Star) 1999
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Profiler Unknown (Guest Star) 1997-1998
      91% 84% Homicide: Life on the Street Unknown (Guest Star) 1996
      No Score Yet No Score Yet New York Undercover Unknown (Guest Star) 1996