Ray Wise

Lowest Rated: 0% One Missed Call (2008)
Birthday: Aug 29, 1947
Birthplace: Not Available
Longtime character actor Ray Wise is beloved by genre fans for his over-the-top roles in Swamp Thing, RoboCop, Twin Peaks (both the series and the feature), and Jeepers Creepers 2, yet one look at the actor's diverse filmography reveals that it's Wise's diverse body of small-screen work that has been his bread and butter throughout the years.As an adolescent, Wise became keenly aware of his love for acting, and displayed his ambition by appearing in as many plays as possible throughout high school. A college theater major who spent most of his summer breaks in summer stock, Wise was well and ready to enter the professional world after receiving his degree in 1970. As with many other aspiring actors, Wise was drawn to the bright lights of Broadway and New York City, landing a job on the soap opera Love of Life after being in town for only two weeks. During the six years that he was acting on Love of Life, Wise would moonlight with stage roles both on and off-Broadway in addition to dabbling in repertory theater. When Love of Life was canceled in 1976, it was time to expand into features with supporting roles in Swamp Thing and Cat People (both 1982). Throughout the 1980s, Wise appeared on some of the most popular series on television, including Dallas, Trapper John, M.D., Knots Landing, and Moonlighting -- occasionally returning for a recurring role. While his part in Paul Verhoeven's over-the-top sci-fi action flick RoboCop offered the busy actor a chance to truly explore his inner villain, it was another menacing role that would propel Wise's career in the 1990s.Cast as grieving father Leland Palmer in the surreal David Lynch series Twin Peaks, Wise captivated television viewers with his emotionally charged performance -- Palmer was a challenging character, and few actors could have brought him to life quite as effectively as Wise. In 1992, Wise reprised the role of Leland Palmer for the polarizing feature Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, with subsequent performances in Bob Roberts and Powder, as well as on television in Star Trek: Voyager and Beverly Hills 90210, proving his highest-profile works of the decade. While by the year 2000 it appeared as if Wise had settled into a comfortable small-screen groove thanks to his numerous television credits, roles as a frightened father in the underappreciated, Twilight Zone-flavored frightener Dead End and a monster-fighting farmer in Jeepers Creepers 2 (which re-teamed him with Powder director Victor Salva) both gave genre fans cause to celebrate. In 2005, Wise took an affecting turn as communist witch-hunt victim Don Hollenbeck in director George Clooney's Oscar-nominated drama Good Night, and Good Luck, and the following year he had a recurring role as Vice President Hal Gardner in the hit Fox series 24. With additional small-screen roles in The Closer, CSI, Law & Order: SVU, and the supernatural series Reaper (on which he played the Devil himself) serving well to balance out feature work in Peaceful Warrior, Pandemic, and One Missed Call, it appeared that Wise remained as comfortable as ever fluctuating between work in film and television. He continued to work steadily on small and big-screen projects like Pandemic, One Missed Call, Crazy Eyes, Mad Men, and Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie.


Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet The Chain Actor 2019
27% Tone Deaf Actor 2018
No Score Yet The Bronx Bull Father Joseph 2017
No Score Yet Le prix du secret Actor 2017
No Score Yet El destino de los Burnett Actor 2017
No Score Yet Shattered Forest Burnett 2017
39% Batman: The Killing Joke Commissioner James Gordon $0.5M 2016
8% God's Not Dead 2 Pete Kane 2016
No Score Yet Halloweed Judge Pilmington 2016
16% The Lazarus Effect Mr. Wallace $20.5M 2015
60% Digging Up the Marrow William Dekker 2015
64% Suburban Gothic Actor 2015
No Score Yet Unnatural Victor Clobirch 2015
No Score Yet The Breakup Girl Bob Baker 2015
86% Night of the Living Deb Frank Waverly 2014
73% No God, No Master Alexander Palmer 2014
No Score Yet The Butterfly Room Nick 2014
No Score Yet Jurassic City Actor 2014
No Score Yet Bird Co. Media Actor 2014
No Score Yet Dead Still Wenton Davis 2014
55% Wrong Cops Captain Andy 2013
No Score Yet Brother's Keeper Herbert Leemaster 2013
78% Big Ass Spider! Major Braxton Tanner 2013
No Score Yet Lionhead Jimmy 2013
4% Atlas Shrugged: Part II Head of State Thompson $2.6M 2012
26% Crazy Eyes Zach's Father $6.6K 2012
No Score Yet Darnell Dawkins: Mouth Guitar Legend Wade Dawkins 2012
36% Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie Dr. Doon Struts $0.2M 2012
No Score Yet Brother White Kingman 2012
No Score Yet The Aggression Scale Bellavance 2012
83% Excision Principal Campbell 2012
No Score Yet FDR: American Badass! Douglas MacArthur 2012
40% Chillerama Dr. Weems 2011
86% X-Men: First Class Secretary of State $145.4M 2011
No Score Yet Rosewood Lane Det. Briggs 2011
No Score Yet Iodine Avery 2010
No Score Yet 7-10 Split (Strike) Actor 2009
No Score Yet Cyxork 7 Kommander 88 2009
No Score Yet Stuntmen Actor 2009
No Score Yet The First Time Actor 2009
No Score Yet AM1200 Actor 2008
No Score Yet AmericanEast Agent Stevens 2008
No Score Yet The Flock Bobby Stiles 2008
0% One Missed Call Ted Summers $26.9M 2008
No Score Yet Infestation Ethan 2008
No Score Yet Pandemic General Matthews 2008
57% Superman: Doomsday Perry White 2007
25% Peaceful Warrior Dr. Hayden $1M 2006
No Score Yet The Substance of Things Hoped For Dr. Lessing 2006
93% Good Night, And Good Luck Don Hollenbeck $31.6M 2005
No Score Yet Jane Doe: The Wrong Face Fleming 2005
No Score Yet The Rain Makers Harris 2005
75% Dead End Frank Harrington 2003
23% Jeepers Creepers 2 Jack Taggart $35.3M 2003
40% The Battle of Shaker Heights Harrison Bowland 2003
20% Almost Salinas Jack 2003
No Score Yet Landspeed Brian 2002
43% Two Can Play That Game Bill Parker $22.1M 2001
No Score Yet Windfall Actor 2001
No Score Yet Pennyweight Actor 1999
No Score Yet Garbage Picking, Field Goal Kicking Philadelphia Phenomenon Actor 1998
No Score Yet Evasive Action Wes Blaidek 1998
50% Powder Stipler 1995
No Score Yet The Rift (La Grieta) Actor 1995
No Score Yet The Crew Charles Pierce 1995
No Score Yet Liz: The Elizabeth Taylor Story Mike Todd 1995
37% The Chase Dalton Voss 1994
No Score Yet Body Shot Dwight Frye 1994
33% Rising Sun Sen. John Morton 1993
No Score Yet The Killing Box Col. George Thalman 1993
97% Bob Roberts Chet MacGregor 1992
64% Twin Peaks - Fire Walk with Me Leland Palmer 1992
No Score Yet Sunstroke Winters 1992
No Score Yet Write to Kill Mark Gaston 1991
No Score Yet Fire in the Dark Richard 1991
No Score Yet Endless Descent Robbins 1990
No Score Yet The Secret Life of Archie's Wife Archie 1990
No Score Yet Runaway Heart Archie 1990
No Score Yet Race For Glory Jack Davis 1989
No Score Yet The Flight Phil Maresca 1988
89% RoboCop Leon Nash 1987
No Score Yet Condor Actor 1986
100% The Journey of Natty Gann Sol Gann 1985
62% Cat People Soap Opera Man 1982
67% Swamp Thing Doctor Alec Holland 1982
No Score Yet Tartuffe Actor 1978
No Score Yet Land of Leopold Actor


94% Fresh Off the Boat
  • 2019
  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
89% Twin Peaks
Leland Palmer
  • 2018
  • 1991
  • 1990
97% Fargo
Paul Marrane
  • 2017
No Score Yet Comment je l'ai rencontrée
Robin Sr.
  • 2014
83% How I Met Your Mother
Robin Sr.
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2011
76% Body of Proof
Martin Davis
  • 2013
No Score Yet Newsreaders
Skip Reming
  • 2013
No Score Yet Criminal Minds
John Nelson
  • 2012
No Score Yet NCIS
Wayne Tobett
  • 2012
No Score Yet Nuclear Family
The Man
  • 2012
No Score Yet The Mentalist
Dennis Victor
  • 2012
89% Chuck
  • 2011
No Score Yet Hawaii Five-0
Morris Brown
  • 2011
82% Wilfred
Colt St. Cloud
  • 2011
80% Castle
Bobby Fox
  • 2010
94% Mad Men
Ed Baxter
  • 2010
68% The Good Guys
  • 2010
92% Psych
Father Westley
  • 2010
  • 2009
86% 24
Hal Gardner
  • 2010
  • 2006
48% Dollhouse
Stewart Lipman
  • 2009
No Score Yet Numb3rs
Mitch Langford
  • 2009
75% Reaper
  • 2009
  • 2008
  • 2007
95% Tim and Eric Awesome Show Great Job!
  • 2008
52% Shark
Lloyd Holcomb
  • 2007
No Score Yet Six Degrees
Henry Crane
  • 2007
90% Bones
Rick Turco
  • 2006
No Score Yet CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
Ernest Chase
  • 2006
75% The West Wing
Gov. Gabe Tillman
  • 2005
No Score Yet Charmed
  • 2002
No Score Yet Beverly Hills, 90210
Hunter Noah's Father
  • 1998
90% Sports Night
  • 1998
77% Star Trek: Voyager
  • 1998
100% The Larry Sanders Show
Lloyd Simon
  • 1994
97% Moonlighting
  • 1989
89% Star Trek: The Next Generation
  • 1989
No Score Yet Beauty and the Beast
  • 1987
No Score Yet The A-Team
  • 1985
No Score Yet Remington Steele
  • 1984
  • 1982
No Score Yet Farmed and Dangerous