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Ray Wise

Highest Rated:   100% Bob Roberts (1992)
Lowest Rated:   0% One Missed Call (2008)
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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.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet The Bronx Bull
  • Father Joseph
2017
No Score Yet El destino de los Burnett
  • Actor
2017
45% Batman: The Killing Joke
  • Commissioner James Gordon
$0.5M 2016
9% God's Not Dead 2
  • Pete Kane
2016
No Score Yet Halloweed
  • Judge Pilmington
2016
14% The Lazarus Effect
  • Mr. Wallace
$20.5M 2015
56% Digging Up the Marrow
  • William Dekker
2015
60% Suburban Gothic
  • Actor
2015
No Score Yet Unnatural
  • Victor Clobirch
2015
No Score Yet The Breakup Girl
  • Bob Baker
2015
80% Night of the Living Deb
  • Frank Waverly
2014
71% 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
No Score Yet Jeepers Creepers 3: Cathedral (Jeepers Creepers III)
  • Actor
2014
50% Wrong Cops
  • Captain Andy
2013
No Score Yet Brother's Keeper
  • Herbert Leemaster
2013
76% 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
28% Crazy Eyes
  • Zach's Father
$6.6k 2012
No Score Yet Darnell Dawkins: Mouth Guitar Legend
  • Wade Dawkins
2012
38% 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
81% Excision
  • Principal Campbell
2012
No Score Yet FDR: American Badass!
  • Douglas MacArthur
2012
No Score Yet Chillerama
  • Dr. Weems
2011
86% X-Men: First Class
  • Secretary of State
$145.3M 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
$35.2M 2003
41% 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
47% 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
35% Rising Sun
  • Sen. John Morton
1993
No Score Yet The Killing Box
  • Col. George Thalman
1993
100% Bob Roberts
  • Chet MacGregor
1992
61% 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
88% RoboCop
  • Leon Nash
1987
No Score Yet Condor
  • Actor
1986
100% The Journey of Natty Gann
  • Sol Gann
1985
65% Cat People
  • Soap Opera Man
1982
64% Swamp Thing
  • Doctor Alec Holland
1982
No Score Yet Tartuffe
  • Actor
1978
No Score Yet Land of Leopold
  • Actor

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Fresh Off the Boat
2015
  • Marvin
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
No Score Yet Comment je l'ai rencontrée
2005
  • Robin Sr.
  • 2014
No Score Yet How I Met Your Mother
2005-2014
  • Robin Sr.
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2011
No Score Yet Body of Proof
2011-2013
  • Martin Davis
  • 2013
No Score Yet Newsreaders
2013-2015
  • Skip Reming
  • 2013
No Score Yet Criminal Minds
2005
  • John Nelson
  • 2012
No Score Yet NCIS
2003
  • Wayne Tobett
  • 2012
No Score Yet The Mentalist
2008-2015
  • Dennis Victor
  • 2012
87% Chuck
2007-2012
  • Actor
  • 2011
No Score Yet Hawaii Five-0
2010
  • Morris Brown
  • 2011
75% Wilfred
2011-2014
  • Colt St. Cloud
  • 2011
73% Castle
2009-2016
  • Bobby Fox
  • 2010
94% Mad Men
2007-2015
  • Ed Baxter
  • 2010
67% The Good Guys
2010
  • Buddy
  • 2010
No Score Yet Psych
2006-2014
  • Father Westley
  • 2010
  • 2009
87% 24
2001-2014
  • Hal Gardner
  • 2010
  • 2006
53% Dollhouse
2009-2010
  • Stewart Lipman
  • 2009
No Score Yet Bones
2005
  • Rick Turco
  • 2006
No Score Yet CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
2000-2015
  • Ernest Chase
  • 2006
No Score Yet The West Wing
1999-2006
  • Gov. Gabe Tillman
  • 2005
No Score Yet Charmed
1998-2006
  • Ludlow
  • 2002
100% Sports Night
1998-2000
  • Bill
  • 1998
No Score Yet Star Trek: Voyager
1995-2001
  • Arturis
  • 1998
94% Twin Peaks
1990
  • Leland Palmer
  • 1991
  • 1990
No Score Yet Star Trek: The Next Generation
1987-1994
  • Liko
  • 1989
No Score Yet Beauty and the Beast
1987-1990
  • Tom
  • 1987
No Score Yet Farmed and Dangerous
2014
  • Buck

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