Robert Clendenin

Robert Clendenin

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Birthday: Apr 14, 1964

Birthplace: Newark, Ohio, USA

One of the busiest character actors in Hollywood, Robert Clendenin embraced typecasting by carving out a career playing a whole range of socially-awkward and offbeat characters in the likes of "Scrubs" (NBC 2001-2010), "My Name Is Earl" (NBC 2005-09) and "Cougar Town" (ABC, 2009-12; TBS, 2013-15). Born in Newark, OH in 1964, Clendenin emigrated to Australia with his parents in the early '70s but returned to the States to study engineering at New York's Cornell University. Realizing that "the world would be safer" if he wasn't designing bridges, he switched his attention to acting, graduating from Penn State University with a fine arts degree where he also co-founded the Whistling Shrimp improv group. After two years working in regional theater, Clendenin moved to Los Angeles where he made his on-screen debut as a guard in "Renegade" (USA Network 1992-97) and began to establish himself as the go-to oddball guy with recurring parts in the likes of "The Practice" (ABC 1997-2004), "Caroline In The City" (NBC 1995-99) and "Felicity" (The WB 1998-2002). Following an eight-episode stint as Godfrey in teenage comedy drama "Popular" (The WB 1999-2001), Clendenin showed up as cult member Zarnoff in "Dude, Where's My Car" (2000), slacker Price Mart employee Earl in "That '70s Show" (Fox 1998-2006) and the aptly-named Doofus in "Boomtown" (NBC 2002-03). Clendenin then landed one of his most notable roles, the sexually deviant oncologist Dr. Zeltzer in medical sitcom "Scrubs" (NBC 2001-2010), and maintained his misfit reputation by playing a man infatuated with his pet mouse in "Monk" (USA Network 2002-09), an electrician who just happened to be God in "Joan of Arcadia" (CBS 2003-05) and Louis the stalker in "Desperate Housewives" (ABC 2004-2012). Adding to his packed resume with guest spots in "Weeds" (Showtime 2005-2012), "Reaper" (The CW 2007-09) and "The New Adventures of Old Christine" (CBS 2006-2010), Clendenin then appeared as Lloyd in the children's fantasy film "Race To Witch Mountain" (2009) and a shipyard worker in the big-screen reboot of "Star Trek" (2009), thirteen years after playing a Vidiian surgeon in "Star Trek: Voyager" (UPN 1995-2001). Clendenin then brought his signature brand of weirdness to "Cougar Town" (ABC, 2009-12; TBS, 2013-15) when he was cast as Tom Gazelian, the odd man out determined to be accepted by Courtney Cox's gang. Originally a minor recurring character, Tom was eventually accepted into the show's main cast as his character became more fleshed out. While co-starring on "Cougar Town," Clendenin also turned up in episodes of "Longmire" (A&E 2012- ), "The League" (FX 2009- ) and "Anger Management" (FX , 2012-14), while returning to his improv roots in the Hulu series "Quick Draw."

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Filmography

Movies

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No Score Yet No Score Yet K-9 Adventures: Legend of the Lost Gold Clint (Character) - 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bigfeet Unknown (Character) - 2004
No Score Yet 47% Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye John the Bartender (Character) - 2000
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bad City Blues Dutch (Character) - 1999

TV

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No Score Yet 54% Call Me Kat Pete (Guest Star) 2021
No Score Yet 71% The Neighborhood Stan (Guest Star) 2021
76% 60% mixed-ish Principal Taylor (Guest Star) 2020
56% 44% All Rise Colin (Guest Star) 2019
No Score Yet 78% The Resident William Harper (Guest Star) 2019
88% 92% Longmire Jamie DeBell (Guest Star) 2012 2014 2016-2017
7% 59% Dr. Ken Mr. Hubert (Guest Star) 2016
100% 85% Jane The Virgin Unknown (Guest Star) 2015
89% 81% Cougar Town Dr. Tom Gazelian (Guest Star) 2010-2015
No Score Yet 97% Quick Draw Vernon Shank (Character) 2013-2014
No Score Yet 100% The Soul Man Escapey Jones (Guest Star) 2014
23% 55% Anger Management Bob (Guest Star) 2013
No Score Yet 88% The Middle P.A. (Guest Voice) 2009
83% 83% The Closer Dr. Terrence (Guest Star) 2005-2007 2009
83% 87% Scrubs Dr. Zeltzer (Guest Star) 2002-2004 2006 2009
No Score Yet No Score Yet 10 Items or Less Carl Dawson (Character) 2006 2008-2009
89% 82% The New Adventures of Old Christine Unknown (Guest Star) 2008
80% 62% Reaper Unknown (Guest Star) 2008
70% 77% Weeds Store Clerk (Guest Star) 2007
82% 89% My Name Is Earl Slow Roger (Guest Star) 2007
50% No Score Yet Big Day Unknown (Guest Star) 2007
97% 87% Ugly Betty Bruno Jacobs (Guest Star) 2006
91% 88% Monk Gerald Vengal (Guest Star) 2006
72% 88% Desperate Housewives Louis (Guest Star) 2005
No Score Yet 81% CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Unknown (Guest Star) 2005
20% No Score Yet Rodney Plumber Dave (Guest Star) 2004-2005
96% 57% Joan of Arcadia Unknown (Guest Star) 2003
85% 85% Gilmore Girls Poe 2 (Guest Star) 2003
83% 83% NYPD Blue Larry Orth (Guest Star) 2002
No Score Yet No Score Yet That '80s Show Unknown (Guest Star) 2002
88% 88% The Tick Cell Mate (Guest Star) 2002
86% 91% Alias Kostia Bergman (Guest Star) 2001
64% No Score Yet Philly Unknown (Guest Star) 2001
50% No Score Yet Gideon's Crossing Unknown (Guest Star) 2001
No Score Yet 78% That '70s Show Unknown (Guest Star) 2000-2001
No Score Yet 91% Malcolm in the Middle Unknown (Guest Star) 2001
61% 75% Ally McBeal Unknown (Guest Star) 2000
No Score Yet 88% Will & Grace Bob Dent (Guest Star) 1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet Caroline in the City Unknown (Guest Star) 1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet Maggie Unknown (Guest Star) 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Practice Unknown (Guest Star) 1997-1998
No Score Yet 41% Murphy Brown Unknown (Guest Star) 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hangin' With Mr. Cooper Unknown (Guest Star) 1997
76% 76% Star Trek: Voyager Vidiian Surgeon (Guest Star) 1996
70% 100% Space: Above and Beyond Unknown (Guest Star) 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet Renegade Guard (Guest Star) 1992
No Score Yet No Score Yet Good Morning, Miami Unknown (Guest Star)