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Zach Grenier



An actor whom you've probably seen in more films than you realize, Zach Grenier possesses the rare ability to take the smallest of roles and transform them into memorable appearances that stick with audiences long after the credits have finished -- even if his frequently unsympathetic characters have often met an unpleasant demise. It was this ability and skill that found Grenier steadily building a career with appearances in such blockbusters as Cliffhanger (1993), Donnie Brasco (1997), Shaft (2000), and Swordfish (2001). Born in February 1954, Grenier's family lived a somewhat nomadic existence in his early years, moving 18 times before the worldly teen graduated from high school, where, in his junior year, the young man discovered his love of the stage while performing in a production of Shakespeare's Henry V. Continuing to hone his acting skills and frequently appearing on-stage following graduation, Grenier appeared in such other plays as Talk Radio and A Question of Mercy, and made his film debut in the 1987 drama The Kid Brother (aka Kenny). Soon appearing in such films as Working Girl and Talk Radio in 1988, and See No Evil, Hear No Evil the following year. The actor's parts may have been small, but his talent was growing and appearances memorable; his roles continued to expand throughout the '90s, and viewers saw the rising star in Twister and Maximum Risk (both 1996), among several other movies. A turn as Joseph Goebbels in that year's Mother Night gave him a chance to prove his dramatic skills in front of the camera, and a subsequent role in David Fincher's cult hit Fight Club (1999) found him holding his own well against the film's talented leads. Alternating between television and movies in subsequent work, Grenier starred in the little-seen thriller Chasing Sleep (2000) and joined the cast of the popular weekly suspense series 24 in 2001.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
18% Free the Nipple
  • Jim Black
2014
49% RoboCop
  • Senator Hubert Dreyfus
2014
No Score Yet That Guy... Who Was in That Thing
  • Actor
2012
43% J. Edgar
  • John Condon
2011
79% Earthwork
  • Mayor
2011
91% Rescue Dawn
  • Squad Leader
2007
37% Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer
  • Mr. Sherman/Rafke
2007
89% Zodiac
  • Mel Nicolai
2007
10% Pulse
  • Professor Cardiff
2006
26% Swordfish
  • A.D. Joy
2001
No Score Yet Neil Simon's 'Laughter on the 23rd Floor'
  • Brian
2001
50% Chasing Sleep
  • Geoffrey Costas
2000
68% Shaft
  • Harrison Loeb
2000
63% Ride With the Devil
  • Mr. Evans
1999
79% Fight Club
  • Boss
1999
87% Donnie Brasco
  • Dr. Berger
1997
64% Mother Night
  • Joseph Goebbels
1996
28% Maximum Risk
  • Ivan
1996
No Score Yet Gang in Blue
  • Beckstrom
1996
57% Twister
  • Eddie
1996
14% Reckless
  • Anchor Person
1995
50% Drunks
  • Al
1995
44% Tommy Boy
  • Reilly
1995
No Score Yet Cafe Society
  • Milton Macka
1995
67% The Man Without a Face
  • Dr. Talbot
1993
45% Liebestraum
  • Raleton
1991
44% Delirious
  • Mickey
1991
7% Problem Child 2
  • Voytek
1991
77% A Shock to the System
  • Executive
1990
18% See No Evil, Hear No Evil
  • Jerk
1989
84% Working Girl
  • Jim
1988
82% Talk Radio
  • Sid Greenberg
1988
No Score Yet Kid Brother
  • Jesse
1987

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet CSI: Miami
2002-2012
  • Professor Meyer
No Score Yet Ally McBeal
1997-2002
  • Benson
No Score Yet Law & Order
1990-2010
  • Jim Warren Mr. Aronson Lemish Hauser Barry Speicher
No Score Yet Masterpiece
1971-2015
  • Dido Parsons
No Score Yet Deadwood
2004-2006
  • Andy Cramed
64% BrainDead
2016
  • Dean Healy
No Score Yet Star Trek: Enterprise
2001-2005
  • Renth
No Score Yet The X-Files
1993
  • Herman Stites
No Score Yet Cold Case
2003-2010
  • Ambrose Stone
42% Zero Hour
2013
  • Wayne Blanks
No Score Yet Medium
2005-2011
  • Leonard Cardwell
Boston Legal
2004-2008
  • Randolph
No Score Yet CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
2000-2015
  • Dr. Kachler
97% The Good Wife
2009-2016
  • David Lee
No Score Yet Numb3rs
2005-2010
  • Peyton Shoemaker
87% 24
2014
  • Carl

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