Gordon Clapp

Gordon Clapp (born September 24, 1948) is an American actor, best known for portraying the role of Det. Greg Medavoy for all 12 seasons on the television series NYPD Blue, winning an Emmy Award in 1998.[1]

Gordon Clapp
Born (1948-09-24) September 24, 1948
Alma materWilliams College
Years active1979–present


A graduate of Williams College, where he met frequent collaborators David Strathairn and John Sayles, and The National Theater Institute at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center (Fall 1970), the North Conway, New Hampshire-born Clapp has appeared in numerous TV shows such as Check it Out! and Night Court as well as numerous stage plays. His film credits include Return of the Secaucus 7 (1979), Running (1979), Matewan (1987), Eight Men Out (1988, as Chicago White Sox catcher Ray Schalk), Termini Station (1989), The Rage: Carrie 2 (1999), Rules of Engagement (2000), Sunshine State (2002), and Flags of Our Fathers (2006) as United States Marine Corps Gen. Holland Smith. He appeared in the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "Vortex." From 1993 to 2005, Clapp played Detective Greg Medavoy on "NYPD Blue." He won an Emmy for the role.

In 2007, he appeared as Coach Mad Maddox in The Game Plan. On Broadway, he most recently appeared in the revival of David Mamet's Pulitzer Prize-winning play Glengarry Glen Ross, where he was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play.[2]

In 1995, he played Father Paul in Her Hidden Truth. In 2007 Clapp voiced Horny The Clown in the horror film Drive-Thru. Later that year, Clapp also appeared as Det Dick Walenski in "In Birth and Death," season 3 episode 2 of Criminal Minds. Clapp portrayed a corrupt police officer in a 2008 episode of Cold Case. He played the main antagonist Gen. Peter Randall in the Prototype video game. Clapp plays the father of Ellen (Rose Byrne) in the F/X show Damages.[3]

In 2014, Clapp began playing a recurring role as Chaplain Orlovsky in Chicago Fire. The character is a Catholic priest and a Chaplain in the Chicago Fire Department.


Clapp was born in North Conway, New Hampshire. He married Elisabeth Gordon, whom he met through a mutual friend, on November 5, 2016. They share a mutual love of theater and the natural world. They reside in both Vermont and Boston, Massachusetts.


  1. "Possible Emmy move to HBO raises hackles". USA Today. November 13, 2002. Retrieved March 12, 2012.
  2. "Light in the Piazza sweeps the Tonys". The Stage. June 6, 2005. Retrieved March 12, 2012.
  3. "A Pussycat Doll, Damages and Other Short Cuts". TV Guide. September 6, 2007. Retrieved March 12, 2012.
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