Gregg Henry

Gregg Lee Henry (born May 6, 1952) is an American character actor and rock, blues and country musician.[1]

Gregg Henry
Henry in 1976
Born (1952-05-06) May 6, 1952
ResidenceLos Angeles, California
OccupationActor, musician
Years active1976-present
Spouse(s)Lisa James

He is best known for his performance as serial killer Dennis Rader in the made-for-television film The Hunt for the BTK Killer, and for playing various "heavies" in various films, such as in Payback (1999) and Brian De Palma's Body Double (1984),[2] the latter of whom Henry has collaborated with frequently over the years, acting in six of De Palma's films to date.

Life and career

Henry was born in Lakewood, Colorado.

Henry has been featured in over 75 television programs, including The Riches, Firefly, Gilmore Girls, 24, Airwolf, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Murder, She Wrote, Matlock, L.A. Law, Falcon Crest, Moonlighting, Magnum, P.I., Rich Man, Poor Man Book II, The Mentalist, Castle, Glee, Burn Notice and Breakout Kings.[3]

He played Hugh Pannetta alongside Eddie Izzard and Minnie Driver on the FX television series The Riches. He played the role of Dobbs in the USA Network series White Collar and Hollis Doyle on the ABC series Scandal. Starting June 10, 2013, he played Detective Carl Reddick in The Killing. In 2014, he had a small role in the Marvel film Guardians of the Galaxy as well as its sequel as Peter Quill's grandfather. Lately he appeared in recurring roles in Hell on Wheels and The Following.[3] He also portrayed the title role in Shakespeare’s ‘’Julius Caesar’’, which was disrupted by alt-right protesters due to the resemblances of President Donald Trump.[4]

Personal life

Henry is married to the American theatre director Lisa James; the couple live in Los Angeles.[5]



Year Title Role Notes
1978Mean Dog BluesPaul Ramsey
1979Hot RodBrian Edison
1981Just Before DawnWarren
1983Funny MoneyBen Turtle
1983ScarfaceCharles GoodsonUncredited
1984Body DoubleSam Bouchard
1986BanterRobert Prescott
1988Fair GameGene
1989Casualties of WarProsecutorScenes deleted
1992Raising CainLt. Terri
1998Star Trek: InsurrectionGallatin
1999PaybackVal Resnick
2001Southlander: Diary of a Desperate MusicianLane Windbird
LayoverJack Gillardo
2002Femme FataleShiff
Ballistic: Ecks vs. SeverRobert Gant / Clark
2003Purgatory FlatsDean Mecklin
2004Sleep Easy, Hutch RimesCotton Proudfit
2005HeatlessLt. Russ Carter
Silent PartnerAmbassador Lafontaine
The Hunt for the BTK KillerDennis Rader
2006SlitherJack MacReady
United 93Col. Robert Marr
The Black DahliaPete Lukins
2011SuperDetective John Felkner
IsolationDr. Lawrence Moore
The ReunionKyle Wills
2012Unfair and ImbalancedJim Moran
The Patriot of AmericaSamuel BurwellVoice
Any Day NowLambert
2014Guardians of the Galaxy[6]Peter Quill's grandfather
2016Jason BourneRichard Webb
The Belko ExperimentThe VoiceVoice
2017Teen Titans: The Judas ContractBrother BloodVoice
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2Peter Quill's grandfather
2018Office UprisingFranklin Gantt
2019Stand!Mike Sokolowski


Year Title Role Notes
1976Rich Man, Poor Man Book IIWesley JordacheTV Miniseries
1978PearlLieutenant Doug NorthTV Miniseries
1979DummyAssistant D.A. SmithTV Movie
1982The Blue and the GrayLester BedellTV Miniseries
1984AirwolfRobert VillersEpisode: "The Hunted"
1985MoonlightingPaul McCainEpisode: "The Next Murder You Hear"
1985–96Murder, She WroteBarry Bristol
Sheriff Lynn Childs
Richard Wellstood
Carl Ward
Lars Anderson
Mark Reisner
Episode: "Broadway Malady"
Episode: "Death Stalks the Big Top: Parts 1 & 2"
Episode: "The Taxman Cometh"
Episode: "The Big Kill"
Episode: "Crimson Harvest"[7]
Episode: "Mrs. Parker's Revenge"
1988-94L.A. LawRobert Cullen
Samuel Barkwell
Episode: "The Son Also Rises"
Episode: "To Live and Diet in L.A."
Episode: "Cold Cuts"
1986Hardcastle and McCormickTommy KitchensEpisode: "Poker Night"
1987-88Werewolf (TV series)Officer RitterEpisode: "Nightmare in Blue"
1992Civil WarsGordon DallekEpisode: "Oboe Phobia"
1993In the Heat of the NightGeorge DeschampsEpisodes: "Leftover Man Part 1 and Part II"
1996TerminalBrianTV movie
1997Tidal Wave: No EscapeEdgar PurcellTV movie
1999–2001Family LawMichael HoltRecurring
2000Cover Me: Based on the True Life of an FBI FamilyHenry CroweEpisode: "Absolution"
2001CSI: Crime Scene InvestigationSpecial Agent Rick CulpepperEpisode: "The Strip Strangler"
2001–02Boston PublicDetective McGillEpisode: "Chapter Nine"
Episode: "Chapter Thirty-Five"
2002FireflySheriff BourneEpisode: "The Train Job"
BoomtownRobert ColsonEpisode: "The Squeeze"
The AgencySenator BowdenEpisode: "Heartless"
2003Star Trek: EnterpriseZho'KaanEpisode: "Dawn"
Judging AmyMorgan SimmonsEpisode: "Wild Card"
24Jonathan WallaceEpisodes 40–43: Day 2 ("11:00 pm" – "3:00 am")
The Lyon's DenA.U.S.AEpisode: "Blood"
Episode: "Separation Anxiety"
WindfallBill TraskTV movie
2004The HandlerGriffin KleinEpisode: "Acts of Congress"
2005–07EyesClay Burgess7 episodes
Gilmore GirlsMitchum HuntzbergerRecurring character
2006CSI: MiamiWilliam PrestonEpisode: "Death Eminent"
2007–08The RichesHugh PanettaSeries regular
2008EROfficer Mark DowneyEpisode: "Haunted"
The MentalistCal TraskEpisode: "Red-Handed"
Sparky & MikaelaMikaela's DadEpisode: "Pilot"
2009The BeastFrank Oland/Mike ParksEpisode: "Hothead"
DollhouseWilliam BashfordEpisode: "Haunted"
Dark BlueJimmy BoydEpisode: "Guns, Strippers and Wives"
Numb3rsPete FoxEpisode: "Friendly Fire"
CastleWinston WellesleyEpisode: "Kill the Messenger"
GleeRussell FabrayEpisode: "Ballad"
2009–11HungMike HuntRecurring season 1; Regular seasons 2–3
2010Grey's AnatomyDr. GracieEpisode: "The Time Warp"
Three RiversLester DimesEpisode: "Case Histories"
The Good GuysWayne YoungEpisode: "$3.52"
MediumCoach SwansonEpisode: "Talk to the Hand"
CSI: MiamiRoger CavanaughEpisode: "Blood Sugar"
2011Harry's LawMitchell EavesEpisode: "With Friends Like These..."
CHAOSKurt NeimeyerEpisode: "Glory Days"
Mr. SunshineChuck FergusonEpisode: "Family Business"
Burn NoticeIan CoveyEpisode: "Acceptable Loss"
2011–12Breakout KingsRichard WendellEpisode: "There Are Rules"
Episode: "Served Cold"
2012NCIS: Los AngelesAlex HarrisEpisode: "Blye, K." Part 1 & 2
LeverageTrent HazlitEpisode: "The Toy Job"
White CollarHenry Dobbs / Robert MacleishEpisodes: "Wanted"; "Most Wanted"
2012–13BunheadsRico4 episodes
2012–17ScandalHollis Doyle22 episodes. Recurring, season 2; Guest, season 3, season 5
2013–14The KillingCarl Reddick16 episodes. Recurring, season 3; Main, season 4
2014Lizzie Borden Took an AxHosea KnowltonTV movie
2014–15The FollowingDr. Arthur Strauss6 episodes. Recurring, season 2; Main, season 3
2014–16Hell on WheelsBrigham Young7 episodes. Recurring seasons 4–5
2015–16CSI: CyberCalvin Mundo3 episodes
2016Chicago MedDr. David Downey8 episodes. Recurring, season 1.
Gilmore Girls: A Year in the LifeMitchum HuntzbergerEpisode: "Spring"
Those Who Can'tBryce's DadEpisode: "Mid-Bryce Crisis"
2017SupergirlPeter ThompsonEpisode: "Alex"
2018Black LightningAgent Martin Proctor7 episodes
2019The RookieJudgeEpisode: "Homefront"

Video games

Year Title Role
1999Star Trek: Hidden EvilGal'na
2012Lollipop ChainsawGideon Starling


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  2. Rollins, Peter C. (2003). Hollywood's Indian: the portrayal of the Native American in film. University Press of Kentucky. pp. 143–. ISBN 978-0-8131-9077-8. Retrieved September 27, 2011.
  3. Gregg Henry on IMDb
  5. "Gregg Henry: Biography". TV Guide. Retrieved April 2, 2013.
  6. "Twitter / GreggHenry88: That's a wrap for me on". September 4, 2013. Retrieved July 12, 2014.
  7. 7.11, where he plays the role of the vineyard tycoon.
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