Jeremy Sisto

Jeremy Merton Sisto (born October 6, 1974) is an American actor, producer, and writer. Sisto had recurring roles as Billy Chenowith in HBO's Six Feet Under and as Detective Cyrus Lupo in NBC's Law & Order. He also starred in the comedy Clueless (1995), the biblical television film Jesus (1999), the drama Thirteen (2003), and the horror film Wrong Turn (2003). In 2004, he portrayed bigoted baseball player Shane Mungitt in Take Me Out, for which he was nominated for a Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for Featured Performance in a Play. In 2006, Sisto starred in Festen on Broadway.

Jeremy Sisto
Jeremy Sisto at the Summer TCA Festival photo shoot August 10, 2018
Jeremy Merton Sisto

(1974-10-06) October 6, 1974[1]
ResidenceLaurel Canyon, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Alma materUCLA
  • Actor
  • producer
  • writer
Years active1991–present
  • Marisa Ryan
    (m. 1993; div. 2002)
  • Addie Lane (m. 2009)
RelativesMeadow Sisto (sister)

From 2011 until its ending in 2014, he starred as George Altman in the ABC sitcom Suburgatory, for which he was nominated for a Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Actor in a Comedy Series. Sisto co-wrote the screenplay for the comedy film Break Point (2014), in which he also starred. In 2015, he starred in A&E's The Returned. From 2016 to 2018, Sisto portrayed Freddy Green in the Audience Network drama series Ice. Since 2018, Sisto currently plays Assistant Special Agent-in-Charge Jubal Valentine in the CBS drama series FBI.

Early life

Jeremy Sisto was born in Grass Valley, California, the son of Reedy Gibbs, an actress, and Richard "Dick" Sisto, a jazz musician and educator.[2] Sisto has an older sister, Meadow Sisto, who is an actress mostly known for playing Caroline in the 1992 film Captain Ron. Sisto's parents divorced and his father was remarried to fabric artist Penny Sisto.[2] Sisto lived with his mother and sister, and has said that his father's absence made parenting his own son more difficult.[3] He was raised in the lower Sierra Nevada Mountains, before moving to Chicago at age seven.[4] He attended Hayfield Montessori School in Louisville, Kentucky for first grade, then Francis W. Parker School in Chicago. Sisto worked with local theater companies Cherry Street Theater and the Absolute Theater Company.[4] He appeared in the film Grand Canyon while attending high school. After he was accepted into the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), on a non-disclosure agreement, his career took off and he began acting full-time.[5]


1984–99: Beginnings and Clueless

Sisto's first national acting exposure was in the 1984 music video for the Twisted Sister song "We're Not Gonna Take It". Sisto made his film debut in the 1991 drama Grand Canyon, starring Kevin Kline and Steve Martin. He followed this with roles in the television films Desperate Choices: To Save My Child (1992) and The Shaggy Dog (1994). In his early film and television career, Sisto played a killer in Hideaway (1995); a rich teen in Clueless (1995); a 20-something kidnapper in Suicide Kings (1997); Olympic gold medalist long-distance runner Frank Shorter in Without Limits (1998); Jesus Christ in the CBS miniseries Jesus (1999); and a widowed filmmaker in This Space Between Us (1999). He has also starred in the films Moonlight and Valentino (1995), White Squall (1996), Bongwater (1997), Some Girl (1998), and Playing by Heart (1998). In 1996, Sisto screen tested for the character of Jack Dawson in the James Cameron film Titanic alongside Kate Winslet, but ultimately lost out on the role to Leonardo DiCaprio.[6] In 1998, he portrayed Frederick W. Seward in the TNT television film The Day Lincoln Was Shot.[7]

2000–10: Six Feet Under and Law & Order

From 2001 to 2005, he portrayed Billy Chenowith in the HBO drama series Six Feet Under. For that work, he was twice nominated for the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series along with his co-stars.[8] In 2003, Sisto starred in the drama film Thirteen, the romantic comedy The Movie Hero, and the horror film Wrong Turn. That same year, he also appeared in the series finale of The WB's teen drama series Dawson's Creek.[9] Sisto then performed on the Los Angeles stage, playing the role of bigoted Southerner Shane Mungitt in Richard Greenberg's play Take Me Out, about a baseball player who announces he is gay;[10] Sisto was nominated for a Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for his role.[11]

In 2006, he appeared in the Broadway play Festen at the Music Box Theatre.[12] In the same year, he starred in the short-lived NBC drama series Kidnapped,[13] top-lined the direct-to-video mystery horror film Population 436, and starred in the crime-thriller film Unknown. In July 2007, Sisto was featured in the Maroon 5 video for the song "Wake Up Call". He played a man who was sleeping with the girlfriend of Adam Levine.[14] That same year, he appeared as Earl Hunterson opposite Keri Russell in the comedy-drama film Waitress.[15]

In 2008, Sisto joined the cast of the NBC crime drama series Law & Order, as Detective Cyrus Lupo, replacing Milena Govich's Detective Nina Cassady as the partner of Jesse L. Martin's Ed Green.[16] Sisto had already appeared on the show, as a lawyer, in the previous season's finale. Sisto stayed on for the series' final three seasons, and his character became partners with Anthony Anderson's Detective Kevin Bernard after Martin left the series near the end of season 18. Also in 2008, Sisto starred in the drama film Gardens of the Night, and voiced the role of Batman in the direct-to-video film Justice League: The New Frontier.[17] In 2009, he played a Catholic priest, alongside Kristin Chenoweth as a prostitute, in the independent drama film Into Temptation.[18] The following year, he starred in the Manhattan Theatre Club production of Spirit Control at the New York City Center, gaining rave reviews for his performance as Adam Wyatt.[19]

2011–present: Suburgatory, screenwriting debut and FBI

From 2011 to 2014, Sisto starred in the ABC comedy series Suburgatory, which premiered on September 28, 2011.[20] He played the role of George Altman, the divorced father of the series' main character, for three seasons, after which the series was cancelled.[21][22] Sisto was nominated for the 2013 Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Actor in a Comedy Series for his performance as George. In 2011, he starred in the drama film Sironia, directed by Brandon Dickerson. In 2012, he starred as Sheriff Rowlings in the critically acclaimed science-fiction comedy-drama Robot & Frank.[23] The following year, Sisto co-starred as Guy Karlsburg, alongside James Marsden and Claire Danes, in the comedy-drama As Cool as I Am.

In 2014, Sisto co-wrote the screenplay for the comedy film Break Point with Gene Hong. He also starred in the film and served as a producer.[24] On June 5, 2014, it was announced that Sisto had joined the cast of Carlton Cuse's remake of The Returned for the cable channel A&E.[25] The series lasted one season before it was cancelled by the network.[26] He then voiced Talon in the animated direct-to-video film Batman vs. Robin.[27] In 2015, Sisto produced and starred as Aaron Miller in the British thriller film Hangman, which had its premiere at South by Southwest.[28] That same year, he joined the cast of ABC's crime drama series Wicked City. Sisto portrayed Detective Jack Roth, an LAPD officer searching for a serial killer on the Sunset Strip. The role was originally portrayed by Adam Rothenberg, but after the series was given its premiere date, the role was recast.[29] It was poorly received by critics and was cancelled after airing only 3 episodes due to weak ratings by ABC.

Sisto was then cast alongside Archie Panjabi in ABC's drama pilot The Jury, but the project was not picked up to series.[30] From 2016 -2018, Sisto starred as Freddy Green in Antoine Fuqua's Audience Network drama series Ice, opposite Cam Gigandet and Donald Sutherland.[31] Jeremy Sisto currently portrays Assistant Special Agent-in-Charge Jubal Valentine in Dick Wolf's CBS drama series FBI.[32]

Personal life

On August 30, 1993, Sisto married actress Marisa Ryan in Las Vegas; both were 18 years old at the time.[33] Sisto and Ryan separated two days later but remained legally married until June 21, 2002,[34] when their divorce was finalized.[35]

On June 5, 2009, Sisto and then-girlfriend Addie Lane welcomed their first child, a daughter named Charlie-Ballerina Sisto.[36] Sisto and Lane married on October 13, 2009 at New York City Hall.[37] On March 9, 2012, the couple welcomed their second child, a son named Sebastian Kick Sisto.[38][39] The family resides in Laurel Canyon, Los Angeles.[40]



Year Title Role Notes
1991 Grand Canyon Roberto
1994 The Crew Timothy Grant
1995 Hideaway Jeremy "Vassago" Nyebern
Clueless Elton Tiscia
Moonlight and Valentino Steven
1996 White Squall Frank Beaumont
1997 Bongwater Robert
Suicide Kings T. K. Lawrence
1998 Some Girl Chad
Without Limits Frank Shorter
1999 This Space Between Us Alex Harty
No Fear Sonny James
2000 Track Down Lance Petersen
Men Named Milo, Women Named Greta Deke Masters Short film
2001 Don's Plum Bernard
Angel Eyes Larry Pogue, Sr.
Dead Dog Tom Braeburn
2002 May Adam Stubbs
Now You Know Jeremy
2003 Thirteen Brady
The Movie Hero Blake Gardner
Wrong Turn Scott Korbee
2004 Paranoia 1.0 Simon J. Also co-producer
In Enemy Hands Jason Abers
Dead & Breakfast Christian
The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things Chester
Method Jake Fields
2005 The Nickel Children The Doctor
A Lot Like Love Ben Miller
In Memory of My Father Jeremy
2006 Population 436 Steve Kady Video
The Thirst Darius
Unknown Handcuffed Man
Broken Will
2007 Waitress Earl Hunterson
The War Prayer The Stranger Short film
2008 Gardens of the Night Jimmy
Justice League: The New Frontier Bruce Wayne / Batman (voice) Video
A Cat's Tale Squirrel (voice) Video
2009 Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Undead Detective Wimbly
Into Temptation Father John Buerlein
2011 Sironia Tucker
2012 Robot & Frank Sheriff Rowlings
2013 As Cool as I Am Guy Karlsburg
2014 Break Point Jimmy Price Also writer and producer
2015 Batman vs. Robin Talon (voice) Video
Hangman Aaron Miller Also producer
H8RZ Mr. Faustin
2016 The Other Side of the Door Michael Harwood
Love Is All You Need? Mr. Thompson
The Second Sound Barrier Roger Valour Short film
2017 Star Citizen: Lost and Found Sam Doherty (voice) Video short
Ferdinand Raf (voice)
2019 Frozen II King Runeard (voice)


Year Title Role Notes
1992 Desperate Choices: To Save My Child Josh Ryan TV film
1994 The Shaggy Dog Trey Miller TV film
1997 Duckman Bobby (voice) Episode: "With Friends Like These"
Rugrats Larry (voice) Episode: "Angelica Orders Out/Let It Snow"
1998 Real Life James Barrett III Unaired pilot
The Day Lincoln Was Shot Frederick W. Seward TV film
1998–1999 The Wild Thornberrys Disc Jockey (voice) 2 episodes
1999 The '60s Kenny Klein TV film
Jesus Jesus TV film
2001 The Outer Limits Thomas Episode: "A New Life"
2001–2005 Six Feet Under Billy Chenowith 31 episodes
2003 Julius Caesar Gaius Julius Caesar 2-part movie
The Twilight Zone Grady Finch Episode: "The Executions of Grady Finch"
Dawson's Creek Christopher Episode: "All Good Things..."
2006–2015 American Dad! Mitch (voice) 2 episodes
2006 Nightmares & Dreamscapes Willie Evans Episode: "The Fifth Quarter"
2006–2007 Kidnapped Lucian Knapp 13 episodes
2007 Numbers AUSA Alvin Brickle Episode: "The Art of Reckoning"
Law & Order Clint Glover Episode: "The Family Hour"
My Boys Thorn 2 episodes
2008–2010 Law & Order Detective Cyrus Lupo 63 episodes
2011–2014 Suburgatory George Altman 57 episodes
2013 Air Force One Is Down Fergus Markey 2-part movie
BlackBoxTV Presents Jonathan Episode: "Inside"
2015 The Returned Peter Lattimore 10 episodes
Wicked City Detective Jack Roth 8 episodes
2016–2018 Ice Freddy Green 20 episodes
2017 The Long Road Home Sgt. Robert Miltenberger Miniseries
2018–present FBI Jubal Valentine Main role

Other credits

Music videos

Year Title Artist
1984 "We're Not Gonna Take It" Twisted Sister
2007 "Wake Up Call" (Original and Director's Cut versions) Maroon 5
2012 "Just Cuz" Himself (as Escape Tailor)


Year Title Role Location
2004 Take Me Out Shane Mungitt Geffen Playhouse, Los Angeles
2006 Festen Michael Klingenfelt Music Box Theatre, Broadway
2010 Spirit Control Adam Wyatt New York City Center, Off-Broadway

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Work Result
2002 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Ensemble in a Drama Series Six Feet Under Nominated
2003 Dahlonega International Film Festival Jury Award for Best Actor – Feature Film The Movie Hero Won
Cinequest Film Festival Special Jury Maverick Acting Award Won
2004 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award Featured Performance in a Play Take Me Out Nominated
2006 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Ensemble in a Drama Series Six Feet Under Nominated
2009 Newport Beach Film Festival Achievement Award Into Temptation Won
2013 Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Actor in a Comedy Series Suburgatory Nominated


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