Mitch Pileggi

Mitch Pileggi /pɪˈlɛi/ is an American actor. He played Horace Pinker in Shocker, Walter Skinner on The X-Files, Colonel Steven Caldwell on Stargate Atlantis, Ernest Darby in Sons of Anarchy, and Harris Ryland in the TNT revival of Dallas (2012–2014).

Mitch Pileggi
Pileggi in 2013
Years active1982–present
Spouse(s)Arlene (1997–present)

Early life and education

Pileggi's family moved frequently because of his father's occupation as a defense contractor, and Pileggi lived in Oregon, California, and Texas before spending most of his adolescence in Turkey.[1]


Pileggi began acting while he was a high school student in Turkey, playing musical theater.[2] After returning to Austin from Iran, he performed in local theaters, and continued his acting career with small roles in B-movies, and guest roles in television shows such as Dallas, China Beach, Code of Vengeance, and Walker, Texas Ranger.

In the 1980s, Pileggi starred in several films including Three O'Clock High as Duke "The Duker" Herman, an overzealous tough-as-nails high school parking lot security guard, and in Shocker as body-possessing serial killer Horace Pinker. The latter was directed by horror icon Wes Craven. Pileggi appeared playing the villain in the 1991 television film, Knight Rider 2000, a sequel movie to the original television series Knight Rider. Pileggi also appeared briefly in the 1992 film Basic Instinct as an investigating police officer in the interrogation scene of Michael Douglas. He also appeared in the 1995 vampire film Vampire in Brooklyn (also directed by Craven) starring Eddie Murphy as an Italian mobster.

His most notable role was as the FBI's Assistant Director Walter Skinner on The X-Files. The role was originally recurring, but the part expanded, and in 2001 he became a regular member of the cast. The character gradually became the most integral character besides the two leads. He remained with the show until its end in 2002. Pileggi played the character in the 1998 The X-Files film and in the 2008 film The X-Files: I Want to Believe.[3] He also reprised the role in the 2016 miniseries.[4]

Pileggi's later work has included starring in the short-lived TV show Tarzan and co-starring with Barbara Hershey and Oliver Hudson in the short-lived TV show The Mountain. He played the recurring role of character Colonel Steven Caldwell, Commander of the Earth Battlecruiser, Daedalus, in the second (2005) and subsequent seasons of the television series Stargate Atlantis. He also appeared in an episode of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and in 2006 had a regular guest role on Day Break as Robbery/Homicide Detective Spivak. Pileggi also appeared on the show Cold Case in the episode "Offender", as a father accused of molesting and murdering his own son, who then threatens to murder one child sex offender per day until the case is reopened and solved. Pileggi also played the role of Larry Jennings, chairman of the board of the hospital, in Grey's Anatomy. In a first season episode of That '70s Show he played Red Forman's swinger, navy buddy, Bull, alongside his real life wife, Arlene.

Pileggi appeared in two episodes of Law and Order: Special Victims Unit as DEA agent Jack Hammond. Since 2008, Pileggi has played Ernest Darby, the head of a white supremacist gang called the "Nordics", in the FX drama Sons of Anarchy . He also played spree killer Norman Hill (AKA The Road Warrior) on a season four episode of Criminal Minds, titled "Normal". Pileggi has also done some voice acting. His voice was featured as the githzerai Dak'kon in the video game Planescape: Torment. He voices Commissioner James Gordon on the Kids WB! animated show The Batman. Pileggi also hosted the controversial FOX specials Breaking the Magician's Code: Magic's Biggest Secrets Finally Revealed and Conspiracy Theory: Did We Land on the Moon?. He also played the recurring role of Sam and Dean Winchester's maternal grandfather, Samuel Campbell, in the TV series Supernatural.

Pileggi starred in the TNT drama series Dallas as Harris Ryland. He was promoted to series regular as of second season.[5]

As of 2014, Pileggi is on the advisory board of Sci-Fest, the first annual Los Angeles Science Fiction One-Act Play Festival, held in May 2014.[6]



Year Title Role Notes
1987Three O'Clock HighDuke Herman
1987Death Wish 4: The CrackdownCannery Lab Foreman
1988Return of the Living Dead Part IISarge
1989ShockerHorace Pinker
1991Guilty as ChargedDominique
1991Knight Rider 2000Thomas J. Watts
1992Basic InstinctInternal Affairs Investigator
1994Dangerous TouchVince
1994It's PatConcert Guard #2
1995Vampire in BrooklynTony the HitmanUncredited
1998The X-FilesWalter Skinner
1998Legion of Fire: Killer Ants!Police Chief Jeff Croy
2000Gun ShyDexter Helvenshaw
2007Man in the ChairFloyd
2008The X-Files: I Want to BelieveWalter Skinner
2008Flash of GeniusMacklin Tyler
2015The Girl In The PhotographsSheriff Porter
2017Transformers: The Last KnightTRF Group Leader
2019PolaroidSheriff Pembroke


1990DallasMorrisey4 episodes
1984The Sky's No LimitJerry MorrowTelevision film
1985The A-TeamPaul WinkleEpisode: "The Road to Hope"
1987Falcon CrestSaunder's Henchman #22 episodes
1987DowntownNickEpisode: "1.13"
1987HoopermanLarge BikerEpisode: "Baby Talk"
1987OharaWebsterEpisode: "Hot Rocks"
1989DragnetBridgewater HamiltonEpisode: "Where's Sadie?"
1989Alien NationJohn Paul SartreEpisode: "The Night of the Screams"
1989China BeachE.O.D. SergeantEpisode: "With a Little Help from My Friends"
1989Falcon CrestEddieEpisode: "God of the Grape"
1990Mancuso, FBIPrisonerEpisode: "Death and Taxes"
1990HunterChuck DankoEpisode: "The Incident"
1990Doctor DoctorCoachEpisode: "Ice Follies"
1991Knight Rider 2000Thomas WattsTelevision film
1991ParadiseRafeEpisode: "The Valley of Death"
1991The AntagonistsDetective HaleyEpisode: "Full Disclosure"
1991Drexell's ClassEx-BoyfriendEpisode: "Bully for Otis"
1992Get a LifeNaxEpisode: "Chris' Brain Starts Working"
1992RocWhite OfficerEpisode: "Roc Works for Joey"
1994–2018The X-FilesWalter Skinner91 episodes
1995PointmanBenny DirksonEpisode: "My Momma's Back"
1995Models Inc.The Hit ManEpisode: "Sometimes a Great Commotion"
1997PlayersJake MorganEpisode: "Contact Sport"
1997–1998Magic's Biggest Secrets Finally RevealedHost4 episodes
1998Walker, Texas RangerPaul GradyEpisode: "Money Talks"
1999That '70s ShowBullEpisode: "The Good Son"
2000ERTerry WatersEpisode: "Viable Options"
2000Batman BeyondDr. StantonEpisode: "Payback"
2001The Lone GunmenWalter Skinner2 episodes
2002Dharma & GregHimselfEpisode: "The Tooth Is Out There"
2002In Search Of... (TV series)Himself8 episodes
2002Birds of PreyAl HawkeEpisode: "Nature of the Beast"
2003TarzanRichard Clayton9 episodes
2003–2005Law & Order: Special Victims UnitDEA Agent Jack Hammond2 episodes
2004–2005The MountainColin Dowling13 episodes
2005EyesRobert SutherlandEpisode: "Whereabouts"
2005The West WingSenator DresdenEpisode: "Mr. Frost"
2005Nip/TuckDr. Russell MarcusEpisode: "Sal Perri"
2005–2007The BatmanCommissioner James Gordon13 episodes
2005–2009Stargate AtlantisColonel Steven Caldwell22 episodes
2006CSI: Crime Scene InvestigationHappy Harry DesmondEpisode: "Daddy's Little Girl"
2006–2007Day BreakDetective Spivak12 episodes
2007Cold CaseMitch HathawayEpisode: "Offender"
2007Boston LegalU.S. Attorney Mark FreestoneEpisode: "Guantanamo by the Bay"
2007ReaperDetective Dan StaffordEpisode: "The Cop"
2007–2010Grey's AnatomyLarry Jennings9 episodes
2008Brothers & SistersBrowne Carter3 episodes
2008Criminal MindsNorman HillEpisode: "Normal"
2008RecountBill DaleyTelevision film
2008–2013Sons of AnarchyErnest Darby14 episodes
2008–2011SupernaturalSamuel Campbell/Azazel8 episodes
2008–2009Magic's Biggest Secrets Finally RevealedNarrator13 episodes
2009In Plain SightAl DennisonEpisode: "Rubble with a Cause"
2009–2010MediumDan Burroughs4 episodes
2010Human TargetLeonard KreeseEpisode: "Lockdown"
2010CastleHans BrauerEpisode: "A Deadly Game"
2011LeverageColin SaundersEpisode: "The Hot Potato Job"
2012The FinderEddie RossEpisode: "Bullets"
2012–2014DallasHarris Ryland35 episodes
2015Blue BloodsDonald DeCarloEpisode: "Sins Of The Father"
2019NCISWynn Crawford2 episodes
2019 American Horror Story: 1984 Art 2 episodes
2019 Supergirl Rama Khan Recurring role[7]
2019 The Rookie Rex Episode "The Night General"

Awards and nominations

Year Association Category Nominated work Result
1997 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series The X-Files Nominated
1997 Viewers for Quality Television Best Recurring Player Nominated
1998 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated
1999 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated


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  2. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2006-10-21. Retrieved 2007-03-01.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. "Supernatural to See the Return of Mitch Pileggi?". Dread Central. Retrieved 2013-10-17.
  4. Connolly, Kelly (April 20, 2015). "Mitch Pileggi to reprise role as Walter Skinner in X-Files revival". Entertainment Weekly. Time Inc. Retrieved April 21, 2015.
  5. Published Friday, Sep 7 2012, 09:53 BST (2012-09-07). "'X-Files' star Mitch Pileggi made 'Dallas' series regular – Dallas News – US TV". Digital Spy. Retrieved 2013-11-01.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  6. "Sci-Fest Team". Retrieved 26 January 2014.
  7. Boucher, Geoff (September 19, 2019). "'Supergirl': Mitch Pileggi And Cara Buono Join Season 5 Cast". Deadline.
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