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Chelcie Claude Ross[1] (born June 20, 1942)[1] is an American character actor, most known for Above the Law, Major League, Basic Instinct, Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey, Hoosiers and The Ballad of Buster Scruggs.

Chelcie Ross
Chelcie Claude Ross

(1942-06-20) June 20, 1942 (age 77)
Years active1976–present

He served in Vietnam as an officer in the United States Air Force where he had been awarded a Bronze Star, and earned an MFA from the Dallas Theater Center. He left the air force in 1970. His son, Ian Ross, plays bass in the band John 5 and The Creatures, the instrumental group fronted by guitarist John 5 (Marilyn Manson, Rob Zombie.)




Year Title Role Notes
1977 Keep My Grave Open Kevin
1983 The Big Score Hoffa
1983 The Last Leaf Constable Short
1986 One More Saturday Night Mr. Lundahl
1986 Hoosiers George Walker
1988 Above the Law Nelson Fox
1987 The Untouchables reporter who interviews Al Capone
1989 Major League Eddie Harris
1989 The Package Gen. Hopkins
1990 The Long Walk Home Martin
1991 Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey Col. Oats
1991 The Last Boy Scout Sen. Calvin Baynard
1992 Basic Instinct Capt. Talcott
1993 Amos & Andrew Earl
1993 Rudy Dan Devine
1994 Richie Rich Ferguson
1996 Chain Reaction Ed Rafferty
1998 Primary Colors Charlie Martin
1998 A Simple Plan Carl Jenkins
1999 Charming Billy Raymond Starkman
2000 The Gift Kenneth King
2001 Madison Roger Epperson
2001 Novocaine Mike
2001 The Majestic Avery Wyatt
2002 Waking Up in Reno Fred Bush
2003 Uncle Nino Stewart
2008 The Express: The Ernie Davis Story Lew Andreas
2009 Horsemen Police Chief Krupa
2009 Drag Me to Hell Leonard Dalton
2009 Formosa Betrayed Daltry
2011 The Dilemma Thomas Fern
2011 Fertile Ground Avery
2011 The Last Rites of Joe May Billy Tidrow
2012 At Any Price Byron
2012 Trouble with the Curve Smitty
2015 Consumed Sen. Bob McHenry
2016 Imperfections Lil Pop
2017 New Money Boyd Tisdale
2018 The Ballad of Buster Scruggs Trapper Segment: "The Mortal Remains"


Year Title Role Notes
1978 The Awakening Land Billy Harbison TV miniseries
1979 Mark Twain: Beneath the Laughter Buck Harkness TV film
1981 The Children Nobody Wanted Ralph TV film
1987 Night of Courage Lt. Beiber TV film
1987 Jack and Mike Polaski "Till Death Do Us Part"
1987 Sable Mr. Wylie "Evangelist"
1990 Elvis Bill Kenney "Grand Ole Opry"
1990 Tales from the Crypt George Yates "Four-Sided Triangle"
1990 Rainbow Drive Tom Cutler TV film
1990 Gabriel's Fire Capt. Jack O'Neil "Pilot", "To Catch a Con: Parts 1 & 2"
1990 Dallas Dr. Wykoff "April in Paris", "Charade", "One Last Kiss"
1991 Equal Justice Coach Nichols "The Devil His Due"
1992 The Burden of Proof Dr. Nate Cawley TV miniseries
1992 Legacy of Lies Phil MacFarlane TV film
1994 Against Their Will: Women in Prison Warden Henley TV film
1994-95 Christy Ben Pentland Recurring role
1996 Evil Has a Face McGarrell TV film
1997 Chicago Hope FBI Agent Tom Strickler "The Day of the Rope"
1997 Early Edition Nick Harper "Dad"
1999 Judging Amy Simon McKinley "Last Tango in Hartford"
2000 Once and Again Warren Wyler "Ozymandias 2.0"
2001 King of the Hill Councilman Fred Ebberd (voice) "It's Not Easy Being Green"
2001 Snap Decision Det. John Collins TV film
2003 Everybody Loves Raymond Rev. Stevens "Robert's Wedding"
2003 Cold Case Henry Phillips "A Time to Hate"
2004 JAG Dr. Mallory "A Girl's Best Friend"
2005 Prison Break Bishop McMorrow "Pilot"
2006 A Little Thing Called Murder Ken Sr. TV film
2007 My Name Is Earl Mr. White "Get a Real Job", "The Trial"
2009 The Beast Alan Posner "Infected"
2009 Mad Men Conrad 'Connie' Hilton Recurring role
2010-17 Grey's Anatomy Dr. Harper Avery "Perfect Little Accident", "Go Big or Go Home"
2011 CSI: Miami Wesley Habeck "Hunting Ground"
2012 Boss Royczyk "Backflash", "The Conversation"
2012 The Mob Doctor Seamus O'Connell "Game Changers"
2012 Scandal Harold Pierce "Defiance"
2014 NCIS Joseph Hanlon "Crescent City: Part 2"
2014-16 Chicago P.D. Robert Platt "Turn the Light Off", "All Cylinders Firing"

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In 2007, Ross appeared, along with Sean Astin and Charles S. Dutton, in an episode of My Name Is Earl that was a homage to the film Rudy. He played an appliance store manager whose relationship to Earl mirrors that of his relationship to Rudy.

In 2008, he played Beverly Weston in the National Theatre production of August: Osage County.[2]

He also played a fictionalized Conrad Hilton in the award-winning series Mad Men.

In 2012 he appeared in Boss (TV series) as the chief of the Chicago Police Department.


  1. ^ a b c According to the State of California. California Birth Index, 1905-1995. Center for Health Statistics, California Department of Health Services, Sacramento, California. Searchable at
  2. ^ National Theatre Programme for August: Osage County

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