Gregg Lee Henry (born May 6, 1952)[1] is an American character actor and rock, blues and country musician.[2]

Gregg Henry
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Henry in 1976
Born (1952-05-06) May 6, 1952 (age 69)
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),[3] the latter of whom Henry has collaborated with frequently over the years, acting in six De Palma films .


Henry was born May 6, 1952, in Lakewood, Colorado, United States.[1] He has been featured in over 75 television programs, including The Riches; Firefly; Gilmore Girls; 24; Airwolf; CSI: Crime Scene Investigation; Murder, She Wrote; Matlock; In The Heat Of The Night; L.A. Law; Falcon Crest; Designing Women; Moonlighting; Magnum, P.I.; Rich Man, Poor Man Book II; The Mentalist; Castle; Glee; Burn Notice and Breakout Kings.

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. He appeared in recurring roles in Hell on Wheels and The Following. He also portrayed the title role in Shakespeare's Julius Caesar in 2017's Shakespeare in the Park in New York City.[4]

Personal lifeEdit

Henry is married to American theatre director Lisa James.[1]



Year Title Role Notes
1978 Mean Dog Blues Paul Ramsey
1979 Hot Rod Brian Edison
1981 Just Before Dawn Warren
1983 Funny Money Ben Turtle
1983 Scarface Charles Goodson Uncredited[citation needed]
1984 Body Double Sam Bouchard
1986 The Last of Philip Banter Robert Prescott
1988 Fair Game Gene
1989 Casualties of War Prosecutor Scenes deleted
1992 Raising Cain Lieutenant Terri
1998 Star Trek: Insurrection Gallatin
1999 Payback Val Resnick
2001 Southlander: Diary of a Desperate Musician Lane Windbird
Layover Jack Gillardo
2002 Femme Fatale Shiff
Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever FBI Agent Clark / DIA Director Robert Gant
2003 Purgatory Flats Dean Mecklin
Sin Conrad
2004 Sleep Easy, Hutch Rimes Cotton Proudfit
2005 Heatless Lieutenant Russ Carter
Silent Partner Ambassador LaFontaine
The Hunt for the BTK Killer Dennis Rader
2006 Slither Jack MacReady
United 93 Colonel Robert Marr
The Black Dahlia Pete Lukins
2011 Super Detective John Felkner
Isolation Dr. Lawrence Moore
The Reunion Kyle Wills
2012 Unfair and Imbalanced Jim Moran
The Patriot of America Samuel Burwell Voice
Any Day Now Lambert
2014 Guardians of the Galaxy[5] Peter Quill's Grandfather
2016 Jason Bourne Richard Webb
The Belko Experiment The Voice Voice
2017 Teen Titans: The Judas Contract Brother Blood Voice
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Peter Quill's Grandfather
2018 Office Uprising Franklin Gantt
2019 Stand! Mike Sokolowski


Year Title Role Notes
1976 Rich Man, Poor Man Book II Wesley Jordache TV Miniseries
1978 Pearl Lieutenant Doug North TV Miniseries
1979 Dummy Assistant District Attorney Smith TV Movie
1982 The Blue and the Gray Lester Bedell TV Miniseries
1983 The Love Boat Gregory Steven Leonard Episode: "He Ain't Heavy"
1984 Airwolf Robert Villers Episode: "The Hunted"
1985 Moonlighting Paul McCain Episode: "The Next Murder You Hear"
1985–1996 Murder, She Wrote Barry 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"[6]
Episode: "Mrs. Parker's Revenge"
1987 Bates Motel Tom Fuller TV movie
1988–1994 L.A. Law Robert Cullen / Samuel Barkwell Episode: "The Son Also Rises"
Episode: "To Live and Diet in L.A."
Episode: "Cold Cuts"
1986 Hardcastle and McCormick Tommy Kitchens Episode: "Poker Night"
1987 Designing Women Jack Dent Episode: "Grand Slam Thank You Ma'am"
1987-1988 Werewolf (TV series) Officer Ritter Episode: "Nightmare in Blue"
1990 Matlock Nick Beloit Episode: "The D.A."
1992 Civil Wars Gordon Dallek Episode: "Oboe Phobia"
1993 In the Heat of the Night George Deschamps Episodes: "Leftover Man Part 1 and Part II"
1996 Terminal Brian TV movie
1997 Tidal Wave: No Escape Edgar Purcell TV movie
1999–2001 Family Law Michael Holt Recurring
2000 Cover Me: Based on the True Life of an FBI Family Henry Crowe Episode: "Absolution"
2001 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Special Agent Rick Culpepper Episode: "The Strip Strangler"
2001–2002 Boston Public Detective McGill Episode: "Chapter Nine"
Episode: "Chapter Thirty-Five"
2002 Firefly Sheriff Bourne Episode: "The Train Job"
Boomtown Robert Colson Episode: "The Squeeze"
The Agency Senator Bowden Episode: "Heartless"
2003 Star Trek: Enterprise Zho'Kaan Episode: "Dawn"
Judging Amy Morgan Simmons Episode: "Wild Card"
24 Jonathan Wallace Episodes 40–43: Day 2 ("11:00 pm" – "3:00 am")
The Lyon's Den A.U.S.A Episode: "Blood"
Episode: "Separation Anxiety"
Windfall Bill Trask TV movie
2004 The Handler Griffin Klein Episode: "Acts of Congress"
2005–2007 Eyes Clay Burgess 7 episodes
Gilmore Girls Mitchum Huntzberger Recurring character
2006 CSI: Miami William Preston Episode: "Death Eminent"
2007–2008 The Riches Hugh Panetta Series regular
2008 ER Officer Mark Downey Episode: "Haunted"
The Mentalist Cal Trask Episode: "Red-Handed"
Sparky & Mikaela Mikaela's Dad Episode: "Pilot"
2009 The Beast Frank Oland / Mike Parks Episode: "Hothead"
Dollhouse William Bashford Episode: "Haunted"
Dark Blue Jimmy Boyd Episode: "Guns, Strippers and Wives"
Numb3rs Pete Fox Episode: "Friendly Fire"
Castle Winston Wellesley Episode: "Kill the Messenger"
Glee Russell Fabray Episode: "Ballad"
2009–2011 Hung Mike Hunt Recurring season 1; Regular seasons 2–3
2010 Grey's Anatomy Dr. Gracie Episode: "The Time Warp"
Three Rivers Lester Dimes Episode: "Case Histories"
The Good Guys Wayne Young Episode: "$3.52"
Medium Coach Swanson Episode: "Talk to the Hand"
CSI: Miami Roger Cavanaugh Episode: "Blood Sugar"
2011 Harry's Law Mitchell Eaves Episode: "With Friends Like These..."
CHAOS Kurt Neimeyer Episode: "Glory Days"
Mr. Sunshine Chuck Ferguson Episode: "Family Business"
Burn Notice Ian Covey Episode: "Acceptable Loss"
2011–2012 Breakout Kings Richard Wendell Episode: "There Are Rules"
Episode: "Served Cold"
2012 NCIS: Los Angeles Alex Harris Episode: "Blye, K." Part 1 & 2
Leverage Trent Hazlit Episode: "The Toy Job"
White Collar Henry Dobbs / Robert MacLeish Episodes: "Wanted"; "Most Wanted"
2012–2013 Bunheads Rico 4 episodes
2012–2017 Scandal Hollis Doyle 22 episodes. Recurring, season 2; Guest, season 3, season 5
2013–2014 The Killing Carl Reddick 16 episodes. Recurring, season 3; Main, season 4
2014 Lizzie Borden Took an Ax Hosea Knowlton TV movie
2014–2015 The Following Dr. Arthur Strauss 6 episodes. Recurring, season 2; Main, season 3
2014–2016 Hell on Wheels Brigham Young 7 episodes. Recurring seasons 4–5
2015–2016 CSI: Cyber Calvin Mundo 3 episodes
2016 Chicago Med Dr. David Downey 8 episodes. Recurring, season 1.
Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life Mitchum Huntzberger Episode: "Spring"
Those Who Can't Bryce's Dad Episode: "Mid-Bryce Crisis"
2017 Supergirl Peter Thompson Episode: "Alex"
2018 Black Lightning Agent Martin Proctor 7 episodes
2019 The Rookie Judge Episode: "Homefront"
2021 Blade Runner: Black Lotus Senator Bannister Voice
2021 Hit & Run Martin Wexler Recurring, season 1.

Video gamesEdit

Year Title Role
1999 Star Trek: Hidden Evil Gal'na
2012 Lollipop Chainsaw Gideon Starling


  1. ^ a b c "Gregg Henry Biography". TV Guide. Archived from the original on September 21, 2015. Retrieved April 2, 2013.
  2. ^ "Gregg Henry". Archived from the original on November 17, 2017. Retrieved April 2, 2013.
  3. ^ Rollins, Peter C. (2003). Hollywood's Indian: the portrayal of the Native American in film. University Press of Kentucky. p. 143. ISBN 978-0-8131-9077-8. Retrieved September 27, 2011.
  4. ^ "Shakespeare in the Park's Gregg Henry on Playing a Very Trumpian Julius Caesar". Backstage. Retrieved January 21, 2020.
  5. ^ Henry, Gregg [@GreggHenry88] (September 4, 2013). "That's a wrap for me on #gotg..." (Tweet). Retrieved July 12, 2014 – via Twitter.
  6. ^ 7.11, where he plays the role of the vineyard tycoon.

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