Jack Coleman (actor)
John MacDonald Coleman (born February 21, 1958) is an American actor and screenwriter, known for playing the role of Steven Carrington in the 1980s prime time soap opera Dynasty (1982–1988), and for portraying Noah Bennet in the science-fiction drama series Heroes (2006–2010) as well as his recurring roles as State Senator Robert Lipton on The Office (2010–2013) and as United States Senator William Bracken on Castle (2012–2015).
Coleman at the 2015 San Diego Comic-Con International
John MacDonald Coleman
February 21, 1958
Easton, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Early life and educationEdit
Coleman was born in Easton, Pennsylvania, and is a sixth-generation descendant of Benjamin Franklin. He attended The Solebury School and Duke University, where he decided to pursue acting as a career. After graduating from Duke in 1980, he attended the National Theater Institute at The Eugene O'Neill Theater Center.
Coleman's first major role was in Days of Our Lives, where he appeared from 1981 to 1982 as the character of Jake Kositchek (aka The Salem Strangler). He also made an appearance on Celebrity Bullseye. In 1982, he joined the cast of Dynasty when he took over the role of Steven Carrington, one of the first gay characters on American television. Coleman played the role until the end of the show's eighth season in 1988.
He was a regular on the short-lived series Nightmare Cafe (1992), and appeared on the miniseries Kingdom Hospital (2004). He made guest appearances in The Net, CSI: Miami, Nip/Tuck, Without a Trace, Diagnosis: Murder, and Entourage. He co-starred as Alyson & Amanda Michalka's father in the Disney Channel Original Movie Cow Belles.
He was nominated[clarification needed] for his performance in the play Stand-up Tragedy at the Mark Taper Forum, and won a Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for his performance in Bouncers. He wrote the screenplays for Studio City, which he produced and acted in, and Can't Help Falling.
Coleman was a main cast member of science-fiction series Heroes, where he played Noah Bennet (a.k.a. "The Man With Horn-Rimmed Glasses" or "HRG"). Coleman states about portraying the character, "It's a combination of the light and dark. I don't want to just be a moustache twirling villain."
In Hallmark Channel’s original movie Rock The House (2010), Jack Coleman played a lawyer named Max who finds a way to reconnect with his daughter and his old sense of joy when he gets back together with his music-making friends from his teenaged years.
Starting in November 2010, Coleman had a recurring role on The Office as Pennsylvania State Senator Robert Lipton, the love interest for both Angela Martin (Angela Kinsey) and Oscar Martinez (Oscar Nunez). He has appeared in the episodes "WUPHF.com", "Classy Christmas", "Michael's Last Dundies","Goodbye, Michael", "Jury Duty", "Fundraiser", "Free Family Portrait Studio" "New Guys", "Here Comes Treble", "The Boat", "The Whale", "Customer Loyalty" and "Vandalism".
From 2011 to 2012, he played Bill Forbes on the third season of the CW drama The Vampire Diaries in the episodes "The Hybrid", "The End of the Affair", "Disturbing Behavior", "The Ties That Bind" and "Bringing Out The Dead".
In 2011, he appeared on the CBS drama Criminal Minds, playing Bill Rogers, a serial rapist, in the episode "Hope".
On July 22, 2012, it was announced that Coleman is joining the fifth season of Castle as a new antagonist for Stana Katic’s character Kate Beckett. He has appeared in the episodes "After the Storm", "Recoil", "In the Belly of the Beast", "Veritas", "XY", and "XX" playing Senator William H Bracken.
Jack Coleman joined USA’s Burn Notice as a recurring part of the USA Network drama’s truncated (13-episode) seventh and final season. He played Andrew Strong, a ranking CIA officer who has seen it all. Noble, but also obsessive at times, Strong is a relentless taskmaster who pushes Michael (Jeffrey Donovan) to do whatever it takes to complete the mission.
In 2013, he played the closeted gay husband Daniel Douglas Langston of conservative Vice President Sally Langston on Scandal.
In February 2014, he appeared in CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Season 14 Episode 15 – "Love for Sale".
In 2019 he starred in the movie version of Graham Farrow's award winning, critically acclaimed stage play 'Rattlesnakes'.
|1988||The Pursuit of Happiness||Stan|
|1994||Foreign Student||Rex Jennings|
|1997||Time Under Fire||Lance McCarthy|
|1998||The Landlady||Patrick Forman|
|2003||Studio City||Andrew Mason|
|2011||The Contract||The Patron||Short|
|2013||Emit||Rance Wofford||Short film|
|2015||The Tank||Reed Baker||Post-production|
|2016||The Submarine Kid||Mr.Koll|
|1981–82||Days of Our Lives||Jake Kositchek||Main role|
|1982–88||Dynasty||Steven Carrington||Main role|
|1984||Glitter||Rusty Walker||1 episode: "In Tennis, Love Means Nothing"|
|1985||Finder of Lost Loves||Dr. Eric Jordan||1 episode: "Wayward Dreams"|
|1985||The Love Boat||Scott Barrett||2 episodes: "The Racer's Edge: Part 1", "The Racer's Edge: Part 2"|
|1986||The Colbys||Steven Carrington||1 episode: "The Wedding"|
|1990||Daughter of Darkness||Devlin||TV Movie|
|1990||Children of the Bride||Dennis||TV Movie|
|1991||The Return of Eliot Ness||Gil Labine||TV Movie|
|1992||Nightmare Cafe||Frank Nolan||Main role|
|1993||Rubdown||Marion Pooley||TV Movie|
|1995||Trapped in Space||Grant||TV Movie|
|1995||Diagnosis: Murder||Eddie Gault||1 episode: "A Blast from the Past"|
|1995||Burke's Law||Ted D'Arcy||1 episode: "Who Killed the Sweet Smell of Success?"|
|1995||Touched by an Angel||Jeff Ritchy||1 episode: "Angels on the Air"|
|1997||Angels in the Endzone||Peter Harper||TV Movie|
|1997||Medusa's Child||Dean Cooper||TV Movie|
|1998||The Naked Truth||Colin Terell||2 episodes: "Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice, Except with Different Names",|
"Jake or Fake?"
|1998||The Net||Dr. Steven Graf||1 episode: "Transplant"|
|1999||Replacing Dad||Dr. Mark Chandler||TV Movie|
|1999||Last Rites||Agent Gary Blake||TV Movie|
|2001||Special Unit 2||George Armstrong||1 episode: "The Drag"|
|2001||Providence||Larry||1 episode: "The Mating Dance"|
|2002||Becker||Tony||1 episode: "The 100th"|
|2003||According to Jim||Sean Curran||1 episode: "No Harm, No Fowl"|
|2004||Kingdom Hospital||Peter Rickman||Main role|
|2004||Nip/Tuck||Dr. Avery Atherton||1 episode: "Rose and Raven Rosenberg"|
|2004||CSI: Miami||Martin Gillespie||1 episode: "Murder in a Flash"|
|2004||Without a Trace||Roy Ducek||1 episode: "Trials"|
|2006–10||Heroes||Noah Bennet||Main role|
|2006||Cow Belles||Reed Callum||TV Movie|
|2006||Entourage||Bradley||1 episode: "What About Bob?"|
|2009||Polar Storm||Dr. James Mayfield||TV Movie|
|2010||The Mentalist||Max Winter||1 episode: "Red Carpet Treatment"|
|2010||House||Joe Dugan||1 episode: "Office Politics"|
|2010–2013||The Office||State Senator Robert Lipton||14 episodes|
|2011||Rock the House||Max Peterson||TV Movie|
|2011||Criminal Minds||Bill Rogers||1 episode: "Hope"|
|2011–12||The Vampire Diaries||Bill Forbes||5 episodes|
|2012||Crash & Burn||Jack Coleman||TV Movie|
|2012–14||Ultimate Spider-Man||Doctor Strange/Announcer||3 episodes: "Strange", "Journey of the Iron Fist", "Cloak and Dagger"|
|2012–15||Castle||Senator William H. Bracken||6 episodes: "After the Storm", "Recoil", "In the Belly of the Beast", "Veritas", "XY", "XX"|
|2013||Burn Notice||Andrew Strong||11 episodes|
|2013||Scandal||Daniel Douglas Langston||6 episodes|
|2014||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Jim Logan||1 episode: "Love For Sale"|
|2014||Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H.||Doctor Strange||1 episode: "Stranger in a Strange Land"|
|2015||Heroes Reborn||Noah Bennet||TV Mini Series|
|2015–2018||Chicago P.D.||"Disco Bob" Ruzek||2 episodes: "Disco Bob", "Fathers and Sons"|
|2015||Avengers Assemble||Doctor Strange||1 episode: "Widow's Run"|
|2018||How to Get Away with Murder||Mr. Dean||1 episode: "He's a Bad Father"|
|2018||Hawaii Five-O||Agent Miller||2 episodes: "Ka 'owili 'oka'i (Cocoon)", "Ke kanaka i ha'ule mai ka lewa mai (The Man Who Fell From the Sky)"|
- Jack Coleman Biography (1958–)
- "From 'Dynasty' To NBC's 'Heroes,' Life Never Looked Better Through "Horn Rimmed Glasses" For New Series Regular Jack Coleman" (Press release). NBC Universal Media Village. 2006-11-08. Retrieved 2007-01-13.[permanent dead link]
- "Jack Coleman". BBC. Retrieved 2007-01-13.
- TV Guide interview. Retrieved on 2007-09-27
- Jack Coleman on Heroes Season 2[permanent dead link]. Retrieved October 2, 2007.
- "Keck's Exclusives: Heroes' Hiro and H.R.G. Land New CBS Gigs". TVGuide.com. Retrieved September 13, 2010.
- "Castle Casts Jack Coleman – Season 5 – TVLine". TVLine.com. Retrieved July 22, 2012.
- Jack Coleman & Stephen Martines Join USA’s ‘Burn Notice’ As Recurring.
- "Beth Toussaint Biography (1962–)". Filmreference.com. Retrieved 2013-12-12.
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