Jack Coleman (actor)

John MacDonald Coleman (born February 21, 1958)[1] is an American actor who has played the role of Steven Carrington in the 1980s prime time soap opera Dynasty (1982–1988),[2] Noah Bennet in the science-fiction drama series Heroes (2006–2010), State Senator Robert Lipton on The Office (2010–2013), and United States Senator William Bracken on Castle (2012–2015).

Jack Coleman
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John MacDonald Coleman

(1958-02-21) February 21, 1958 (age 65)
Years active1981–present
(m. 1996)

Early life and educationEdit

Coleman was born February 21, 1958, in Easton, Pennsylvania, in the Lehigh Valley region of eastern Pennsylvania. He is a sixth-generation descendant of Benjamin Franklin.[2] He attended Solebury School in Solesbury Township, Pennsylvania, and Duke University, where he decided to pursue acting as a career. After graduating from Duke in 1980, he attended Eugene O'Neill Theater Center in Waterford, Connecticut.[3]


Coleman in June 2008.

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).[4] 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,[5] 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.[6] 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.[2]


Coleman was a main cast member of science-fiction series Heroes, where he played Noah Bennet. 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."[7] In 2015, he reprised his role as Noah Bennet in an "event miniseries" Heroes Reborn, which served as a continuation of the original Heroes storyline. In 2019, he starred in the movie version of Graham Farrow's award winning, critically acclaimed stage play 'Rattlesnakes'.[8]


Coleman appeared in an episode of The Mentalist in October 2010. He played the role of a wealthy, arrogant murder suspect named Max Winter.[9] He also played a patient named Joe Dugan (a campaign manager of a New Jersey senator) in the House episode of "Office Politics" in 2010.

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". In July 2012, it was announced that Coleman joined the fifth season of Castle as a new antagonist for Stana Katic’s character Kate Beckett.[10] 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.

Coleman joined USA Network’s Burn Notice as a recurring part of the 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.[11]

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'.[12]

Personal lifeEdit

Coleman married actress Beth Toussaint in 1996.[13] They have a daughter, Tess, born in 1999.



Year Film Role Notes
1988 The Pursuit of Happiness Stan
1994 Foreign Student Rex Jennings
1997 Spawn Doctor
1997 Time Under Fire Lance McCarthy
1998 The Landlady Patrick Forman
2003 Studio City Andrew Mason
2008 Beautiful Loser Jimmy
2011 The Contract The Patron Short
2013 Emit Rance Wofford Short
2015 The Tank Reed Baker
2016 The Submarine Kid Mr.Koll
2019 Rattlesnakes Richie Hanson


Year Title Role Notes
1981–82 Days of Our Lives Jake Kositchek Main role
1982–88 Dynasty Steven Carrington Main role
148 episodes
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"
1989 Bridesmaids Matt TV movie
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
6 episodes
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?"
1998–2000 Oh Baby Rick Recurring
11 episodes
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; 13 episodes
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; 74 episodes
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 Salvation Daniel TV movie
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"; voice only
2015 Heroes Reborn Noah Bennet TV miniseries
2015–2021 Chicago P.D. "Disco Bob" Ruzek 3 episodes: "Disco Bob", "Fathers and Sons", "The Radical Truth"
2015 Avengers Assemble Doctor Strange 1 episode: "Widow's Run"; voice only
2017 Do I Say I Do? Robert Hallmark Television Movie
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)"
2021 Ordinary Joe Dr. Douglas Banks Recurring
2022 Westworld Senator Ken Whitney 1 episode: "Well Enough Alone"


  1. ^ Jack Coleman Biography (1958–)
  2. ^ a b c "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]
  3. ^ Nuytens, Gilles; Coleman, Jack (18 February 2007). "Jack Coleman interview". The Scifi World. Archived from the original on 10 December 2007. Retrieved 25 July 2022.
  4. ^ "Jack Coleman". BBC. Retrieved 2007-01-13.
  5. ^ Rabinowitz, Chloe (9 November 2021). "Jack Coleman, John James & Gordon Thomsom Team up for our Dynasty: Tales from the set". BroadwayWorld. Archived from the original on 8 November 2021. Retrieved 25 July 2022.
  6. ^ TV Guide interview. Retrieved on 2007-09-27
  7. ^ Jack Coleman on Heroes Season 2[permanent dead link]. Retrieved October 2, 2007.
  8. ^ "Rattlesnakes". IMDb. 27 December 2019.
  9. ^ "Keck's Exclusives: Heroes' Hiro and H.R.G. Land New CBS Gigs". TVGuide.com. Retrieved September 13, 2010.
  10. ^ "Castle Casts Jack Coleman – Season 5 – TVLine". TVLine.com. 22 July 2012. Retrieved July 22, 2012.
  11. ^ Jack Coleman & Stephen Martines Join USA's ‘Burn Notice’ As Recurring.
  12. ^ "Rattlesnakes". IMDb. 27 December 2019.
  13. ^ "Beth Toussaint Biography (1962–)". Filmreference.com. Retrieved 2013-12-12.

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