Jack Gilpin (born May 31, 1951) is an American actor.

Jack Gilpin
Born (1951-05-31) May 31, 1951 (age 68)
Years active1981–present
Ann McDonough
(m. 1986)
Children2, including Betty Gilpin

Life and careerEdit

Gilpin was born in Boyce, Virginia. He had a recurring role on the TV series Kate & Allie, and is a frequent Law & Order guest star, having appeared in all of the first three series: Law & Order, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and Law & Order: Criminal Intent. Gilpin appeared in the films Something Wild, She-Devil, Revenge of the Nerds: Part II, Quiz Show, Reversal of Fortune, Barcelona, and The Notorious Bettie Page. He is also an accomplished stage actor.

Gilpin is a graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy (class of 1969) and Harvard University (class of 1973). He studied acting at the Neighborhood Playhouse school of the theatre in New York City. In 2008, Gilpin appeared in the fact-based film 21, playing the role of Bob Phillips who is interviewing student candidates for the fictional "Robinson Scholarship" to attend Harvard Medical School.[1] Gilpin's character appears in the first scene of the film and his words set the stage for the movie's plot; he appears again in the final scene to bring closure to the film.

Gilpin is married to actress Ann McDonough, and is the father of actress Betty Gilpin, who stars in the Netflix series GLOW and also appeared on Law & Order, Fringe and Nurse Jackie.

His first cousin is the former president of Harvard University, Drew Gilpin Faust.

Gilpin was ordained as priest of the Episcopal Church on December 15, 2012. He is currently in charge of St. John's Episcopal Church in New Milford, Connecticut, where he had arrived as a deacon two months prior to his ordination. He had previously been a licensed lay preacher at Christ Church in his hometown of Roxbury, Connecticut.[2]


  1. ^ IMDB Database entry for character Bob Phillips, https://www.imdb.com/character/ch0110218/?ref_=tt_cl_t12
  2. ^ Tuz, Susan (December 8, 2012). "Rev. Gilpin follows his 'calling' to St. John's". The Greater New Milford (Conn.) Spectrum. Retrieved April 26, 2017.

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