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Joel James Gretsch (born December 20, 1963) is an American actor. He is best known for his roles on The 4400, Taken and V.

Joel Gretsch
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Joel Gretsch at the 2010 San Diego Comic-Con
Joel James Gretsch

(1963-12-20) December 20, 1963 (age 55)
Years active1992–present
Spouse(s)Melanie Shatner

Early lifeEdit

Gretsch was born in St. Cloud, Minnesota and grew up in Albany, Minnesota, the son of Russ and Barb. He has a sister, Jane, and a brother, Steve. Gretsch was raised Catholic.[1]


Gretsch studied acting at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis before moving to Los Angeles in 1989. His stage work includes roles in Molière's Tartuffe and John Patrick Shanley's Danny and the Deep Blue Sea.

He started his television work in the early 1990s, appearing in episodes of Married... with Children, Melrose Place, Friends and Saved by the Bell: The New Class. Since then he has appeared in episodes of JAG, Silk Stalkings, CSI: Miami, Burn Notice, and NCIS. More recently, he played a wealthy advertising executive and husband of a supermodel on an episode of Law & Order: Criminal Intent. He also had two guest appearances on NBC's Journeyman, playing the father of protagonist Dan Vasser.

Gretsch has also had supporting roles in a number of films including playing Bobby Jones in The Legend of Bagger Vance (2000),[2] Minority Report (2002),[2] The Emperor's Club (2002) and National Treasure: Book of Secrets (2007).[2]

In 2008, Gretsch had a recurring role as Pete Raynor, Lindsay Boxer's love interest, on the television series Women's Murder Club.[2]

Some of his notable roles include Tom Baldwin on the USA Network series The 4400 in which he starred alongside actress Jacqueline McKenzie,[2] and as Owen Crawford in Steven Spielberg's 2002 science fiction miniseries Taken.[2] Gretsch reunited with Scott Peters (creator of The 4400) on his remake of V. Gretsch played priest and resistance fighter, Father Jack Landry in the series.[2]

He guest starred in the new Diablo Cody created Emmy Award nominated Showtime Comedy-Drama The United States of Tara in the 1st season's last two episodes.



Year Title Role Notes
1999 Kate's Addiction Jack
2000 The Legend of Bagger Vance Bobby Jones
2001 Jane Bond Handsome Man Short
2002 Minority Report Donald Dubin
2002 The Emperor's Club Older Sedgewick Bell
2006 Glass House: The Good Mother Raymond Goode Video
2007 National Treasure: Book of Secrets Thomas Gates
2009 Shrink Evan
2009 Saving Grace B. Jones Dan Jones
2009 Push Jonah Gant
2011 Commerce Ken Short
2013 Are You Here Red Coulter
2014 Zodiac: Signs of The Apocalypse Prof. Neil Martin
2015 Safelight Mr. Sullivan
2015 Silent War Shae's Father Short
2017 Dead Trigger Gen. Conlan


Year Title Role Notes
1993 Married... with Children Johnny "It Doesn't Get Any Better Than This"
1994 Saved by the Bell: The New Class Mr. Hartley "Tommy the Tenor"
1994 Melrose Place Mitch Sheridan "No Strings Attached"
1994 Family Album John TV miniseries
1995 Friends Fireman Ed "The One with the Candy Hearts"
1995 The Bold and the Beautiful Ramone 2 episodes
1997 Renegade Chris "SWM Seeks Vctm"
1999 JAG Chief Hodge "Silent Service"
1999 Silk Stalkings Rusty "Where and When"
1999 Pacific Blue Mark Lewis "Trust"
2000 Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction Dan "One for the Road"
2002 Taken Col. Owen Crawford TV miniseries
2003 CSI: Miami John Walker "Death Grip"
2003–2015 NCIS NCIS Special Agent Stan Burley Recurring role
2004–2007 The 4400 Tom Baldwin Main role
2006 CSI: NY Dr. Keith Beaumont "Live or Let Die"
2006 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Jason Raines "Siren Call"
2007 Journeyman Frank Vasser "The Legend of Dylan McCleen", "Home by Another Way"
2008 Women's Murder Club Pete Raynor Recurring role
2009 Burn Notice Scott Chandler "Seek and Destroy"
2009 United States of Tara Dr. Holden "Snow", "Miracle"
2009–2011 V Father Jack Landry Main role
2011 In Plain Sight Major Lucas Provo "Provo-Cation"
2011 The Playboy Club Jimmy Wallace "Trouble in Makeoutsville", "A Matter of Simple Duplicity"
2013 The Client List Ranger Captain Reese "Wild Nights Are Calling", "What Kind of Fool Do You Think I Am"
2013–14 Witches of East End Victor Recurring role
2014 Caper Sam Clarke "City of Angels", "Psycho Path", "Southpaw's Always Right"
2014 Zodiac: Signs of the Apocalypse Neil Martin TV film
2014 Scorpion Gov. Paul Lane "Single Point of Failure"
2014 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Hank Thompson "The Writing on the Wall"
2015 Criminal Minds Sheriff Paul Desario "Pariahville"
2016–17 The Vampire Diaries Peter Maxwell Recurring role
2018 Do Unto Others Pastor Adler TV film
2018 A Father's Nightmare Matt Carmichael TV film

Body of Proof


  1. ^ Glitz, Michael (2010-11-23). "The good Father". New York Post. Retrieved 2011-01-08.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g " Joel Gretsch interview about 'V.'". Retrieved 26 March 2017.

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