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John Todd Terlesky (born May 30, 1961) is an American actor, film director, television director and screenwriter. As an actor, he is best known for his titular role in the 1987 film Deathstalker II.

John Terlesky
Born (1961-05-30) May 30, 1961 (age 58)
Other namesJon Terlesky
J.T. Terlesky
OccupationActor, film director, television director, screenwriter
Years active1984–present
Spouse(s)Jayne Brook (1996–present; 2 children)

Life and careerEdit

Terlesky was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, on May 30, 1961.[1] Since the mid-1980s, Terlesky has acted in a number of films and television series. His first notable television role was in the NBC drama Legmen. His other television credits include The Facts of Life, V, Our House, Empty Nest, Walker, Texas Ranger, a recurring role on Guns of Paradise and co-starring in the sitcom The Last Frontier.

Some of Terlesky's film acting credits include Secret Admirer (1985), The Naked Cage (1986), Chopping Mall (1986), Valet Girls (1987), The Allnighter (1987), Deathstalker II (1987), Appointment with Death (1988), Damned River (1989) and Crazy People (1990).

In 1998, Terlesky made his directorial debut with the film The Pandora Project, co-directing with Jim Wynorski. He directed a number of other independent, direct-to-video and television films before getting involved in episodic television. Since 2006, he has directed episodes of Boston Legal, Grey's Anatomy, Ugly Betty, Drop Dead Diva, Human Target, Army Wives, Body of Proof, Gossip Girl, Castle, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and How To Get Away With Murder.[2]



Year Title Role Notes
1985 Secret Admirer Rick
1986 The Naked Cage Willy
Chopping Mall Mike Brennan
1987 Valet Girls Archie Lee Samples
The Allnighter C.J.
Deathstalker II Deathstalker Video
1988 Appointment with Death Raymond Boynton
1989 Damned River Carl
1990 Crazy People Adam Burgess
1993 The Last Job Father Short
Little Miss Millions Randolph Palmer (Uncredited)
1995 Hard Bounty Carver
1996 Vampirella Astronaut #2 Video
1998 Storm Trooper Shotgun Video
1999 Judgment Day Shooter (Uncredited) Video
2001 Guardian Director
2003 Written in Blood Guard #2


Year Title Role Notes
1984 Legmen David Taylor 6 Episodes
The Facts of Life Rich Thompson 1 Episode, My Boyfriend's Back
1985 Consenting Adult Pete Roberts TV Movie
V Dead Guy (Uncredited) 1 Episode, The Wildcats
1988 High Mountain Rangers Chaz Collins 1 Episode, Matt's Choice
Our House Scott 2 Episodes
Longhorn Deputy US Marshal Custis Long TV Movie
1989 Nightingales Phillip Danlow 4 Episodes
CBS Summer Playhouse Frank Cabell 1 Episode, Curse of the Corn People
Nashville Beat Stick TV Movie
When He's Not a Stranger Ron Cooper TV Movie
The Famous Teddy Z Ryan Lane 1 Episode, Teddy Gets a House Guest
1990 The Love Boat: A Valentine Voyage TV Movie
Bar Girls Gabe Shriver TV Movie
Empty Nest Bucky Barnes 1 Episode, There's No Accounting
1991 Paradise Dakota 13 Episodes
1992 Battling for Baby Phillip TV Movie
Grapevine Greg 1 Episode, The Katie and Adam Story
1993 Sirens Off. Dan Kelly #1
1995 Walker, Texas Ranger Pete Battle 1 Episode, Mean Streets
All-American Girl Tim 1 Episode, Young Americans
1996 Murder, She Wrote Vince DeNisco 1 Episode, Murder Among Friends
Voice from the Grave Bill Perkins TV Movie
The Last Frontier Reed Garfield 6 Episodes
2005 Cerberus Willis (Uncredited) TV Movie
CSI: Miami Larry Van Owen 1 Episode, Nothing to Lose

Personal lifeEdit

Terlesky is married to actress Jayne Brook.[3]


  1. ^ Roberts, Jerry (2009). Encyclopedia of Television Film Directors. Scarecrow Press. p. 588. ISBN 9780810863781.
  2. ^ John Terlesky credits, Yahoo! TV
  3. ^ "Jayne Brook". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved May 27, 2019.

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