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Leigh Joseph McCloskey (born June 21, 1955) is an American actor, artist and writer. As an actor, he has appeared in numerous television series and movies, including a 46-episode stint as Mitch Cooper on the popular American soap opera Dallas, and a leading role in the Dario Argento-helmed supernatural horror film Inferno.

Leigh McCloskey
Leigh Joseph McCloskey

(1955-06-21) June 21, 1955 (age 64)
Other namesLeigh J. McCloskey
EducationJuilliard School
OccupationActor, artist, author, teacher, visual philosopher
Years active1975-present
Carla Reinke McCloskey (m. 1978)


Born in Los Angeles, California, McCloskey was classically trained as an actor at the Juilliard School in Lincoln Center, New York.[citation needed] He began his professional acting career playing Billy Abbott in the original miniseries Rich Man, Poor Man. He went on to star in three nighttime television series: Executive Suite, Married: The First Year, and performed the role of Mitch Cooper (husband of Lucy Ewing Cooper) on the CBS nighttime soap opera Dallas. McCloskey was a series regular from 1980–1982, and made brief appearances in 1985 and 1988.

McCloskey starred in made-for-television films and miniseries including The Bermuda Depths, Dawn: Portrait of a Teenage Runaway and its sequel Alexander: The Other Side of Dawn in which he played the title role. He was given the lead role in the Italian horror film Inferno (1980) after the director's original choice of James Woods proved to be unavailable. He starred in Trouble Shooters: Trapped Beneath the Earth and with Linda Gray (Dallas) in Accidental Meeting. He starred in the television miniseries Gone But Not Forgotten (2005). McCloskey has also appeared in the films Just One of the Guys, Cameron's Closet, Fraternity Vacation with Tim Robbins, and Inferno directed by Dario Argento, among others.

McCloskey has guest-starred on television series and pilots including Bones, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Voyager, Jake and the Fatman, JAG, Life Goes On, Chicago Hope, Medical Center, and many others. He has played villains on four sci-fi television series: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Star Trek: Voyager, as well as Babylon 5 (2 parts) and Buck Rogers in the 25th Century with Dorothy Stratten. He has also appeared in a number of daytime soap operas, including Santa Barbara, General Hospital, The Young and the Restless and One Life to Live.[citation needed]


Year Title Role Notes
1975 Phyllis Donald Ralson 1 episode "Bess, Is You a Woman Now?"
1975 The Secrets of Isis Bill Cady 1 episode "The Sound of Silence"
1976 Medical Center Mihail Zankov 1 episode "A Very Private War"
1976 Rich Man, Poor Man Billy Abbott 1 episode "Part VIII: Chapters 11 and 12"
1976 The Streets of San Francisco Gil 1 episode "Most Likely to Succeed"
1976 ABC Afterschool Specials Jeff 1 episode "Blind Sunday"
1976 Rich Man, Poor Man Book II Billy Abbott TV miniseries
1976 Dawn: Portrait of a Teenage Runaway Alexander Duncan TV movie
1976–77 Executive Suite Brian Walling 18 episodes
1977 Alexander: The Other Side of Dawn Alexander Duncan TV movie
1977 Hawaii Five-O Ted Bonner 1 episode "Tsunami"
1978 The Bermuda Depths Magnus Dens TV movie
1978 Doctors' Private Lives Kenny TV movie
1979 The Paper Chase Paul Chandler 1 episode "The Man in the Chair"
1979 Married: The First Year Billy Baker 4 episodes
1979 Buck Rogers in the 25th Century Jalor Davin 1 episode "Cruise Ship to the Stars"
1980 Inferno Mark Elliot
1980–88 Dallas Mitch Cooper 46 episodes
1981 Hart to Hart Vernon Casper 1 episode "Hartland Express"
1983 I paladini - Storia d'armi e d'amori Rinaldo
1983 The Fall Guy Webb Covington, Jr. 1 episode "Pirates of Nashville"
1983–85 The Love Boat Peter / Ralph Burrows / Charles 'Chip' Reynolds Multiple episodes
1983–86 Hotel Hank Miller / Joel Shubert / Lou Valentine 3 episodes "Scapegoats", "Passports", "Secrets"
1984 Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer Carl Pennington 1 episode "Vickie's Song"
1984 Fantasy Island Paul Spenser "Sing Melancholy Baby/The Last Dogfight"
1984 Velvet James Barstow TV movie
1984 Partners in Crime - American TV Series Casey Quinn 1 episode "Murder in the Museum"
1984 Finder of Lost Loves Travis Burke 1 episode "White Lies"
1985 Fraternity Vacation Charles 'Chas' Lawlor III
1985 Just One of the Guys Kevin
1986 Hamburger: The Motion Picture Russell
1986 Murder, She Wrote Todd Amberson 1 episode "Murder by Appointment Only"
1986 Blacke's Magic Paul Thompson 1 episode "The Revenge of the Esperanza"
1986 Crazy Like a Fox 1 episode "The Duke is Dead"
1987–92 Jake and the Fatman Hank Goldman 2 episodes "The Man I Love", "Nightmare"
1988 Sonny Spoon Dick Darling 1 episode "Wizard of Odds"
1988 Dirty Laundry Jay
1988 The Bronx Zoo Richard
1988 Cameron's Closet Pete Groom
1988 Double Revenge Mick Taylor
1988 Lucky Stiff Eric West
1988–90 Santa Barbara Dr. Zach Kelton / Ethan Asher 248 episodes
1990 Shades of L.A. Dr. Ernest Lindstrom 1 episode "The Teacher from Hell"
1992 Life Goes On Phillip Jorgens 1 episode "The Whole Truth"
1993 Raven Pirate / Randall 2 episodes "Rip-Off", "Bloody Beach"
1993 Trouble Shooters: Trapped Beneath the Earth Frank Mather TV movie
1993–96 General Hospital Damian Smith Multiple episodes
1994 Accidental Meeting Richard TV movie
1994 Chicago Hope Soap Doctor 1 episode "Death Be Proud"
1995 Terror in the Shadows Alex Williams TV movie
1996 Star Trek: Voyager Tieran 1 episode "Warlord"
1996–97 The Young and the Restless Dr. Kurt Costner 16 episodes
1997 3rd Rock from the Sun Matthew 1 episode "Tricky Dick"
1997 Almost Perfect Tommy 1 episode "The Laws"
1998 Babylon 5 Thomas 2 episodes "A Tragedy of Telepaths", "Phoenix Rising"
1998 I Might Even Love You Hank Price Opposite Actress Tracey Birdsall*[1]
1999 JAG Dan Lander 1 episode "War Stories"
1999 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Joran Belar 1 episode "Field of Fire"
1999 Beverly Hills, 90210 Bigelow 1 episode "Fortune Cookie"
2000 Brutally Normal Corey 1 episode "Stretching Ethics"
2000 One Life to Live Drake Faraday
2005 Gone But Not Forgotten Detective Ross Barrow TV miniseries
2009 An Elaborate Plan Donald Cavanaugh Short film
2011 Bones Lee Coleman 1 episode "The Truth in the Myth"
2013 The Young and the Restless Dr. Kurt Costner 16 episodes


  1. ^ "Tracey Birdsall". IMDb. Retrieved 2016-09-25.

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