Joseph Patrick Breen (born October 26, 1960) is an American actor, playwright and screenwriter.

Patrick Breen
Joseph Patrick Breen

(1960-10-26) October 26, 1960 (age 59)
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
OccupationActor, playwright, screenwriter
Years active1986–present

Early lifeEdit

Breen was born in Brooklyn, New York on October 26, 1960.


He has acted primarily on TV but has also appeared in numerous films, as well as on Broadway and Off Broadway.

In 2010, he starred on Broadway in Next Fall. He is currently playing Andrew Munsey, Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, on the CBS drama Madam Secretary.

He was originally hired to voice Splatter and Dodge in Thomas and the Magic Railroad, but was cut and was replaced by Neil Crone and Kevin Frank.

Breen appeared regularly in Netflix's adaptation of A Series of Unfortunate Events, which premiered in 2017.[1]

Personal lifeEdit

In a July 2012 interview with Metro Weekly Patrick Breen stated, "I identify as one of the LGBT people" and agreed with the interviewer who referred to Breen coming out as bisexual.[2]



Year Title Role Notes
1989 Day One Richard Feynman
1990 Nobody's Perfect Andy
1992 Passed Away Father Hallahan
1993 For Love or Money Gary Taubin
1995 Call of the Wylie Ezra Also writer
1996 Sweet Nothing Greg
1995 Get Shorty Resident Doctor
1996 Phinehas Billy Also writer
1997 Beverly Hills Ninja Desk Manager Uncredited
1997 Men in Black Reggie Redgick
1997 Colin Fitz Gnu Fan
1998 One True Thing G.A. Tweedy
1999 Just the Ticket San Diego Vinnie
1999 Galaxy Quest Quellick
1999 Cross Words Guy Short film
1999 Advice from a Caterpillar Hunter #1
2000 East of A Peter Parker Also writer
2002 Stark Raving Mad Jeffrey Jay
2002 Just a Kiss Peter Also writer
2003 Radio Tucker
2004 Christmas with the Kranks Aubie
2007 The Neighbor Clint
2008 Space Chimps Dr. Bob (voice)
2009 Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant Mr. Kersey
2010 Space Chimps 2: Zartog Strikes Back Dr. Bob (voice) Direct-to-video
2010 Rio Sex Comedy Frank
2011 The Bleeding House Nick
2014 Draft Day Bill Zotti
2014 Mumfie's Quest: The Movie Narrator (voice)
2014 A Most Violent Year Instructor
2017 After Louie Jeffrey


Year Title Role Notes
1986 Spenser: For Hire Bobby Olak Episode: "And Give Up Show Biz?"
1987 My Sister Sam Scotty Episode: "Club Dread"
1987 The Cavanaughs Tommy Episode: "The Arrangement"
1987 Gimme a Break! Keith Dudley Episode: "Parents' Week: Part 1 & 2"
1987 21 Jump Street Johnny Hartman Episode: "Low and Away"
1987 Just in Time Nick Thompson
1990 Monsters Danny Episode: "Museum Hearts"
1990 Kojak: None So Blind Reporter #1 TV movie
1991 Sunday Dinner Kenneth Benedict
1992 Fool's Fire The Ministers
1993 Melrose Place Cameron
1993 Fallen Angels Doc Episode: "The Quiet Room"
1993 Big Wave Dave's Richie Lamonica
1995–2013 Magic Adventures of Mumfie Narrator
1995–1996 Simon Mitch
1996 Law & Order Andrew Gellis Episode: "Slave"
1996–1997 One Life to Live Winslow Freeman
1998 Jenny Richard Marino Episode: "A Girl's Gotta Merger"
1998 Party of Five Kevin Quoss
1999 Oz Robbie Gerth
1999 Sex and the City Dr. Bradley Meego Episode: "Twenty-Something Girls vs. Thirty-Something Women"
2001 Jack & Jill Ken
2001 Ally McBeal Kevin Stoller Episode: "In Search of Barry White"
2001 Frasier Phillip Episode: "A Day in May"
2001 Judging Amy D.A. Levy Episode: "The Last Word"
2001 The Tick Friendly Fire Episode: "Couples"
2001 Will & Grace Mitchell Episode: "Stakin' Care of Business"
2001 Kristin Nicholas Dupres Episode: "The Rift"
2002 Angel Nev Episode: "Birthday"
2002 The West Wing Kevin Kahn Episode: "The Black Vera Wang"
2002 Do Over Mr. Jenkins Episode: "Investing in the Future"
2003–2004 Rock Me Baby Richard Crandall
2003–2004 Joan of Arcadia Sammy
2004 Law & Order Kevin Hobart
2004 Monk Jeffery Sweeney Episode: "Mr. Monk Gets Married"
2004–2005 Kevin Hill George Weiss
2006 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Mr. Phillipe Episode: "Way to Go"
2006 Boston Legal A.D.A. Otto Beedle
2007 The New Adventures of Old Christine Edmund Episode: "Strange Bedfellows"
2007 Notes from the Underbelly Pale Husband Episode: "Pilot"
2007 Pushing Daisies Leo Gaswint Episode: "Pie-lette"
2008 Eli Stone Paul Sweren
2008 ER Felix Episode: "Another Thursday at County"
2009 Captain Cook's Extraordinary Atlas Phinneas Malloy TV movie
2009 Ghost Whisperer Duff Faraday
2009 Three Rivers Dr. Joseph Breen
2010 Nurse Jackie Martin
2010–2016 The Good Wife Lt. Terrence Hicks
2011–2015 Whole Day Down Patrick Breen Web series
Co-creator and writer
2012 CSI: Miami Henry Duncan Episode: "No Good Deed"
2013 Criminal Minds Peter Harper Episode: "The Gathering"
2013 Major Crimes Dr. Jason Field / Jim Gilmer Episode: "D.O.A."
2014 Blue Bloods Joseph Scott Episode: "Open Secrets"
2014 Those Who Kill Burkhart Episode: "Insomnia"
2014 Royal Pains Bob
2014 The Mysteries of Laura Erik Walden Episode: "Pilot"
2014–2015 Madam Secretary Andrew Munsey
2015 The Slap Malcolm Episode: "Connie"
2015 Elementary Vance Ford Episode: "T-Bone and the Iceman"
2015 Show Me a Hero Paul W. Pickelle
2016 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Doug Nelson Episode: "Forty-One Witnesses"
2016 BrainDead Cole Stockwell
2017 Conviction Clark Sims Episode: "Black Orchid"
2017 The Blacklist: Redemption James Burton Episode: "Hostages"
2017–2019 A Series of Unfortunate Events Larry Your-Waiter Recurring role

Miscellaneous workEdit

  • On the Couch (2004) – Special Thanks
  • Julian Po (1997) – Acknowledged Contributor

Stage workEdit


  1. ^ Zakiya Jamal (March 30, 2018). "Who Plays Larry The Waiter On 'A Series Of Unfortunate Events'? Patrick Breen Has Become A Fan Favorite". Romper. Retrieved January 9, 2019.
  2. ^ Geidner, Chris (July 5, 2012). "Heartfelt: With The Normal Heart, Arena Stage is putting Patrick Breen and Luke Macfarlane -- two out LGBT actors -- center stage". Features. Metro Weekly. Washington, D.C.: Sean Bugg, Randy Shulman. p. 3. Archived from the original on July 11, 2014. Retrieved December 14, 2019.

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