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Rodney G. Rowland[1] (born February 20, 1964) is an American actor. He is credited as Rod Rowland in more recent productions, given his predilection to being called Rod. Rowland's most noted appearances to date were as 1st Lieutenant Cooper Hawkes in 1995's Space: Above and Beyond and P. Wiley in The 6th Day, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Rodney Rowland
Rodney G. Rowland

(1964-02-20) February 20, 1964 (age 55)
Other namesRod Rowland
Years active1984–present


Early lifeEdit

Born in Newport Beach, California, Rowland is the youngest of four children and the son of a minister.[2] After a brief time as a student on a watersport scholarship at Pepperdine University, Rowland went to Europe and worked as a model for Haute Couture labels like Gucci, Versace, and J.Crew.[citation needed] On the suggestion of Bruce Weber, he began taking acting classes and took on roles in film and theater.


Rowland's first big break was in James Wong and Glen Morgan's science fiction war drama, Space: Above and Beyond in 1995. Despite auditions that were disastrous, Morgan and Wong brought Rowland on board to play the genetically engineered In Vitro Cooper Hawkes. During the shoot for the episode "Who Monitors the Birds?", he became ill due to over work, succumbing to two bouts of exhaustion and bronchitis.

Rowland would later work with Wong and Morgan again on The X-Files in the season four episode "Never Again", appearing alongside Gillian Anderson. His character, Ed Jerse, emotionally connects with Anderson's Dana Scully and encourages her to have a small Ouroboros snake tattooed on the small of her back. Rowland would later date Anderson until 1998.

Rowland is well known for playing villainous roles due to his rugged looks. He appeared in a recurring role on Veronica Mars portraying Liam Fitzpatrick, a lead character of the Irish gang and family of crime, the Fighting Fitzpatricks.




  • 1994 Baywatch, episode: "Fire by Fire", as Beach hobo
  • 1996 Space: Above and Beyond, starring as 1st Lt. Cooper Hawkes
  • 1997 X-Files, episode: "Never Again", as Ed Jerse
  • 1998 To Have & to Hold, episode: "These Boots Were Made For Walking", as Paolo
  • 1998 Welcome to Paradox, episode: "The Extra", as Daniel Gray/C-7
  • 1998 Pensacola: Wings of Gold, starring as Lt. Bobby "Chaser" Griffin (credited as Rod Rowland)
  • 2000 Dark Angel episode: "411 on the DL", as Mitch - Valerie's Husband
  • 2001 C.S.I., episode: "You've Got Male", as Gavin Pollard
  • 2001 Seven Days, episode: "Crystal Blue Perfection", as Cdr. W. Streck
  • 2002 Fastlane, episode: "Gone Native", as Dallas (credited as Rod Rowland)
  • 2002 V.I.P., episode: "A True Val Story", as Ryan Hill
  • 2002 Strong Medicine, episode: "Shock", as abusive husband
  • 2003 Angel, episode: "Conviction", as Corbin Fries (credited as Rod Rowland)
  • 2004 Charmed, episode: "Hyde School Reunion", as Rick Gittridge (credited as Rod Rowland)
  • 2006 Veronica Mars, recurring as Liam Fitzpatrick (credited as Rod Rowland)
  • 2006 Bones, episode: "The Man with the Bone", as Dane McGinnis
  • 2006 The O.C., episode: "The Road Warrior", as Jack Harper
  • 2006 Without a Trace, episode: "Patient X", as Vince Weaver (credited as Rod Rowland)
  • 2007 Weeds recurring as Ches (credited as Rod Rowland)
  • 2012 Criminal Minds episode: "Closing Time", as Doug Summers
  • 2013 Castle, episode: "Time Will Tell", as Mick Linden (credited as Rod Rowland)
  • 2016 Secrets and Lies, episode: "The Daughter", as Jake (credited as Rod Rowland)
  • 2017 Twin Peaks, episode: "Part 15", as Chuck


  1. ^ According to the State of California. California Birth Index, 1905-1995. Center for Health Statistics, California Department of Health Services, Sacramento, California. At
  2. ^ Rodney Rowland Biography (1964-)

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