|Born||Mark Christopher Bauer
October 28, 1966
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Bauer was born in Los Angeles, California and is of German descent. He attended high school at Miramonte High School in Orinda, California and played on Miramonte Championship football team his senior year, 1984. Later, he attended the University of San Diego, the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and graduated from the Yale School of Drama.
Bauer has starred in numerous television series including The Wire as port-union boss Frank Sobotka. He also starred in Billy Crystal's 2001 film 61*, as New York Yankees player Bob Cerv. His roles on network television include a recurring role as Fred Yokas, husband of Officer Faith Yokas, on the NBC series Third Watch, lead FBI Agent Dodd on the short-lived CBS series Smith, a Priest on ABC's Life on Mars and as Detective Lou Destefano in the original Sci-Fi channel miniseries The Lost Room. He appears on the episode The No-Brainer of the television series Fringe as Brian Dempsey. He also appeared in an episode of Numb3rs as Dr. Raymond "Ray" Galuski and in Criminal Minds in season 1 as the antagonist.
Chris Bauer plays Detective (later Sheriff) Andy Bellefleur on the TV-series True Blood. He also played Dennis Halsey, a guard on Unforgettable in the fourth episode of the first season, "Up In Flames", and appeared as a rival salesman from the Syracuse branch of Dunder Mifflin in Season 8 of The Office (US).
Bauer played schoolteacher/pedophile Lloyd Gettys in the 1997 film The Devil's Advocate. He played prisoner NB9674932-65 Ivan Dubov in the 1998 action film Face/Off, where he met Nicolas Cage. He then appeared as the masked character 'Machine' in the 1999 film 8mm also starring Nicolas Cage. He starred as fetish photographer Irving Klaw in the 2005 Bettie Page biopic The Notorious Bettie Page, and as famous author Ken Kesey in a 2007 Neal Cassady biopic. Bauer played a small role in the 2005 Jim Jarmusch film, Broken Flowers. He was featured in the movie The Conspirator, as a fellow officer following President Lincoln's assassination, and played a minor role in Flags of Our Fathers He also appeared in Snow White: A Tale of Terror with Sigourney Weaver and Sam Neill.