Clark Gregg

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Clark Gregg
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Born Robert Clark Gregg
(1962-04-02) April 2, 1962 (age 52)
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
Education New York University Tisch School of the Arts 1986
Occupation Actor, director, screenwriter
Years active 1988–present
Spouse(s) Jennifer Grey (m. 2001)
Children 1

Robert Clark Gregg (born April 2, 1962) is an American actor, screenwriter and director, best known for his role as Phil Coulson in the films Iron Man (2008), Iron Man 2 (2010), Thor (2011), and Marvel's The Avengers (2012), and in the television series Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., which airs on the ABC network. He also voices the character on the animated television series Ultimate Spider-Man. Gregg has also co-starred as Christine Campbell's ex-husband Richard in the CBS sitcom The New Adventures of Old Christine, which debuted in March 2006 and concluded in May 2010. He also played FBI Special Agent Mike Casper on the NBC series The West Wing and Cam, the on-and-off boyfriend of Jack (and client of Grace) on the NBC series Will & Grace.

Career[edit]

Gregg at the 2013 WonderCon

Gregg was a founding member, and later artistic director, of the off-Broadway Atlantic Theater Company, which formed in 1983. Gregg has been featured in a number of supporting roles in films, such as Lovely & Amazing, In Good Company, and The Human Stain, and a number of guest spots on TV series, such as Will & Grace, Sports Night, Sex and the City and The West Wing. He also wrote the screenplay for the 2000 thriller What Lies Beneath.[1]

He is the director and screenwriter of the 2008 film Choke, based on the Chuck Palahniuk novel of the same name, starring Sam Rockwell.[2] Gregg consulted his father, a retired religion professor at Stanford, for the quotation from Saint Paul's letter to the Galatians which Gregg used in Choke.[3] Gregg's father is also the former chaplain at Stanford Memorial Church.

In 2008, Gregg appeared in the film Iron Man as S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Phil Coulson.[4] In 2010, Gregg reprised his role as Agent Coulson for Iron Man 2. Gregg had since signed up for a multiple film deal as the character with Marvel Studios. In 2011, he returned again as Coulson for Thor.[5] Gregg noted his being a part of the expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe as being very exciting, "Agent Coulson was one of the guys who wasn't really in the comic books, and he was a very kind of small role in Iron Man," he said, "and I was just very lucky that they chose to expand that character and chose to put him more into the universe of it. It's really a blast!"[6] Following on from his appearance in Thor, he again reprised his role in The Avengers. Gregg also stars in a series of Marvel short films that center around his character and can be seen on the Blu-ray releases of the films.

In October 2010, Gregg was part of the cast of a staged reading of Larry Kramer's The Normal Heart alongside Dylan Walsh, Lisa Kudrow, and Tate Donovan, presented in Los Angeles on the occasion of the play's 25th anniversary (and preceding the play's 2011 Broadway premiere, which retained elements of this staged reading); the reading was directed by his father-in-law, Joel Grey.[7]

In late October 2012, Joss Whedon, Kevin Feige, and Gregg announced that he would be reprising his role as agent Phil Coulson in the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. series' pilot.[8] On April 20, 2013, Trust Me, a film written and directed by Gregg, premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival.[9] The film found limited release in the United States in June 2014.

Personal life[edit]

Gregg was born April 2, 1962 in Boston, Massachusetts[10] to Mary Layne (née Shine) and Robert Clark Gregg, an Episcopal priest and Stanford University professor.[11][12][13] Gregg graduated from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts in 1986.[1]

Gregg has been married since July 21, 2001 to actress Jennifer Grey; the couple co-starred in the Lifetime TV movie Road to Christmas. The couple have one child.[14] He is a sober alcoholic, and describes himself as a member of a Jewish family[15] He has a brown belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu.[16]

Filmography[edit]

Actor[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1988 Lip Service Stage Manager TV movie
1988 Things Change Stage Manager
1989 Fat Man and Little Boy Douglas Panton
1991 Law & Order Patrick Dunne TV series (1 episode: "Life Choice")
1991 Shannon's Deal TV series (1 episode: "Strangers in the Night")
1991 A Woman Named Jackie Ken O'Donnell TV mini-series
1992 Lana in Love Marty
1993 The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles Dickinson TV series (1 episode: "Princeton, February 1916)
1994 Ride Me Jake Shank
1994 I Love Trouble Darryl Beekman, Jr.
1994 Clear and Present Danger Staff Sergeant
1994 The George Carlin Show Dad TV series (1 episode: "George Does A Bad Thing")
1995 The Usual Suspects Dr. Walters
1995 Tyson Kevin Rooney TV movie
1995 The Commish Tom Cannon TV series (2 episodes)
1995 Above Suspicion Randy
1995 Central Park West TV series (1 episode: "Behind Your Back")
1996 Touched by an Angel Don Dudey TV series (1 episode: "Lost and Found")
1997 The Spanish Prisoner FBI Sniper
1997 The Last Time I Committed Suicide Cop No. 1
1997 Six Ways to Sunday Benjamin Taft
1998 The Adventures of Sebastian Cole Hank/Henrietta Rossi
1999 Magnolia WDKK Floor Director
2000 Sports Night The Stranger TV series (2 episodes)
2000 State and Main Doug Mackenzie
2000 Sex and the City Harris Bragen TV series (1 episode: "Don't Ask, Don't Tell")
2000 The Practice Julie McGrath's Brother TV series (1 episode: "Brother's Keepers")
2001 Artificial Intelligence: AI Supernerd
2001 Lovely & Amazing Bill
2001 The West Wing FBI Special Agent Michael Casper TV series (8 episodes)
2002 One Hour Photo Det. Paul Outerbridge
2002 My Sister's Keeper Harvey TV movie
2002 Live from Baghdad Eason Jordan TV movie
2002 We Were Soldiers Capt. Tom Metsker
2003 Northfork Mr. Hadfield Uncredited
2003 Will & Grace Cam TV series (1 episode: "May Divorce Be with You")
2003 11:14 Officer Hanna
2003 The human Stain Nelson Primus
2004 Spartan Miller
2004 In Enemy Hands U.S.S. Swordfish: Executive Officer Teddy Goodman
2004 The Shield William Faulks TV series (2 episodes)
2004 In Good Company Mark Steckle
2005 CSI: NY D.A. Allen McShane TV series (1 episode: "The Fall")
2006 When a Stranger Calls Ben Johnson
2006 Bickford Shmeckler's Cool Ideas Publisher
2006 Hoot Chuck Muckle
2006 The Road to Christmas Tom Pullman TV movie
2006–2010 The New Adventures of Old Christine Richard Campbell TV series (88 episodes)
2007 In the Land of Women Nelson Hardwicke
2007 The Air I Breathe Henry
2008 Choke Lord High Charlie Also writer and director
2008 Iron Man Agent Phil Coulson
2009 (500) Days of Summer Vance
2010 Iron Man 2 Agent Phil Coulson
2011 Thor Agent Phil Coulson
2011 Mr. Popper's Penguins Nat Jones
2011 Marvel One-Shot: The Consultant Agent Phil Coulson Short
2011 Marvel One-Shot: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Thor's Hammer Agent Phil Coulson Short
2012 The Avengers Agent Phil Coulson Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor
2012 Much Ado About Nothing Leonato
2012–present Ultimate Spider-Man Agent Phil Coulson/Principal Coulson (voice) TV series
2012 Light Years Mr. Markovic
2013 The To Do List Judge Klark
2013 Labor Day Gerald
2013 Trust Me Howard Also writer and director
2013–present Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Phil Coulson Main Cast
2013 LEGO Marvel Super Heroes Agent Phil Coulson Video Game, voice only
2013 Marvel Heroes Agent Phil Coulson Video Game, voice only
2013 Comedy Bang! Bang! Himself
2014 Very Good Girls Edward Berger

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Alfuso, Renee (Spring 2014). "No Cape? No Problem". NYU Alumni Magazine (New York University) (22). Retrieved May 13, 2014. 
  2. ^ lovebomb (January 27, 2010). "Forums | The Cult". Chuckpalahniuk.net. Archived from the original on 2012-04-15. Retrieved 2012-05-07. 
  3. ^ DVD commentary for Choke, 2008; and Robert C. Gregg, Stanford Department of Classics bio page. Retrieved 2012-01-03.
  4. ^ Bloom, Julie. "Clark Gregg". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-05-08. 
  5. ^ Marc Graser (January 18, 2010). "Gregg pulls double duty". Variety. Retrieved 2010-01-18. 
  6. ^ Edward Douglas (April 27, 2010). "Exclusive: Clark Gregg on His Marvel Universe Future". Superhero Hype!. Retrieved 2010-05-08. 
  7. ^ Gans, Andrew (May 6, 2010). "Dylan Walsh, Tate Donovan, Jon Tenney and More Join Cast of Normal Heart Reading". Playbill.com. Retrieved July 1, 2011. 
  8. ^ "NYCC: COULSON LIVES IN WHEDON'S "S.H.I.E.L.D."". Comic Book Resources. October 13, 2012. Archived from the original on October 13, 2012. Retrieved October 13, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Trust Me First Clip". Filmofilia.com. April 17, 2013. Retrieved April 21, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Clark Gregg". Hollywood.com; retrieved January 13, 2012.
  11. ^ "NEWS MAKERS POP DIVA'S BABY BOY IS BAPTIZED". The Charlotte Observer. July 26, 2001. 
  12. ^ "Marriage Announcement: Grey, Gregg". Pqasb.pqarchiver.com. October 22, 1961. Retrieved 2012-05-07. 
  13. ^ "Priestly passions: Dean Robert Gregg talks about what's dear to his heart". News.stanford.edu. November 5, 1997. Retrieved 2012-05-07. 
  14. ^ Cadorette, Guylaine. "News Roundup: July 24". Hollywood.com. July 24, 2001
  15. ^ Reddit AMA (June 5, 2014). "I Am Clark Gregg", reddit.com; accessed June 6, 2014.
  16. ^ Martin, Damon (December 18, 2013). "'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' star Clark Gregg earns his brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu", foxsports.com; accessed April 24, 2014.

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