Diego Klattenhoff

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Diego Klattenhoff
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Klattenhoff at the 2013 San Diego Comic-Con
Born (1979-11-30) November 30, 1979 (age 35)[1]
French River, Nova Scotia, Canada
Occupation Actor
Years active 2001–present
Spouse(s) ? (1 child)

Diego Klattenhoff (born November 30, 1979) is a Canadian actor best known for playing Mike Faber in the Showtime series Homeland. He also played Derek in Whistler and Ivan in Men in Trees, and currently stars as FBI Agent Donald Ressler in The Blacklist.

Early life[edit]

Klattenhoff was born in Nova Scotia, Canada. He moved to Toronto at the age of 19 to pursue an acting career. For a number of years, he worked as a bartender while studying in theater workshops.[2]


Klattenhoff studied with some of Canada's most respected acting coaches, including David Rotenberg, Bruce Clayton, and Rae Ellen Bodie. His first notable acting role was in Mean Girls (2004). He followed that with a string of appearances in notable TV shows like Smallville and Stargate SG-1, and films like Lucky Number Slevin (2006). Since 2006, he has been in recurring roles like Young Jacob in CBC Television's At the Hotel, Derek in CTV's Whistler, Ivan Palacinke in ABC's Men in Trees, and Mike Callahan in NBC's Mercy.

Klattenhoff appeared in Homeland as Mike Faber, a Marine major whose best friend returns to the U.S. after disappearing in Iraq eight years earlier.[3] The series won Best Drama at the 2013 Golden Globes for its first season.[4] He and the cast were nominated once for a Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Cast, and twice for a PAAFTJ Television Awards for Best Cast in a Drama Series.[5][6] He has also guest starred on television series such as Psych, Supernatural, 24, and Falling Skies.

Klattenhoff starred in J.J. Abrams' television film Anatomy of Hope and appeared in the Guillermo del Toro film Pacific Rim (2013) and the sci-fi thriller After Earth (2013).[7][8] On March 13, 2013, Klattenhoff joined the cast of the NBC thriller The Blacklist, as FBI Field Agent Donald Ressler.[9] The show premiered on September 23, to 12.6 million viewers.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Klattenhoff enjoys various physical activities in his free time, including baseball, golf, hockey, and swimming.[citation needed] He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and their son (b. 2012).[11][12]



Year Title Role Notes
2002 Straight in the Face Daniel Short
2003 Autobiography of an Insect Cameron Short
Blessings Benny TV Movie
Family Curse TV Movie
2004 Mean Girls Shane Oman
Cube Zero Quigley Video
2005 Ice Princess Kyle Dayton
Murder in the Hamptons Traffic Cop TV Movie
The Last Hit Sasha
Dry Whiskey Terry Short
Shania: A Life in Eight Albums Paul TV Movie
Recipe for a Perfect Christmas Zach TV Movie
Yesteryears TV Short
2006 Lucky Number Slevin Ginger
Fallen Nathaniel (uncredited) TV Movie
Firestorm: Last Stand at Yellowstone Willis Lee TV Movie
2007 Fire Serpent Young Dutch TV Movie
2008 Lost Behind Bars Charlie Quinn TV Movie
The Informers Dirk
2009 Anatomy of Hope Brendan Casey TV Movie
2010 The Dry Land Henry
2012 Unconditional Billy
2013 Kilimanjaro Troy
After Earth Veteran Ranger
Pacific Rim Yancy Becket


Year Title Role Notes
2001-2002 Doc Jason Episodes: "First Impressions" and "All in the Family"
2002 Witchblade Uncredited Episode: "Destiny"
2003 Wild Card Episode: "Pilot"
Mutant X Janitor #1/Johnny Cummings Episode: "Shadows of Darkness"
Veritas: The Quest Tymus Episode: "Avalon"
2004 1-800-Missing Brad Whitman Episode: "One Night Stand"
Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye Episode: "Did She or Didn't She?"
2005 Smallville Josh Greenfield Episode: "Krypto"
Stargate SG-1 Team Leader Episode: "Ex Deus Machina"
2006 At the Hotel Young Jacob General Cast (6 episodes)
Psych Dylan Maxwell Episode: "Speak Now or Forever Hold Your Piece"
Supernatural Duane Tanner Episode: "Croatoan"
2007 Whistler Recurring role (12 episodes)
2008 Men in Trees Ivan Palacinke Recurring role (6 episodes)
2009 The Listener Tom Crawford Episode: "Emotional Rescue"
ER Jay Episode: "Shifting Equilibrium"
24 Sergeant Cadden Episodes: "Day 7: 2:00 a.m.-3:00 a.m." and "Day 7: 3:00 a.m.-4:00 a.m."
2009–2010 Mercy Mike Callahan Main cast (22 episodes)
2011 Falling Skies Lieutenant Danner Episode: "Mutiny"
2012 Longmire Eli Episode: "The Cancer"
2011–2013 Homeland Mike Faber Recurring role (25 episodes)
Nominated – PAAFTJ Television Awards for Best Cast in a Drama Series (2012, 2013)
Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (2013)
2013–present The Blacklist Donald Ressler Main cast (22 episodes)


  1. ^ "Diego Klattenhoff Interview". Elle. 
  2. ^ "Diego Klattenhoff as Captain Mike Faber". TV3. 
  3. ^ "Diego Klattenhoff Discusses His Role On 'Homeland'". Good Day L.A. Sep 5, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Homeland Sweeps Golden Globes". Huffington Post. January 13, 2013. 
  5. ^ "PAAFTJ Television Awards Nominations Announced". Paaftj. June 18, 2013. 
  6. ^ "PAAFTJ Television Awards Winners Announced". TV By the Numbers. July 8, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Adam Goldberg Joins ABC's Divorce; Diego Klattenhoff in Blacklist; Lucky 7 Adds One". Deadline. March 2013. 
  8. ^ "NM145109". IMDb. 
  9. ^ "Adam Goldberg Joins ABC's Divorce; Diego Klattenhoff in Blacklist; Lucky 7 Adds One". Deadline. March 2013. 
  10. ^ "Blacklist Ratings". Inside TV. September 24, 2013. 
  11. ^ Andrea Nemetz (October 28, 2012). "Pictou County's Diego Klattenhoff stars in Homeland, one of TV's hottest shows". The Chronicle Herald. Retrieved July 8, 2014. 
  12. ^ John R. Kennedy (June 4, 2014). "Megan Boone, Ryan Eggold talk about 'The Blacklist', their Canadian co-star". Global News. Retrieved July 8, 2014. 

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