Donal Logue

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Donal Logue
Donal Logue at NY PaleyFest 2014 for Gotham.jpg
Logue at the 2014 NY PaleyFest for Gotham
Born Donal Francis Logue
(1966-02-27) February 27, 1966 (age 48)
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Occupation Actor/Film director

Donal Francis Logue (born February 27, 1966)[1][2] is a Canadian-born Irish actor well known for his role as Sean Finnerty in the television sitcom Grounded for Life (2001–2005). His other notable roles include starring in the film The Tao of Steve, Sons of Anarchy, Vikings, Copper and the detective series Terriers. He currently stars as detective Harvey Bullock in Fox's Gotham.

Early life[edit]

Logue was born in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, to Irish parents from County Kerry.[3] His father, Michael J. Logue, was once a Carmelite[4] Catholic missionary in Africa, where he met Donal's mother, Elizabeth.[citation needed] They eventually married and then moved to England. They had four children. Logue has three sisters: Karina, an actress; twin sister Deirdre (who is not in show business); and Eileen, an education consultant. His father is the president of Aisling Industries, which makes microchips for cellphone companies. Logue lived most of his childhood and teen years in El Centro, California, where he attended Central Union High School, although for his junior year, he attended St Ignatius' College in Enfield, Greater London, England. While in High School, Donal was the California State Champion in Impromptu Speaking and in 1983 was elected President of the American Legion Boys Nation. His mother was a teacher at Calexico High School in Calexico, California during the 1980s and 1990s.[citation needed] After high school, Logue studied History at Harvard University. While there, he was a member of the Signet Society.


Aside from a few TV movies, Logue first appeared in film playing Dr. Gunter Janek in the 1992 film Sneakers. In 1993, he portrayed Capt. Ellis Spear in Gettysburg. In 1993, he guest starred on an episode of Northern Exposure playing a movie script agent, Judd Bromell, in the episode "Baby Blues." Soon afterwards, he appeared as a rival FBI agent to Fox Mulder in The X-Files episode "Squeeze." Logue's character Jimmy The Cab Driver was a staple of MTV promos in the early '90s. With more than 40 other movies to his credit, some of his more significant appearances include the 1998 film Blade (as the vampire Quinn), and The Patriot with Mel Gibson, in 2000. He appeared in two of Edward Burns films: Purple Violets and The Groomsmen. In Purple Violets he plays a British chef.

Logue's career advanced to the next level when he was cast as the overweight-but-nevertheless-charismatic central character in The Tao of Steve. Logue's portrayal of the lead in that film, for which he won a Special Grand Jury Prize for best actor at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival, was noticed by ER producer John Wells, who cast Logue in several episodes as Chuck Martin, a nurse Dr. Susan Lewis marries one weekend in Las Vegas on a whim, and later has a child with. Concurrent with the run on ER, Logue starred in the Carsey-Werner produced, critically acclaimed comedy, Grounded for Life, which still airs in a number of countries worldwide, making him one of the very few actors to have had a run on two different series on different networks simultaneously. Then, in December 2005, Logue had what turned out to be a somewhat dubious association with a pilot development deal for a new situation comedy on ABC television, originally titled I Want to Rob Mick Jagger.[5] The pilot was picked up and debuted in the winter of 2006 under the name The Knights of Prosperity. The show disappeared from the ABC lineup in early March 2007.[6]

Logue also appeared as Mark Ruffalo's character's psychiatrist best friend in Just Like Heaven (2005). Logue had appeared as Phil Stubbs in the original pilot for the NBC show Ed but was offered Grounded for Life, and made the choice to drop out. The first two-and-a-half seasons were telecast on the Fox network, though thereafter the show moved to The WB for the remainder of its run. In 2002 and 2003, Logue appeared on the VH1 "I Love. . ." series installments '80s, '70s, and '80s Strikes Back. In 2010, Logue appeared on House, M.D. Season 7:E20 episode 152 as millionaire patient Curtis Harry.

Logue also appeared in NBC's The Dennis, in 2005, about a former child prodigy whose parents kick him out of the house and into the real world, it was not, however, picked up.[7] Logue co-starred with Nicolas Cage in the movie Ghost Rider, the David Fincher film Zodiac, and alongside Mark Wahlberg in the 20th Century Fox Film Max Payne. In 2008, Donal Logue was in the Jack Kerouac documentary One Fast Move or I'm Gone: Kerouac's Big Sur. Logue starred as Captain Kevin Tidwell in the NBC crime drama Life from 2008–2009. On May 4, 2009, NBC announced Life would not be returning for a third season.

Logue starred in FX series Terriers which was cancelled due to low ratings, even with great reviews from the press such as the Times.

Logue starred as the main character in Theory of a Deadman's music video for the song "Lowlife," off their 2011 release, The Truth Is....

In late 2012, Logue joined the casts of Sons of Anarchy as renegade ex-U.S. Marshal Lee Toric who is out for revenge for the murder of his sister and Vikings as King Horik. In 2013 he joined the cast of BBC America's show Copper as a returning Union General turned Tammany Hall insider, General Brendan Donovan, and he returned to Sons of Anarchy and Vikings to reprise his roles from the previous seasons. He is also in the cast of two movies slated for release in 2013: CBGB with Alan Rickman and 9 Full Moons with Amy Seimetz and Bret Roberts.

Between March and May he appeared in six episodes of the NBC police procedural, crime, legal drama, Law & Order: SVU as Lieutenant Declan Murphy, a former undercover officer appointed as acting commander of the Special Victims Unit after William Lewis escaped from prison.[8] That September, he, as with The O.C. star Ben McKenzie, had returned to Fox and began appearing as Detective Harvey Bullock in the 2014 police procedural series Gotham based on the DC Comics Batman franchise. Logue also co-starred 2014 Miranda Cosgrove, Austin Butler and Tom Sizemore in Adam Massey's thriller film The Intruders.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Logue with his children in Ireland in 2007

Logue travels back and forth to Killarney, County Kerry, Ireland, where his mother lives, and holds both Irish and Canadian citizenship.[10]

Logue has homes in Los Angeles and Oregon.[11] When not acting, Logue is heavily involved in soccer, and regularly plays for the Los Angeles-based amateur team Hollywood United.

Logue has a Class-A Commercial Drivers License and is licensed to drive tractor-trailers with double or triple trailers, tankers and hazardous materials. He has a Hardwood company with one partner called Frison-Logue Hardwood, and a trucking company called Aisling Trucking with two partners based out of Central Point, Oregon, which the three founded in 2012.[11][12][13]


Year Title Role Notes
1992 Sneakers Dr. Gunter Janek
1993 Gettysburg Capt. Ellis Spear
1993 And the Band Played On Bobbi Campbell
1994 Disclosure Chance Geer
1994 Little Women Jacob Mayer
1995 Baja Alex
1995 Miami Rhapsody Derek
1995 3 Ninjas Knuckle Up Jimmy
1996 Winterlude Chris Hampson Short film
1996 Size of Watermelons, TheThe Size of Watermelons Gnome
1996 Grave, TheThe Grave Cletus
1996 Eye for an Eye Tony
1996 Diabolique Video Photographer #1
1996 Dear God Webster
1996 Jerry Maguire Rick, Junior Agent
1997 Metro Earl
1997 Men with Guns Goldman Co-executive producer
1997 First Love, Last Rites Red
1998 Blade Quinn
1998 Thin Red Line, TheThe Thin Red Line Marl Uncredited
1999 Runaway Bride Priest Brian Norris
1999 Big Tease, TheThe Big Tease Eamonn
2000 Tao of Steve, TheThe Tao of Steve Dex
2000 Million Dollar Hotel, TheThe Million Dollar Hotel Charley Best
2000 Reindeer Games Pug
2000 Steal This Movie Stew Albert
2000 Takedown Alex Lowe
2000 Opportunists, TheThe Opportunists Pat Duffy
2000 Patriot, TheThe Patriot Dan Scott
2001 Glam Tom Stone
2001 Château, TheThe Château Sonny
2002 Comic Book Villains Raymond McGillicudy Co-producer
2003 Confidence Officer Lloyd Whitworth
2003 American Splendor Stage Actor Harvey
2003 Two Days Ray O'Connor
2005 Tennis, Anyone...? Danny Macklin Producer
2005 Just Like Heaven Jack Houriskey
2006 Jack's Law Buzz Uncredited
2006 Groomsmen, TheThe Groomsmen Jimbo
2006 Shark Bait Troy Voice only
Also known as The Reef.
2006 Citizen Duane Uncle Bingo
2006 Almost Heaven Mark Brady
2007 Good Life, TheThe Good Life Daryll
2007 Ex, TheThe Ex Don Wollebin
2007 Ghost Rider Mack
2007 Zodiac Ken Narlow
2007 Purple Violets Chazz Coleman
2008 No Place Like Home Uncle Eddie Short film
2008 Max Payne Alex Balder
2009 Lodger, TheThe Lodger Joe Bunting
2010 Charlie St. Cloud Tink Weatherbee
2011 Shark Night 3D Sheriff Greg Sabin
2011 Oliver Sherman Franklin Page
2012 Reef 2: High Tide, TheThe Reef 2: High Tide Troy Voice only
2012 Kill For Me Hayley's Father
2012 Silent Night Santa Jim Epstein
2013 CBGB Merv
Year Title Role Notes
1993 X-Files, TheThe X-Files Agent Tom Colton Episode: "Squeeze"
1993 Northern Exposure Judd Bromell, movie script agent Episode: "Baby Blues"
1994 Crew, TheThe Crew Bill Pierce
1995 Medicine Ball Danny Macklin
1996 Public Morals Ken Schuler
1998 Bright Shining Lie, AA Bright Shining Lie Steven Burnett Television film
2001–2005 Grounded for Life Sean Finnerty
2003–2005 ER Chuck Martin 11 episodes
2007 Knights of Prosperity, TheThe Knights of Prosperity Eugene Gurkin
2007 Monk Gully (uncredited role) Episode: "Mr. Monk Is Up All Night"
2008–2009 Life Captain Kevin Tidwell
2010 Terriers Hank Dolworth
2004 House Cyrus Harry Episode: "Changes"
2012–2013 Sons of Anarchy Lee Toric
2013–2014 Vikings King Horik
2013 Copper General Brendan Donovan
2014 Law and Order: Special Victims Unit Lt. Declan Murphy Season 15 - recurring [8]
2014– Gotham Harvey Bullock Series cast member


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