Erik Jensen (actor)

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Erik Jensen
Born Minnesota, U.S.
Occupation Actor, playwright
Spouse(s) Jessica Blank
(2001–present)

Erik Jensen is an American actor and playwright.

Early life[edit]

Jensen was born and raised in Minnesota. He graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in acting from Carnegie Mellon University in 1992.

Career[edit]

Jensen has had many roles in TV series, most notably in the role of legendary Thurman Munson of the New York Yankees in The Bronx Is Burning. He co-wrote the critically acclaimed play The Exonerated with his wife, Jessica Blank.[1] It ran off-Broadway in New York City for nearly two years.[2] The play is based on interviews they conducted with more than 40 exonerated death row inmates. In 2002, it was staged at The Actors' Gang Theater.[3] It was nominated for five Ovation Awards and three NAACP Awards, winning the Ovation for Best World Premiere Play. Bob Balaban's production of The Exonerated ran for more than 600 performances off-Broadway and toured nationally.

The Exonerated was made into a film for Court TV[4] and was produced internationally in Dublin,[5] Edinburgh,[6] London,[7] Japan, Mexico, and Italy. The Exonerated won the 2003 Drama Desk, Lucille Lortel, Outer Critics Circle, Fringe First, and Herald Angel Awards. It has also received awards from Amnesty International, the American Bar Association, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and Death Penalty Focus. It has been translated into French, Italian, Japanese, and Spanish. Jensen and Blank are preparing a new documentary play, Iraq Refugee Project, and a film based on Blank's novel Almost Home.

Personal life[edit]

Jensen married writer and actress Jessica Blank in 2001. They live in Brooklyn, New York.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

  • 1991: Dead and Alive: The Race for Gus Farace as Boat Owner
  • 1992: What She Doesn't Know as Thug
  • 1993: The Dark Half as Male Student
  • 1993: Striking Distance as Kid on Steps
  • 1995: A Horse for Danny as Mooner
  • 1995: Inflammable as Roland Fantaine
  • 1996: Ripe as Dave
  • 1996: Twisted as Man Who Kills Can Man
  • 1997: Colin Fitz as Dean
  • 1997: Julian Po as Tyler
  • 1998: Anima
  • 1998: Montana as Karl
  • 1998: Above Freezing as Richie
  • 1998: Arresting Gena as Stevie
  • 1999: The Love Letter as Ray
  • 1999: Cherry as Man #3
  • 2000: Brooklyn Sonnet as Frankie the Snake
  • 2000: Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 as Stoner #2
  • 2001: Black Knight as Derek
  • 2002: The Year That Trembled as Todd Franklin
  • 2002: Heartbreak Hospital as HH Producer
  • 2003: Undermind as Ian Waye
  • 2004: Messengers as David Richards
  • 2005: The Exonerated as Jeff
  • 2005: Hitler, Stalin & Walter O'Malley as Jules (short film)
  • 2005: The Naked Brothers Band: The Movie as Photographer
  • 2006: The House Is Burning as Carl
  • 2006: Sup 2down as Ewan
  • 2007: Serial as Gary Whitlock
  • 2007: Game of Life as Larry
  • 2008: Quality Time as Tucker (short film)
  • 2008: The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 as Video Store Manager Phil
  • 2009: Speed Grieving as Scott (voice) (short film)
  • 2009: Stream as Marco (short film)
  • 2009: Virtuatily as Dr. Jules Braun
  • 2011: The Loop as Bearded Man
  • 2011: Gun Hill as Tommy Griffin

Television[edit]

  • 1994: Law & Order as George Harding (1 episode - "Grief")
  • 1995: Central Park West as Jeffrey (1 episode - "Lunar Eclipse")
  • 1996: Swift Justice as Mutrix (1 episode - "Pilot")
  • 1997: Dellaventura (1 episode - "Hell's Kitchen")
  • 1998: Law & Order as Joey Springfield (1 episode - "Coma")
  • 1998: The Last Don II as Frankie Lips (miniseries)
  • 2000-2001: Deadline as Feldman (3 episodes - "Just Lie Back", "Perception", and "Pilot")
  • 2002: Third Watch as Larry (1 episode - "Transformed")
  • 2003-2007: CSI: Crime Scene Investigation as A.D.A. Jeffrey Sinclair (7 episodes)
  • 2004: Strong Medicine as Gaby's Father (1 episode - The Real World Rittenhouse")
  • 2004: Alias as Philip Terrance (1 episode - in "Blood Ties")
  • 2004: Century City as Randolph Clemens (1 episode - in "The Face Was Familiar")
  • 2005: Rescue Me as Ringmaster (1 episode - in "Happy")
  • 2006: Love Monkey as Jeff (8 episodes)
  • 2007: The Bronx Is Burning as Thurman Munson (8 episodes)
  • 2007: Law & Order: Criminal Intent as Boyd (1 episode - "Renewal")
  • 2008: New Amsterdam as Durst (1 episode - "Honor")
  • 2009: The Good Wife as Josh Baldwin (1 episode - in "Conjugal")
  • 2010: Past Life as Patrick (1 episode - "Regressing Henry")
  • 2010: Gravity as Ralph (TV series - 6 episodes)
  • 2010: Law & Order: Criminal Intent as Richard Celeste (1 episode - "Palimsest")
  • 2010: Drop Dead Diva (1 episode - "A Mother's Secret")
  • 2011: Lie to Me as Wayne (1 episode - "Funhouse")
  • 2011: NCIS: Los Angeles as FBI Agent Landon Frisbee (1 episode - "Archangel")
  • 2011: Leverage as John Connell (1 episode - "The Carnival Job")
  • 2011: It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia as Walter Harris (1 episode - in "Frank Reynolds' Little Beauties")
  • 2014: The Walking Dead as Dr. Steven Edwards Season 5(Recurring;3 episodes)

Stage[edit]

  • The Exonerated (writer; co-wrote with Jessica Blank)
  • Y2K by Arthur Kopit (Manhattan Theater Club)
  • Corpus Christi by Terrence McNally (Manhattan Theater Club)
  • Spain (Manhattan Class Company)
  • Schmucks as Lenny Bruce (Wilma Theater, Philadelphia)

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