Joel Gretsch

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Joel Gretsch
Joel Gretsch by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Joel Gretsch at the 2010 San Diego Comic-Con
Born Joel James Gretsch
(1963-12-20) December 20, 1963 (age 51)
St. Cloud, Minnesota, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1992–present
Spouse(s) Melanie Shatner (1999-present)
2 children

Joel James Gretsch (born December 20, 1963) is an American actor. His roles include Tom Baldwin on the USA Network series The 4400, Owen Crawford in Steven Spielberg's 2002 science fiction miniseries Taken and Father Jack Landry on V.

Early life[edit]

Gretsch was born in St. Cloud, Minnesota and grew up in Albany, Minnesota, the son of Russ and Barb. He has a sister, Jane, and a brother, Steve. Gretsch was raised Catholic.[1]


Gretsch studied acting at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis before moving to Los Angeles in 1989. His stage work includes roles in Molière's Tartuffe and John Patrick Shanley's Danny and the Deep Blue Sea.

He started his television work in the early 1990s, appearing in episodes of Married... with Children, Melrose Place, Friends and Saved by the Bell: The New Class. Since then he has appeared in episodes of JAG, Silk Stalkings, CSI: Miami, Burn Notice, and NCIS. More recently, he played a wealthy advertising executive and husband of a supermodel on an episode of Law & Order: Criminal Intent. He also had two guest appearances on NBC's Journeyman, playing the father of protagonist Dan Vasser.

Gretsch has also had supporting roles in a number of films including playing Bobby Jones in The Legend of Bagger Vance (2000), Minority Report (2002), The Emperor's Club (2002) and National Treasure: Book of Secrets (2007).

In 2008, Gretsch had a recurring role as Pete Raynor, Lindsay Boxer's love interest, on the television series Women's Murder Club.

Gretsch reunited with Scott Peters (creator of The 4400) on his remake of V. Gretsch played priest and resistance fighter, Father Jack Landry in the series. The show was cancelled in May 2011 after two seasons.

He had recently guest starred in the new Diablo Cody created Emmy Award nominated Showtime Comedy-Drama The United States of Tara in the 1st season's last two episodes.

Personal life[edit]

In 1999, Gretsch married former actress Melanie Shatner, daughter of William Shatner, with whom he has two daughters, Kaya and Willow.



Year Title Role Notes
1999 Kate's Addiction Jack
2000 Legend of Bagger Vance, TheThe Legend of Bagger Vance Bobby Jones
2001 Jane Bond Handsome Man Short film
2002 Minority Report Donald Dubin
2002 Emperor's Club, TheThe Emperor's Club Older Sedgewick Bell
2006 Glass House: The Good Mother Raymond Goode Video
2007 National Treasure: Book of Secrets Thomas Gates
2009 Shrink Evan
2009 Push Nick's Father
2009 Saving Grace B. Jones Dan Jones
2011 Commerce Ken Short film
2014 Are You Here Red Coulter
2014 Safelight Mr. Sullivan Completed


Year Title Role Notes
1992 Freshman Dorm Hunk Episode: "Pilot"
1993 Married... with Children Johnny Episode: "It Doesn't Get Any Better Than This"
1994 Saved by the Bell: The New Class Mr. Hartley Episode: "Tommy the Tenor"
1994 Melrose Place Mitch Sheridan Episode: "No Strings Attached"
1994 Family Album John TV movie
1995 Friends Fireman Ed Episode: "The One with the Candy Hearts"
1995 Bold and the Beautiful, TheThe Bold and the Beautiful Ramone 2 episodes
1997 Renegade Episode: "SWM Seeks Vctm"
1999 JAG Chief Hodge Episode: "Silent Service"
1999 Silk Stalkings Episode: "Where and When"
1999 Pacific Blue Mark Lewis Episode: "Trust"
2000 Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction Dan Episode: "One for the Road"
2002 Taken Owen Crawford TV miniseries
2003 CSI: Miami John Walker Episode: "Death Grip"
2003, 2012, 2013 NCIS NCIS Special Agent Stan Burley Episodes: "High Seas", "Playing with Fire", "Squall"
2004–07 4400, TheThe 4400 Tom Baldwin Main role (42 episodes)
2006 CSI: NY Dr. Keith Beaumont Episode: "Live or Let Die"
2006 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Jason Raines Episode: "Siren Call"
2007 Journeyman Frank Vasser Episodes: "The Legend of Dylan McCleen", "Home by Another Way"
2008 Women's Murder Club Pete Raynor Episodes: "Father's Day", "And the Truth Will (Sometimes) Set You Free", "Never Tell"
2009 Burn Notice Scott Chandler Episode: "Seek and Destroy"
2009 United States of Tara Dr. Holden Episodes: "Snow", "Miracle"
2009–11 V Father Jack Landry Main role (22 episodes)
2011 In Plain Sight Major Lucas Provo Episode: "Provo-Cation"
2011 Playboy Club, TheThe Playboy Club Jimmy Wallace Episodes: "An Act of Simple Duplicity", "Trouble in Makeoutsville"
2012 Of Two Minds Rick Clark TV movie
2013 Client List, TheThe Client List Ranger Captain Reese Episodes: "What Kind of Fool Do You Think I Am", "Wild Nights are Calling"
2013 Witches of East End Victor Episodes: "A Parching Imbued", "Oh, What a World!"
2014 Witches of East End Victor Episodes: "A Moveable Beast", "The Old Man and the Key"
2014 Caper Sam Clarke Episodes: "City of Angels", "Psycho Path", "Southpaw's Always Right"
2014 Zodiac: Signs of the Apocalypse Neil Martin TV film, completed
2014 Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Cameron Klein/Hank Thompson 1 Episode: "The Writing on the Wall"
2015 Scream (TV series) Sheriff Clark Hudson 9 Episodes


  1. ^ Glitz, Michael (2010-11-23). "The good Father". New York Post. Retrieved 2011-01-08. 

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