Mitch Pileggi

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Mitch Pileggi
Born Mitchell Craig Pileggi
(1952-04-05) April 5, 1952 (age 62)
Portland, Oregon, United States
Years active 1982-present
Spouse(s) Arlene Warren (1997–present) one child
Debbie Andrews (1978–1984) (divorced)

Mitchell Craig "Mitch" Pileggi (born April 5, 1952) is an American actor, best known for his role as Walter Skinner on The X-Files. He also had a recurring role on Stargate Atlantis as Colonel Steven Caldwell. He appeared in the 2008 film Flash of Genius. In 2008, he began a recurring role as Ernest Darby in Sons of Anarchy. He starred as Harris Ryland in the TNT revival of Dallas (2012–2014).

Early life[edit]

Pileggi, one of several children, was born in Portland, Oregon, the son of Maxine Anna Minor, a homemaker, and Vito Pileggi, a defense contractor.[1] His family moved frequently because of his father's occupation, and Pileggi lived in Oregon, California, and Texas before spending most of his adolescence in Turkey.[2]

Pileggi was a high school athlete, concentrating on wrestling and football. He attended the University of Texas at Austin, receiving a degree in business. For a while he worked in Iran as a defense contractor, until the 1979 Iranian revolution caused him and his brother to have to flee the country, escaping to Greece.[citation needed]

Career[edit]

Pileggi began acting while he was a high school student in Turkey, playing musical theater.[3] After returning to Austin from Iran, he performed in local theaters, and continued his acting career with small roles in B-movies, and guest roles in television shows such as Dallas, China Beach, Code of Vengeance, and Walker, Texas Ranger.

In the 1980s, Pileggi starred in several films including Three O'Clock High as Duke "The Duker" Herman, an over zealous tough-as-nails high school parking lot security guard, and in Shocker as body-possessing serial killer Horace Pinker. Pileggi also appeared briefly in the 1992 film Basic Instinct as an investigating police officer in the infamous interrogation scene.

His most notable role was as the FBI's Assistant Director Walter Skinner on The X-Files. The role was originally recurring, but the part expanded, and in 2001 he became a regular member of the cast. The character gradually became the most integral character besides the two leads. He remained with the show until its end in 2002. Pileggi also played the character in the 1998 X-Files film and, six years after the show's end, reprised the character in the film The X-Files: I Want to Believe.[4]

Pileggi's later work has included starring in the short-lived TV show Tarzan and co-starring with Barbara Hershey and Oliver Hudson in the short-lived TV show The Mountain. In 2005, he has played the recurring role of character Colonel Steven Caldwell, Commander of the Earth Battlecruiser, Daedalus, in the second and subsequent seasons of the television series Stargate Atlantis. He also appeared in an episode of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and in 2006 had a regular guest role on Day Break as Robbery/Homicide Detective Spivak. Pileggi also appeared on the show Cold Case in the episode "Offender", as a father accused of molesting and murdering his own son, who then threatens to murder one child sex offender per day until the case is reopened and solved. Pileggi also played the role of Larry Jennings, chairman of the board of the hospital, in Grey's Anatomy, and of Red Forman's friend Bull in an episode of That '70s Show.

Pileggi appeared in two episodes of Law and Order: Special Victims Unit as DEA agent Jack Hammond. Since 2008, Pileggi has played Ernest Darby, the head of a white supremacist gang called the "Nordics", in the critically acclaimed FX drama Sons of Anarchy . He also played spree killer Norman Hill (AKA The Road Warrior) on a season four episode of Criminal Minds, titled "Normal". Pileggi has also done some voice acting. His voice was featured as the githzerai Dak'kon in the video game Planescape: Torment. He voices Commissioner James Gordon on the new Kids WB! animated show The Batman. Pileggi also hosted the controversial FOX specials Breaking the Magician's Code: Magic's Biggest Secrets Finally Revealed and Conspiracy Theory: Did We Land on the Moon?. He also played the recurring role of Sam and Dean Winchester's maternal grandfather, Samuel Campbell, in the TV series Supernatural.

As of 2012, Pileggi starring as Harris Ryland in TNT drama series Dallas as Harris Ryland, Brenda Strong's ex-husband. He was promoted to series regular as of second season.[5]

As of 2014, Pileggi is on the advisory board of Sci-Fest, the first annual Los Angeles Science Fiction One-Act Play Festival, to be held in May 2014.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Pileggi's first marriage was to Debbie Andrews; the couple were married from 1978 to 1983. In 1996, he married his second wife, Arlene Warren. They have one daughter, Sawyer, born May 24, 1998. Warren and Pileggi were originally introduced to each other by David Duchovny, who was later the best man at their Hawaii wedding. Warren had worked on the set of The X-Files as a stand-in for Gillian Anderson. Later on in the run of the series, Warren was featured as Skinner's secretary, also named Arlene. Besides acting he also spends most of his time horse riding and playing guitar.

Filmography[edit]

Films[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1987 Three O'Clock High Duke Herman
1987 Death Wish 4: The Crackdown Cannery Lab Foreman
1988 Return of the Living Dead Part II Sarge
1989 Shocker Horace Pinker
1991 Guilty as Charged Dominique
1992 Basic Instinct Internal Affairs Investigator
1994 Dangerous Touch Vince
1994 It's Pat Concert Guard #2
1995 Vampire in Brooklyn Tony the Hitman Uncredited
1998 The X-Files: Fight the Future Walter Skinner
2000 Gun Shy Dexter Helvenshaw
2007 Man in the Chair Floyd
2008 The X-Files: I Want to Believe Walter Skinner
2008 Flash of Genius Macklin Tyler
2010 Woodshop Miller

Television[edit]

Year(s) Title Role Notes
1983-1990 Dallas Morrisey 4 episodes
1984 The Sky's No Limit Jerry Morrow Television film
1985 The A-Team Paul Winkle 1 episode: "The Road to Hope"
1987 Falcon Crest Saunder's Henchman #2 2 episodes
1987 Downtown Nick 1 episode: "1.13"
1987 Hooperman Large Biker 1 episode: "Baby Talk"
1987 Ohara Webster 1 episode: "Hot Rocks"
1989 Dragnet Bridgewater Hamilton 1 episode: "Where's Sadie?"
1989 Alien Nation John Paul Sartre 1 episode: "The Night of the Screams"
1989 China Beach E.O.D. Sergeant 1 episode: "With a Little Help from My Friends"
1989 Falcon Crest Eddie 1 episode: "God of the Grape"
1990 Mancuso, FBI Prisoner 1 episode: "Death and Taxes"
1990 Hunter Chuck Danko 1 episode: "The Incident"
1990 Doctor Doctor Coach 1 episode: "Ice Follies"
1991 Knight Rider 2000 Thomas Watts Television film
1991 Paradise Rafe 1 episode: "The Valley of Death"
1991 The Antagonists Detective Haley 1 episode: "Full Disclosure"
1991 Drexell's Class Ex-Boyfriend 1 episode: "Bully for Otis"
1992 Get a Life Nax 1 episode: "Chris' Brain Starts Working"
1992 Roc White Officer 1 episode: "Roc Works for Joey"
1994-2002 The X-Files Walter Skinner Series regular, 81 episodes
Nominated-Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (1997-1999)
1995 Pointman Benny Dirkson 1 episode: "My Momma's Back"
1995 Models Inc. The Hit Man 1 episode: "Sometimes a Great Commotion"
1997 Players Jake Morgan 1 episode: "Contact Sport"
1998 Walker, Texas Ranger Paul Grady 1 episode: "Money Talks"
1999 That '70s Show Bull 1 episode: "The Good Son"
2000 ER Terry Waters 1 episode: "Viable Options"
2000 Batman Beyond Dr. Stanton 1 episode: "Payback"
2001 The Lone Gunmen Walter Skinner 2 episodes
2002 Dharma & Greg Himself 1 episode: "The Tooth Is Out There"
2002 Birds of Prey Al Hawke 1 episode: "Nature of the Beast"
2003 Tarzan Richard Clayton Series regular, 9 episodes
2003-2005 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit DEA Agent Jack Hammond 2 episodes
2004-2005 The Mountain Colin Dowling 13 episodes
2005 Eyes Robert Sutherland 1 episode: "Whereabouts"
2005 The West Wing Senator Dresden 1 episode: "Mr. Frost"
2005 Nip/Tuck Dr. Russell Marcus 1 episode: "Sal Perri"
2005-2007 The Batman Commissioner James Gordon Series regular, 13 episodes
2005-2009 Stargate Atlantis Colonel Steven Caldwell 22 episodes
2006 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Happy Harry Desmond 1 episode: "Daddy's Little Girl"
2006-2007 Day Break Detective Spivak Series regular, 12 episodes
2007 Cold Case Mitch Hathaway 1 episode: "Offender"
2007 Boston Legal U.S. Attorney Mark Freestone 1 episode: "Guantanamo by the Bay"
2007 Reaper Detective Dan Stafford 1 episode: "The Cop"
2007-2010 Grey's Anatomy Larry Jennings 9 episodes
2008 Brothers & Sisters Browne Carter 3 episodes
2008 Criminal Minds Norman Hill 1 episode: "Normal"
2008 Recount Bill Daley TV movie
2008-2013 Sons of Anarchy Ernest Darby 14 episodes
2008 Supernatural Samuel Campbell/Azazel 8 episodes
2009 In Plain Sight Al Dennison 1 episode: "Rubble with a Cause"
2009-2010 Medium Dan Burroughs 4 episodes
2010-2011 Supernatural Samuel Campbell 7 episodes
2010 Human Target Leonard Kreese 1 episode: "Lockdown"
2010 Castle Hans Brauer 1 episode: "A Deadly Game"
2011 Leverage Colin Saunders 1 episode: "The Hot Potato Job"
2012 The Finder Eddie Ross 1 episode: "Bullets"
2012–2014 Dallas Harris Ryland Series regular

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mitch Pileggi Biography (1952-)". Filmreference.com. Retrieved 2013-10-17. 
  2. ^ "Mitch Pileggi Biography". Tvguide.com. 2012-11-28. Retrieved 2013-10-17. 
  3. ^ http://scifipedia.scifi.com/index.php/Mitch_Pileggi
  4. ^ "Supernatural to See the Return of Mitch Pileggi?". Dread Central. Retrieved 2013-10-17. 
  5. ^ Published Friday, Sep 7 2012, 09:53 BST (2012-09-07). "'X-Files' star Mitch Pileggi made 'Dallas' series regular - Dallas News - US TV". Digital Spy. Retrieved 2013-11-01. 
  6. ^ "Sci-Fest Team". Retrieved 26 January 2014. 

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