Ray Wise at the 2012 Stony Brook Film Festival.
|Born||Raymond Herbert Wise
August 20, 1947
Akron, Ohio, USA
|Awards||B-Movie Award for Best Actor
2006 Cyxork 7
Raymond Herbert "Ray" Wise (born August 20, 1947) is an American actor. Some of his best-known roles include Leland Palmer in Twin Peaks, henchman Leon C. Nash in RoboCop, and the Devil in the CW television series Reaper.
Wise was born in Akron, Ohio, and attended Kent State University in Kent, Ohio. He is of Romanian descent on his mother's side. He grew up in a religious family, during his childhood he went to a Romanian Baptist church in Akron, OH, and later he moved to a Methodist church.
Wise is best known for his role as the murdered Laura Palmer's father Leland in Twin Peaks. In the late sixties and seventies, Wise played attorney Jamie Rollins on the soap opera, Love of Life. He played the character of Dr. Alec Holland in the 1982 film Swamp Thing, directed by Wes Craven and based upon the comic book series of the same name. Dr. Holland is the man who becomes the titular character after his lab is destroyed and he is left for dead. The actual Swamp Thing character was played by Dick Durock. In 1985, Wise played Sol Gann, father to Natty Gann in The Journey of Natty Gann, directed by Jeremy Paul Kagan. In 1987, Wise played Tom Gunther, Catherine Chandler's boyfriend, in the pilot episode of the TV series Beauty and the Beast. In addition to Twin Peaks, Wise has played several roles in science fiction. He played the harried dad in the horror film Dead End. He made an appearance as Liko in the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "Who Watches the Watchers", and later played Arturis in the Star Trek: Voyager episode "Hope and Fear".
He appeared in the Season 7 episode "The Flame" of Diagnosis: Murder.
He was featured in three episodes of Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! as Grill Vogel, the presenter of a fictive instructional video series called "Business Hugs."
In 1995, Wise was reunited with Twin Peaks cast mate Sherilyn Fenn in the NBC telemovie Liz: The Elizabeth Taylor Story. Wise played 1950s CBS News anchor Don Hollenbeck in the 2005 film Good Night, and Good Luck. He also starred as the Devil on the TV series Reaper. In recent years, Wise has appeared on a number of political-themed television series and films. He briefly appeared on The West Wing as California governor Gabriel "Gabe" Tillman, and played Vice President Hal Gardner on the Emmy-winning Fox series 24 in 2006. In August 2006, Wise made a guest appearance in the Fox TV series Bones as the primary suspect of the first episode of the second season ("The Titan on the Tracks"), and in the pilot episode of Burn Notice. In Season 8, Episode 13 of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (2007), Wise guest starred as the head of a company testing pesticides on little children. Wise has also guest starred in two episodes of The Closer, as lawyer Tom Blanchard. He starred in Charmed as the upper level demon Ludlow, who runs a school for the Source Of All Evil in the episode "Lost and Bound." He had a small role in one episode of the sixth season of Dawson's Creek, playing Roger Stepateck. Wise starred in the 2009 SyFy original movie Infestation. He was a guest star in Psych and played the lead as Avery in a psychological thriller, Iodine, in 2009. In 2010, in a special episode of Psych titled "Dual Spires", he joined his fellow Twin Peaks alumni Dana Ashbrook, Robyn Lively, Lenny Von Dohlen, Sheryl Lee, Catherine E. Coulson, and Sherilyn Fenn in a spoof of Twin Peaks.
Wise has appeared in several episodes of Mad Men as Ken Cosgrove's father-in-law Ed Baxter, the CEO of Corning. He appeared in "Chinese Wall" (Season 4, Episode 11), "At the Codfish Ball" (Season 5, Episode 7), and "Commissions and Fees" (Season 5, Episode 12).
In 2010, Wise guest-starred on the TV series Dollhouse as Howard, a higher-up in the Dollhouse organization. He stars in Kyle Rankin's post-apocalyptic horror thriller film Nuclear Family. Wise will star in the lead of the upcoming Mike Mendez thriller film Ov3rk!ll.
Wise appeared in Season 4 of Chuck, and the hit FX television show Wilfred as a popular TV personality. He was cast in the part of Robin Scherbatsky's father on How I Met Your Mother in December 2010 (after Eric Braeden declined to make a cameo appearance). Ray made a cameo appearance as a modeling agent in episode four of season 2 of Workaholics.
Wise made an appearance in 2012 in the TV series Rizzoli & Isles (Season 3, Episode 7, "Crazy for You") in drag as a cross-dressing judge.
Ray prominently appeared in the music video "Wishes" for the group Beach House. It was directed by Eric Wareheim and features Ray in a kind of dreamy, demented football halftime show.
Wise played the role of entrepreneur/millionaire Dalton Voss in the movie The Chase. He played the role of Bart's father Harrison in the movie The Battle of Shaker Heights. He also played the role of Taggart in the horror film Jeepers Creepers 2.
In 2003, He portrayed father and husband Frank Harrington in the horror film Dead End.
In 2007 he appeared in The Flock as Robert Still.
In 2008 he had a role in the horror remake One Missed Call.
He appeared in Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie as Dr. Doone Struts, the leader of the Shrim Healing Center.
Chillerama - 2011
He appeared in Revelation Road: The Beginning of the End - 2013 as Frank
Music Video 
Voice work 
- "Ray Wise Biography - Yahoo! Movies". Movies.yahoo.com. Retrieved 2013-04-22.
- R.J. Carter. "Interview: Ray Wise: The Devil You Know". The Trades. Retrieved 2009-03-16.
- Tim Holland (October 9, 2007). "Reaper's Ray Wise Channels the Devil Next Door". TV Guide. Retrieved March 21, 2010.
- Ray Wise at the Internet Movie Database. Retrieved on May 6, 2008
- Adam Bryant (16 September 2009). "Ray Wise Joins Dollhouse". TVGuide.com. Retrieved 2009-09-16.
- "Ray Wise Set to Destroy Kyle Rankin's Nuclear Family".
- "Mike Mendez Goes 'Ov3rk!ll' With Bloody Sales Trailer!".
- "Ray Wise - IMDB". Internet Movie Database. Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 12 June 2011.
Further reading 
- Voisin, Scott, "Character Kings: Hollywood's Familiar Faces Discuss the Art & Business of Acting." BearManor Media, 2009. ISBN 978-1-59393-342-5.
- Ray Wise at the Internet Movie Database
- Ray Wise at Memory Alpha (a Star Trek wiki)
- Interview with Ray Wise 2011 (video) at 9. Weekend of Horrors
- Ray Wise interview at sci-fi-online.com
- Ray Wise interview at time out Chicago