Brendan Hines

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Brendan Hines
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Born (1976-12-28) December 28, 1976 (age 41)
Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
Occupation Actor, singer-songwriter

Brendan Patrick Hines (born December 28, 1976) is an American actor and singer-songwriter. He has had a number of television roles, including as part of the main cast of Lie to Me as well as recurring roles in Scandal, Betrayal, Suits, Scorpion, Secrets and Lies and is currently part of the cast of Amazon Video's The Tick. Hines has also had leading roles in a handful of films, and released three albums.


Early life[edit]

Hines was born the youngest of four children on December 28, 1976,[1] in Baltimore, Maryland,[2] where he graduated from Loyola Blakefield.[1] His mother, Mary Hines, was a former nun and his father a former Jesuit priest who both appealed to dissolve their religious vows so they could marry. They left Brooklyn and eventually settled in Baltimore to teach philosophy.[3][4] His mother was president of Carlow University in Pittsburgh.[3]


Hines' acting career began on-stage where he performed in several plays in New York. His first major film role was in the 2001 independent film Ordinary Sinner.[5] In 2004 and 2005, he appeared in one episode each of both Angel[6] and Love, Inc., respectively.[2] In 2007, Hines starred in Heavy Petting opposite Malin Åkerman.[5] One of his first major television roles was portraying Andy Goode in several episodes of the Terminator television series, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.[7] Hines went on to play a recurring role in The Middleman.[5] He then returned to film in Deep in the Valley (2009) co-starring Chris Pratt.[8][9]

In 2009, Hines began appearing as part of the regular cast of Lie to Me.[10][11] Hines was part of all three seasons of the series playing the character of Eli Loker.[12] In 2011, he appeared in an episode of Castle.[13][14] In May 2011, Hines portrayed the dual characters of Pip/Theo in South Coast Repertory's theatre production of Three Days of Rain.[15] Hines has stated this was perhaps his favorite and most challenging acting role.[16]

In 2012, he appeared in an episode of Body of Proof[17] and also began appearing in a recurring role in first season of Scandal.[5][18] In 2013, he gained a recurring role in Betrayal.[19] In 2014, he played Logan Sanders in the fourth season of Suits.[20][21] He has also appeared in several episodes of Scorpion[22] and the second season of Secrets and Lies.[23][24]

In August 2017, Amazon Video released the first season of The Tick, a television series based on the comic book of the same name written by Ben Edlund. Among the many ridiculous comic book characters in the series, Hines portrays Superian who is perhaps the most recognizable as an archetypal superhero.[3][25]

Music career and political activism[edit]

In early 2008, he released Good For You Know Who, an album of 10 original songs under the band name The Brendan Hines.[26] The song “Miss New York” from the same album was featured in the 2010 film Happythankyoumoreplease, the directorial debut of Josh Radnor.[27] In August 2012, he released “Could've Sworn”,[28] a single from his 6-song EP entitled Small Mistakes.[3] In support of the release of Small Mistakes, Hines toured with the indie folk duo The Milk Carton Kids in the fall of 2012.[28]

Hines is a vocal supporter of Bernie Sanders. In the lead up to the 2016 Democratic Primaries, he joined the Vermont Senator at several events to campaign for Sander's bid to become the democratic candidate for President of the United States.[29][30][31] In September 2017, Hines released “Average Is”, the debut single from his upcoming solo album Qualms, a collection of songs written and recorded in the Joshua Tree Desert after the 2016 presidential election.[26]



Year Title Role Notes
1998 The Delivery Nick Short film
2001 Ordinary Sinner Peter Credited as Brendan P. Hines
2002 True Dreams Sketchy Dan
2006 Just Eddie Winkle Short film
2007 Heavy Petting Charlie
2009 Deep in the Valley Carl
2013 Bitter Orange Jack Short film
2015 No Way Jose Dr. Steve


Years Title Role Notes
2004 Angel Eli 1 episode: "Harm's Way"
2005 Love, Inc. Dr. West 1 episode: "Family Ties"
2006 If You Lived Here, You'd Be Home Now Scott TV movie
2006 Without a Trace Jason Barnes 1 episode: "Watch Over Me"
2008 Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles Andy Goode 3 episodes: "The Turk", "Queen's Gambit", "Dungeons & Dragons"
2008 The Middleman Tyler Ford 5 episodes
2009–2011 Lie to Me Eli Loker Main cast
48 episodes
2011 Castle Alex Conrad 1 episode: "The Dead Pool"
2012 Body of Proof Marc Freston 1 episode: "Falling for You"
2012 Scandal Gideon Wallace Recurring cast (season 1)
6 episodes
2012 Covert Affairs Wade Moore 1 episode: "The Last Thing You Should Do"
2012 The Mob Doctor Father Doyle 1 episode: "Confessions"
2013 Murder in Manhattan Bart Sutton TV movie
2013 Beauty & the Beast David 1 episode: "On Thin Ice"
2013 Betrayal Aidan Recurring cast
5 episodes
2014 Suits Logan Sanders 7 episodes
2014–2015 Scorpion Drew Baker 7 episodes
2016 Secrets and Lies Detective Ralston 7 episodes
2016–present The Tick Superian 6 episodes


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  4. ^ "Kenneth Dennis Hines's Obituary on Times Leader". Times Leader. July 3, 2009. Retrieved 2017-10-14.
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  6. ^ Topping, Keith (2012-03-31). Hollywood Vampire: The Apocalypse - An Unofficial and Unauthorised Guide to the Final Season of Angel. Random House. ISBN 9781448132294.
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  9. ^ Ball, Chris (2010-01-19). "New on DVD: 'Damages' season two, 'The Invention of Lying' and 'Whiteout'". The Plain Dealer. Retrieved 2017-10-14.
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  13. ^ Bryant, Adam (2011-03-15). "Castle Exclusive: Lie to Me Star Sets His Sights on Beckett". Retrieved 2017-10-14.
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  15. ^ McNulty, Charles (2011-05-22). "Theater review: 'Three Days of Rain' at South Coast Repertory". LA Times Blogs - Culture Monster. Retrieved 2017-10-14.
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  17. ^ Orlando, Christine (2012-01-04). "Body of Proof Review: Brides, Botox, & Black Eyes". TV Fanatic. Retrieved 2017-10-14.
  18. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (2012-05-17). "'Scandal' Case Study: Shonda Rhimes on the Intense Finale, What's Next in Season 2". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2017-10-14.
  19. ^ Hibberd, James (2013-08-27). "'Scandal' sleuth cast in ABC's 'Betrayal'". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2017-10-14.
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  21. ^ Ng, Philiana (2014-06-11). "'Suits' Postmortem: Creator Aaron Korsh on Rachel's Bombshell, Mike's New World (Q&A)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2017-10-14.
  22. ^ Iannucci, Rebecca (2014-09-02). "Suits Bad Boy Brendan Hines Fitted for a Recurring Role on CBS' Scorpion". TVLine. Retrieved 2017-10-14.
  23. ^ Raftery, Liz (2016-10-15). "Secrets and Lies' Juliette Lewis Says We're About to See an "About-Face" from Cornell". Retrieved 2017-10-14.
  24. ^ "Brendan Hines: Credits, Secrets and Lies". TV Guide. Retrieved 2017-10-14.
  25. ^ "Third time is the charm for comic superhero 'The Tick'". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2017-10-14.
  26. ^ a b "Watch 'The Tick' star Brendan Hines' new 'Average Is' music video". AXS. Retrieved 2017-10-14.
  27. ^ "[Interview] Josh Radnor on 'Happythankyoumoreplease'". The Film Stage. 2011-03-25. Retrieved 2017-10-14.
  28. ^ a b "Song Premiere: Brendan Hines, "Could've Sworn" « American Songwriter". American Songwriter. 2012-08-03. Retrieved 2017-10-14.
  29. ^ Corasaniti, Nick (2016). "Video: The Inspiration for Ben & Jerry's Bernie Sanders Ice Cream". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-10-14.
  30. ^ Summers, Juana. "On the eve of the New Hampshire primary, a concert with a side of Bernie Sanders". Mashable. Retrieved 2017-10-14.
  31. ^ "Bernie Sanders' Hollywood Support Surges". TheWrap. 2015-11-29. Retrieved 2017-10-14.

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