Christopher Denham is an American character actor, film director, writer, and producer.
Denham made his Broadway debut opposite Danny Glover in the 2003 revival of "Master Harold"...and the Boys. In 2005, Denham originated the role of Matt in the Steppenwolf Theater production of Adam Rapp's Red Light Winter. The production moved to New York where Denham won Outstanding Lead Actor at the 2006 Lucille Lortel Awards. His other Broadway credits include the title role in Martin McDonagh's The Lieutenant of Inishmore and David Mamet's China Doll, opposite Al Pacino. Off-Broadway, Denham appeared at Playwright's Horizons in Adam Rapp's Kindness opposite Katherine Waterston, Charles Mee's Wintertime at Second Stage, and Steven Levenson's The Unavoidable Disappearance of Tom Durnin, opposite David Morse at Roundabout Theatre Company. Regionally, Denham has worked with the Illinois Shakespeare Festival, New York Stage and Film and the Sundance Lab for Directors and Screenwriters.
Film and television career
Denham's first major film role was as CIA paramilitary operations officer Mike Vickers in Charlie Wilson's War, directed by Mike Nichols. He starred opposite Brit Marling in the acclaimed psychological thriller Sound of My Voice which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. His breakout film role was as Mark Lijek, one of the six escaped hostages rescued by Tony Mendez in Argo. Denham later portrayed scientist Jim Meeks on the Emmy-nominated Manhattan. In 2017, he joined the cast of Billions as attorney Oliver Dake. He appeared as Sheriff Peter Trask in Craig Zobel's One Dollar, which premiered on CBS All Access. In 2020, he was a series regular in Gillian Flynn's Utopia as Arby. Denham has collaborated with legendary directors Martin Scorsese (Shutter Island), Mike Nichols (Charlie Wilson's War), Barry Levinson (The Bay), Tony Gilroy (Duplicity), Jodie Foster (Money Monster) and Aaron Sorkin (Being The Ricardos). Other tv credits include: Rubicon, Person of Interest, The Good Wife, Prodigal Son, Law and Order, Law and Order: SVU, and The Following.
Denham wrote and directed the 2008 horror film Home Movie (IFC Films) which premiered at Toronto After Dark and won the Citizen Kane Award for up-and-coming director at the Sitges Film Festival. He also wrote and directed the critically acclaimed thriller, Preservation, starring Wrenn Schmidt, Pablo Schreiber and Aaron Staton. which debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival and was distributed by The Orchard.
|2007||Two Families||Greg||Television film|
|Charlie Wilson's War||Mike Vickers|
|The Key to Reserva||Leonard||Short film|
|Alexander the Last||Actor|
|2010||Shutter Island||Peter Breene|
|2011||Sound of My Voice||Peter Aitken|
|2012||Forgetting the Girl||Kevin Wolfe|
|Argo||Mark Lijek||Hollywood Film Awards for Ensemble of the Year|
Palm Springs International Film Festival Award for Ensemble Cast Award
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Nominated—Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast
Nominated—San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast
|2014||Bad Country||Tommy Weiland|
|2016||Money Monster||Ron Sprecher|
|2017||Camera Obscura||Jack Zeller|
|2018||The Amaranth||Dr. Alan Campbell|
|TBA||Being the Ricardos||Filming|
|2003||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Joey Field||Episode: "Damaged"|
|2007||Law & Order||Gerald Stockwell||Episode: "Murder Book"|
|2010||Rubicon||Evan Hadas||Episode: "Keep the Ends Out"|
|2012||Person of Interest||Kyle Morrison||Episode: "Identity Crisis"|
|2013||Deception||Remy Colville||Episode: "Pilot"|
|2013||The Following||Vince McKinley||3 episodes|
|2013||The Good Wife||Trent||Episode: "What's in the Box?"|
|2014–2015||Manhattan||Jim Meeks||10 episodes|
|2017–2018||Billions||Oliver Dake||17 episodes|
|2018||One Dollar||Peter Trask||10 episodes|
|2003||"Master Harold"...and the Boys||Hally||Roundabout Theater Company|
|2004||Wintertime||Jonathan||Second Stage Theater|
|2005||Red Light Winter||Matt||Steppenwolf Theater|
|2006||Red Light Winter||Matt||Barrow Street Theater|
2006 Lucille Lortel Awards Outstanding Lead Actor (tie)
|2006||cagelove||Playwright, Director||Rattlestick Playwrights Theater|
|2006||The Lieutenant of Inishmore||Mad Padraic||Lyceum Theatre|
|2015||China Doll||Carson||Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre|
|2018||The Unavoidable Disappearance of Tom Durnin||James Durnin||Roundabout Theater Company|
Awards and nominations
|2006||Lucille Lortel Awards||Outstanding Lead Actor||Red Light Winter||Won (tied)|
|2008||Sitges - Catalan International Film Festival||"Citizen Kane Award for Best Directorial Revelation"||Home Movie||Won|
|2012||Hollywood Film Awards||"Ensemble of the Year" (with John Goodman, Scoot McNairy, Ben Affleck, Alan Arkin, Kerry Bishé,
Kyle Chandler, Tate Donovan, Rory Cochrane, Bryan Cranston, Clea DuVall, Victor Garber,
Zeljko Ivanek, Titus Welliver, Bob Gunton, Philip Baker Hall, Richard Kind, Michael Parks,
Christopher Stanley, Taylor Schilling)
|2013||Palm Springs International Film Festival||"Ensemble Cast Award" (with Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, Alan Arkin, John Goodman, Victor Garber, Tate Donovan,
Clea DuVall, Scoot McNairy, Rory Cochrane, Kerry Bishé, Kyle Chandler, Chris Messina)
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- Isherwood, Charles (October 13, 2008). "Welcome to New York; Now Go Find a Friend". The New York Times. NYC. Retrieved October 21, 2020.
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