David Rees Snell

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David Rees Snell
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David Rees Snell at the 8th Annual Hack n' Smack Celebrity Golf Tournament in 2011
Born (1966-08-20) August 20, 1966 (age 51)
Wichita, Kansas, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Spouse(s) Melanie Myers

David Rees Snell (born August 20, 1966) is an American actor, most known for his role as Detective Ronnie Gardocki on the crime drama The Shield.


He attended The University of Kansas as a theatre major. He did a lot of stage work before becoming involved in TV work.[1]


When The Shield was picked up by FX, Snell was initially hired as a supporting cast member on the show. He was told that the writers had no plans for developing his character, due to him only being a last minute addition to an already large cast of actors. However, after merely a few episodes, his character was made a permanent member of the tactical unit aka The Strike Team. Snell subsequently appeared in almost every episode since, with his character garnering a sizable following amongst fans of the show. When his screen time expanded even further, during the fifth season, he became a full-time cast member, which he remained through to the end of the series.

Additionally, Snell co-starred in the 2006 Hallmark TV movie Desolation Canyon with fellow The Shield cast member Kenneth Johnson. More recently, he was cast in a recurring role as a terrorist during the fourth and final season of The Unit. In recent years he could be seen guest starring on Hawthorne, Numb3rs, Lie to Me, Sons of Anarchy, Last Resort, Criminal Minds, Leverage, and Silicon Valley.


Snell is also a voice actor, who has appeared in such short films as P1 and Draw the Pirate. He also had a speaking role in a number of the video games including Need for Speed: Undercover and Call of Duty 2 Big Red One.

Personal life[edit]

Rees Snell is married to actor Melanie Myers, who played a minor recurring role on The Shield as Officer Paula.


Year Title Role Notes
1993 I Can Make You Love Me Mark Blauvelt TV film
1995 Truman Reporter #2 TV film
1998 Monday After the Miracle William Alexander TV film
1999 P.1 Man Short film
1999 Ride with the Devil Poker Player
2001 The Good Things Dr. Heibert Short film
2002 Fueling the Fire Unknown Short film
2004 Draw the Pirate J. Cooper Short film
2006 Desolation Canyon Edwin Bornstein TV film
2008 Exit Speed Danny Gunn
2009 The Beacon Paul Shaw
2009 Red Blue States Roy Short film
2009 Friends of Dorothy Jesse James V Short film
2012 Shadow Witness John Krause
2013 Bless Me, Ultima Father Byrnes
2013 The Cheating Pact Detective Roberts TV film
2016 The Cheerleader Murders Don
2016 The Great Break-Up Contest Mr. Peterson Short film; completed
2017 Door in the Woods Redd Post-production
Year Title Role Notes
2002–2008 The Shield Ronnie Gardocki Recurring role (2002-2005); Main role (2006-2008)
2008–2009 The Unit Leon Drake "Shadow Riders" (season 4: episode 9)
"The Spear of Destiny" (season 4: episode 13)
"Best Laid Plans"(season 4: episode 18)
"Chaos Theory" (season 4: episode 20)
"End Game" (season 4: episode 21)
"Unknown Soldier" (season 4: episode 22)
2009 Hawthorne Dan Johnson "The Sense of Belonging" (season 1: episode 5)
2009 Numbers Herb Moore "Dreamland" (season 6: episode 6)
2010 Lie to Me Kevin Wilkie "Pied Piper" (season 2: episode 19)
2010 Criminal Minds Detective Green "Remembrance of Things Past" (season 6: episode 3)
2011 Leverage Greg Sherman "The Boiler Room Job" (season 4: episode 8)
2011 NCIS Morgan Hunt "Sins of the Father" (season 9: episode 10)
2011 Sons of Anarchy Agent Grad Nicholas "Out" (season 4: episode 1)
"Booster"(season 4: episode 2)
"Dorylus" (season 4: episode 3)
"Una Venta" (season 4: episode 4)
"Kiss" (season 4: episode 9)
"Burnt and Purged Away" (season 4: episode 12)
"To Be, Act 1" (season 4: episode 13)
"To Be, Act 2" (season 4: episode 14)
2012 Hawaii Five-0 Freddy Schumaker "Kahu" (season 3: episode 11)
2012–2013 Last Resort Barry Hopper "Captain" (season 1: episode 1)
"Voluntold" (season 1: episode 4)
"Another Fine Navy Day" (season 1: episode 6)
"Nuke It Out"(season 1: episode 7)
"Cinderella Liberty" (season 1: episode 9)
"Blue Water" (season 1: episode 10)
"Damn the Torpedoes" (season 1: episode 11)
"The Pointy End of the Spear" (season 1: episode 12)
"Controlled Flight Into Terrain" (season 1: episode 13)
2013 Grey's Anatomy Richy Rich "Puttin' on the Ritz" (season 10: episode 4)
2014 Cleaners Phillips "There's Been a Complication" (season 2: episode 1)
"Welcome to the Zoo" (season 2: episode 2)
"The Not So Safe House" (season 2: episode 4)
"The Caterpillar and the Butterfly"(season 2: episode 6)
"Welcome Home Sally" (season 2: episode 7)
"Batten Down the Hatches" (season 2: episode 8)
"Yin & Yang" (season 2: episode 9)
"Tripping Balls" (season 2: episode 10)
2014 Eagleheart Gribbs "Gribbs" (season 3: episode 9)
2015 Scandal Agent Fielding "Where's the Black Lady?" (season 4: episode 11)
2015 Silicon Valley Ross Loma Capital Executive "Sand Hill Shuffle" (season 2: episode 1)
"Runaway Devaluation" (season 2: episode 2)
2017 The Fosters Jim Baker "Dirty Laundry" (season 4: episode 18)
2017 The Mick Don "The Sleepover" (season 1: episode 15)


  1. ^ August 25, 2011 Interview with David Rees Snell Archived April 6, 2015, at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved April 4, 2015

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