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 49)
Wichita, Kansas, U.S.

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.


David Rees Snell at the Internet Movie Database