Diego Klattenhoff

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Diego Klattenhoff
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Klattenhoff in July 2013[1]
Years active2001–present

Diego Klattenhoff is a Canadian actor known for his portrayals of Mike Faber in the Showtime series Homeland and as FBI Agent Donald Ressler in The Blacklist. He has also appeared as Derek in Whistler, Ivan in Men in Trees as well as having a minor role in Mean Girls as Shane Oman.

Early life[edit]

Klattenhoff was born in French River, Nova Scotia, Canada. He moved to Toronto at the age of 19 to pursue an acting career. For a number of years, he worked as a bartender while studying in theater workshops.[2] His father was originally from Germany and settled in Canada before Klattenhoff was born.


Klattenhoff studied with some of Canada's most respected acting coaches, including David Rotenberg, Bruce Clayton and Rae Ellen Bodie. His first notable acting role was in Mean Girls (2004). He followed that with a string of appearances in notable TV shows like Smallville and Stargate SG-1, and films like Lucky Number Slevin (2006). Since 2006, he has been in recurring roles like Young Jacob in CBC Television's At the Hotel, Derek in CTV's Whistler, Ivan Palacinke in ABC's Men in Trees and Mike Callahan in NBC's Mercy.

Klattenhoff appeared in Homeland as Mike Faber, a Marine Captain whose best friend returns to the U.S. after disappearing in Iraq eight years earlier.[3] He and the cast were nominated once for a Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Cast, and twice for a PAAFTJ Television Awards for Best Cast in a Drama Series.[4][5] He has also guest starred on television series such as Psych, Supernatural, 24, and Falling Skies.

Klattenhoff starred in J. J. Abrams' television film Anatomy of Hope and appeared in the Guillermo del Toro film Pacific Rim (2013) and the sci-fi thriller After Earth (2013).[6][7] In March 2013, Klattenhoff joined the cast of the NBC thriller The Blacklist, as FBI Field Agent Donald Ressler.[8] The show premiered on September 23, 2013, to 12.6 million viewers.[9]



Year Title Role Notes
2002 Straight in the Face Daniel Short film
2003 Autobiography of an Insect Cameron Short film
2003 Blessings Benny Television movie
2003 Family Curse N/A Television movie
2004 Mean Girls Shane Oman
2004 Cube Zero Quigley
2005 Ice Princess Kyle Dayton
2005 Murder in the Hamptons Traffic Cop Television movie
2005 The Last Hit Sasha
2005 Dry Whiskey Terry Short film
2005 Shania: A Life in Eight Albums Paul Television movie
2005 Recipe for a Perfect Christmas Zach Television movie
2005 Yesteryears N/A Television movie
2006 Lucky Number Slevin Ginger
2006 Fallen Nathaniel Uncredited
2006 Firestorm: Last Stand at Yellowstone Willis Lee Television movie
2007 Fire Serpent Young Dutch Television movie
2008 Lost Behind Bars Charlie Quinn Television movie
2008 The Informers Dirk
2009 Anatomy of Hope Brendan Casey Television movie
2010 The Dry Land Henry
2012 Unconditional Billy
2013 Kilimanjaro Troy
2013 After Earth Veteran Ranger
2013 Pacific Rim Yancy Becket
2016 Lavender Alan
2017 Radius Liam


Year Title Role Notes
2001–2002 Doc Jason 2 episodes
2002 Witchblade Uncredited Episode: "Destiny"
2003 Wild Card N/A Episode: "Pilot"
2003 Mutant X Janitor #1/Johnny Cummings Episode: "Shadows of Darkness"
2003 Veritas: The Quest Tymus Episode: "Avalon"
2004 1-800-Missing Brad Whitman Episode: "One Night Stand"
2004 Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye Jason Albright Episode: "The Bounty Hunter"
2005 Smallville Josh Greenfield Episode: "Krypto"
2005 Stargate SG-1 Team Leader Episode: "Ex Deus Machina"
2006 At the Hotel Young Jacob 6 episodes
Recurring role (Season 1)
2006 Psych Dylan Maxwell Episode: "Speak Now or Forever Hold Your Piece"
2006 Supernatural Duane Tanner Episode: "Croatoan"
2007 Whistler Derek 12 episodes
Recurring role (Season 2)
2008 Men in Trees Ivan Palacinke 6 episodes
Recurring role (Season 2)
2009 The Listener Tom Crawford Episode: "Emotional Rescue"
2009 ER Jay Episode: "Shifting Equilibrium"
2009 24 Sergeant Cadden Episodes: "Day 7: 2:00 a.m.-3:00 a.m."
Day 7: 2:00 a.m.-3:00 a.m.
2009–2010 Mercy Mike Callahan 22 episodes
Main role (Season 1)
2011 Falling Skies Lieutenant Danner Episode: "Mutiny"
2012 Longmire Eli Episode: "The Cancer"
2011–2013 Homeland Mike Faber 25 episodes
Main role (Seasons 1–2)
Guest role (Season 3)
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
2013–present The Blacklist Donald Ressler 133 episodes
Main role (Seasons 1–present)


  1. ^ "Diego Klattenhoff Interview". Elle.
  2. ^ "Diego Klattenhoff as Captain Mike Faber". TV3.
  3. ^ "Diego Klattenhoff Discusses His Role On 'Homeland'". Good Day L.A. Sep 5, 2012. Archived from the original on 2012-10-29. Retrieved 2012-10-05.
  4. ^ "PAAFTJ Television Awards Nominations Announced". Paaftj. June 18, 2013.
  5. ^ "PAAFTJ Television Awards Winners Announced". TV By the Numbers. July 8, 2013. Archived from the original on July 10, 2012.
  6. ^ "Adam Goldberg Joins ABC's Divorce; Diego Klattenhoff in Blacklist; Lucky 7 Adds One". Deadline. March 2013.
  7. ^ "NM145109". IMDb.
  8. ^ "Adam Goldberg Joins ABC's Divorce; Diego Klattenhoff in Blacklist; Lucky 7 Adds One". Deadline. March 2013.
  9. ^ "Blacklist Ratings". Inside TV. September 24, 2013.

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