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Pierson in 2006
June 16, 1949
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Cali Timmins (1997–present)|
Life and career
Pierson was born in Chicago, Illinois, one of seven children born to Roy, a businessman (who founded Feralloy Corporation and, later, Pierson Steel), and Helen (née Maginess) Pierson, who wed on October 29, 1946 at St. Philip Neri Church in Chicago's South Shore. The family was devoutly Roman Catholic, and the siblings attended Catholic schools in Winnetka's Sacred Heart parish.
Pierson's first high-profile television role was as Jack Malloy, the delusional head of a dysfunctional family, in the WB sitcom Unhappily Ever After, which was created by one of the original creators of FOX's Married... with Children. Pierson appeared on the season two episode "Just Married...With Children" on the game show How Do I Love Thee. Other TV roles include a regular role as R.T. Howard on That 80's Show, and recurring roles on Grace Under Fire as Grace's ex-husband Jimmy Kelly, and on 24 as President John Keeler, appearing in 19 episodes in Seasons 3 and 4. He appeared in the 2003 Comedy Central TV film Windy City Heat as "The President of Show Business".
In 2005 and 2006 he appeared in two episodes of Veronica Mars as Stewart Manning, the father of Meg Manning. In 2006, he guest-starred in Criminal Minds, playing Max Ryan, a former FBI agent-turned-author and Jason Gideon's mentor who comes out of his retirement to capture a serial killer known as the Keystone Killer in the episode, "Unfinished Business". From 2006 to 2013, he portrayed Captain Tom Matthews on the Showtime series Dexter.
Beginning in 2010, he had a recurring role in Boardwalk Empire as Senator Walter Edge. In 2011, Pierson played Midas Mulligan in Atlas Shrugged, based on Ayn Rand's novel of the same name. He played Russell Dunbar's wealthy father in Rules of Engagement. He had a minor recurring character on the show Young Justice as Jay Garrick. He appeared during season four of Castle, and in 2014 appeared in an episode of Suburgatory.
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