Geoff Pierson

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Geoff Pierson
Geoff Pierson.jpg
Pierson in 2006
Born Geoffrey Pierson
(1949-06-16) June 16, 1949 (age 67)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1980–present
Spouse(s) Cali Timmins (1997–present)
Children 3

Geoffrey "Geoff" Pierson (born June 16, 1949) is an American actor known for his role on The WB series Unhappily Ever After as Jack Malloy, the father of a dysfunctional family whose best friend is a stuffed animal rabbit named Mr. Floppy. He is also known for his roles on Ryan's Hope and Dexter.

Despite a popular misconception, Pierson is not related to singer-songwriter Kate Pierson of The B-52's.

Life and Career[edit]

Pierson was born in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Helen T. (née McGinness) and Roy J. Pierson, who worked in business.[1]

Unhappily Ever After 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" as a loving husband who refused to abuse his wife 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 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".[2]

In 2006, he guest-starred in Criminal Minds, playing Max Ryan, a former FBI agent-turned-author and also 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. He appeared in the 2008 film Changeling as the flamboyant defense attorney Sammy "S.S." Hahn.[3]

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.[2]


  1. ^ Geoffrey Pierson profile,; accessed March 4, 2016.
  2. ^ a b Geoff Pierson at the Internet Movie Database
  3. ^ Foundas, Scott (December 19, 2007). "Clint Eastwood: The Set Whisperer - Shooting quietly on the Changeling set". LA Weekly. Archived from the original on December 23, 2007. Retrieved December 29, 2007.