Gordon Clapp

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Gordon Clapp
Born (1948-09-24) September 24, 1948 (age 67)
North Conway, New Hampshire, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1979–present

Gordon Clapp (born September 24, 1948) is an American actor, best known for portraying the role of Det. Greg Medavoy for all 12 seasons on the television series NYPD Blue, winning an Emmy Award in 1998.[1]


A graduate of Williams College and The National Theater Institute at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center (Fall 1970), the North Conway, New Hampshire-born Clapp has appeared in numerous TV shows such as Check it Out! and Night Court as well as four films by director John Sayles, along with stage plays. In films, he appeared in Flags of Our Fathers as United States Marine Corps Gen. Holland Smith. He portrayed Chicago White Sox catcher Ray Schalk in the 1988 drama Eight Men Out. He appeared in the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "Vortex". He also portrayed the villainous Det. Griggs in John Sayles 1987 movie, Matewan.

Most recently, he appeared as Coach Mad Maddox in The Game Plan. On Broadway, he most recently appeared in the revival of David Mamet's Pulitzer Prize-winning play Glengarry Glen Ross, where he was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play.[2]

In 1995, he played Father Paul in Her Hidden Truth. In 2007 Clapp voiced Horny The Clown in the horror film Drive-Thru. In 2007 Clapp also appeared as Det Dick Walenski in "In Birth and Death," in Season 3 Episode 2 of Criminal Minds. Clapp portrayed a corrupt police officer in a 2008 episode of Cold Case. He played the main antagonist Gen. Peter Randall in the Prototype video game. Clapp plays the father of Ellen (Rose Byrne) in the F/X show Damages.[3]


  1. ^ "Possible Emmy move to HBO raises hackles". USA Today. November 13, 2002. Retrieved March 12, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Light in the Piazza sweeps the Tonys". The Stage. June 6, 2005. Retrieved March 12, 2012. 
  3. ^ "A Pussycat Doll, Damages and Other Short Cuts". TV Guide. September 6, 2007. Retrieved March 12, 2012. 

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