Greg Germann

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Greg Germann
Born Gregory Andrew Germann
(1958-02-26) February 26, 1958 (age 58)
Houston, Texas, U.S.
Occupation Actor, TV personality, TV director, writer
Years active 1986–present
Known for Ally McBeal
Ned & Stacey
Law & Order
Clear And Present Danger
Once Upon A Time
Down to Earth
Spouse(s) Martha Champlin (m. 2013- )
Children 1
Parent(s) Edward A. Germann
Marlene Martha Germann

Gregory Andrew "Greg" Germann (born February 26, 1958)[1] is an American actor. He is well known for playing Richard Fish on the popular legal - comedy TV Series Ally McBeal, which earned him a Screen Actors Guild award, and received two Emmy nominations. He also is known for his role as Eric "Rico" Morrow on the short-lived but very popular[citation needed] sitcom, Ned & Stacey, and as Tom Krane on the 10-episode special of Law & Order.

He is also known for roles as Petey in Clear and Present Danger (1994), Sklar in Down to Earth, Gerald Horn in Child's Play 2, Lawrence the Vet in the horror film Quarantine, Larry Dennit, Jr., in Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, and Peter Penney in Get Hard. He also voiced The Agent in the film Bolt.

In 2016, he made his return to television as Hades in Season Five of Once Upon a Time.

Early life[edit]

Germann was born in Houston. The family moved to Lookout Mountain outside of Golden, Colorado. His mother, Marlene Marian (née Faulkner), was a homemaker, and his father, Edward A. Germann, was a playwright and professor.[1] While living in Colorado, Germann expressed interest in acting. He starred in stage plays during his middle- and high-school years, before moving to New York in 1982.

Career[edit]

Early work[edit]

He started in several Broadway plays while in New York, including a role in 1982 alongside Matthew Broderick in the play Fancy This, which Germann also co-wrote. He received praise for roles in the 1982 musical Chicago, and the 1983 musical The Wizard of Oz. He continued to have roles in plays before seeing a poster for wanted actors for a film in 1985. He moved to Hollywood to find film success, and got his first role in the teen comedy film, The Whoopee Boys in 1986. The supporting role in that film helped Greg's career, so he could star in bigger and mainstream films. His next film was 1990's Child's Play 2, in which he played the character Mattson, in the well-received sequel to one of the most popular horror films of all time. Child's Play 2, and the 1991 romantic comedy Once Around, helped the actor gain mainstream success.

1990s success[edit]

After Child's Play 2 and Once Around were released, he was able to reach pop culture success. He then gained fame as a character named Petey in the 1994 critical and commercial success Clear and Present Danger, and landed a supporting role as Rico on the sitcom Ned & Stacey, which gained him fame and lasted from 1995 - 1997.

Ally McBeal[edit]

In 1997, when Ned & Stacey stopped airing, Germann was offered the role as Richard Fish on the legal - comedy series Ally McBeal. He took the role, and for five seasons, from 1997 to 2002, he gained positive acclaim for playing Fish. During his time, he received an Emmy nomination, and three Screen Actors Guild awards, winning one. Germann directed a few Ally McBeal episodes, including "Fear of Flirting" (season 5, episode 4). He appeared on ABC's In Case of Emergency as Sherman Yablonsky until it was canceled after one season, and was also in the pilot episode of Eureka as the director of operations, Warren King. He did not reprise the role, and his character's disappearance was explained in the official comic book as having been reassigned to Alaska.

2000s work[edit]

After Ally McBeal ended, he kept up his game by starring in several films, including Down to Earth, Sweet November, and Joe Somebody, all being released in 2001. He guest-appeared twice on The Bernie Mac Show.

He got lead roles in 2005 in the family comedies Family Plan and Down and Derby; these films helped the actor prove he was leading man status. In 2006, he played Santa Claus in the holiday film The Santa Incident, which Empire named, number 12 on the top 50 Christmas comedies; the film airs countless times during the holidays. Also in 2006, he guest-starred in the series, Desperate Housewives.

2010s work[edit]

Germann has appeared in NCIS since the season-10 episode, "Shiva", playing NCIS Assistant Director Jerome Craig. Later, in the episode, "Canary",[2] he briefly took over the agency while the director at the time was on temporary leave following a family tragedy.

Germann has appeared in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit in the season-14 episode "Undercover Blue",[3] playing ADA Derek Strauss.

Germann currently guest stars on the ABC Fantasy series drama Once Upon A Time portraying the character Hades.

Filmography[edit]

Film and Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1986 The Whoopee Boys Man on street
1989 Miami Vice Johnny Ramon The finale (season 5, episode 21)
1990 Child's Play 2 Mattson
1991 Once Around Jim Redstone
1993 So I Married An Axe Murderer Guy at wedding Uncredited
1994 I.Q. Uncredited Uncredited
1994 Clear and Present Danger Petey
1995-1997 Ned & Stacey Eric "Rico" Moyer TV
1997-2002 Ally McBeal Richard Fish TV
2001 Joe Somebody Jeremy
2001 Down to Earth Sklar
2001 Sweet November Vince Holland
2002 The Twilight Zone Ben Baker Episode: "Sensuous Cindy"
2003 The Bernie Mac Show Himself TV
2005 Down and Derby Phil Davis Lead role
2005 Family Plan Himself TV, one episode
2005 The Sandlot 2 Mr. Goodfairer
2006 Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby Larry Dennit, Jr.
2006 Eureka Warren King TV, cameo appearance
2006 Friends with Money Matt
2007 All I Want for Christmas Guy on bridge Uncredited cameo
2007 In Case of Emergency Sherman Yablonsky TV, supporting cast
2008 Bolt The Agent Voice
2008 Quarantine Laurence
2009 Spectacular! Mr.Virgil Romano TV movie
2010 Group Sex Reeves
2010 Raising Hope Bobby TV, guest star
2011 Hawaii Five-0 Rick Lane TV, two appearances
2012 House of Lies Ricky TV, cameo
2012 Drop Dead Diva Judge Zahn Season Four, Episode 13
2012 Here Comes The Boom Principal Duke Becher
2013 Common Law Barry Barker TV, four appearances
2013 NCIS Jim Bentley TV, one appearance
2013-2014 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Barcalee Freemount TV, eight appearances
2014 Blue Bloods Billy TV, one appearance
2014 Atlas Shrugged: Part III James Taggart Sequel film
2014 How To Get Away With Murder Jeffrey Cole TV, three appearances
2014 The Little Rascals Save The Day Ray "Big Ray" Kaye
2015 Get Hard Peter Penny
2015 Chasing Life Tom Krane TV, two appearances
2015 Limitless (TV series) ADIC Grady Johnson
2016 Once Upon a Time Hades TV, recurring character
2016 Time Toys Weller Lead role, theatrical film

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