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|Born||Gregory Andrew Germann
February 26, 1958
Houston, Texas, U.S.
|Occupation||Actor, TV Personality.|
Gregory Andrew "Greg" Germann (born February 26, 1958) is an American actor. He played the roles of Richard Fish in the television Ally McBeal, and Eric "Rico" Moyer in the sitcom Ned and Stacey, and has appeared in numerous films including;Quarantine, Spectacular!, Friends with Money, Bolt, Get Hard, So I Married An Axe Murderer, The Little Rascals Save The Day, Down and Derby, Here Comes The Boom, The Sandlot 2, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, Child's Play 2, Friends With Money, and Group Sex.
He also been on other television series including The Bernie Mac Show, Hawaii Five-0, NCIS, and Law & Order. Starting in 2016, Germann will be portraying Hades on the popular TV show Once Upon A Time.
Gregory Andrew German was born in Houston, Texas in 1958. His father was a playwright and stage actor. 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.
He started in several Broadway plays while in New York, including a role in 1982 along side 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', 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, would help the actor gain mainstream success.
Early 1990s Success
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 mega 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.
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 5 seasons, from 1997 - 2002, he gained positive acclaim for playing Richard Fish. During his time, he received an Emmy nomination, and three Screen Actors Guild Awards, winning one. 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 apeared 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 Clause in the holiday hit film The Santa Incident, which Empire named, No.12 on the Top 50 Christmas Comedies, the film airs countless times during the holidays.
Life and career
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. Germann became a theater major at the University of Northern Colorado. He began acting in New York theatre including Biloxi Blues where he was the original understudy for star Matthew Broderick, Assassins, The Person I Once Was (opposite Holly Hunter) and War Games. He has had roles in numerous films and television shows, including Ned and Stacey. In 2006, he guest-starred in the series, Desperate Housewives.
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 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.
Germann has appeared in NCIS since the Season 10 episode, "Shiva", playing NCIS Assistant Director Jerome Craig. Later, in the episode, "Canary", he briefly took over the agency while the Director at the time was on temporary leave following a family tragedy.
|1986||The Whoopee Boys||Man on Street|
|1990||Child's Play 2||Mattson|
|1991||Once Around||Jim Redstone|
|1993||So I Married An Axe Murderer||Guy at wedding||uncredited|
|1994||Clear and Present Danger||Petey|
|1995-1997||Ned & Stacey||Eric "Rico" Moyer||TV|
|1997-2002||Ally McBeal||Richard Fish||TV|
|2001||Down to Earth||Sklar|
|2001||Sweet November||Vince Holland|
|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||Himself||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|
|2009||Spectacular!||Mr.Virgil Romano||TV Movie|
|2010||Raising Hope||Bobby||TV, guest star|
|2011||Hawaii Five-0||Rick Lane||TV, 2 appearances|
|2012||House of Lies||Ricky||TV, Cameo|
|2012||Here Comes The Boom||Principal Duke Becher|
|2013||Common Law||Barry Barker||TV, 4 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, 2 appearances
|2016||Once Upon a Time||Hades||TV, new starring cast member, starting in March 2016|
|2016||Time Toys||Weller||Lead role, theatrical film|
- "Greg Germann Biography (1958?-)". Filmreference.com. Retrieved 2012-10-24.
- "NCIS" Canary (TV Episode 2013) - IMDb
- "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" Undercover Blue (TV Episode 2013) - IMDb