|Born||John Anthony Stehlin III
c. 1960 (age 53–54)
Allentown, Pennsylvania, U.S.
|Education||Juilliard School (1982)|
Early life and education
John Anthony Stehlin III (pronounced “Stay-lin”) was born in Allentown, Pennsylvania. He accidentally fell into acting after taking an acting class at the University of South Carolina, where he attended school to play baseball. He left the university and moved to New York to attend the Juilliard School's drama division as a member of Group 11 (1978–1982), where his classmates in 1982 included Megan Gallagher, Penny Johnson, Jack Kenny, and Lorraine Toussaint. After graduating from Juilliard, Stehlin toured with John Houseman's The Acting Company.
Stehlin has guest-starred on many popular American television programs, often playing tough and witty men of authority, on such programs as Weeds, Monk, JAG, The Practice, and NYPD Blue. He has played the villain on such programs as Without a Trace and NCIS. Buffy the Vampire Slayer fans will remember him for his recurring role as Dr. Angelman on season four of the popular program. Other television appearances include Judging Amy, Crossing Jordan, and ER.
An award-winning actor, Jack has appeared on Broadway, Off-Broadway, regional theatre, and stages around the world.
Stehlin founded his theatre company Circus Theatricals, in 1983. The company’s first performance was Chekov’s Uncle Vanya in which Stehlin starred opposite Kevin Spacey and Tom Hewitt. Now based out of Los Angeles, Circus Theatricals produces classic and new plays to critical acclaim. Stehlin runs the company with his wife and partner Jeannine, an actress/producer he met in 1995. Together, they have produced more than 50 plays in NYC and Los Angeles, including Harm's Way, The Misanthrope, Macbeth, Hamlet, Richard III, Tartuffe, True West, The Cheats of Scapin, The Circle, and The Job. Stehlin serves as the company's artistic director.
Stehlin shared a Screen Actor’s Guild (SAG) nomination for “Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series”.
Stehlin is the son of Kitty O’Donnell, a circus juggler/acrobat, and John Stehlin, a minor league ball player turned defense contractor.
His Australian prize-fighter great-grandfather turned his 10 children into a traveling circus act that joined P.T. Barnum and later the Ringling Brothers in the early 20th century. Stehlin’s colorful family circus history includes two family members in the Circus Hall of Fame, and the Guinness Book of World Records. He is a great-nephew of Australian Con Colleano, who was the first wire walker to do a forward somersault on the wire and also a great-nephew of actor Bonar Colleano.
Jack Stehlin’s mother Kitty O’Donnell (now Stehlin) was part of the second generation of Colleanos to join the famous circus act. Under the moniker "The Juggling Colleanos," Kitty performed a juggling and tumbling act with her two brothers and two sisters. Besides traveling the United States with the Ringling Brothers, the Juggling Colleanos were often seen on popular television shows, such as The Ed Sullivan Show and Sid Caesar’s Hour.
Stehlin is married to actress Jeannine Stehlin (nee Wisnosky), who is also his producing partner.
- NCIS: Los Angeles (2011, 1 episode)
- Love Bites (2011, 1 episode)
- The Event (2011, 1 episode)
- Dark Blue (2010, 1 episode)
- Weeds (2006-2009, 18 episodes)
- Monk (2008, 1 episode)
- NCIS (2005, 1 episode)
- Without a Trace (2005, 1 episode)
- The Practice (2004, 1 episode)
- JAG (2003, 3 episodes)
- Strong Medicine (2003, 1 episode)
- Crossing Jordan (2002, 1 episode)
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer (2000, 3 episodes)
- Get Real (2000, 1 episode)
- ER (1999, 1 episode)
- Judging Amy (1999, 1 episode)
- NYPD Blue (1998, 1 episode)
- Blackout Effect (1998, TV movie)
- The Practice (1997, 1 episode)
- General Hospital (1997)
- The Client (1995, 1 episode)
- L.A. Law (1987, 1 episode)
- "Alumni News". Juilliard School. September 2007. Archived from the original on 2011-11-11.
- Gussow, Mel (April 29, 1982). "Juilliard Theater Students Put On 'Love's Labor's Lost'". The New York Times.