Jeremy Sisto

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Jeremy Sisto
Jeremy Sisto on Into Temptation set - cropped.jpg
Sisto on the set of Into Temptation (2009)
Born Jeremy Merton Sisto
(1974-10-06) October 6, 1974 (age 41)[1]
Grass Valley, California, U.S.
Alma mater University of California
  • Actor
  • producer
  • writer
Years active 1991–present
Children 2
Relatives Meadow Sisto (sister)

Jeremy Merton Sisto (born October 6, 1974) is an American actor, producer, and writer. Sisto has had recurring roles as Billy Chenowith on the HBO series Six Feet Under (2001–05), and as NYPD Detective Cyrus Lupo on NBC's drama series Law & Order (2008–10). He also starred in the comedy Clueless (1995), the biblical miniseries Jesus (1999), the drama Thirteen (2003), and the horror film Wrong Turn (2003). In 2004, he starred as bigoted baseball player Shane Mungitt in Take Me Out, for which he was nominated for a Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for Featured Performance in a Play. In 2006, he starred in the play Festen on Broadway.

From 2011 until its ending in 2014, he starred as George Altman in the ABC sitcom Suburgatory, for which he was nominated for a Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Actor in a Comedy Series. Sisto co-wrote the screenplay for the comedy film Break Point (2014) in which he also starred. In 2015, he starred in A&E's The Returned, an adaptation of the French series of the same name.

Early life[edit]

Sisto was born in Grass Valley, California, the son of Reedy Gibbs, an actress, and Richard "Dick" Sisto, a jazz musician and educator.[2] Sisto has an older sister, Meadow Sisto, who is an actress mostly known for playing Caroline in the 1992 film Captain Ron. Sisto's parents divorced and his father was remarried to fabric artist Penny Sisto.[2] Sisto lived with his mother and sister, and has said that his father's absence made parenting his own son more difficult.[3] He was raised in the lower Sierra Nevada Mountains, before moving to Chicago at age six.[4] He attended Francis W. Parker School and worked with local theater companies Cherry Street Theater and the Absolute Theater Company.[4] Sisto appeared in the film Grand Canyon while attending high school. After studying at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), he began acting full-time.[4]


1991–99: Beginnings and Clueless[edit]

Sisto made his acting debut in the 1991 drama film Grand Canyon, starring Kevin Kline and Steve Martin. He followed this with roles in the television films Desperate Choices: To Save My Child (1992) and The Shaggy Dog (1994). In his early film and television career, Sisto played a killer in Hideaway (1995); a rich teen in Clueless (1995); a twenty-something kidnapper in Suicide Kings (1997); Olympic gold medalist long-distance runner Frank Shorter in Without Limits (1998); Jesus Christ in the CBS miniseries Jesus (1999); and a widowed filmmaker in This Space Between Us (1999). He has also starred in the films Moonlight and Valentino (1995), White Squall (1996), Bongwater (1997), Some Girl (1998), and Playing by Heart (1998). In 1996, Sisto screen tested for the character of Jack Dawson in the James Cameron film Titanic alongside Kate Winslet, but ultimately lost out on the role to Leonardo DiCaprio.[5] In 1998, he portrayed Frederick W. Seward in the TNT television film The Day Lincoln Was Shot.[6]

2000–10: Six Feet Under and Law & Order[edit]

From 2001 to 2005, he portrayed the character of Billy Chenowith in the HBO drama series Six Feet Under. He was twice nominated for the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series along with his co-stars.[7] In 2003, Sisto starred in the drama film Thirteen, the romantic comedy The Movie Hero, and the horror film Wrong Turn. That same year, he also appeared in the series finale of The WB's teen drama series Dawson's Creek.[8] Sisto then performed on the Los Angeles stage, playing the role of bigoted Southerner Shane Mungitt in Richard Greenberg's play Take Me Out, about a baseball player who announces he is gay.[9] He was nominated for a Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for his role.[10] In 2006, he appeared in the Broadway play Festen at the Music Box Theatre.[11] In the same year, he starred in the short-lived NBC drama series Kidnapped,[12] top-lined the direct-to-video mystery horror film Population 436, and starred in the crime-thriller film Unknown. In July 2007, Sisto was featured in the Maroon 5 video for the song "Wake Up Call". He played a man who was sleeping with the girlfriend of Adam Levine.[13] That same year, he appeared as Earl Hunterson opposite Keri Russell in the comedy-drama film Waitress.[14]

In 2008, Sisto joined the cast of the NBC crime drama series Law & Order as Detective Cyrus Lupo, replacing Milena Govich's Detective Nina Cassady as the partner of Jesse L. Martin's Ed Green.[15] He had previously appeared on the show as a lawyer in the previous season's finale. Sisto stayed on for the series' final three seasons and his character became partners with Anthony Anderson's Detective Kevin Bernard after Martin left the series near the end of season eighteen. Also in 2008, Sisto starred in the drama film Gardens of the Night, and voiced the role of Batman in the direct-to-video film Justice League: The New Frontier.[16] In 2009, he played a Catholic priest, alongside Kristin Chenoweth as a prostitute, in the independent drama film Into Temptation.[17] The following year, he starred in the Manhattan Theatre Club production of Spirit Control at the New York City Center, gaining rave reviews for his performance as Adam Wyatt.[18]

2011–present: Suburgatory and screenwriting debut[edit]

From 2011 to 2014, Sisto starred in the ABC comedy series Suburgatory, which premiered on September 28, 2011.[19] He played the role of George Altman, the divorced father of the series' main character, for three seasons, after which the series was cancelled.[20][21] Sisto was nominated for the 2013 Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Actor in a Comedy Series for his performance as George. In 2011, he starred in the drama film Sironia, directed by Brandon Dickerson. In 2012, he starred as Sheriff Rowlings in the critically acclaimed science fiction comedy-drama Robot & Frank.[22] The following year, Sisto co-starred as Guy Karlsburg, alongside James Marsden and Claire Danes, in the comedy-drama As Cool as I Am.

In 2014, Sisto co-wrote the screenplay for the comedy film Break Point with Gene Hong. He also starred in the film and served as a producer.[23] On June 5, 2014, it was announced that Sisto had joined the cast of Carlton Cuse's remake of The Returned for the cable channel A&E.[24] The series lasted one season before it was cancelled by the network.[25] He then voiced Talon in the animated direct-to-video film Batman vs. Robin.[26] In 2015, he joined the cast of ABC's crime drama series Wicked City. Sisto portrayed Detective Jack Roth, an LAPD officer searching for a serial killer on the Sunset Strip. The role was originally portrayed by Adam Rothenberg, but after the series was given its premiere date, the role was recast.[27]

Personal life[edit]

On August 30, 1993, Sisto married actress Marisa Ryan in Las Vegas when they were both 18 years old.[28] Sisto and Ryan separated two days later, but remained legally married until 2002.[29] Their divorce was finalized on June 21, 2002.[30]

On June 5, 2009, Sisto and girlfriend Addie Lane welcomed their first child, a daughter named Charlie-Ballerina.[31] Sisto and Lane married in a casual ceremony on October 13, 2009 at New York City Hall.[32] On March 9, 2012, the couple welcomed their second child, a boy named Bastian Kick Sisto.[33][34] Sisto and his family live in a $2.45 million home in Laurel Canyon, Los Angeles.[35] In 2011, BuddyTV ranked him #98 on its "TV's Sexiest Men" list.[36]



Year Title Role Notes
1991 Grand Canyon Roberto
1994 The Crew Timothy "Tim" Grant
1995 Hideaway Vassago / Jeremy Nyebern
1995 Clueless Elton Tiscia
1995 Moonlight and Valentino Steven
1996 White Squall Frank Beaumont
1997 Bongwater Robert
1997 Suicide Kings T. K.
1997 Three Women of Pain Lance Short film; also executive producer
1998 Some Girl Chad
1998 Without Limits Frank Shorter
1998 Playing by Heart Malcolm Uncredited
1999 This Space Between Us Alex Harty
1999 No Fear Sonny James
2000 Track Down Lance Petersen
2001 Don's Plum Bernard
2001 Angel Eyes Larry Pogue, Sr.
2001 Dead Dog Tom Braeburn
2002 May Adam Stubbs
2002 Now You Know Jeremy
2002 Robbing 'Hef Jackie
2003 Thirteen Brady
2003 The Movie Hero Blake Gardner
2003 Manfast Mica
2003 Wrong Turn Scott
2004 Paranoia 1.0 Simon J. Also co-producer
2004 In Enemy Hands Jason Abers
2004 Dead & Breakfast Christian
2004 The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things Chester
2004 Method Jake Fields
2005 The Nickel Children The Doctor
2005 A Lot Like Love Ben Miller
2005 In Memory of My Father Jeremy
2006 Population 436 Steve Kady Direct-to-video
2006 The Thirst Darius
2006 Unknown Handcuffed Man
2006 Broken Will
2007 Waitress Earl Hunterson
2007 The War Prayer The Stranger Short film
2008 Gardens of the Night Jimmy
2008 Justice League: The New Frontier Batman (voice) Direct-to-video
2008 A Cat's Tale Squirrel (voice) Direct-to-video
2009 Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Undead Detective Wimbly
2009 Into Temptation Father John Buerlein
2011 Hook, Line and Sinker Gordon Short film; also executive producer
2011 Sironia Tucker
2012 Robot & Frank Sheriff Rowlings
2013 As Cool as I Am Guy Karlsburg
2014 Break Point Jimmy Price Also writer and producer
2015 Batman vs. Robin Talon (voice) Direct-to-video
2015 Hangman Aaron Miller Also producer
2015 H8RZ Mr. Faustin
2015 Love Is All You Need? Mr. Thompson In post-production
2015 Girl Flu Arlo In post-production
2016 The Other Side of the Door Michael In post-production


Year Title Role Notes
1992 Desperate Choices: To Save My Child Josh Ryan Television film
1994 The Shaggy Dog Trey Miller Television film
1997 Duckman Bobby (voice) Episode: "With Friends Like These"
1997 Rugrats Larry (voice) Episode: "Angelica Orders Out/Let It Snow"
1998 Real Life James Barrett III Unaired pilot
1998 The Day Lincoln Was Shot Frederick W. Seward Television film
1998 The Wild Thornberrys Disc Jockey (voice) Episode: "Vacant Lot"
1999 Radio Announcer (voice) Episode: "Stick Your Neck Out"
1999 The '60s Kenny Klein Television film
1999 Jesus Jesus Christ Television film
2001 The Outer Limits Thomas Episode: "A New Life"
2001–05 Six Feet Under Billy Chenowith 31 episodes
2002 Julius Caesar Gaius Julius Caesar Miniseries; 2 episodes
2003 The Twilight Zone Grady Finch Episode: "The Executions of Grady Finch"
2003 Dawson's Creek Christopher Episode: "All Good Things..."
2006–15 American Dad! Mitch (voice) 2 episodes
2006 Nightmares & Dreamscapes Willie Evans Episode: "The Fifth Quarter"
2006–07 Kidnapped Lucian Knapp 13 episodes
2007 Numbers AUSA Alvin Brickle Episode: "The Art of Reckoning"
2007 Law & Order Clint Glover Episode: "The Family Hour"
2007 My Boys Thorn 2 episodes
2008–10 Law & Order Detective Cyrus Lupo 63 episodes
2011–14 Suburgatory George Altman 57 episodes
2013 Air Force One Is Down Fergus Markey Miniseries; 2 episodes
2015 The Returned Peter Lattimore 10 episodes
2015 Wicked City Detective Jack Roth 3 episodes

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Artist Role
2007 "Wake Up Call" Maroon 5 Other Man
2012 "Just Cuz" Himself Escape Tailor


Year Title Role Location
2004 Take Me Out Shane Mungitt Geffen Playhouse, Los Angeles
2006 Festen Michael Klingenfelt Music Box Theatre, Broadway

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
2002 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Ensemble in a Drama Series Six Feet Under Nominated
2003 Dahlonega International Film Festival Jury Award for Best Actor – Feature Film The Movie Hero Won
Cinequest Film Festival Special Jury Maverick Acting Award Won
2004 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award Featured Performance in a Play Take Me Out Nominated
2006 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Ensemble in a Drama Series Six Feet Under Nominated
2009 Newport Beach Film Festival Achievement Award Into Temptation Won
2013 Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Actor in a Comedy Series Suburgatory Nominated


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