Joel Gretsch

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Joel Gretsch
Joel Gretsch by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Joel Gretsch at the 2010 San Diego Comic-Con
Born Joel James Gretsch
(1963-12-20) December 20, 1963 (age 51)
St. Cloud, Minnesota, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1992–present
Spouse(s) Melanie Shatner (1999-present)
2 children

Joel James Gretsch (born December 20, 1963) is an American actor. His roles include Tom Baldwin on the USA Network series The 4400, Owen Crawford in Steven Spielberg's 2002 science fiction miniseries Taken and Father Jack Landry on V.

Early life[edit]

Gretsch was born in St. Cloud, Minnesota and grew up in Albany, Minnesota, the son of Russ and Barb. He has a sister, Jane, and a brother, Steve. Gretsch was raised Catholic.[1]


Gretsch studied acting at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis before moving to Los Angeles in 1989. His stage work includes roles in Molière's Tartuffe and John Patrick Shanley's Danny and the Deep Blue Sea.

He started his television work in the early 1990s, appearing in episodes of Married... with Children, Melrose Place, Friends and Saved by the Bell: The New Class. Since then he has appeared in episodes of JAG, Silk Stalkings, CSI: Miami, Burn Notice, and NCIS. More recently, he played a wealthy advertising executive and husband of a supermodel on an episode of Law & Order: Criminal Intent. He also had two guest appearances on NBC's Journeyman, playing the father of protagonist Dan Vasser.

Gretsch has also had supporting roles in a number of films including playing Bobby Jones in The Legend of Bagger Vance (2000), Minority Report (2002), The Emperor's Club (2002) and National Treasure: Book of Secrets (2007).

In 2008, Gretsch had a recurring role as Pete Raynor, Lindsay Boxer's love interest, on the television series Women's Murder Club.

Gretsch reunited with Scott Peters (creator of The 4400) on his remake of V. Gretsch played priest and resistance fighter, Father Jack Landry in the series. The show was cancelled in May 2011 after two seasons.

He had recently guest starred in the new Diablo Cody created Emmy Award nominated Showtime Comedy-Drama The United States of Tara in the 1st season's last two episodes.

Personal life[edit]

In 1999, Gretsch married former actress Melanie Shatner, daughter of William Shatner, with whom he has two daughters, Kaya and Willow.



Year Title Role Notes
1999 Kate's Addiction Jack
2000 Legend of Bagger Vance, TheThe Legend of Bagger Vance Bobby Jones
2001 Jane Bond Handsome Man Short film
2002 Minority Report Donald Dubin
Emperor's Club, TheThe Emperor's Club Older Sedgewick Bell
2006 Glass House: The Good Mother Raymond Goode Video
2007 National Treasure: Book of Secrets Thomas Gates
2009 Shrink Evan
Push Jonah
Saving Grace B. Jones Dan Jones
2011 Commerce Ken Short film
2013 Are You Here Red Coulter
2015 Safelight Mr. Sullivan


Year Title Role Notes
1992 Freshman Dorm Hunk "Pilot"
1993 Married... with Children Johnny "It Doesn't Get Any Better Than This"
1994 Saved by the Bell: The New Class Mr. Hartley "Tommy the Tenor"
Melrose Place Mitch Sheridan "No Strings Attached"
Family Album John TV miniseries
1995 Friends Fireman Ed "The One with the Candy Hearts"
Bold and the Beautiful, TheThe Bold and the Beautiful Ramone TV series
1997 Renegade Chris "SWM Seeks Vctm"
1999 JAG Chief Hodge "Silent Service"
Silk Stalkings Rusty "Where and When"
Pacific Blue Mark Lewis "Trust"
2000 Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction Dan "One for the Road"
2002 Taken Col. Owen Crawford TV miniseries
2003 NCIS NCIS Special Agent Stan Burley "High Seas"
CSI: Miami John Walker "Death Grip"
2004–2007 4400, TheThe 4400 Tom Baldwin Main role
2006 CSI: NY Dr. Keith Beaumont "Live or Let Die"
Law & Order: Criminal Intent Jason Raines "Siren Call"
2007 Journeyman Frank Vasser "The Legend of Dylan McCleen", "Home by Another Way"
2008 Women's Murder Club Pete Raynor "Father's Day", "And the Truth Will (Sometimes) Set You Free", "Never Tell"
2009 Burn Notice Scott Chandler "Seek and Destroy"
United States of Tara Dr. Holden "Snow", "Miracle"
2009–2011 V Father Jack Landry Main role
2011 In Plain Sight Major Lucas Provo "Provo-Cation"
Playboy Club, TheThe Playboy Club Jimmy Wallace "Trouble in Makeoutsville", "An Act of Simple Duplicity"
2012 Of Two Minds Rick Clark TV film
NCIS NCIS Special Agent Stan Burley "Playing with Fire"
2013 "Squall"
Client List, TheThe Client List Ranger Captain Reese "Wild Nights Are Calling", "What Kind of Fool Do You Think I Am"
2013–2014 Witches of East End Victor Recurring role
2014 Caper Sam Clarke "City of Angles", "Psycho Path", "Southpaw's Always Right"
Zodiac: Signs of the Apocalypse Neil Martin TV film
Scorpion Gov. Paul Lane "Single Point of Failure"
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Hank Thompson "The Writing on the Wall"


  1. ^ Glitz, Michael (2010-11-23). "The good Father". New York Post. Retrieved 2011-01-08. 

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