John Doman

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John Doman
John Doman 2013.jpg
Doman in 2013
Born (1945-01-09) January 9, 1945 (age 74)
Alma materUniversity of Pennsylvania, B.A. 1966
Pennsylvania State University, MBA 1972
Years active1969–present
Linda Lee Rudloff
(m. 1981; died 2014)

John Doman (born January 9, 1945) is an American actor best known for playing Deputy Police Commissioner/ Major William Rawls on HBO series The Wire from 2002 to 2008, Colonel Edward Galson on Oz in 2001, Rodrigo Borgia in the international television series Borgia from 2011 to 2014, and Don Carmine Falcone in Fox's show Gotham in 2014.

Early life and education[edit]

Doman was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and is an alumnus of Northeast Catholic High School.[1] He is a 1962 graduate of North, an All-Catholic League football player and a member of the school's Hall of Fame. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from the University of Pennsylvania in 1966. While at Penn, he was a three-year letterman and starting defensive back with the Quakers football team from 1963 to 1965.[2][3] He also earned a Master of Business Administration degree in marketing from Pennsylvania State University in 1972.[2]

In between his time at Penn and Penn State, he served with the United States Marine Corps, beginning with his enrollment in its Officer Candidates School at Quantico, Virginia. He was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in March 1967, and served with the 3rd Marine Division in the Vietnam War.[2]

After graduate school, he spent nearly two decades in the advertising business, beginning with SSC&B Advertising and Norman Craig & Kummel. He was one of the first six employees at TBWA New York when it debuted in 1977. He concluded his 14 years with TBWA as Executive Vice President, Head of Business Development, responsible for a new-business program which resulted in Agency of the Year honors from Adweek in 1990. He transitioned from advertising executive to full-time actor when he was cast in a commercial for AT&T in 1991.[2]

Acting career[edit]

Doman had cameos in the 1997 film Cop Land and the 2003 film Mystic River. He also had a role in the film The Opponent. Doman also had a small part in the 2010 film Blue Valentine. In 2004, he appeared in the third installment of action-film series Sniper.

On television, Doman has guest-starred in the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "Shakaar". He also portrayed Dr. Carl Deraad in Seasons 5 and 6 of ER, and bad-guy CEO Walter Kendrick on Season 2 of Damages. He provided the voice of Don Morello in the videogame Mafia: City of Lost Heaven. Doman also provided the voice of Caesar in the videogame Fallout New Vegas. He also played a small role in the action film Die Hard with a Vengeance, as one of the site managers for the construction of a tunnel featured in the film. Doman starred as Rodrigo Borgia in the 2011 historical-drama series Borgia by the French premium-pay TV Canal+ and German broadcaster ZDF, and starred in director Pieter Gaspersz's AFTER opposite Kathleen Quinlan.

During his career, Doman has portrayed several different characters in numerous episodes of Law & Order and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. He also guest-starred in Law & Order: Trial by Jury, and Law & Order: Criminal Intent. In total, he has played 11 different characters in the Law & Order franchise.

From 2010 to 2011, Doman appeared in three episodes of Rizzoli & Isles as a mob enforcer, reuniting him with Sasha Alexander. The two had previously appeared in NCIS in the Season 2 episode "Doppelganger", where Doman played Lt. Cheney, the head of a local civilian law enforcement, while Alexander played Special Agent Kate Todd.

Doman has also appeared in promotional advertisements for Versus Television.[4][unreliable source?][5][unreliable source?]

Doman has been the voice for Michelin tires and Home Depot and in 2013 began narrating videos for the Philadelphia Eagles.[6] He currently plays the Mafia Don known as Carmine Falcone in the series Gotham.[7] He also played Senator Ross Garrison in Person of Interest[8] and Helen's (Maura Tierney) father in the Showtime drama The Affair.[9] He appeared in Season 3 of the Netflix show House of Cards as Bishop Charles Eddis. He plays the U.S. Ambassador to Germany in Season 2 of Berlin Station.



Year Title Role Notes
1995 Ultimate Taboo N/A
1995 Die Hard: With a Vengeance Foreman
1995 Stonewall Plainclothes Cop
1995 The Journey of August King Bolton
1996 Beavis & Butt-Head Do America Airplane Captain, White House Representative Voice
1997 Little Boy Blue Andy Berg
1997 Cop Land Lassaro's Aide
1997 Fool's Paradise U.S. Senator
1998 Mercury Rising Supervisor Hartley
1998 Claire Dolan Cain's friend
1999 Giving It Up Ralph Gigante, Sr.
1999 Loving Jezebel Pop Melville
1999 Wirey Spindell Wirey's father
1999 Puppet Russian Godfather
2000 Interstate 84 Montaldo
2000 The Opponent Fred
2001 Besotted Cap'n Dave
2002 Emmett's Mark Capt. Berman
2002 City by the Sea Henderson
2003 Mystic River Driver
2004 The Kings of Brooklyn Dad
2004 Sniper 3 Paul Finnegan
2004 Noel Dr. Baron
2005 Rock the Paint Father Pete
2005 Dawn's Early Light Sheriff Clayton Short film
2006 Fatwa John Davidson
2006 Lonely Hearts Chief MacSwain
2007 Gracie Coach Colasanti
2008 Sympathetic Details Phillips
2010 The Company Men Dysert
2010 Blue Valentine Jerry
2014 After Mitch Valentino
2016 Ordinary World Walt
2017 You Were Never Really Here John McCleary
2017 Two Black Coffees Bartender Short film
2019 Cold Pursuit Gip


Year Title Role Notes
1991 Law & Order Bailiff Episode: "The Blue Wall"
1993 Empty Cradle Mr. Lee Television movie
1995 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Lenaris Holem Episode: "Shakaar"
1995 New York News N/A Episode: "Cost of Living"
1995 Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman Mr. Riggs Episode: "Hell on Wheels"
1995 Doctor Unknown Dr. Bochman Television movie
1997 Law & Order Sgt. Frank Gottlieb Episode: "We Like Mike"
1997 New York Undercover Richard Croates Episode: "Is It a Crime?"
1998 Law & Order Mr. Stephens Episode: "True North"
1999–2003 ER Dr. Carl Deraad 10 episodes
1999 NYPD Blue Frank DiNovi Episode: "Don't Meth with Me"
2000 The Practice Officer Finlay Episode: "Life Sentence"
2000 The Sopranos District Attorney Episode: "Full Leather Jacket"
2000 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Dan Latimer Episode: "Limitations"
2000 Martial Law Governor Marx Episode: "Heartless"
2000 The Practice Testifying Detective Episode: "Mr. Hinks Goes to Town"
2000 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Munch's Informant Episode: "Wrong Is Right"
2001 100 Centre Street N/A Episode: "Hostage"
2001 Oz Edward Galson 4 episodes
2001 The Practice Detective Episode: "What Child Is This?"
2001 Judging Amy Ralph Episode: "Hold on Tight"
2001 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Special Agent Rod Franklin Episode: "Wrath"
2001 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Roy Markham Episode: "The Extra Man"
2001 A Glimpse of Hell Admiral Langlett Television movie
2001 Three Blind Mice Stephen Leeds Television movie
2002–2008 The Wire William A. Rawls 47 episodes
2003 Law & Order Howard Ridgeway Episode: "Maritime"
2003 Queens Supreme N/A Episode: "One Angry Man"
2003 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Judge Slater 2 episodes
2003 Hack Hanratty Episode: "Dial 'O' for Murder"
2005 NCIS Lt. Cheney Episode: "Doppelgänger"
2005 Law & Order: Trial by Jury Tim Grace Episode: "Blue Wall"
2006 Close to Home Eugene Kale Episode: "Deacon"
2007 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Mike Mollinax Episode: "Scheherazade"
2007 Without a Trace Hayden Mills Episode: "Deep Water"
2008 Law & Order Jim Gilles Episode: "Political Animal"
2009 Damages Walter Kendrick 10 episodes
2010–2014 Rizzoli & Isles Patrick "Paddy" Doyle 7 episodes
2010 Burn Notice Bill Cowley 2 episodes
2011–2014 Borgia Rodrigo Borgia 36 episodes
2011 The Good Wife Oliver Cardiff Episode: "The Death Zone"
2012 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit William Rand Episode: "Official Story"
2012 A Gifted Man Coach Episode: "In Case of Blind Spots"
2012 NYC 22 Detective Collins Episode: "Playing God"
2014–2016 Person of Interest Senator Ross Garrison 10 episodes
2014 Unforgettable Vincent Quinn Episode: "Stray Bullet"
2014–2017 The Affair Bruce Butler 10 episodes
2014–2017 Gotham Carmine Falcone 17 episodes
2015 House of Cards Bishop Charles Eddis 2 episodes
2016 Madam Secretary CIA Director Dennis Ellerman 2 episodes
2016 Feed the Beast Aidan Moran 10 episodes
2017 Elementary Councilman Slessinger Episode: "The Ballad of Lady Frances"
2017 Berlin Station Ambassador Richard Hanes 9 episodes
2018 Instinct Roger Reinhart Episode: "I Heart New York"

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role
2002 Mafia Morello
2003 Midnight Club II Diego
2003 Manhunt Hoods
2008 Need for Speed: Undercover FBI #1
2010 Fallout: New Vegas Caesar


  1. ^ "1962 Northeast Catholic High School Yearbook". Retrieved 18 July 2014.
  2. ^ a b c d John Doman, Pennsylvania, 1966 (2017 Honoree) – Ivy Football Association. Retrieved December 15, 2017
  3. ^ 2017 Penn Football Fact Book – University of Pennsylvania Athletics. Retrieved December 15, 2017
  4. ^ " "Versus Momentum Promo". Versus. 2010-07-23. Retrieved 2010-07-26.
  5. ^ " "Versus "2nd place" promo". Versus. 2010-07-23. Retrieved 2010-07-26.
  6. ^ "All About That Awesome New Eagles Commercial | The Philly Post | News | Philadelphia Magazine". Philadelphia Magazine. 2013-09-09. Retrieved 2017-08-23.
  7. ^ Verne Gay, "A chat with 'Gotham's' John Doman" from Newsday, 3 November 2014, retrieved 19 January 2015
  8. ^ Shant Istamboulian, "'Person of Interest' returns after a season of change" from Entertainment Weekly, 24 September 2014, retrieved 19 January 2015
  9. ^ "John Doman Joins 'The Affair'; Kerri Medders In 'Mystery Girls'". Deadline. June 9, 2014. Retrieved May 27, 2017.

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