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John Doman
Doman in 2013
EducationUniversity of Pennsylvania (BA)
Pennsylvania State University (MBA)
Years active1991–present
Linda Lee Rudloff
(m. 1981; died 2014)
Elizabeth Donnelly
(m. 2019)

John Doman is an American actor best known for playing Maryland State Police Superintendent, Deputy Police Commissioner and Major William Rawls on HBO series The Wire (2002–2008),[1] Colonel Edward Galson on Oz (2001), Dr. Deraad in ER (1999–2003),[2] Rodrigo Borgia in the international television series Borgia (2011–2014),[3] Don Carmine Falcone in Fox's show Gotham (2014–2017), and Bruce Buttler in The Affair (2014–2019).[4]

Early life and education[edit]

Doman was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and is an alumnus of Northeast Catholic High School.[5] Doman graduated from North in 1962 where he was an All-Catholic League football player and member of the school's Hall of Fame. He received a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from the University of Pennsylvania in 1966. During his years at Penn, he was a three-year letterman and starting defensive back with the Quakers football team from 1963 to 1965.[6][7] He also earned a Master of Business Administration degree in marketing from Pennsylvania State University in 1972.[6]

In between his time at Penn and Penn State, Doman 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.[6]

Following graduation, he spent nearly two decades in the advertising business, starting with a role at SSC&B Advertising and Norman Craig & Kummel. He was one of the first six employees at TBWA New York when it debuted in 1977. Doman concluded his 14 year career 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. Doman pivoted his career from an advertising executive to a full-time actor when he was cast in a commercial for AT&T in 1991.[6]

Acting career[edit]

Doman has made minor appearances in Cop Land and Mystic River. He had minor roles in The Opponent, Die Hard with a Vengeance and Blue Valentine. In 2004, he appeared in the third installment of action-film series Sniper.[8] His TV appearances include: guest-star in the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "Shakaar", 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; Caesar in the videogame Fallout New Vegas; commercials for Michelin tires and Home Depot. In 2013 he began narrating videos for the Philadelphia Eagles.[9]

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. This reunited him with Sasha Alexander, who he had previously worked within the NCIS season 2 episode "Doppelganger", where Doman played Lt. Cheney, the head of local civilian law enforcement. He played Rodrigo Borgia in the Borgia series in 2011 and starred in director Pieter Gaspersz's AFTER opposite Kathleen Quinlan.

Other roles he has had include: Senator Ross Garrison in Person of Interest;[10] Helen's (Maura Tierney) father in the Showtime drama The Affair;[11] Bishop Charles Eddis in House of Cards; Caesar in Fallout: New Vegas, and the U.S. Ambassador to Germany in season 2 of Berlin Station. He has worked on the stage in New York and in major regional theaters around the country in plays by playwrights ranging from Sam Shepard to Shakespeare, including Stephen Adly Guirgis' Our Lady of 121st Street at the Signature Theater in New York City. Doman has also appeared in promotional advertisements for Versus Television.



Year Title Role Notes
1995 Ultimate Taboo
Die Hard with a Vengeance Foreman
Stonewall Plainclothes Cop
The Journey of August King Bolton
1996 Beavis and Butt-Head Do America Airplane Captain, White House Representative Voice
1997 Little Boy Blue Andy Berg
Cop Land Lassaro's Aide
Fool's Paradise U.S. Senator
1998 Mercury Rising Supervisor Hartley
Claire Dolan Cain's friend
1999 Giving It Up Ralph Gigante, Sr.
Loving Jezebel Pop Melville
Wirey Spindell Wirey's father
Puppet Russian Godfather
2000 Interstate 84 Montaldo
The Opponent Fred
2001 Besotted Cap'n Dave
2002 Emmett's Mark Capt. Berman
City by the Sea Henderson
2003 Mystic River Driver
2004 The Kings of Brooklyn Dad
Sniper 3 Paul Finnegan
Noel Dr. Baron
2005 Rock the Paint Father Pete
Dawn's Early Light Sheriff Clayton Short film
2006 Fatwa John Davidson
Lonely Hearts Chief MacSwain
2007 Gracie Coach Colasanti
2008 Sympathetic Details Phillips
2010 The Company Men Dysert
Blue Valentine Jerry Heller
2014 After Mitch Valentino
2016 Ordinary World Walt
2017 You Were Never Really Here John McCleary
Two Black Coffees Bartender Short film
2019 Cold Pursuit Gip
Almost Love Tommy
2020 The Trial of the Chicago 7 John N. Mitchell
2021 The Case Charles O'Hara


Year Title Role Notes
1991–2008 Law & Order Various 5 episodes
1992 As the World Turns Julius Harper Episode: "Thu Jan 2 1992"
Loving Dobson 6 episodes
1993 Empty Cradle Mr. Lee Television movie
1994 All My Children Burt Marston Episode #1.6419
Directed By Ira Episode: "Leslie's Folly"
1995 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Lenaris Holem Episode: "Shakaar"
New York News Episode: "Cost of Living"
Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman Mr. Riggs Episode: "Hell on Wheels"
Donor Unknown Dr. Bochman Television movie
1996 The City Murray Golden 10 episodes
1997 The Guiding Light Jack Blue 2 episodes
New York Undercover Richard Croates Episode: "Is It a Crime?"
1999 NYPD Blue Frank DiNovi Episode: "Don't Meth with Me"
1999–2003 ER Dr. Carl Deraad 10 episodes
2000 Martial Law Governor Marx Episode: "Heartless"
The Sopranos District Attorney (uncredited) Episode: "Full Leather Jacket"
2000–2001 The Practice Officer Michael Finlay / Testifying Detective /
Detective Michael Finley
3 episodes
2000–2012 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Various 5 episodes
2001 100 Centre Street Episode: "Hostage"
Oz Edward Galson 4 episodes
The Practice Detective Episode: "What Child Is This?"
Judging Amy Ralph Episode: "Hold on Tight"
Law & Order: Criminal Intent Roy Markham Episode: "The Extra Man"
A Glimpse of Hell Admiral Langlett Television movie
Three Blind Mice Stephen Leeds Television movie
2002–2008 The Wire William A. Rawls 60 episodes
2003 Queens Supreme Episode: "One Angry Man"
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Judge Slater 2 episodes
Hack Hanratty Episode: "Dial 'O' for Murder"
2005 NCIS Lt. Cheney Episode: "Doppelgänger"
Law & Order: Trial by Jury Tim Grace Episode: "Blue Wall"
2006 Close to Home Eugene Kale Episode: "Deacon"
2007 Without a Trace Hayden Mills Episode: "Deep Water"
2009 Damages Walter Kendrick 10 episodes
2010 Burn Notice Bill Cowley 2 episodes
2010–2014 Rizzoli & Isles Patrick "Paddy" Doyle 7 episodes
2011 The Good Wife Oliver Cardiff Episode: "The Death Zone"
2011–2014 Borgia Rodrigo Borgia 36 episodes
2012 A Gifted Man Coach Episode: "In Case of Blind Spots"
NYC 22 Detective Collins Episode: "Playing God"
2014 Unforgettable Vincent Quinn Episode: "Stray Bullet"
2014–2016 Person of Interest Senator Ross Garrison 10 episodes
2014–2017 Gotham Carmine Falcone Main role (season 1), Recurring role (seasons 2–4)
2014–2019 The Affair Bruce Butler 14 episodes
2015 House of Cards Bishop Charles Eddis 2 episodes
2016 Madam Secretary CIA Director Dennis Ellerman 2 episodes
Feed the Beast Aidan Moran 10 episodes
2017 Elementary Councilman Slessinger Episode: "The Ballad of Lady Frances"
Berlin Station Ambassador Richard Hanes 9 episodes
Longmire Victor Moretti Episode: "Running Eagle Challenge"
Wormwood Detective Episode: "Chapter 4: Opening the Lid"
Final Vision Bernie Segal Television movie
2018 Erase John O'Neal Television movie
2018–2019 Instinct Roger Reinhart 2 episodes
2019–2020 The Boys Dr. Jonah Vogelbaum 3 episodes
2020–2021 For Life Attorney General Burke 8 episodes
2021–2022 Birdgirl Dog with Bucket Hat (voice) 12 episodes
City on a Hill Guy Dan 15 episodes
2022 Law & Order: Organized Crime Robert Silas 4 episodes
2024 The Big Cigar Abe Schneider Miniseries
Eric Robert Anderson 5 episodes

Video games[edit]

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


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  2. ^ "John Doman". Voices.com. Archived from the original on July 20, 2020. Retrieved May 13, 2020.
  3. ^ "John Doman | TV Guide". TVGuide.com. Retrieved May 13, 2020.
  4. ^ Bhatt, Jinal (April 16, 2020). "Exclusive: Cold Pursuit, Gotham Actor John Doman On Mastering Strong, Authoritative Characters". Mashable India. Retrieved May 13, 2020.
  5. ^ "1962 Northeast Catholic High School Yearbook". classmates.com. Retrieved July 18, 2014.
  6. ^ a b c d John Doman, Pennsylvania, 1966 (2017 Honoree) – Ivy Football Association. Retrieved December 15, 2017
  7. ^ 2017 Penn Football Fact Book – University of Pennsylvania Athletics. Archived July 26, 2022, at the Wayback Machine Retrieved December 15, 2017
  8. ^ "John Doman - Actor- Entertainment". Just Dial.
  9. ^ "All About That Awesome New Eagles Commercial | The Philly Post | News | Philadelphia Magazine". Philadelphia Magazine. September 9, 2013. Retrieved August 23, 2017.
  10. ^ Shant Istamboulian, "'Person of Interest' returns after a season of change Archived September 28, 2014, at the Wayback Machine" from Entertainment Weekly, September 24, 2014, retrieved January 19, 2015
  11. ^ "John Doman Joins 'The Affair'; Kerri Medders In 'Mystery Girls'". Deadline. June 9, 2014. Retrieved May 27, 2017.

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