John Fleck (actor)

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John Fleck
Born (1951-05-07) May 7, 1951 (age 69)
OccupationActor, performance artist

John Fleck (born May 7, 1951) is an American actor and performance artist.[1] He has performed in numerous TV shows, including Babylon 5, Carnivàle, Murder One, and the Star Trek franchise. He also appeared in Howard The Duck, Waterworld and the music video for the ZZ Top song "Legs". He made a minor appearance in the Seinfeld episode "The Heart Attack". He played a minor character during the sixth season of Weeds. He wrote and performed "Mad Women" at La MaMa E.T.C.[2]

He is also one of the NEA Four. In 1990 he and three of his fellow artists became embroiled in a lawsuit against the government's National Endowment for the Arts program. John Frohnmayer, one of the chairman of the NEA vetoed funding his project, a performance comedy with a toilet prop,[3] on the basis of content and was accused of implementing a partisan political agenda. The case was eventually won at the US Supreme Court. As a result of this case, the NEA subsequently stopped funding all individual artists.


Year Title Role Notes
1982 Truckin' Buddy McCoy Al
1985 Hard Rock Zombies Arnold
1986 Howard the Duck Pimples
1987 Slam Dance Opera Singer
1989 Pink Cadillac Lounge Lizard
1992 The Comrades of Summer Milov
1993 Falling Down Seedy Guy in Park
1993 Babylon 5: The Gathering Del Varner
1995 Waterworld Doctor
1999 Crazy in Alabama Jake
2007 Dante's Inferno Brunetto Latini voice
2019 Velvet Buzzsaw Older Gallery Man
Year Title Role Notes
1985 Hunter Parolee Episode: "The Garbage Man"
1987 Cheers Bailiff Episode: "Never Love a Goalie: Part 2"
1987 Max Headroom Ronald Episode: "The Blanks"
1988 My Two Dads Nigel Lunch Episode: "Michael's Sister Comes Over and Visits"
1989 Sweet Bird of Youth Mission Man Television movie
1991 Star Trek: The Next Generation Taibak Episode: "The Mind's Eye"
1994 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Ornithar Episode: "The Search, Part I"
1994 Dream On Alan Episode: "Where There's Smoke, You're Fired"
1994 Northern Exposure Frog Episode: "Fish Story"
1995–97 Murder One Louis Hines 31 episodes
1996 Millennium Connor Episode: "Blood Relatives"
1999 Star Trek: Voyager Abaddon Episode: "Alice"
1999 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Koval Episode: "Inter Arma Enim Silent Leges"
2000 Just Shoot Me Dez Episode: "Blackjack"
2001–04 Star Trek: Enterprise Silik 8 episodes
2003 Carnivàle Gecko 12 episodes
2013 True Blood Dr. Overlark 5 episodes
2015 Backstrom Dr. Morton Fleck Episode: "Love Is a Rose and You Better Not Pick It"
2019 The Orville Ambassador K.T.Z. Episode: "Blood of Patriots"


  1. ^ David A. Schlossman Actors and Activists: Politics, Performance, and Exchange Among ... 2002 0815332688 "In this chapter, I analyze the political and performance work of four postmodern performance artists — Karen Finley, John Fleck, Holly Hughes, and Tim Miller — who work in an "avant-garde" art world characterized by challenges to the ..."
  2. ^ "Mad Women - Review - Dec 6, 2011". Retrieved 23 February 2013.
  3. ^ Tallmer, Jerry (2003-10-02). "Vagina Dentata Monologue". New York, NY, US. Archived from the original on 2005-11-10. Retrieved 23 February 2013. 'I guess you could blame us for that,' Fleck admitted. 'But if it wasn't us, it would have been someone else.'

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