Lee Tergesen

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Lee Tergesen
Lee Tergesen.jpg
Lee Tergesen in 2012
Born Lee Allen Tergesen
(1965-07-08) July 8, 1965 (age 51)
Ivoryton, Connecticut, U.S.
Years active 1987–present
Spouse(s)
  • Tanya Lewis (m. 1994–97)
  • Leslie Howitt (m. 2001–04)
  • Yuko Otomo (m. 2011)
Children 1
Website www.leetergesen.com

Lee Allen Tergesen (born July 8, 1965) is an American actor. He is best known for his roles as Tobias Beecher in HBO's prison drama Oz and as Evan Wright in Generation Kill, as well as guest starring in many varied series.

Early life[edit]

Tergesen was born in Ivoryton, Connecticut and graduated from Valley Regional High School in nearby Deep River. He moved to New York at the age of 18 to try to become an actor. He graduated from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA)'s two-year program in Manhattan, where, from 1986 to 1989, he worked at the Empire Diner. "I wasn't a great waiter. I was funny, but I gave a lot of attitude", he told Rosie Magazine in March 2002. He added: "The place is like a vortex for me". In 1989, the diner was where he met Tom Fontana, the future creator of Oz, who lived around the corner from the diner. He did some stage work during this time. "I was doing plays all the time, but there's no money in it", Tergesen said in a 1995 Los Angeles Times article. "After graduation, I thought I'd be making a living at it." He went to Los Angeles to help Tom Fontana move house. While dining at a restaurant on the day after arriving in Los Angeles, California, a casting director and friend of Fontana's asked Lee if he was an actor. "He told me there was a part in this movie and at that time, I couldn't imagine what it could be," Tergesen told the L.A. Times. The movie ended up being Point Break, starring Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze. "It was the beginning of me never having to do anything else but act", he told LT.com in 1990.[citation needed]

Career[edit]

Tergesen began his career with a bit role in the 1991 prime-time aired pilot, Acting Sheriff.[1] Tergesen then starred in Wayne's World (1992) and Wayne's World 2 (1993), the 1994 series Weird Science, and a recurring role in the first season of Homicide: Life on the Street. Tergesen's career took off in 1997 with his critically acclaimed portrayal of Tobias Beecher on HBO's Oz, a role he played until the series ended in 2003. His film credits include Point Break, Shaft, Monster, The Forgotten, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning, Cast A Deadly Spell and Wild Iris. He has made several appearances in TV shows such as ER, Rescue Me, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation episode 517, Criminal Minds episode 511, The 4400, House, Law & Order and two of its spin-offs, Law & Order: Criminal Intent and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.

He played an Alcoholics Anonymous sponsor in the second season of Desperate Housewives, becoming romantically involved with Bree Hodge. He appeared in the USA Network series Royal Pains and in Seasons 4–5 of the Lifetime Network series Army Wives. He played Evan Wright in the HBO mini-series Generation Kill.[2]

Personal life[edit]

He married Yuko Otomo in 2011; their daughter Lily was born December 5, 2012. He is the brother-in-law of actress Toni Lewis by her marriage to Lee's brother, Chris (who served as the music supervisor on Oz).[citation needed]

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Director Notes
1987 Mind Benders Crash Hopkins Genie Joseph
1990 Law & Order Clemens John Whitesell TV Series (1 Episode)
1991 Point Break Rosie Kathryn Bigelow
Session Man Neal Seth Winston Short
Cast a Deadly Spell Larry Willis / Lilly Sirwar Martin Campbell TV Movie
Acting Sheriff Robbie Michael Lembeck TV Movie
The Killing Mind Ron Donoho Michael Ray Rhodes TV Movie
1992 Wayne's World Terry Penelope Spheeris
1993 Wayne's World 2 Terry Stephen Surjik
Darkness Before Dawn John Patterson TV Movie
Wild Palms Waiter Peter Hewitt TV Mini-Series
1993-97 Homicide: Life on the Street Officer Chris Thormann Several TV Series (7 Episodes)
Nominated - Online Film & Television Association Award for Best Ensemble in a Drama Series
1994 Philly Heat Ivan Loki John David Coles TV Series (1 Episode)
1994-98 Weird Science Chett Donnelly Several TV Series (88 Episodes)
1995 JAG Gunnery Sergeant Gentry Jim Johnston TV Series (1 Episode)
1996 The Shot Dan Bell
Hudson Street Larry Fetchko Lee Shallat-Chemel TV Series (1 Episode)
Duckman Chett Donnelly John Eng TV Series (1 Episode)
1997 George B. Frank Eric Lea
Honey, I Shrunk the Kids: The TV Show Carter Tom Spezialy TV Series (1 Episode)
Cracker Dan Green Kenneth Fink TV Series (1 Episode)
1997-2003 Oz Tobias Beecher Several TV Series (56 Episodes)
Nominated - Online Film & Television Association Award for Best Ensemble in a Cable Series
1998 Touched by an Angel Blake Chapman Michael Scott TV Series (1 Episode)
1999 Inferno Luke John G. Avildsen
Diamonds Border Guard John Asher
The Hoop Life Photographer Michael Kennedy TV Series (1 Episode)
Saturday Night Live Tobias Beecher Beth McCarthy-Miller TV Series (1 Episode)
2000 Shaft Luger John Singleton
The Beat Steve Dorigan Several TV Series (9 Episodes)
2001 Perfume Lawyer Michael Rymer
The Boys of Sunset Ridge Ben Thorpe Doug McKeon
Mergers & Acquisitions Isaac Mitchell Bard
Wild Iris Lud van Eppy Daniel Petrie TV Movie
Shot in the Heart Frank Gilmore, Jr. Agnieszka Holland TV Movie
2002 Bark! Peter Katarzyna Adamik Bordeaux International Festival of Women in Cinema - Best Actor
Third Watch Jared McKinley Félix Enríquez Alcalá TV Series (1 Episode)
Hack Carl Ginley Thomas Carter TV Series (1 Episode)
ER Demerol Junkie Charles Haid TV Series (1 Episode)
2003 Monster Vincent Corey Patty Jenkins
The Handler Detective Mick Jackson TV Series (1 Episode)
Law & Order: Criminal Intent Keith Ramsey Constantine Makris TV Series (1 Episode)
Queens Supreme Tommy Ryan John Patterson (2) TV Series (1 Episode)
2004 The Forgotten Al Petalis Joseph Ruben
A Thief of Time Randall Elliot Chris Eyre TV Movie
The 4400 Oliver Knox David Straiton TV Series (1 Episode)
2005 Extreme Dating Hack Lorena David
The Exonerated Walter Rhodes Bob Balaban TV Movie
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Martin Hawkins Duane Clark TV Series (1 Episode)
Law & Order Attorney Heller Constantine Makris (2) TV Series (1 Episode)
Rescue Me Sully Jace Alexander & John Fortenberry TV Series (3 Episodes)
Wanted Marshal Eddie Drake Several TV Series (12 Episodes)
2006 The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning Holden Jonathan Liebesman
Southern Comfort Blue Greg Yaitanes TV Movie
The Unit Alex Deckard Terrence O'Hara TV Series (1 Episode)
Waterfront Ed Bianchi TV Series (1 Episode)
Desperate Housewives Peter McMillan Several TV Series (5 Episodes)
2007 Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee Daniel Royer Yves Simoneau TV Movie
Online Film & Television Association Award for Best Ensemble in a Motion Picture or Miniseries
A.M.P.E.D. Brian Spicer Robert Lieberman & Frank Spotnitz TV Movie
Masters of Horror Layne Tom Holland TV Series (1 Episode)
Law & Order: Criminal Intent Josh Lemle Jean de Segonzac TV Series (1 Episode)
Cane Lamont Samuels Christian Duguay TV Series (1 Episode)
2008 Pineapple Bruce Damian Skinner
Generation Kill Evan Wright Susanna White & Simon Cellan Jones TV Mini-Series
Online Film & Television Association Award for Best Ensemble in a Motion Picture or Miniseries
Life on Mars Lee Crocker Michael Katleman & Darnell Martin TV Series (2 Episodes)
2009 Cupid Clint Michael Grossman TV Series (1 Episode)
The Closer Detective Nick Carey Michael M. Robin TV Series (1 Episode)
Kings Minister of Health Tucker Gates TV Series (1 Episode)
Royal Pains Zack Kingsley Eric Laneuville TV Series (1 Episode)
Criminal Minds Dale Shrader Félix Enríquez Alcalá (2) TV Series (1 Episode)
House Roy Greg Yaitanes (2) TV Series (1 Episode)
The New Adventures of Old Christine Todd Watski Andy Ackerman TV Series (2 Episodes)
2010 Helena from the Wedding Alex Joseph Infantolino
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Billy Skags Peter Leto TV Series (1 Episode)
Lie to Me Gordon Cook Daniel Sackheim TV Series (1 Episode)
Castle Marcus Gates Bill Roe TV Series (1 Episode)
2010-11 Army Wives Officer Clayton Boone Several TV Series (10 Episodes)
2011 Silver Tongues Gerry Simon Arthur
2ND Take Bobby John Suits
Law & Order: LA Patrick Denton Helen Shaver TV Series (1 Episode)
2012 Red Tails Jack Tomlinson Anthony Hemingway
No One Lives Hoag Ryuhei Kitamura
The Collection Lucello Marcus Dunstan
A Gifted Man Paul Curtis Constantine Makris (3) TV Series (1 Episode)
The River Russ Landry Rob Bailey & Michelle MacLaren TV Series (2 Episodes)
The Big C Kirby Several TV Series (5 Episodes)
2013 Person of Interest Detective Petersen Fred Toye TV Series (1 Episode)
Drop Dead Diva Sid Penar Michael Grossman (2) TV Series (1 Episode)
Copper Philomen Keating Ken Girotti & Larysa Kondracki TV Series (2 Episodes)
Longmire Ed Gorski Several TV Series (5 Episodes)
Red Widow Mike Tomlin Several TV Series (8 Episodes)
2014 Into the Dark 33963 Lukas Hassel Short
The Following Kurt Adam Davidson TV Series (1 Episode)
Forever Hans Koehler Brad Anderson TV Series (1 Episode)
Hawaii Five-0 Gordon Bristol Peter Weller TV Series (1 Episode)
The Blacklist Frank Hyland Michael W. Watkins TV Series (2 Episodes)
Alpha House Eugene Drake Several TV Series (3 Episodes)
American Horror Story Vince Several TV Series (3 Episodes)
The Americans Andrew Larrick Several TV Series (8 Episodes)
2015 Tooken Bryan Millers John Asher (2)
Castle Marcus Gates Rob Bowman TV Series (1 Episode)
Defiance General Rahm Tak Several TV Series (7 Episodes)
2016 Equity Randall Meera Menon
Desert Cathedral Peter Collins Travis Gutiérrez Senger
NCIS: New Orleans Mike Spar Dennis Smith TV Series (1 Episode)
Outcast Blake Morrow Howard Deutch TV Series (1 Episode)
The Get Down Inspector Moach Ed Bianchi (2) TV Series (1 Episode)
2017 The Yellow Birds Jim Murphy Alexandre Moors
God's Good Mystery of the Disappearing Recliner The Man Elisabeth Gray Short

References[edit]

  1. ^ Starr, Michael (August 27, 2005). "The edge of night; "Wanted" man in another gritty role". New York Post. p. 73. Retrieved 2008-09-17.  |section= ignored (help)
  2. ^ Lee Tergesen, Generation Kill, leetergesen.com; accessed September 28, 2016.

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