Leland Orser

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Leland Orser
Born Leland Jones Orser
1960/1961 (age 55–56)[1]
San Francisco, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1991 – present
Spouse(s) Roma Downey (1987–1989; divorced)
Jeanne Tripplehorn (2000–present; 1 son)

Leland Jones Orser is an American film and television actor. Orser is primarily a character actor, whose career has included playing a number of deranged, psychotic, and degenerate characters. Orser has appeared in small roles in a wide variety of films and television series, including Chief of Surgery Dr. Lucien Dubenko on the television series ER.


Orser made his television debut in 1991 on the series Gabriel's Fire. His next roles were small roles on The Golden Girls, Cheers, L.A. Law, The X-Files, NYPD Blue, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. In 1999, he played the (rather demanding) main role of Dr. Arthur Zeller in The Outer Limits episode "Descent", a role seemingly tailored by writer Eric Saltzgaber for Orser's particular talents. Fans of Married... with Children know him in his recurring guest role as the cynical director of advertisements.

He has had minor roles in many popular films. He appeared in Seven (1995) as the man who was involuntarily recruited as the punisher for the lust sin. He was credited as "Crazed Man in Massage Parlour". He played Larry Purvis in Alien: Resurrection (1997). He played the antagonist Richard Thompson in the Denzel Washington thriller The Bone Collector (1999). In 2001, he had a small role in the film Pearl Harbor playing an injured man saved by Kate Beckinsale's character. In 2003, he appeared in the comic-turned-film Daredevil. He also appeared in Saving Private Ryan as the traumatized pilot of a crashed glider.

Orser also appeared in various parts in the Star Trek franchise, among them playing a Changeling posing as the Romulan Colonel Lovok in the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "The Die is Cast" and in the episode "Sanctuary" playing a bit part as a member of the Skrreean race. He also played a homicidal hologram in the Star Trek: Voyager episode "Revulsion". And finally in the franchise's most recent series Star Trek: Enterprise, he played a low-life in the time-travel episode "Carpenter Street".[2] He also portrayed Ansel in the drama thriller film Faults.[3]

From 2004 to 2009, he played Chief of Surgery Dr. Lucien Dubenko, a recurring character, on the television series ER. Most recently he has appeared in all three of the Taken film series in the pivotal role as Sam, the former operative and colleague of Liam Neeson's Bryan Mills.

Personal life[edit]

Orser was born in San Francisco, California. He married Irish actress Roma Downey in 1987; they divorced in 1989. In 2000, he married Jeanne Tripplehorn; they have one son, August Tripplehorn Orser (b. 2002).[1]


Year Title Role Other notes
1991 The Golden Girls Waiter "The Case of the Libertine Belle"
1993 Cover Story Julian
1993 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Gai
1994 The X-Files Jason Ludwig Episode: "FireWalker"
1995 Ned & Stacey Phil
1995 Baby Face Nelson Benny Bakst
1995 Dead Badge Pellman
1995 Phoenix Doctor Riley
1995 Girl in the Cadillac Used car salesman
1995 Seven Crazed Man in Massage Parlour
1995 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Colonel Lovok/Changeling
1996 Invader Michael Perkett, NASA
1996 Escape from L.A. Test Tube
1996 Independence Day Tech / Medical Assistant #1
1996 Red Ribbon Blues James
1997 Excess Baggage Detective Barnaby
1997 Alien: Resurrection Larry Purvis
1997 Star Trek: Voyager Dejaren
1998 Very Bad Things Charles Moore
1998 Saving Private Ryan Lieutenant DeWindt
1998-2000 The Pretender Argyle 3 episodes: "Amnesia", "Unsinkable", "Cold Dick"
1999 Resurrection Det. Andrew Hollinsworth
1999 The Bone Collector Richard Thompson
2000 Rebel Yell Billy Idol
2001 Pearl Harbor Major Jackson
2003 Daredevil Wesley Owen Welch
2003 Confidence Lionel Dolby
2003 Runaway Jury Lamb
2003 Star Trek: Enterprise Loomis
2003 Law & Order: SVU Kevin Walker episode: Coerced
2004 Twisted Edmund Cutler
2004 - 2009 ER Dr. Lucien Dubenko 61 episodes
2006 The Good German Bernie
2008 Taken Sam
2009 24 Martin Collier
2009 Give 'Em Hell, Malone Murphy
2010 Morning Mark Also as director
2012 Taken 2 Sam
2012 "Magic City" Starzz series Mike Strauss
2013 Touch Dr. Linus
2013 Revolution John Sanborn
2014 The Guest Spencer Peterson[4]
2014 Faults Ansel Roth[5]
2014 The Gambler Larry
2015 Taken 3 Sam Released
2015 Ray Donovan Father Romero
2016 Berlin Station Robert Kirsch


  1. ^ a b Peter Hartlaub (April 24, 2010). "S. F. native Orser opens dark door as director". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved February 18, 2013. 
  2. ^ The Alien Resurrection of Leland Orser. Retrieved 10 February 2006.
  3. ^ Faults
  4. ^ The Guest
  5. ^ Leland Orser - Faults

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