Michael Kelly (actor)

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Michael Kelly
Kelly in 2019
Born (1969-05-22) May 22, 1969 (age 54)
Alma materCoastal Carolina University
Years active1994–present
Karyn Kelly
(m. 2005)

Michael Kelly (born May 22, 1969)[1] is an American actor. He is best known for his role as Doug Stamper in the Netflix drama series House of Cards. He also appeared as CIA Agent Mike November in the Prime Video thriller series Jack Ryan.

Early life and education[edit]

Kelly grew up in Lawrenceville, Georgia, the son of Maureen and Michael Kelly.[2] His father is of Irish descent, and his mother is of Italian ancestry.[3][4] Kelly graduated from Coastal Carolina University in 1992 with a degree in performing arts.[5]


In addition to playing Doug Stamper in all six seasons of House of Cards, Kelly has appeared in films such as Changeling, Dawn of the Dead, The Adjustment Bureau, Chronicle, Now You See Me, and Everest. He also appeared in the television miniseries Generation Kill, six episodes of The Sopranos as Agent Ron Goddard,[6] the Criminal Minds spin-off series Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior, and as Dr. Edgar Dumbarton in Taboo.

Personal life[edit]

Kelly resides in New York City. He and his wife Karyn married in 2005, and they have two children.[7]



Year Title Role Notes
1998 Origin of the Species Fisher
River Red Frankie
1999 Man on the Moon Michael Kaufman
2000 Unbreakable Doctor Dubin
2004 Dawn of the Dead CJ
2005 Loggerheads George
Carlito's Way: Rise to Power Rocco Direct-to-DVD
2006 Out There Mitchell
Invincible Pete
2007 Broken English Guy
Zoe's Day Dad Short film
Tooth & Nail Viper
2008 Changeling Detective Lester Ybarra
The Narrows Danny
Tenderness Gary
2009 Law Abiding Citizen Bray
The Afterlight Andrew
Defendor Paul Carter
Did You Hear About the Morgans? Vincent
2010 Nice Tie, Italiano! The American Short film
Fair Game Jack
2011 The Adjustment Bureau Charlie Traynor
2012 Chronicle Richard Detmer
2013 Now You See Me Agent Fuller
Man of Steel Steve Lombard
2015 Everest Jon Krakauer
Secret in Their Eyes Reginald Siefert
2016 Viral Michael Drakeford
2018 All Square John Zbikowski Also Producer
2021 Outside the Wire Eckhart
2023 Transformers: Rise of the Beasts Agent Burke Cameo
TBA Rob Peace Edwin Leahy


Year Title Role Notes
1994 Lifestories: Families in Crisis Gym Manager Episode: "A Body to Die For: The Aaron Henry Story"
2000–01 Level 9 Wilbert 'Tibbs' Thibodeaux 12 episodes
2000 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Vet Tech Barry Episode: "Slaves"
2001 Third Watch Chip Waller Episode: "The Relay"
2002 The Shield Sean Taylor Episode: "Dragonchasers"
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Mark Episode: "Disappearing Acts"
Law & Order Douglas Karell Episode: "Asterisk"
2003 Judging Amy Jack Barrett Episode: "Just Say Oops"
E.D.N.Y. Anderson Unsold TV pilot
2004 The Jury Keen Dwyer Episode "Last Rites"
2005 Kojak Detective Bobby Crocker 9 episodes
2006–07 The Sopranos Agent Ron Goddard 6 episodes
2006 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Luke Dixon Episode: "Confrontation"
2007 CSI: Miami Lucas Wade Episode: "Born to Kill"
2008 Law & Order Gary Talbot Episode: "Falling"
Generation Kill Capt. Bryan Patterson 7 episodes
Fringe John Mosley Episode: "The Arrival"
2009 Washingtonienne Paul Movius Unsold TV pilot
2010 Criminal Minds Jonathan "Prophet" Sims Episode: "The Fight"
2011 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Terrence Brooks Episode: "Boots on the Ground"
Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior Jonathan "Prophet" Sims 13 episodes
The Good Wife Mickey Gunn 2 episodes
2011–13 Person of Interest Mark Snow 7 episodes
2013–18 House of Cards Douglas "Doug" Stamper 73 episodes
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (2015–17,19)
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (2015–16)
2016 Black Mirror Arquette Episode: "Men Against Fire"
2017 Taboo Dr. Edgar Dumbarton 7 episodes
The Long Road Home Gary Volesky 6 episodes
2019–23 Jack Ryan Mike November Main Cast
2020 The Comey Rule Andrew McCabe Miniseries
2022 Pantheon CEO, Van Leuwen, Air Force Officer, Angry Man (voices) 6 episodes
2023–present Special Ops: Lioness Byron Westfield 7 episodes
TBA The Penguin Upcoming miniseries


  1. ^ "On This Date: Birthdays". The Modesto Bee. May 22, 2018. p. 2A. Actor Michael Kelly is 49.
  2. ^ "Brookwood's own success - Michael Kelly". Gwinnett Citizen. November 11, 2013. Retrieved November 11, 2022.
  3. ^ "House of Cards star Michael Kelly reveals his Irish ancestry | Goss.ie | First for Irish celebrity news". Goss.ie. Archived from the original on March 5, 2016. Retrieved February 9, 2016.
  4. ^ "Michael Kelly on Twitter: "@Shaneleno @modekelly she is 100% Italian and Dad is 100% Irish. God bless em both. I love my folks!"". Twitter. Retrieved February 9, 2016.
  5. ^ "Nearly 1,300 Students Graduate from Coastal Carolina University". The Gaffney Ledger. June 26, 2020. p. 6.
  6. ^ "Michael Kelly". Biography. Retrieved December 10, 2017.
  7. ^ Shattuck, Kathryn (June 2, 2017). "How Michael Kelly, Actor on 'House of Cards,' Spends His Sundays". The New York Times. Retrieved November 11, 2022.

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