Michael Trucco

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Michael Trucco
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Trucco at San Diego Comic Con 2015
Edward Michael Trucco

(1970-06-22) June 22, 1970 (age 52)
Years active1994–present
(m. 2009)

Edward Michael Trucco (born June 22, 1970) is an American actor known for his role as Samuel Anders on the reimagined Battlestar Galactica and his recurring role as Nick Podarutti in How I Met Your Mother. He also appeared on the 2017–2018 Netflix series Disjointed, as Tae Kwon Douglas, a local martial arts instructor who was anti-drug.

Early life[edit]

A native of San Mateo, California, Trucco attended Junipero Serra High School where he played football and wrestled. He is the son of a police officer, and was once interested in becoming one himself until college, when he was attracted to theatrical performance. He took a theatre course for non-majors while he was studying Criminal Justice, but he did so well that he was asked to consider changing majors. He changed majors and completed his bachelor's degree in Theatre Arts at Santa Clara University.[1] He has Italian and Norwegian ancestry.[2]


Trucco became active in television in the late 1990s with appearances in episodes of Touched by an Angel, Silk Stalkings, Beverly Hills, 90210, Sabrina The Teenage Witch, Dr. Quinn: Medicine Woman, and Pensacola: Wings of Gold among others. He continued appearing in shows of similar genres like CSI, Heartbeart, Strong Medicine, CSI: Miami, and others into the 2000s. He played Cooper Lee in six episodes of One Tree Hill from 2005 to 2006.

In 2002, Trucco starred in Wishmaster: The Prophecy Fulfilled. In 2005, he joined the drama Battlestar Galactica in the role of Samuel Anders. In 2008, he guest-starred on NBC's Law & Order: Special Victims Unit[3] and The Big Bang Theory. In 2010, he guest-starred on ABC's series Castle as Detective Tom Demming. In 2010, Trucco was cast as a series regular in the USA Network series Fairly Legal.

Trucco guest-starred in a season 6 episode of How I Met Your Mother in 2011, and had a recurring role in the show's eighth season. He played the recurring character Nate Ryan in the second season of Revenge.

He later played Elliot's brother in the 2017 film The Bye Bye Man.

Trucco is also the lead guitarist of the band Simpleworld.[4]

Personal life[edit]

On Sunday, December 2, 2007, Trucco was involved in a car accident with a friend who was driving a Ferrari 360 on the Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, California. The vehicle flipped on an embankment, landing upside-down, impacting Trucco's side of the car. Trucco was badly injured in the accident, fracturing four of his vertebrae, whereas his friend walked away uninjured. He has stated that he initially lost feeling in his arms. He was eventually able to get out of the vehicle after regaining feeling in his hands and used his cell phone to call for emergency help. He was airlifted to UCLA Medical Center for further care. On December 10, 2007 he was released from the hospitals care. Doctors said he was extremely lucky, suffering almost the same injury as Christopher Reeve.[5]


Year Title Role Notes
1994 Eyes of Terror Officer Television film
1998 Confessions of a Sexist Pig Troy
2001 Knight Club Derek
2001 Ablaze Scott
2001 A Girl, Three Guys, and a Gun Trevor
2002 Wishmaster: The Prophecy Fulfilled Steven Verdel Direct-to-video
2003 The Groomsmen Scott
2004 Perfect Romance Miles "Boogie" Healey Television film
2007 Next Kendall
2009 Battlestar Galactica: The Plan Samuel Anders Direct-to-video
2010 Meteor Storm Colonel Tom Young Television film
2010 All American Tooles Todd Toole Short film
2016 Hush John
2017 The Bye Bye Man Virgil
2018 Hunter Killer Matt Johnstone
Year Title Role Notes
1995 Hang Time Tim Ritter Episode: "Earl Makes the Grade"
1996 Sisters Young Elton Grenthal Episode: "The Best Man"
1996 The Guilt Michael McKenzie Episode: "Dean's Office"
1996 California Dreams Dann Hazakoff Episode: "Babewatch"
1997 Silk Stalkings Dave Episode: "Air-Tight Alibi"
1997 Sunset Beach Officer Uncredited; season 1, episode 215
1997 Touched by an Angel Thomas "Tommy" Doyle Episode: "Venice"
1998 Beverly Hills, 90210 Josh Hunter 3 episodes
1998 Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman Patrick Collins Episode: "Seeds of Doubt"
1998–2000 Pensacola: Wings of Gold Lieutenant Tucker "Spoon" Henry Main cast (seasons 2–3); 40 episodes
1999 Charmed Alec Episode: "Love Hurts"
2000 Nash Bridges Gil Vallone Episode: "Missing Key"
2000 Freedom Nolan Episode: "Siege"
2001 Sabrina, the Teenage Witch Kevin 4 episodes
2001 Family Law Lee Bigelow Episode: "Bringing Up Babies"
2001 Arliss Rounder Fleming Episode: "The Price of Their Toys"
2001 That's Life Jason Prader 2 episodes
2002 Arliss Fred Russell Episode: "Playing It Safe"
2002 Bram & Alice Robert Episode: "Required Reading"
2002 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Fred Dacks Episode: "High and Low"
2003 Tru Calling Nick Kelly Episode: "Putting Out Fires"
2003 The Parkers Bill Episode: "Out with the Old, in with the New"
2004 Strong Medicine Victor Episode: "Selective Breeding"
2005 Strong Medicine Zack Episode: "First Response"
2005 CSI: Miami Mitch Lockhart Episode: "One Night Stand"
2005 Joey Paul Episode: "Joey and the Wrong Name"
2005–06 One Tree Hill Cooper Lee 6 episodes
2005–09 Battlestar Galactica Samuel Anders Recurring (seasons 2–3); main cast (season 4);
35 episodes
2008 Eli Stone Adam Mitchell Episode: "One More Try"
2008 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Eric Lutz Episode: "Smut"
2008 The Big Bang Theory Dr. David Underhill Episode: "The Bath Item Gift Hypothesis"
2010 V John May Episode: "John May"
2010 Castle Detective Tom Demming 4 episodes
2010 100 Questions Luke Episode: "Have You Ever Dated a Bad Boy?"
2011–12 Fairly Legal Justin Patrick Main cast; 23 episodes
2011–12 How I Met Your Mother Nick Podarutti 7 episodes
2011 Psych Cal Eason Episode: "Dead Man's Curve Ball"
2012 Young Justice: Invasion Adam Strange Voice; 4 episodes
2012–13 Revenge Nate Ryan 7 episodes
2014 Killer Women Billy Parker Main cast; 8 episodes
2014 Intelligence Secret Service Agent Charlie Griffin Episode: "Secrets of the Secret Service"
2014 Criminal Minds Owen McGregor 2 episodes
2014 Scandal Charles "Chip" Putney Episode: "Baby Made a Mess"
2014 The Exes Jeff Episode: "Love and Death"
2015 The Librarians Sam Denning Episode: "The Librarians and the Infernal Contract""
2016 Grandfathered Craig 4 episodes
2017 Disjointed Tae Kwon Doug Recurring Character
2017 Chicago P.D. Frank Barrett Episode: "Rabbit Hole"
2019 The Rookie Shawn Delmonte 2 episodes
2019 The Good Doctor Ethan Murphy Episode: "Friends and Family"
2021 FBI Ethan Shaw Episode: "Leverage"
2021 Midnight Mass Wade Scarborough Main Cast; 7 episodes
TBA The Fall of the House of Usher Filming[6]


  1. ^ "Michael Trucco". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved June 20, 2012.
  2. ^ Trucco, Michael. "Ancestry". twitter.com. Retrieved November 20, 2020.
  3. ^ Mitovich, Matt (November 10, 2008). "Exclusive: Michael Trucco Goes from BSG to SVU". TV Guide. CBS Interactive Inc. Retrieved August 11, 2019.
  4. ^ "Fairly Legal cast bio: Michael Trucco". USA Network. NBC Universal, Inc. Archived from the original on July 1, 2012. Retrieved June 20, 2012.
  5. ^ Logan, Michael (April 25, 2008). He married actress Sandra Hess in July 2009; they were wed in Mexico. She and Trucco both played the parts of Lieutenants in the same Marine unit in the Pensacola: Wings of Gold series. "BSG's Michael Trucco: "I'm the Luckiest Guy Alive". TV Guide.
  6. ^ Romanchick, Shane (January 31, 2022). "Mike Flanagan's 'The Fall of the House of Usher' Officially Begins Production". Collider. Retrieved February 4, 2022.

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