Nick Searcy

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Searcy at the Naval Medical Center San Diego, 2013
Nicholas Alan Searcy

(1959-03-07) March 7, 1959 (age 62)[1]
Years active1990[2]–present
Leslie Riley
(m. 1986)

Nicholas Alan Searcy (born March 7, 1959) is an American character actor best known for portraying Chief Deputy United States Marshal Art Mullen on FX's Justified. He also had a major role in the Tom Hanks–produced miniseries From the Earth to the Moon as Deke Slayton, and directed Gosnell: The Trial of America's Biggest Serial Killer, a film released on October 12, 2018.[3]

Life and career[edit]

Nicholas Alan Searcy was born in Cullowhee, North Carolina.[4][5] He is a graduate of Cullowhee High School. He then briefly attended the North Carolina School of the Arts and graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a degree in English in the summer of 1982.[4]

From 1982 to 1989, Searcy lived in New York where he did Off-Broadway plays. Some of these included Guys and Dolls, Cabaret and Jesus Christ Superstar. When he moved back to North Carolina, he began to act in features that were shooting locally. Small parts in Days of Thunder (1990) and The Prince of Tides led to the role of the malicious Frank in Fried Green Tomatoes (1991).

Searcy has appeared in several television series. He had a recurring role as Brett on Thunder Alley, was a series regular on American Gothic and guest starred on Murder One and Nash Bridges with Don Johnson. He was a regular character on the UPN series Seven Days from 1998 to 2001, and played Barry Martin on the ABC series Rodney, which starred Rodney Carrington, from 2004 to 2006. He has also starred in several TV movies, including In the Best of Families: Marriage, Pride & Madness (1994), Stolen Innocence (1995).[6] In 2014 he appeared in the CBS drama Intelligence.[7]

In the summer of 1996, Searcy produced, directed and acted in his independent feature, Paradise Falls (1997), written by Sean Bridgers, and they won the Southeastern Media Award at the Atlanta Film Festival, the Hollywood Discovery Award at the Hollywood Film Festival for Best Feature Film (Under $1 Million) and Best Dramatic Feature at the Charleston, S.C., 1997 WorldFest.[8] Since then, he has appeared in films such as Cast Away (2000), One Hour Photo (2002), Runaway Jury (2003), The Assassination of Richard Nixon (2005), The Ugly Truth (2009), Greater (2016), Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) and The Shape of Water (2017).

In 2011, Searcy appeared in the Herman Cain campaign ad "Yellow Flowers" on YouTube.[9]

In 2015, Searcy was named the director of the movie Gosnell: America's Biggest Serial Killer, a true crime drama based on convicted infant murderer Kermit Gosnell.[10]

On December 27, 2017, Searcy was guest host of The Rush Limbaugh Show.

Personal life[edit]

Searcy resides in Southern California with his wife, actress Leslie Riley, and their two children, Chloe and Omar.[11]

Activity on social media[edit]

Searcy is an outspoken conservative; his political and interpersonal behavior on social media, such as Twitter, has been highlighted in several news outlets. Searcy has stated, "I know people have feelings. That's why I try to hurt them."[12]

In 2013, Searcy mocked Sean Penn's political views upon the death of Penn's friend Hugo Chavez.[12] Later that year, he responded to professional wrestler Kevin Nash's remarks on the Affordable Healthcare Act by calling him an "ass-kissing statist".[13] In 2014, Searcy responded to several individuals in a discussion of same-sex marriage and incest, during which he mocked individuals and journalists on the basis of their weight, after they had called him and other Republicans "racist."[14] Searcy also routinely ridiculed people because of their weight in 2015, again in response to their charges that those who opposed Democratic policies were "racist".[12] Searcy was also noted for his criticism of Donald Trump in 2016, and reported that friends were angry at him for jokes he made about the presidential candidate at the time. Searcy reported, "I have trouble finding this election anything other than ridiculous."[15] In 2017, he expressed uncertainty over whether he has lost work due to his political views.[16]



Year Title Role Director Notes
1990 Days of Thunder Highway Patrol Officer Tony Scott
1991 The Prince of Tides Man at Party Barbra Streisand
Fried Green Tomatoes Frank Bennett Jon Avnet
1992 Love Field FBI Man Jonathan Kaplan
1993 The Real McCoy Roy Sweeney Russell Mulcahy
House of Cards Construction Driver Michael Lessac
The Fugitive Sheriff Rawlins Andrew Davis
1994 Nell Sheriff Todd Peterson Michael Apted
1997 Paradise Falls Jake Kyler Nick Searcy Writer, director, producer, actor
2000 Tigerland Captain Saunders Joel Schumacher
Cast Away Stan Robert Zemeckis
2002 One Hour Photo Repairman Mark Romanek
2003 Head of State Brian Lewis Chris Rock
Runaway Jury Doyle Gary Fleder
2004 The Assassination of Richard Nixon Tom Ford Niels Mueller
2006 Flicka Norbert Rye Michael Mayer
The Dead Girl Carl Karen Moncrieff
2007 An American Crime Lester Likens Tommy O'Haver
Timber Falls Clyde Forester Tony Giglio
The Comebacks Mr. Truman Tom Brady
2008 Eagle Eye David Johnson D. J. Caruso Uncredited
2009 The Ugly Truth Stuart Robert Luketic
2010 Blood Done Sign My Name Robert Teel Jeb Stuart
The Last Song Tom Blakelee Julie Anne Robinson
2011 Moneyball Matt Keough Bennett Miller
2012 Gone Mr. Miller Heitor Dhalia
2016 The Sweet Life County Sheriff Rob Spera
Greater The Farmer David Hunt
2017 The Shape of Water General Frank Hoyt Guillermo del Toro
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Father Montgomery Martin McDonagh Uncredited
2018 Gosnell: The Trial of America's Biggest Serial Killer Mike Cohan Nick Searcy
2019 The Best of Enemies Garland Keith Robin Bissell
2021 The Man from Nowhere Herb Matt Green Post-production
2021 Hotel Coppelia Thompson Jose Maria Cabral Dominican Republic film
2021 Capitol Punishment Himself Christopher Burgard Narrator, Interviewer
2022 Reagan James Baker Sean McNamara Post-production
2022 Terror on the Prairie TBA Michael Polish Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
1992 L.A. Law Mr. Kreck 1 episode
I'll Fly Away FBI Agent Holt
1993 In the Heat of the Night Stan
Return to Lonesome Dove Raab 2 episodes
1994 Thunder Alley Brett 8 episodes
1995–1996 American Gothic Deputy Ben Healy 18 episodes
1995 Double Rush E.R. Doctor 1 episode
1996 Nash Bridges Vincent Mulroy
1997 Chicago Hope Eli
Early Edition Robert Dankowski
1998 From the Earth to the Moon Deke Slayton Miniseries; 10 episodes
1998–2001 Seven Days Nathan Ramsey Main cast; 66 episodes
1999 CI5: The New Professionals Matthew 7:12 1 episode
2002 Double Teamed Larry Burge Television movie
2003 CSI: Miami Jack Seeger 1 episode
Lucky Jackson Linkletter
The Guardian Paul Nystrom
The West Wing Nate Singer
2004–2008 Rodney Barry Main cast; 44 episodes
2005–2006 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Sheriff Burdick 2 episodes
2007 Army Wives Mr. Craddock 1 episode
NCIS Joseph Barnes
Criminal Minds Det. Jordan
2008 Boston Legal Harry Beckham
2008–2009 Easy Money Roy Buffkin Main cast; 8 episodes
2009 Without a Trace Wayne Vogel 1 episode
Lie to Me Mr. Donnelly
2010 The Mentalist Sheriff Andy Burnside
2010–2015 Justified Art Mullen Main cast; 78 episodes
2013 Archer Border Patrol (voice) 1 episode
Mom Nathan
2013–2015 Hot in Cleveland Warden Burkhalter/Chief Barker 2 episodes
2014 Intelligence General Greg Carter 1 episode
Petals on the Wind Dr. Reeves Television movie
Hawaii Five-0 Ned Burrows 1 episode
2015 Key & Peele Cop
2016 11.22.63 Deke Simmons Miniseries; 5 episodes
2018 Chicago Med Jerome Ferris Episode: "Devil in Disguise
Lethal Weapon Ray Episode: "Need to Know"
The Ranch Frank 2 episodes
2019 9-1-1 Father Jameson Episode: "Bobby Begins Again"
The Hot Zone Frank Mays


  1. ^ a b "Nick Searcy Biography". Yahoo! Movies. Yahoo! Inc. Retrieved 2008-01-05.
  2. ^ "Nick Searcy Filmography". Fandango. Archived from the original on 2011-06-15. Retrieved 2007-11-16.
  3. ^ Riley, Jason L., "'Gosnell,' Like Its Namesake, Faces a Media Blackout", The Wall Street Journal, October 16, 2018; Heldt, Brianna, "Media Ignores Big Opening and Critical Acclaim for 'Gosnell' Movie", Townhall, October 16, 2018
  4. ^ a b Annual Commencement in the One Hundred Ninety Fourth Year of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 1983. p. 30. Retrieved April 8, 2020 – via Internet Archive.
  5. ^ Southern, Nathan. "Nick Searcy". Allmovie. Retrieved April 8, 2020.
  6. ^ "Nick Searcy Biography ((?)-)". Retrieved 2012-08-02.
  7. ^ "Tonight On Intelligence: "Patient Zero"". KSite TV. February 10, 2014. Retrieved 11 February 2014.
  8. ^ "Free Showing of 'Paradise Falls'". The Mountain Times. Retrieved 5 March 2013.
  9. ^ "He Carried Yellow Flowers". YouTube. 2011-08-25. Archived from the original on 2021-12-19. Retrieved 2012-08-02.
  10. ^ Bond, Paul. "'Justified' Actor Nick Searcy to Direct 'Gosnell' Abortion Movie (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter.
  11. ^ "Nick Searcy biography and filmography". Retrieved 2012-08-02.
  12. ^ a b c "Justified finale: is Nick Searcy Hollywood's angriest conservative?". The Telegraph. 15 April 2015. Retrieved 24 December 2017.
  13. ^ Chasmar, Jessica (17 October 2013). "'Justified' actor Nick Searcy in Twitter cage match with wrestler Kevin Nash over tea party remarks". The Washington Times. Retrieved 24 December 2017.
  14. ^ Chalk, Andy (24 February 2014). "Justified's Nick Searcy Goes Rage-Nuts He has attacked Muslims on social media as well. On Twitter". The Escapist. Enthusiast Gaming. Retrieved 24 December 2017.
  15. ^ Carroll, Rory (1 April 2016). "'It's a civil war in slow-mo': how Trump's rise is cracking Hollywood conservatives". The Guardian. Retrieved 24 December 2017.
  16. ^ Bond, Paul (23 August 2017). "Hollywood Conservatives Still Standing With Trump: "The Media Is Irrelevant"". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 24 December 2017.

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