Ray Wise

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Ray Wise
Ray Wise 2011.jpg
Wise in 2011
Raymond Herbert Wise

(1947-08-20) August 20, 1947 (age 75)
Years active1969–present
Kass McClaskey
(m. 1978)

Raymond Herbert Wise (born August 20, 1947) is an American actor.[1] He is best known for his role as Leland Palmer in Twin Peaks (1990–1991, 2017) and its prequel film Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992), Vice President Hal Gardner in 24 (2006), The Devil in Reaper (2007–2009), and Marvin in Fresh Off the Boat (2015–2020), as well as his film roles in Swamp Thing (1982), RoboCop (1987), and Jeepers Creepers 2 (2003).

Early life[edit]

Wise was born in Akron, Ohio, graduated from Garfield High School in 1965 and attended Kent State University in Kent, Ohio.[1] He is of Romanian descent on his maternal side.[2] He grew up in a religious family; in the past he went to a Romanian Baptist church in Akron and later moved to a Methodist church.[3]



Wise at the 2014 Fan Expo Canada

Wise is best known for his role as Laura Palmer's father Leland in Twin Peaks. In the late 1960s and 70s, Wise played attorney Jamie Rollins in the soap opera Love of Life for seven years and nearly 950 episodes.[4] In 1987, Wise played Tom Gunther, Catherine Chandler's boyfriend, in the pilot episode of the TV series Beauty and the Beast. In addition to Twin Peaks, Wise has played several roles in science fiction. He made an appearance as Liko in the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "Who Watches the Watchers", later playing Arturis in the Star Trek: Voyager episode "Hope and Fear".

He appeared in the Season 7 episode "The Flame" of Diagnosis: Murder. He was featured in three episodes of Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! as Grill Vogel, the presenter of a fictitious instructional video series called "Business Hugs."

In 1995, Wise was reunited with Twin Peaks castmate Sherilyn Fenn in the NBC telemovie Liz: The Elizabeth Taylor Story. He also starred as the Devil on the TV series Reaper. In recent years, Wise has appeared on a number of political-themed television series and films. He briefly appeared on The West Wing as California governor Gabriel "Gabe" Tillman, and played Vice President Hal Gardner on 24 in 2006. In August 2006, Wise made a guest appearance in the series Bones as the primary suspect of the first episode of the second season ("The Titan on the Tracks"), and in the pilot episode of Burn Notice. In Season 8, episode 13 of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (2007), Wise guest starred as the head of a company testing pesticides on little children. Wise has also guest starred in two episodes of The Closer, as lawyer Tom Blanchard. He starred in Charmed as the upper level demon Ludlow, who runs a school for the Source Of All Evil in the episode "Lost and Bound". He had a small role in one episode of the sixth season of Dawson's Creek, playing Roger Stepateck. Wise starred in the 2009 SyFy original movie Infestation. He played the lead as Avery in a psychological thriller, Iodine, in 2009. He was a guest star on Psych and in 2010, in a special episode of Psych titled "Dual Spires", he joined his fellow Twin Peaks alumni Dana Ashbrook, Robyn Lively, Lenny Von Dohlen, Sheryl Lee, Catherine E. Coulson, and Sherilyn Fenn in a spoof of Twin Peaks.

Wise appeared in several episodes of Mad Men as Ken Cosgrove's father-in-law Ed Baxter, the CEO of Corning, Inc. He appeared in "Chinese Wall" (Season 4, Episode 11), "At the Codfish Ball" (Season 5, Episode 7), "Commissions and Fees" (Season 5, Episode 12), "To Have and to Hold" (Season 6, Episode 4) and "Severance" (Season 7, Episode 8).

In 2010, Wise guest-starred as fictitious sports agent Bobby Fox alongside a special guest appearance from real life ex-Yankees manager Joe Torre on the TV series Castle, in the Season 2 episode "Suicide Squeeze". He also guest starred on Dollhouse as Howard, a higher-up in the Dollhouse organization.[5] He stars in Kyle Rankin's post-apocalyptic horror thriller film Nuclear Family.[6] Wise was announced the lead of the Mike Mendez thriller film Ov3rk!ll.[7]

Wise appeared in Season 4 of Chuck and in the FX television show Wilfred as a popular TV personality. He was cast in the part of Robin Scherbatsky's father on How I Met Your Mother in December 2010 (after Eric Braeden declined to reprise his role in a cameo appearance), and ultimately appeared in 6 episodes of the series in total. Ray made a cameo appearance as a modeling agent in episode four of season 2 of Workaholics.

Wise made an appearance in 2012 in the TV series Rizzoli & Isles (Season 3, Episode 7, "Crazy for You") in drag as a cross-dressing judge. That same year, Ray played John Nelson, A disturbed ex-mortician obsessed with trying to help his wife Linda in the Criminal Minds Season 8 episode "God Complex".

Wise prominently appeared in the music video "Wishes" for the group Beach House. It was directed by Eric Wareheim and features Wise in a kind of dreamy, demented football halftime show.

Wise appeared as Andy Rooney parody Skip Reming on Newsreaders. In January 2014, he was hired to play the character of Ian Ward on the long running soap The Young and the Restless. He returned to Y&R in September 2015. He played the mayor in the first season of Deadbeat. Since 2014, he has appeared in multiple series on ABC. He had a recurring role as Marvin in the first two seasons of Fresh Off the Boat before being promoted to series regular for seasons three through six. He also appeared in the first two seasons of Marvel's Agent Carter as comic book character Hugh Jones.

In 2016, Wise appeared in the Netflix series Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life. He portrayed Jack Smith, an old friend of Richard Gilmore, who becomes the boyfriend or companion of widow Emily Gilmore.

In 2017, he appeared as a guest in the acclaimed TV series Fargo, as Paul Marrane, a kitten-handler and metaphysical punisher, in the episodes "The Law of Non-Contradiction" and "Who Rules the Land of Denial?"


He played the character of Dr. Alec Holland in the 1982 film Swamp Thing, directed by Wes Craven and based upon the comic book series of the same name. Dr. Holland is the man who becomes the titular character after his lab is destroyed and he is left for dead. The actual Swamp Thing character was played by Dick Durock.

In 1985, Wise was cast as Sol Gann, father to Natty Gann in the Disney film The Journey of Natty Gann, directed by Jeremy Paul Kagan, and then appeared as henchman Leon C. Nash in RoboCop (1987). He also had roles in Season of Fear (1989), The Rift (1990), Bob Roberts (1992), Grey Knight (1993) and Rising Sun (1993).

He then played the roles of entrepreneur/millionaire Dalton Voss in The Chase (1994), Dr. Stripler in Powder (1995), Sheriff Blaidek in Evasive Action (1998), and Bart's father Harrison in The Battle of Shaker Heights (2003). The same year he played Jack Taggart in the horror film Jeepers Creepers 2, and portrayed father and husband Frank Harrington in the horror film Dead End.

In 2005, he appeared as newscaster and commentator Don Hollenbeck in Good Night, and Good Luck, directed by George Clooney. In 2007 he appeared in The Flock as Robert Still. In 2008 he had a role in the horror remake One Missed Call. In the year 2011, Wise played the role of United States Secretary of State in X-Men: First Class. He appeared in Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie as Dr. Doone Struts, the leader of the Shrim Healing Center. He appeared in Revelation Road: The Beginning of the End as Franks. He played Major Braxton Tanner in the movie Big Ass Spider! (2013). He was in Brother's Keeper (2013) and was in Suburban Gothic (2014).

In 2014 Wise appeared in the documentary horror film Digging Up the Marrow under the direction of Adam Green.[8] In 2016, Wise starred as attorney Peter Kane in the film God's Not Dead 2, who represents the ACLU in its fight to have the protagonist, Grace Wesley (Melissa Joan Hart), convicted of proselytizing in a public school.[9]

Voice work[edit]

As a voice actor, Wise played Perry White in the movie Superman: Doomsday. He also plays Commissioner Gordon in the animated film adaptation of The Killing Joke.[10]

Video games[edit]

He is also known for portraying Michael Dugan, President of the United States, in the full-motion video cutscenes for the computer real-time strategy game Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 and its expansion, Yuri's Revenge.

Web series[edit]

In 2014, Wise starred in an original Chipotle web series titled Farmed and Dangerous; he played Buck Marshall in the satirical black comedy-type situation comedy. In 2018, Wise made a guest appearance in the second volume of Hyper RPG's horror anthology RPG, 10 Candles, explaining to the party the mysteries of the town of Kolob. He reprised that role in 2019 for the opening credits of 'Kollok 1991', another RPG series by Hyper RPG.

Personal life[edit]

Wise has been married to his wife, film producer Kass McClaskey, since 1978. They have two children together: a son, Gannon McClaskey Wise, born in 1985, who is an actor and writer; and a daughter, Kyna Wise, born in 1987, who is also an actress and a singer. Wise was previously married to actress Juliet Burr from 1974 until their divorce in 1977.



Year Title Role Notes
1969 Dare the Devil David Keller
1982 Swamp Thing Dr. Alec Holland
1982 Cat People Soap Opera Man
1985 The Journey of Natty Gann Sol Gann
1987 RoboCop Leon Nash
1989 Season of Fear Fred Drummond
1989 Race for Glory Jack Davis
1990 The Rift Robbins
1992 Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me Leland Palmer
1992 Bob Roberts Chet MacGregor
1993 Ghost Brigade Col. George Thalman
1993 Rising Sun Senator John Morton
1993 RoboCop 3 Leon Nash (archive footage) Flashback sequence, Uncredited
1994 The Chase Dalton Voss
1994 Body Shot Dwight Frye
1994 The Crew Charles Pierce
1995 Powder Dr. Aaron Stripler
1998 Evasive Action Sheriff Wes Blaidek
1999 Pennyweight Mr. Pennyweight Short film
2000 Closing the Deal Ford Williams
2001 Almost Salinas Jack Tynan
2001 Two Can Play That Game Bill Parker
2002 Landspeed Brian Sanger
2002 Scream at the Sound of the Beep Brother Jake
2003 Dead End Frank Harrington
2003 Jeepers Creepers 2 Jack Taggart Sr.
2003 The Battle of Shaker Heights Harrison
2005 Sharkskin 6 Sam
2005 The Rain Makers Harris
2005 Good Night, and Good Luck Don Hollenbeck Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
2005 Cyxork 7 Kommander 88
2006 The Substance of Things Hoped For Dr. Lessing
2006 Peaceful Warrior Doctor Hayden
2007 The Election Peter Short film
2007 The Flock Bobby Stiles
2007 Hellholes Professor Klume Short film
2007 Superman: Doomsday Perry White Voice
2008 Reservations Mitch
2008 One Missed Call Ted Summers
2008 AM1200 Harry Jones Short film
2008 AmericanEast Agent Stevens
2009 Pandemic General Matthews
2009 Infestation Ethan
2009 Stuntmen Jack Strongbow
2009 Iodine Avery
2009 Love at First Hiccup Roger
2010 Darnell Dawkins: Mouth Guitar Legend Wade Dawkins
2011 Black Velvet Black Velvet
2011 X-Men: First Class Secretary of State
2011 Chillerama Dr. Weems Segment: "Wadzilla"
2011 Rosewood Lane Det. Danny Briggs
2012 Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie Dr. Doone Struts
2012 Excision Principal Campbell
2012 The Aggression Scale Bellavance
2012 Crazy Eyes Zach's Father
2012 FDR: American Badass! Douglas MacArthur
2012 The Butterfly Room Nick
2012 Atlas Shrugged: Part II Head of State Thompson
2012 Brother White Pastor Johnny Kingman
2012 Posey Dr. Shap Short film
2013 Wrong Cops Captain Andy
2013 Inventing Adam J.B.
2013 Big Ass Spider! Major Braxton C. Tanner
2013 Revelation Road: Beginning of the End Frank
2013 Lionhead Jimmy
2013 Revelation Road 2: The Sea of Glass and Fire Frank
2013 Out West Phillip Alcott
2013 Brother's Keeper Herbert Leemaster
2013 No God, No Master A. Mitchell Palmer
2014 Away from Here Paul
2014 Suburban Gothic Donald
2014 Land of Leopold Deece Warren
2014 Digging Up the Marrow William Dekker
2014 Dead Still Wenton Davis
2014 Guardian Angel Attorney Kaufman
2014 Reflections Grandpa Short film
2015 Jurassic City Warden Lewis
2015 The Lazarus Effect Mr. Wallace
2015 Night of the Living Deb Frank Waverly
2015 Taking Flight Nono Voice
Short film
2015 The Breakup Girl Bob Baker
2015 The Specialist The Specialist Short film
2015 Unnatural Victor Clobirch
2016 Halloweed Judge Pilmington
2016 God's Not Dead 2 Peter Kane
2016 The Bronx Bull Father Joseph
2016 Batman: The Killing Joke Commissioner Gordon Voice
2016 Star Trek: Captain Pike Admiral Joshua Pike
2017 Shattered Forest Burnett
2019 Tone-Deaf Michael
2019 Chain Of Death Michael
2019 Unholy 'Mole The Devil Short
2019 To Your Last Death Cyrus DeKalb Voice
2019 Big Fan Begins Ticket Man Short
2020 Beast Mode Trammel Steadfast
2021 King Knight Merlin


Year Title Role Notes
1970–1976 Love of Life Jamie Rawlins #2
1978 Charlie's Angels Evan Wilcox Episode: "Winning Is for Losers"
1978 Barnaby Jones Malcolm Elliot Episode: "Stages of Fear"
1978 Tartuffe Damis Television film
1981 Lou Grant Bart Franklin Episode: "Strike"
1981 Madame X Bellman Uncredited
Television film
1982 Dallas Blair Sullivan 8 episodes
1982–1983 Days of Our Lives Hal Rummley
1983 The Mississippi Cole Episode: "Joey"
1984 T. J. Hooker Harrison Mackenzie Episode: "Hot Property"
1984 Blue Thunder J.D. Kraft Episode: "Payload"
1984 Emerald Point N.A.S. Travis 2 episodes
1984 Hart to Hart Dick Braddon Episode: "Larsen's Last Jump"
1984 Trapper John, M.D. Dr. Henry Speiner Episode: "Aunt Mildred Is Watching"
1984 Riptide Les Carter Episode: "Beat the Box"
1984 Remington Steele Schwimmer Episode: "A Pocketful of Steele"
1985 The A-Team Phillip Chadway Episode: "Lease with an Option to Die"
1986 Scarecrow and Mrs. King Frank Duran Episode: "The Pharaoh's Engineer"
1986 Airwolf Victor Resnick Episode: "Hawke's Run"
1986 Stingray Dr. John Whitaker Episode: "Ether"
1986 The Colbys Spiro Koralis 5 episodes
1986 Hunter Alex Parker Episode: "Crime of Passion"
1986 Condor Christopher Proctor Television film
1987 Beauty and the Beast Tom Episode: "Once Upon a Time"
1987 Private Eye Senator McNeill Episode: "Blue Movie"
1988 Knots Landing The Dealer 5 episodes
1988 L.A. Law Walter Platt 2 episodes
1988 The Taking of Flight 847: The Uli Derickson Story Phil Maresca Television film
1989 Moonlighting Murderer Episode: "Eine Kleine Nacht Murder"
1989 Star Trek: The Next Generation Liko Episode: "Who Watches the Watchers"
1989 Jake and the Fatman Harry McGinn Episode: "Dancing in the Dark"
1990–1991 Twin Peaks Leland Palmer 18 episodes
1992 Swamp Thing Guthrie Episode: "Never Alone"
1993 The Secrets of Lake Success Henry Fleming 3 episodes
1993–1994 Second Chances Judge Jim Stinson 6 episodes
1994 Walker, Texas Ranger Garrett Carlson Episode: "Stolen Lullaby"
1994 The Larry Sanders Show Lloyd Simon Episode: "You're Having My Baby"
1995 Liz: The Elizabeth Taylor Story Mike Todd Television film
1995 Dream On Maddox March Episode: "Significant Author"
1995 Courthouse Congressman Laderman Episode: "One Flew Over the Courthouse"
1996–1997 Savannah Edward Burton 34 episodes
1998 The Wonderful World of Disney Randolph Pratt Episode: "The Garbage Picking Field Goal Kicking Philadelphia Phenomenon"
1998 Star Trek: Voyager Arturis Episode: "Hope and Fear"
1997–1998 Sleepwalkers McCaig 2 episodes
1998 Beverly Hills, 90210 Daniel Hunter 2 episodes
1998 Vengeance Unlimited Jack Schiller Episode: "Cruel and Unusual"
1998 Sports Night Evans Episode: "Mary Pat Shelby"
1999 Diagnosis: Murder John Parkinson Episode: "The Flame"
2000 Profiler James Perrone Episode: "Quid Pro Quo"
2000 Popular Barton Episode: "What Makes Sammy Run"
2000–2001 Resurrection Blvd. Jack Mornay 12 episodes
2001 V.I.P. Judge Kreiger Episode: "Bodyguards"
2001 RoboCop: Prime Directives Leon C. Nash (archive footage, uncredited) Episode: "Resurrection"
2001 Judging Amy Atty. Rhodes Episode: "The Last Word"
2001 Dead Last Robert Cahill Episode: "Jane's Exit"
2002 Charmed Ludlow Episode: "Lost and Bound"
2002 She Spies Ambassador Blaine Episode: "Daddy's Girl"
2002 Presidio Med Episode: "Milagros"
2003 Dawson's Creek Roger Stepavich Episode: "All the Right Moves"
2004 JAG Congressman Marvin Bolton Episode: "Retrial"
2005 The West Wing Governor Tillman D-CA Episode: "La Palabra"
2006 24 Vice President Hal Gardner 6 episodes
2006 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Ernest Chase Episode: "Rashomama"
2006 The Closer Tom Blanchard Episodes: "Out of Focus," "The Other Woman"
2006 Bones Rick Turco Episode: "The Titan on the Tracks"
2007 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Roger Hanley Episode: "Loophole"
2007 Shark Lloyd Holcomb Episode: "Starlet Fever"
2007 Six Degrees Henry Crane Episode: "Sedgewick's"
2007 Burn Notice Mr. Pyne Episode: "Pilot"
2007–2009 Reaper The Devil 31 episodes
2008 Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! Grill Vogel 2 episodes
2009 Numb3rs Mitch Langford Episode: "Guilt Trip"
2009 Drop Dead Diva Frank Dodd Episode: "What If?"
2009 Dollhouse Howard Lipman Episode: "The Left Hand"
Psych Father Peter Westley / Judge Horace Leland 3 episodes
2010 Castle Bobby Fox Episode: "Suicide Squeeze"
2010 Suitemates Hans Ahnnansoahnn 2 episodes
2010 The Good Guys Buddy Episode: "Common Enemies"
2010–2015 Mad Men Ed Baxter 5 episodes
2011 Hawaii Five-0 Morris Brown Episode: "Powa Maka Moana"
2011 Mr. Sunshine Macaulay Episode: "Heather's Sister"
2011 Chuck Riley 3 episodes
2011 Wilfred Colt St. Cloud Episode: "Identity"
2011 Workaholics Kyle Walsh Episode: "Model Kombat"
2011 Easy to Assemble Hendrik 3 episodes
2011 90210 Dean Thomas Episode: "It's the Great Masquerade, Naomi Clark"
2011–2014 How I Met Your Mother Robin Scherbatsky Sr. 6 episodes
2012 Battleground D-Day / Tak's Father 2 episodes
2012 NCIS Wayne Tobett Episode: "Secrets"
2012 Holliston Landlord Episode: "Camera Rental: Part 1"
2012 The Mentalist Dennis Victor Episode: "Red Rover, Red Rover"
2012 Rizzoli & Isles Judge Eugene Allen Episode: "Crazy for You"
2012 Criminal Minds John Nelson Episode: "God Complex"
2013 Body of Proof Michael Davis Episode: "Mob Mentality"
2013 Perception Martin Sullivan Episode: "Toxic"
2013 Twisted Tales Mongo the Magnificent Episode: "Mongo's Magik Mirror"
2013 High School USA! Seymour Barren / Cassandra's Dad Voices
3 episodes
2013–2014 Kroll Show Network Executive / Wendy's Father 3 episodes
2013–2015 Newsreaders Skip Reming 19 episodes
2014 Farmed and Dangerous Buck Marshall 4 episodes
2014 Deadbeat Mayor Meyer Episode: "Sixty Feet Under"
2014 Hit the Floor Episode: "Winner Takes All"
2014–2016 The Young and the Restless Ian Ward 56 episodes
2015–2016 Agent Carter Hugh Jones 4 episodes
2015–2020 Fresh Off the Boat Marvin 73 episodes
2016 Relationship Status Grace's Dad Episode: "The Catch"
2016 All the Way Senator Everett Dirksen Television film
2016 Comedy Bang! Bang! Psychologist / Dr. Frankenstein 2 episodes
2016 Adam Ruins Everything Netflix Executive Episode: "Adam Ruins Hollywood"
2016 Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life Jack Smith 3 episodes
2016 Hitting The Breaks Theodore 'Teddy' Montclair 2 episodes
2017 Fargo Paul Marrane 2 episodes
2017 Idiotsitter Himself Episode: "Rush, Rush"
2017 Twin Peaks Leland Palmer 2 episodes
2017 Tim and Eric's Bedtime Stories The Duke Episode: "The Duke"
2017–2018 Neo Yokio Old Man Voice
2 episodes
2019 Hot Streets Plunch Runch Voice
Episode: "The Moon Masters"
2019 Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Enoch Episode: "Chapter Sixteen: Blackwood"
2021 All Rise Richard Walker Episode: "Georgia"
2021 Launchpad Headmaster Gustafson Episode: "Dinner Is Served"
2021 Physical Sheila's Father Episode: "Let's Not and Say We Did"
2021 Home Economics Frank Episode: "49ers Foam Finger, $7"
2021 Psych 3: This Is Gus Father Peter Westley Television film

Video game[edit]

Year Title Role
2000 Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 President Michael Dugan
2001 Command & Conquer: Yuri's Revenge President Michael Dugan

Web series[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2018 10 Candles Kolob Council Member Episode: "The Town: Finale"
2019 Kollok 1991 Video narrator Intro sequence


  1. ^ a b "Ray Wise Biography - Yahoo! Movies". Movies.yahoo.com. Archived from the original on May 22, 2011. Retrieved April 22, 2013.
  2. ^ R.J. Carter. "Interview: Ray Wise: The Devil You Know". The Trades. Archived from the original on December 13, 2012. Retrieved March 16, 2009.
  3. ^ Tim Holland (October 9, 2007). "Reaper's Ray Wise Channels the Devil Next Door". TV Guide. Retrieved March 21, 2010.
  4. ^ Michael Logan (January 6, 2014). "Fan Fave Baddie Ray Wise Previews His Role on The Young and the Restless". TVGuide.com. Retrieved January 7, 2014.
  5. ^ Adam Bryant (September 16, 2009). "Ray Wise Joins Dollhouse". TVGuide.com. Retrieved September 16, 2009.
  6. ^ "Ray Wise Set to Destroy Kyle Rankin's Nuclear Family". Dread Central.
  7. ^ "Mike Mendez Goes 'Ov3rk!ll' With Bloody Sales Trailer!". Bloody Disgusting.
  8. ^ "Digging up the Marrow". Dread Central. Retrieved June 12, 2011.
  9. ^ "God's Not Dead 2: Cast & Crew". God's Not Dead 2. Retrieved July 24, 2017.
  10. ^ White, Brett (March 14, 2016). "EXCLUSIVE: Kevin Conroy & Mark Hamill Star In Animated "Batman: The Killing Joke"". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved May 23, 2016.

Further reading[edit]

  • Voisin, Scott, "Character Kings: Hollywood's Familiar Faces Discuss the Art & Business of Acting." BearManor Media, 2009. ISBN 978-1-59393-342-5.

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