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June 10, 1957 |
The Bronx, New York, U.S.
|Children||Byron and Myles|
Clohessy was born in The Bronx, the son of John Clohessy, a police officer. Clohessy graduated from SUNY Purchase, his Oz co-stars Edie Falco, Kirk Acevedo, and Seth Gilliam were also alumni of SUNY Purchase. Clohessy fought in the 1975 Golden Gloves in Madison Square Garden. He graduated from Pearl River High School in Pearl River, New York where he played varsity football. Clohessy first appeared on stage at Pearl River High School in their class production of Kismet, followed by the senior year production of Pajama Game!
Clohessy has had recurring roles in daytime dramas All My Children and Guiding Light. In primetime, he has become known for his multiple regular turns as police officers and other law enforcement officials, creating parallels between his acting career and upbringing by his policeman father. The first of such roles was in the seventh and final season of Hill Street Blues, where he played Officer Patrick Flaherty. The following season, Clohessy was cast as the new co-star of Pat Morita on the ABC detective series Ohara, playing Lt. George Shaver. Later, he would join the cast of the HBO prison drama Oz as Correctional Officer Sean Murphy. However, in between these roles, Clohessy would play characters not associated with law enforcement, with a supporting role as minister Thomas Smaraldo on NBC's comedy/drama Tattingers (1988–1989), and soon after in a starring role on NBC's short-lived comedy One of the Boys (1989). Clohessy co-starred on the Neal Marlens/Carol Black ABC sitcom Laurie Hill in 1992, playing a stay-at-home freelance writer married to the series' lead, played by DeLane Matthews (the series also featured an up-and-coming Ellen DeGeneres). In 2008, Clohessy had a regular role in the short-lived Fox show New Amsterdam. He won a Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Ensemble in the HBO series Boardwalk Empire.
In cinema, Clohessy played a supporting role in Across the Universe, playing the part of Jude's long-lost father. His starring role as boxer turned wrestler, Jack Parker, in the film The Crimson Mask garnered him numerous film festival awards including Best Actor. His largest big budget film role was opposite Bradley Cooper in "The Place Beyond the Pines"