Ron Canada

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Ron Canada
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Ron Canada in 2009
Ronald Ellis Canada

(1949-05-03) May 3, 1949 (age 73)
New York City, U.S.[1]
Years active1983–present

Ronald Ellis Canada (born May 3, 1949) is an American actor with a specialty in portraying judges and detectives. He is best known for One on One (2001–2004), The Shield (2003–2004), and Lone Star (1996).


Canada in 1997

Following completion of the Michele Clark broadcast journalism program at Columbia University, under the guidance of producer Fred Friendly, Canada commenced his career as a television news reporter in 1971 at WBAL-TV. In 1974, he began his three-year tenure at WJLA-TV in Washington, D.C. For his work in the nation's capital, Canada was nominated twice for Regional Emmy Awards, receiving the award in 1977. The following year he received an A.P. Award for Outstanding Reporting.[citation needed]

He began his acting career in 1978. While making the career transition he worked part-time as a broadcaster for The Voice of America (U.S. Information Agency). He studied acting at The Folger Theatre Group under the tutelage of Franchelle Stewart Dorn. He moved from D.C. to New York in 1985. Shortly thereafter he became the second actor to play the role of 'Troy Maxson' in August Wilson's Fences at The GeVa Theatre in Rochester, New York (January 1986).

Canada has had a long career in both television and film, known primarily for his work in Cinderella Man, Wedding Crashers,[2] and his recurring role as Under Secretary of State Ted Barrow on The West Wing. In 1996, Ron received the Dallas Film Critics Award and significant national attention for his performance as "Otis Payne" in John Sayles's film Lone Star.

He played the role of Iago in a "photo negative" version of Shakespeare's Othello at the Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, D.C.[3] Other notable stage credits include his role as Emmet Tate in Zooman and The Sign at New York's Signature Theatre[4] and originating the role of Duncan Troy in Headstrong at The Ensemble Studio Theatre, which earned him an Audelco Award nomination as Best Supporting Actor.[5] Off Broadway - In Old Age - playing Azell Abernathy, at New York Theatre Workshop, N.Y.C Broadway play - Network - with Bryan Cranston, Tony Goldwyn, and Tatiana Maslany. Mr.Canada portrayed UBS network chieftain Edward George Ruddy.



Title Year Role Note
1983 The Man Who Wasn't There Barker
D.C. Cab Police Officer #4
1986 Good to Go Stooper
1987 Adventures in Babysitting Graydon
Heart Talk Show Guest
1988 Arthur 2: On the Rocks Bartender
1990 Downtown Lowell Harris
The Last of the Finest Cregan
1992 Honey, I Blew Up the Kid Marshall Brooks
Play Nice Coroner
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York Cop in Times Square
1993 Barbarians at the Gate Vernon Jordan
1994 Getting Even with Dad Zinn
Without Warning Terrence Freeman
1995 Man of the House Bob Younger
Above Suspicion Captain Lindsay
The American President Lloyd
1996 Lone Star Otis "Big O" Payne
Pinocchio's Revenge Barry
1998 Nick Fury: Agent of SHIELD Gabe Jones
Park Day Mr. Joseph Johnson
1999 In Too Deep Dr. Bratton
2000 Death of a Dog Hassan
2001 Thank Heaven Joseph Johnson
2003 The United States of Leland Elden
The Hunted FBI Special Agent-in-Charge Harry Van Zandt
The Human Stain Herb Keble
2004 National Treasure Guard Woodruff
2005 Cinderella Man Joe Jeanette
Wedding Crashers Randolph, the Clearys' Butler
Just Like Heaven Dr. Walsh
2006 Islander T. Hardy
Paved with Good Intentions Garrett Balden
2007 Snowglobe Antonio Moreno
2008 Ocean of Pearls Dr. Wiiliam Ballard
Noble Things Moses
The Haunting of Molly Hartley Mr. Bennett
2009 Bob Funk Smiley
2012 Lake Effect Winchester
2013 Life Tracker Uriel Patterson
2014 Child of Grace Doctor
2015 Ted 2 Judge Matheson
Gold Peak Tea: Take Me Home Contest Voice Video short
After Words Nelson
2017 The Discovery Cooper
Crown Heights Judge Marcy
2018 Bully Mr. 'Action' Jackson
2020 Frederick Douglass Boulevard aka Food & Drink Boulevard aka FDB Karl Short film
The Empty Man Detective Villiers
2021 The Kinjiku Gerome Short film


Year Title Role Note
1989 Dallas Dave Wallace
1990 Cheers Agent Munson
1991 Stat Anderson "Mary" Roche
1992 A Different World Grover James
Star Trek: The Next Generation Martin Benbeck Episode: "The Masterpiece Society"
Doogie Howser, M.D. Officer Wilbur
L.A. Law David Ellis
1993 NYPD Blue Zeke Odell
1994 Murphy Brown Sergeant Foley Episode: "Crime Story"
Babylon 5 Capt. Ellis Pierce Episode: "A Voice in the Wilderness, part 2"
1995 Living Single Lanny Freedan
Family Matters Dave McClure Episode: "Walking My Baby Back Home"
1996 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Ch'Pok Episode: "Rules of Engagement"
Murder One Judge Orrin Bell
1996–1997 Tracey Takes On... Lawrence
1999 Star Trek: Voyager Fesek Episode: "Juggernaut"
2000 City of Angels Dr. Ethan Carter
2001–2004 One on One Richard Barnes (father of Flex)
2001 The X-Files Det. Franklin Potter Episode: "Empedocles"
2001-2002 Philly Judge Henry Griffin
2002 Frasier Judge Anderson Episode: "The Ring Cycle"
2003–2004 The Shield LAPD Chief of Police Tom Bankston
2003–2006 The West Wing Under Secretary of State Theodore Barrow
2003 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Gerry Barone Episode: "Fight Night"
2004–2005 Jack & Bobby Adult Marcus Ride
2006 Weeds Joseph
7th Heaven Dr. Sergey Barker
2006–2007 Ugly Betty Senator Slater
2006–2008 Boston Legal Judge Willard Reese
2007 Stargate SG-1 Quartus
2008 Law & Order Mr. Fuller Episode: "Bottomless"
2009 The Mentalist Philip Raimey Episode: "Red Scare"
2011 Let's Stay Together Garrison Lawrence
The Closer Judge Gerald Blake Episode: "Fresh Pursuit"
2013 The Office Mr. Haskins Episode: "The Farm"
Blue Bloods Deputy Director Tom Mason
2014 Elementary Mr Rose Episode: "The Hound of the Cancer Cells"
Grimm Stan Kingston
2015 The Strain Mayor George Lyle
The Affair Judge Polk 2.4
2016 Madam Secretary Cameroonian Ambassador Jean Aissatou Episode: "Desperate Remedies"
2017 Designated Survivor Reverend Dale
The Good Fight Andrew Hart Episodes: "Not So Grand Jury" and "The Schtup List"
2017–2019 The Orville Admiral Tucker Episodes: "Sanctuary", "Majority Rule" and "Command Performance"
2018 Bull Judge Miles Skurnick Episode: "Survival Instincts"
Seven Seconds Pastor Adler
Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan D.N.I. Bobby Vig
House of Cards Vincent Abruzzo Episode 67, 68 & 72


Year Title Role
2016 Gold Peak Tea: Home Brew Delivery Voice
Gold Peak Tea: Take Me Home


Year Title Role
2021 Marvel's Wastelanders: Hawkeye Abner Jenkins / Beetle

Video Games[edit]

Title Year Role Note
2004 Ground Control II: Operation Exodus Drahk'Mar Vicath Voice


  1. ^ "Spin Off". Creative Women NY. Retrieved March 31, 2020.
  2. ^ "Ron Canada". Rotten Tomatoes.
  3. ^ Rose, Lloyd (April 9, 2013). "Theater & Dance". The Washington Post. Archived from the original on August 2, 2013.
  4. ^ Isherwood, Charles (March 25, 2009). "A Cold Soul, and the Society That Put It on Ice". The New York Times.
  5. ^ "2012 'Viv' Nominees". Audience Development Committee, Inc. Archived from the original on August 16, 2013.

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