Rorke Denver

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Rorke Denver
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Height6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)[1]

Rorke Denver is an American actor, author, and former United States Navy SEALs commander. Denver is most known for his role as Lieutenant Rorke in the 2012 film Act of Valor and for his appearance as team leader in the Fox Television series, American Grit.

Early life and military work[edit]

Denver was born in Northern California and graduated in 1996 from Syracuse University with a Bachelor of Arts degree.[2][3] He graduated from University of San Diego with a Master’s Degree in Global Business Leadership.[3]

In 1999, Denver completed his training as a SEAL.[3] He then began a 13-year career in the US military.[3] In 2006, Denver was officer in charge of BRAVO Platoon of SEAL Team Three in Iraq’s Al Anbar Province in one of the most combat-heavy deployments of any regular SEAL team since Vietnam.[3] He conducted over 190 sniper missions.[3] In 2009, he became First Phase Officer of BUD/S, then rose to Basic Training Officer.[3]

In a Wall Street Journal article, Denver stated: "I witnessed the exceptional performance of SEAL, Army, and Marine snipers on the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan. They struck psychological fear in our enemies and protected countless lives. Chris Kyle and the sniper teams I led made a habit of infiltrating dangerous areas of enemy-controlled ground, established shooting positions and coordinated security for large conventional-unit movement."[4]

Film and TV career[edit]

In 2012, Denver starred in the war film Act of Valor.[5] In September 2014, he guest starred on the last two episodes of season four of MeatEater.[6] In 2016, Denver was on the 2016 American reality series, American Grit, as one of the team leaders.[5]

Author and speaker[edit]

On February 19, 2013, Denver had his book, Damn Few: Making the Modern SEAL Warrior, published.[7] On April 5, 2016, Denver with Ellis Henican had another book, Worth Dying For: A Navy Seal's Call to a Nation, published.[8]

Denver now speaks for conferences and conventions nationwide. In December 2014, Denver was the keynote speaker for the US Lacrosse Convention.[3] In April 2018, he spoke at the Alabama Trucking Association Convention in Destin, Florida.

Personal life[edit]

Denver is married with 2 children.[3]



Year Title Role Notes
2012 Act of Valor Lt. Rorke War film directed and produced by Mike McCoy and Scott Waugh.


Year Title Role Notes
2014 MeatEater Himself Episodes:
  • "Alaska Bear Hunt, Part 1" (S 4:Ep 17)
  • "Alaska Bear Hunt, Part 2" (S 4:Ep 18)
2016 American Grit


  1. ^ Burton, Rick. "Navy SEAL Rorke Denver proves to be a true team player". Syracuse University Magazine. Syracuse, New York. Retrieved June 4, 2016.
  2. ^ Hewitt, Hugh (February 28, 2016). "Navy SEAL Rorke Denver on his book, Damn Few". Hugh Hewitt. Retrieved June 4, 2016.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i Krome, Paul (December 11, 2014). "Rorke Denver Named Keynote Speaker at US Lacrosse Convention". US Lacrosse. Retrieved June 5, 2016.
  4. ^ Denver, Rorke (January 26, 2015). "The United States of 'American Sniper'". The Wall Street Journal. News Corp (via Dow Jones & Company). Retrieved June 4, 2016.
  5. ^ a b Donvan, John (February 19, 2013). "Former Navy SEAL on Military's Top Secret Unit Coming Out of the Shadows". Disney–ABC Television Group (Disney Media Networks) (The Walt Disney Company). Retrieved June 4, 2016.
  6. ^ "Rorke Denver Talks About His Media Consumption Habits". The Meat Eater. September 18, 2014. Retrieved June 6, 2016.
  7. ^ Denver, Rorke (2013). Damn Few: Making the Modern SEAL Warrior. New York City: Hachette Book Group. ISBN 978-1401324797.
  8. ^ Denver, Rorke; Henican, Ellis (2016). Worth Dying For: A Navy Seal's Call to a Nation. Brentwood, Tennessee: Howard Books. ISBN 978-1501124112.

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