Ryan Cutrona

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Ryan Cutrona
Born (1949-07-29) July 29, 1949 (age 67)
West Point, New York USA
Occupation Actor
Years active 1986–present

Ryan Cutrona (born July 29, 1949) is an American actor.


Ryan began working in the theater in 1973 with Jerzy Grotowski's Instytut Aktora in Wroclaw, Poland. Milan and Rome, Italy, and Pittsburgh, PA. He was a member of several influential experimental theater companies including The Factory Theater, directed by Zbigniew Cynkutis, The Iowa Theater Lab, Shaliko Company, and Ellen Stewart's LA Mama etc. He has performed at many noted theater festivals including The Theatre of Nations. In New York he appeared at the New York Theater Workshop, The American Place Theater, The Vinyard Theater, with The Alliance Francais at the John Houseman Theater, The Dia Foundation, NYSF, and P.S. 122. He has teamed with Yvonne Rainer in film, Sally Silvers in dance and Anne Bogart in theater. Through his correspondence with Mr. Samuel Beckett he received Mr. Beckett's permission to perform a number of solo world premieres of his prose texts. "All Strange Away" at LA MAMA "...within that handful of actors (Mr. Warrilow, Billie Whitelaw, the late Jack MacGowran) who share an empathy with the world of Beckett." (Mel Gussow; The New York Times) "Fizzles" at P.S. 122 ("No matter how little life gives there is always room for loss, Beckett obsessively reminds us, a sentiment Cutrona conveys with great delicacy." (Laurie Stone; The Village Voice) "The Dramatization...represents the author without embellishment of distortion - a direct emantion of his vision." (Mel Gussow; The New York Times) In Los Angeles he performed his chrestomathy of 10 Beckett works, "Nohow On". "Cutrona is an actor gifted with an insight that shines a bright light into the dark corners of Beckett's catalogue of the confusing world we live in... One wished he would go on-anyhow on-exploring the astonishing Beckett." (T.H. McCulloh; The Los Angeles Times). "You can almost hear James Joyce giggling off stage." (Steven Leigh Morris; LA WEEKLY). Noted for his renderings of his own and other poetry he often seen and heard at the now defunct but bracing Cafe Beckett in East Hollywood, Beyond Baroque in Venice, the old Nuyorican Cafe on E. 6th and St. Marks On The Bowery. He is known for his many appearances on television programs such as "The Practice", "The West Wing", "24", and "Mad Men" In John Landis' well considered opinion he was mentioned in his book "10 Best Worst Movies Ever Made" with "Shark Attack 3: Megalodon" as the improbably named Chuck 'bull-fuckin'-shit' Rampart. He has also seen better days on the big screen with "Hot Shots", "The Last Boy Scout", "In the line of Fire" and "Changeling". Recently heard on NPR's KCRW program "Unscripted" in Joe Frank's new show "A Life Well Lived", as well as many other Frank radio shows reaching back over 25 years, he was seen in Joe Frank's short movies for Propaganda Films; "The Perfect Woman" and "Memories". He is a lifetime member of the Actors Studio in New York and Los Angeles. He is currently starring in the HBO pilot, soon to be a series 'The Brink' featuring Jack Black and Tim Robbins. Directed by J Roach.


Year Title Role Notes
1986 No Picnic Live Pimp
1991 Hot Shots! Capt. Margolis
1991 The Last Boy Scout Harps
1992 Kuffs Florist
1992 Afterburn Wing Commander TV Movie
1992 Inside Out III Emcee Video
1993 Sliver Det. Ennis
1993 In the Line of Fire LAPD Brass
1993 Memories of Joe


1994 In the Army Now Colonel
1994 Wagons East Tom
1994 Flashfire Older Detective
1996 The Quest Officer O'Keefe
1996 The Glimmer Man Capt. Harris
1998 Psycho Chief of Police
1999 The '60's Chairman of Draft


TV Movie
1999 Deterrence Agent Dexter
2000 Running Mates Reporter #2 TV Movie
2000 Militia The President
2000 Rangers General Smith Video
2000 Blood Money Victor Tenolari TV Movie
2002 Diagnosis Murder: Without


Malcolm Adams TV Movie
2002 Shark Attack 3 Chuck Rampart Video
2003 King of the Ants Coach Brown
2003 Gods and Generals Gen. Marsena


2005 Lincoln's Eyes Short
2006 Americanese Hank Crane
2007 Look Mr. Bates
2007 Sex and Death 101 Officer Krupke
2008 Changeling Judge
2008 Mask of the Ninja Lt. Hill TV Movie
2009 Stolen Bill Byrnes
2010 Dad's Home Ron Staunton TV Movie
2012 The Collection Police


2014 The Taking of Deborah




Year Title Role Notes
1963 General Hospital Carmichael
1989 CBS Schoolbreak Special Lawyer Episode: "A Matter of

Conscience" (6.06)

1990 Alien Nation Phillip Dunaway Episode: "Generation to

Generation" (1.13)

1990 Hunter Sgt. Dave


2 episodes (6.21, 6.22)
1990 DEA Lt. Fadiman Episode: "Bloodsport"


1991 Equal Justice Dunn Episode: "Without

Prejudice" (2.10)

1991 My Life and Times Man #1 Episode: "Fare on

Park Avenue" (1.05)

1991 L.A. Law Mr Hearn, FBI


Episode: "Badfellas"


1993 Knots Landing William Reed Episode: "The Invisible

Man" (14.10)

1993 Murder in the Heartland C. Lauer Ward TV Mini-Series
1994 Picket Fences Doctor Episode: "Remote Control"


1994 The Adventures of Brisco

County, Jr.

Franklin Boggs Episode: "Brooklyn Dodgers"


1994 ER Mr. Wilson Episode: "24 Hours" (1.01)
1995 Babylon 5 Sgt. Major Plug Episode: "GROPOS" (2.10)
1997 Millennium Sheriff Paul


Episode: "Weeds" (1.11)
1997 Dark Skies Detective Episode: "To Pray in

Darkness" (1.17)

1997 Almost Perfect Ben Episode: "Where No Woman

Has Gone Before" (2.06)

1998 Nothing Sacred Resnick Episode: "Kindred Spirits"


1998 Brooklyn South Detective Bill


2 episodes (1.18, 1.20)
1998 Mike Hammer, Private Eye Simon Paley Episode: "Dead Men Talk"


1999 L.A. Doctors Ron Swift Episode: "O Captain, My

Captain" (1.21)

1999 Pensacola: Wings of Gold Fire Chief Episode: "On the Tee" (3.11)
2000 Becker Tony Episode: "Old Yeller" (2.16)
2000 JAG General Piper Episode: "Body Talk" (5.24)
2000 Providence Episode: "Trick or Treat"


2001 18 Wheels of Justice Det. Curtis Episode: "Crossing the Line"


2001 The X-Files The Captain Episode: "Nothing Important

Happened Today II" (9.02)

2002 Diagnosis: Murder Malcolm Adams Episode: "Without Warning"


2002 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Cut Man Episode: "Fight Night" (3.07)



The Practice Pathologist / Dr. Fine

/ Forensics Expert /


6 episodes
2002 NYPD Blue Gene Cardillo Episode: "Healthy McDowell

Movement" (10.10)

2003 Without a Trace Episode: "Clare de Lune"


2003 Miss Match Bradley's Attorney Episode: "Pilot" (1.01)
2004 The Bernie Mac Show Episode: "Stiff Upper Lip"


2005 Head Cases Grant Morgan Episode: "Pilot" (1.01)
2005 E-Ring Episode: "Pilot" (1.01)
2005 Boston Legal Congressman Raymond


Episode: "A Whiff and a

Prayer" (2.04)




The West Wing CIA Director George


7 episodes
2006 Cold Case Eamon 'Big Mac'


Episode: "Sandhogs" (4.03)
2006 Bones FBI Deputy Director

Robert Kirby

Episode: "Judas on a Pole"


2007 Smith Fred Cole 2 episodes (1.04, 1.05)
2008 Medium Reginald Smythe Episode: "Wicked Game:

Part:Two" (4.10)



Mad Men Gene Driscoll / Gene


6 episodes
2009 Lincoln Heights Police Commissioner

Hugh Volker

2 episodes (4.08, 4.10)
2010 NCIS Ray Beringer Episode: "Jet Lag" (7.13)



24 Admiral John Smith 12 episodes
2011 Breakout Kings Ellis Beaumont Episode: "Like Father, Like

Son" (1.06)

2011 Harry's Law Episode: "Bad to Worse"


2012 The Finder Henry Coleman Episode: "Bullets" (1.02)
2012 The Inbetweeners Police Chief Episode: "Fire!" (1.09)
2013 Criminal Minds Sam Episode: "Pay It Forward"


2013 Franklin & Bash Judge Jack Battershell Episode: "Dead and Alive"


2013 Sons of Anarchy Griffin 2 episodes (6.05, 6.06)
2015 The Brink James Donaldson 5 episodes
2015 Control Nick Barnes Sr Short
TBA The Return of Mike and Ike Chairman Post-Production

Video Games

Year Title Role Notes
1995 The Dark Eye Voice
2011 L.A. Noire Police Chief William


2012 Dishonored Samuel Beechworth Voice