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Steven Bradford Culp
December 3, 1955
|Alma mater||College of William and Mary (B.A.)|
Brandeis University (M.F.A.)
|Spouse(s)||Barbara Ayers (currently married)|
Steven Bradford Culp (born December 3, 1955) is an American film and television actor. He is known for his roles as Rex Van de Kamp on ABC's Desperate Housewives, Clayton Webb on JAG, and Speaker of the United States House of Representatives Jeff Haffley on NBC's The West Wing.
Culp was born in La Jolla, California, the son of Mary Ann Joseph (Born. Coshocton, Ohio), and Joseph Franklin Culp (Born. Dallas). Both his father and stepfather were in the United States Navy. He attended First Colonial High School in Virginia where he was voted most talented student.
He graduated from the College of William and Mary in 1978 with a major in English literature and also studied at the University of Exeter in the United Kingdom. He earned an M.F.A. from Brandeis University in 1981.
One of Culp's earliest roles was in Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday (1993) as Robert Campbell, a reporter looking into the Jason murders. He also played the father of the titular character in James and the Giant Peach. Culp is known for his recurring roles as CIA Agent Clayton Webb on JAG (1997–2004) and Major Hayes on Star Trek: Enterprise (2003–2004). His characters in both series were killed in the same week in the shows' season finales, although Webb's character in JAG reappeared in the series’ subsequent season premiere. In 2004, Steven became the first actor to appear as a recurring character in four television series simultaneously: The West Wing, Star Trek: Enterprise, JAG and ER.
Culp portrayed Robert F. Kennedy twice, in the TV movie Norma Jean & Marilyn (1996) and the film Thirteen Days (2000). In 1995, Culp briefly starred on The Young and the Restless as Brian Hamilton. He played Commander Martin Madden in Star Trek: Nemesis (2002), a character written to replace William Riker as first officer of the Enterprise. However, due to the film's length, Culp's scenes were included in several cut from the final film. His scenes as Madden can be seen in the Nemesis DVD deleted scenes. In the third season of Star Trek: Enterprise, Culp played the recurring character Major Hayes, leader of the M.A.C.O.s. He was in five episodes; "The Xindi", "The Shipment", "Harbinger", "Hatchery" and "Countdown", where Hayes was shot saving a fellow crewmember.
Other performances include playing the leading role of the photographer Richard Stewart in the English as a Second Language educational video series Family Album, U.S.A. He also had a role as antagonist Peter Drummond in the television movie How to Make a Monster, in which computer game programmers accidentally give life to a deadly AI and members of a software company attempt to beat the game to save their lives. Culp played Rex Van de Kamp on Desperate Housewives for one season. His character was killed at the end of the season, although Culp reprised his role several times in flashback sequences and as narrator. He appeared in the television series The West Wing as Republican Speaker of the House of Representatives Jeff Haffley. Culp starred in a few episodes of the second season of 24 as Secret Service agent Ted Simmons.
Culp won the Celebrity Poker Showdown Seventh Season Championship game. He was seen on the ABC series Traveler as Special Agent in Charge Fred Chambers and on NCIS as Navy Commander William Skinner. He also appeared in the Stargate Atlantis episode "Miller's Crossing", and on Medium, in the episode "Do You Hear What I Hear", as well as on the pilot episode of The Mentalist. He starred as Thomas Foran in the film The Chicago 8. In 2012, Culp guest starred on episodes of ABC's Body of Proof, TNT's Perception and played Dr. Parker on Grey's Anatomy. He also had a recurring role on NBC's Revolution as Edward Truman, high commander of the Patriots.
He is married to Barbara Ayers, and they have two children together. He had two half-sisters, Shelly Grabinsky and Kathryn Harvey. On January 1, 2006, Kathryn was murdered in Richmond, Virginia, along with her husband, Bryan, and their two daughters, Stella and Ruby (ages 9 and 4, respectively). In February 2006, two men were convicted of the Harvey family murder and several other murders, as well as other crimes in the Richmond area. One of those men, Ricky Gray, was executed at Greensville Correctional Center in Jarratt, Virginia, by lethal injection on January 18, 2017. The other man, Ray Dandridge (Gray's nephew), pled guilty to his role in the murders and is serving three life sentences without possibility of parole.
|1989||Gross Anatomy||Jerry Fanning Forrester|
|1991||Dead Again||Party Guest|
|1993||Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday||Robert Campbell|
|1996||James and the Giant Peach||James' Father|
|2000||Thirteen Days||Robert F. Kennedy|
|2002||Star Trek Nemesis||Commander Martin Madden||His scenes in Nemesis were cut but appeared in the DVD version.|
|2002||The Emperor's Club||Older Martin Blythe|
|2005||The Sisters||Dr. Harry Glass|
|2005||Deck the Halls||Lifetime character|
|2007||Firehouse Dog||Zachary Hayden|
|2008||From Within||Pastor Joe|
|2008||Leaving Barstow||Mr. Johns|
|2011||The Chicago 8||Thomas Foran|
|2014||Captain America: The Winter Soldier||Senator Scudder|
|2017||The Last Word||Sam Serman|
|1982||Another World||Tom Nelson|
|1983–1984||One Life to Live||Daniel Wolek|
|1988||The Cosby Show||Father-to-Be|
|1989||ABC Afterschool Special|
|1989||A Man Called Hawk||Carter|
|1989||Murphy Brown||Brad Stockton|
|1990||Father Dowling Mysteries||Bill Taylor|
|1992||Quicksand: No Escape||Bartender|
|1993||Reasonable Doubts||Peter Maxwell|
|1994||Diagnosis: Murder||Company Man|
|1995||Touched by an Angel||Dr. Rence Patterson|
|1995||The Young and the Restless||Brian Hamilton|
|1996||Baywatch Nights||Garth Youngblood|
|1996||Beverly Hills, 90210||Mr. Dreesen|
|1996||Norma Jean & Marilyn||Robert F. Kennedy|
|1997||Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman||Peter Doyle|
|1997||Mike Hammer, Private Eye||Father James|
|1997–2004||JAG||Special Agent Clayton Webb, CIA||Recurring role; 41 episodes|
|1998||Pensacola: Wings of Gold||Thomas Belafontaine|
|1998||Chicago Hope||Mr. Turner|
|1998||Any Day Now||Randall Clemens|
|2000||Ally McBeal||Attorney Dixon|
|2000||Family Law||Mr. Petry|
|2000||Providence||Dr. Jordan Roberts|
|2000||Murder, She Wrote: A Story to Die For||William Batsby|
|2001||How to Make a Monster||Drummond|
|2001||Boston Public||Mel Breen|
|2001||Philly||Detective John O'Brien|
|2002||Crossing Jordan||Detective Rick Frazier|
|2002||Push, Nevada||Well-Dressed Man|
|2003||Mister Sterling||Senator Ron Garland|
|2002–2003||The Practice||Atty. Emmanuel Kupcheck / Hospital Atty. Alldredge|
|2003||The Lyon's Den||Brad Manning|
|2003–2005||The West Wing||Speaker of the House Jeff Haffley||Recurring role; 9 episodes|
|1999–2004||ER||Dave Spencer / Dr. Charles Cameron|
|2004||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Lieutenant Mendez|
|2003–2004||Star Trek: Enterprise||Major Hayes||Recurring role; 5 episodes|
|2007||The Closer||Lucas Cordry||Season 3: Til Death Do Us Part, Parts I and II|
|2007||Stargate: Atlantis||Henry Wallace||Episode: "Miller's Crossing"|
|2007||Boston Legal||A.D.A. Norman Wilson||Season 4: Oral Contracts|
|2007||NCIS||Commander William Skinner||Season 5: Chimera|
|2008||Criminal Minds||Lawyer Lester Serling||Season 3: Tabula Rasa|
|2008||The Mentalist||Morgan Tolliver|
|2009||Impact||President Edward Taylor|
|2010||Burn Notice||Christian Aikins||Season 4: Where There's Smoke|
|2011||The Chicago Code||Dennis Mahoney|
|2011||Law & Order: Los Angeles||Ben Corrigan|
|2012||Body of Proof||Eric Greyson|
|2004–2012||Desperate Housewives||Rex Van de Kamp||Series regular (season 1), guest star (seasons 2-3, 5, 7-8)|
|2012||Grey's Anatomy||Dr. Parker|
|2015||Scream Queens||Clark Ulrich|
|2015||Bosch||D.A. Richard 'Rick' O'Shea|
|2015||Arrow||Senator Joseph Cray|
|2016||How to Get Away with Murder||Season 2, Episode 1|
|2018||Waco||FBI Agent Jeff Jamar|
|2018||The Last Ship||President Joshua Reiss|
|2019||American Horror Story: 1984||Mr. Thompson||Episode: "Mr. Jingles"|
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- Nathan, David (December 31, 2004). "Brandeis graduate stars in hit show Desperate Housewives". Retrieved 2010-09-29.
- "Interview with Steven Culp". myFanbase. Retrieved 2014-01-17.
- Times-Dispatch, FRANK GREEN AND ALI ROCKETT Richmond. "Executed: Ricky Gray put to death for murders of Harvey girls". Richmond Times-Dispatch. Retrieved 2017-12-27.
- email@example.com, Caine O'Rear. "Dandridge Gets Three Life Sentences". Richmond Times-Dispatch. Retrieved 2017-12-27.