Steven Culp

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Steven Culp
Steven Bradford Culp

(1955-12-03) December 3, 1955 (age 64)
Alma materCollege of William and Mary (B.A.)
Brandeis University (M.F.A.)
Years active1982–present
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.

Early life[edit]

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.[1] 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.[2]


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.[3]

Personal life[edit]

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.[4] 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.[5]


Year Title Role Notes
1989 Gross Anatomy Jerry Fanning Forrester
1991 Dead Again Party Guest
1993 Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday Robert Campbell
1993 Fearless Emergency Doctor
1996 James and the Giant Peach James' Father
2000 Nurse Betty Friend
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
2004 Spartan Gaines
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
Year Title Role Notes
1982 Another World Tom Nelson
1983–1984 One Life to Live Daniel Wolek
1988 Lincoln John Hay
1988 The Cosby Show Father-to-Be
1989 ABC Afterschool Special
1989 A Man Called Hawk Carter
1989 Duet Martin
1989 Murphy Brown Brad Stockton
1989 Newhart Brett
1989 Hooperman
1990 L.A. Law
1990 Father Dowling Mysteries Bill Taylor
1992 Quicksand: No Escape Bartender
1992 Dream On Dan
1993 Reasonable Doubts Peter Maxwell
1994 Diagnosis: Murder Company Man
1995 Touched by an Angel Dr. Rence Patterson
1995 Sisters Graham Pressman
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 Pacific Palisades Judge
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 Profiler
1998 Chicago Hope Mr. Turner
1998 Any Day Now Randall Clemens
1999 Brimstone Frankie
1999 V.I.P. Financial Officer
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 24 Ted Simmons
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 Medium Darren Swenson
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 Zoo Clayton Burke
2012 Grey's Anatomy Dr. Parker
2012 Longmire Johnson Mace
2013 Revolution Edward Truman
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
2017 The Orville Willks
2018 Waco FBI Agent Jeff Jamar
2018 The Last Ship President Joshua Reiss
2019 American Horror Story: 1984 Mr. Thompson Episode: "Mr. Jingles"


  1. ^ "Steven Culp Biography". Retrieved 2017-12-27.
  2. ^ Nathan, David (December 31, 2004). "Brandeis graduate stars in hit show Desperate Housewives". Retrieved 2010-09-29.
  3. ^ "Interview with Steven Culp". myFanbase. Retrieved 2014-01-17.
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^, Caine O'Rear. "Dandridge Gets Three Life Sentences". Richmond Times-Dispatch. Retrieved 2017-12-27.

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