Zach Grenier

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Zach Grenier
Grenier in 2018
Years active1987–present

Zach Grenier is an American character actor of film, television and stage. He is best known for his roles in films such as Fight Club, Tommy Boy, and Twister and for his roles in television such as David Lee in The Good Wife and Andy Cramed in Deadwood.

Life and career[edit]

Grenier's mother, who was an announcer on a Polish radio program, met his father when he was working as a sound engineer at WBNX in the Bronx in the late 1930s.[1] He is a graduate of Ann Arbor Pioneer High School.[2]

He was a regular cast member on C-16 from 1997 to 1998.[3]

He appeared in the first season of the television show 24 as Carl Webb; played Andy Cramed, the gambler who brought the plague to town, on Deadwood; and appeared in several episodes of Law & Order. On film he played Edward Norton's boss in Fight Club and Mel Nicolai in Zodiac, both David Fincher films. He appeared in the 1988 movie Talk Radio as finance guru Sid Greenberg, a role that he played in the original stage version of the script. In the movie Twister, he played Eddie, Dr. Jonas Miller's assistant. He played Mr. Reilly, one of the Callahan Auto Parts associates, in Tommy Boy. He appeared in Donnie Brasco as a marriage therapist. He played a role of Professor Cardiff in a 2006 horror film Pulse.

In 2009, he appeared on Broadway opposite Jane Fonda in 33 Variations,[4] earning him a Tony Award nomination.

In 2010, he was cast on the television series The Good Wife as David Lee, a senior attorney, a role that soon became part of the recurring ensemble. He was promoted to series regular at the start of the fifth season in September 2013.[5]


Year Title Role Notes
1986, 1989 The Equalizer Wirth Episode: "A Community of Civilized Men"
Pack Episode: "The Caper"
1987–88 Kate & Allie Engineer 2 episodes, credited as Zachary Grenier
1987, 1989 Miami Vice Internal Affairs Officer Episode: "Theresa"
Eric Terry Episode: "Miracle Man"
1988–89 Tattingers Sonny Franks 11 episodes
1989 A Man Called Hawk Ken Whitewood Episode: "Choice of Chance"
1991 The Golden Girls Vaczy Episode: "The Case of the Libertine Belle"
1991–2022 Law & Order Various characters 7 episodes
1993, 2000 NYPD Blue Rudolf Wentz Episode: "NYPD Lou"
Det. Lou Simpkins Episode: "Tea and Sympathy"
1994 Normandy: The Great Crusade Robert Slaughter Voice only; TV movie
1994 The Cosby Mysteries Episode: "Our Lady of Cement"
1995 New York News Mike Paretti Episode: "Forgotten"
1996 Gang in Blue Joe Beckstrem TV movie
1997–98 C-16: FBI Jack DiRado Main cast
1999 Ally McBeal Attorney Benson Episode: "Sex, Lies and Politics"
2000 Judging Amy Dr. Norman Golden Episode: "The Out-of-Towners"
2000 The Practice Detective R. Larson Episodes: "Summary Judgements" and "Show and Tell"
2001 Laughter on the 23rd Floor Brian Doyle TV movie
2001 The Whistle-Blower Louis T. Weitzman TV movie
2001 The X-Files Dr. Herman Stites Episode: "Alone"
2001 Curb Your Enthusiasm Lane Michaelson Episodes: "The Doll" and "The Massage"
2001–02 24 Carl Webb 9 episodes
2002 JAG Colonel Boyett Episode: "Code of Conduct"
2002 Without a Trace Ricardo Episode: "Pilot"
2002 Robbery Homicide Division Skip Dayton Episode: "2028"
2002 The Guardian Henry Thomas Episode: "The Living"
2002 Star Trek: Enterprise Renth Episode: "The Catwalk"
2003 Veritas: The Quest Hossik Episode: "Reunion"
2004 Touching Evil Special Agent Hank Enright Main cast
2004 Dr. Vegas Det. Rosen Episode: "Limits"
2004 Crossing Jordan Norman Farrell Episode: "Fire in the Sky"
2004–06 Deadwood Andy Cramed 9 episodes
2005 CSI: NY Ross Howell Episode: "Recycling"
2005 Medium Professor Leonard Cardwell Episode: "The Other Side of the Tracks"
2005, 2007 Boston Legal U.S. Attorney Chris Randolph 2 episodes
2006 CSI: Miami Professor Meyer Episode: "Fade Out"
2006 Numb3rs Peyton Shoemaker Episode: "Provenance"
2006 The Nine Sean McDermott 3 episodes
2007 Cold Case Ambrose Stone in 1919 Episode: "Torn"
2007 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Dr. Kachler Episode: "Dead Doll"
2009 The Philanthropist Tyler Timson Episode: "Kashmir"
2010–11 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Judge Miranski 2 episodes
2010–16 The Good Wife David Lee Recurring (seasons 1–4), regular (season 5–7); 62 episodes
2013 Zero Hour Wayne Blanks 3 episodes
2014 The Blacklist Novak Episode: "Madeline Pratt (No. 73)"
2014 Turks & Caicos Dido Parsons TV film
2016 BrainDead Dean Healy 8 episodes
2017 Chicago P.D. Father Bill McSorley Episode: "Sanctuary"
2017, 2020–22 The Good Fight David Lee Guest (seasons 1, 6); main role (seasons 4–5)[6]
2017 Blindspot Herman Episode: "Solos"
2018–19 Ray Donovan Ed Feratti 6 episodes
2019 God Friended Me James Abbott Episode: "The Lady"
2020 Devs Kenton 7 episodes
2022 FBI: Most Wanted Vasily Matrushok Episode: "Decriminalised"
2022 Killing It Jim Gallant Episode: "The Hard Place"
Year Title Role Notes
1988 Kenny Jesse
1988 Working Girl Jim
1989 See No Evil, Hear No Evil Jerk
1990 A Shock to the System Executive #2
1991 Problem Child 2 Voytek
1991 Delirious Mickey
1991 Liebestraum Barnard Ralston IV
1993 The Contenders Transgender
1993 Cliffhanger Davis
1993 The Man Without a Face Dr. Lionel Talbot, Psychiatrist
1995 Tommy Boy Ted Reilly
1995 Cafe Society Milton Macka
1995 Drunks Al
1995 Reckless Anchor Person Trish
1995 The Stars Fell on Henrietta Larry Ligstow
1996 Twister Eddie
1996 Mother Night Joseph Goebbels
1996 Maximum Risk Ivan Dzasokhov
1997 Donnie Brasco Dr. Berger
1997 White Lies Terry Seabrooks
1997 Under The Bridge John
1999 Ride With the Devil Mr. Evans
1999 Fight Club Richard Chesler
2000 Shaft Harrison Loeb
2000 Chasing Sleep Geoffrey
2001 Swordfish Assistant Director Bill Joy
2006 Pulse Professor Cardiff American remake of the 2001 film with same name
2006 Rescue Dawn Squad Leader
2007 Zodiac Mel Nicolai
2007 Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer Mr. Sherman/Rafke
2008 The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond Mr. Fenstermaker
2009 Earthwork Mayor
2011 J. Edgar John Condon
2014 RoboCop Senator Hubert Dreyfus
2014 Free the Nipple Jim Black
2015 Manhattan Romance Trevor
2017 Crown Heights Detective Cassel
2022 She Said Irwin Reiter


  1. ^ "What's Up, Zach Grenier? The Man and Boy Star on TV-Land, Jane Fonda Fandom and 'Farming' with Frank Langella". October 7, 2011. Retrieved June 15, 2019.
  2. ^ Jenn McKee (March 21, 2012). "Ann Arbor's 'The Good Wife' star Zach Grenier leads all-star cast in local 'Ajax' and 'Philoctetes' reading". The Ann Arbor News.
  3. ^ Terrace, Vincent. Encyclopedia of Television Shows, 1925 through 2007 (Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Co., 2008), p.331.
  4. ^ "Zach Grenier – Broadway Cast & Staff". Retrieved June 15, 2019.
  5. ^ Stanhope, Kate (June 20, 2013). "The Good Wife Promotes Zach Grenier to Series Regular". TV Guide. Archived from the original on January 4, 2014. Retrieved April 3, 2014.
  6. ^ Ausiello, Michael (December 21, 2019). "The Good Fight: [Spoiler] Returning as a Series Regular — 2020 FIRST LOOK". TVLine. Retrieved December 21, 2019.

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