A frequent guest star who played a wide variety of characters on popular television shows, actor Michael Jace finally received his due as the spiritual, but closeted homosexual police officer Julien L...
|Nikita||2013 2009 - 2013||Actor||n/a||20137|
|Kings||1999 1998 - 1999||Actor||Dane||19997|
|Judging Amy||2004 1998 - 2004||Actor||Mr. Rhymers||20047|
|Private Practice||2012 2006 - 2012||Actor||Randy||20127|
|Bats: Human Harvest||2007 2006 - 2007||Actor||n/a||20077|
|Rizzoli & Isles||2013 2008 - 2013||Actor||n/a||20137|
|Cold Case||2009 2002 - 2009||Actor||Andre Tibbs (94/06)||20097|
|Dangerous Minds||1996 1995 - 1996||Actor||Jerome Griffin||19967|
|Murder, She Wrote: The Last Free Man||Actor||Sam Pinckney||7|
|Michael Jordan: An American Hero||1998 1997 - 1998||Actor||Michael Jordan||19987|
|CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||2013 1999 - 2013||Actor||Security Director||20137|
|The Shield||2008 2000 - 2008||Actor||Officer Julien Lowe||20087|
|Burn Notice||2011 2005 - 2011||Actor||n/a||20117|
|Any Day Now||2001 1997 - 2001||Actor||n/a||20017|
|Cradle 2 the Grave||2003||Actor||Odion||20037|
|Southland||2012 2007 - 2012||Actor||n/a||20127|
|The Replacements||2000||Actor||Earl Wilkinson||20007|
|Strange Days||1995||Actor||Wade Beemer||19957|
|The Great White Hype||1996||Actor||Marvin Shabazz||19967|
|Seed: A Love Story||1997 1996 - 1997||Actor||Chuckles||19977|
|Thick As Thieves||Actor||Malcolm||7|
|Gridiron Gang||2006||Actor||Mr. Jones||20067|
|Ryan Caulfield: Year One||1999 1998 - 1999||Actor||n/a||19997|
|Planet of the Apes||2001||Actor||Major Frank Santos||20017|
|State of Play||2009||Actor||Officer Brown||20097|
|ER||2008 1993 - 2008||Actor||n/a||20087|
|Under One Roof||Actor||Troy Harris||7|
|Tyson||1994 1993 - 1994||Actor||Mitch Green||19947|
|Clear and Present Danger||1994||Actor||Coast Guardsman||19947|
|Under Suspicion||1994 1993 - 1994||Actor||Charlie Taylor||19947|
|Forrest Gump||1994||Actor||Black Panther||19947|
|NYPD Blue||2004 1992 - 2004||Actor||Vernon McGhee||20047|
|Chicago Hope||1999 1993 - 1999||Actor||Resident||19997|
|Nash Bridges||2000 1994 - 2000||Actor||Michael Williams||20007|
|The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr.||1993 1992 - 1993||Actor||Sergeant at Arms||19937|
|Arli$$||2002 1995 - 2002||Actor||n/a||20027|
|L.A. Law||1993 1985 - 1993||Actor||Male Officer||19937|
Born July 13, 1965 in New York City, Jace was raised in Hackensack, NJ, where he grew up playing high school basketball and baseball. After graduating, he attended college and developed an interest in acting when he saw his girlfriend rehearsing for a play. From there, he fully devoted himself to his new profession with the same zeal that he had when playing sports, eventually studying his craft at the Classic Stage Conservatory in New York. Following graduation, Jace worked in regional theater across the United States, before he moved to Los Angeles to further his career. Almost immediately, he landed his first television gig on that mainstay for New York actors, "Law & Order," (NBC, 1990-2010), and quickly followed with a turn as a young district attorney on "NYPD Blue" (ABC, 1993-2005) and as a cop on "L.A. Law" (NBC, 1986-94). Jace went on to a succession of television guest appearances, landing roles on "Chicago Hope" (CBS, 1994-2000) and "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" (syndicated, 1993-99), where he was the first officer aboard another starship.
Making the jump to the big screen, Jace had a small part as a Black Panther in the Vietnam portion of "Forrest Gump" (1994), and went on to play a member of the Coast Guard in the adaptation of the Tom Clancy political thriller "Clear and Present Danger" (1994). After a small role in the futuristic sci-fi thriller "Strange Days" (1995), Jace was a ticket scalper in Tony Scott's sports-themed thriller, "The Fan" (1996), the manager of a Pep Boys in Paul Thomas Anderson's ode to 1970s porn, "Boogie Nights" (1997), and a military officer in Tim Burton's dismissed remake of "Planet of the Apes" (2001). Of course, like any busy working actor, Jace juggled parts in both mediums, continuing to make guest appearances on TV series like "Nash Bridges" (CBS, 1996-2001), "ER" (NBC, 1994-2009) and the short-lived medical drama "L.A. Doctors" (CBS, 1998-99). Due in equal parts to an uncanny resemblance and his natural athletic ability, Jace landed the role of NBA superstar Michael Jordan in the made-for-cable television movie, "Michael Jordan: An American Hero" (Fox Family Channel, 1999), which lead to a brief, but fleeting brush with stardom.
Back to his rotating status as a guest star, Jace returned to "NYPD Blue" to play another role before landing two episodes of "Judging Amy," (CBS, 1999-2005). Already making his bones as a dependable performer who could play anything from a brutal cop to a savvy lawyer to a street thug, Jace finally hit pay dirt when writer and executive producer, Shawn Ryan, cast him in a prominent supporting role on the high-octane cop drama, "The Shield" (FX, 2002-08), which focused on a corrupt Strike Team headed by Det. Vic Mackey (Michael Chiklis). Jace played uniform police officer Julien Lowe, a rookie who learns the ropes with his training officer (Catherine Dent) while struggling to reconcile his deeply held Christian beliefs with both his job and his latent homosexuality. Threatened by Mackey after being caught in a tryst with a small-time hustler (Brent Roam), Julien tries to "fix" his problem by undergoing so-called conversion therapy and marrying a woman whose son he arrested. Ryan originally planned to kill Julien off by the end of the first season, but the show's creator was so taken with Jace's quiet, but powerful performance that the actor stayed on for the duration of the show, though by the end, his character featured less prominently in the main storyline.
In his "Shield" down time, Jace appeared in the inspirational football drama, "The Gridiron Gang" (2006) along with Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, which told the story of a correctional facility for boys that forms its own football team. He also continued making guest appearances on TV with an episode of "Cold Case" (CBS, 2003-2010), but on the whole, he focused mainly on "The Shield." Once that show ended its run in 2008, Jace found himself on another gritty LAPD crime series, "Southland" (NBC/TNT, 2009- ), and returned to features with a small role as a police officer in the Russell Crowe political thriller "State of Play" (2009). But the small screen remained the actor's bread and butter, as Jace continued to rack up guest spots on a host of popular series like "Rizzoli & Isles" (TNT, 2010- ), "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (CBS, 2000- ), "Burn Notice" (USA Network, 2007- ), "The Mentalist" (CBS, 2008- ), "Private Practice" (ABC, 2007-2013) and "Nikita" (The CW, 2010- ).
By Shawn Dwyer
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