David Rees Snell
Actor David Rees Snell gained notoriety on one of the most acclaimed television dramas of the new millennium, going from uncredited extra to permanent cast member over the course of its run. The Wichita native made his television debut in the Brooke Shields thriller "I Can Make You Love Me" (CBS, 1993) and after a temporary return to his hometown, returned to Hollywood, where he picked up minor parts in such projects as the Ang Lee western "Ride with the Devil" (1999). Opportunities, however, remained scarce for the struggling actor, until series creator Shawn Ryan - an old friend from Snell's theater days - cast him as Detective Ronnie Gardocki on the acclaimed cop drama "The Shield" (FX, 2002-08). Initially a non-speaking role, Snell soon ingratiated himself with producers and fans alike and became a more vocal cast member by the show's fifth season. Notoriety on "The Shield" brought more opportunities Snell's way, including voice work on several popular video games, including the best-selling "Call of Duty 2" (Activision, 2005). After "The Shield" closed its ranks for good in 2008, the actor moved on to a steady stream of guest spots, including recurring roles during the last year of the Ryan's military drama "The Unit" (CBS, 2006-09) and the fourth season of the hit biker gang series "Sons of Anarchy" (FX, 2008-14). Snell remained a dependable resource for casting directors looking for solid, often understated work for some of television's most admired series.