Geoffrey Pierson

Actor
A soap opera star of the 1980s who emerged in the 90s as a primetime sitcom star, Geoffrey Pierson was well into his 20 before he embarking on an acting career. He made his professional debut at the Shady Land Summer ... Read more »
Born: 06/16/1949 in Chicago, Illinois, USA

Filmography

Actor (47)

The Brink 2014 - 2016 (TV Show)

Actor

The Astronaut Wives Club 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Revenge of the Green Dragons 2014 (Movie)

Captain Higgins (Actor)

You're Not You 2014 (Movie)

Kate's Father (Actor)

Becker 1987 - 1988, 1994 - 2001, 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Cosby 1987 - 1988, 1994 - 2001, 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Dexter 1994 - 1999, 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Grace Under Fire 1987 - 1988, 1994 - 2001, 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Law & Order 1987 - 1988, 1991 - 2001, 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Married... With Children 1987 - 1988, 1994 - 1999, 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Nash Bridges 1987 - 1988, 1994 - 2001, 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

New York Undercover 1987 - 1988, 1994 - 2001, 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Party of Five 1987 - 1988, 1994 - 2001, 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Popular 1987 - 1988, 1994 - 2001, 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Unhappily Ever After 1987 - 1988, 1991 - 2001, 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

God Bless America 2012 (Movie)

Frank's Boss (Actor)

Atlas Shrugged Part One 2011 (Movie)

Michael "Midas" Mulligan (Actor)

J. Edgar 2011 (Movie)

Mitchell Palmer (Actor)

Jack and Jill 2011 (Movie)

Carter Simmons (Actor)

Something Borrowed 2011 (Movie)

Dexter Thaler Sr. (Actor)

Glory Daze 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

World's Greatest Dad 2009 (Movie)

Principal Anderson (Actor)

Changeling 2008 (Movie)

S.S. Hahn (Actor)

Get Smart 2008 (Movie)

Vice President (Actor)

Already Dead 2007 (Movie)

Pierce (Actor)

Dragon Wars 2007 (Movie)

Secretary of Defense (Actor)

Valley of Light 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Sleeping Dogs Lie 2006 (Movie)

Dad (Actor)

24 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Underclassman 2005 (Movie)

Former Basketball Star (Actor)

Spartan 2004 (Movie)

Pearce (Actor)

The District 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

The West Wing 2002 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Touched By an Angel 1994 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

That '80s Show 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Behind Enemy Lines 2001 (Movie)

Admiral Donnelly (Actor)

Leave It to Beaver 1997 (Movie)

Coach Gordon (Actor)

Two Bits 1995 (Movie)

Dr Wilson (Actor)

Mutts 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Ryan's Hope 1974 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The Mating Season 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Murder in Black & White (TV Show)

Actor

Necessary Parties (TV Show)

Actor

Sweet Nothing in My Ear (TV Show)

Voice

The Mating Season (Movie)

(Actor)

The Poseidon Adventure (TV Show)

Actor

Windy City Heat (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

A soap opera star of the 1980s who emerged in the 90s as a primetime sitcom star, Geoffrey Pierson was well into his 20 before he embarking on an acting career. He made his professional debut at the Shady Land Summer Theatre in Marengo, Illinois in 1976. The following year, he enrolled at the Yale School of Drama and by 1978, had made his NYC stage debut in the small role of a doctor in "Wings". The handsome actor remained with the play when it transferred to Broadway, simultaneously commuting to New Haven to work on his MFA. After graduation, Pierson found employment in daytime dramas beginning with a brief stint as a policeman on NBC's "Texas" and culminating in a three year stint as the charismatic politician Frank Ryan on ABC's acclaimed "Ryan's Hope" (1983-85). While still based in NYC, he segued to primetime with guest appearances on shows like "Kate and Allie" and "The Equalizer". He appeared in the CBS TV-movie "The Mating Season" (1980) and made an impact as the father of a youth (Mark-Paul Gosselaar) who sues his parents when they decide to divorce in "Necessary Parties" (PBS, 1988), directed by Alan Arkin. By the 90s, Pierson had begun to make his mark in primetime sitcoms. He landed the recurring role as the ex-husband of Brett Butler's Grace Kelly on "Grace Under Fire" (ABC). Simultaneously, Pierson was tapped as the lead in The WB sitcom "Unhappily Ever After" (1995-99), playing half of a couple facing a bitter divorce who learn they cannot live without one another. After supporting turns in films such as "Behind Enemy Lines" (2001) and "Spartan" (2004) and a short stint starring on the brief-lived Fox sit-com "That 80s Show" (2002), Pierson returned to series TV in the 2004-2005 season of the hit drama "24" as a senator who becomes embroiled in Jack Bauer's turbulent life.

Relationships

Helen T Pierson

Mother

Elizabeth Pierson

Daughter

Norah Pierson

Daughter

Roy Pierson

Son

Catherine Daly

Wife
Married in 1971

Roy Pierson

Father

EDUCATION

Yale University

New Haven , Connecticut 1980

Fordham University

Bronx , New York 1971

Milestones

2011

Cast opposite Leonardo DiCaprio in the biographical drama "J. Edgar"; again directed by Eastwood

2011

Played a supporting role in romantic comedy "Something Borrowed"

2010

Made a guest appearance on HBO's "Boardwalk Empire"

2008

Played the vice president in the big screen adaptation of "Get Smart"

2008

Portrayed the flamboyant defense attorney Sammy 'S.S.' Hahn in Clint Eastwood's "Changeling"

2006

Appeared in Bob Goldthwait's indie feature "Sleeping Dogs Lie"

2006

Played Captain Tom Matthews on the Showtime series "Dexter"

2005

Cast in the NBC movie "The Poseidon Adventure," a remake of the 1972 film that starred Gene Hackman and Shelley Winters

2004

Starred in David Mamet's "Spartan" with Derek Luke and Val Kilmer

2003

Returned to series TV as Senator John Keeler on the Fox action drama "24"

2003

Had a recurring role as Senate Minority Leader Tripplehorn on the NBC political drama "The West Wing"

2002

Cast on the short-lived Fox comedy "That '80s Show" as R.T. Howard

1995

Returned to features in small role in "Two Bits"

1995

Starred as Jack Malloy on The WB sitcom "Unhappily Ever After"

1993

Played Jimmy Kelly, Grace's ex-husband, on the ABC sitcom "Grace Under Fire"

1988

Co-starred in "Necessary Parties" (PBS)

1983

Played Frank Ryan on the ABC daytime drama "Ryan's Hope"

1983

Feature film debut, "Without a Trace"

1980

Had first regular role on TV as Lt. Donovan on the NBC soap opera "Texas"

1980

Made TV-movie debut in "The Mating Season" (CBS)

1978

NYC stage debut in small role as a doctor in the New York Shakespeare Festival production of "Wings"; show later transferred to Broadway

1976

Professional stage debut at the Shady Land Summer Theatre in Marengo, IL

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