John Fleck

Actor
An openly gay performance artist, Fleck was noted for covering the stage and himself in refuse and clutter while making pointed political and social commentary on everything from racial intolerance to sexual ... Read more »
Born: 05/06/1951 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA

Filmography

Actor (80)

Switched at Birth 2014 (Tv Show)

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The Middle 2014 (Tv Show)

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True Blood 2013 (Tv Show)

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Criminal Minds 2012 (Tv Show)

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Eagleheart 2012 (Tv Show)

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Weeds 2010 - 2011 (Tv Show)

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Bones 2010 (Tv Show)

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Nip/Tuck 2009 (Tv Show)

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The Perfect Sleep 2009 (Movie)

Van Heflin (Actor)

Zeke & Luther 2009 (Tv Show)

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Grave Misconduct 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

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Jane Doe: Eye of the Beholder 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

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Chuck 2007 (Tv Show)

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Crazy 2006 (Movie)

Lloyd "Cowboy" Copas (Actor)

Death & Texas 2006 (Movie)

J Woodsy Niles (Actor)

Desire 2006 (Tv Show)

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The Evidence 2006 (Tv Show)

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What About Brian 2006 (Tv Show)

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Ally McBeal 1993 - 2000, 2003 - 2004 (Tv Show)

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Boston Common 1995 - 1997, 2003 - 2004 (Tv Show)

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Carnivàle 2003 - 2004 (Tv Show)

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Cybill 1993 - 1997, 1999 - 2000, 2003 - 2004 (Tv Show)

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Enterprise 2001 - 2004 (Tv Show)

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Family Law 1992 - 2000, 2003 - 2004 (Tv Show)

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Jack & Jill 1993 - 1997, 1999 - 2000, 2003 - 2004 (Tv Show)

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Joan of Arcadia 2004 (Tv Show)

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L.A. Law 1992 - 2000, 2003 - 2004 (Tv Show)

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Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman 1993 - 1997, 1999 - 2000, 2003 - 2004 (Tv Show)

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Mad About You 1993 - 1997, 2003 - 2004 (Tv Show)

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Murder One 1993 - 1997, 1999 - 2000, 2003 - 2004 (Tv Show)

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NYPD Blue 1993 - 2000, 2003 - 2004 (Tv Show)

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Star Trek: Voyager 1993 - 1997, 1999 - 2000, 2003 - 2004 (Tv Show)

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On_Line 2003 (Movie)

Al Fleming (Actor)

She Spies 2003 (Tv Show)

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The District 2001 (Tv Show)

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The Fearing Mind 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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The Fighting Fitzgeralds 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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The Fugitive 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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Just Shoot Me 2000 (Tv Show)

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Crazy in Alabama 1999 (Movie)

Jake (Actor)

Frank Leaves For the Orient 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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Thanks 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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House Rules 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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Just Write 1998 (Movie)

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Primary Suspect 1998 (Movie)

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Waterworld 1995 (Movie)

Doctor (Actor)

A Weekend With Barbara und Ingrid 1994 (Movie)

Jerzy Louis (Actor)

Another Midnight Run 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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Bakersfield P.D. 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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Grief 1994 (Movie)

Ben/Chaz (Actor)

Midnight Run-Around 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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Danger Theatre 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

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Falling Down 1993 (Movie)

Seedy Guy in Park (Actor)

Johnny Bago 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

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The Luck of the Draw: The Gambler Returns 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

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Hunter 1984 - 1991 (TV Show)

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Seinfeld 1991 (Tv Show)

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The Price of Life 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

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Tennessee Williams' Sweet Bird of Youth 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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Cold Dog Soup 1989 (Movie)

Man in Zipper Hood (Actor)

Mutant on the Bounty 1989 (Movie)

Lizardo (Actor)

Pink Cadillac 1989 (Movie)

Lounge Lizard (Actor)

Tapeheads 1988 (Movie)

1st Critic (Actor)

Cheers 1987 (Tv Show)

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Slam Dance 1987 (Movie)

Opera Singer (Actor)

Howard the Duck 1986 (Movie)

Pimples (Actor)

Truckin' Buddy McCoy 1983 (Movie)

Al (Actor)

Another Midnight Run (Movie)

Jerry Geisler (Actor)

Babylon 5: The Gathering (TV Show)

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Desperate But Not Serious (TV Show)

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Edge (TV Show)

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Gunshy (TV Show)

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Indecency (TV Show)

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Midnight Run For Your Life (TV Show)

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Raven Hawk (TV Show)

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The Comrades of Summer (TV Show)

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Biography

An openly gay performance artist, Fleck was noted for covering the stage and himself in refuse and clutter while making pointed political and social commentary on everything from racial intolerance to sexual discrimination. While he may have been a familiar face from his numerous guest appearances on TV series (from "Hooperman" to "Seinfeld" to "L.A. Law"), the tall, dark-haired Fleck gained national prominence in 1990 as one of artists whose National Endowment of the Arts grant was rescinded on the grounds their work was obscene . He joined with the other three (Tim Miller, Holly Hughes and Karen Finley--who came to be collectively known as the "NEA Four") in a lawsuit filed in September 1990 that challenged the agency's decision and the constitutionality of the language of its policy to fund art that met "general standards of decency and respect for the diverse beliefs and values of the American public." In June 1992, US District Court Judge A. Wallace Tashima ruled that the language of the NEA policy was indeed unconstitutional. While the Justice Department appealed Tashima's ruling, the NEA agreed to pay $252,000 to the four artists in an out-of-court settlement in June 1993.

Fleck continued his career, appearing regularly on TV (including two teleflicks inspired by the feature "Midnight Run"), on stage (in his own performance pieces) and in small, generally forgettable roles in such diverse films as "The Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell of Fear" (1991), "Falling Down", "Grief" (both 1993) and "Waterworld" (1995). Next to the NEA controversy, Fleck is perhaps best known as the fastidious and loyal administrative assistant to defense attorney Ted Hoffman in the ABC drama "Murder One" (1995-96).

EDUCATION

American Academy of Dramatic Arts

New York , New York

Cleveland State University

Cleveland , Ohio
dropped out

Milestones

1999

Premiered one-person show "Dirt" in L.A.

1998

Had supporting role in the UPN series "Secret Diary of Desmond Pfeiffer"

1995

Joined cast of ABC's "Murder One" as administrative assistant to defense attorney Theodore Hoffman

1993

NEA settled out of court; agreed to pay four performance artists a total of $252,000 in June

1992

US District court judge struck down decency language as unconstitutional in June

1991

Lawsuit amended to challenge NEA's 'general standards of decency' policy in March

1990

One of four performance artists denied a grant by the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA) on grounds of obscenity due to subject matter (homosexuality, feminism, politics, etc.) in July

1990

Filed lawsuit with Holly Hughes, Tim Miller and Karen Finley seeking to overturn NEA decision in September

1988

TV-movie debut "The Secret Life of Kathy McCormick"

1987

TV debut, guest appearance on "Hooperman" (ABC)

1984

Feature film debut, "Truckin' Buddy McCoy"

Born and raised in Cleveland, OH

Appeared regularly throughout the US as performance artist

Moved to NYC to study acting

Bonus Trivia

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Fleck has won numerous citations for his performance art including four Drama-Logue, Awards, three L.A. Weekly Awards, two Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards and the San Diego Drama Critics Circle Award.

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