Formally trained stage thespian Jude Ciccolella made his onscreen debut at age 38, playing a mechanic in the 1985 crime-thriller "Doubletake. " A character actor often recognizable by his gruff, nasal-stopped delivery and the gray crown of hair around his mostly bald held, Ciccolella first figured prominently in 1987's Richard Pryor comedy "Critical Condition" and David Mamet's vicious and virtuosic real-estate drama "Glengarry Glen Ross," in which he appears as a detective. The actor frequently specializes in portraying vividly brutal enforcers in the peripheries of such cult classics as "Sin City" (2005) and "The Shawshank Redemption" (1994). After appearing alongside Drew Barrymore in the back-to-back 1995 films "Mad Love" and "Boys on the Side," Ciccolella became increasingly more involved in television. In addition to numerous single-episode appearances, he's seen recurring roles on such shows as the chase thriller "Prison Break," the period sitcom "Everybody Hates Chris," and the over-the-top action hit "24," playing White House Chief of Staff Mike Novick. Ciccolella is also a folk singer who fronts a self-titled band.