Lee Tergesen

Actor, Singer, Waiter
A brown-haired actor of medium build with malleable good looks that lent credence to portrayals of all-American charmers as well as sinister psychopaths, Lee Tergesen has enjoyed a varied career, snagging roles he has ... Read more »
Born: 07/07/1965 in Ivoryton, Connecticut, USA

Filmography

Actor (80)

Castle 2010, 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Defiance 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

American Horror Story 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Hawaii Five-O 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Longmire 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Americans 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Blacklist 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Following 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Copper 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Desert Cathedral 2013 (Movie)

Peter Collins (Actor)

Drop Dead Diva 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

No One Lives 2013 (Movie)

Hoag (Actor)

Person of Interest 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Red Widow 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

A Gifted Man 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Red Tails 2012 (Movie)

Colonel Jack Tomlinson (Actor)

The Big C 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Collection 2012 (Movie)

Lucello (Actor)

The River 2012 (Tv Show)

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Army Wives 2010 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Law & Order: LA 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Silver Tongues 2011 (Movie)

Gerry (Actor)

Helena from the Wedding 2010 (Movie)

Alex Javal (Actor)

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Lie to Me 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Criminal Minds 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Cupid 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

House 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Kings 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Royal Pains 2009 (Tv Show)

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The Closer 2009 (Tv Show)

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Cane 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

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Generation Kill 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Life on Mars 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Law & Order: Criminal Intent 2003, 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Masters of Horror 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Desperate Housewives 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning 2006 (Movie)

Holden (Actor)

The Unit 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Law & Order 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Rescue Me 2005 (Tv Show)

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Wanted (TNT) 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Extreme Dating 2004 (Movie)

Hack (Actor)

The 4400 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Homicide: Life on the Street 1992 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

JAG 1992 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Monster 2003 (Movie)

Vincent Corey (Actor)

Oz 1997 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Queens Supreme 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Handler 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Touched By an Angel 1992 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

ER 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Third Watch 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Bark 2001 (Movie)

Peter (Actor)

Perfume 2001 (Movie)

(Actor)

Shaft 2000 (Movie)

Luger (Actor)

The Beat 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Diamonds 1999 (Movie)

Border Guard (Actor)

Cracker 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

George B. 1998 (Movie)

Frank (Actor)

Weird Science 1993 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Hudson Street 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The Shot 1996 (Movie)

Doughnut (Actor)

Philly Heat 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Wayne's World 2 1993 (Movie)

Terry (Actor)

Wayne's World 1992 (Movie)

Terry (Actor)

Acting Sheriff 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Point Break 1991 (Movie)

Rosie (Actor)

The Killing Mind 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

A Thief of Time (TV Show)

Actor

Cast a Deadly Spell (TV Show)

Actor

Darkness Before Dawn (TV Show)

Actor

Mergers & Acquisitions (Movie)

(Actor)

Session Man (TV Show)

Actor

Shot In The Heart (TV Show)

Actor

The Exonerated (TV Show)

Actor

Wild Iris (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

A brown-haired actor of medium build with malleable good looks that lent credence to portrayals of all-American charmers as well as sinister psychopaths, Lee Tergesen has enjoyed a varied career, snagging roles he has certainly made the most of since his debut in the early 1990s, not the least of which was his shockingly candid turn on the HBO series "Oz" (1997- ). A graduate of Manhattan's American Musical and Dramatic Academy, this Connecticut native acted on the NYC stage and waited tables in the city in the late 1980s, where and when he was spotted by writer-producer Tom Fontana. With a 1990 episode of NBC's "Law & Order" to his credit, Tergesen relocated to Los Angeles for a Fontana-aided role in the surfers-as-bank-robbers action flick "Point Break" (1991) and proceeded to get parts in television-premiered projects including Lifetime's "The Killing Mind" and the HBO-screened thriller "Cast a Deadly Spell".

Relationships

Cher Actor

Companion
Reportedly dated in 2006

Leslie Howitt

Wife
married in August 2001 divorced in 2004

Toni Lewis Actor

Sister-In-Law
married to Chris Tergesen

Chris Tergesen

Brother
worked on "Oz", "The Beat" and "Homicide: Life on the Street"

EDUCATION

American Musical and Dramatic Academy

New York , New York 1985

Milestones

2012

Cast in the WWII drama "Red Tails," about a crew of African American pilots in the Tuskegee training program; executive produced by George Lucas

2012

Cast in horror thriller "The Collection"

2010

Landed a recurring role on Lifetime's "Army Wives"

2008

Co-starred with Alexander Skarsgård and James Ransone in the HBO miniseries "Generation Kill"

2007

Cast in HBO's Western drama "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee"

2006

Played a menacing biker in the prequel "Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning"

2006

Played Bree Van de Kamp's (Marcia Cross) AA sponsor and romantic interest on "Desperate Housewives" (ABC)

2005

Landed a recurring role as Sully on the FX drama "Rescue Me"

2003

Appeared in the film "Monster"

2001

Acted in the improvisational parody "Perfume"; screened at Sundance

2001

Featured in the comedy-drama "Black Iris" on Showtime

2001

Played the eldest brother of executed murderer Gary Gilmore in the HBO biopic "Shot in the Heart," directed by Agnieszka Holland

2000

Acted in John Singleton's appropriately stylized remake "Shaft" as the helpful but racist cop Luger

2000

Was a regular on Tom Fontana's short-lived UPN series "The Beat," playing firefighter Steve Dorigan

1999

Played a border guard in the independent feature "Diamonds"

1997

Acted in the independent feature "George B"

1997

Starred as prisoner Tobias Beecher on the brutal prison-set HBO series "Oz"

1996

Had a guest role on the ABC drama "Hudson Street"

1996

Featured in "The Shot," an independent comedy satirizing the movie business

1995

Guest starred on an episode of the NBC series "JAG"

1994

Cast as a regular on the USA Network/Sci-Fi Channel sitcom "Weird Science," playing sadistic older brother Chett Donnelly

1993

Landed a recurring role on the NBC detective series "Homicide: Life on the Street" as a police officer who loses his sight after being shot in in the line of duty

1993

Acted in the addiction-themed NBC TV-movie "Darkness Before Dawn"

1993

Reprised role of Terry in "Wayne's World 2"

1993

With the New York-based theater company Naked Angels, performed in "Naked at the Coast," an acclaimed selection of one-act plays produced at the Coast Playhouse in West Hollywood

1992

Co-starred in the "Showtime 30-Minute Movie" presentation "Session Man"

1992

Arrested for DWI; spent one night in a Los Angeles jail

1992

Cast in a memorable supporting role in "Wayne's World" as Terry, the headbanging sidekick of Wayne and Garth who often said "I love you, man!"

1991

Made feature debut with a significant supporting role in "Point Break"

1991

Featured in the period thriller "Cast a Deadly Spell" on HBO

1991

Acted in the Lifetime TV-movie "The Killing Mind"

1990

Early television credit, guest starring on an episode of "Law & Order" (NBC)

1989

Met filmmaker Tom Fontana while waiting tables in NYC

Relocated to Los Angeles

Bonus Trivia

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"At first, I saw him as a poor guy in the wrong place. Now, after having everything stripped away from him – his freedom, his family, his profession – he's evil. He's using what's at his core. Lawyers play with power. They're opportunists, and they can be vengeful." – Tergesen on how his character on "Oz" adapted to the surroundings, quoted to Knight Ridder Newspapers columnist Gail Shister, July 7, 1998

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