Steve Railsback

Actor, Director, Screenwriter
Steve Railsback emerged in the 1970s as an actor with an almost eerie capacity to essay characters with weird energy and a quirky, naturalistic menace. Railsback left his native Texas in the late 1960s to immerse ... Read more »
Born: 11/16/1945 in Dallas, Texas, USA

Filmography

Actor (63)

Back Off Me 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Once Fallen 2014 (Movie)

Conrad Nord (Actor)

The Box 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Mentalist 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Neo Ned 2006 (Movie)

Mr Day (Actor)

Ready or Not 2005 (Movie)

Pilot (Actor)

Supernatural 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Devil's Rejects 2005 (Movie)

Sheriff Ken Dwyer (Actor)

The Handler 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Family Law 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Storytelling 2002 (Movie)

Mr Kirk (Actor)

The District 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Practice 2001 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

The X-Files 1994 - 1995, 2001 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Walker, Texas Ranger 1994 - 1996, 2001 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Ed Gein 2001 (Movie)

Ed Gein (Actor)

Charmed 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

Pressure Point 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Me & Will 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Disturbing Behavior 1998 (Movie)

Officer Cox (Actor)

The Visitor 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Stranger in the House 1997 (Movie)

(Actor)

Termination Man 1997 (Movie)

Dylan Pope (Actor)

Vanishing Point 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Barb Wire 1996 (Movie)

Colonel Pryzer (Actor)

Street Corner Justice 1996 (Movie)

Ryan Freeborn (Actor)

Bonds of Love 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Calendar Girl 1993 (Movie)

Roy's Father (Actor)

Final Mission 1993 (Movie)

(Actor)

Private Wars 1993 (Movie)

(Actor)

Save Me 1993 (Movie)

Michael Robbins (Actor)

Forever 1992 (Movie)

William Desmond Taylor (Actor)

Quake! 1991 (Movie)

(Actor)

Scissors 1991 (Movie)

Cole (Actor)

Alligator II: The Mutation 1990 (Movie)

Brown (Actor)

The Assassin 1989 (Movie)

Hank Wright (Actor)

The Forgotten 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Deadly Intent 1988 (Movie)

Jeff Kirkwood (Actor)

Nukie 1988 (Movie)

Dr Eric Harvey (Actor)

Blue Monkey 1987 (Movie)

Detective Jim Bishop (Actor)

Armed and Dangerous 1986 (Movie)

The Cowboy (Actor)

Distortions 1986 (Movie)

Scott (Actor)

Scenes From the Goldmine 1986 (Movie)

Harry Spiros (Actor)

Spearfield's Daughter 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

The Survivalist 1986 (Movie)

Jack Tillman (Actor)

The Wind 1986 (Movie)

Kesner (Actor)

Lifeforce 1985 (Movie)

Commander Tom Carlsen (Actor)

Torchlight 1984 (Movie)

Jake Gregory (Actor)

Angela 1983 (Movie)

Jean Labrecque (Actor)

The Golden Seal 1982 (Movie)

Jim Lee (Actor)

Turkey Shoot 1980 (Movie)

Paul Anders (Actor)

From Here to Eternity 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

The Stunt Man 1979 (Movie)

Cameron (Actor)

Who Fell Asleep? 1978 (Movie)

Billy Owens (Actor)

Helter Skelter 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

Cockfighter 1974 (Movie)

Junior Hollenbeck (Actor)

The Visitors 1972 (Movie)

Mike Nickerson (Actor)

Made Men (TV Show)

Actor

Separated by Murder (TV Show)

Actor

Sunstroke (TV Show)

Actor
Director (2)

The Spy Within 1994 (Movie)

(Director)

Star Quest (TV Show)

Director
Producer (2)

Ed Gein 2001 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Stars Fell on Henrietta 1995 (Movie)

(Associate Producer)

Biography

Steve Railsback emerged in the 1970s as an actor with an almost eerie capacity to essay characters with weird energy and a quirky, naturalistic menace. Railsback left his native Texas in the late 1960s to immerse himself in the New York theater scene, where he met accomplished director Elia Kazan, who gave the young actor his first film role, prophetically enough as a vengeful Vietnam vet in "The Visitors" (1972). After Railsback delivered a show-stopping performance as psychopathic cult leader Charles Manson in the high-profile television movie "Helter Skelter "(CBS, 1976), he took more square-jawed leads in the ABC miniseries "From Here to Eternity" (1979) and what would be tabbed as his above-the-credits breakthrough, the inside-Hollywood comedy "The Stunt Man" (1980). But bigger roles did not pan out, and his ensuing work was largely relegated to B-movies, a majority of them science fiction or horror - most notably "Escape 2000" (1982), "Lifeforce" (1985) and the right-wing fantasy "The Survivalist" (1987). He sealed his genre bona fides with a two-episode turn as disturbed abductee Duane Barry on Fox's sci-fi phenomenon "The X-Files" (1993-2002). Railsback bankrolled his next turn as a dangerous psycho, taking the title role in the indie flick, "Ed Gein" (2000). Regardless of budget or profile, Railsback remained a textbook case of Hollywood's sometimes confounding indifference to mesmerizing talents should they fail to fit neatly into a prepackaged box.

Relationships

Clyde Webb Railsback

Father

Emerett Spencer Railsback

Mother

Jackelyn Giroux Producer

Wife

Eden Railsback

Daughter
born in October 26, 1999 in Huazhou, People's Republic of China adopted on July 12, 2000

Lalesha Railsback

Daughter
born on December 21, 1983 mother, Jackie Giroux

Beau Railsback

Son
born June 23, 1992 mother, Marcy Railsback

Paul Railsback

Brother
born on November 15, 1942

Philip Railsback

Brother
wrote "The Stars Fell on Henrietta" Steve was associate producer

Marcy Sobel

Wife
second wife

EDUCATION

studied acting with Lee Strasberg

Milestones

2001

Starred in title role of fictionalized biopic of serial killer "Ed Gein"

1997

Played regular role of Colonel James Vice of the Fox series "The Visitor"

1995

Directing debut, "The Spy Within Us", starring Scott Glenn and Theresa Russell

1994

Hailed by fans and critics alike for his role as Duane Barry in Fox's "The X-Files"

1989

Picked up screenwriting and executive producer credits in addition to acting for USA Network's movie "The Forgotten"; one of several projects in which Railsback acted and James Keach directed; Keach also directed Philip Railsback's screenplay "The Stars F

1985

Portrayed Commander Tom Carlsen in Tobe Hooper's ridiculous but fascinating sci-fi feature "Lifeforce"

1980

Starred in title role of "The Stuntman" opposite Peter O'Toole (filmed in 1978)

1979

Appeared in NBC miniseries "From Here to Eternity"; played Pvt. Robert E Lee Prewitt, the role originated by Montgomery Clift in the 1953 feature

1976

Received national attention for TV debut as Charles Manson in CBS miniseries "Helter Skelter", based on the Vincent Bugliosi book

1975

Played Henry in Broadway production of Thornton Wilder's "The Skin of Our Teeth", directed by Jose Quintero

1972

Feature acting debut, "The Visitors"; also first movie for James Woods

Appeared in NYC stage productions of "Bluebird", "Orpheus Descending" and "One Sunday Afternoon", among others

Left native Texas and moved to NYC to pursue acting

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