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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 6 May 1952Lakewood, Colorado, USA
Birth NameGregg Lee Henry
Height 5' 10½" (1.79 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Excellent, prolific and versatile character actor Gregg Lee Henry was born on May 6, 1952 in Lakewood, Colorado. Henry studied acting at the University of Washington in Seattle. Right after graduating from college, Gregg moved to Los Angeles, California to pursue an acting career. He played in a band for three or four months and worked as an apprentice at the Old Globe theater in San Diego prior to getting his first television acting gig as Nick Nolte's son, Wesley Jordache, in Rich Man, Poor Man - Book II (1976). Henry's most memorable movie roles include nice guy drifter Paul Ramsey in Mean Dog Blues (1978), swaggering macho braggart Warren in the superior backwoods slasher movie Just Before Dawn (1981), rugged ex-Navy Seal Lt. Matt Ryder in The Patriot (1986); splendidly sneaky as Mel Gibson's backstabbing, duplicitous partner Val Resnick in Payback (1999) and a hilarious scene-stealing turn as pompous good old boy small town mayor Jack MacReady in the delightful horror comedy Slither (2006).

Gregg has acted in several films for director Brian De Palma; he is especially fine and impressive as the smarmy Sam Bouchard in Body Double (1984). Henry has recurring parts on the television series Reasonable Doubts (1991), Gilmore Girls (2000) and The Riches (2007). Among the numerous television series he has done guest spots on are The Love Boat (1977), Simon & Simon (1981), Remington Steele (1982), Airwolf (1984), Moonlighting (1985), Designing Women (1986), Magnum, P.I. (1980), Falcon Crest (1981), Cagney & Lacey (1981), In the Heat of the Night (1988), L.A. Law (1986), Walker, Texas Ranger (1993), Matlock (1986), Chicago Hope (1994), Murder, She Wrote (1984), EZ Streets (1996), Family Law (1999), CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000), Boston Public (2000), Firefly (2002), Star Trek: Enterprise (2001), Judging Amy (1999) and 24 (2001).

Moreover, Gregg has appeared in many made-for-TV movies, with his supremely chilling and convincing portrayal of the infamous Dennis Ryder in The Hunt for the BTK Killer (2005) rating as a definite crowning achievement in this particular medium. Outside of his film and television work, Henry has acted on stage; he has won thirteen Drama Logue Awards, an L.A. Weekly Award, and the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for his stage work. Besides acting, Gregg is also a professional singer, songwriter (Dwight Yoakam recorded a single of his song "The Back of Your Hand"), and pianist who has recorded several albums. He is a good friend of fellow actor and musician Bruce Greenwood. Gregg Henry lives in Los Angeles, California with his wife Lisa James; she is a noted director for the American Theater who Gregg has collaborated with on various stage productions as both an actor and producer.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: woodyanders

Spouse (1)

Lisa James (? - present)

Trade Mark (1)

Deep gravelly voice

Trivia (2)

Has his own rock band and has played with fellow actor Bruce Greenwood, producing three albums together.
Has appeared in five films by director Brian De Palma: Scarface (1983), Body Double (1984), Raising Cain (1992), Femme Fatale (2002) and The Black Dahlia (2006).

Personal Quotes (6)

Actors really are superstitious. You can always spot a group of actors at a restaurant. They're the ones spitting on their knuckles and hurling salt everywhere.
Well, like many actors, I'm very grateful, I feel very fortunate, very lucky to be able to make a living with what I do and what I love. I'm surprised and grateful all the time. When I get my next job, because after you finish each job, you go, "Well, that's it. I'm never gonna work again." It's just a constant process for an actor, you always have to get up and start over after the one job is done.
I consider myself an actor that tries to have as many tools as possible in the bag. And I think that includes the method, then of course it includes some improv techniques, and includes all kinds of different things, because you never know when you're going to have to work on something and in what way. Sometimes you have to work on things very, very quickly, you don't have the time to, for instance, go from the inside-out. You know so much about a person that you can work that way, so you have to work from the outside in.
(2012, on Slither (2006)) I loved that movie. I think that movie is hilarious. It makes me laugh. And it's got great scares in it. I think it's just tons of fun. I think (director) James Gunn is a big talent who knows how to mash up genres and really come up with something great.
(2012, on Payback (1999)) I just loved this character from the moment I read it. Sometimes you read a character and you just go, "I know this guy." An image hits your head of what he is and who he is. And that was very much the case with this. Marion Dougherty was the casting director on that, and I read for her and Brian Helgeland, the director. They loved it, and they loved me. Then it was about two months until Mel [Gibson] saw the audition and gave the okay. That was a long and torturous time... He was on this world tour and everything, so we had to wait for quite a while before I got the word that I got the part. Working with Mel was great. He was very generous and open. I didn't meet him until we were in Chicago at the first table read. And table reads are often interesting, because you meet people, but you don't know, really. Oftentimes, it's just like the words are coming out. Some people are aiming more for what the performance is going to be, and other people are just clocking where they are in the picture.
(2012, on EZ Streets (1996)) We plugged away for a lot of episodes before it was on the air. It was not like we were considering what the network was thinking in terms of their broadcast philosophy while we were doing it. And it was utterly mysterious. It came on and it got reviews that you just could not write for yourself. I think it was on the cover of Time magazine as "the great new show" or something. There was just phenomenal press. And it was canceled within two weeks. I don't know why, really.

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