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John Diehl

Performer whose career has spanned over 30 years. Particularly called upon to play various delinquents, wackos and psychos in his earlier years, he has matured into a fine screen character actor. His career began in the early 80s with a number of bit parts in movies such as Escape from New York (1981) with Kurt Russell and Stripes (1981) with Bill... See full bio »

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 2016 Out of the Wild (completed)
Henry McBride
 2016 The North Star
Master Anderson
 2015/II Forever
 2014 A Strong Collected Spirit
Marty Stock
 2014 Sal and the Goon (Short)
William Truth
 2014 Kahea (Short)
Jake Baldwin
 2014 A Long Way Off
Mr. Abraham
 2014 Almost Human (TV Series)
Edward Kennex
- Straw Man (2014) ... Edward Kennex
 2013 Singularity Principle
Jack Brenner
 2012 Stillframe (Short)
 2012 Scandal (TV Series)
Ray Dwyer
- The Other Woman (2012) ... Ray Dwyer
 2012 The Obama Effect
Steve Warren
 2012 Swerve
 2011 Rizzoli & Isles (TV Series)
Arthur Dunbar
- My Own Worst Enemy (2011) ... Arthur Dunbar
 2011 Natural Selection
 2010 Lie to Me (TV Series)
Charlie Everett
- Veronica (2010) ... Charlie Everett
 2010/I Road to Nowhere
Bobby Billings
 2009 My Happy Faces (Short)
Dr. M
 2009 Mental (TV Series)
Hank Crowley
- Rainy Days (2009) ... Hank Crowley
 2009 Drifter: Henry Lee Lucas
Sheriff Larabie
 2009 Gary's Walk
 2009 Follow the Prophet
 2008 The Lucky Ones
Tom Klinger
 2008 Natural Disasters
 2007 Women's Murder Club (TV Series)
Paul Galvan
- The Past Comes Back to Haunt You (2007) ... Paul Galvan
 2007 Jericho (TV Series)
Governor Trader
- Black Jack (2007) ... Governor Trader
 2006 The Far Side of Jericho
Cash Thornton
 2006 The House Is Burning
Mr. Garson
 2006 Hidden Places (TV Movie)
Frank Wyatt
 2005 Strong Medicine (TV Series)
Mr. Lawson
- Gunshot Wedding (2005) ... Mr. Lawson
 2005 Down in the Valley
 2004 I Pass for Human
 2003 Just Another Story
 2003 Karen Sisco (TV Series)
Junior McLeod
- Nostalgia (2003) ... Junior McLeod
 2003 Without a Trace (TV Series)
- Revelations (2003) ... Doyle
 2003 Out of Our Hands (Short)
 2003 Dragnet (TV Series)
Dr. Rupert Miles
- Sticks and Stones (2003) ... Dr. Rupert Miles
 2003 Bookies
 2000-2002 The West Wing (TV Series)
- Holy Night (2002) ... Claypool
 2002 The Guardian (TV Series)
- Sacrifice (2002) ... Fortunato
 2002 NYPD Blue (TV Series)
Joe Brady
- Gypsy Woe's Me (2002) ... Joe Brady
 2001 Dead Last (TV Series)
Richard Stengler
- To Serve, with Love (2001) ... Richard Stengler
 2001 Falling Like This
Eddie Gallagher
 2001 The Zeros
 2000 Lost Souls
Henry Birdson
 2000 Tully
Mal 'Mac' MacAvoy
 2000 Fail Safe (TV Movie)
Col. Cascio
 2000 Get Real (TV Series)
Harris Forman
- Tough Love (2000) ... Harris Forman
 2000 18 Wheels of Justice (TV Series)
Matt Curran
- Mr. Invisible (2000) ... Matt Curran
 1999 Swap Meet
 1999 JAG (TV Series)
Jack Raglan
- Rogue (1999) ... Jack Raglan
 1999 Anywhere But Here
 1999 The X-Files (TV Series)
Wilson Pinker Rawls
- Trevor (1999) ... Wilson Pinker Rawls
 1999 Purgatory (TV Movie)
 1998 Davis Is Dead
The Killer
 1998 The Hi-Lo Country
Les Birk
 1998 The Rat Pack (TV Movie)
Joe DiMaggio
 1998 The Pretender (TV Series)
Sheriff Delmont
- Red Rock Jarod (1998) ... Sheriff Delmont
 1997 Most Wanted
Police Captain
 1997 Managua
 1997 Fire Down Below
Frank Elkins
 1997 The Outer Limits (TV Series)
 1997 Con Air
Public Defender (uncredited)
 1997 The End of Violence
Lowell Lewis
 1997 Casualties
 1997 Nash Bridges (TV Series)
Albert Foss
- The Counterfeiters (1997) ... Albert Foss
 1994-1996 The John Larroquette Show (TV Series)
- Napping to Success (1996) ... Chris
- More Changes (1995) ... Chris
- Time Out (1995) ... Chris
- Whipping Post (1995) ... Chris
- The Book of Rachel (1994) ... Chris
 1996 ER (TV Series)
Johnson's Son
- Don't Ask, Don't Tell (1996) ... Johnson's Son
 1996 Profiler (TV Series)
Toby 'The Wick' Wood
- Ring of Fire (1996) ... Toby 'The Wick' Wood
 1996 Foxfire
Mr. Buttinger
 1996 Ruby Jean and Joe (TV Movie)
Harris Johnson
 1996 The Lazarus Man (TV Series)
Nat Patchett
- Awakening: Part 2 (1996) ... Nat Patchett
 1996 Female Perversions
Jake Rock
 1996 The Grave
J.C. Cole
 1995 Three Wishes
Leland's Dad
 1995 Amanda & the Alien (TV Movie)
Colonel Rosencrans
 1995 Mind Ripper
 1995 Buffalo Girls (TV Movie)
General Custer
 1995 The Marshal (TV Series)
Earl 'The Beast' Lipscomb
- The Bounty Hunter (1995) ... Earl 'The Beast' Lipscomb
 1994 The New Age
 1994 Almost Dead
Eddie Herbek
 1990-1994 L.A. Law (TV Series)
Tim / Kevin Delahanty
- God Is My Co-Counsel (1994) ... Tim
- Forgive Me Father, for I Have Sued (1990) ... Kevin Delahanty
 1993 Gettysburg
Private Bucklin
 1993 The Paint Job
 1993 Remote (Video)
Delbert Macoy
 1993 Falling Down
Dad (Back Yard Party)
 1993 South of Sunset (TV Series)
- Custody (1993) ... Merlin
- Dream Girl (1993) ... Merlin
 1992 Mann & Machine (TV Series)
- Prototype (1992) ... Concierge
 1991 Trumpet #7
 1991 Motorama
 1991 A Climate for Killing
Wayne Paris
 1991 Whore
 1990 The Dark Side of the Moon
Philip Jennings
 1990 Cool Blue (Video)
 1990 Madhouse
 1990 In the Heat of the Night (TV Series)
John Sevrance
- Triangle (1990) ... John Sevrance
 1989 Falcon Crest (TV Series)
Gus Wallach
- The Price of Freedom (1989) ... Gus Wallach
 1989 Beauty and the Beast (TV Series)
Vernon Toulane
- The Hollow Men (1989) ... Vernon Toulane
 1988 Monsters (TV Series)
Miles Magnus
- Pillow Talk (1988) ... Miles Magnus
 1988 Glitz (TV Movie)
Teddy Magyk
 1987 Walker
 1987 The Hanoi Hilton
 1984 City Limits
 1984 Hunter (TV Series)
Bank Robber
- Hunter (1984) ... Bank Robber (uncredited)
 1984 Angel
The Killer
 1983 D.C. Cab
Head Kidnapper
 1983 National Lampoon's Vacation
Assistant Mechanic
 1983 Hysterical
Taxi Driver
 1983 Joysticks
 1983 The Family Tree (TV Series)
The Intruder
- The Burglary (1983) ... The Intruder
 1982 The Ambush Murders (TV Movie)
 1981 Hill Street Blues (TV Series)
- Chipped Beef (1981) ... Tom
 1981 Stripes
 1981 Escape from New York
 1980 Falling in Love Again
Beaver (1940's)
 1980 A Cry for Love (TV Movie)
 1980 A Rumor of War (TV Series)
- Episode #1.2 (1980) ... D.T.
- Episode #1.1 (1980) ... D.T.
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Took his undefeated boxing record of 3-0 to the Sports Arena in Los Angeles to fight winless Gene Holly 0-6-0. Diehl lost the four-round decision on April 11, 1986, and retired from boxing after the fight. See more »


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