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Ray Wise (1947)

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Raymond Nicolas "Ray" Wise is an American actor, known for his roles as Leland Palmer in Twin Peaks, as Leon C. Nash, right-hand henchman to villain Clarence Boddicker in the science fiction classic RoboCop, and recently as the Devil in the CW television series Reaper.


 life and career
Wise was born in Akron, Ohio and attended Kent State University in Kent, Ohio. He is of Romanian descent on his mother's side. He grew up in a religious family, during his childhood he went to a Romanian Baptist church in Akron, OH, and later he moved to a Methodist church.

 Acting career
In the late sixties and seventies, Wise played attorney Jamie Rollins on the soap opera, Love of Life. He played the character of Dr. Alec Holland in the 1982 film Swamp Thing, directed by Wes Craven and based upon the comic book series of the same name. Dr. Holland is the man who becomes the titular character after his lab is destroyed and he is left for dead. The actual Swamp Thing character was played by Dick Durock. In 1985, Wise played Sol Gann, father to Natty Gann in The Journey of Natty Gann, directed by Jeremy Paul Kagan. In 1987, wise played Tom Gunther, Catherine Chandler's boyfriend, in the pilot episode of "Beauty and the Beast" TV series. In addition to Twin Peaks, Wise has played several roles in science fiction. He played the harried dad in the horror film Dead End. He made an appearance as Liko in the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "Who Watches the Watchers", and later played Arturis in the Star Trek: Voyager episode "Hope and Fear". He played the role of entrepreneur/millionaire Dalton Voss in the movie The Chase. He played the role of Bart's father Harrison in the movie The Battle of Shaker Heights. He also played the role of Taggart in the horror film Jeepers Creepers 2. He is also known for portraying Michael Dugan, President of the United States in the computer real-time strategy game Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 and its expansion Yuri's Revenge. He appeared in the Season 7 episode 'The Flame' of Diagnosis: Murder.

He was also featured in three episodes of Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! as Grill Vogel, the presenter of a fictive instructional video series called "Business Hugs."

In 1995, Wise was reunited with Twin Peaks cast mate Sherilyn Fenn in the NBC telemovie Liz: The Elizabeth Taylor Story. Wise played 1950s CBS News anchor Don Hollenbeck in the 2005 film Good Night, and Good Luck. He also starred as the Devil on the TV series Reaper. In recent years, Wise has appeared on a number of political-themed television series and films. He briefly appeared on The West Wing as California governor Gabriel "Gabe" Tillman, and played Vice President Hal Gardner on the Emmy-winning Fox series 24 in 2006. In August 2006, Wise made a guest appearance in the TV series Bones as the primary suspect of the first episode of the second season ("The Titan on the Tracks"), and in the pilot episode of Burn Notice. On the February 6 episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Wise guest starred as the head of a company testing pesticides on little children. Wise has also guest starred in two episodes of The Closer, as lawyer Tom Blanchard. He starred in Charmed as the upper level demon Ludlow, who runs a school for the Source Of All Evil in the episode "Lost and Bound." He also had a small role in one episode of the sixth season of Dawson's Creek, playing Roger Stepateck. Wise also starred in the SyFy original movie "Infestation" premièred in August 2009. He was also a guest star in Psych and played the lead as Avery in a psychological thriller, Iodine movie in 2009. In 2010, in a special episode of Psych titled "Dual Spires", he joined his fellow Twin Peaks alumni Dana Ashbrook, Robyn Lively, Lenny Von Dohlen, Sheryl Lee, Catherine E. Coulson, and Sherilyn Fenn in a spoof of Twin Peaks.

As a voice actor, he played Perry White in the movie Superman: Doomsday.

Wise appeared in Mad Men Episode 50 , "Chinese Wall". He plays Cosgrove's future father-in-law in the restaurant scene when Cosgrove learns that Sterling Cooper is losing Lucky Strike as a client.

In 2010, Wise guest-starred on the TV series Dollhouse as Howard, a higher-up in the Dollhouse organization. He stars in Kyle Rankins post-apocalyptic horror thriller film Nuclear Family. Wise will star in the lead of the upcoming Mike Mendez thriller film Ov3rk!ll.

He also was cast in the part of Robin Scherbatsky's father on How I Met Your Mother in December 2010, after Eric Braeden declined to make a cameo appearance.

He also appeared in Season 4 of Chuck.

In the year 2011, he played the role of United States Secretary of State in X-Men: First Class.

He also appeared on the hit FX television show "Wilfred" as a popular TV personality.

He will appear in Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie.

 Personal life
Wise has two children with wife Kass McClaskey: a son, Gannon , and a daughter, Kyna aka DJ Kyna . Wise resides in Glendale, California.

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