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John Getz - He makes people happy!

John Getz - He makes people happy!

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First Published: June 2003
John Getz | "Timeless" (2016)

John Getz | "Timeless" (2016)

John Getz | "Wonder Woman" (1975)
Joyce DeWitt, John Getz, Suzanne Somers | "Three's Company" (1976)
John Getz | "Blood Simple" (1984)
John Getz, Francis McDormand | "Blood Simple" (1984)
John Getz | "Murder She Wrote" (1984)
John Getz | "The Fly" (1986)
Jim Belushi,  John Getz, Kelly Lynch,  Alisan Porter | "Curly Sue" (1991)
John Getz | "Castle" (2009)
Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic, John Getz | "Castle" (2009) [a]
Joey Slotnick, John Getz | "Elevator" (2011)
John Getz | "Aquarius" (2015) [b]
John Getz, Abigale Spencer | "Timeless" (2015) [c]
John Getz, Abigale Spencer | "Timeless" (2015) [c]
John Getz | Working Actor
John Getz | Working Actor

John Getz was born and raised in the Mississippi River Valley of Northern Illinois and Iowa. His mother, who'd abandoned aspirations toward an acting career to raise four children, and his father, who thought Cole Porter was right about most things, imparted their love for music and theater. Getz's intention was to write and teach but a long stretch of college, with a Shakespeare teacher who was passionate on the subject and a theatre teacher whose pleasure in his work was palpable, waylaid him. And after doing a number of plays at the University of Iowa he was encouraged to try the Profession.

He made his way to San Francisco, spent a summer in the training program and the subsequent season with the American Conservatory Theater, joined Actor's Equity, and a year later helped found the Napa Valley Theater Company in Yountville, Califonia. After a couple of successful seasons there he headed for New York.

A friend from Napa was directing a children's theater production in New York (with Murray Abraham and Bob Gunton) and gave him immediate employment. While doing that he found a job in a play at LaMaMa (with Danny DeVito and Peter Riegert). That led to a production of "Macbeth" with the New York Shakespeare festival at Lincoln Center and then the workshop and first production of the musical, The Robber Bridegroom. At the same time be found his first television work as a regular on the soap opera, "Another World". All this in about nine months! 'It was an exciting time in Manhattan', he told us.

For the next fourteen years, Getz lived and worked in New York, with occasional forays to LA for television and films. He worked on and off Broadway, in Central Park, in regional theaters and writing workshops, played the lead in a couple of television series, and in the movies "The Fly" and "Blood Simple", among others.

In 1987 he married and moved to Los Angeles, with a long stretch back in New York to do "M Butterfly" on Broadway. In the years since he's been doing film and television in Los Angeles (and Nova Scotia and New Zealand and where there are jobs) and theater in LA and regional theatres, John says: 'My passion and pleasure in the work have not dimished'.

In recent years, John has recurred or apeared multiple times on many popular television series' including: "The King of Queens", "Grey's Anatomy", "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation", "Aquarius", "Timeless", "Grace and Frankie", "Homeland", "Better Call Saul", "Transparent", and most recently, "Bosch". His recent feature credits include: "A Day Without a Mexican", "Superhero Movie", "Elevator", "Jobs", "Trumbo", and the soon to be released, "Brampton's Own" to name a few.


John Getz's advice to the aspiring actor:

The world is experience, language, and stories. Collect them all, however you can. There are many ways to create and to be useful. If you want to be an actor, so be it, almost any road can take you there, and everything is grist for the mill. But get up on a stage. Study, learn rehearse, enjoy it. My father once said after seeing me in an original musical in which I played a dozen characters, one of whom was a falsetto'd madam in a red dress, high heels, and a blond wig (I had a mustache at the time), 'Now I understand why you do this... you make people happy'.

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John Getz's Credits
 2018 Brampton's Own
Bart
 2017-2018 Bosch (TV Series)
Walker
- Dark Sky (2018) ... Walker
- The Wine of Youth (2018) ... Walker
- Missed Connections (2018) ... Walker
- The Coping (2018) ... Walker
- Devil in the House (2018) ... Walker
 2018 The 5th Quarter (TV Series)
Burt Brown
- The Oh-No No-No (2018) ... Burt Brown
 2017 Ghosted (TV Series)
Director Romsio
- Lockdown (2017) ... Director Romsio
 2016-2017 Transparent (TV Series)
Donald
- Groin Anomaly (2017) ... Donald
- House Call (2017) ... Donald
- Standing Order (2017) ... Donald
- Off the Grid (2016) ... Donald
 2017 Better Call Saul (TV Series)
Chairman
- Off Brand (2017) ... Chairman
- Chicanery (2017) ... Chairman
 2014-2017 Homeland (TV Series)
Joe Crocker
- America First (2017) ... Joe Crocker
- New Normal (2015) ... Joe Crocker
- Separation Anxiety (2015) ... Joe Crocker
- Long Time Coming (2014) ... Joe Crocker
 2016-2017 Grace and Frankie (TV Series)
John
- The Floor (2017) ... John
- The Loophole (2016) ... John
- The Goodbyes (2016) ... John
 2016-2017 Timeless (TV Series)
Benjamin Cahill
- The Red Scare (2017) ... Benjamin Cahill
- Public Enemy No. 1 (2017) ... Benjamin Cahill
- The Lost Generation (2017) ... Benjamin Cahill
- Karma Chameleon (2017) ... Benjamin Cahill
- Last Ride of Bonnie & Clyde (2016) ... Benjamin Cahill
 2016 Aquarius (TV Series)
James Harrison Barret / Grace's Daddy / Grace's daddy
- Sexy Sadie (2016) ... Grace's Daddy
- Why Don't We Do It in the Road (2016) ... James Harrison Barret
- Happiness Is a Warm Gun (2016) ... Grace's daddy
- I'm So Tired (2016) ... James Harrison Barret
 2016 NCIS: New Orleans (TV Series)
Army General Owen Matthews
- Collateral Damage (2016) ... Army General Owen Matthews
 2016 Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders (TV Series)
Randal Cowan
- Love Interrupted (2016) ... Randal Cowan
 2016 Certain Women
Sheriff Rowles
 2015 Trumbo
Sam Wood
 2015/I The Perfect Guy
Renkin
 2014 How to Get Away with Murder (TV Series)
David Dolan
- Smile, or Go to Jail (2014) ... David Dolan
 2014 Halt and Catch Fire (TV Series)
Joe MacMillan, Sr.
- The 214s (2014) ... Joe MacMillan, Sr.
- Adventure (2014) ... Joe MacMillan, Sr.
 2014 Bad Teacher (TV Series)
Howard
- Pilot (2014) ... Howard
 2000-2014 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (TV Series)
Bill Harvey / Richard Zeigler
- Consumed (2014) ... Bill Harvey
- Sex, Lies and Larvae (2000) ... Richard Zeigler
 2014 Castle (TV Series)
Dr. Gustavo Bauer
- Room 147 (2014) ... Dr. Gustavo Bauer
 2014 Bones (TV Series)
Steven Frank
- The Heiress in the Hill (2014) ... Steven Frank
 2013 Nikita (TV Series)
Senator Ed Chappell
- Canceled (2013) ... Senator Ed Chappell
- Bubble (2013) ... Senator Ed Chappell
 2013 NCIS: Los Angeles (TV Series)
Senator Lockhart
- Merry Evasion (2013) ... Senator Lockhart
 2013 Eagleheart (TV Series)
Bernard Moss
- Moss (2013) ... Bernard Moss
 2013 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (TV Series)
Admiral Vincent Albers
- Military Justice (2013) ... Admiral Vincent Albers
 2013 Desperate Acts of Magic
Don Tarzia
 2013 Jobs
Paul Jobs
 2012 Touch (TV Series)
Henry Williams
- The Road Not Taken (2012) ... Henry Williams
 2012 Scandal (TV Series)
Patrick Keating
- Dirty Little Secrets (2012) ... Patrick Keating
 2011/I Elevator
Henry Barton
 2010 NCIS (TV Series)
Walter Kane
- Masquerade (2010) ... Walter Kane
 2010 Ghost Whisperer (TV Series)
Rudy Wharton
- Living Nightmare (2010) ... Rudy Wharton
 2009 Labor Intensive (Short)
Older Man
 2009 Private Practice (TV Series)
Mr. Kent
- Strange Bedfellows (2009) ... Mr. Kent
 2009 Criminal Minds (TV Series)
Andrew Kane
- Pleasure Is My Business (2009) ... Andrew Kane
 2009 Trust Me (TV Series)
Peter Derby
- All Hell the Victors (2009) ... Peter Derby
- Before and After (2009) ... Peter Derby
 2008 Prison Break (TV Series)
Dr. Roger Knowlton
- The Sunshine State (2008) ... Dr. Roger Knowlton
 2008 Eleventh Hour (TV Series)
William Gregory
- Frozen (2008) ... William Gregory
 2008 Grey's Anatomy (TV Series)
Michael Breyers
- Dream a Little Dream of Me: Part 2 (2008) ... Michael Breyers
- Dream a Little Dream of Me: Part 1 (2008) ... Michael Breyers
 2008 Mad Men (TV Series)
Dr. Eric Stone
- The New Girl (2008) ... Dr. Eric Stone
 2008 Swingtown (TV Series)
Steve Gilboy
- Love Will Find a Way (2008) ... Steve Gilboy (uncredited)
 2008 How I Met Your Mother (TV Series)
Bob Hewitt
- Miracles (2008) ... Bob Hewitt
 2008 A Line in the Sand
Captain McClenon
 2008 Superhero Movie
Lunatic Editor
 2007 Hard Four
Blazedell Woodruff
 2007 Big Shots (TV Series)
Walter Storrs
- Pilot (2007) ... Walter Storrs
 2007 Shark (TV Series)
Judge Nicholas
- Porn Free (2007) ... Judge Nicholas
 2006-2007 Day Break (TV Series)
Judge Tobias Booth / Unseen Man
- What If It's Him? (2007) ... Judge Tobias Booth
- What If She's the Key? (2007) ... Judge Tobias Booth
- What If She's Lying? (2007) ... Judge Tobias Booth
- What If They're Connected? (2007) ... Judge Tobias Booth
- What If They Find Him? (2006) ... Unseen Man
 2007 Zodiac
Templeton Peck
 2007 Nanking
George Fitch
 2006 Las Vegas (TV Series)
 2004-2006 The King of Queens (TV Series)
Mr. Dugan
- Fight Schlub (2006) ... Mr. Dugan
- Hartford Wailer (2006) ... Mr. Dugan
- Name Dropper (2004) ... Mr. Dugan
 2006 The West Wing (TV Series)
Congressman Mark B. Sellner
- Tomorrow (2006) ... Congressman Mark B. Sellner
- Requiem (2006) ... Congressman Mark B. Sellner
 2006 Close to Home (TV Series)
Maurice Hardecker
- Land of Opportunity (2006) ... Maurice Hardecker
 2006 Cold Case (TV Series)
Bill Simmons
- Superstar (2006) ... Bill Simmons
 2005 Gun (Video Game)
Webb / Additional VO (voice)
 2005 Living 'til the End
Mr. Hines
 2005 Medium (TV Series)
Councilman Stuart McCallister
- Sweet Dreams (2005) ... Councilman Stuart McCallister
 2005 Wanted (TV Series)
Mr. Salinger
- The Promise of Darkness (2005) ... Mr. Salinger
 2005 Mystery Woman: Sing Me a Murder (TV Movie)
Dan
 2004 A Day Without a Mexican
Senator Abercombie
 2004 Without a Trace (TV Series)
Mr. Garrett
- The Season (2004) ... Mr. Garrett
 2003 Joan of Arcadia (TV Series)
D.A. Gabe Fellowes
- The Uncertainty Principle (2003) ... D.A. Gabe Fellowes
- St. Joan (2003) ... D.A. Gabe Fellowes
- The Devil Made Me Do It (2003) ... D.A. Gabe Fellowes
- Bringeth It On (2003) ... D.A. Gabe Fellowes
- Just Say No (2003) ... D.A. Gabe Fellowes
 2003 According to Jim (TV Series)
Frank
- Mom's Boyfriend (2003) ... Frank
 2003 CSI: Miami (TV Series)
George Risher
- Dead Woman Walking (2003) ... George Risher
 2003 Hunger Point (TV Movie)
David Hunter
 2001 The Guardian (TV Series)
Wendell Rapke
- Indian Summer (2001) ... Wendell Rapke
 2001 Zenon: The Zequel (TV Movie)
General Hammond
 2000 Held for Ransom
Mr. Kirkland
 2000 Providence (TV Series)
Dr. Sullivan
- Mother & Child (2000) ... Dr. Sullivan
 1999 JAG (TV Series)
Adm. Harrison Spencer
- Psychic Warrior (1999) ... Adm. Harrison Spencer
 1998-1999 Maggie (TV Series)
Dr. Arthur Day / Dr. Arthur 'Art' Day
- Uh-Oh Baby (1999)
- This Is Just a Test (1999) ... Dr. Arthur Day
- The Dawn of a New Maggie Day (1999) ... Dr. Arthur Day
- Remains of the Days (1999) ... Dr. Arthur Day
- Maggie Outs Art (1999) ... Dr. Arthur 'Art' Day
 1998 Some Girl
Claire's Father
 1997 Painted Hero
Sheriff Acuff
 1995-1996 Ned and Stacey (TV Series)
Les MacDowell / Les Macdowell / Les McDowall
- Les Is More or Less Moral-less (1996) ... Les McDowall
- Paranoia on the 47th Floor (1996) ... Les MacDowell
- New Year's Eve (1996) ... Les MacDowell
- Accountus Interruptus (1995) ... Les MacDowell
- Cover Story (1995) ... Les Macdowell
 1996 Mojave Moon
Police Officer
 1996 Mr. & Mrs. Smith (TV Series)
Karl Hansen
 1996 A Friend's Betrayal (TV Movie)
Dennis Hewitt
 1995-1996 Murder, She Wrote (TV Series)
Kyle Kimball / Jonas Cole
- Race to Death (1996) ... Kyle Kimball
- Murder in High "C" (1995) ... Jonas Cole
 1996 The Late Shift (TV Movie)
Brandon Tartikoff
 1995 Awake to Danger (TV Movie)
Steve Murdock
 1995 The 5 Mrs. Buchanans (TV Series)
Roy Buchanan
- Becoming a Buchanan (1995) ... Roy Buchanan
- The Heart of the Matter (1995) ... Roy Buchanan
 1994 A Passion to Kill
Jerry
 1994 Untamed Love (TV Movie)
Dan
 1994 Playmaker
Eddie
 1994 Fortunes of War
Franklin Hewitt
 1994 Betrayal of Trust (TV Movie)
Curt
 1993 Phenom (TV Series)
Jack
- Daddy's Home (1993) ... Jack
 1992 Majority Rule (TV Movie)
Paul
 1992 In My Daughter's Name (TV Movie)
Michael Elias
 1991 Curly Sue
Walker McCormick
 1990 Murphy Brown (TV Series)
Bob
 1990 Men at Work
Maxwell Potterdam III
 1989 Born on the Fourth of July
Marine Major - Vietnam
 1989 Roseanne (TV Series)
John Hale (TV Reporter)
- Toto, We're Not in Kansas Anymore (1989) ... John Hale (TV Reporter) (uncredited)
 1989 The Fly II
Stathis Borans
 1988 Police Story: Burnout (TV Movie)
Sgt. Jack Leland
 1987 Mariah (TV Series)
Ned Sheffield
- Love (1987) ... Ned Sheffield
- Prey (1987) ... Ned Sheffield
- Scream (1987) ... Ned Sheffield
- Capital (1987) ... Ned Sheffield
- Walls (1987) ... Ned Sheffield
 1986 The Fly
Stathis Borans
 1985 MacGruder and Loud (TV Series)
Malcom MacGruder
- Tarnished Blues (1985) ... Malcom MacGruder
- Act of War (1985) ... Malcom MacGruder
- The Very Scary Man (1985) ... Malcom MacGruder
- The Price of Junk (1985) ... Malcom MacGruder
- For Better or for Worse (1985) ... Malcom MacGruder
 1985 The Lucie Arnaz Show (TV Series)
 1985 ABC Afterschool Specials (TV Series)
Thomas Sanders
- I Want to Go Home (1985) ... Thomas Sanders
 1984 Thief of Hearts
Ray Davis
 1984 Blood Simple.
Ray
 1984 Concrete Beat (TV Movie)
 1984 Suzanne Pleshette Is Maggie Briggs (TV Series)
Geoff Bennett
- Maggie's Theater Review (1984) ... Geoff Bennett
- Double Date (1984) ... Geoff Bennett
- A New Leaf (1984) ... Geoff Bennett
- Wrong, Bad, Dumb, Stinks (1984) ... Geoff Bennett
- Maggie Meets Geoff (1984) ... Geoff Bennett
 1982 Not in Front of the Children (TV Movie)
Dr. Paul Adams
 1982 Muggable Mary, Street Cop (TV Movie)
Dan Waters
 1981 Tattoo
Buddy
 1978-1981 Ryan's Hope (TV Series)
Dr. Morgan Thomas / Jim
- Episode #1.1551 (1981) ... Dr. Morgan Thomas
- Episode #1.772 (1978) ... Jim
 1981 Rivkin: Bounty Hunter (TV Movie)
 1981 Kent State (TV Movie)
Professor Ted Arnold
 1980 Three's Company (TV Series)
Lee Tripper
- Lee Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother (1980) ... Lee Tripper
 1979 The Associates (TV Series)
William Simmons
- The First Day (1979) ... William Simmons
 1978 A Woman Called Moses (TV Series)
Stewart
- Episode #1.2 (1978) ... Stewart
- Episode #1.1 (1978) ... Stewart
 1978 Loose Change (TV Mini-Series)
John Campbell
 1978 Barnaby Jones (TV Series)
Walter Alberts
- The Scapegoat (1978) ... Walter Alberts
 1977 Barney Miller (TV Series)
William McKuen
- Atomic Bomb (1977) ... William McKuen
 1977 Wonder Woman (TV Series)
Christian Harrison
- I Do, I Do (1977) ... Christian Harrison
 1977 Rafferty (TV Series)
Dr. Daniel Gentry
- The Wild Child (1977) ... Dr. Daniel Gentry
- The Epidemic (1977) ... Dr. Daniel Gentry
- The Narrow Thread (1977) ... Dr. Daniel Gentry
- The Cutting Edge (1977) ... Dr. Daniel Gentry
- A Point of View (1977) ... Dr. Daniel Gentry
 1977 On Our Own (TV Series)
Tom Ericson
 1977 The Andros Targets (TV Series)
Dan Bridger
- Killer of the Year (1977) ... Dan Bridger
 1975 The Happy Hooker
Trout Fisherman
 1974 Killer Bees (TV Movie)
Attendant
 1964 Another World (TV Series)
Neil Johnson (1974-1975)
Theater
  • American Conservatory Theater '70-'71
  • Napa Valley Theater Company '71-'73
  • "Call Me Charlie" - La Mama
  • "Macbeth" - New York Shakespeare Festival
  • "The Robber Bridegroom" - Music Theater Lab St. Clement's
  • "Holiday" - Hartford Stage
  • "Design for Living" - Arena Stage
  • "One Tiger To A Hill" - Manhattan Theater Club
  • "They're Playing Our Song" - Broadway
  • "Cruise Control" - WPA
  • "Prairie Avenue" - South Street Theater and Lenox Arts Center
  • "The Dining Room" - Astor Place
  • "Benito Cereno" - American Place Theater
  • "Sea Marks" - Player's Theater
  • "Measure for Measure" - NY Shakespeare Festival, Delacorte Theater
  • "Night of The Iguana" - The Hartman
  • "M. Butterfly" - Broadway
  • "The Old Boy" - The Globe, San Diego
  • "Miracles" - The Globe, San Diego
  • "Woman In Mind" - Tiffany Theater
  • "Money And Friends" - Ahmanson at The Dolittle
  • "The Seagull" - The Globe, San Diego
  • "Tartuffe" - La Jolla Playhouse

 Photo camera Credits 
[a] Photo by Eric McCandless / ABC
[b] Photo by Ron Batzdorff / NBC
[c] Photo by Sergei Bachlakov / NBC

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