Greg Germann

Greg Germann

Birth name: Gregory Andrew Germann
Born: February 26, 1958
Age: 60
Birthplace: Houston, Texas, U.S.
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Biography

Gregory Andrew Germann (/ˈɡɜːrmən/ GUR-mən; born February 26, 1958) is an American actor. He is well known for playing Richard Fish on the television series Ally McBeal, which earned him a Screen Actors Guild award and two Emmy nominations. He also is known for his role as Eric "Rico" Morrow on the sitcom Ned & Stacey and as Tom Krane on the 10-episode special of Law & Order.

In 2016, he made his return to television as Hades in Season Five of Once Upon a Time.

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Early life

Germann was born in Houston. The family moved to the Lookout Mountain outside of Golden, Colorado. His mother, Marlene Marian (née Faulkner), was a homemaker, and his father, Edward A. Germann, was a playwright and professor. While living in Colorado, Germann expressed interest in acting. He starred in stage plays during his middle- and high-school years, before moving to New York in 1982.

Career

Early work

He started in several Broadway plays while in New York, including a role in 1982 alongside Matthew Broderick in the play Fancy This, which Germann also co-wrote. He received praise for roles in the 1982 musical Chicago, and the 1983 musical The Wizard of Oz. He continued to have roles in plays before seeing a poster for wanted actors for a film in 1985. He moved to Hollywood to find film success, and got his first role in the teen comedy film, The Whoopee Boys in 1986. The supporting role in that film helped Greg's career, so he could star in bigger and mainstream films. His next film was 1990's Child's Play 2, in which he played the character Mattson, in the well-received sequel to one of the most popular horror films of all time. Child's Play 2, and the 1991 romantic comedy Once Around, helped the actor gain mainstream success. In 1990, Germann originated the role of John Hinckley, Jr. in Stephen Sondheim's Assassins.

1990s success and Ally McBeal

After Child's Play 2 and Once Around were released, he gained fame as a character named Petey in the 1994 critical and commercial success Clear and Present Danger, and landed a supporting role as Rico on the sitcom Ned & Stacey, which lasted from 1995-1997.

In 1997, after Ned & Stacey, Germann was offered the role as Richard Fish on the legal - comedy series Ally McBeal which he played for five seasons, from 1997 to 2002. During this time, he received an Emmy nomination, and three nominations for the Screen Actors Guild awards, winning one. Germann directed a few Ally McBeal episodes, including "Fear of Flirting" (season 5, episode 4). He appeared on ABC's In Case of Emergency as Sherman Yablonsky until it was canceled after one season, and was also in the pilot episode of Eureka. He did not reprise the role, and his character's disappearance was explained in the official comic book as having been reassigned to Alaska.

2000s work

After Ally McBeal ended Germann starring in several films, including Down to Earth, Sweet November, and Joe Somebody, all being released in 2001. He guest-appeared twice on The Bernie Mac Show.

He got lead roles in 2005 in the family comedies Family Plan and Down and Derby. In 2006, he played Santa Claus in the holiday film The Santa Incident, which Empire. Also in 2006, he guest-starred in the series, Desperate Housewives.

2010s work

Germann has appeared in NCIS since the season-10 episode, "Shiva", playing NCIS Assistant Director Jerome Craig. Later, in the episode, "Canary", he briefly took over the agency while the director at the time was on temporary leave following a family tragedy.

Germann has appeared infrequently in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit playing ADA Derek Strauss.

In 2016, Germann appeared in the ABC fantasy series drama Once Upon A Time portraying Hades, the God of the Underworld, for ten episodes. He will be seen in the reality-inspired feature film Foster Boy.

Filmography

Films

Year Title Role Notes
1985 Streetwalkin' Creepy
1986 The Whoopee Boys Man on street
1989 Miss Firecracker Ronnie Wayne
1990 Child's Play 2 Mattson
1991 Once Around Jim Redstone
1993 So I Married An Axe Murderer Hotel Concierge Uncredited
1993 The Night We Never Met Eddie
1994 I.Q. Bill Riley, Times Reporter Uncredited
1994 Clear and Present Danger Petey
1997 Culture Tim Stevens Short film
1999 Jesus' Son Dr. Shanis
2000 The Last Producer Rueben Tallridge
2001 Joe Somebody Jeremy
2001 Down to Earth Sklar
2001 Sweet November Vince Holland
2005 Down and Derby Phil Davis
2005 The Sandlot 2 Mr. Goodfairer
2005 Bigger Than the Sky Roger
2005 Self Medicated Keith McCauley
2005 Crazylove Dr. Emlee
2005 Heart of the Beholder Bob Harris
2006 Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby Larry Dennit, Jr.
2006 Friends with Money Matt
2006 Kill Your Darlings Stevens
2007 My Lunch with Larry Larry Short film
2008 Bolt The Agent Voice
2008 Quarantine Laurence
2010 Group Sex Reeves
2010 The Con Artist Julien
2011 Fly Away Tom
2011 Answers to Nothing Mr. Beckworth
2012 Here Comes The Boom Principal Duke Becher
2014 Atlas Shrugged: Part III James Taggart
2014 Someone Marry Barry Bill
2014 The Little Rascals Save The Day Ray "Big Ray" Kaye
2015 Quitters Roger
2015 Get Hard Peter Penny
2016 Time Toys Weller
2016 Get a Job Fernando
2017 Juvenile Langdon

Television

Year Title Role Notes
1989 Miami Vice Johnny Ramon The finale (season 5, episode 21)
1995-1997 Ned & Stacey Eric "Rico" Moyer TV
1997-2002 Ally McBeal Richard Fish TV
2002 The Twilight Zone Ben Baker Episode: "Sensuous Cindy"
2003 The Bernie Mac Show Himself TV
2005 Family Plan Himself TV, one episode
2006 Eureka Warren King TV, cameo appearance
2006 Desperate Housewives Jim Halverson Episode: "We're Gonna Be All Right"
2007 All I Want for Christmas Roger Nelson TV
2007 In Case of Emergency Sherman Yablonsky TV, supporting cast
2009 Spectacular! Mr.Virgil Romano TV movie
2010 Raising Hope Bobby TV, guest star
2011 Hawaii Five-0 Rick Lane TV, two appearances
2012 House of Lies Greg Norbert TV, six appearances
2012 Drop Dead Diva Judge Zahn Season Four, Episode 13
2013 Common Law Barry Barker TV, four appearances
2013 NCIS Jerome Craig TV, three appearances
2013-2017 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Derek Strauss TV, four appearances
2014 Blue Bloods Billy TV, one appearance
2014 How To Get Away With Murder Jeffrey Cole TV, three appearances
2015 Chasing Life Tom Krane TV, two appearances
2015 Limitless (TV series) ADIC Grady Johnson
2016 Once Upon a Time Hades TV, recurring character
2017 Brooklyn Nine Nine Gary Lurmax Season 4, Episode 14
2017 Friends from College Jon TV, recurring
2017—present Grey's Anatomy Dr. Thomas Koracick TV, recurring

Selected Theater

Year Title Role Notes
2016 Meteor Shower Norm
Charities

Greg Germann supports the following charitable cause: AIDS.

[ Source: Wikipedia ]