Ray Wise

Ray Wise

  • Highest Rated: 100% The Journey of Natty Gann (1985)
  • Lowest Rated: 0% One Missed Call (2008)
  • Birthday: Aug 29, 1947
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • Longtime character actor Ray Wise is beloved by genre fans for his over-the-top roles in Swamp Thing, RoboCop, Twin Peaks (both the series and the feature), and Jeepers Creepers 2, yet one look at the actor's diverse filmography reveals that it's Wise's diverse body of small-screen work that has been his bread and butter throughout the years.As an adolescent, Wise became keenly aware of his love for acting, and displayed his ambition by appearing in as many plays as possible throughout high school. A college theater major who spent most of his summer breaks in summer stock, Wise was well and ready to enter the professional world after receiving his degree in 1970. As with many other aspiring actors, Wise was drawn to the bright lights of Broadway and New York City, landing a job on the soap opera Love of Life after being in town for only two weeks. During the six years that he was acting on Love of Life, Wise would moonlight with stage roles both on and off-Broadway in addition to dabbling in repertory theater. When Love of Life was canceled in 1976, it was time to expand into features with supporting roles in Swamp Thing and Cat People (both 1982). Throughout the 1980s, Wise appeared on some of the most popular series on television, including Dallas, Trapper John, M.D., Knots Landing, and Moonlighting -- occasionally returning for a recurring role. While his part in Paul Verhoeven's over-the-top sci-fi action flick RoboCop offered the busy actor a chance to truly explore his inner villain, it was another menacing role that would propel Wise's career in the 1990s.Cast as grieving father Leland Palmer in the surreal David Lynch series Twin Peaks, Wise captivated television viewers with his emotionally charged performance -- Palmer was a challenging character, and few actors could have brought him to life quite as effectively as Wise. In 1992, Wise reprised the role of Leland Palmer for the polarizing feature Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, with subsequent performances in Bob Roberts and Powder, as well as on television in Star Trek: Voyager and Beverly Hills 90210, proving his highest-profile works of the decade. While by the year 2000 it appeared as if Wise had settled into a comfortable small-screen groove thanks to his numerous television credits, roles as a frightened father in the underappreciated, Twilight Zone-flavored frightener Dead End and a monster-fighting farmer in Jeepers Creepers 2 (which re-teamed him with Powder director Victor Salva) both gave genre fans cause to celebrate. In 2005, Wise took an affecting turn as communist witch-hunt victim Don Hollenbeck in director George Clooney's Oscar-nominated drama Good Night, and Good Luck, and the following year he had a recurring role as Vice President Hal Gardner in the hit Fox series 24. With additional small-screen roles in The Closer, CSI, Law & Order: SVU, and the supernatural series Reaper (on which he played the Devil himself) serving well to balance out feature work in Peaceful Warrior, Pandemic, and One Missed Call, it appeared that Wise remained as comfortable as ever fluctuating between work in film and television. He continued to work steadily on small and big-screen projects like Pandemic, One Missed Call, Crazy Eyes, Mad Men, and Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

37% Tone-Deaf Actor 2019
No Score Yet To Your Last Death Cyrus Dekalb 2019
60% Chain of Death Michael 2019
No Score Yet The Bronx Bull Father Joseph 2017
No Score Yet Le prix du secret Actor 2017
No Score Yet El destino de los Burnett Actor 2017
No Score Yet Shattered Forest Burnett 2017
40% Batman: The Killing Joke Commissioner James Gordon $0.5M 2016
8% God's Not Dead 2 Pete Kane 2016
No Score Yet Halloweed Judge Pilmington 2016
16% The Lazarus Effect Mr. Wallace $20.5M 2015
60% Digging Up the Marrow William Dekker 2015
64% Suburban Gothic Actor 2015
No Score Yet Unnatural Victor Clobirch 2015
No Score Yet The Breakup Girl Bob Baker 2015
88% Night of the Living Deb Frank Waverly 2014
73% No God, No Master Alexander Palmer 2014
No Score Yet The Butterfly Room Nick 2014
No Score Yet Jurassic City Actor 2014
No Score Yet Bird Co. Media Actor 2014
No Score Yet Dead Still Wenton Davis 2014
55% Wrong Cops Captain Andy 2013
No Score Yet Brother's Keeper Herbert Leemaster 2013
78% Big Ass Spider! Major Braxton Tanner 2013
No Score Yet Lionhead Jimmy 2013
4% Atlas Shrugged: Part II Head of State Thompson $2.6M 2012
26% Crazy Eyes Zach's Father $6.6K 2012
No Score Yet Darnell Dawkins: Mouth Guitar Legend Wade Dawkins 2012
36% Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie Dr. Doon Struts $0.2M 2012
No Score Yet Brother White Kingman 2012
No Score Yet The Aggression Scale Bellavance 2012
84% Excision Principal Campbell 2012
No Score Yet FDR: American Badass! Douglas MacArthur 2012
40% Chillerama Dr. Weems 2011
86% X-Men: First Class Secretary of State $145.4M 2011
No Score Yet Rosewood Lane Det. Briggs 2011
No Score Yet Iodine Avery 2010
No Score Yet 7-10 Split (Strike) Actor 2009
No Score Yet Cyxork 7 Kommander 88 2009
No Score Yet The First Time Actor 2009
No Score Yet Stuntmen Actor 2009
No Score Yet AM1200 Actor 2008
No Score Yet AmericanEast Agent Stevens 2008
No Score Yet The Flock Bobby Stiles 2008
0% One Missed Call Ted Summers $26.9M 2008
No Score Yet Infestation Ethan 2008
No Score Yet Pandemic General Matthews 2008
57% Superman: Doomsday Perry White 2007
25% Peaceful Warrior Dr. Hayden $1M 2006
No Score Yet The Substance of Things Hoped For Dr. Lessing 2006
93% Good Night, And Good Luck Don Hollenbeck $31.6M 2005
No Score Yet Jane Doe: The Wrong Face Fleming 2005
No Score Yet The Rain Makers Harris 2005
75% Dead End Frank Harrington 2003
24% Jeepers Creepers 2 Jack Taggart $35.3M 2003
40% The Battle of Shaker Heights Harrison Bowland 2003
20% Almost Salinas Jack 2003
No Score Yet Landspeed Brian 2002
43% Two Can Play That Game Bill Parker $22.1M 2001
No Score Yet Windfall Actor 2001
No Score Yet Pennyweight Actor 1999
No Score Yet Garbage Picking, Field Goal Kicking Philadelphia Phenomenon Actor 1998
No Score Yet Evasive Action Wes Blaidek 1998
50% Powder Stipler 1995
No Score Yet The Rift (La Grieta) Actor 1995
No Score Yet The Crew Charles Pierce 1995
No Score Yet Liz: The Elizabeth Taylor Story Mike Todd 1995
37% The Chase Dalton Voss 1994
No Score Yet Body Shot Dwight Frye 1994
33% Rising Sun Sen. John Morton 1993
No Score Yet The Killing Box Col. George Thalman 1993
97% Bob Roberts Chet MacGregor 1992
64% Twin Peaks - Fire Walk with Me Leland Palmer 1992
No Score Yet Sunstroke Winters 1992
No Score Yet Write to Kill Mark Gaston 1991
No Score Yet Fire in the Dark Richard 1991
No Score Yet Endless Descent Robbins 1990
No Score Yet The Secret Life of Archie's Wife Archie 1990
No Score Yet Runaway Heart Archie 1990
No Score Yet Race For Glory Jack Davis 1989
No Score Yet The Flight Phil Maresca 1988
89% RoboCop Leon Nash 1987
No Score Yet Condor Actor 1986
100% The Journey of Natty Gann Sol Gann 1985
61% Cat People Soap Opera Man 1982
67% Swamp Thing Doctor Alec Holland 1982
No Score Yet Tartuffe Actor 1978
No Score Yet Land of Leopold Actor

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

94% Fresh Off the Boat
2015
Marvin
  • 2019
  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
89% Twin Peaks
1990-2017
Leland Palmer
  • 2018
  • 1991
  • 1990
96% Fargo
2014-2017
Paul Marrane
  • 2017
No Score Yet Comment je l'ai rencontrée
2005-2011
Robin Sr.
  • 2014
83% How I Met Your Mother
2005-2014
Robin Sr.
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2011
76% Body of Proof
2011-2013
Martin Davis
  • 2013
No Score Yet Newsreaders
2013-2015
Skip Reming
  • 2013
No Score Yet Criminal Minds
2005
John Nelson
  • 2012
No Score Yet NCIS
2003
Wayne Tobett
  • 2012
No Score Yet Nuclear Family
2012
The Man
  • 2012
No Score Yet The Mentalist
2008-2015
Dennis Victor
  • 2012
89% Chuck
2007-2012
  • 2011
No Score Yet Hawaii Five-0
2010
Morris Brown
  • 2011
82% Wilfred
2011-2014
Colt St. Cloud
  • 2011
80% Castle
2009-2016
Bobby Fox
  • 2010
94% Mad Men
2007-2015
Ed Baxter
  • 2010
68% The Good Guys
2010
Buddy
  • 2010
92% Psych
2006-2014
Father Westley
  • 2010
  • 2009
86% 24
2001-2014
Hal Gardner
  • 2010
  • 2006
72% Dollhouse
2009-2010
Stewart Lipman
  • 2009
No Score Yet Numb3rs
2005-2010
Mitch Langford
  • 2009
80% Reaper
2007-2009
Satan
  • 2009
  • 2008
  • 2007
95% Tim and Eric Awesome Show Great Job!
2007-2010
Performer
  • 2008
52% Shark
2006-2008
Lloyd Holcomb
  • 2007
42% Six Degrees
2006-2007
Henry Crane
  • 2007
90% Bones
2005-2017
Rick Turco
  • 2006
No Score Yet CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
2000-2015
Ernest Chase
  • 2006
75% The West Wing
1999-2006
Gov. Gabe Tillman
  • 2005
No Score Yet Charmed
1998-2006
Ludlow
  • 2002
No Score Yet Judging Amy
1999-2005
Mr. Rhodes
  • 2001
No Score Yet Profiler
1996-2000
James Perrone
  • 2000
No Score Yet Beverly Hills, 90210
1990-2000
Hunter Noah's Father
  • 1998
90% Sports Night
1998-2000
Bill
  • 1998
77% Star Trek: Voyager
1995-2001
Arturis
  • 1998
75% Savannah
1995-1997
Edward Burton
  • 1997
  • 1996
100% The Larry Sanders Show
1992-1998
Lloyd Simon
  • 1994
No Score Yet Walker, Texas Ranger
1993-2001
  • 1994
97% Moonlighting
1985-1989
Murderer
  • 1989
89% Star Trek: The Next Generation
1987-1994
Liko
  • 1989
No Score Yet Beauty and the Beast
1987-1990
Tom
  • 1987
No Score Yet The A-Team
1983-1987
Chadway
  • 1985
No Score Yet Trapper John, M.D.
1979-1986
Dr. Spelner
  • 1984
No Score Yet Remington Steele
1982-1987
Schwimmer
  • 1984
  • 1982
No Score Yet Farmed and Dangerous
2014
Buck
No Score Yet Second Chances
1994
Judge Jim Stinson
15% Vengeance Unlimited
1998-1999

QUOTES FROM Ray Wise CHARACTERS

Dr. Doone Struts
May the brown foaminess flow all over you.
Jack Taggart
[Taggert is looking for the disabled bus] Are there any landmarks nearby? What are you close to?
Andy "Bucky" Buck
I'm close to pissing my fuckin' pants!
Jack Taggart
[first lines] [yelling out to Billy, who's putting up scarecrows] Billy! Get number three up now. Don't come in to eat before you do. And check the other two! Make sure they're wired up good. I don't want them blowing over again the first big wind.
Minxie Hayes
It isn't dead. It's time ran out.
Jack Taggart
[Taggert stabs The Creeper again] It looks dead to me.
Frank
"I know this is the season of giving, but I just don't give a fuck!"
Frank
I know this is the season of giving, but I just don't give a fuck!
Frank
Maybe the North Star doesn't indicate north. Maybe the map maker was drunk. Maybe the moon's made out of cheese. Who knows? Everything is so fucked up on this goddamn road!
Frank
Maybe the North Star doesn't indicate north. Maybe the map maker was drunk. Maybe the moon's made out of cheese. Who knows? Everything is so fucked up on this goddamn road!
Frank
Richard, drag his body off to the side of the road.
Richard
Jesus, what do I look like? Your fu*king janitor?
Laura
Where did Richard go?
Frank
He's probably off smoking a joint.
Laura
That is not funny! Our son is doing drugs!
Frank
Please, Laura.
Laura
Can't you see this is a cry for help?
Frank
Christ! It's just a joint, all right? Not worse than those pills you take.
Laura
My pills are legal!!
Laura
My pills are legal!
Laura
Does anybody know the name of that really bright star right in front of us?
Frank
There's 150 billion stars up there, for Christ's sake.
Frank
I wanna do something...cool. I wanna buy an Atari, a computer, a bunch of video games.
Frank
I wanna do something cool. I wanna buy an Atari, a computer, a bunch of video games.
Marion
If you wanna do something cool, then I'd go for the PlayStation.
Frank
What's that?
Marion
Never mind. Atari is cooler anyway.
Frank
Oh, God! We'd better wake up from this nightmare pretty soon.
Brad
When I played baseball, they taught us this technique to help us relax. I still use it sometimes. You breathe in deeply through your nose and out through your mouth.
Frank
Thank you, Brad.
Richard
Yeah, thanks, Brad. Can I ask you a question, though?
Brad
Sure.
Richard
Was your entire school gay, or was it just the baseball team?
Frank
And I thought last year's Christmas was bad.
Frank
Holy sh*t! The bitch shot me in the leg.
Laura
(calmly asking after she shoots Frank in his leg) - Is he hurt?
Frank
There was this couple that was driving home from a wedding...in Rhode Island. It was night. It was raining. And they saw a little girl standing by the side of the road. And she was just wandering back and forth, clutching the school book. They stopped and they let her get into the back seat...and they tried to talk to her, but she must have been in shock. They were driving on down the road, all of a sudden they heard a scream...coming from the back seat. They slammed on the brakes, they nearly had an accident. Miraculously, they didn't go over the cliff. They turned to the back seat...the little girl had vanished. There was just her school book there, with her name on it...Barbara Rose. And then they remembered: The entire Rose family had died in a tragic car accident...right at that cliff, five years earlier.
Frank
There was this couple that was driving home from a wedding in Rhode Island. It was night. It was raining. And they saw a little girl standing by the side of the road. And she was just wandering back and forth, clutching the school book. They stopped and they let her get into the back seat, and they tried to talk to her, but she must have been in shock. They were driving on down the road, all of a sudden they heard a scream coming from the back seat. They slammed on the brakes, they nearly had an accident. Miraculously, they didn't go over the cliff. They turned to the back seat...the little girl had vanished. There was just her school book there, with her name on it, Barbara Rose. And then they remembered: The entire Rose family had died in a tragic car accident, right at that cliff, five years earlier.
Marion
Come on! Dad, what are you saying...That that woman is a ghost?
Marion
Come on! Dad, what are you saying. That that woman is a ghost?
Laura
Should we save some pie for Michael?
Frank
He's dead.
Laura
Okay.
Frank
Your mother always felt you deserved more than a used car salesman. Now that salesman has become a respected sales manager. So, I'm sorry, baby, but screw your mother!
Laura
Anything else?
Frank
Yeah. Your damn brother is a freak too! He jerks off to gun magazines!
Frank
Every time we've stopped, someone's gotten killed. We have to keep driving.
Frank
Maybe the map maker was drunk. Maybe the moon's made out of cheese. Who knows? Everything is so fu*ked up on this goddamn road!
Laura
Was there no dial tone?
Frank
No, Laura. I just forgot the number to 9-1-1!