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Christian Clemenson

Highest Rated:   100% And the Band Played On (1993)
Lowest Rated:   8% Almost Heroes (1998)
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Birthplace:   Humboldt, Iowa, USA
A native of rural Humboldt, IA, character actor Christian Clemenson left his home state when a scholarship that he netted as part of his paperboy route afforded him the opportunity to attend the prestigious Phillips Academy preparatory school in Andover, MA. That experience imparted Clemenson with a deep-seated love of theatrics, and he spent his Iowan summers during college acting in local stage productions. The upstart subsequently attended Harvard as an undergraduate and Yale Drama School as a grad student, then moved to Los Angeles in the mid-'80s, where he accepted a long series of bit parts and supporting roles in A-list features, typically cast as nebbishy professional types. Early films in which Clemenson appeared included Heartburn (1986), Legal Eagles (1986), Hannah and Her Sisters (1986), and Broadcast News (1987).Beginning in the late '90s, Clemenson began placing a stronger emphasis on television work, with guest roles in series including Ally McBeal, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The West Wing, and NYPD Blue. He received critical kudos for his portrayal of ill-fated executive Thomas E. Burnett Jr., a victim of the September 11th terrorist attacks, in Paul Greengrass' feature United 93 (2006), then joined William Shatner, Candice Bergen, and James Spader of David E. Kelley's offbeat seriocomedy Boston Legal in a recurring capacity during the show's second season; on the program, Clemenson played Jerry "Hands" Espenson, a troubled lawyer plagued by Asperger's Syndrome. He went on to win Best Guest Actor in a Drama Series in 2006 for that role, and continued to appear on the show, later attaining regular status and staying with the series until it folded in 2009. Clemenson would continue to appear regularly on screen as the years went on, appearing on shows like CSI: Miami and Harry's Law.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
79% No Man of God
  • Actor
2021
34% Live By Night
  • Ritz Investor
$10.4M 2017
No Score Yet Not Safe For Work
  • Alan Emmerich
2013
43% J. Edgar
  • Inspector Schell
$37.4M 2011
No Score Yet Ashley's Ashes
  • Actor
2010
90% United 93
  • Thomas Burnett
$31.6M 2006
13% Lost and Found
  • Ray
1999
56% Mighty Joe Young
  • Jack
1998
38% Armageddon
  • Droning Guy
1998
8% Almost Heroes
  • Father Girard
1998
83% The Big Lebowski
  • Younger Cop
1998
96% Apollo 13
  • Dr. Chuck
1995
100% And the Band Played On
  • Dr. Dale Lawrence
1993
25% Josh and S.A.M.
  • Policeman
1993
67% Hero
  • Conklin
1992
84% The Fisher King
  • Edwin
1991
63% Bad Influence
  • Pismo
1990
No Score Yet Daddy's Boys
  • Otis
1988
98% Broadcast News
  • Bobby
1987
22% Surrender
  • Dream Lawyer
1987
50% Black Widow
  • Artie
1987
50% Making Mr. Right
  • Bruce Cohn
1987
45% Heartburn
  • Sidney
1986
44% Legal Eagles
  • Clerk
1986
91% Hannah and Her Sisters
  • Larry
1986

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
78% Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
1999
  • Forreston Graham
  • 2019
92% Colony
2016-2018
  • Actor
  • 2017
  • 2016
85% American Crime Story
2016
  • Bill Hodgman
  • 2016
57% Californication
2007-2014
  • Actor
  • 2014
81% Turn: Washington's Spies
2014-2017
  • Maarten DeJong Maarten Dejong
  • 2014
No Score Yet Mike & Molly
2010-2016
  • Mr. O'Donnell
  • 2013
  • 2010
43% Harry's Law
2011-2012
  • Sam Berman
  • 2012
No Score Yet CSI: Miami
2002-2012
  • Tom Loman
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2009
  • 2007
  • 2005
  • 2004
  • 2003
  • 2002
84% Grey's Anatomy
2005
  • Ivan Fink
  • 2010
No Score Yet NCIS
2003
  • Perry Sterling
  • 2009
No Score Yet The Mentalist
2008-2015
  • Dr. Roy Carmen Roy Carmen
  • 2009
  • 2008
86% Boston Legal
2004-2008
  • Jerry Esperson Jerry Espenson
  • 2008
  • 2007
  • 2006
  • 2005
No Score Yet Crossing Jordan
2001-2007
  • Father Edward Klaussner
  • 2006
No Score Yet CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
2000-2015
  • Charles Pellew
  • 2005
No Score Yet Numb3rs
2005-2010
  • Henry Korfelt
  • 2005
92% Veronica Mars
2004-2007
  • Abel Koontz
  • 2005
  • 2004
83% NYPD Blue
1993-2005
  • Timothy Bosham
  • 2003
61% Ally McBeal
1997-2002
  • Harold Hookland
  • 2002
75% The West Wing
1999-2006
  • Evan Woodkirk
  • 2001
  • 2000
8% Ladies Man
1999-2001
  • Julien
  • 2001
  • 1999
83% Buffy the Vampire Slayer
1997-2003
  • Balthazar
  • 1999
  • 1998
No Score Yet The Practice
1997-2004
  • Wall
  • 1998
No Score Yet Mad About You
1992-1999
  • Jared
  • 1997
86% Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman
1993-1997
  • Rollie Vale
  • 1995
  • 1993
91% The Adventures of Brisco County Jr.
1993-1994
  • Socrates Poole
  • 1994
  • 1993
No Score Yet Designing Women
1986-1993
  • Jack Henry
  • 1991
No Score Yet Matlock
1986-1995
  • Dr. Crider Cyril Henning
  • 1991
  • 1989
20% Capital News
1990
  • Todd Lunden
  • 1990
No Score Yet Family Ties
1982-1989
  • Flaherty
  • 1988
No Score Yet Beauty and the Beast
1987-1990
  • Jonathan Gould
  • 1987
No Score Yet Head of the Class
1986-1991
  • Dave
  • 1987
No Score Yet Fame
1982-1987
  • Alan
  • 1985
No Score Yet The Golden Girls
1985-1992
  • Salesman
  • 1985

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