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Also Known As: Died:
Born: July 8, 1965 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Ivoryton, Connecticut, USA Profession: actor, singer, waiter

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A brown-haired actor of medium build with malleable good looks that lent credence to portrayals of all-American charmers as well as sinister psychopaths, Lee Tergesen has enjoyed a varied career, snagging roles he has certainly made the most of since his debut in the early 1990s, not the least of which was his shockingly candid turn on the HBO series "Oz" (1997- ). A graduate of Manhattan's American Musical and Dramatic Academy, this Connecticut native acted on the NYC stage and waited tables in the city in the late 1980s, where and when he was spotted by writer-producer Tom Fontana. With a 1990 episode of NBC's "Law & Order" to his credit, Tergesen relocated to Los Angeles for a Fontana-aided role in the surfers-as-bank-robbers action flick "Point Break" (1991) and proceeded to get parts in television-premiered projects including Lifetime's "The Killing Mind" and the HBO-screened thriller "Cast a Deadly Spell".

A brown-haired actor of medium build with malleable good looks that lent credence to portrayals of all-American charmers as well as sinister psychopaths, Lee Tergesen has enjoyed a varied career, snagging roles he has certainly made the most of since his debut in the early 1990s, not the least of which was his shockingly candid turn on the HBO series "Oz" (1997- ). A graduate of Manhattan's American Musical and Dramatic Academy, this Connecticut native acted on the NYC stage and waited tables in the city in the late 1980s, where and when he was spotted by writer-producer Tom Fontana. With a 1990 episode of NBC's "Law & Order" to his credit, Tergesen relocated to Los Angeles for a Fontana-aided role in the surfers-as-bank-robbers action flick "Point Break" (1991) and proceeded to get parts in television-premiered projects including Lifetime's "The Killing Mind" and the HBO-screened thriller "Cast a Deadly Spell".

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Silver Tongues (2011)
5.
 Monster (2004) Vincent Corey
6.
 Bark (2001) Peter
7.
 Wild Iris (2001) Lud Van Eppy
8.
 Shot In The Heart (2001) Frank Gilmore Jr
9.
 Shaft (2000) Luger
10.
 Diamonds (1999) Border Guard
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Milestones close milestones

1989:
Met filmmaker Tom Fontana while waiting tables in NYC
1990:
Early television credit, guest starring on an episode of "Law & Order" (NBC)
:
Relocated to Los Angeles
1991:
Made feature debut with a significant supporting role in "Point Break"
1991:
Acted in the Lifetime TV-movie "The Killing Mind"
1991:
Featured in the period thriller "Cast a Deadly Spell" on HBO
1992:
Cast in a memorable supporting role in "Wayne's World" as Terry, the headbanging sidekick of Wayne and Garth who often said "I love you, man!"
1992:
Arrested for DWI; spent one night in a Los Angeles jail
1992:
Co-starred in the "Showtime 30-Minute Movie" presentation "Session Man"
1993:
Landed a recurring role on the NBC detective series "Homicide: Life on the Street" as a police officer who loses his sight after being shot in in the line of duty
1993:
With the New York-based theater company Naked Angels, performed in "Naked at the Coast," an acclaimed selection of one-act plays produced at the Coast Playhouse in West Hollywood
1993:
Acted in the addiction-themed NBC TV-movie "Darkness Before Dawn"
1993:
Reprised role of Terry in "Wayne's World 2"
1994:
Cast as a regular on the USA Network/Sci-Fi Channel sitcom "Weird Science," playing sadistic older brother Chett Donnelly
1995:
Guest starred on an episode of the NBC series "JAG"
1996:
Had a guest role on the ABC drama "Hudson Street"
1996:
Featured in "The Shot," an independent comedy satirizing the movie business
1997:
Acted in the independent feature "George B"
1997:
Starred as prisoner Tobias Beecher on the brutal prison-set HBO series "Oz"
1999:
Played a border guard in the independent feature "Diamonds"
2000:
Was a regular on Tom Fontana's short-lived UPN series "The Beat," playing firefighter Steve Dorigan
2000:
Acted in John Singleton's appropriately stylized remake "Shaft" as the helpful but racist cop Luger
2001:
Acted in the improvisational parody "Perfume"; screened at Sundance
2001:
Featured in the comedy-drama "Black Iris" on Showtime
2001:
Played the eldest brother of executed murderer Gary Gilmore in the HBO biopic "Shot in the Heart," directed by Agnieszka Holland
2003:
Appeared in the film "Monster"
2005:
Landed a recurring role as Sully on the FX drama "Rescue Me"
2006:
Played Bree Van de Kamp's (Marcia Cross) AA sponsor and romantic interest on "Desperate Housewives" (ABC)
2006:
Played a menacing biker in the prequel "Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning"
2007:
Cast in HBO's Western drama "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee"
2008:
Co-starred with Alexander SkarsgÄrd and James Ransone in the HBO miniseries "Generation Kill"
2010:
Landed a recurring role on Lifetime's "Army Wives"
2012:
Cast in the WWII drama "Red Tails," about a crew of African American pilots in the Tuskegee training program; executive produced by George Lucas
2012:
Cast in horror thriller "The Collection"
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Education

American Musical and Dramatic Academy: New York , New York - 1985

Notes

Tergesen on how his character on "Oz" has adapted to the surroundings: "At first, I saw him as a poor guy in the wrong place. Now, after having everything stripped away from him - his freedom, his family, his profession - he's evil. He's using what's at his core. Lawyers play with power. They're opportunists, and they can be vengeful." --to Knight Ridder Newspapers columnist Gail Shister, July 7, 1998.

Family close complete family listing

brother:
Chris Tergesen. Music supervisor, recording engineer. Worked on "Oz", "The Beat" and "Homicide: Life on the Street".

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