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Also Known As: Robert Clark Gregg Died:
Born: April 2, 1962 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Boston, Massachusetts, USA Profession: actor, screenwriter, director

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A genuine triple threat, actor-writer-director Clark Gregg gained respect on the stage and earned credibility in dozens of supporting roles in film and television for two decades prior to becoming part of one of the biggest movie franchises in history. A frequent collaborator with playwright-filmmaker David Mamet, Gregg's early film appearances included such Mamet efforts as "Things Change" (1988) and "The Spanish Prisoner" (1997). He later garnered substantial praise for his turn as a pre-operative transsexual opposite Adrian Grenier in "The Adventures of Sebastian Cole" (1998). Gregg made his debut as a feature-film screenwriter with the paranormal mystery "What Lies Beneath" (2000), turned in more respectable supporting work in films like "One Hour Photo" (2002) and appeared with regularity on such hit shows as "The West Wing" (NBC, 1999-2006). After writing and directing an adaptation of Chuck Palahniuk's novel "Choke" (2008), Gregg made his first appearance as secret agent Phil Coulson in the superhero spectacular, "Iron Man" (2008). More Coulson cameos followed, eventually leading to an expanded role in the summer blockbuster "The Avengers" (2012), which teamed a number of Marvel Comics' most...

A genuine triple threat, actor-writer-director Clark Gregg gained respect on the stage and earned credibility in dozens of supporting roles in film and television for two decades prior to becoming part of one of the biggest movie franchises in history. A frequent collaborator with playwright-filmmaker David Mamet, Gregg's early film appearances included such Mamet efforts as "Things Change" (1988) and "The Spanish Prisoner" (1997). He later garnered substantial praise for his turn as a pre-operative transsexual opposite Adrian Grenier in "The Adventures of Sebastian Cole" (1998). Gregg made his debut as a feature-film screenwriter with the paranormal mystery "What Lies Beneath" (2000), turned in more respectable supporting work in films like "One Hour Photo" (2002) and appeared with regularity on such hit shows as "The West Wing" (NBC, 1999-2006). After writing and directing an adaptation of Chuck Palahniuk's novel "Choke" (2008), Gregg made his first appearance as secret agent Phil Coulson in the superhero spectacular, "Iron Man" (2008). More Coulson cameos followed, eventually leading to an expanded role in the summer blockbuster "The Avengers" (2012), which teamed a number of Marvel Comics' most iconic heroes on screen for the first time. While not boasting the marquee recognition enjoyed by many of his costars, Gregg remained one of the more versatile and employable talents in Hollywood.

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  Trust Me (2013)
2.
  Choke (2008)

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Light Years (2014)
2.
 Labor Day (2013)
3.
 Trust Me (2013)
4.
 To Do List, The (2013)
5.
 Very Good Girls (2013)
7.
 Avengers, The (2012)
8.
9.
 Thor (2011)
10.
 Iron Man 2 (2010)
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1984:
Co-founded the Atlantic Theater Company in NYC
1987:
Made off-Broadway acting debut in "Fun"
1988:
Feature acting debut in David Mamet's "Things Change"
1988:
Appeared in the Lincoln Center production of Howard Korder's "A Boy's Life," directed by William H. Macy
1988:
Once again directed by Macy in the HBO production "Lip Service"
1989:
Cast in a supporting role in Roland Joffe's "Fat Man and Little Boy"
1990:
Made Broadway debut in Aaron Sorkin's "A Few Good Men"
1991:
TV debut, an episode of "Law & Order" (NBC)
1991:
Directed NYC premiere of Kevin Heelan's "Distant Fires" at Atlantic Theater Company; also helmed the 1993 Los Angeles premiere
1992:
First film with Bashar Shbib, "Lana in Love"
1994:
Appeared in Charles Shyer's "I Love Trouble"
1995:
Played Dr. Walters in Bryan Singer's "The Usual Suspects"
1995:
Portrayed fight trainer Kevin Rooney in the HBO film "Tyson"
1995:
Re-teamed with Macy for the HBO film "Above Suspicion"
1996:
Staged the Atlantic Theater Company revival of Mamet's "Edmond"
1997:
Re-teamed with Mamet for "The Spanish Prisoner"
1997:
Cast in the Atlantic Theater presentation of Jez Butterworth's comedy "Mojo"
1999:
Won praise for his turn as a transsexual in "The Adventures of Sebastian Cole"
1999:
Appeared in Paul Thomas Anderson's "Magnolia"
2000:
Featured in the off-Broadway revival of Mamet's "Sexual Perversity in Chicago"
2000:
Screenwriting debut, "What Lies Beneath"; directed by Robert Zemeckis and starring Harrison Ford and Michelle Pfeiffer
2000:
Re-teamed with Mamet for the ensemble feature "State and Main"
2001:
Cast in a recurring role on "The West Wing" (NBC) as FBI Special Agent Michael Casper
2002:
Landed featured role in "We Were Soldiers"
2002:
Cast in the HBO movie "Live From Baghdad"
2003:
Acted opposite Anthony Hopkins in "The Human Stain"
2004:
Co-starred opposite Topher Grace and Scarlett Johansson in the comedy "In Good Company"
2006:
Starred in the remake of the 1979 thriller "When a Stranger Calls"
2006:
Cast as Julia Louis-Dreyfus' ex-husband on the CBS sitcom "The New Adventures of Old Christine"
2007:
Played Meg Ryan's husband in Jonathan Kasdan's directorial debut "In the Land of Women"
2008:
Appeared in the Marvel Comics film adaptation of "Iron Man" as Agent Phil Coulson
2008:
Directed the film adaptation of "Choke," based on Chuck Palahniuk's novel and starring Sam Rockwell
2010:
Returned as Agent Coulson in Jon Favreau's "Iron Man 2"
2011:
Made a cameo as Agent Coulson in "Thor," directed by Kenneth Branagh
2012:
Reprised Agent Coulson role in the Marvel superhero ensemble feature "The Avengers"
2013:
Wrote, directed and starred in "Trust Me"
2013:
Returned as Agent Coulson on the TV series "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."
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Education

Ohio Wesleyan University: Delaware , Ohio -
New York University: New York , New York - 1986

Notes

"I knew he was the right person, but I was kind of shocked when he appeared and he had, like, the world's broadest shoulders and the narrowest waist and a super-hairy chest.

"He is a very masculine person. So when we first started putting dresses on him, I think he got a little depressed. I was a little stunned, too. We kind of got better at it." --Tod Williams, the director of "The Adventures of Sebastian Cole", on casting Gregg as a transsexual, quoted in Los Angeles Times, August 6, 1999.

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wife:
Jennifer Grey. Actor. Dating from late summer 2000; married on July 21, 2001.

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daughter:
Stella Gregg. Born on December 4, 2001.

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