Slender, handsome player of films and TV with a wistful, boyish look, often cast in roles with an antagonistic edge to them. Secor entered acting after high school, training at the Los Angeles Actors and Directors Lab and with the improvisational group The Groundlings, and acting in local productions of "Equus" and "The Lion in Winter," among others. Secor made several films appearances in the late 1980s in the likes of "Heart of Dixie" (1989) and also played a dying AIDS patient on five episodes of TV's "St. Elsewhere." More good work followed with his Bertram Cates, the 20s teacher prosecuted for teaching the theory of evolution, in a TV-movie remake of "Inherit the Wind" (1988).
A breakthrough year for Secor came in 1991 with prominent roles in several major features. He played a doctor put in his place by colleague William Hurt in "The Doctor," one of the cowboys in "City Slickers" and had a fine sleazy time in "Delusion." He threatened the heroine in "Untamed Heart" (1993) and on TV, in the short-lived comedy-drama series "Middle Ages" (1992), unsettled his older subordinates as an unpleasant boss. Secor found both critical and commercial acclaim when he was cast in NBC's gritty police drama "Homicide: Life on the Street" (1993-99). As Tim Baylis, the youngest and most naive member of the homicide squad, Secor was called upon to react to the horrors he encountered while the rest of the cast got to act jaded and cool. Over the course of the series' run, the character also revealed some surprises, such as a penchant for bisexuality and an interest in Buddhism.
In the true crime movie-of-the-week "In the Line of Duty: Siege at Marion" (NBC, 1992), the fourth installment in a series of eleven true police stories, Secor played a religious fanatic who, along with the widow (Tess Harper) of a slain fundamentalist leader of a religious sect in Utah, firebombs a church and turns the family farm into an armed fortress when the police arrive. After a supporting role in the right-to-life drama "Silent Victim" (1993), Secor played a daredevil parachutist with a crazy streak in the Wesley Snipes action vehicle "Drop Zone" (1994). Secor guest starred in the MOW "Midnight Run-Around" (Syndicated, 1994), playing a bail-jumper who sparks a small rural town in Oklahoma to prevent his arrest. In "Beauty's Revenge" (1995), a by-the-book obsession thriller, he was a young Midwestern farmer who is stalked by a local beauty queen after their brief affair.
Secor was seen opposite Faith Ford in "Her Desperate Choice" (Lifetime, 1996), a dramatic thriller about a mom (Ford) who is forced to kidnap her daughter (Hannah Hall) from her sexually abusive father. After a year on the road, she meets a veterinarian (Secor) who provides a job, apartment and the opportunity to love again. Then in the psychodrama "Mind Games" (ABC, 1998), he was the father of a disturbed child (William Greenblatt) whose acclaimed psychologist (Lindsay Frost) brutally exposes family secrets and tries to seduce him. In 1999, Secor joined the cast of "Party of Five" (Fox, 1994-2000), playing the recurring role of Evan Stillman, a publisher who hires Julia (Neve Campbell) to write a book. Secor was brought back to revive Detective Tim Bayliss for "Homicide: The Movie" (NBC, 2000), a two-hour movie that reunites the detectives to solve the shooting of mayoral candidate Lieutenant Al Giardello (Yaphet Kotto). Then in "Beat" (2000), a biopic on lesser-known Beat Generation figure Lucian Carr (Norman Reedus), Secor played David Kammerer, a homosexual man who followed Carr to New York City where he was killed with a pocket knife after violently reacting to another rejection of his love.
Secor returned to series television with a regular role on "City of Angels" (CBS, 1999-2001), playing a white doctor on the predominantly black staff at the Angels of Mercy hospital in Los Angeles. After an appearance as a killer cop in the pilot episode of "Crossing Jordan" (NBC, 2001-07), he had a regular stint on Steven Bochco's short-lived courtroom drama "Philly" (ABC, 2001), playing the sarcastic ex-husband of a recent law school graduate (Kim Delaney) who wants nothing more than to see her fail at her new career. Appearances on episodes of "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (CBS, 2000-15) and "Without A Trace" (CBS, 2002-09) were followed by a recurring role as a software billionaire on "Veronica Mars" (UPN, 2004-07), a crime drama about a teenager who helps her dad with his private investigation business.
Following roles in the made-for-TV movies "A Wrinkle in Time" (ABC, 2004) and "Infidelity" (Lifetime, 2004), Secor was cast in "Commander In Chief" (ABC, 2005-06) as the uneasy husband of President Mackenzie Allen, the first female leader of the free world whose rise to power came as vice president when her predecessor died in office. On the show, Secor's character was forced to contend with being the First Gentleman of the United States-a position almost as precarious and rife with ridicule as that his wife's.
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Played the recurring role of Brett Johnston on the NBC medical drama, "St. Elsewhere"
First TV-movie, a remake of "Inherit the Wind"
Breakthrough year in features; acted in five major studio releases
Joined cast of the CBS medical drama "City of Angels"
Had regular role on the ABC fall drama series "Philly"
Cast as Rod Allen, the president's husband in ABC's "Commander-in-Chief"