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Ray Wise (born August 29, 1947) is an American actor, known for his roles as Leland Palmer in Twin Peaks, as Leon Nash, right-hand henchmen to villain Clarence Boddicker in the sci-fi classic RoboCop, and most recently as the Devil in the CW television series Reaper. Wise was born in Akron, Ohio and attended Kent State University in Kent, Ohio. In the late sixties and seventies, Wise played attorney Jamie Rollins on the soap opera, Love of Life. He played the character of Dr. Alec Holland in the 1982 film Swamp Thing, directed by Wes Craven and based upon the comic book series of the same name. Dr. Holland is the man who becomes the titular character after his lab is destroyed and he is left for dead. The actual Swamp Thing character was played by Dick Durock. In addition to Twin Peaks, Wise has played several roles in science fiction. He played the harried dad in the horror film Dead End. He made an appearance as Liko in the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode “Who Watches the Watchers,” and later played Arturis in the Star Trek: Voyager episode “Hope and Fear.” He also played the role of `Taggart` in the horror flick `Jeepers Creepers 2`. He is also known for portraying Michael Dugan, President of the United States in the computer real-time strategy games Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 and its expansion Command & Conquer: Yuri’s Revenge. Consequently, Ray Wise has a cult following among the science fiction community
In 1995, Wise was reunited with Twin Peaks castmate Sherilyn Fenn in the NBC telemovie Liz: The Elizabeth Taylor Story. Wise played 1950s CBS News anchor Don Hollenbeck in the 2005 film Good Night, and Good Luck. In recent years, Wise has appeared on a number of political-themed television series and films. He briefly appeared on The West Wing as California governor Gabriel “Gabe” Tillman, and played Vice President Hal Gardner on the Emmy-winning Fox series 24 in 2006. In August 2006, Wise made a guest appearance in the TV series Bones (Fox) as the primary suspect of the first episode of the second season (The Titan on the Tracks), and in the pilot episode of Burn Notice. On the February 6th episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Wise guest starred as the head of a company testing pesticides on little children. Wise has also guest starred in series The Closer, season two, as a lawyer. He is currently starring as the Devil on the new TV series Reaper. A role that he is used to playing in 2002 he starred in Charmed as the upper level demon Ludlow, who runs a school for the Source Of All Evil. Wise has two children with wife Kass McClaskey: a son, Gannon (born 1985), and a daughter, Kyna aka DJ Kyna (born 1987). Wise resides in Glendale, California
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Raymond Herbert Wise
Raymond Herbert "Ray" Wise (born August 20, 1947) is an American actor. Some of his best known roles include Leland Palmer in Twin Peaks, henchman Leon C. Nash in RoboCop, Jack Taggart Sr. in Jeepers Creepers 2, The Devil in The CW series Reaper, Donald Wadsworth in Suburban Gothic, Marvin in the ABC series Fresh Off the Boat, Hal Gardner in season 5 of the Fox series 24, Everett Dirksen in the HBO film All the Way, and Commissioner James Gordon in Batman: The Killing Joke.
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