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Occupation
  
Actor

Education
  
St. Xavier High School

Role
  
Actor


Name
  
John Diehl

Years active
  
1980–present

Children
  
Jackson Diehl

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Born
  
May 1, 1950 (age 74) (
1950-05-01
)
Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.

Spouse
  
Books
  
Buk: The Life and Times of Charles Bukowski

Movies and TV shows
  
Similar People
  
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John Henry Diehl (born May 1, 1950) is an American film, television, and stage actor. Noted for his work in avant-garde theater, Diehl has performed in more than 140 films and television shows, including Land of Plenty, Stripes, Nixon, Jurassic Park III and the TV series Miami Vice and The Shield.

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Described by the Los Angeles Times as a "versatile and immediately recognizable" character actor, Diehl has "largely avoided the typecasting that is an accepted part of most character actors' careers." He has been a member of The Actors Studio since 2004.

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Early life

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Diehl was born in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1950. His father, John A. Diehl, was a civil engineer, and his mother, Mary, was a social worker. Raised in a devoutly Roman Catholic family, he was educated at parochial schools, and graduated from St. Xavier High School in 1968.

Career

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In 1970, Diehl moved to New York, encouraged by his sister, an actor who had just graduated from The Neighborhood Playhouse. He spent 1971 squatting in Amsterdam and returned to New York in 1972. In 1976, he moved to Los Angeles. He had always been interested in drawing and making things, and intended to pursue a career in the visual arts there. Initially he supported himself in LA by moving furniture and objet d'art.

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Although he had no previous experience as an actor, Diehl's interest turned to acting after he arrived in Los Angeles. He took a three-hour scene studies class in Hollywood twice a week, and in 1979 he was cast in Action, a one act play written by Sam Shepard. In 1980, he became an acting member of Murray Mednick's Padua Hills Playwrights Festival, an annual event which brought young playwrights from throughout the United States together to live and work with such playwrights as Mednick, Shepard, Maria Irene Fornes, John O’Keefe, John Steppling, and Robert Glaudini. Diehl worked with all of the playwrights in residence over the course of his several years as an acting member of the festival.

Diehl's first significant film role was in the 1980 movie Stripes. Directed by Ivan Reitman, it starred Bill Murray, Harold Ramis, and John Laroquette, as well as John Candy, with whom Diehl improvised. In the 25th Anniversary DVD release of Stripes, Laroquette compared the improvisation of Candy and Diehl to the improvisation of Laurel and Hardy. In 1983, Diehl appeared in National Lampoon's Vacation, which Ramis directed.

In 1984, Diehl was cast as Detective Larry Zito in Miami Vice. Although lucrative, Diehl found his role on the series artistically unfulfilling, and decided to leave. On January 9, 1987 — the 56th episode of Miami Vice — Zito's swan song was aired.

Diehl moved into a basement apartment in Greenwich Village in New York, and despite a drastic reduction in his income, he declined television roles, and chose instead to continue working in film while pursuing a serious stage career. He subsequently appeared in The Hanoi Hilton (1987), a film about the experiences of American prisoners of war in Hanoi in the 1960s/70s, and Alex Cox's Walker (1987), which was shot in Nicaragua during the Contra War. In late 1988, Diehl relocated to Los Angeles after he was cast in Sam Shepard’s A Lie of the Mind at the Mark Taper Forum.

He continued to work in theater in New York, however, and frequently returned to the stage there, most notably for a Shepherd play at the Public Theater with Shepard in residence at the Signature, and Mednick’s Joe And Betty, which was produced twice on Theater Row in New York.

In 1997, Diehl reprised his role in Action at the Public Theater, and in 2005 he worked once again with Padua Playwrights, appearing in two plays in Mednick's Gary Trilogy. Among others, his theater credits include Life of Mine, (with Holly Hunter) at the Mark Taper Forum, Samuel Beckett's Endgame (with John Laroquette) and Happy Days, one of three plays which Diehl directed.

He has appeared in more than 140 films, including Joysticks (1983), Angel (1984), City Limits (1984), Madhouse (1990), The Dark Side of the Moon (1990), Kickboxer 2 (1991), Mikey (1992), Mo' Money (1992), Gettsyburg (1993), The Client (1994), Stargate (1994), The New Age (1994), Mind Ripper (1995), A Time to Kill (1996), Pearl Harbor (2001), and Road to Nowhere (2010).

He played G. Gordon Liddy in Oliver Stone's Nixon (1995), the mercenary Cooper in Jurassic Park III (2001), and in recurring roles on The Shield, Friday Night Lights, The West Wing and The John Larroquette Show. In 2000, he appeared in Failsafe. Produced by George Clooney, it aired live on television, and co-starred Don Cheadle, Richard Dreyfus, Sam Elliott, Brian Dennehy, Hank Azaria, and Harvey Keitel. Between 2002 and 2004, he portrayed General Motors' Harley Earl in a series of 11 television commercials for Buick. The commercials were directed by Tony Scott, who had previously directed films including Top Gun and Crimson Tide.

In 2004, Wim Wenders cast Diehl as the male lead in Land of Plenty, a film about post 9/11 American life. Shot on digital video in 16 days, the film centered on Diehl's character, Paul, a troubled Vietnam veteran, and his niece, played by Michelle Williams. In a New York Times review of the film, A.O. Scott wrote "Mr. Diehl gives a wry, cunning performance, allowing glimmers of Paul's intelligence and decency to shine through even in his moments of high self-delusion."

A member of the Actors Studio since 2004, Diehl won the Los Angeles Times Warren Award in 2012, and in 2014 won the Southampton Film Festival's Lead Actor Award for his role in the short film Kahea.

Personal life

Diehl and singer Julie Christensen were married in 1992. They live in Nashville, Tennessee, and have one son, Magnus Jackson Diehl.

He boxed as a middleweight in two professional matches and participated in several exhibition shows for charity.

Filmography

Actor
-
Resilient 3D (pre-production) as
Alex
2019
Snowfall (TV Series) as
Colonel McDonald
- Ebony and Ivory (2023) - Colonel McDonald (as John Henry Diehl)
- Say a Little Prayer (2021) - Colonel McDonald (as John Henry Diehl)
- Protect and Swerve (2019) - Colonel McDonald (as John Henry Diehl)
2022
Five Days at Memorial (TV Mini Series) as
Frank Minyard
- The Reckoning (2022) - Frank Minyard
- Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen (2022) - Frank Minyard
2022
Dark Winds (TV Series) as
B. J. Vines / B.J. Vines
- Ha'íínlni (2022) - B. J. Vines (as John Henry Diehl)
- Hooghandi (2022) - B.J. Vines (as John Henry Diehl)
2022
Armageddon Time as
Fred Trump
2020
La Sirena (Short) as
Nino
2020
Serpent in the Bottle as
Marvin Decker
2019
Out of the Wild as
Henry McBride
2019
Castle Rock (TV Series) as
John
- The Word (2019) - John (as John Henry Diehl)
2016
The North Star as
Master Anderson
2015
Forever as
Neil
2014
A Strong Collected Spirit as
Marty Stock
2014
Sal and the Goon (Short) as
William Truth
2014
Kahea (Short) as
Jake Baldwin
2014
A Long Way Off as
Mr. Abraham
2014
Almost Human (TV Series) as
Edward Kennex
- Straw Man (2014) - Edward Kennex
2013
Singularity Principle as
Professor Jack Brenner
2012
Stillframe (Short) as
Father
2012
Apartment 1303 3D as
Detective
2012
Scandal (TV Series) as
Ray Dwyer
- The Other Woman (2012) - Ray Dwyer
2012
Gabe the Cupid Dog as
Roger
2012
The Obama Effect as
Steve Warren
2012
Swerve (Video) as
Samm
2011
Rizzoli & Isles (TV Series) as
Arthur Dunbar
- My Own Worst Enemy (2011) - Arthur Dunbar
2011
Burn Notice: The Fall of Sam Axe (TV Movie) as
Adm. James G. Lawrence
2011
Natural Selection as
Abe
2011
Trichotomy (Video short) as
The Muse
2010
Lie to Me (TV Series) as
Charlie Everett
- Veronica (2010) - Charlie Everett
2010
Road to Nowhere as
Bobby Billings
2009
My Happy Faces (Short) as
Dr. M
2009
Friday Night Lights (TV Series) as
Richard Sherman
- In the Skin of a Lion (2009) - Richard Sherman
- After the Fall (2009) - Richard Sherman
2009
Mental (TV Series) as
Hank Crowley
- Rainy Days (2009) - Hank Crowley
2009
Drifter: Henry Lee Lucas as
Sheriff Larabie
2009
Gary's Walk as
Gary
2009
Follow the Prophet as
Ted
2008
Natural Disasters as
John
2007
Women's Murder Club (TV Series) as
Paul Galvan
- The Past Comes Back to Haunt You (2007) - Paul Galvan
2007
The Lucky Ones as
Tom Klinger
2007
Cold Case (TV Series) as
Isaac Keller
- A Dollar, a Dream (2007) - Isaac Keller
- Shuffle, Ball Change (2007) - Isaac Keller
2007
Jericho (TV Series) as
Governor Trader
- Black Jack (2007) - Governor Trader
2006
Running Out of Time in Hollywood
2006
The Far Side of Jericho as
Cash Thornton
2005
Point Pleasant (TV Series) as
David Burke
- Let the War Commence (2006) - David Burke
- Missing (2005) - David Burke
- Hell Hath No Fury Like a Woman Choked (2005) - David Burke
- Waking the Dead (2005) - David Burke
- Swimming with Boyd (2005) - David Burke
- Secrets and Lies (2005) - David Burke
- The Lonely Hunter (2005) - David Burke
2006
The House Is Burning as
Mr. Garson
2006
Jesse Stone: Death in Paradise (TV Movie) as
Jerry Snyder
2006
Hidden Places (TV Movie) as
Frank Wyatt
2005
Strong Medicine (TV Series) as
Mr. Lawson
- Gunshot Wedding (2005) - Mr. Lawson
2005
Down in the Valley as
Steve
2002
The Shield (TV Series) as
Assistant Chief Ben Gilroy
- Grave (2005) - Assistant Chief Ben Gilroy (uncredited)
- Coyotes (2003) - Assistant Chief Ben Gilroy
- Co-Pilot (2003) - Assistant Chief Ben Gilroy
- Circles (2002) - Assistant Chief Ben Gilroy
- Two Days of Blood (2002) - Assistant Chief Ben Gilroy
- Cupid & Psycho (2002) - Assistant Chief Ben Gilroy
- Pay in Pain (2002) - Assistant Chief Ben Gilroy
- Dawg Days (2002) - Assistant Chief Ben Gilroy
- Our Gang (2002) - Assistant Chief Ben Gilroy
2004
Land of Plenty as
Paul
2004
I Pass for Human as
Ex-husband
2003
Just Another Story as
Al
2003
Karen Sisco (TV Series) as
Junior McLeod
- Nostalgia (2003) - Junior McLeod
2003
Without a Trace (TV Series) as
Doyle
- Revelations (2003) - Doyle
2003
Out of Our Hands (Short) as
Vic
2003
Dragnet (TV Series) as
Dr. Rupert Miles
- Sticks and Stones (2003) - Dr. Rupert Miles
2003
Bookies as
Vincent
2000
The West Wing (TV Series) as
Claypool
- Holy Night (2002) - Claypool
- Lord John Marbury (2000) - Claypool
2002
The Guardian (TV Series) as
Fortunato
- Sacrifice (2002) - Fortunato
2002
NYPD Blue (TV Series) as
Joe Brady
- Gypsy Woe's Me (2002) - Joe Brady
2001
Unsolved Mysteries (TV Series documentary) as
Prosecutor
- Death Row Mom (2001) - Prosecutor
2001
Dead Last (TV Series) as
Richard Stengler
- To Serve, with Love (2001) - Richard Stengler
2001
Falling Like This as
Eddie Gallagher
2001
Jurassic Park III as
Cooper
2001
Pearl Harbor as
Senior Doctor
2001
The Zeros as
Burl
2000
Lost Souls as
Henry Birdson
2000
Tully as
Mal 'Mac' MacAvoy
2000
Fail Safe (TV Movie) as
Col. Cascio
2000
Get Real (TV Series) as
Harris Forman
- Tough Love (2000) - Harris Forman
2000
18 Wheels of Justice (TV Series) as
Matt Curran
- Mr. Invisible (2000) - Matt Curran
1999
Swap Meet
1999
JAG (TV Series) as
Jack Raglan
- Rogue (1999) - Jack Raglan
1999
Anywhere But Here as
Jimmy
1999
The X-Files (TV Series) as
Wilson Pinker Rawls
- Trevor (1999) - Wilson Pinker Rawls
1999
Purgatory (TV Movie) as
Badger
1998
Davis Is Dead as
The Killer
1998
The Hi-Lo Country as
Les Birk
1998
The Rat Pack (TV Movie) as
Joe DiMaggio
1998
The Pretender (TV Series) as
Sheriff Delmont
- Red Rock Jarod (1998) - Sheriff Delmont
1998
Monument Ave. as
Digger
1997
Most Wanted as
Police Captain
1997
Fire Down Below as
Frank Elkins
1997
The Outer Limits (TV Series) as
Joe
- The Revelations of 'Becka Paulson (1997) - Joe
1997
Con Air as
Poe's Lawyer (uncredited)
1997
The End of Violence as
Lowell Lewis
1997
Managua
1997
Casualties as
Polito
1997
Nash Bridges (TV Series) as
Albert Foss
- The Counterfeiters (1997) - Albert Foss
1994
The John Larroquette Show (TV Series) as
Chris
- Napping to Success (1996) - Chris
- More Changes (1995) - Chris
- Time Out (1995) - Chris
- Whipping Post (1995) - Chris
- The Book of Rachel (1994) - Chris
1996
ER (TV Series) as
Johnson's Son
- Don't Ask, Don't Tell (1996) - Johnson's Son
1996
Profiler (TV Series) as
Toby 'The Wick' Wood
- Ring of Fire (1996) - Toby 'The Wick' Wood
1996
Foxfire as
Mr. Buttinger
1996
A Time to Kill as
Tim Nunley
1996
Ruby Jean and Joe (TV Movie) as
Harris Johnson
1996
Color of a Brisk and Leaping Day as
Pinchot
1996
The Destiny of Marty Fine as
Deke
1996
The Grave as
J.C. Cole
1996
The Lazarus Man (TV Series) as
Nat Patchett / Nat Pratchett
- Awakening: Part 2 (1996) - Nat Patchett
- Awakening: Part 1 (1996) - Nat Pratchett
1996
Female Perversions as
Jake Rock
1995
Nixon as
Gordon Liddy
1995
Three Wishes as
Leland's Father
1995
Mind Ripper as
Alex Hunter
1995
Amanda & the Alien (TV Movie) as
Colonel Rosencrans
1995
Buffalo Girls (TV Mini Series) as
General Custer
- Part I (1995) - General Custer
1995
The Marshal (TV Series) as
Earl 'The Beast' Lipscomb
- The Bounty Hunter (1995) - Earl 'The Beast' Lipscomb
1994
Stargate as
Lieutenant Kawalsky
1994
The New Age as
Lyle
1994
The Client as
Jack Nance
1994
Almost Dead as
Eddie Herbek
1990
L.A. Law (TV Series) as
Tim / Kevin Delahanty
- God Is My Co-Counsel (1994) - Tim
- Forgive Me Father, for I Have Sued (1990) - Kevin Delahanty
1993
South of Sunset (TV Series) as
Merlin
- Custody (1993) - Merlin
- Dream Girl (1993) - Merlin
1993
Gettysburg as
Private Bucklin
1993
Remote (Video) as
Delbert McCoy
1993
Falling Down as
Dad (Back Yard Party)
1992
Mo' Money as
Keith Heading
1992
The Paint Job as
Father
1992
Dark Justice (TV Series) as
Cavanaugh
- Bump in the Night (1992) - Cavanaugh
1992
Mann & Machine (TV Series) as
Concierge
- Prototype (1992) - Concierge
1992
Mikey as
Neil
1991
Motorama as
Phil
1991
Whore as
Derelict
1991
Trumpet #7 as
Bud
1991
A Climate for Killing as
Wayne Paris
1991
Kickboxer 2: The Road Back as
Jack
1990
The Dark Side of the Moon as
Philip Jennings
1990
Max Monroe (TV Series) as
Duvall
- Felonious Monk (1990) - Duvall
1990
Madhouse as
Fred
1990
In the Heat of the Night (TV Series) as
John Sevrance
- Triangle (1990) - John Sevrance
1989
Cool Blue (Video) as
Clayton
1989
Falcon Crest (TV Series) as
Gus Wallach
- The Price of Freedom (1989) - Gus Wallach
1989
Beauty and the Beast (TV Series) as
Vernon Toulane
- The Hollow Men (1989) - Vernon Toulane
1988
Monsters (TV Series) as
Miles Magnus
- Pillow Talk (1988) - Miles Magnus
1988
Glitz (TV Movie) as
Teddy Magyk
1987
Walker as
Stebbins
1987
The Hanoi Hilton as
Murphy
1984
Miami Vice (TV Series) as
Det. Larry Zito
- Down for the Count (1987) - Det. Larry Zito
- Forgive Us Our Debts (1986) - Det. Larry Zito
- Streetwise (1986) - Det. Larry Zito (credit only)
- Baby Blues (1986) - Det. Larry Zito
- Better Living Through Chemistry (1986) - Det. Larry Zito
- El Viejo (1986) - Det. Larry Zito
- Shadow in the Dark (1986) - Det. Larry Zito (credit only)
- The Good Collar (1986) - Det. Larry Zito (credit only)
- Walk-Alone (1986) - Det. Larry Zito
- Killshot (1986) - Det. Larry Zito (credit only)
- Stone's War (1986) - Det. Larry Zito (credit only)
- When Irish Eyes Are Crying (1986) - Det. Larry Zito
- Sons and Lovers (1986) - Det. Larry Zito
- Trust Fund Pirates (1986) - Det. Larry Zito
- Free Verse (1986) - Det. Larry Zito
- Payback (1986) - Det. Larry Zito
- The Fix (1986) - Det. Larry Zito
- French Twist (1986) - Det. Larry Zito
- Florence Italy (1986) - Det. Larry Zito
- Little Miss Dangerous (1986) - Det. Larry Zito
- One Way Ticket (1986) - Det. Larry Zito
- Yankee Dollar (1986) - Det. Larry Zito
- Definitely Miami (1986) - Det. Larry Zito
- Phil the Shill (1985) - Det. Larry Zito
- Back in the World (1985) - Det. Larry Zito
- Bought and Paid For (1985) - Det. Larry Zito
- Bushido (1985) - Det. Larry Zito
- Tale of the Goat (1985) - Det. Larry Zito
- Junk Love (1985) - Det. Larry Zito
- Buddies (1985) - Det. Larry Zito
- The Dutch Oven (1985) - Det. Larry Zito
- Out Where the Buses Don't Run (1985) - Det. Larry Zito
- Whatever Works (1985) - Det. Larry Zito
- The Prodigal Son (1985) - Det. Larry Zito
- Lombard (1985) - Det. Larry Zito
- Evan (1985) - Det. Larry Zito
- Nobody Lives Forever (1985) - Det. Larry Zito
- The Home Invaders (1985) - Det. Larry Zito
- Made for Each Other (1985) - Det. Larry Zito
- The Maze (1985) - Det. Larry Zito
- Rites of Passage (1985) - Det. Larry Zito
- Smuggler's Blues (1985) - Det. Larry Zito
- Golden Triangle: Part 2 (1985) - Det. Larry Zito
- Golden Triangle: Part 1 (1985) - Det. Larry Zito
- Milk Run (1985) - Det. Larry Zito
- Little Prince (1984) - Det. Larry Zito
- Give a Little, Take a Little (1984) - Det. Larry Zito
- Glades (1984) - Det. Larry Zito
- The Great McCarthy (1984) - Det. Larry Zito
- No Exit (1984) - Det. Larry Zito
- One Eyed Jack (1984) - Det. Larry Zito
- Calderone's Return: Part 2 - Calderone's Demise (1984) - Det. Larry Zito (credit only)
- Calderone's Return: Part 1 - The Hit List (1984) - Det. Larry Zito
- Cool Runnin' (1984) - Det. Larry Zito
- Heart of Darkness (1984) - Det. Larry Zito
- Brother's Keeper (1984) - Det. Larry Zito
1984
City Limits as
Whitey
1984
Hunter (TV Series) as
Bank Robber
- Hunter (1984) - Bank Robber (uncredited)
1983
D.C. Cab as
Head Kidnapper
1983
Angel as
The Killer
1983
National Lampoon's Vacation as
Assistant Mechanic
1983
Joysticks as
Arnie
1983
The Family Tree (TV Series) as
The Intruder
- The Burglary (1983) - The Intruder
1983
Cagney & Lacey (TV Series)
- The Grandest Jewel Thief of Them All (1983)
1982
Hysterical as
Taxi Driver
1982
The Ambush Murders (TV Movie) as
Ferguson
1981
Hill Street Blues (TV Series) as
Tom
- Chipped Beef (1981) - Tom
1981
Stripes as
Cruiser
1981
Escape from New York as
Punk
1980
Falling in Love Again as
Beaver (1940's)
1980
A Cry for Love (TV Movie)
1980
A Rumor of War (TV Mini Series) as
D.T.
- Episode #1.2 (1980) - D.T.
- Episode #1.1 (1980) - D.T.
Producer
2014
Sal and the Goon (Short) (executive producer)
2001
Falling Like This (co-producer)
Self
2011
Inside Story: National Lampoon's Vacation (TV Movie documentary) as
Self
2008
Dispatches from Nicaragua (Video documentary) as
Self - A.K.A. Stebbins
2005
The Making of 'Land of Plenty' (Short) as
Self
2004
Stars & Stripes 1 (Video documentary short) as
Self
2004
Stars & Stripes 2 (Video documentary short) as
Self
2001
E! True Hollywood Story (TV Series documentary) as
Self
- Miami Vice (2001) - Self
Archive Footage
1987
Miami Vice (TV Series) as
Det. Larry Zito
- A Bullet for Crockett (1988) - Det. Larry Zito (uncredited)
- Down for the Count: Part II (1987) - Det. Larry Zito

References

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