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Michael O’Neill


Acknowledged primarily for his roles as military men and cops, he played repeating characters around the Western Wing, Rectify, and Bates Motel, and in addition produced appearances in episodes from the X-Files, Chicago Wish, Boston Legal, and several additional series. After generating a qualification from Auburn University or college, he received performing teaching at Theatricum Botanicum, a Southern California theatre company founded by acting professional Will Geer. His film credits consist of functions in Transformers, Green Area, and Seabiscuit. He was created and elevated in Montgomery, Alabama, and he later on resolved in Birmingham, Alabama, along with his wife and three kids. He and Michael Vartan both performed recurring functions on Bates Motel.

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Full Name Michael O'Neill
Date Of Birth May 29, 1947
Place Of Birth Alabama
Profession TV Actor
Nationality Northern Irish
Spouse Bronagh O'Neill
Awards BBC Sports Personality of the Year Coach Award
Music Groups The Inbreds, Tuns, Nero and the Gladiators
Movies Transformers, Dallas Buyers Club, Secondhand Lions, Seabiscuit, Green Zone, The Legend of Bagger Vance, Dreamcatcher, Sea of Love, Jennifer 8, Traffic, Lorenzo's Oil, Ghost Story, Blind Justice, Dancer, Texas Pop. 81, The Mod Squad, The Gun in Betty Lou's Handbag, Sunchaser, Nothing but the Truth, A Quiet Little Marriage, Around the Bend, For Their Own Good, Beyond Betrayal, Awake to Murder, Flying Lessons, An Unremarkable Life, American Crime, The Grim Sleeper, A.T.F., Crazy, Virtual Obsession, Silent War, Goremet, Zombie Chef from Hell, Molly, The Board Room
TV Shows Rectify, Extant
Star Sign Gemini

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1Majored in Economics at Auburn University.
2He has three daughters: Ella, Annie, and Molly O'Neill.
3O'Neill grew up in Montgomery, Alabama. In 2011, after many decades living outside of the state, he bought a house in the Cahaba Heights neighborhood of Birmingham, Alabama, so that he could spend more time with his ailing father. Even after his father's death, he still splits his time between Birmingham and Marina Del Ray, California.
4Graduated from Auburn University.



One HeartannouncedRoss Graham
Rectify2013-2016TV SeriesSenator Roland Foulkes
11.22.632016TV Mini-SeriesArliss Price
Silent War2015ShortSergeant Major Smith
Manhattan2015TV SeriesPsychiatrist
Battle Creek2015TV SeriesCouncilman Pritchett
Extant2014TV SeriesAlan Sparks
Bates Motel2014TV SeriesNick Ford
The Grim Sleeper2014Detective Simms
Dallas Buyers Club2013Richard Barkley
Rizzoli & Isles2013TV SeriesJonathan McKnight
Necessary Roughness2012-2013TV SeriesHank Griffin
Vegas2012TV SeriesMayor Ted Bennett
NCIS2010-2012TV SeriesFormer NCIS Special Agent Riley McCallister
CSI: Miami2012TV SeriesJerry Blackburn
J. Edgar2011Senator McKellar
Prime Suspect2011TV SeriesCommander Wells
The Glades2011TV SeriesTrent Staley
Law & Order: LA2010TV SeriesJeb Monroe
Miami Medical2010TV SeriesDr. Bruce Kaye
Grey's Anatomy2010TV SeriesGary Clark
Green Zone2010Colonel Bethel
Flying Lessons2010Chief Dobbs
Fringe2010TV SeriesSheriff Velchik
Numb3rs2010TV SeriesBoyd Keene
Sons of Anarchy2009TV SeriesAnthony Franklin
Flashforward2009TV SeriesCIA Director Keller
Army Wives2009TV SeriesReverend Bankerd
Ghost Whisperer2009TV SeriesMale Ghost
Leverage2008TV SeriesJudge Roy
My Own Worst Enemy2008TV SeriesAlexander DeSantos
Prison Break2008TV SeriesHerb Stanton
The Mentalist2008TV SeriesSheriff Nelson
A Quiet Little Marriage2008Bruce
Nothing But the Truth2008/ICIA Director
Women's Murder Club2008TV SeriesFBI Agent Ted Thorne
Crazy2008/IIRalph Christianson (uncredited)
Criminal Minds2007TV SeriesDet. Yarbough
K-Ville2007TV SeriesFather Dennehy
The Nine2006-2007TV SeriesPete Burton
Transformers2007Tom Banacheck
The Unit2006-2007TV SeriesRon Cheals
Lincoln Heights2007TV SeriesCaptain
3 lbs.2006TV SeriesJames Wills
The West Wing1999-2006TV SeriesSecret Service Agent Ron Butterfield
Close to Home2006TV SeriesDon Wheeler
Laws of Chance2006TV Series
Commander in Chief2005TV SeriesCongressman Wilcox
JAG1999-2005TV SeriesMajor General Harold Rossing / Commander Bradley
ER2005TV SeriesCol. Ken Kilner
Cold Case2005TV SeriesWarren Cousins
Boston Legal2005TV SeriesDr. Robert McLean
LAX2004TV SeriesAlonso Mathews
Around the Bend2004Cowboy
Crossing Jordan2004TV SeriesChris Benz
Judging Amy2004TV SeriesD.A. Dave Sherman
Plainsong2004TV MovieDoctor
American Crime2004VideoSheriff Smyth
The Practice2004TV SeriesJudge Robert Temple
Carnivàle2003TV SeriesSheriff Lyle Donovan
Secondhand Lions2003Ralph
Seabiscuit2003Mr. Pollard
Dreamcatcher2003Gen. Matheson
Presidio Med2003TV Series
The Board Room2002Walters
Without a Trace2002TV SeriesThomas Shannon
Ally McBeal2002TV SeriesDr. Colbert
Boston Public2001-2002TV SeriesDr. Bernard Colbert
242001TV SeriesRichard Walsh
Diagnosis Murder2001TV SeriesSheriff Buck O'Hara
NYPD Blue2001TV SeriesCapt. Chuck Dowling
Traffic2000Lawyer Rodman
The Legend of Bagger Vance2000O.B. Keeler
Chicago Hope2000TV SeriesBill Wyzinski
Roswell1999TV SeriesPhillip Evans
ATF1999TV MovieAsst. A.T.F. Director Ben Walker
The Mod Squad1999Greene
The X-Files1998TV SeriesPatrol Captain Van Gelder
Mercy Point1998TV Series
Dancer, Texas Pop. 811998Mr. Lusk
Host1998TV Movie
Standoff1998Cult Leader (voice)
The Shining1997TV Mini-SeriesDr. Daniel Edwards
Orleans1997TV Series
Millennium1997TV SeriesCounty Prosecutor Calvin Smith
The Pretender1997TV SeriesCaptain Harrigan
The Cape1996TV SeriesKeith Mason
Norma Jean & Marilyn1996TV MovieMr. Kimmel
The Sunchaser1996Agent Moreland
One West Waikiki1995TV Series
Bushwhacked1995Jon Jordan
Days of Our Lives1995TV SeriesFather Jansen
Awake to Danger1995TV MovieDetective Brickman
Beyond Betrayal1994TV MovieRay Pasquerello
Blind Justice1994TV MovieSpencer Heyman
Picket Fences1994TV SeriesJuror
Victim of Love: The Shannon Mohr Story1993TV MovieDick Britton
For Their Own Good1993TV MovieClark Thompson
Lorenzo's Oil1992School Psychologist
L.A. Law1992TV SeriesMr. Moran
Jennifer 81992Serato
The Gun in Betty Lou's Handbag1992Jergens
H.E.L.P.1990TV SeriesCabot
An Unremarkable Life1989Michael
Sea of Love1989Raymond Brown
Ghost Story1981Churchill
Quincy M.E.1981TV SeriesFirst Mate



SAG Foundation Conversations2012TV SeriesHimself
On Trial1994TV Movie documentary

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Grey's Anatomy2010TV SeriesGary Clark

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1Usually plays senior law enforcement or military officers

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