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Date Of BirthJuly 8, 1965
SpouseYuko Otomo, Leslie Howitt, Tanya Lewis
FactHe has no feeling in one of his index fingers. He lost it while banging his hands on the prisons bars in his first scene as Tobias Beecher on Oz (1997) .

Lee Tergesen is an American actor, best known for his roles as Tobias Beecher on the HBO series Oz, and Wayne on the TNT series The Last Ship.

Tergesen was born in Glen Ridge, New Jersey, on July 8, 1965, the son of a stockbroker and a housewife. He has two sisters. He was raised in a Catholic family and graduated from Glen Ridge High School in 1983. He attended the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, but left after one year to pursue an acting career.

Tergesen’s first acting role was in the 1987 film Ironweed, starring Jack Nicholson and Meryl Streep. He also had roles in the films Black Rain (1989), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze (1991), and Wayne’s World 2 (1993). In 1996, he was cast as Tobias Beecher, a convicted murderer, on the HBO series Oz. He appeared in all six seasons of the show, from 1996 to 2003.

In 2014, Tergesen began appearing as Wayne, a Navy SEAL, on the TNT series The Last Ship. He has appeared in all five seasons of the show, from 2014 to 2018.

Tergesen has been married twice. His first marriage was to actress Mariska Hargitay, from 1994 to 1997. His second marriage is to actress Brittany Daniel, with whom he has two daughters.

Tergesen has a net worth of $3 million.

General Info

Full NameLee Tergesen
Date Of BirthJuly 8, 1965
Height1.8 m
EducationValley Regional High School, American Musical and Dramatic Academy


SpouseYuko Otomo, Leslie Howitt, Tanya Lewis
ChildrenLily Tergesen
ParentsRuth Tergesen, George Tergesen
SiblingsChris Tergesen


MoviesThe Collection, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning, No One Lives, Wayne's World, Point Break, Tooken, Red Tails, Wayne's World 2, Helena from the Wedding, Monster, Shaft, The Forgotten, Silver Tongues, Shot in the Heart, Desert Cathedral, Extreme Dating, Darkness Before Dawn, We All Scream f...
TV ShowsRed Widow, The River, Generation Kill, Wanted, Oz, Weird Science, A.M.P.E.D.

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1Before I did Weird Science I definitely wasn't thinking, 'Oh my God, I'd LOVE to do a series for four years where I got to be a loud, obnoxious, militaristic asshole!' And certainly when I finished that, I didn't think, 'Oh man, if I could play a lawyer-turned-convict who gets anally raped and learns to love it...'
2[About which is the better kisser: his real-life wife, or co-star Christopher Meloni] "Definitely Meloni. When I kiss my wife, I don't see any cash."


1Recently played the role of a gay soldier on two unrelated TV shows - The Americans and [error].
2He married Yuko Otomo in 2011 in Japan. Their daughter Lily was born on December 5, 2012.
3He introduced his Weird Science (1994) co-star Vanessa Angel to her future husband Rick Otto.
4On Oz (1997), his character Beecher feuded with neo-Nazis in prison. In Shaft (2000), John Shaft (Samuel L. Jackson) calls Tergesen's character Lugar "a Nazi with a badge" for being somewhat racist towards black criminals.
5Is a graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA) in New York City.
6His brother Chris Tergesen was a Music Supervisor for example on Oz (1997) and Homicide: Life on the Street (1993) and is married to "Homicide" star Toni Lewis.
7He has no feeling in one of his index fingers. He lost it while banging his hands on the prisons bars in his first scene as Tobias Beecher on Oz (1997) .
8Is of Norwegian and Swedish decent




God's Good Mystery of the Disappearing Recliner2017Short completedThe Man
Norman Pinski Come Home2016Short post-productionDr. Vanderwal
The Yellow Birds2017Jim Murphy
High Maintenance2016-2017TV SeriesLeo
Power2016-2017TV SeriesBailey Markham
Blindspot2016TV SeriesPatrick O'Malley
Elementary2016TV SeriesCray Fielder
The Strain2016TV SeriesTardi
The Get Down2016TV SeriesInspector Moach
Outcast2016TV SeriesBlake Morrow
NCIS: New Orleans2016TV SeriesMike Spar
Defiance2015TV SeriesGeneral Rahm Tak
Tooken2015Bryan Millers
Castle2010-2015TV SeriesMarcus Gates
Into the Dark2014Short33963
American Horror Story2014TV SeriesVince
Alpha House2014TV SeriesColonel Eugene Drake
Hawaii Five-02014TV SeriesGordon Bristol
The Blacklist2014TV SeriesFrank Hyland
Forever2014TV SeriesHans Koehler
Longmire2013-2014TV SeriesEd Gorski
The Americans2014TV SeriesAndrew Larrick
Desert Cathedral2014Peter Collins
The Following2014TV SeriesKurt
Person of Interest2013TV SeriesDetective Petersen
Copper2013TV SeriesPhilomen Keating
Drop Dead Diva2013TV SeriesSid Penar
Red Widow2013TV SeriesMike Tomlin
The Collection2012/IILucello
No One Lives2012Hoag
The Big C2012TV SeriesKirby
The River2012TV SeriesRuss Landry
A Gifted Man2012TV SeriesPaul Curtis
Red Tails2012Colonel Jack Tomlinson
2ND Take2011Bobby
Army Wives2010-2011TV SeriesOfficer Boone
Law & Order: LA2011TV SeriesPatrick Denton
Silver Tongues2011Gerry
Lie to Me2010TV SeriesGordon Cook
Helena from the Wedding2010Alex
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit2010TV SeriesBilly Skags
Criminal Minds2009TV SeriesDale Shrader
House M.D.2009TV SeriesRoy
Royal Pains2009TV SeriesZack Kingsley
Kings2009TV SeriesMinister of Health
The Closer2009TV SeriesDetective Nick Carey
The New Adventures of Old Christine2009TV SeriesTodd Watski
Cupid2009TV SeriesClint
Life on Mars2008TV SeriesLee Crocker
Generation Kill2008TV Mini-SeriesEvan 'Scribe' Wright
Cane2007TV SeriesLamont Samuels
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee2007TV MovieDaniel Royer
Law & Order: Criminal Intent2003-2007TV SeriesJosh Lemle / Keith Ramsey
Masters of Horror2007TV SeriesLayne
A.M.P.E.D.2007TV MovieBrian Spicer
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning2006Holden
The Unit2006TV SeriesAlex Deckard
Desperate Housewives2006TV SeriesPeter McMillan
Southern Comfort2006TV MovieBlue
Waterfront2006TV Series
Wanted2005TV SeriesU.S. Marshal Eddie Drake
Law & Order1990-2005TV SeriesAttorney Heller / Clemens
Rescue Me2005TV SeriesSully
Extreme Dating2005Hack
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation2005TV SeriesMartin Hawkins
The Exonerated2005TV MovieWalter Rhodes
The Forgotten2004Al Petalis
The 44002004TV SeriesOliver Knox
A Thief of Time2004TV MovieRandall Elliot
Monster2003Vincent Corey
The Handler2003TV SeriesDetective
Oz1997-2003TV SeriesTobias Beecher
Queens Supreme2003TV SeriesTommy Ryan
ER2002TV SeriesDemerol Junkie
Hack2002TV SeriesCarl Ginley
Third Watch2002TV SeriesJared McKinley
Shot in the Heart2001TV MovieFrank Gilmore, Jr.
Wild Iris2001TV MovieLud van Eppy
Mergers & Acquisitions2001Isaac
The Boys of Sunset Ridge2001Ben Thorpe at 33
Perfume2001Lawyer (scenes deleted)
The Beat2000TV SeriesSteve Dorigan
Saturday Night Live1999TV SeriesTobias Beecher
Diamonds1999Border Guard
The Hoop Life1999TV SeriesPhotographer
Desert Heat1999/IILuke
Touched by an Angel1998TV SeriesBlake Chapman
Weird Science1994-1998TV SeriesChett Donnelly Roger de Swans Robo-Chett ...
Cracker: Mind Over Murder1997TV SeriesDan Green
Honey, I Shrunk the Kids: The TV Show1997TV SeriesCarter
Homicide: Life on the Street1993-1997TV SeriesOfficer Chris Thormann Chris Thormann
George B.1997Frank
The Shot1996
Duckman: Private Dick/Family Man1996TV SeriesChett Donnelly
Hudson Street1996TV SeriesLarry Fetchko
JAG1995TV SeriesGunnery Sergeant Gentry
Philly Heat1994TV SeriesIvan Loki
Wayne's World 21993Terry
Wild Palms1993TV Mini-SeriesWaiter
Darkness Before Dawn1993TV Movie
Wayne's World1992Terry
Cast a Deadly Spell1991TV MovieLarry Willis / Lilly Sirwar
Acting Sheriff1991TV MovieRobbie
Point Break1991Rosie
The Killing Mind1991TV MovieRon Donoho
Session Man1991ShortNeal
Mind Benders1987Crash Hopkins


Oz1997-2002TV Series performer - 3 episodes


Dysfunctional with No Filter Paul and Denise2015TV SeriesHimself(2016)
Making 'Generation Kill'2008TV Short documentaryHimself
Down to the Bone: Anatomy of a Prequel2007Video documentaryHimself

Archive Footage

Desperate Housewives Special: The More You Know, the Juicier It Gets2006TV MoviePeter McMillan (uncredited)


Won Awards

2002Golden WaveBordeaux International Festival of Women in CinemaBest Actor (Meilleur Comédien Long Métrage)Bark! (2002)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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