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Date Of BirthJanuary 15, 1973
FactGraduated from the same high school as fellow Texan actor James Roday.

Derek Cecil is an American actor, best known for his starring role as Peter Russo on the Netflix political drama series House of Cards.

Born and raised in Knoxville, Tennessee, Cecil began his acting career in regional theater productions. He made his television debut in an episode of the medical drama ER in 2003. He went on to have guest roles on a number of popular television shows, including The O.C., CSI: Miami, and Without a Trace.

In 2013, Cecil was cast as Peter Russo in House of Cards. The role earned him critical acclaim and he became a regular cast member for the show’s second and third seasons.

Outside of his work on House of Cards, Cecil has appeared in the films Thank You for Smoking (2005) and The Ides of March (2011).

Cecil is married to actress Katie Aselton. The couple has two children together.

General Info

Full NameDerek Cecil
Date Of BirthJanuary 15, 1973
EducationUniversity of Houston


NominationsScreen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
MoviesMen in Black II, Haeckel's Tale, Mall Cop, The Killing Floor, Winter of Frozen Dreams, Café, Friends with Kids, Mutual Friends, That Night, Reunion
TV ShowsPush, Nevada, Pasadena, The Beat, House of Cards

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1Graduated from the same high school as fellow Texan actor James Roday.
2Graduated from Taft High School in San Antonio, Texas in 1991.
3Serves as Associate Artistic Director of the Rude Mechanicals Theater Co. in New York City.




House of Cards2014-2016TV SeriesSeth Grayson
Banshee2013-2014TV SeriesDean Xavier
Zero Hour2013TV SeriesEddie, SAS Agent
Mutual Friends2013Cody
Parker2013Assistant to Mrs. Fritz
Family Games2013Barrett
Treme2011-2012TV SeriesChas
Unforgettable2011TV SeriesAdam Coyer, Dean of Students
Friends with Kids2011Pete
Café2011/IIMovie Man
Too Big to Fail2011TV MovieYoung AIG Executive (uncredited)
The Next Three Days2010Dr. Becsey
Law & Order: Criminal Intent2010TV SeriesTed Stoddard
Grey's Anatomy2010TV SeriesSean Allen
The Good Wife2009TV SeriesJonathan Eldredge
Mercy2009TV SeriesKevin
Winter of Frozen Dreams2009District Attorney
Frank the Rat2009Billy
Upstaged2008Video short
Law & Order2005-2008TV SeriesJoe Hartwig / Steven Lamar
Fringe2008TV SeriesChristopher
Puppy Love2008TV SeriesMalik
Recount2008TV MovieJeremy Bash
Gossip Girl2007TV SeriesAlex
The Killing Floor2007Garret Rankin
Masters of Horror2006TV SeriesErnst Haeckel
That Night2005ShortThomas
Mall Cop2005Frank
Pretend2003Sophie's Lover
Push, Nevada-2002TV SeriesJames A. Prufrock
Pasadena2001-2002TV SeriesTom Bellow
Men in Black II2002Repairman Agent
The $treet2001TV SeriesDuncan
The Back Page2001TV Movie
Little Pieces2000Mall Security
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit2000TV SeriesRussell Ramsay
The Beat2000TV SeriesMike Dorigan
Nash Bridges1998TV SeriesBruce Sutcliffe
The Unspoken Truth1995TV MovieJeff Blogert


Working with a Master: John McNaughton2006Video documentary short


Nominated Awards

2016ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesHouse of Cards (2013)
2015ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesHouse of Cards (2013)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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