Leland Orser
Birth Date:
September 10, 1960
Birth Place:
San Francisco, California, USA
5' 8½" (1.74 m)
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Very Bad Things


American character actor celebrated for playing neurotic, psychotic characters Leland Orser has been in entertainment industry for nearly two decades. Making his professional debut in 1991, the San Fransisco native has had guest-starring and recurring roles in a number of TV series, including “The X Files,” “Mad About You,” “Outer Limits,” “The Pretender,” “Married with Children,” “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” “NYPD Blue,” “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” and more recently, “ER.” He also appeared in the Star Trek franchise, “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine,” “Star Trek: Voyager” and “Star Trek: Enterprise,” and starred in the USA Network Original Movie “Brother's Keeper” (2002). On the big screen, Orser is known for playing small roles in well-liked movies like David Fincher's “Se7en” (1995), “Independence Day” (1996), “Alien: Resurrection” (1997), Steven Spielberg's “Saving Private Ryan” (1998), “The Bone Collector” (1999), “Pearl Harbor” (2001) and Steven Soderbergh's “The Good German” (2006). He had lead roles in “Very Bad Things” (1998) and “Resurrection” (1999).

5' 8½” Orser married British actress Roma Downey from 1987 to 1989. He is now married to and has a young son with actress Jeanne Tripplehorn.

Downey's Ex

Childhood and Family:

Leland Jones Orser was born on August 6, 1960, in San Francisco, California. He received an art history degree from Connecticut College. He studied acting at London's Drama School.

While living in England, Leland fled to Rome, Italy with his classmate, actress Roma Downey, and they were married in a Roman Catholic ceremony there. The bond, however, only lasted for two years (1987-1989). On October 14, 2000, Leland married actress Jeanne Tripplehorn, who worked with him in the 1998 film “Very Bad Things.” They welcomed a son, August Tripplehorn Orser, on May 23, 2002 in Los Angeles.



Trained as an actor with the London Drama School in the 1980s, Leland Orser began his television career in 1991 with guest spots in the series “Gabriel's Fire,” “The Golden Girls,” “Empty Nest” and “Reasonable Doubts.” His movie debut arrived two years later when he was cast in the supporting role of Julian in the thriller “Cover Story” (1993), directed and penned by Gregg Smith. After making a series of guest appearances, including as Richard Daggett in “L.A. Law” (1993), Clerk in “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman” and Jason Ludwig in “The X Files” (both 1994), he made a second big screen outing in 1995's “Dead Badge,” starring Angela Alvarado and Christine Avila. The same year, he also appeared as a car used salesman in Erika Eleniak's vehicle, “Girl in the Cadillac,” Doctor Riley in the sci-fi “Phoenix” and Benny Bakst in the action “Baby Face Nelson,” which starred C. Thomas Howell in the title character.

It was also in 1995 that Orser was introduced to mainstream audience as the man arrested at a whorehouse in the David Fincher-directed “Se7en,” opposite Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman. He also made his TV-movie bow later that same year in “Piranha” (1995), a comedy/horror by director Scott P. Levy. By the time he had landed a feature role in the Oscar winner “Independence Day” (1996), starring Will Smith, Orser had added TV credits with appearances in “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” (2 episodes, 1993-1995), “Murder One” (1995), “Mad About You” (1996) and “Married with Children” (3 episodes, 1995-1996), among others. He next supported Kurt Russell and Steve Buscemi for John Carpenter's action/thriller “Escape from L.A.” (1996), portrayed Detective Barnaby in the Alicia Silverstone/Benicio Del Toro starring vehicle “Excess Baggage” (1997) and had a prominent part as Larry Purvis in Jean-Pierre Jeunet's horror, “Alien: Resurrection” (1997), opposite Sigourney Weaver and Winona Ryder. Meanwhile, on the small screen, he appeared as John Highsmith in the “NYPD Blue” episode of “A Draining Experience” (1997) and Dejaren in an episode of “Star Trek: Voyager.”

From 1998 to 2000, Orser had a recurring role in the hit Fox series “The Pretender,” playing Argyle. He starred as Dr. Arthur Zeller in “Descent” (1999), an episode of Showtime's thriller show “Outer Limits.” Orser maintained his big screen presence by taking small roles in Steven Spielberg's “Saving Private Ryan” (1998, starred Tom Hanks) and Phillip Noyce's “The Bone Collector” (1999, along side Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie) as well as costarring roles in the crime “Resurrection” (1999, with Christopher Lambert) and Peter Berg's comedy/thriller, “Very Bad Things” (1998, with Jon Favreau and Cameron Diaz), where he memorably played Charles Moore.

After playing Wendall Rickle in the short-lived drama “Wonderland” (2000), Orser enjoyed massive blockbuster hit with Michael Bay's “Pearl Harbor” (2001), starring Ben Affleck, Josh Hartnett, Kate Beckinsale and Cuba Gooding Jr., among others. In the Academy Award-winning war/drama, he appeared as Major Jackson. The following year, he starred as Travis in the USA Network Original Movie “Brother's Keeper,” opposite wife Jeanne Tripplehorn and Corin Nemec, and played Morris Pearson in an episode of “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.” 2003-2004 found roles in the films “Confidence,” “Daredevil” (reunited with Ben Affleck and Jon Favreau), “Runaway Jury” (starred John Cusack, Gene Hackman, Dustin Hoffman and Rachel Weisz), “Twisted” and “Homeland Security”(TV) and in such TV episodes as “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” and “Star Trek: Enterprise.” In 2006, Orser was featured in Steven Soderbergh's “The Good German.”

Recently, the 48-year-old actor was cast opposite Liam Neeson and Maggie Grace in the action/thriller “Taken” (2008). He also played the recurring role of Chief of Surgery Dr. Lucien Dubenko on the popular medical series “ER,”a gig he has had since 2004.


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