Clark Gregg

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Clark Gregg
BornRobert Clark Gregg
(1962-04-02) April 2, 1962 (age 52)
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
EducationNew York University Tisch School of the Arts 1986
OccupationActor, director, screenwriter
Years active1988–present
Spouse(s)Jennifer Grey (m. 2001)
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Clark Gregg
BornRobert Clark Gregg
(1962-04-02) April 2, 1962 (age 52)
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
EducationNew York University Tisch School of the Arts 1986
OccupationActor, director, screenwriter
Years active1988–present
Spouse(s)Jennifer Grey (m. 2001)

Robert Clark Gregg (born April 2, 1962) is an American actor, screenwriter and director, best known for his role as Phil Coulson in the films Iron Man (2008), Iron Man 2 (2010), Thor (2011), and Marvel's The Avengers (2012), and in the television series Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., which airs on the ABC network. He also voices the character on the animated television series Ultimate Spider-Man. Gregg has also co-starred as Christine Campbell's ex-husband Richard in the CBS sitcom The New Adventures of Old Christine, which debuted in March 2006 and concluded in May 2010. He also played FBI Special Agent Mike Casper on the NBC series The West Wing and Cam, the on-and-off boyfriend of Jack (and client of Grace) on the NBC series Will & Grace.

Early life[edit]

Gregg was born April 2, 1962 in Boston, Massachusetts[1] to Mary Layne (née Shine) and Robert Clark Gregg, an Episcopal priest and Stanford University professor.[2][3][4] His family moved around; he lived in seven cities by the time Gregg was 17. He attended high school in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, where his father was a professor at Duke University.[5][6] He attended Ohio Wesleyan University for two years before dropping out and moving to Manhattan. He worked various jobs, such as being a bar back, a security guard at the Guggenheim Museum, and a parking valet at a restaurant.[7] He later enrolled at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, where he studied drama and English and graduated from in 1986.[8]


Gregg at the 2013 WonderCon

Gregg was a founding member, and later artistic director, of the off-Broadway Atlantic Theater Company, which formed in 1983. Gregg has been featured in a number of supporting roles in films, such as Lovely & Amazing, In Good Company, and The Human Stain, and a number of guest spots on TV series, such as Will & Grace, Sports Night, Sex and the City and The West Wing. He also wrote the screenplay for the 2000 thriller What Lies Beneath.[8]

He is the director and screenwriter of the 2008 film Choke, based on the Chuck Palahniuk novel of the same name, starring Sam Rockwell.[9] Gregg consulted his father, a retired religion professor at Stanford, for the quotation from Saint Paul's letter to the Galatians which Gregg used in Choke.[10] Gregg's father is also the former chaplain at Stanford Memorial Church.

In 2008, Gregg appeared in the film Iron Man as S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Phil Coulson.[11] In 2010, Gregg reprised his role as Agent Coulson for Iron Man 2. Gregg had since signed up for a multiple film deal as the character with Marvel Studios. In 2011, he returned again as Coulson for Thor.[12] Gregg noted his being a part of the expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe as being very exciting, "Agent Coulson was one of the guys who wasn't really in the comic books, and he was a very kind of small role in Iron Man," he said, "and I was just very lucky that they chose to expand that character and chose to put him more into the universe of it. It's really a blast!"[13] Following on from his appearance in Thor, he again reprised his role in The Avengers. Gregg also stars in a series of Marvel short films that center around his character and can be seen on the Blu-ray releases of the films.

In October 2010, Gregg was part of the cast of a staged reading of Larry Kramer's The Normal Heart alongside Dylan Walsh, Lisa Kudrow, and Tate Donovan, presented in Los Angeles on the occasion of the play's 25th anniversary (and preceding the play's 2011 Broadway premiere, which retained elements of this staged reading); the reading was directed by his father-in-law, Joel Grey.[14]

In late October 2012, Joss Whedon, Kevin Feige, and Gregg announced that he would be reprising his role as agent Phil Coulson in the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. series' pilot.[15] On April 20, 2013, Trust Me, a film written and directed by Gregg, premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival.[16] The film found limited release in the United States in June 2014.

Personal life[edit]

Gregg has been married since July 21, 2001 to actress Jennifer Grey; the couple co-starred in the Lifetime TV movie Road to Christmas. The couple have one child.[17] He is a sober alcoholic, and describes himself as a member of a Jewish family (his wife is Jewish).[18][19] He has a brown belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu.[20]



1988Things ChangeStage Manager
1989Fat Man and Little BoyDouglas Panton
1992Lana in LoveMarty
1994Ride MeJake Shank
1994I Love TroubleDarryl Beekman, Jr.
1994Clear and Present DangerStaff Sergeant
1995The Usual SuspectsDr. Walters
1995Above SuspicionRandy
1997The Spanish PrisonerFBI Sniper
1997The Last Time I Committed SuicideCop No. 1
1997Six Ways to SundayBenjamin Taft
1998The Adventures of Sebastian ColeHank/Henrietta Rossi
1999MagnoliaWDKK Floor Director
2000State and MainDoug Mackenzie
2001Artificial Intelligence: AISupernerd
2001Lovely & AmazingBill
2002One Hour PhotoDet. Paul Outerbridge
2002We Were SoldiersCapt. Tom Metsker
2003NorthforkMr. HadfieldUncredited
200311:14Officer Hanna
2003The human StainNelson Primus
2004In Enemy HandsU.S.S. Swordfish: Executive Officer Teddy Goodman
2004In Good CompanyMark Steckle
2006When a Stranger CallsBen Johnson
2006Bickford Shmeckler's Cool IdeasPublisher
2006HootChuck Muckle
2007In the Land of WomenNelson Hardwicke
2007The Air I BreatheHenry
2008ChokeLord High CharlieAlso writer and director
2008Iron ManAgent Phil Coulson
2009(500) Days of SummerVance
2010Iron Man 2Agent Phil Coulson
2011ThorAgent Phil Coulson
2011Mr. Popper's PenguinsNat Jones
2011Marvel One-Shot: The ConsultantAgent Phil CoulsonShort
2011Marvel One-Shot: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Thor's HammerAgent Phil CoulsonShort
2012The AvengersAgent Phil CoulsonSaturn Award for Best Supporting Actor
2012Much Ado About NothingLeonato
2012Light YearsMr. Markovic
2013The To Do ListJudge Klark
2013Labor DayGerald
2013Trust MeHowardAlso writer and director
2013LEGO Marvel Super HeroesAgent Phil CoulsonVideo Game, voice only
2013Marvel HeroesAgent Phil CoulsonVideo Game, voice only
2013Comedy Bang! Bang!Himself
2014Very Good GirlsEdward Berger


1988Lip ServiceStage ManagerTV film
1991Law & OrderPatrick Dunne1 episode: "Life Choice"
1991Shannon's Deal1 episode: "Strangers in the Night"
1991A Woman Named JackieKen O'DonnellMini-series
1993The Young Indiana Jones ChroniclesDickinson1 episode: "Princeton, February 1916"
1994The George Carlin ShowDad1 episode: "George Does A Bad Thing"
1995TysonKevin RooneyTV film
1995The CommishTom Cannon2 episodes
1995Central Park West1 episode: "Behind Your Back"
1996Touched by an AngelDon Dudey1 episode: "Lost and Found"
2000Sports NightThe Stranger2 episodes
2000Sex and the CityHarris Bragen1 episode: "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"
2000The PracticeJulie McGrath's Brother1 episode: "Brother's Keepers"
2001The West WingFBI Special Agent Michael Casper8 episodes
2002My Sister's KeeperHarveyTV film
2002Live from BaghdadEason JordanTV film
2003Will & GraceCam1 episode: "May Divorce Be with You"
2004The ShieldWilliam Faulks2 episodes
2005CSI: NYD.A. Allen McShane1 episode: "The Fall"
2006The Road to ChristmasTom PullmanTV film
2006–2010The New Adventures of Old ChristineRichard Campbell88 episodes
2012–presentUltimate Spider-ManAgent Phil Coulson/Principal Coulson (voice)Current cast
2013–presentAgents of S.H.I.E.L.D.Agent/Director Phil CoulsonCurrent cast


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  12. ^ Marc Graser (January 18, 2010). "Gregg pulls double duty". Variety. Retrieved 2010-01-18. 
  13. ^ Edward Douglas (April 27, 2010). "Exclusive: Clark Gregg on His Marvel Universe Future". Superhero Hype!. Retrieved 2010-05-08. 
  14. ^ Gans, Andrew (May 6, 2010). "Dylan Walsh, Tate Donovan, Jon Tenney and More Join Cast of Normal Heart Reading". Retrieved July 1, 2011. 
  15. ^ "NYCC: COULSON LIVES IN WHEDON'S "S.H.I.E.L.D."". Comic Book Resources. October 13, 2012. Archived from the original on October 13, 2012. Retrieved October 13, 2012. 
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