Joel Gretsch

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Joel Gretsch
Joel Gretsch by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Joel Gretsch at the 2010 San Diego Comic-Con
BornJoel James Gretsch
(1963-12-20) December 20, 1963 (age 50)
St. Cloud, Minnesota, U.S.
Years active1992–present
Spouse(s)Melanie Shatner (1999-present)
2 children
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Joel Gretsch
Joel Gretsch by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Joel Gretsch at the 2010 San Diego Comic-Con
BornJoel James Gretsch
(1963-12-20) December 20, 1963 (age 50)
St. Cloud, Minnesota, U.S.
Years active1992–present
Spouse(s)Melanie Shatner (1999-present)
2 children

Joel James Gretsch (born December 20, 1963) is an American actor. His roles include Tom Baldwin on the USA Network series The 4400, Owen Crawford in Steven Spielberg's 2002 science fiction miniseries Taken and Father Jack Landry on V.

Early life[edit]

Gretsch was born in St. Cloud, Minnesota and grew up in Albany, Minnesota, the son of Russ and Barb. He has a sister, Jane, and a brother, Steve. Gretsch was raised Catholic.[1]


Gretsch studied acting at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis before moving to Los Angeles in 1989. His stage work includes roles in Molière's Tartuffe and John Patrick Shanley's Danny and the Deep Blue Sea.

He started his television work in the early 1990s, appearing in episodes of Married... with Children, Melrose Place, Friends and Saved by the Bell: The New Class. Since then he has appeared in episodes of JAG, Silk Stalkings, CSI: Miami, Burn Notice, and NCIS. More recently, he played a wealthy advertising executive and husband of a supermodel on an episode of Law & Order: Criminal Intent. He also had two guest appearances on NBC's Journeyman, playing the father of protagonist Dan Vasser.

Gretsch has also had supporting roles in a number of films including playing Bobby Jones in The Legend of Bagger Vance (2000), Minority Report (2002), The Emperor's Club (2002) and National Treasure: Book of Secrets (2007).

In 2008, Gretsch had a recurring role as Pete Raynor, Lindsay Boxer's love interest, on the television series Women's Murder Club.

Gretsch reunited with Scott Peters (creator of The 4400) on his highly anticipated series, a remake of V: The Series. Gretsch played a priest in the pilot episode who sees a "renaissance in faith" after the Visitors appear on Earth.[2] He was a regular cast member on the series. The show was cancelled in May 2011 after two seasons.

He had recently guest starred in the new Diablo Cody created Emmy Award nominated Showtime Comedy-Drama The United States of Tara in the 1st season's last two episodes.

Personal life[edit]

In 1999, Gretsch married former actress Melanie Shatner, daughter of William Shatner, with whom he has two daughters, Kaya and Willow.



1999Kate's AddictionJack
2000Legend of Bagger Vance, TheThe Legend of Bagger VanceBobby Jones
2001Jane BondHandsome ManShort film
2002Minority ReportDonald Dubin
2002Emperor's Club, TheThe Emperor's ClubOlder Sedgewick Bell
2006Good Mother, TheThe Good MotherRaymond GoodeVideo
2007National Treasure: Book of SecretsThomas Gates
2009PushNick's Father
2009Saving Grace B. JonesDan Jones
2011CommerceKenShort film
2014Are You Here
2014SafelightMr. SullivanCompleted


1992Freshman DormHunkEpisode: "Pilot"
1993Married... with ChildrenJohnnyEpisode: "It Doesn't Get Any Better Than This"
1994Saved by the Bell: The New ClassMr. HartleyEpisode: "Tommy the Tenor"
1994Melrose PlaceMitch SheridanEpisode: "No Strings Attached"
1994Family AlbumJohnTV movie
1995FriendsFireman EdEpisode: "The One with the Candy Hearts"
1995Bold and the Beautiful, TheThe Bold and the BeautifulRamone2 episodes
1997RenegadeEpisode: "SWM Seeks Vctm"
1999JAGChief HodgeEpisode: "Silent Service"
1999Silk StalkingsEpisode: "Where and When"
1999Pacific BlueMark LewisEpisode: "Trust"
2000Beyond Belief: Fact or FictionDanEpisode: "One for the Road"
2002TakenOwen CrawfordTV miniseries
2003CSI: MiamiJohn WalkerEpisode: "Death Grip"
2003, 2012, 2013NCISNCIS Special Agent Stan BurleyEpisodes: "High Seas", "Playing with Fire", "Squall"
2004–074400, TheThe 4400Tom BaldwinMain role (42 episodes)
2006CSI: NYDr. Keith BeaumontEpisode: "Live or Let Die"
2006Law & Order: Criminal IntentJason RainesEpisode: "Siren Call"
2007JourneymanFrank VasserEpisodes: "The Legend of Dylan McCleen", "Home by Another Way"
2008Women's Murder ClubPete RaynorEpisodes: "Father's Day", "And the Truth Will (Sometimes) Set You Free", "Never Tell"
2009Burn NoticeScott ChandlerEpisode: "Seek and Destroy"
2009United States of TaraDr. HoldenEpisodes: "Snow", "Miracle"
2009–11VFather Jack LandryMain role (22 episodes)
2011In Plain SightMajor Lucas ProvoEpisode: "Provo-Cation"
2011Playboy Club, TheThe Playboy ClubJimmy WallaceEpisodes: "An Act of Simple Duplicity", "Trouble in Makeoutsville"
2012Of Two MindsRick ClarkTV movie
2013Client List, TheThe Client ListRanger Captain ReeseEpisodes: "What Kind of Fool Do You Think I Am", "Wild Nights are Calling"
2013Witches of East EndVictorEpisodes: "A Parching Imbued", "Oh, What a World!"
2014Witches of East EndVictorEpisodes: "A Moveable Beast", "The Old Man and the Key"
2014CaperSam ClarkeEpisodes: "City of Angels", "Psycho Path", "Southpaw's Always Right"
2014ZodiacNeil MartinTV film, completed


  1. ^ Glitz, Michael (2010-11-23). "The good Father". New York Post. Retrieved 2011-01-08. 
  2. ^ TV News: Joel Gretsch Casted in V Pilot

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