Leland Orser

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Leland Orser
BornLeland Jones Orser
(1960-08-06) August 6, 1960 (age 54)
San Francisco, California, U.S.
Years active1991 – present
Spouse(s)Roma Downey (1987–1989; divorced)
Jeanne Tripplehorn (2000–present; 1 son)
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Leland Orser
BornLeland Jones Orser
(1960-08-06) August 6, 1960 (age 54)
San Francisco, California, U.S.
Years active1991 – present
Spouse(s)Roma Downey (1987–1989; divorced)
Jeanne Tripplehorn (2000–present; 1 son)

Leland Jones Orser (born August 6, 1960) is an American film and television actor. Orser is a character actor, whose career has included playing a number of deranged, psychotic, and degenerate characters. Orser has appeared in small roles in a wide variety of films and television shows, including Chief of Surgery Dr. Lucien Dubenko on the television show ER.


Orser made his television debut in 1991 on the show Gabriel's Fire. His next roles were bit parts and small roles on The Golden Girls, Cheers, L.A. Law, The X-Files, NYPD Blue, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. In 1999, he played the (rather demanding) main role of Dr. Arthur Zeller in The Outer Limits episode "Descent", a part seemingly tailored by writer Eric Saltzgaber for Orser's particular talents. Fans of Married... with Children know him in his recurring guest role as the cynical director of advertisements.

He has had minor roles in many popular films. He appeared in 1995's Seven as the man who was involuntarily recruited as the punisher for the lust sin. He was credited as "Crazed Man in Massage Parlour". He played Larry Purvis in 1997's Alien Resurrection. He played the antagonist Richard Thompson in the 1999 Denzel Washington thriller The Bone Collector. In 2001, he had a small part in the film Pearl Harbor playing an injured man saved by Kate Beckinsale's character. In 2003, he appeared in the comic-turned-film Daredevil. He also appeared in Saving Private Ryan as the traumatized pilot of a crashed glider.

Orser also appeared in various parts in the Star Trek franchise, among them playing a Changeling posing as the Romulan Colonel Lovok in the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "The Die is Cast" and in the episode "Sanctuary" playing a bit part as a member of the Skrreean race. He also played a homicidal hologram in the Star Trek: Voyager episode "Revulsion". And finally in the franchise's most recent series Enterprise, he played a low-life in the time-travel episode "Carpenter Street".

From 2004 to 2009, he played Chief of Surgery Dr. Lucien Dubenko, a recurring character on the television show ER.

Personal life[edit]

Orser was married to Irish actress Roma Downey in 1987; they divorced in 1989. In 2000, he married Jeanne Tripplehorn; they have one son, August Tripplehorn Orser (b. 2002).[1]


YearTitleRoleOther notes
1991The Golden GirlsWaiter"The Case of the Libertine Belle"
1993Cover StoryJulian
1993Star Trek: Deep Space NineGai
1994X-Files, TheThe X-FilesJason Ludwig
1995Ned & StaceyPhil
1995Baby Face NelsonBenny Bakst
1995Dead BadgePellman
1995PhoenixDoctor Riley
1995Girl in the CadillacUsed car salesman
1995SevenCrazed Man in Massage Parlour
1995Star Trek: Deep Space NineColonel Lovok/Changeling
1996InvaderMichael Perkett, NASA
1996Escape from L.A.Test Tube
1996Independence DayTech / Medical Assistant #1
1996Red Ribbon BluesJames
1997Excess BaggageDetective Barnaby
1997Alien ResurrectionLarry Purvis
1997Star Trek: VoyagerDejaren
1998Very Bad ThingsCharles Moore
1998Saving Private RyanLieutenant DeWindt
1998-2000The PretenderArgyle3 episodes: "Amnesia", "Unsinkable", "Cold Dick"
1999ResurrectionDet. Andrew Hollinsworth
1999Bone Collector, TheThe Bone CollectorRichard Thompson
2000Rebel YellBilly Idol
2001Pearl HarborMajor Jackson
2003DaredevilWesley Owen Welch
2003ConfidenceLionel Dolby
2003Runaway JuryLamb
2003Star Trek: EnterpriseLoomis
2004TwistedEdmund Cutler
2004 - 2009ERDr. Lucien Dubenko61 episodes
2006Good German, TheThe Good GermanBernie
200924Martin Collier
2009Give 'Em Hell, MaloneMurphy
2010MorningMarkAlso as director
2012Taken 2Sam
2013TouchDr. Linus
2013RevolutionJohn Sanborn
2015Taken 3SamFilming


  1. ^ Peter Hartlaub (April 24, 2010). "S. F. native Orser opens dark door as director". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved February 18, 2013. 

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