Mitch Pileggi

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Mitch Pileggi
BornMitchell Craig Pileggi
(1952-04-05) April 5, 1952 (age 62)
Portland, Oregon, United States
Years active1982-present
Spouse(s)Arlene Warren (1997–present) one child
Debbie Andrews (1978–1984) (divorced)
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Mitch Pileggi
BornMitchell Craig Pileggi
(1952-04-05) April 5, 1952 (age 62)
Portland, Oregon, United States
Years active1982-present
Spouse(s)Arlene Warren (1997–present) one child
Debbie Andrews (1978–1984) (divorced)

Mitchell Craig "Mitch" Pileggi (born April 5, 1952) is an American actor, best known for his role as Walter Skinner on The X-Files. He also had a recurring role on Stargate Atlantis as Colonel Steven Caldwell. He appeared in the 2008 film Flash of Genius. In 2008, he began a recurring role as Ernest Darby in Sons of Anarchy. He starred as Harris Ryland in the TNT revival of Dallas (2012–2014).

Early life[edit]

Pileggi, one of several children, was born in Portland, Oregon, the son of Maxine Anna Minor, a homemaker, and Vito Pileggi, a defense contractor.[1] His family moved frequently because of his father's occupation, and Pileggi lived in Oregon, California, and Texas before spending most of his adolescence in Turkey.[2]

Pileggi was a high school athlete, concentrating on wrestling and football. He attended the University of Texas at Austin, receiving a degree in business. For a while he worked in Iran as a defense contractor, until the 1979 Iranian revolution caused him and his brother to have to flee the country, escaping to Greece.[citation needed]


Pileggi began acting while he was a high school student in Turkey, playing musical theater.[3] After returning to Austin from Iran, he performed in local theaters, and continued his acting career with small roles in B-movies, and guest roles in television shows such as Dallas, China Beach, Code of Vengeance, and Walker, Texas Ranger.

In the 1980s, Pileggi starred in several films including Three O'Clock High as Duke "The Duker" Herman, an over zealous tough-as-nails high school parking lot security guard, and in Shocker as body-possessing serial killer Horace Pinker. Pileggi also appeared briefly in the 1992 film Basic Instinct as an investigating police officer in the interrogation scene of Michael Douglas.

His most notable role was as the FBI's Assistant Director Walter Skinner on The X-Files. The role was originally recurring, but the part expanded, and in 2001 he became a regular member of the cast. The character gradually became the most integral character besides the two leads. He remained with the show until its end in 2002. Pileggi also played the character in the 1998 X-Files film and, six years after the show's end, reprised the character in the film The X-Files: I Want to Believe.[4]

Pileggi's later work has included starring in the short-lived TV show Tarzan and co-starring with Barbara Hershey and Oliver Hudson in the short-lived TV show The Mountain. In 2005, he has played the recurring role of character Colonel Steven Caldwell, Commander of the Earth Battlecruiser, Daedalus, in the second and subsequent seasons of the television series Stargate Atlantis. He also appeared in an episode of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and in 2006 had a regular guest role on Day Break as Robbery/Homicide Detective Spivak. Pileggi also appeared on the show Cold Case in the episode "Offender", as a father accused of molesting and murdering his own son, who then threatens to murder one child sex offender per day until the case is reopened and solved. Pileggi also played the role of Larry Jennings, chairman of the board of the hospital, in Grey's Anatomy, and of Red Forman's friend Bull in an episode of That '70s Show.

Pileggi appeared in two episodes of Law and Order: Special Victims Unit as DEA agent Jack Hammond. Since 2008, Pileggi has played Ernest Darby, the head of a white supremacist gang called the "Nordics", in the critically acclaimed FX drama Sons of Anarchy . He also played spree killer Norman Hill (AKA The Road Warrior) on a season four episode of Criminal Minds, titled "Normal". Pileggi has also done some voice acting. His voice was featured as the githzerai Dak'kon in the video game Planescape: Torment. He voices Commissioner James Gordon on the new Kids WB! animated show The Batman. Pileggi also hosted the controversial FOX specials Breaking the Magician's Code: Magic's Biggest Secrets Finally Revealed and Conspiracy Theory: Did We Land on the Moon?. He also played the recurring role of Sam and Dean Winchester's maternal grandfather, Samuel Campbell, in the TV series Supernatural.

As of 2012, Pileggi starring as Harris Ryland in TNT drama series Dallas as Harris Ryland, Brenda Strong's ex-husband. He was promoted to series regular as of second season.[5]

As of 2014, Pileggi is on the advisory board of Sci-Fest, the first annual Los Angeles Science Fiction One-Act Play Festival, to be held in May 2014.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Pileggi's first marriage was to Debbie Andrews; the couple were married from 1978 to 1983. In 1996, he married his second wife, Arlene Warren. They have one daughter, Sawyer, born May 24, 1998. Warren and Pileggi were originally introduced to each other by David Duchovny, who was later the best man at their Hawaii wedding. Warren had worked on the set of The X-Files as a stand-in for Gillian Anderson. Later on in the run of the series, Warren was featured as Skinner's secretary, also named Arlene. Besides acting he also spends most of his time horse riding and playing guitar.



1987Three O'Clock HighDuke Herman
1987Death Wish 4: The CrackdownCannery Lab Foreman
1988Return of the Living Dead Part IISarge
1989ShockerHorace Pinker
1991Guilty as ChargedDominique
1992Basic InstinctInternal Affairs Investigator
1994Dangerous TouchVince
1994It's PatConcert Guard #2
1995Vampire in BrooklynTony the HitmanUncredited
1998The X-Files: Fight the FutureWalter Skinner
2000Gun ShyDexter Helvenshaw
2007Man in the ChairFloyd
2008The X-Files: I Want to BelieveWalter Skinner
2008Flash of GeniusMacklin Tyler


1983-1990DallasMorrisey4 episodes
1984The Sky's No LimitJerry MorrowTelevision film
1985The A-TeamPaul Winkle1 episode: "The Road to Hope"
1987Falcon CrestSaunder's Henchman #22 episodes
1987DowntownNick1 episode: "1.13"
1987HoopermanLarge Biker1 episode: "Baby Talk"
1987OharaWebster1 episode: "Hot Rocks"
1989DragnetBridgewater Hamilton1 episode: "Where's Sadie?"
1989Alien NationJohn Paul Sartre1 episode: "The Night of the Screams"
1989China BeachE.O.D. Sergeant1 episode: "With a Little Help from My Friends"
1989Falcon CrestEddie1 episode: "God of the Grape"
1990Mancuso, FBIPrisoner1 episode: "Death and Taxes"
1990HunterChuck Danko1 episode: "The Incident"
1990Doctor DoctorCoach1 episode: "Ice Follies"
1991Knight Rider 2000Thomas WattsTelevision film
1991ParadiseRafe1 episode: "The Valley of Death"
1991The AntagonistsDetective Haley1 episode: "Full Disclosure"
1991Drexell's ClassEx-Boyfriend1 episode: "Bully for Otis"
1992Get a LifeNax1 episode: "Chris' Brain Starts Working"
1992RocWhite Officer1 episode: "Roc Works for Joey"
1994-2002The X-FilesWalter SkinnerSeries regular, 81 episodes
Nominated-Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (1997-1999)
1995PointmanBenny Dirkson1 episode: "My Momma's Back"
1995Models Inc.The Hit Man1 episode: "Sometimes a Great Commotion"
1997PlayersJake Morgan1 episode: "Contact Sport"
1998Walker, Texas RangerPaul Grady1 episode: "Money Talks"
1999That '70s ShowBull1 episode: "The Good Son"
2000ERTerry Waters1 episode: "Viable Options"
2000Batman BeyondDr. Stanton1 episode: "Payback"
2001The Lone GunmenWalter Skinner2 episodes
2002Dharma & GregHimself1 episode: "The Tooth Is Out There"
2002Birds of PreyAl Hawke1 episode: "Nature of the Beast"
2003TarzanRichard ClaytonSeries regular, 9 episodes
2003-2005Law & Order: Special Victims UnitDEA Agent Jack Hammond2 episodes
2004-2005The MountainColin Dowling13 episodes
2005EyesRobert Sutherland1 episode: "Whereabouts"
2005The West WingSenator Dresden1 episode: "Mr. Frost"
2005Nip/TuckDr. Russell Marcus1 episode: "Sal Perri"
2005-2007The BatmanCommissioner James GordonSeries regular, 13 episodes
2005-2009Stargate AtlantisColonel Steven Caldwell22 episodes
2006CSI: Crime Scene InvestigationHappy Harry Desmond1 episode: "Daddy's Little Girl"
2006-2007Day BreakDetective SpivakSeries regular, 12 episodes
2007Cold CaseMitch Hathaway1 episode: "Offender"
2007Boston LegalU.S. Attorney Mark Freestone1 episode: "Guantanamo by the Bay"
2007ReaperDetective Dan Stafford1 episode: "The Cop"
2007-2010Grey's AnatomyLarry Jennings9 episodes
2008Brothers & SistersBrowne Carter3 episodes
2008Criminal MindsNorman Hill1 episode: "Normal"
2008RecountBill DaleyTV movie
2008-2013Sons of AnarchyErnest Darby14 episodes
2008SupernaturalSamuel Campbell/Azazel8 episodes
2009In Plain SightAl Dennison1 episode: "Rubble with a Cause"
2009-2010MediumDan Burroughs4 episodes
2010-2011SupernaturalSamuel Campbell7 episodes
2010Human TargetLeonard Kreese1 episode: "Lockdown"
2010CastleHans Brauer1 episode: "A Deadly Game"
2011LeverageColin Saunders1 episode: "The Hot Potato Job"
2012The FinderEddie Ross1 episode: "Bullets"
2012–2014DallasHarris RylandSeries regular


  1. ^ "Mitch Pileggi Biography (1952-)". Retrieved 2013-10-17. 
  2. ^ "Mitch Pileggi Biography". 2012-11-28. Retrieved 2013-10-17. 
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  4. ^ "Supernatural to See the Return of Mitch Pileggi?". Dread Central. Retrieved 2013-10-17. 
  5. ^ Published Friday, Sep 7 2012, 09:53 BST (2012-09-07). "'X-Files' star Mitch Pileggi made 'Dallas' series regular - Dallas News - US TV". Digital Spy. Retrieved 2013-11-01. 
  6. ^ "Sci-Fest Team". Retrieved 26 January 2014. 

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