Steven Culp

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Steven Culp
Born(1955-12-03) December 3, 1955 (age 58)
La Jolla, San Diego, California, U.S.
Alma materCollege of William and Mary (B.A.)
Brandeis University (MFA)
Years active1982–present
Spouse(s)Barbara Ayers (currently married) 2 children
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Steven Culp
Born(1955-12-03) December 3, 1955 (age 58)
La Jolla, San Diego, California, U.S.
Alma materCollege of William and Mary (B.A.)
Brandeis University (MFA)
Years active1982–present
Spouse(s)Barbara Ayers (currently married) 2 children

Steven Bradford Culp (born December 3, 1955) is an American film and television actor. He is known for his roles as Rex Van de Kamp on ABC's Desperate Housewives, Clayton Webb on JAG, and Speaker of the United States House of Representatives Jeff Haffley on NBC's The West Wing.

Early life[edit]

Culp attended First Colonial High School in Virginia where he was voted "Most Talented". He graduated from the College of William and Mary in 1978 with a major in English literature and also studied at the University of Exeter in the United Kingdom. He earned an MFA from Brandeis University in 1981.[1]


One of Culp's earliest roles was in Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday (1993) as Robert Campbell, a reporter looking into the Jason murders. He also played James' father in James and the Giant Peach. Culp is known for his recurring roles as CIA Agent Clayton Webb on JAG (1997–2004) and Major Hayes on Star Trek: Enterprise (2003–2004). He had the unusual misfortune to have both of those characters killed off in the same week, in the shows' season finales (though Webb turned up very much alive in the subsequent season premiere of JAG). During the year 2004, Steven became the first actor to appear as a recurring character in four television series simultaneously: The West Wing, Star Trek: Enterprise, JAG and ER.

Culp has played Robert F. Kennedy twice; in the film Thirteen Days (2000) and previously in the TV movie Norma Jean & Marilyn (1996). In 1995, Culp starred on The Young and the Restless briefly as Brian Hamilton. He also played Commander Martin Madden in Star Trek Nemesis (2002), a character written to replace William Riker as Enterprise first officer. However, due to the film running too long, Culp's scenes (along with other scenes) were cut from the final film, so Madden can now only be seen in the Nemesis DVD deleted scenes. In the third season of Star Trek: Enterprise, Culp played the recurring character Major Hayes, leader of the M.A.C.O.s. He was in five episodes; "The Xindi", "The Shipment", "Harbinger", "Hatchery" and "Countdown", where Hayes was shot saving a fellow crewmember.

Other performances include playing the leading role of the photographer Richard Stewart in the English as a Second Language educational video series Family Album, U.S.A. He also had a role as antagonist Peter Drummond in the campy television movie How to Make a Monster, in which nerdy computer game programmers accidentally give life to a deadly AI. Members of the software company take turns attempting to beat the game in order save their own lives. He played Rex Van de Kamp on Desperate Housewives for one season. Once again, his character was killed off at the end of the season. However, he reprised his role several times in flashback sequences and as narrator. He also played Republican Speaker of the House of Representatives Jeff Haffley on the TV show The West Wing. Culp also starred in a few episodes of 24 during the second season, as Secret Service agent Ted Simmons.

Culp won the Celebrity Poker Showdown 7th Season Championship game. He was seen on the ABC show Traveler as Special Agent in Charge Fred Chambers and on NCIS as Navy Commander William Skinner. He also appeared in the Stargate Atlantis episode "Miller's Crossing", and on Medium, in the episode "Do You Hear What I Hear", as well as on the pilot episode of The Mentalist. He is set to star as Thomas Foran in the upcoming film The Chicago 8. In 2012, Culp guest starred on episodes of ABC's Body of Proof, TNT's Perception and played Dr. Parker on Grey's Anatomy. He currently has a recurring role on NBC's Revolution as Edward Truman, high commander of the Patriots.[2]


1989Gross AnatomyJerry Fanning Forrester
1991Dead AgainParty Guest
1993Jason Goes to Hell: The Final FridayRobert Campbell
1993FearlessEmergency Doctor
1996James and the Giant PeachJames' Father
2000Nurse BettyFriend
2000Thirteen DaysRobert F. Kennedy
2002The Emperor's ClubOlder Martin Blythe
2005The SistersDr. Harry Glass
2007Firehouse DogZachary Hayden
2007From WithinPastor Joe
2010The Chicago 8Thomas Foran
2014Captain America: The Winter SoldierSenator Scudder
1982Another WorldTom Nelson
1983-1984One Life to LiveDr. Daniel Wolek
1988LincolnJohn Hay
1988The Cosby ShowFather-to-Be
1989ABC Afterschool Special
1989A Man Called HawkCarter
1989Murphy BrownMurphy Brown
1990L.A. Law
1990Father Dowling MysteriesBill Taylor
1992Quicksand: No EscapeBartender
1992Dream OnDan
1993Reasonable DoubtsPeter Maxwell
1994Diagnosis: MurderCompany Man
1995Touched by an AngelDr. Rence Patterson
1995SistersGraham Pressman
1995The Young and the RestlessBrian Hamilton
1996Baywatch NightsGarth Youngblood
1996Beverly Hills, 90210Mr. Dreesen
1996Norma Jean & MarilynRobert F. Kennedy
1997Dr. Quinn, Medicine WomanPeter Doyle
1997Pacific PalisadesJudge
1997Mike Hammer, Private EyeFather James
1998Pensacola: Wings of GoldThomas Belafontaine
1998Chicago HopeMr. Turner
1998Any Day NowRandall Clemens
1999V.I.P.Financial Officer
2000Ally McBealAttorney Dixon
2000Family LawMr. Petry
2000Family LawMr. Petry
2000ProvidenceDr. Jordan Roberts
2001How to Make a MonsterDrummond
2001Boston PublicMel Breen
2001PhillyDetective John O'Brien
2002Crossing JordanDetective Rick Frazier
2002Push, NevadaWell-Dressed Man
200324Ted Simmons
2003Mister SterlingSenator Ron Garland
2002-2003The PracticeAtty. Emmanuel Kupcheck/Hospital Atty. Alldredge
2003The Lyon's DenBrad Manning
1999-2004ERDave Spencer/Dr. Charles Cameron
2004CSI: Crime Scene InvestigationLieutenant Mendez
2003-2004Star Trek: EnterpriseMajor Hayes
2007Stargate: AtlantisHenry Wallace
2007Boston LegalA.D.A. Norman WilsonSeason 4 - Oral Contracts
2008The MentalistMorgan Tolliver
2011The Chicago CodeDennis Mahoney
2011Law & Order: Los AngelesBen Corrigan
2012Body of ProofEric Greyson
2004-2012Desperate HousewivesRex Van de KampSeries regular (season 1), guest star (seasons 2-3, 5, 7-8)
2012PerceptionJohn F. Kennedy
2012Grey's AnatomyDr. Parker
2013RevolutionEdward Truman


  1. ^ Nathan, David (December 31, 2004). "Brandeis graduate stars in hit show "Desperate Housewives"". Retrieved 2010-09-29. 
  2. ^ "Interview with Steven Culp". myFanbase. Retrieved 2014-01-17.

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