Biography

Peter Brett Cullen (born August 26, 1956) is an American actor who has appeared in numerous motion pictures and television programs. Early in 2007, he was cast as the role of an estranged father to one of the American football players, Tim Riggins (played by actor Taylor Kitsch), in the NBC drama series Friday Night Lights.

Cullen was born in Houston, Texas, the son of Lucien Hugh Cullen, an oil industry executive, and Catherine Cullen. He graduated from Madison High School in Houston in 1974. Cullen graduated from the University of Houston, giving great credit to his highly acclaimed acting mentor and University of Houston professor, Cecil Pickett, who also mentored such Houston born actors as Dennis Quaid, Randy Quaid, & Brent Spiner among others. Cullen and Dennis Quaid's close friendship to this day dates back to the 1970s and it is Cullen who introduced Dennis Quaid to his current wife, Kimberly Buffington at a dinner in Austin, Texas.

Cullen played Dan Fixx in the 1980s CBS drama Falcon Crest for two seasons (1986–1988) and Marshal Sam Cain in the ABC western series The Young Riders for one season (1989–1990). In 1980, he appeared as the second Gideon Chisholm in the last nine episodes of the CBS western miniseries The Chisholms. In the four earlier episodes, the Gideon Chisholm role was played by Brian Kerwin. Cullen was the lead actor as Ned Logan in the short-lived Legacy, which lasted for just one season (1998–1999). On the series The West Wing Cullen played Ray Sullivan, a fictional governor of West Virginia and the Republican nominee for Vice President.

His guest appearances on TV include: The Incredible Hulk, Tales from the Crypt, MAS*H, V, Matlock, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Ally McBeal, Walker, Texas Ranger, Once and Again, Without a Trace, Cold Case, The Mountain, Monk, CSI: Miami, NCIS, Desperate Housewives, Pepper Dennis, Lost, Ghost Whisperer, Private Practice, Ugly Betty, and Friday Night Lights. In 2009, he had a recurring role in the ABC Family television series Make It or Break It.

He has played two real-life astronauts, Jack Lousma in Apollo 13 (Brett is the CapCom at the time of the explosion; at that shift Lousma was the CapCom in real life) and David Scott in the HBO mini-series From the Earth to the Moon.

His most recent appearance was in the role of Barton Blaze in the movie Ghost Rider. Other movie credits include Wyatt Earp (with Kevin Costner), Gambler V: Playing for Keeps (with Kenny Rogers and Bruce Boxleitner), Something to Talk About (with Julia Roberts and Dennis Quaid), The Replacements (with Gene Hackman), On Golden Pond (with Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer), Nancy Drew, and Gridiron Gang. He also played Bob Cleary in the 1983 mini-series The Thorn Birds.

Cullen was recently cast in the up-coming femme comedy Monte Carlo alongside Selena Gomez, Andie MacDowell and Leighton Meester and is playing the role of Tom Eckert in the upcoming war film Red Dawn.

On February 8, 2011, Brett was named the official spokesman for Houston Works which helps Houston residents with job training and placement, scholarships, consulting, technical initiatives focusing on science, technology, engineering and mathematics and summer job programs along with Youth Summits.

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Peter Brett Cullen (born August 26, 1956) is an American actor who has appeared in numerous motion pictures and television programs. Early in 2007, he was cast as the role of an estranged father to one of the American football players, Tim Riggins (played by actor Taylor Kitsch), in the NBC drama series Friday Night Lights.

Cullen was born in Houston, Texas, the son of Lucien Hugh Cullen, an oil industry executive, and Catherine Cullen. He graduated from Madison High School in Houston in 1974. Cullen graduated from the University of Houston, giving great credit to his highly acclaimed acting mentor and University of Houston professor, Cecil Pickett, who also mentored such Houston born actors as Dennis Quaid, Randy Quaid, & Brent Spiner among others. Cullen and Dennis Quaid's close friendship to this day dates back to the 1970s and it is Cullen who introduced Dennis Quaid to his current wife, Kimberly Buffington at a dinner in Austin, Texas.

Cullen played Dan Fixx in the 1980s CBS drama Falcon Crest for two seasons (1986–1988) and Marshal Sam Cain in the ABC western series The Young Riders for one season (1989–1990). In 1980, he appeared as the second Gideon Chisholm in the last nine episodes of the CBS western miniseries The Chisholms. In the four earlier episodes, the Gideon Chisholm role was played by Brian Kerwin. Cullen was the lead actor as Ned Logan in the short-lived Legacy, which lasted for just one season (1998–1999). On the series The West Wing Cullen played Ray Sullivan, a fictional governor of West Virginia and the Republican nominee for Vice President.

His guest appearances on TV include: The Incredible Hulk, Tales from the Crypt, MAS*H, V, Matlock, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Ally McBeal, Walker, Texas Ranger, Once and Again, Without a Trace, Cold Case, The Mountain, Monk, CSI: Miami, NCIS, Desperate Housewives, Pepper Dennis, Lost, Ghost Whisperer, Private Practice, Ugly Betty, and Friday Night Lights. In 2009, he had a recurring role in the ABC Family television series Make It or Break It.

He has played two real-life astronauts, Jack Lousma in Apollo 13 (Brett is the CapCom at the time of the explosion; at that shift Lousma was the CapCom in real life) and David Scott in the HBO mini-series From the Earth to the Moon.

His most recent appearance was in the role of Barton Blaze in the movie Ghost Rider. Other movie credits include Wyatt Earp (with Kevin Costner), Gambler V: Playing for Keeps (with Kenny Rogers and Bruce Boxleitner), Something to Talk About (with Julia Roberts and Dennis Quaid), The Replacements (with Gene Hackman), On Golden Pond (with Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer), Nancy Drew, and Gridiron Gang. He also played Bob Cleary in the 1983 mini-series The Thorn Birds.

Cullen was recently cast in the up-coming femme comedy Monte Carlo alongside Selena Gomez, Andie MacDowell and Leighton Meester and is playing the role of Tom Eckert in the upcoming war film Red Dawn.

On February 8, 2011, Brett was named the official spokesman for Houston Works which helps Houston residents with job training and placement, scholarships, consulting, technical initiatives focusing on science, technology, engineering and mathematics and summer job programs along with Youth Summits.

Description above from the Wikipedia article Brett Cullen, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 91

Birthday 1956-08-26

Place of Birth Houston, Texas, USA

Official Site http://brettcullen.com/

Also Known As

  • Peter Brett Cullen

Acting TV ShowsMovies

The Turkey Bowl as Ed
The Sitter as Jeff Harper
2016 The Shallows as Father
2016 It Snows All the Time as Paul
2015 Narcos(10 episodes) as Arthur Crosby
2015 The Last Rescue as Captain Beckett
2015 Point of Honor(1 episode) as Ralston Rhodes
2015 Meat Loaf: In and Out of Hell as Himself - Friend
2013 Under the Dome(5 episodes) as Don Barbara
2013 Devious Maids(26 episodes) as Michael Stappord
2013 42 as Clay Hopper
2012 The Guilt Trip as Ben
2012 Red Dawn as Tom Eckert
2012 The Dark Knight Rises as Congressman
2011 Beneath the Darkness as Sgt. Nickerson
2011 Puncture as Nathaniel Price
2011 Person of Interest(2 episodes) as Nathan Ingram
2011 Monte Carlo as Robert
2011 Skateland as David Wheeler
2010 The Runaways as Donald Currie
2009 White Collar(2 episodes) as Agent Patterson
2009 Three Rivers(1 episode)
2009 Make It or Break It(18 episodes) as Mark Keeler
2009 Castle(1 episode) as Christian Dahl
2009 Reunion as Jake
2008 The Mentalist(1 episode) as Dane Merrick
2008 The Burning Plain as Robert
2007 Private Practice(1 episode)
2007 The Life Before Her Eyes as Paul McFee
2007 Burn Notice(1 episode)
2007 Ghost Rider as Barton Blaze
2006 Friday Night Lights(4 episodes) as Walt Riggins
2006 Ugly Betty(3 episodes)
2006 Pepper Dennis(5 episodes)
2005 Ghost Whisperer(1 episode)
2005 NCIS(2 episodes)
2004 Suburban Madness as David Harris
2004 Desperate Housewives(8 episodes)
2004 The Mountain(4 episodes)
2004 Lost(4 episodes)
2004 Deceit as Sam Penny
2003 Cold Case(1 episode)
2003 Learning Curves as Brad, Sr.
2003 National Security as Heston
2002 Nancy Drew as Carson Drew
2002 CSI: Miami(1 episode)
2002 Monk(1 episode)
2001 On Golden Pond as Charlie Martin
2000 The Replacements as Eddie Martel
2000 The Expendables as Deacon
1999 The West Wing(5 episodes)
1999 Once and Again(1 episode)
1999 Family Law(1 episode)
1998 Legacy(18 episodes)
1998 The Simple Life(7 episodes) as Luke Barton
1998 From the Earth to the Moon(12 episodes) as Dave Scott
1997 The Hired Heart as Bryan
1997 Ally McBeal(1 episode)
1997 Perfect Body as Coach David Blair
1997 The Killing Jar as Michael Sanford
1997 Orleans(8 episodes) as Clade Charbonnet
1996 Arliss(1 episode)
1996 Shattered Mind as Sean
1995 The Omen as Jack Mann
1995 Something to Talk About as Jamie Johnson
1995 Apollo 13 as CAPCOM 1
1994 Gambler V: Playing for Keeps as Sundance Kid
1994 A Kiss Goodnight as Carl Jasper
1994 Keys as Police Chief Sam Wasser
1993 Diagnosis: Murder(1 episode)
1993 Prehysteria! as Frank
1993 Walker, Texas Ranger(1 episode)
1993 Mother of the Bride as Dennis Becker
1993 Complex of Fear as Ed Wylie
1992 Leaving Normal as Kurt
1991 By the Sword as Danny Gallagher
1991 In a Stranger's Hand as Peter Harmon
1990 The Image as Malcolm Dundee
1989 The Young Riders(68 episodes) as Marshal Sam Cain
1989 Tales from the Crypt(1 episode) as Ronnie Price
1988 Dead Solid Perfect as Donny Smithern
1987 I'll Take Manhattan(4 episodes) as Dennis Brady
1987 I'll Take Manhattan(1 episode)
1986 Stewardess School as Philo Henderson
1986 Samaritan: The Mitch Snyder Story as Billy
1986 Matlock(1 episode)
1985 The New Alfred Hitchcock Presents(1 episode)
1983 The Thorn Birds(4 episodes) as Bob Cleary
1981 Falcon Crest(227 episodes)
1979 The Chisholms(18 episodes)
1978 The Incredible Hulk(1 episode)
1972 M*A*S*H(1 episode)

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