Jack Coleman Information

Quick Facts

Full name: John MacDonald Coleman
Date of birth: February 21 1958 in Easton, Pennsylvania, USA.
Height: 6’2″ (~188cm)
Weight: 185 lbs (~84kg)
Shoe size: 13 (that’s about a UK size 12 or a Europe size 47-48)

Education: Studied acting at Duke University, graduated in 1980 with a BA in Drama. In College, he was on the sports teams (basketball) and in the drama club. He also studied at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center‘s National Theater Institute and participated in the Writers’ Boot Camp.

Jack Coleman can sing and play the guitar, as demonstrated in the Hallmark movie Rock The House.

Marital status: Married to actress Beth Toussaint since 1996. They have one daughter, Tess, born in 1999. They live near Los Angeles, California.

Family: Jack Coleman is the youngest child of John Coleman, a history professor, and Agnes Agar Coleman, a model and the daughter of Pulitzer Prize winner Herbert Agar. He has seven brothers and sisters, several of which have advanced academic degrees. He is the great-great-great-great-great-great-grandson of Benjamin Franklin, is distantly related to President John Coolidge Jr and apparently descends from old Scottish nobility.

Career: Jack Coleman’s career had very strong start: after doing a production of “Grease” in which he played Danny Zuko, he was cast in 1981 as the mysterious “Salem Strangler” in the daytime soap Days of Our Lives. But the role that made him famous in his early career was that of Steven Carrington in Dynasty. Jack Coleman took over the role in 1982 from Al Corley, who had played Steven for two seasons, and gathered much notoriety playing one of the first gay characters on television. From the press in those days, Jack Coleman was obviously a hearthrob, very popular with the female fans as well as appreciated by many gay viewers.

When he left Dynasty in 1988, however, Jack Coleman had difficulties finding other roles, specially outside of soap operas. He did some theater work and collected many roles in relatively obscure TV movies. According to the man himself, he was “invisible for most of the 90′s”. He did however have some interesting roles in genre TV series, such as Wes Craven’s Nightmare Café where he starred alongside Robert Englund in 1992 and Steven King’s Kingdom Hospital in 2004.

His career was kick-started again in 2006 with his iconic role as Noah Bennet, aka HRG, in the TV show Heroes. The part was originally only meant to be a small guest role, but it was expanded until he finally became a series regular in season 2. One of the reasons his character became so popular was his mysterious “moral grayness”, as well as the strong relationship between Noah Bennet and his daughter Claire, portrayed by Hayden Panettiere.

Since the cancellation of Heroes in 2010, Jack Coleman has guest starred in many popular TV shows, sometimes as a recurring character. These shows include House MD, Criminal Minds, The Vampire Diaries and The Office; he should return to The Office next season, fingers crossed! He has also made his debut in voice acting as Dr Strange in Ultimate Spider-Man.

Jack Coleman has also penned a short, Studio City, and has written a full-length feature script titled Can’t Help Falling which may – fingers crossed again – be filmed one day.

Select Filmography

1981-1982 Days of Our Lives (TV series)
as Jake Kositchek (recurring character between Dec 1981 and July 1982)
1982-1988 Dynasty (TV series)
as Steven Carrington (cast regular, 148 episodes from season 3 to season 8 )
1985 The Love Boat (TV series)
as Scott Barrett (2 episodes)
– “The Villa/The Racer’s Edge/Love or Money/The Accident: Part 2″
– “The Villa/The Racer’s Edge/Love or Money/The Accident: Part 1″
1990 Daughter of Darkness (TV movie)
as Devlin
1990 Children of the Bride (TV movie)
as Dennis
1991 The Return of Eliot Ness (TV movie)
as Gil Labine
1992 Nightmare Cafe (TV series)
as Frank Nolan (cast regular, 6 episodes)
1993 Rubdown (TV movie)
as Marion Pooley
1995 Trapped in Space (TV movie)
as Grant
1997 Angels in the Endzone (TV movie)
as Peter Harper
1997 Time Under Fire
as Lance McCarthy
1997 Medusa’s Child (TV movie)
as Dean Cooper
1998 The Naked Truth (TV series)
as Colin Terell (2 episodes)
– “Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice, Except with Different Names”
– “Jake or Fake?”
1998 The Landlady
as Patrick Forman
1998-2000 Oh Baby (TV series)
as Rick (recurring character, 11 episodes)
2003 Studio City (short)
as Andrew Mason
(Jack Coleman also wrote this movie)
2004 Kingdom Hospital (TV series)
as Peter Rickman (cast regular, 13 episodes)
2006 Cow Belles (TV movie)
as Reed Callum
2006-2010 Heroes (TV series)
as Noah Bennet (74 episodes, recurring in S1 then cast regular from S2 to S4)
2009 Polar Storm (TV movie)
as Dr. James Mayfield
2010 The Mentalist (TV series)
as Max Winter
– “Red Carpet Treatment”
2010 House M.D. (TV series)
as Joe Dugan
– “Office Politics”
2010-2012 The Office (TV series)
as State Senator Rob Lipton (recurring character seasons 7 and 8, 5 episodes)
2011 Rock the House (TV movie)
as Max Petersen
2011 Criminal Minds (TV series)
Bill Rogers
– “Hope” (2011)
2011-2012 The Vampire Diaries (TV series)
as Bill Forbes (recurring character, season 3, 5 episodes)
2011 The Contract (short)
as The Patron
2012 Ultimate Spider-Man (animated TV series) (voice)
as Dr Strange
- “Strange” (2012)

You can find a full filmography on The IMDB


The information contained on this page is compiled from various articles and video interviews, the IMDB and Jack Coleman’s blog. For links to these resources, please visit the Media and Links section.

2 Responses to Jack Coleman Information

  1. I was watching Pleasentville on cable, and right near the end, I could swear I saw Jack Coleman in an uncredited, non-speaking, bit part sitting next to Reese Witherspoon. IMDB makes no mention of it for either actor or movie. Can anybody confirm or disavow my observation.

    • That’s interesting! You can ask this to him on Twitter, his handle is: @thejackcoleman but as far as we know, he didn’t appear in that movie!

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