Ray Wise is a veteran of TV, film, and the stage. After his breakthrough role in the television series, Twin Peaks, Ray has continued to appear in many television series and films. Most recently, Ray stars as ‘Principal Campbell’ in Excision, a horror film about a disturbed and delusional high school student who will go to extremes to earn the approval of her controlling mother.
Ray Wise’s film resume includes more than 30 feature films, including starring roles in Jeepers Creepers 2, Two Can Play That Game (with Vivica A. Fox), The Peaceful Warrior (with Nick Nolte), Rising Sun (with Sean Connery), The Chase (with Charlie Sheen), Robocop, and The Rainmakers. Additional feature films works include, The Flock (opposite Richard Gere and Claire Danes), One Missed Call (with Edward Burns), and Stuntmen (with Brandon Routh).
Ray received widespread critical acclaim for his memorable performance as troubled newsman Don Hollenbeck in the 2006 Warner Independent film, Good Night, and Good Luck, written, directed and starring George Clooney. Ray Wise and his co-stars shared “Best Ensemble Cast” nominations at both the 2006 Critic’s Choice Awards and Screen Actor’s Guild (SAG) Award ceremonies.
Ray will continue to be featured in films throughout the coming year. These credits include Nuclear Family, Black Velvet, Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie, The Butterfly Room, FDR: American Badass!, Crazy Eyes, Lionhead, Away from Here, The Agression Scale, Mega Spider, Out West, and Gametime. One of Ray’s upcoming film releases is Brother’s Keeper, where he stars as Herbert LeeMaster alongside Michael Rooker. In addition this multitude of credits, Ray will be starring in the horror film, Excision (co-starring AnnaLynne McCord and Traci Lords). He will also be seen in Rodeo Drive Diva (with Margo Harshman), Raging Bull II (with William Forsythe) and Atlas Shrugged Part 2 (with Samantha Mathis).
Ray’s impressive television resume includes a long list of guest roles on such television series as Burn Notice, The Closer, Bones, CSI, Law and Order: SVU, The West Wing, Shark, Resurrection Blvd., Second Chances, Savannah, The Larry Sanders Show, Knots Landing, The Colbys, The Mentalist, NCIS, Wilfred, Chuck, Castle, Dollhouse, Drop Dead Diva, Numb3rs, Tim and Eric Awesome Show, and Dallas. His most recent guest television appearances include Mad Men, Psych, Hawaii Five-0, Chuck, and How I Met Your Mother.
Ray’s recurring roles include appearances on 24 (as Vice President Hal Gardner) and Reaper, among others. In Reaper, one of the most highly acclaimed comedies of 2007, Ray starred opposite Bret Harrison and Tyler Labine as the devil himself. Ray also starred in the Matt Damon and Ben Affleck made-for-TV-movie, The Battle of Shaker Heights.
To date, Ray Wise has also starred in over 80 stage productions, including Broadway performances of “Romeo and Juliet” and “Tartuffe”. His role as Yank Smith in Eugene O’Neill’s “The Hairy Ape” garnered rave reviews. In 1983, Ray received an OBIE award for his work in Sam Shepard’s “The Tooth of Crime”.
Ray Wise lives in Southern California with his wife and children.