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Joseph Chrest (born September 15, 1965) is an American actor who portrayed Persimmon Phil in the first season of HBO's Deadwood.

Biography[]

After serving in the United States Air Force where he was recognized for Cold War service and for expert marksmanship, Chrest earned a BFA Degree in Directing from Marshall University (West Virginia) and a MFA Degree from Louisiana State University.[1]

A veteran of over 100 screen roles, and over 60 plays and musicals, Chrest first appeared on the big screen as the malevolent bellhop, Ben, in Steven Soderbergh's King of the Hill (1993). He followed that with the widely acclaimed performance as Mr. Rodman in Soderbergh's "The Underneath". Nearly unrecognizable in many of his roles, Joe continues the chameleon-like range of these early performances to the widely different characters of recent films, from the steely quiet sharpshooter, Mitchell, in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 (2015) to Jonah Hill's nerdy dad, David Schmidt, in 22 Jump Street (2014) to the despicable Southern aristocrat, James Eakins, in Free State of Jones (2016).[1]

Chrest performed onstage at, among other venues, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. and the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles, working with Tony Award-winning directors, Gordon Davidson and Jerry Zaks, and London Theatre Award winner and Olivier Award nominee, Barry Kyle. He was a founding member of the regional theatre, Swine Palace, with RSC Director Emeritus Barry Kyle, and is the Founding Artistic Director of Ignition Film Repertory Company -- a company dedicated to nurturing and producing original works for the screen.[1]

Married to choreographer Christine Chrest, the couple has two children, Nicolas and Samantha.[1]

Credits[]

Season 1[]

Filmography[]

Films[]

  • King of the Hill as Ben (1993)
  • The Pelican Brief as Song and Dance Man from Bar (1993)
  • House of Secrets as Batist (TV Movie, 1993)
  • Cries from the Heart as Brandon Richards (TV Movie, 1994)
  • The Underneath as Mr. Rodman (1995)
  • Kingfish: A Story of Huey P. Long as Carl Weiss (TV Movie, 1995)
  • The Lottery as Deputy Jeff Simmons (TV Movie, 1996)
  • Desert Breeze as Jack (TV Movie, 1996)
  • Clockwatchers as Detective (1997)
  • Yukie as Michael (1998)
  • Dangerous Proposition as Mark (1998)
  • Out of Sight as Andy (1998)
  • Hefner: Unauthorized as Ed Gunn (TV Movie, 1999)
  • Erin Brockovich as Tom Robinson (2000)
  • Lush as Greg (2000)
  • Auggie Rose as Rhineback (2000)
  • Full Frontal as Sex Shop Man #1 (2002)
  • The Ring as Doctor (2002)
  • Runaway Jury as Owens (2003)
  • 3: The Dale Earnhardt Story as Jake Elder (TV Movie, 2004)
  • The Aviator as Hell's Angels Director of Photography (2004)
  • Nikki and Nora as Charlie (TV Movie, 2004)
  • Faith of My Fathers as Craner (TV Movie, 2005)
  • The Skeleton Key as Paramedic (2005)
  • Ocean's Thirteen as Fender Roads' Manager (2007)
  • The Secret Life of Bees as Mr. Forrest (2008)
  • Miracle at St. Anna as MP Doyle Ellis (2008)
  • Who Do You Love as Malcolm Chisholm (2008)
  • Front of the Class as Jim Ovbey (TV Movie, 2008)
  • I Love You Phillip Morris as Steven's Dad (2009)
  • The Informant! as Visiting Client (2009)
  • The Blind Side as Clemson Coach (2009)
  • House of Bones as Benjamin (TV Movie, 2010)
  • Welcome to the Rileys as Jerry (2010)
  • Louis as Tom Anderson (2010)
  • RED as Retirement Home Detective (2010)
  • Secretariat as Sports Broadcaster (2010)
  • Knucklehead as Child Services Inspector (2010)
  • Drive Angry as F***ing Passenger (2011)
  • Battle Los Angeles as 1st Sgt. John Roy (2011)
  • Mask Maker as Electrician (2011)
  • That's What I Am as Mr. Clear (2011)
  • Love, Wedding, Marriage as John (2011)
  • Seeking Justice as Detective Rudeski (2011)
  • Butter as Butter Fan (2011)
  • Texas Killing Fields as Salter (2011)
  • Jeff, Who Lives at Home as Paul (2011)
  • Hound Dogs as Trainer (TV Movie, 2011)
  • 21 Jump Street as David Schmidt (2012)
  • Battleship as JPL Controller (2012)
  • The Lucky One as Deputy Moore (2012)
  • Killing Them Softly as Business Suit Agent (2012)
  • On the Road as Virginia Cop (2012)
  • The Campaign as Rainbowland Audience (2012)
  • The Baytown Outlaws as ATF Agent (2012)
  • Playing for Keeps as Referee (2012)
  • The Last Exorcism Part II as Pastor (2013)
  • G.I. Joe: Retaliation as Chief of Staff (2013)
  • The Hot Flashes as Millie's Dad (2013)
  • Now You See Me as Elkhorn Janitor Agent (2013)
  • Lee Daniels' The Butler as White Usher (2013)
  • Oldboy as Johnny / Schizophrenic Man (2013)
  • Homefront as DEA Agent #1 (2013)
  • King of Herrings as The Professor (2013)
  • Barefoot as Trooper (2014)
  • 22 Jump Street as David Schmidt (2014)
  • Black or White as Dave (2014)
  • American Heist as Police Captain Sullivan (2014)
  • Focus as Jeweler (2015)
  • Ant-Man as Frank (2015)
  • I Saw the Light as Oscar Davis (2015)
  • The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 as Mitchell (2015)
  • Showing Roots as Fuzzy Canaday (2016)
  • Cold Moon as Chalres Darrish (2016)
  • Free State of Jones as James Eakins (2016)
  • LBJ as McGeorge Bundy (2016)
  • Deepwater Horizon as Sims (2016)
  • Killing Reagan as Jerry Parr (TV Movie, 2016)
  • Like Son as Jeff Rugger (2016)
  • Gifted as Kevin Larsen (2017)
  • Assassination Nation as Lawrence (2018)
  • The Front Runner as Ira Wyman (2018)
  • The Dirt as David (2019)
  • The Perfect Date as Harvey Lieberman (2019)
  • The Lovebirds as Red Robe Man (2020)
  • Where the Crawdads Sing as Dr. Cone (2022)

TV Series[]

  • Law & Order as Lieutenant Charles Bates (1993)
  • Family Matters as Officer Carmichael (1994)
  • Columbo as Mercer (1994)
  • Sweet Justice as Dylan Bramson (1995)
  • Fallen Angels as Dino (1995)
  • Nash Bridges as Kevin McMillan (1996)
  • Millennium as Raymond Dees (1996)
  • Promised Land as Gary McNeely (1997)
  • Chicago Hope as Judas (1998)
  • Snoops as Joel Hilburn (1999)
  • Touched by an Angel as Joe (2000)
  • Level 9 as Derek Santos (2001)
  • CSI: Crime Scene Investigation as Al Maguire (2004)
  • Deadwood as Persimmon Phil (2004)
  • Star Trek: Enterprise as Bar Patron (2004)
  • Medium as Henry Yellen (2005)
  • Surface as Rich's Friend (2005)
  • Thief as Art Luster (2006)
  • K-Ville as Det. Ray McPherson (2007)
  • One Tree Hill as Investor (2010)
  • Breakout Kings as Detective Estes (2012)
  • Treme as James Townsend (2012)
  • Nashville as Ed Marshall (2014)
  • True Detective as Detective Demma (2014)
  • Stranger Things as Ted Wheeler (2016-2022)
  • Sun Records as Vernon Presley (2017)
  • Mr. Mercedes as Detective (2018)
  • The Purge as Ross Bailes (2018)
  • Looking for Alaska as Walter Halter (2019)
  • Paradise Lost as Jasper Cruikshank (2020)
  • The First Lady as Dr. Pursh (2022)

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