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Played the role of Tobias Beecher on the HBO prison drama Oz, receiving high praise from critics. Lee Tergesen later starred in Generation Kill for HBO as Evan Wright.
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Lee Tergesen had a friend who worked as a casting director that landed him a role in the hit film Point Break. Lee Tergesen attributes that role as the reason he didn't have to be anything but an actor in his career from then on.
Tergesen began his career with a bit role in the 1991 prime-time aired pilot, Acting Sheriff.
Tergesen then appeared in Wayne's World (1992) and Wayne's World 2 (1993), in the 1994 series Weird Science as Chester "Chett" Donnelly, and in a recurring role in the first season of Homicide: Life on the Street.
He did some stage work during this time. "I was doing plays all the time, but there's no money in it", Tergesen said in a 1995 Los Angeles Times article. "After graduation, I thought I'd be making a living at it." He went to Los Angeles to help Fontana move into his house. While dining at a restaurant on the day after arriving in Los Angeles, California, a casting director and friend of Fontana's asked Lee if he was an actor. "He told me there was a part in this movie and at that time, I couldn't imagine what it could be," Tergesen told the L.A. Times. The movie turned out to be Point Break, starring Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze. "It was the beginning of me never having to do anything else but act", he told LT.com in 1990.
Tergesen was born in Ivoryton, Connecticut and graduated from Valley Regional High School in nearby Deep River. He moved to New York to try to become an actor. He graduated from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA)'s two-year program in Manhattan, where, from 1986 to 1989, he worked at the Empire Diner. "I wasn't a great waiter. I was funny, but I gave a lot of attitude", he told Rosie magazine in March 2002. He added: "The place is like a vortex for me". He met Tom Fontana, the future creator of Oz, at the diner.
He portrayed Tobias Beecher on HBO's Oz (1997), a critically acclaimed role he played until the series ended in 2003. His film credits include Point Break, Shaft, Monster, The Forgotten, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning, Cast A Deadly Spell and Wild Iris. He has made several appearances in TV shows such as ER, Rescue Me, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation episode 517, Criminal Minds episode 511, The 4400, House, Law & Order and two of its spin-offs, Law & Order: Criminal Intent and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. He played a murderous Navy SEAL, Larrick, in Season 2 of The Americans on the FX television network.
He married Yuko Otomo in 2011; their daughter Lily was born December 5, 2012. Turgesen’s brother, Chris (who served as the music supervisor on Oz), is married to actress Toni Lewis.
He has appeared on stage in the Off-Broadway productions of Long Lost (2019) by Donald Margulies and Rapture, Blister, Burn in 2012 at Playwrights Horizons, among others.
Currently, Lee Tergesen is 56 years, 0 months and 21 days old. Lee Tergesen will celebrate 57th birthday on a Friday 8th of July 2022.
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