Mostly Credited As: Jack Coleman
Birth Name: John MacDonald Coleman
Date Of Birth: February 21, 1958 (Age 56)
Country Of Birth: USA
Birth Place: Easton, Pennsylvania
Height: 6' 2" (1.87 m)
With those dashing good looks and acting talent that spans several TV series and a variety of films, it’s really no surprise that Jack Coleman’s resume keeps growing. He first studied acting at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, and officially received a drama degree in 1980. Before really making a mark on the small screen, Coleman first made a mark on the stage. He was a big stage actor, and even starred in the Long Island stage production of “Grease.” In the ‘80s he made his television debut as Jake Kosticheck - or to soap opera fans “the Salem Strangler” - on “Days of Our Lives.” That wasn’t the only soap Coleman starred in. In the hit ‘80s soap “Dynasty,” he took on the role of Steven Carrington. He was the second actor to take on the role, and he wasn’t a favorite to some fans. However, the role was an important one, since it was one of the first homoesxual characters on a primetime drama. After that, Coleman appeared on other TV shows including “Diagnosis Murder,” “Touched by an Angel,” “Without a Trace” and “Nip/Tuck.” It was his role as Noah Bennett in NBC’s “Heroes” that made him stand out as an actor. Not only did his mysterious and ambiguous character turn him into one the most popular stars of the series, but it opened more doors in the showbiz world. From playing Caroline’s dad, Bill Forbes, on “The Vampire Diaries” to playing Senator William H. Bracken on “Castle” to playing Angela’s gay husband and Oscar’s lover, State Senator Robert Lipton, on “The Office,” Coleman has definitely hit the acting mark. He’s even been recognized for his work with awards. In 1986, he received a Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for “Bouncers,” and was also nominated in 1990 for “Stand-up Tragedy.” In addition, he earned a 2008 nomination at the Monte-Carlo TV Festival for his role on “Heroes.” This really should come as no surprise, especially since he comes from a long line of successful family members. He is a direct, sixth-generation descendant of Benjamin Franklin and also the grandson of Herbert Agar Jack, the 1934 Pulitzer Prize winner for his book “The People’s Choice.” He and Beth Toussaint have been married for 16 years and have one daughter, Tess.