|Intro||American film and television actor|
|A.K.A.||Joel James Gretsch|
|Is||Actor Film actor Television actor|
|From||United States of America|
|Field||Film, TV, Stage & Radio|
|Birth||20 December 1963, St. Cloud, Stearns County, Minnesota, USA|
Joel James Gretsch (born December 20, 1963) is an American actor. He is best known for his roles on The 4400, Taken and V.
Gretsch was born in St. Cloud, Minnesota and grew up in Albany, Minnesota, the son of Russ and Barb. He has a sister, Jane, and a brother, Steve. Gretsch was raised Catholic.
Gretsch studied acting at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis before moving to Los Angeles in 1989. His stage work includes roles in Molière's Tartuffe and John Patrick Shanley's Danny and the Deep Blue Sea.
He started his television work in the early 1990s, appearing in episodes of Married... with Children, Melrose Place, Friends and Saved by the Bell: The New Class. Since then he has appeared in episodes of JAG, Silk Stalkings, CSI: Miami, Burn Notice, and NCIS. More recently, he played a wealthy advertising executive and husband of a supermodel on an episode of Law & Order: Criminal Intent. He also had two guest appearances on NBC's Journeyman, playing the father of protagonist Dan Vasser.
Gretsch has also had supporting roles in a number of films including playing Bobby Jones in The Legend of Bagger Vance (2000), Minority Report (2002), The Emperor's Club (2002) and National Treasure: Book of Secrets (2007).
In 2008, Gretsch had a recurring role as Pete Raynor, Lindsay Boxer's love interest, on the television series Women's Murder Club.
Some of his notable roles include Tom Baldwin on the USA Network series The 4400 in which he starred alongside actress Jacqueline McKenzie, and as Owen Crawford in Steven Spielberg's 2002 science fiction miniseries Taken. Gretsch reunited with Scott Peters (creator of The 4400) on his remake of V. Gretsch played priest and resistance fighter, Father Jack Landry in the series.
He guest starred in the new Diablo Cody created Emmy Award nominated Showtime Comedy-Drama The United States of Tara in the 1st season's last two episodes.