John Henry Diehl (born May 1, 1950) is an American character actor. Noted for his work in avant-garde theater, Diehl has performed in more than 140 films and television shows, including Land of Plenty, Stripes, Nixon, Jurassic Park III and the TV series Miami Vice, The Shield and Point Pleasant.Diehl has "largely avoided the typecasting that is an accepted part of most character actors' careers." He has been a member of The Actors Studio since 2004.
Diehl and singer Julie Christensen were married in 1992. They live in Nashville, Tennessee, and have one son, Magnus Jackson Diehl.He boxed as a middleweight in two professional matches (one win and one loss), and participated in several exhibition shows for charity.
Diehl was born in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1950. His father, John A. Diehl, was a civil engineer, and his mother, Mary, was a social worker. Raised in a devoutly Roman Catholic family, he was educated at parochial schools, and graduated from St. Xavier High School in 1968.
Movies & TV shows
Serpent in the Bottle
One young man's desire to conform to societal pressure in the face of his own personal internal conflicts is the tragic tale of Serpent in the Bottle.
The lives of Penny, a nighttime police dispatcher, and Nino, a barber, get turned upside down when 10-year-old Speed drives a stolen muscle car into their small rural town, looking for a mermaid.
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Out of the Wild
A cowboy who can't drink away has a painful past. Living on his last dollar with nowhere to go, he ends up working the last place an old cowboy wants to be: a dude ranch. He met the rancher with a dee...
The North Star
The North Star is the story of Benjamin "Big Ben" Jones and Moses Hopkins, two slaves who escaped from a Virginia plantation and made their way to freedom in Buckingham, Pennsylvania in 1849. Big Ben'...
A Long Way Off
Jacob is tired of living on the family farm. He demands an inheritance from his father one day, and his son agrees to give it to him. He heads to the big city and does things his way for a while. He t...
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A science-fiction film about the consequences of experiments into parallel universes. The co-written and directed was by physicist Dr. The film pays particular attention to accurate scientific detail....
There is a year in the future. Every cop has to partner with a robot. Detective John Kennex woke up from a 17-month coma. John will have to learn to get along with his new colleagues as he adjusts to ...
Burn Notice: The Fall of Sam Axe
Commander Axe was Sam Axe's name before he worked with Michael andFiona. There is a Navy Seal. The story of how Sam went from a respected Naval Commander to a man of mystery is told in The Fall of Sam...
When a dutiful, albeit barren Christian housewife discovers that her devout husband has suffered a stroke at a sperm bank where he's been secretly donating his seed for the past 25 years, she leaves h...
Road to Nowhere
An unknown young woman with a disturbing resemblance to the femme fatale is cast in a film based on a true crime. He becomes obsessed with the woman, the crime, her possibly notorious past, and the di...
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Women's Murder Club
Women's Murder Club ran on ABC from October 12, 2007, to May 13, 2008, and was a police procedural and legal drama. The 'Women's Murder Club' series of novels is set in San Francisco, California. The ...
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Friday Night Lights
There are trials and triumphs in the small town of Dillon, Texas, where high school football is everything.
In the aftermath of nuclear attacks on 23 major cities in the United States, the residents of the fictional town of Jericho, Kansas, form an action/drama series.
Jesse Stone: Death in Paradise
The murder of a teen-age girl whose body is found floating in a local lake brings Jesse Stone up against the Boston mob and into the world of a bestselling writer who exploits troubled teens.
The Far Side of Jericho
Jericho. In the 1880's. Three women of the wild West, widows of an outlawed gang of brothers recently hanged, find themselves running for their lives from a corrupt posse of vigilantes, mystical India...
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Down in the Valley
On a trip to the beach, a teenage girl named Tobe meets a charismatic stranger named Harlan, who dresses like a cowboy and claims to be a former ranch hand. The pair feel an instant attraction and beg...
A series of supernatural events begin in a small coastal New Jersey town after the arrival of a mysterious teenage girl, who is believed to have the ability to influence the people and events around h...
Land of Plenty
Lana returned to the United States and found that her uncle had psychic wounds from the Vietnam War.
I Pass for Human
Dax overdoses on heroin. Wanting to kill the pain of loss, Jane does dope for the first time and is soon on the way to addiction herself. Drug users are being haunted by the ghosts of their dead frien...
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Four college friends become small-time bookies, only to find their world spinning dangerously out of control when their greed attracts the attention of organized crime.
When she is assigned cases that have never been solved, the Philadelphia homicide squad's lone female detective finds her calling. Lilly Rush combines her instincts and technology to bring about justi...
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Without a Trace
The FBI has a missing persons unit in New York City.
The story of an inner-city Los Angeles police precinct where some of the cops aren't above breaking the rules or working against their associates to keep the streets safe and keep their self-interests...
When two ace fighter pilots become entangled in a love triangle with a beautiful Naval nurse, their friendship is put to the ultimate test. The rivalry between the friends-turned-foes is put on hold w...
A slightly futuristic dark comedy about a young man who finds out he is dying, and goes in search of his first love.
Jurassic Park III
Dr needs funds for research. Alan Grant accepted a large sum of money to accompany Paul and Amanda Kirby on an aerial tour of the notorious Isla Sorna. It isn't long before all hell breaks loose and t...
Falling Like This
Falling Like This features compelling performances by two young actors. There is a compassionate examination of the ragged edge of suburban life as typified by a charming, vulnerable and inveterate ju...
There is a country called the U.S. There are high tensions because of the Cold War. A warhead was dropped.
A small group of Catholics led by an ailing priest believe that Satan will become man, just as God did in the person of Jesus. Peter Kelson is a writer who studies serial killers. They think Satan wil...
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The West Wing
The West Wing gives a glimpse into presidential politics in the nation's capital as it tells the stories of the members of a fictional presidential administration. The politics that these characters d...
The comedy-drama Get Real was on the FOX Network and centered on the fictional Green family of Los Angeles. It ran from September 1999 to April 2000. The older siblings to the central character of the...
Anywhere but Here
When it comes to making decisions, single mother August is bad with money and even worse. Ann is a successful high school student with Ivy League ambitions. Ann grew frustrated with her mother's irres...
Bobby O'Grady is a low level member of the Boston Irish gang. The person wants total loyalty from him. Bobby and others have to keep the killing of one of Bobby's friends a secret from Teddy's relativ...
The Hi-Lo Country
An intimate story of the enduring bond of friendship between two hard-living men, set against a sweeping backdrop of the American West after World War II. Pete and Big Boy are masters of the prairie, ...
Sgt. A wrongly accused man is saved from death row and recruited for a top-secret special operations squad. Col Grant Casey is a brigadier general. Criminals who had avoided law enforcement methods ar...
Fire Down Below
Jack Taggart, an undercover agent with the EPA, was sent in to investigate the murder of an EPA representative in a small Appalachian community.
The End of Violence
Mike Max became a wealthy producer thanks to brutal and bloody action films. His wife is close to leaving him. Suddenly Mike is kidnapped by two bandits, but escapes and hides out with his Mexican gar...
6 Movies · 2 TV shows
E! True Hollywood Story
A documentary series on E! deals with famous Hollywood celebrities, movies, TV shows and also well-known public figures. salacious re-tellings of Hollywood secrets, show-biz scandals, celebrity murder...
The Destiny of Marty Fine
The ex-boxer was forced to kill the mobster in order to save his life.
Jarod was raised in a secret facility that was built to experiment on children. He breaks out when he learns that his abductors are not as kind as he's been told. While trying to find his real identit...
A special commando is dispatched to the country to sort out the mess after a fellow Vietnam veteran is said to have thrown his lot in with the cocaine traffickers.
Two prisoners escape with the help of their jailer to search for a treasure that is believed to have been buried with a dead millionaire.
An ambitious female attorney wallows in excess and meaningless sex with both male and female partners, while dealing with her personal life problems.
A Time to Kill
The rebirth of the KKK was sparked by a young lawyer defending a black man accused of murdering two white men.
Five teenage girls formed an unlikely bond after beating up a teacher who had sexually harassed them. As they build a friendship, their wild ways start to get out of control.
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A top secret experiment has failed. The creators are trapped in a desert outpost and being pursued by their creation. There is no way out of the sealed door.
Wild. Untamed. Legendary. In this made-for-tv movie, Buffalo Girls celebrates the bold escapades of tough-talking Calamity Jane Canary and her illustrious cohorts. It's the waning days of the Wild Wes...
The man is called "Harm" Rabb Jr. The military's JAG division is the elite legal wing of officers that prosecutes and defends those accused of military-related crimes. He works closely with Lt. Col. T...
Amanda & The Alien
A relatively lonely and unremarkable life is being led by an employee at an upscale clothing store. An alien is held at a secret military installation and takes over a base employee's body. The alien ...
Jane ran into a drifter named Jack McCloud, who broke his leg. Jack and his dog are invited to stay at Jane's home. Jack is loved by the family as he struggles to adapt to their lifestyle.
The Outer Limits
Sometimes there is a plot twist at the end of The Outer Limits. Unlike the original incarnation of the series, which was a pure anthology with each episode completely unrelated to the others, the revi...
There is a picture of the President. Nixon was a man who was carrying the fate of the world on his shoulders while battling the self-destructive demands from within, but he was also a man who had a tr...
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A woman psychologist is haunted by her dead mother.
The New Age
Southern California super-yuppies with great jobs but no center of their lives are Peter and Katherine Witner. Their solution is to start their own business when they lose their jobs. They follow vari...
Critical issues faced by the dedicated physicians and staff of the overburdened emergency room were explored in the inner workings of an urban teaching hospital.
Mark Sway sees the suicide of a prominent Louisiana lawyer, whose current client is a Mafia hit-man. Mark was told where the body of a Senator was buried. The FBI and the Mafia quickly realized that M...
An Egyptian invention leads to a planet with humans resembling ancient Egyptians who worship the god Ra.
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South of Sunset
The only episode of South of Sunset that aired on CBS was in 1993. He calls his business the Beverly Hills Detective Agency because he's in the "low-end" part of town. Maria Pitillo was the cute blond...
The Paint Job
David Lynch's visions of small-town America are similar to Taav's. Hidden desires, romantic dreams and dangerous obsessions are shown in the film. There are ideas, tone and texture in the film. Time O...
The exploits of FBI Special Agents Fox and Dana who investigate X-Files are not well known. Scully is assigned to make scientific analyses of Mulder's discoveries in order to debunk his work and retur...
On the day of his daughter's birthday, William "D-Fens" Foster is trying to get to the home of his estranged wife to see his daughter. He decided to walk after leaving his car in a traffic jam. Foster...
When 13-year-old Randy is forced to stash his remote control toys in a model home, he stumbles across the hideout of three prison escapees. With the use of his remote control toys, Randy manages to ap...
A stable home is what Mikey is looking for. He has been bouncing from home to home. Even though he lands with a loving family, the perfect little child is not what he appears to be. His previous caret...
A con artist gets a job in a credit card company. He falls in love with another employee, he stole a couple of cards, and everything is going great. He is dragged into the big leagues of criminals by ...
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The life of a sex worker is investigated in a melodrama.
A Climate for Killing
Shortly before a rodeo festival week in Yuma County a body is found in the desert. It seems that it's Ria Paris, who was assumed to be killed by her husband before he took his own life already 16 year...
A ten year old boy gets tired of his abusive parents and cashes in his bank account to steal a car. He is playing a game called "Motorama" sponsored by a gas company. He encounters a lot of different ...
Kickboxer 2: The Road Back
In this sequel to Kickboxer, Tong Po ponders about his defeat at the hands of Kurt Sloan. Po and his managers are going to goad Kurt into the ring for a second fight.
The villa of Mark and Jessie Bannister, a yuppie couple, is overrun by guests who turn the house up side down.
The Dark Side of The Moon
It is the year 2022. A mysterious systems failure causes the crew of a spaceship to be stranded on the dark side of the moon, while rapidly running out of fuel and oxygen. They are surprised to discov...
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Beauty and the Beast
The first episode of Beauty and the Beast aired on CBS in 1987. Ron Koslow's version of the fairy tale has a double focus on the relationship between a noble man-beast and a smart Assistant District A...
In order to install a new government after a coup d'etat, William Walker and his mercenary corps entered Nicaragua in the middle of the 19th century.
The Hanoi Hilton
The North Vietnamese prison held American POWs from 1964 to 1975. A group of men are at a camp. He assumed command after Lawrence Pressman was dragged off to be tortured.
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L.A. Law is an American television legal drama series that ran for eight seasons on NBC from September 15, 1986, to May 19, 1994. Created by Steven Bochco and Terry Louise Fisher, it contained many o...
Miami Vice: The Prodigal Son
Two Miami Vice Detectives are going to New York City to help the Drug Enforcement Administration find a gang of drug dealers responsible for killing several undercover agents.
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Miami Vice: Brother's Keeper
Miami Vice cop Sonny Crockett is trying to get a drug lord. When he tries to bust a man who is in business with the Columbian, he discovers that the man is also a New York cop. The New York cop is kee...
The story of the Miami Police Department's vice squad and its efforts to end prostitution was centered on the unlikely partnership of Sonny and Tubbs, who first meet when Tubbs is undercover in a drug...
Molly is the top student. The prostitutes are on Sunset Blvd. The well-organized separation of her two lives is shattered when two of her friends are murdered. She is the only eye witness.
Frederic Lansing (Bill Hudson) is a writer who hopes to find inspiration while vacationing in Hellview, Oregon; however, the lighthouse in which he's staying is haunted by the ghost of Venetia (Julie ...
A successful businessman is trying to shut down a video arcade that he believes is harmful to the mental health of children.
National Lampoon's Vacation
Clark Griswold is on a quest to take his family on a quest to Walley World theme park for a vacation, but things don't go as planned.
Harold owned a rundown cab company. Albert wants to start his own cab company, but Harold's employees don't want to make something out of themselves, so he needs to motivate them. Cab drivers must dec...
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In the US, the CBS network aired nine seasons of Falcon Crest. The feuding factions of the wealthy Gioberti/Channing family in the Californian wine industry are the focus of the series. Robert Foxwort...
In his 30s, John Winger was a sad sack. He lost his job, girlfriend and apartment.
Hill Street Blues
There is a realistic glimpse into the daily lives of the officers and detectives.
Falling in Love Again
Teenagers living in the Bronx met in the 40s. She was the most beautiful girl in school and he was an aspiring architect. They moved to Los Angeles and had two children. While struggling with his midl...