Christian Clemenson

Christian Clemenson

Known For: Acting · Birthday: 1958-03-17 (63 years old) · Gender: Male · Place of Birth: Humboldt, Iowa, USA

29 Movies · 43 TV shows

Biography

Christian Dayton Clemenson (born March 17, 1958) is an American film and television actor. He is well known for his portrayal of Jerry "Hands" Espenson in the television series Boston Legal, for which he was nominated for three Emmy Awards and winning the 2006 Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series. He has appeared in a number of highly acclaimed films, including Hannah and Her Sisters, Broadcast News, Apollo 13 and The Big Lebowski, and portrayed Tom Burnett in Paul Greengrass' United 93. He starred in The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story as prosecutor William Hodgman.

Early Life

Clemenson was born and raised in Humboldt, Iowa, the son of drug store owners Ruth Alzora (Dayton) and Ernest Arnold Clemenson. In his early teens, he delivered the Des Moines Register, which had a long tradition of awarding scholarships to top east-coast preparatory schools to a select few "paper boys." Clemenson, a straight-A junior high school student, won a Register scholarship to Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts. In 1973, while Clemenson was enrolled at Phillips Academy, his father died at age 58. He participated in many theatrical productions at Phillips Academy.Upon graduation from Phillips in 1976, he entered Harvard College. From his freshman year onward he received important roles in campus stage productions. When Clemenson starred in a Harvard Lampoon sketch comedy show, a Harvard Crimson theatre critic described Clemenson as "hugely talented actor who can trigger hysteria with any of a dozen subtle expressions or inflections." Other Crimson critics described his performances in Shakespeare plays as "a tour de force of sheer talent and intelligence" (in The Winter's Tale) and "a very fine and subtle performance" (in Measure for Measure). He displayed early on his remarkable range when he undertook with inimitable flair and hilarious effect the hugely solemn role of Erde "the green-faced torso", goddess of the Earth, in Peter Sellers's Loeb Drama Center production of "Wagner's Ring" (1979).During many summers he would return to Humboldt to star in, and later direct, local community theatre plays at Humboldt's Castle Theatre.After graduating from Harvard College in 1980 and the Yale School of Drama in 1984, he moved to Los Angeles.Clemenson and fellow Boston Legal star James Spader are old friends from Phillips Academy days.

Movies & TV shows

2021.

2 Movies
Malignant

Malignant

10
2021
Madison is paralyzed by visions of gruesome murders, and her torment gets worse as she learns that these dreams are actually terrifying realities.
No Man of God

No Man of God

2021
The film is based on real life transcripts from conversations between FBI analyst Bill Hagmaier and serial killer Ted Nugent that took place between 1984 and 1989. The film shows the complicated relat...

2018.

1 TV show
TV
9-1-1

9-1-1

5.99
2018
Police officers, paramedics and firefighters are thrust into the most frightening, shocking and heart-rending situations. Emergency responders have to balance saving those who are most vulnerable with...

2017.

1 TV show
TV
The Good Doctor

The Good Doctor

6.1
2017
A young surgeon with Savant syndrome is recruited into the surgical unit of a prestigious hospital. Can a person who doesn't relate to people save their life?

2016.

1 Movie · 2 TV shows
TV
American Crime Story

American Crime Story

5.92
2016
The anthology series focused on some of the history's most famous criminals.
Live by Night

Live by Night

6.25
2016
A group of individuals and their dealings in the world of organized crime were the focus of the story.
TV
Colony

Colony

5.84
2016
A family will have to make difficult decisions in the near future as they try to survive. They live in Los Angeles, which has been occupied by invaders. Some people have chosen to work with the author...

2014.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TV
Legends

Legends

6.47
2014
Whether it's an assignment as a Serbian extremists, a corrupt Chicago police officer, a British special forces colonel, or a legendary computer hacker, Martin Odum can transform himself into a differe...
Not Safe for Work

Not Safe for Work

2014
A killer is on the loose and an office worker is trapped inside.

2011.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
J. Edgar

J. Edgar

1.5
2011
For almost 50 years, J has been the face of law enforcement in the United States. He was reviled and revered. He held secrets that would have destroyed his life and career.
TV
Shameless

Shameless

6.21
2011
Without Frank, six smart, independent kids would not be fathered by him. Maybe better off. Frank passed out on the floor when he wasn't at the bar. The kids have grown up in spite of him. They don't m...

2010.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TV
The Glades

The Glades

1
2010
Matt Passmore plays Jim, a Chicago cop who gets kicked off the force after being shot and wrongly accused of having an affair with his wife. Jim decides to join the state police in a small Florida tow...
Ashley's Ashes

Ashley's Ashes

2010
There is no overview yet.

2008.

2 TV shows
TV
Raising the Bar

Raising the Bar

2008
The lives and cases of young lawyers who work on opposite sides - the public defender's office and the district attorney's office - as well as those who sit in judgment on their cases.
TV
The Mentalist

The Mentalist

6.32
2008
Patrick Jane, a former celebrity psychic medium, uses his razor sharp skills of observation and expertise at "reading" people to solve serious crimes with the California Bureau of Investigation.

2007.

1 TV show
TV
Californication

Californication

5.87
2007
A self-loathing alcoholic writer attempts to repair his damaged relationships with his daughter and her mother while fighting sex addiction, a budding drug problem, and seeming inability to avoid maki...

2006.

2 Movies
United 93: The Families and the Film

United 93: The Families and the Film

2006
The families of the heroes of United Flight 93 were interviewed before the film was released.
United 93

United 93

2006
There is a real time account of the events on United Flight 93, one of the planes hijacked on 9/11 that crashed in Pennsylvania.

2005.

1 TV show
TV
Numb3rs

Numb3rs

5.8
2005
Based on actual cases and experiences, Numb3rs depicts the confluence of police work and mathematics in solving crime as an FBI agent recruits his mathematical genius brother to help solve a wide rang...

2004.

3 TV shows
TV
Veronica Mars

Veronica Mars

5.81
2004
In the fictional town of Neptune, California, a student named Veronica Mars progresses from high school to college while working as a private investigator under the guidance of her detective father.
TV
Method & Red

Method & Red

2004
Real life hip hop recording artists Method Man and Redman play themselves as they move into a comfortable luxury estate from the success of their recording albums and acting gigs and then try to fit i...
TV
Boston Legal

Boston Legal

5.81
2004
In an upscale Boston law firm, Alan Shore and Denny Crane lead a brigade of high-priced civil litigators in a series focusing on the professional and personal lives of brilliant but often emotionally ...

2003.

1 TV show
TV
NCIS

NCIS

6.16
2003
Any crime that has a shred of evidence connected to Navy and Marine Corps personnel is investigated by a team of special agents.

2002.

1 TV show
TV
CSI: Miami

CSI: Miami

5.96
2002
CSI: Miami follows Crime Scene Investigators working for the Miami-Dade Police Department as they use physical evidence, similar to their Las Vegas counterparts, to solve gruesome murders. The Miami C...

2001.

2 TV shows
TV
The Division

The Division

2001
The Division has Bonnie Bedelia in it. The San Francisco Police Department's women police officers were the focus of the series. The series ended on June 28, 2004.
TV
Crossing Jordan

Crossing Jordan

5.95
2001
Crossing Jordan is an American television crime/drama series that starsJill Hennessy as Jordan Cavanaugh, M.D., a crime-solving forensic pathologist employed in the Massachusetts Office of the Chief M...

2000.

3 TV shows
TV
The District

The District

2000
The District aired on CBS from 2000 to 2004. The police chief in Washington, D.C. was the focus of the show.
TV
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

6.83
2000
A Las Vegas team of forensic investigators are trained to solve criminal cases by combing the crime scene, collecting irrefutable evidence and finding the missing pieces that solve the mystery.
TV
Bette

Bette

2000
The CBS television show "Bette" had the debut of the entertainer Bette Midler in a lead role. The final episode of the one-season wonder was aired on CBS. There were two broadcasts in foreign markets....

1999.

1 Movie · 2 TV shows
Lost & Found

Lost & Found

6
1999
In order to impress his beautiful French neighbor, Dylan Ramsey dognaps her pet pooch so he can return him and become a hero.
TV
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

6.09
1999
Sexually-based offenses are considered heinous in the criminal justice system. In New York City, the detectives who investigate these vicious felonies are members of an elite squad known as the Specia...
TV
The West Wing

The West Wing

5.66
1999
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...

1998.

4 Movies
Armageddon

Armageddon

6.77
1998
When an asteroid threatens to collide with Earth, NASA's Dan Truman decides the only way to stop it is to drill into it and blow it up. This leads him to renowned driller Harry Stamper, who agrees to ...
The Big Lebowski

The Big Lebowski

5.8
1998
Jeffrey 'The Dude' Lebowski, a Los Angeles slacker who only wants to bowl and drink White Russians, is mistaken for another Jeffrey Lebowski, a wheelchair-bound millionaire, and finds himself dragged ...
Almost Heroes

Almost Heroes

5.51
1998
The doomed attempt to reach the Pacific Ocean before Lewis and Clark was led by two hapless explorers.
Mighty Joe Young

Mighty Joe Young

6
1998
She saw her mother killed while protecting wild gorillas. A gorilla named Joe is 15 feet tall and has a genetic abnormality. A man from California convinces a woman that he is the safest person in the...

1997.

3 TV shows
TV
Ally McBeal

Ally McBeal

6
1997
Ally McBeal is a lawyer at the Boston law firm Cage and Fish. Ally's life and loves are eccentric, funny, dramatic and full of imagination.
TV
The Practice

The Practice

1997
Young associates at a bare-bones Boston firm are the focus of a provocative legal drama. People who walk a moral tightrope are the focus of the show.
TV
Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

6.48
1997
Every generation a slayer is born: one girl in all the world. To stop the spread of their evil and the swell of their number, she alone will wield the strength and skill. She is a Slayer.

1995.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
Apollo 13

Apollo 13

6.33
1995
The Apollo 13 lunar mission was aborted in 1970 because of technical troubles that risked the lives of the astronauts and turned into a thrilling saga of heroism. The astronauts are drifting more than...
TV
Cybill

Cybill

6
1995
The sitcom Cybill was created by Chuck Lorre and aired on CBS from January 2, 1995 to July 13, 1998. The show revolves around the life of Cybill Shepherd, a twice-divorced single mother of two and str...

1994.

1 TV show
TV
ER

ER

5.68
1994
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.

1993.

2 Movies · 2 TV shows
Josh and S.A.M.

Josh and S.A.M.

1993
Josh and Sam are facing change, their mother is about to marry a French accountant, and the kids are sent to live with their father in Florida. Josh tells Sam that he is going to be sent to Africa to ...
TV
The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr.

The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr.

6
1993
A tough-as-rawhide cowpoke, debonair ladies' man and Harvard-educated smarty-britches roams from Frisco to Jalisco in pursuit of outlaws who killed his father. The hot lead and cool anachronisms await...
TV
Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman

Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman

6.7
1993
The Man of Steel's early adult years were more focused on in the lavish version of the popular television series which had first aired forty years earlier. Clark Kent's creation of Superman was aided ...
And the Band Played On

And the Band Played On

1993
The early fight with the AIDS epidemic was hampered by political infighting in the scientific community.

1992.

1 Movie
Hero

Hero

4
1992
The man is having a hard time. He's divorced, his ex-wife hates him, the cops are setting a trap for him, and he lost a shoe while saving passengers of a crashed jet. Being a thief who is down on his ...

1991.

1 Movie
The Fisher King

The Fisher King

6
1991
Two troubled men face their terrible past as they join together on a mission to find the Holy Grail in order to save themselves.

1990.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TV
Capital News

Capital News

1990
Capital News aired on ABC in 1990. Capital News was created by David and Christian Williams.
Bad Influence

Bad Influence

1990
Michael is about to get pulverised by a jealous boyfriend in a bar when a handsome, mysterious stranger steps in and disappears. Later that night, Michael runs into a stranger on a pier, who tricked h...

1989.

1 TV show
TV
Hard Time on Planet Earth

Hard Time on Planet Earth

1989
Hard Time on Planet Earth aired on CBS in 1989. The series starred Martin Kove. Hard Time on Planet Earth was ranked 65th out of 81 programs. CBS canceled the series in May 1989. The last episode aire...

1988.

2 Movies
Disaster at Silo 7

Disaster at Silo 7

1988
The fuel tank is penetrated during routine maintenance. The film shows the efforts of the maintenance crew and associated military and civilian personnel to recover the potentially disastrous situatio...
Daddy's Boys

Daddy's Boys

1988
A comedy about America in the 1930s. Daddy's Boys catch up with Jimmy and Christie after they become celebrity bank robbers.

1987.

5 Movies · 2 TV shows
Surrender

Surrender

1987
A wealthy writer who has had terrible experiences with money-hungry girlfriends pretends to be a broke, washed-up novelist to see if the woman he loves wants him for himself or just for his money.
Making Mr. Right

Making Mr. Right

1987
A scientist builds a robot that looks like him and goes on a long term space mission. An eccentric woman is hired to "educate" the robot on human behavior since the scientist doesn't have any human em...
Black Widow

Black Widow

2
1987
According to Barnes, Catherine is a serial killer who murders rich men for their money. Catherine is a master of disguise and can't be proved with conventional detective work. With no other choice, sh...
TV
21 Jump Street

21 Jump Street

8
1987
21 Jump Street is about a group of young cops who use their youthful appearance to go undercover and solve crimes involving teenagers and young adults.
TV
Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and the Beast

5.81
1987
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...
Independence

Independence

1987
After his first family is ravaged by a gang of outlaws, a dedicated sheriff gets a chance for revenge years later when the same outlaws threaten his new family and the town he single handedly tamed.
Broadcast News

Broadcast News

5
1987
Jane Craig falls in love with a reporter who represents the trend towards entertainment news she hates. An unrequited torch for Jane is carried by a talented but plain correspondent. The news and Jane...

1986.

3 Movies · 4 TV shows
TV
Matlock

Matlock

6
1986
Matlock is an American television legal drama, starring Andy Griffith in the title role of criminal defense attorney Ben Matlock. The show, produced by The Fred Silverman Company, Dean Hargrove Produc...
TV
Throb

Throb

1986
Throb is an American television sitcom broadcast in syndication from 1986 to 1988, created by Fredi Towbin. It revolved around thirty-something divorcee Sandy Beatty who gets a job at a small New Wave...
TV
L.A. Law

L.A. Law

6
1986
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...
TV
Designing Women

Designing Women

6
1986
Julia Sugarbaker is one of the associates. Julia is a very outspoken owner. Mary Jo isn't as confident as Julia. The naive and trusting farm girl is named Charlene. Suzanne has many wealthy ex-husband...
Legal Eagles

Legal Eagles

6
1986
At least until he becomes involved with defence lawyer Laura Kelly and her unpredictable client, District Attorney Tom Logan will be set for higher office. A much more sinister scenario starts to emer...
Heartburn

Heartburn

4
1986
Rachel is a food writer at a New York magazine who meets Washington columnist Mark at a wedding and ends up falling in love with him despite her reservations about marriage. They buy a house, have a d...
Hannah and Her Sisters

Hannah and Her Sisters

3
1986
Hannah's husband falls in love with her sister Lee, while her hypochondriac ex- husband reconciles with her sister Holly.

1985.

1 TV show
TV
The Golden Girls

The Golden Girls

6
1985
Four seniors in Southern Florida share a house and a lot of cheesecake. These lovely ladies form the perfect circle of friends, they are bright, promiscuous, clueless and hilarious.

1983.

1 TV show
TV
Scarecrow and Mrs. King

Scarecrow and Mrs. King

1983
They were Scarecrow and Mrs. King aired on CBS from October 3, 1983, to May 28, 1987. The show stars Kate Jackson and Bruce Boxleitner as a divorced housewife and a top-level "Agency" agent who meet a...

1982.

3 TV shows
TV
Cagney & Lacey

Cagney & Lacey

1982
Both Mary Beth Lacey and Chris Cagney are NYPD police detectives. One of the great crime-fighting duos of all time is made up of a person who is tough and a person who is sensitive.
TV
Fame

Fame

1982
Between 1982 and 1987 Fame was an American television series. The show is based on a movie. It followed the lives of the students and faculty at the New York City High School for the Performing Arts. ...
TV
Family Ties

Family Ties

6.11
1982
Alex and Andrew were raised by Steven and Elyse.
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