Lee Tergesen is an American actor who is best known for his roles as Tobias Beecher in the HBO series ‘Oz’ and as Evan Wright in ‘Generation Kill.’ He has also starred in the main role in the sitcom ‘Weird Science’ which ran from 1994 to 1998. Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Tergesen studied at the Valley Regional High School. With an ambition to pursue acting as a career, he moved to New York. He attended the American Musical and Dramatic Academy and worked at the Empire Diner during this time. Tergesen’s captivating personality garnered the attention of a casting director at a restaurant, which eventually earned him a film role in the 1991 drama ‘Point Break’. Since then, the talented actor has been performing consistently on the big screen as well as in television shows. He has also done a few stage plays.
Lee Tergesen made his film debut in 1991 when he appeared in the action drama movie 'Point Break'. The following year, he was cast as Terry in Penelope Spheeris' film 'Wayne's World'. The comedy flick, also featuring Mike Myers, Rob Lowe, and Dana Carvey, was the eighth-highest-grossing film of that year. With a record collection of $183.1 million, it has been the highest-grossing movie based on ‘Saturday Night Live’ skits as of now. Tergesen later reprised his role in Wayne's World's sequel titled 'Wayne's World 2,' which released in 1993.
Also in 1993, he was cast in the police procedural TV series ‘Homicide: Life on the Street’ as Chris Thormann, a recurring role he played until 1997. From 1994 to 1998, the actor played high school student Chester Donnelly in ‘Weird Science’. In 1997, Tergesen was cast as Tobias Beecher in HBO’s ‘Oz’. He joined the series as a recurring character and was later upgraded to a member of the main cast for the seasons 2 to 6.
The new millennium initially saw Tergesen in the drama series ‘The Beat’ and the film ‘Shaft’. In 2003, he starred in the biographical crime drama 'Monster'. Directed by Patty Jenkins, the film follows the life of serial killer and former prostitute Aileen Wuornos who was executed in 2002 for killing six men during the 1980s and 1990s. This was followed by the actor’s role in the sci-fi film 'The Forgotten,' which released in 2004.
In 2005, Lee Tergesen joined the cast of the police drama series ‘Wanted’. A year later, he played Holden in the slasher film ‘The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning’. He was next featured in the TV miniseries ‘Generation Kill’ as Evan Wright. From 2010 to 2015, the actor had main as well as recurring roles in many TV dramas, including ‘Army Wives’, ‘The Big C’, ‘Red Widow’, ‘Longmire’ and ‘The Americans.’
From 2017 to 2018, Tergesen played the recurring role of Mel Foster in the police procedural drama series ‘Gone’. During this time, he also starred in the horror drama series ‘The Purge’.
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Family & Personal Life
Lee Tergesen was born on July 8, 1965, in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, to George and Ruth Tergesen. He studied at Valley Regional High School and later attended American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA).
In 1994, Lee Tergesen married Tanya Lewis. After divorcing her in 1997, he married Leslie Howitt in 2001. Tergesen and Howitt parted ways in 2004. In 2011, he married Yuko Otomo. The couple has a daughter named Lily who was born on December 5, 2012. Tergesen also has a child from one of his previous relationships.