Christian Clemenson

Christian Clemenson


3/17/1958, Humboldt, Iowa

Birth Name

Christian Clemenson


out of 10
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56 votes


Christian Clemenson was born and spent his childhood in Humbolt, Iowa. He was the son of a drug store owner and worked as a delivery boy for the Des Moines Register during his teens. He attended and graduated from Phillips Academy (1976) Harvard College(1980) and the Yale School…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Christian was nominated, along with his Boston Legal castmates for a SAG Award in the category of Outstanding Ensemble in a Drama Series in 2008.

    • He has taken the stage at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, the American Repertory Theatre, and the Yale Repertory Theatre.

    • Christian has appeared on Broadway in the farce "Noises Off."

    • He attended the Phillips Academy in Massachusetts on a scholarship awarded to him by the Des Moines Register, where he had worked as a paper boy.

    • Christian pulled of the difficult task of performing and directing in a production of Wait Until Dark.

    • Among his first roles on television, was a guest spot on an episode of Golden Girls in 1985. Also appearing with him in that show was Betty White, who later share scenes with him on Boston Legal.

    • Christian Clemenson is an avid hiker.

    • In 2005 Christian Clemenson completed the Los Angeles Marathon in under four hours. This is a fact that he is personally proud of.

    • Meals on Wheels is a charitable organization that Christian Clemenson is active in.

    • Christian has two Rhodesian Ridgebacks, which are dogs. He has been seen walking them around the hills of Los Angeles.

    • His first play was a production of Hansel and Gretel.

    • He was nominated for the Emmy award as Outstanding Guest Actor in a Dramatic series in 2006 and 2007. He won the award in 2006. Both the nomination and award were for his role as Jerry "Hands" Espenson on Boston Legal. He was made a regular on that series in its fourth season.

    • Christian has starred in commercials for Pennzoil, Playstation 2, and Jiffy Lube.

    • Christian Clemenson and James Spader, his co-star in Bad Influence and Boston Legal, have been friends since Christian was 14 years old (or approximately 1974.)

  • Quotes

    • Christian Clemenson: (Speaking on whether Boston Legal is a comedy or a drama.) Those who watch the show know what it's about. I think you can just lift it as something silly, because there are hijinks that go on. Each show deals with an important issue, and yet as David himself has said, there is a lot of humor, a lot of comedy that sort of helps the medicine slide down a little easier.

    • Christian Clemenson: (Talking about winning an Emmy award.) Everybody always says that line about like, it's nice to have the appreciation of your peers, but there's this real truth to it. These are people who make television and know what television is about, and they are looking at your work and saying "Yes, good." It's really a wonderful feeling.

    • Christian Clemenson: (Shortly after hearing of his Emmy nomination for Best Guest Actor in a Dramatic Series in 2007.)I didn't actually sleep too well last night. I won last year and was sort of anticipating it, but you're never sure. I have to leave in about 20 minutes to do a 'Boston Legal' scene with James Spader, who is also nominated. It is the best possible way to go to work.

    • Christian Clemenson: (Speaking about the film United 93 where he played Thomas E. Burnett Jr., one of the real passengers on the airplane that crashed in Pennsylvania on September 11th.) The first time I saw it was at the Tribeca Film Festival with an audience full of family members. And at the end of it there was a reaction to a film I've never experienced before. There was this electric pause and then the sound of wailing and crying and sobbing. It just filled the whole audience. And it was not like anything I'd ever experienced.

  • Clapping hands for "Hands"

    I am a recent viewer, devotee of Boston Legal. I have to admit the show is absolutely the best. I love when my tv finds a re-run of that fantastic program.

    The thing that makes it even better is the performance of Christian Clemenson, he is fantastic. His sweetness, tenacity, alter egos and the whole ball of wax makes his character enjoyable and unforgettable.
  • Foolishly Foolish

    This review is specific to his character in BOston Lehal, not his acting skills. One of the most foolish characters I have ever seen and I dont know what made the writer and producer give this character so much important. Boston Legal, without him, could have been more realistic and more funny. With such a good script, the producer really did not need the support of an insane character to make us laugh. I think it would have been best to oust him in season 3. This particular character, coupled with that of Catherine, adversely affected the credibility of an amazing serial. It was way over too much.moreless