Gregg Henry

Gregg Henry


5/6/1952, Lakewood, CO

Birth Name

Gregg Lee Henry



Also Known As

Henry Lee Gregg
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Gregg Henry is an American film and theater character actor and part-time blues and country musician. He is best known for his chilly performance as serial killer Dennis Rader in the made-for-television movie The Hunt for The BTK Killer, and for playing various bad guys in films such…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Gregg played the role of the BTK (Blind, Torture, Kill) Killer, Dennis Rader, in the 2005 made-for-television movie, "The Hunt For The BTK Killer."

    • Gregg has performed annually with the Rockworks Riff to benefit Hurricane Katrina victims since 2005.

    • Gregg appeared in the 1987 tv-movie "Bates Motel," a failed spin-off of the Psycho (1960) film series.

    • Gregg has appeared in 5 of director Brian DePalma's films, including:

      Scarface (1983)
      Body Double (1984)
      Raising Cain (1992)
      Femme Fatale (2002)
      The Black Dahlia (2006)

    • Gregg's songs have appeared on the soundtracks to the films Banter (1986) and Purgatory Flats (2002).

    • Gregg is married to the American Theater Director Lisa James.

    • Gregg specializes in playing villains and shady characters.

    • Gregg is 5 feet 11 inches tall.

    • Gregg has his own band and has played with fellow actor Bruce Greenwood, producing 3 albums together.

    • Gregg starred in the TV movie The Great Pretender (originally titled Dead End Brattington) in 2000 that was intended as a pilot for a series that was never picked up.

    • Gregg has appeared twice in the Star Trek franchise playing alien characters, as Gallatin in Star Trek: Insurrection (1998) and on the Enterprise episode "Dawn" as Zho'Kaan. He also lent his voice to the Star Trek: Hidden Evil computer game in 1999.

    • Gregg starred with Melanie Griffith and Craig Wasson in Body Double (1984) as the film's villain.

  • Quotes

    • Gregg: I consider myself an actor that tries to have as many tools as possible in the bag. And I think that includes the method, then of course it includes some improv techniques, and includes all kinds of different things, because you never know when you're going to have to work on something and in what way. Sometimes you have to work on things very, very quickly, you don't have the time to, for instance, go from the inside-out. You know so much about a person that you can work that way, so you have to work from the outside in.

    • Gregg: Well, like many actors, I'm very grateful, I feel very fortunate, very lucky to be able to make a living with what I do and what I love. I'm surprised and grateful all the time. When I get my next job, because after you finish each job, you go, "Well, that's it. I'm never gonna work again." It's just a constant process for an actor, you always have to get up and start over after the one job is done.

    • Gregg Henry: Actors really are superstitious. You can always spot a group of actors at a restaurant. They're the ones spitting on their knuckles and hurling salt everywhere.

  • Take it from an old friend of Gregg . . . .

    It's been a joy to watch Gregg's portrayal of Brigham Young on AMC's "Hell on Not only is he a super actor, he's a DEAD RINGER (with only a little help from makeup) for Young himself!!!

    But what I want to add is this: I knew Gregg well from 1970-72 when we were students and dorm colleagues at Drury College (now in Springfield, MO where Gregg was then majoring in theater. He was far & above the best actor we had (I was chief of the sound crew most of that time) and starred or co-starred in The Devil's Disciple, Midsummer Night's Dream, Dylan Thomas's Under Milkwood, The Fantastiks, Cassio in Othello, Little Murders, and best of all, a portrayal of Cyrano de Bergerac that left me teary-eyed at the end of every single rehearsal and performance we did.

    But there's more: He was also one of the coolest and downright kindest people I had the pleasure of knowing in those years. One day as I was entering our dorm Turner Hall, Gregg was sitting on the front porch there, a little boy beside him with a supply of boxes of chocolate as a fundraiser for something or other. Gregg was counting some change he'd just pulled from his pocket. He saw me and said, "Hey Ted, do you have twelve cents?" I fished into my own pocket. Gregg explained, "This young man needs a dollar for a box of chocolates and I only have 88 I managed to cough up the 12, and the boy handed us a box and went happily on his way. Gregg and I ate a few and he offered one to everyone who passed by. As I myself was flat broke at the time too, I reflected for a moment--"What a dam cool guy. He could have easily said to that kid, 'Sorry, I'm broke' and sent him off. But that was just Gregg being Gregg: generous, thoughtful and kind to a little boy whatever his color or cause.

    Hey, if anyone out there knows Gregg personally, would you ask him to look up his old Drury theater bud Ted Mooney if he's ever in Tucson? Love ya, brother Gregg!moreless
  • This guy is funny; I love to see him on the Riches. Give it the old Panco Punch!!!! And he does.

    I think this is one of the best characters on this show. The dialogue between Eddie (Wayne/ Doug) and Gregg (Hugh Panetta) are great. Hugh is such a butt hole or **** as Wayne/ Doug says. Hugh is a strait shooter and his willingness to take chances with the projects he builds is great. For example, when he built homes where there are alligators and a homeowner lost a hand working in her garden. Hugh’s response was classic, “I didn't create alligators, I'm not God”. He feels that is what the entire case is about, funny. The best was when he made Wayne/ Doug fire the person he was hired to replace. That is being a true leader. Probably makes for an interesting and stressful work environment. . We will see if he makes Wayne/ Doug a partner in Panco. That relationship should get real interesting. Give it the old Panco Punch!moreless