Clark Gregg

Clark Gregg

Gregg at the 2016 WonderCon
Born Robert Clark Gregg
(1962-04-02) April 2, 1962
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
Occupation Actor, director, screenwriter, voice actor
Years active 1988–present
Spouse(s) Jennifer Grey (m. 2001)
Children 1

Robert Clark Gregg (born April 2, 1962), known professionally as Clark Gregg, is known for the role of Agent Phil Coulson in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He has appeared in Iron Man (2008), Iron Man 2 (2010), Thor (2011), The Avengers (2012), and the television series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. being the actor with the longest screen time in the MCU. He also voices the character on the animated television series Ultimate Spider-Man and in the video games Lego Marvel Super Heroes, Lego Marvel Avengers and Marvel Heroes.He is a actor, director, screenwriter and voice actor.

Gregg has also co-starred as Christine Campbell's ex-husband Richard in the CBS sitcom The New Adventures of Old Christine, which debuted in March 2006 and concluded in May 2010. He also played FBI Special Agent Mike Casper on the NBC series The West Wing and Cam, the on-and-off boyfriend of Jack (and client of Grace) on the NBC series Will & Grace.

Early life

Gregg was born April 2, 1962 in Boston, Massachusetts,[1] to Mary Layne (née Shine) and Robert Clark Gregg, an Episcopal priest and Stanford University professor.[2][3][4] His family moved around; he had lived in seven cities by the time he was 17. He attended high school in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, where his father was a professor at nearby Duke University.[5][6] He attended Ohio Wesleyan University for two years before dropping out and moving to Manhattan. He worked various jobs, such as being a bar back, a security guard at the Guggenheim Museum, and a parking valet at a restaurant.[7] He later enrolled at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, where he studied drama and English, and graduated in 1986.[8]


Gregg at the 2013 WonderCon

Gregg was a founding member, and later artistic director, of the off-Broadway Atlantic Theater Company, which formed in 1983. Gregg has been featured in a number of supporting roles in films, such as Lovely & Amazing, The Human Stain, and In Good Company, and a number of guest spots on TV series, such as Will & Grace, Sports Night, Sex and the City and The West Wing. He also wrote the screenplay for the 2000 thriller What Lies Beneath.[8]

He is the director and screenwriter of the 2008 film Choke, based on the Chuck Palahniuk novel of the same name, starring Sam Rockwell.[9] Gregg consulted his father, a retired religion professor at Stanford, for the quotation from Saint Paul's letter to the Galatians which Gregg used in Choke.[10] Gregg's father is also the former chaplain at Stanford Memorial Church.

In 2008, Gregg appeared in the film Iron Man as S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Phil Coulson.[11] In 2010, Gregg reprised his role as Agent Coulson for Iron Man 2. Gregg had since signed up for a multiple film deal as the character with Marvel Studios. In 2011, he returned again as Coulson for Thor.[12] Gregg noted his being a part of the expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe as being very exciting, "Agent Coulson was one of the guys who wasn't really in the comic books, and he was a very kind of small role in Iron Man," he said, "and I was just very lucky that they chose to expand that character and chose to put him more into the universe of it. It's really a blast!"[13] Following on from his appearance in Thor, he again reprised his role in The Avengers. Gregg also stars in a series of Marvel short films that center around his character and can be seen on the Blu-ray releases of the films.

In October 2010, Gregg was part of the cast of a staged reading of Larry Kramer's The Normal Heart alongside Dylan Walsh, Lisa Kudrow, and Tate Donovan, presented in Los Angeles on the occasion of the play's 25th anniversary (and preceding the play's 2011 Broadway premiere, which retained elements of this staged reading); the reading was directed by his father-in-law, Joel Grey.[14]

In late October 2012, Joss Whedon, Kevin Feige, and Gregg announced that he would be reprising his role as agent Phil Coulson in the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. series' pilot.[15] On April 20, 2013, Trust Me, a film written and directed by Gregg, premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival.[16] The film found limited release in the United States in June 2014.

Personal life

Gregg (left) with his wife, Jennifer Grey (right) at the November 30, 2010 Epic Mickey launch party in Manhattan

Gregg has been married since July 21, 2001 to actress Jennifer Grey; the couple co-starred in the Lifetime TV movie Road to Christmas. They have a daughter Stella, born December 3, 2001.[17] He is a sober alcoholic, and describes himself as a member of a Jewish family (his wife is Jewish).[18][19] He has a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu.[20][21]



Year Title Role Notes
1988 Things Change Stage Manager
1989 Fat Man and Little Boy Douglas Panton
1992 Lana in Love Marty
1994 Ride Me Jake Shank
1994 I Love Trouble Darryl Beekman, Jr.
1994 Clear and Present Danger Staff Sergeant
1995 The Usual Suspects Dr. Walters
1995 Above Suspicion Randy
1997 The Spanish Prisoner FBI Sniper
1997 The Last Time I Committed Suicide Cop No. 1
1997 Six Ways to Sunday Benjamin Taft
1998 The Adventures of Sebastian Cole Hank/Henrietta Rossi
1999 Magnolia WDKK Floor Director
2000 State and Main Doug Mackenzie
2001 Artificial Intelligence: AI Supernerd
2001 Lovely & Amazing Bill
2002 One Hour Photo Det. Paul Outerbridge
2002 We Were Soldiers Capt. Tom Metsker
2003 Northfork Mr. Hadfield Uncredited
2003 11:14 Officer Hanna
2003 The Human Stain Nelson Primus
2004 Spartan Miller
2004 In Enemy Hands U.S.S. Swordfish: Executive Officer Teddy Goodman
2004 In Good Company Mark Steckle
2006 When a Stranger Calls Ben Johnson
2006 Bickford Shmeckler's Cool Ideas Publisher
2006 Hoot Chuck Muckle
2007 In the Land of Women Nelson Hardwicke
2007 The Air I Breathe Henry
2008 Choke Lord High Charlie Also writer and director
2008 Iron Man Agent Phil Coulson
2009 (500) Days of Summer Vance
2010 Iron Man 2 Agent Phil Coulson
2011 Thor Agent Phil Coulson
2011 Mr. Popper's Penguins Nat Jones
2011 Marvel One-Shot: The Consultant Agent Phil Coulson Short
2011 Marvel One-Shot: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Thor's Hammer Agent Phil Coulson Short
2012 The Avengers Agent Phil Coulson Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor
2012 Much Ado About Nothing Leonato
2012 Light Years Mr. Markovic
2013 The To Do List Judge George Klark
2013 Labor Day Gerald
2013 Trust Me Howard Holloway Also writer and director
2014 Very Good Girls Edward Berger


Year Title Role Notes
1988 Lip Service Stage Manager TV Movie
1991 Law & Order Patrick Dunne Episode: "Life Choice"
1991 Shannon's Deal Mercer 2 episodes
1991 A Woman Named Jackie Ken O'Donnell TV Mini-series
1993 The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles Dickinson Episode: "Princeton, February 1916"
1994 The George Carlin Show Dad Episode: "George Does A Bad Thing"
1995 Tyson Kevin Rooney TV Movie
1995 The Commish Tom Cannon 2 episodes
1995 Central Park West Manager Episode: "Behind Your Back"
1996 Touched by an Angel Don Dudey Episode: "Lost and Found"
2000 Sports Night The Stranger 2 episodes
2000 Sex and the City Harris Bragen Episode: "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"
2000 The Practice Julie McGrath's Brother Episode: "Brother's Keepers"
2001 The West Wing FBI Special Agent Michael Casper 8 episodes
2002 My Sister's Keeper Harvey TV Movie
2002 Live from Baghdad Eason Jordan TV Movie
2003 Will & Grace Cam Episode: "May Divorce Be with You"
2004 The Shield William Faulks 2 episodes
2005 CSI: NY D.A. Allen McShane Episode: "The Fall"
2006 The Road to Christmas Tom Pullman TV Movie
2006–2010 The New Adventures of Old Christine Richard Campbell Main cast
88 episodes
2012–present Ultimate Spider-Man Agent Phil Coulson / Principal Coulson (voice) Main cast
29 episodes
2013–present Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent/Director Phil Coulson Main cast
66 episodes
2013 Comedy Bang! Bang! Himself Episode: "Clark Gregg Wears a Navy Blazer & White Collared Shirt"
2016 BattleBots Himself Season 7

Video games

Year Title Role Notes
2013 LEGO Marvel Super Heroes Agent Phil Coulson Voice only
2013 Marvel Heroes Agent Phil Coulson Voice only
2016 Lego Marvel's Avengers Agent Phil Coulson Voice only

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Work Result
2000 Film Independent Spirit Award Best Supporting Male The Adventures of Sebastian Cole Nominated
National Board of Review Award Best Acting by an Ensemble Shared with Alec Baldwin, Charles Durning, Jim Frangione, Vincent Guastaferro, Michael Higgins, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Ricky Jay, Jonathan Katz, Linda Kimbrough, Jordan Lage, Morris Lamore, Patti LuPone, William H. Macy, Michael James O'Boyle, Sarah Jessica Parker, David Paymer, Rebecca Pidgeon, Charlotte Potok, Lionel Mark Smith, Allen Soule, and Julia Stiles State and Main Won
2001 Online Film Critics Society Award Best Ensemble Cast Performance Shared with Alec Baldwin, Charles Durning, Jim Frangione, Vincent Guastaferro, Michael Higgins, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Ricky Jay, Jonathan Katz, Linda Kimbrough, Jordan Lage, Morris Lamore, Patti LuPone, William H. Macy, Michael James O'Boyle, Sarah Jessica Parker, David Paymer, Rebecca Pidgeon, Charlotte Potok, Lionel Mark Smith, Allen Soule, and Julia Stiles Won
Florida Film Critics Circle Award Best Ensemble Cast Shared with Alec Baldwin, Charles Durning, Jim Frangione, Vincent Guastaferro, Michael Higgins, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Ricky Jay, Jonathan Katz, Linda Kimbrough, Jordan Lage, Morris Lamore, Patti LuPone, William H. Macy, Michael James O'Boyle, Sarah Jessica Parker, David Paymer, Rebecca Pidgeon, Charlotte Potok, Lionel Mark Smith, Allen Soule, and Julia Stiles Won
2008 Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize - Dramatic Choke Nominated
Special Jury Prize: Dramatic, Work by an Ensemble Cast Shared with Sam Rockwell, Jonah Bobo, Anjelica Huston, Kelly Macdonald, Brad William Henke, Paz de la Huerta, Gillian Jacobs, Bijou Phillips, and Joel Grey Won
2013 Saturn Award Best Supporting Actor The Avengers Won


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