Actor Nick Chinlund

Zareh Nicholas Chinlund (born November 18, 1961) is an American actor.

Early life and education

Chinlund was born in New York City. He attended the Friends Seminary in Lower Manhattan, later moving to Albany, New York in order to participate in Albany High School’s varsity basketball program. Chinlund had designs on further pursuing basketball at Brown University and majoring in history, but was sidelined with a shoulder injury. The resulting injury left a two-inch scar on his left shoulder.


Chinlund guest starred on The X-Files second-season episode “Irresistible” playing serial killer Donnie Pfaster, for which he garnered major critical acclaim.[citation needed] In 2000 he had a small role in episode two of Gilmore Girls. In 2002 he had a recurring role in two episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer: “Listening to Fear” and “Into the Woods”.

In recent years, Chinlund has been seen in several independent projects, notably A Brother’s Kiss (1997). He also served as the executive producer of the film, which was directed by childhood friend Seth Zvi Rosenfeld. A Brother’s Kiss was filmed in and around the neighborhood where Chinlund and Rosenfeld grew up. The film tells the story of two brothers, Lex (Chinlund) and Mick (Michael Raynor), who grow up in the hard streets of New York. Chinlund continued in his long vein of independent features with roles in Chutney Popcorn (1999), Amy’s Orgasm (2001), Goodnight Joseph Parker (2004) and Sinner (2007).

Chinlund has starred in big-screen movies including Tears of the Sun (2003), Con Air (1997), The Chronicles of Riddick (2004), directed by David Twohy, who also directed Chinlund in the underwater thriller Below (2002), and Ultraviolet (2006). He also reprised his X-Files role as Donnie Pfaster for a seventh-season episode entitled “Orison”. Chinlund was also in Training Day, Eraser and The Legend of Zorro.

Chinlund has also made guest appearances in the long-running TV drama series Law & Order, as well as in its spinoff, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. Chinlund had originally screen-tested for the co-starring role of Elliot Stabler in the latter show, according to Christopher Meloni, who won the role.

As with his film roles, he played villainous roles in those two shows, most notably as a defense attorney and an unethical journalist in the original Law & Order, and a serial killer in Special Victims Unit. Chinlund also played an American-Indian Casino President and CEO, “Chief Doug Smith” in the fourth-season episode “Christopher” of the hit HBO original series, The Sopranos. In 2009, he made an appearance on Castle in the first-season episode “Home Is Where The Heart Stops”. In 2010, he made an appearance on House in the sixth-season episode titled “The Down Low”, playing a drug dealer named Eddie.


  • Best Actor in a Leading Role, Sinner, 41st Annual Brooklyn Arts Council International Film & Video Festival
  • Filmography

    Year Title Role Notes
    1990 The Ambulance Hugo
    1992 Lethal Weapon 3 Hatchett
    1993 Daybreak Commander
    Joshua Tree Deputy Tomay
    1994 Unveiled Jeremy Avery
    The X-Files Donnie Pfaster Episode: “Irresistible”
    Bad Girls Pinkerton Detective O’Brady
    Red Shoe Diaries 4: Auto Erotica
    Reform School Girl Dr. Ted Meeks
    1995 Letter to My Killer Nick Parma
    1996 Eraser CIA Agent Calderon
    Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the Realm Quan Chi Episode: The Secret of Quan Chi
    The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest Greg Temple Episode: Race Against Danger
    1997 Mr. Magoo Bob Morgan
    Rough Riders Frederic Remington
    Con Air William Bedford
    A Brother’s Kiss Lex
    1998 Frogs for Snakes Iggy
    1999 Chutney Popcorn Mitch
    Resurrection Dr. Jake Sandler TV
    2000 Once in the Life Mike Murphy
    The X-Files Donnie Pfaster Episode: “Orison”
    Gilmore Girls Ian Jack Episode: The Lorelais’ First Day at Chilton
    Something Sweet Lee
    Auggie Rose Salesman
    Diagnosis: Murder Jim/Jeff TV
    2001 Training Day Tim
    Walker Texas Ranger Theodore Dean McNeely 1 episode
    Amy’s Orgasm Matthew Starr
    CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Mickey Rutledge / Apollo Episode: You’ve Got Male
    2002 100 Mile Rule Paul
    Below Chief
    Buffy the Vampire Slayer Major Ellis 2 episodes
    Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Matthew Linwood Brodus TV
    2003 Bun-Bun Father 2
    Tears of the Sun Michael ‘Slo’ Slowenski
    2004 The Chronicles of Riddick: Dark Fury Toombs Voice
    The Chronicles of Riddick Toombs
    Goodnight, Joseph Parker Joseph Parker
    2005 The Legend of Zorro Jacob McGivens
    Desperate Housewives Detective Sullivan
    2006 Ultraviolet Vice-Cardinal Ferdinand Daxus
    Ghost Whisperer Frank Morrison Episode: “Drowned Lives”
    2007 Sinner Anthony
    The Fifth Patient John Reilly
    Avenging Angel Bob Quinn
    Hallowed Ground Jonas Hathaway
    2008 Ball Don’t Lie Anthony
    Felon Sgt. Roberts
    Street Warrior Mr. Pope
    The Onion Movie Bryce Brand
    NCIS Det. Steve Rosetti
    2009 24 Masters 2 episodes
    Wyvern Jake
    Castle Evan Mitchell
    2010 House, M.D. Eddie
    2011 How to Make It in America Yosi Season 2
    2011–2019 Young Justice Sportsmaster Voice
    2012 Grimm Leo Taymore
    666 Park Avenue Victor Shaw
    2013 Golden Boy Lt. Vince Madrin
    2014 Need for Speed Officer Lejeune
    General Hospital Mickey Diamond
    2015 Close Range Sheriff Jasper Calloway
    2016 Mercury Plains The Captain
    The Prey Tagger
    Major Crimes Jack Miller Episode: “Family Law”
    2017 American Violence Belmonte
    2017 Training Day Tim Wallace Episodes: “Elegy” and “Elegy Part 2”
    2019 The Orville Captain Dalak 209 Episode: “Identity, Part II”
    2019 Godfather of Harlem Gary D’alessandro Episode: ” The Nitty Gritty”
    2019 American Horror Story: 1984 Prison Warden Episode: “Episode 100”
    2019 Sleeping in Plastic Coach Baker
    2019 Dinner in America Bill completed
    2020 The Prey: Legend of the Karnoctus Tagger completed

    External Links

    Actor Nick Chinlund – Wikipedia

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