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Ray Wise stars in "X-Men: First Class" as the Secretary of State.

A veteran of television and film, Ray Wise received widespread critical acclaim for his memorable performance as troubled newsman Don Hollenbeck in the Warner Independent film "Good Night, and Good Luck," written, directed and starring George Clooney. Wise and his co-stars shared "Best Ensemble Cast" nominations at both the 2006 Critic's Choice Awards and Screen Actor's Guild Award ceremonies. On the small screen, he played the
Ray Wise in "Reaper"
Ray Wise Reaper
Devil on the CW series "Reaper" and recurred as Vice President Hal Gardner on the popular series "24," starring Kiefer Sutherland.

Wise's impressive acting resume includes more than 30 feature films, including starring roles in "Jeepers Creepers 2"; "Two Can Play That Game," with Vivica A. Fox; "Bob Roberts," with Tim Robbins; "Rising Sun," with Wesley Snipes; "The Chase," with Charlie Sheen; "Robocop," "Powder," with Mary Steenburgen and Jeff Goldblum, and "The Rainmakers." One of Ray Wise's favorite roles was playing Sol Gann, a Depression-era father in Disney's classic family drama "The Journey of Natty Gann."

On the small screen, Wise starred in Matt Damon and Ben Affleck's television movie, "The Battle of Shaker Heights" for Project Greenlight on HBO. Other recurring and guest roles on television include "The Closer," "Bones," CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," "Law & Order: SVU," "The West Wing," "Resurrection Blvd.," "Second Chances," "Savannah," "The Larry Sanders Show," "Knots Landing," "The Colbys," "Dallas," Psych," "How I Met Your Mother," Hawaii Five-O," "Chuck," and "Twin Peaks." It was his role on "Twin Peaks" that Wise credits for catapulting him into international stardom.

To date, Wise has also starred in 85 stage productions, including Broadway performances of "Romeo and Juliet" and "Tartuffe." His role as Yank Smith in Eugene O'Neill's "The Hairy Ape" garnered rave reviews, and in 1983, he received an OBIE Award for his work in Sam Shepard's "The Tooth of Crime."

Wise lives in Southern California with his wife and children.


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Age: 69 years old
Birthday: August 20, 1947
Height: 5' 11"
Full Name / Real Name: Raymond Herbert Wise
Birthplace: Akron, OH
Wife: Kass McClaskey

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