Brett Cullen

26 Aug 1956


Peter Brett Cullen (born August 26, 1956) is an American actor who has appeared in numerous motion pictures and television programs. Early in 2007, he was cast as the role of an estranged father to one of the American football players, Tim Riggins (played by actor Taylor Kitsch), in the NBC drama series Friday Night Lights.

Cullen was born in Houston, Texas, the son of Lucien Hugh Cullen, an oil industry executive, and Catherine Cullen. He graduated from Madison High School in Houston in 1974. Cullen graduated from the University of Houston, giving great credit to his highly acclaimed acting mentor and University of Houston professor, Cecil Pickett, who also mentored such Houston born actors as Dennis Quaid, Randy Quaid, & Brent Spiner among others. Cullen and Dennis Quaid's close friendship to this day dates back to the 1970s and it is Cullen who introduced Dennis Quaid to his current wife, Kimberly Buffington at a dinner in Austin, Texas.

Cullen played Dan Fixx in the 1980s CBS drama Falcon Crest for two seasons (1986–1988) and Marshal Sam Cain in the ABC western series The Young Riders for one season (1989–1990). In 1980, he appeared as the second Gideon Chisholm in the last nine episodes of the CBS western miniseries The Chisholms. In the four earlier episodes, the Gideon Chisholm role was played by Brian Kerwin. Cullen was the lead actor as Ned Logan in the short-lived Legacy, which lasted for just one season (1998–1999). On the series The West Wing Cullen played Ray Sullivan, a fictional governor of West Virginia and the Republican nominee for Vice President.

His guest appearances on TV include: The Incredible Hulk, Tales from the Crypt, MAS*H, V, Matlock, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Ally McBeal, Walker, Texas Ranger, Once and Again, Without a Trace, Cold Case, The Mountain, Monk, CSI: Miami, NCIS, Desperate Housewives, Pepper Dennis, Lost, Ghost Whisperer, Private Practice, Ugly Betty, and Friday Night Lights. In 2009, he had a recurring role in the ABC Family television series Make It or Break It.

He has played two real-life astronauts, Jack Lousma in Apollo 13 (Brett is the CapCom at the time of the explosion; at that shift Lousma was the CapCom in real life) and David Scott in the HBO mini-series From the Earth to the Moon.

His most recent appearance was in the role of Barton Blaze in the movie Ghost Rider. Other movie credits include Wyatt Earp (with Kevin Costner), Gambler V: Playing for Keeps (with Kenny Rogers and Bruce Boxleitner), Something to Talk About (with Julia Roberts and Dennis Quaid), The Replacements (with Gene Hackman), On Golden Pond (with Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer), Nancy Drew, and Gridiron Gang. He also played Bob Cleary in the 1983 mini-series The Thorn Birds.

Cullen was recently cast in the up-coming femme comedy Monte Carlo alongside Selena Gomez, Andie MacDowell and Leighton Meester and is playing the role of Tom Eckert in the upcoming war film Red Dawn.

On February 8, 2011, Brett was named the official spokesman for Houston Works which helps Houston residents with job training and placement, scholarships, consulting, technical initiatives focusing on science, technology, engineering and mathematics and summer job programs along with Youth Summits.


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Filmography (30 titles)

(movie, 2019)
···The Turkey Bowl
Genre: Comedy
Role: Actor (as Ed)
(movie, 2019)
Genre: Crime, Thriller, Drama
Role: Actor (as Thomas Wayne)
(movie, 2018)
···The Riot Act
Genre: Thriller
Role: Actor (as Dr. Willard Pearrow)
(movie, 2016)
···The Shallows
Genre: Horror, Drama, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Father)
(movie, 2015)
···The Last Rescue
Genre: Action, Drama, War
Role: Actor (as Captain Beckett)
(movie, 2013)
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Clay Hopper)
(movie, 2012)
···The Guilt Trip
Genre: Comedy
Role: Actor (as Ben)
(movie, 2012)
···Red Dawn
Genre: War, Action, Thriller, Science Fiction
Role: Actor (as Tom Eckert)
(movie, 2011)
···Beneath the Darkness
Genre: Thriller
Role: Actor (as Sgt. Nickerson)
(movie, 2011)
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Role: Actor (as Nathaniel Price)
(movie, 2011)
···Monte Carlo
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Romance
Role: Actor (as Robert)
(movie, 2010)
···The Runaways
Genre: Drama, Music
Role: Actor (as Donald Currie)
(movie, 2008)
···The Burning Plain
Genre: Drama, Romance
Role: Actor (as Robert)
(movie, 2007)
···The Life Before Her Eyes
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Role: Actor (as Paul McFee)
(movie, 2007)
···Ghost Rider
Genre: Thriller, Action, Fantasy, Horror
Role: Actor (as Barton Blaze)
(movie, 2003)
···National Security
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Heston)
(movie, 2000)
···The Replacements
Genre: Comedy
Role: Actor (as Eddie Martel)
(movie, 2000)
···The Expendables
Genre: Action
Role: Actor (as Deacon)
(movie, 1997)
···Perfect Body
Genre: Drama, Sport
Role: Actor (as Coach David Blair)
(movie, 1997)
···The Hired Heart
Genre: Drama, Romance
Role: Actor (as Bryan)
(movie, 1997)
···The Killing Jar
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Michael Sanford)
(movie, 1995)
···Something to Talk About
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Role: Actor (as Jamie Johnson)
(movie, 1995)
···Apollo 13
Genre: Drama, History
Role: Actor (as CAPCOM 1)
(movie, 1994)
···Gambler V: Playing for Keeps
Genre: Western
Role: Actor (as Sundance Kid)
(movie, 1994)
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Police Chief Sam Wasser)
(movie, 1993)
···Complex of Fear
Genre: Drama, Crime, Mystery
Role: Actor (as Ed Wylie)
(movie, 1991)
···...And Then She Was Gone
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Peter Harmon)
(movie, 1991)
···The Sitter
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Jeff Harper)
(movie, 1986)
···Stewardess School
Genre: Action, Comedy
Role: Actor (as Philo Henderson)
(mini-series, 1979)
···The Chisholms
Genre: Western
Role: Actor (as Gideon Chisholm)