Greg Parker, Team Sergeant & Head Negotiator
Most beloved on the big screen as the loveable alien Commander Mathesar in the sci-fi hit Galaxy Quest, “Rico” was most recently seen in the mini series The Kennedys as J.Edgar Hoover with Greg Kinnear and Tom Wilkinson produced by Tom Hanks' Playtone Pictures and the Steven Soderbergh film Contagion, marking his second time working with the director (he co-starred in Soderbergh’s Full Frontal opposite David
Duchovny and Julia Roberts).
He also appeared in the comedy Servitude with Dave Foley and the WWE comedy The Chaperone, starring Triple H, opposite Annabeth Gish, directed by Stephen Herek. Enrico has achieved enormous success on television. In addition to his starring role as Sgt. Gregory Parker, he also recently garnered considerable acclaim for his recurring role as ruthless villain Elias on the hit J.J. Abrams-produced CBS series Person of Interest, one of the biggest new hits of the 2011-2012 TV season.
One of the most versatile actors in television and film today, we all know Enrico as the womanizing fashion photographer Elliott DiMauro on NBC’s long-running hit, Just Shoot Me, and as America’s favorite dad/PI Keith Mars on the CW’s cult classic, Veronica Mars opposite Kristen Bell, which earned him a 2006 Teen Choice Awards nomination for “Choice Parental Unit”. In the film department, Enrico shot My Mom’s New Boyfriend, a black comedy thriller starring Meg Ryan, Antonio Banderas, Colin Hanks, and Selma Blair, written and directed by George Gallo (Midnight Run) playing “Enrico,” a passionate Italian chef who tries to win back Martha (Ryan), a suspect in an art theft ring, by singing opera or ardently reciting Shakespeare. In addition, Enrico starred as Celine Dion’s husband and manager, Rene Angelil, on the Canadian TV movie Celine, a biopic based on the famed singer’s life, written by Donald Martin and directed by Jeff Woolnough and the Canadian mini-series ZOS: Zone of Separation with Colm Meaney and Lolita Davidovich where he stars as “Speedo Boy.” Enrico’s television credits also include a co-starring role for two seasons on Hope & Gloria as Louis Utz, Gloria’s lovable but unenlightened ex-husband, and guest-starring roles on NYPD Blue, New York Undercover and NBC’s Law & Order. Other roles include a homicidal clown in Frank McKluskey, C.I. and a disdainful project manager in The First $20 Million Is Always The Hardest. He received critical praise for his role as Elia Kazan in the Golden Globe-winning and Emmy-nominated cable television movie James Dean. Other film credits include Steven Spielberg’s A.I., where he played The Murderer, Stigmata, Albino Alligator, Money Train, The Wrong Guy and the awardwinning short Bigger Fish.
Enrico’s love for the theatre began with a drama class he took while studying psychology and sociology at the University of Toronto. His drama teacher encouraged him to pursue an acting career, and he left school for New York, where he studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts for three years. While there he received the Princess Grace Scholarship and the Charles Jehlinger Award. From there he went on to graduate from the Yale School of Drama where he appeared in Hamlet at the Yale Repertory and received the school’s prestigious Carol Dye Award. Theatre credits include starring roles in Neil LaBute’s The Distance From Here in London, The Merry Wives of Windsor at the New York Shakespeare Festival’s Delacorte Theatre in Central Park, Arabian Nights at the Manhattan Theatre Club, The Triumph of Love at the Guthrie Theatre and Dracula at San Diego’s Old Globe Theatre where he portrayed Renfield. He played the title role in Shakespeare’s Macbeth at the Matrix Theater in Los Angeles and starred in Chekhov Project 2000 at the Old Globe Theatre.
Born in Toronto as the younger of two sons to an Italian immigrant worker, Enrico remains loyal to his roots. He is an avid fan of the Toronto Maple Leafs hockey team, and is known among his friends as a skilled Italian chef.
Greg Parker, Team Sergeant & Head NegotiatorParker is serious, sharp-minded and a talented people-reader. He knows how to reach out, how to talk to people at their level – whether it’s a homeless schizophrenic off his meds, a hardened gang member or a troubled youth about to make a big mistake. But his uncanny people-reading skills were not enough to save his own family. Ten years ago, Parker’s unconditional passion for his work burned out his relationship with his wife, and he turned to heavy drinking and aggression he couldn’t control. When she left, she took their young son with her, and Parker hit rock bottom.
The empathy, gentleness, insight and sobriety he embodies today are a testament to the extraordinary effort he put into recovery. He believes the best of people, because he’s living proof people can change. In the fifth season Parker is faced with seeing Ed, his closest friend and Team leader, unravel after an emotionally brutal call. Concerned for his friend – and the Team he leads – Parker has to find a way to make Ed see that he needs help.
Parker’s skills as a parent are also tested this season when his son Dean is determined to follow in his dad’s footsteps and become a cop. Watching Ed battle with the dark emotions of an officer’s life forces Parker to confront a difficult question – is this a life he wants for his son?