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"Aside from the fact that it’s nice to be employed, it’s nice to be employed on a show that everybody considers important. Everybody considers the result to be worthy of the work they do. Nobody phones it in on 24."
Gregory Itzin on the appeal of 24


Gregory Itzin (born April 20, 1948; age 66) plays Charles Logan on 24.

Itzin portrays Logan as an "abject coward" of a President, incapable of making a quick decision and agonizing and second-guessing the results thereafter. He relies on the recommendations of his advisors and panics when the advisors do not offer enough advice. In real life, Itzin is often commended for his portrayal of a weak President. After Season 5 revealed that Charles Logan was working with Christopher Henderson, show executive producer Evan Katz said that the President was more of a man hiding a secret and was just being a little smarter about how he projects himself. Star Kiefer Sutherland also noted that people like Logan who are underestimated can become very dangerous because it gives them a sort of cover.

Biography Edit

Itzin is a career character actor who has been in the business, doing mostly background and small roles since 1979.

He has appeared in guest starring roles on various television shows. He originally intended to become a theater actor, receiving theatrical training at The American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco, where he also was a company member. He has appeared on numerous stages around the country, including the Mark Taper Forum, Seattle's Intiman Theatre, San Diego's Old Globe, South Coast Repertory, the Kennedy Center and the New York Public Theatre.

Itzin received Tony and Drama Desk nominations for his performance on Broadway in the Pulitzer Prize winning play "The Kentucky Cycle."

Itzin has held recurring roles on popular TV series such as Friends, NCIS, Judging Amy, Boston Legal, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, and the short-lived science fiction series, Firefly. He has bit roles in movies like Original Sin and Law Abiding Citizen and was also a frequent Star Trek guest actor, having played 5 different roles in the three of the show's spin-offs over the years, starting with his first appearance in 1993 on Deep Space Nine to his most recent on Enterprise.

In 2003, Itzin portrayed John Ashcroft in the TV movie DC 9/11: Time of Crisis, with co-star Penny Johnson Jerald (Sherry Palmer) also playing Condoleeza Rice. On July 6, 2006 and later in 2010, Itzin was nominated for a Best Supporting Actor for his role on 24.

Itzin currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two children, three dogs and four cats. He golfs with an 11 handicap.

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Selected filmography Edit

  • Lincoln (2012)
  • The Ides of March (2011)
  • The Change-Up (2011)
  • Law Abiding Citizen (2009)
  • Float (2008)
  • I Know Who Killed Me (2007)
  • Forfeit (2007)
  • Fearless (2004)
  • DC 9/11: Time of Crisis (2003)
  • Adaptation (2002)
  • Life or Something Like It (2002)
  • Original Sin (2001)
  • Evolution (2001)
  • What's Cooking? (2000)
  • Johnny Tsunami (1999)
  • The Hunt for the Unicorn Killer (1999)
  • The Day Lincoln Was Shot (1998)
  • Small Soldiers (1998)
  • Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)
  • The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989)
  • Teen Wolf (1985)
  • The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (1982)
  • Airplane! (1980)

Television appearances

  • Covert Affairs (2010-2012)
  • Big Love (2011)
  • Desperate Housewives (2011)
  • The Mentalist (2008-2010)
  • 24 (2005-2007; 2010)
  • Hannah Montana (2008)
  • Robot Chicken (2007)
  • Boston Legal (2005)
  • Star Trek: Enterprise (2002, 2005)
  • The O.C. (2004)
  • Friends (2004)
  • NCIS (2003)
  • Firefly (2002)
  • The West Wing (2002)
  • Star Trek: Voyager (2001)
  • Strip Mall (2000-2001)
  • Profiler (2000)
  • JAG (1997-1998)
  • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993, 1998)
  • Murder One (1995-1996)
  • Something Wilder (1994-1995)
  • Quantum Leap (1993)
  • Over My Dead Body (1990)
  • The Nutt House (1989)


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