Role Recall: Gregg Henry Talks 'The Killing,' 'Scandal,' 'Gilmore Girls,' and Getting Tickled by Kiefer Sutherland
Gregg Henry as Carl Reddick in 'The Killing'
veteran police detective Carl Reddick as The Killing debuts its final season on Netflix (Aug. 1); the character he voices — the grandfather of Chris Pratt's Star-Lord — helps open the new big-screen blockbuster Guardians of the Galaxy (Aug. 1); and he's playing Brigham Young on the fourth season of AMC's Hell on Wheels, which premieres on Aug. 2.Whatever your plans are for the next few days, you will not have a better weekend than Gregg Henry. He's starring as
Even for an actor who has more than 120 different TV series and movie roles on his résumé (as well as memorable big-screen performances in Payback, Body Double, and Slither), it's a weekend worth celebrating — at a time when his career (which also includes ongoing roles on Scandal and The Following) is hotter than ever.
"I scratch my head," Gregg, 62, tells Yahoo TV about his sudden turn in the spotlight. "I'm not sure quite why things happen, but I'm very grateful that they are. I think, beginning with The Riches and the role of Hugh Panetta, which was a real favorite of mine, then through Hung and into Scandal — Hollis Doyle is such a great character. They're all really fun characters, and they have some size and some scope. I'm saying 'thank you's every day."
To kick off Gregg Henry Weekend, Yahoo TV asked the actor to chat about some of his most memorable TV roles.
Rich Man, Poor Man — Book II (1976-77)
"The first thing I was fortunate enough to get was Rich Man, Poor Man — Book II. That's where I learned the ropes of doing film and television, and I think [the TV industry] has gone through such changes over the years that now we're in a position where everybody wants a TV series, because that's where all the good roles and the good writing is happening. It's better not to be prejudiced about one particular medium and form. I've always been that way. If the part is right and the food is right, I'll show up and do something in your living room."
"I had been on stage in San Diego, understudying Orlando in As You Like it, and Cassio in Othello, and playing smaller roles, and making $65 a week. Then somebody saw me do Orlando and the next week I was up in Los Angeles making $1,500 a week in a TV show. I was rich. It was great. They, of course, called me 'The Kid,' but they made me feel at home, and it was a great school."