Dec. 20th, 1963
St. Cloud, Minnesota, USA
Joel Gretsch's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles2009 - Push
2009 - Shrink
2007 - National Treasure: Book of Secrets
2002 - Minority Report
2002 - The Emperor's Club
2000 - The Legend of Bagger Vance
Guest TV Roles
Ranger Captain Reese
Gretsch studied acting at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis before moving to Los Angeles in 1989. His stage work includes roles in Molière's Tartuffe and John Patrick Shanley's Danny and the Deep Blue Sea.
He started his television work in the early 1990s, appearing in episodes of Married... with Children, Melrose Place and Saved by the Bell: The New Class. Since then he has appeared in episodes of JAG, Silk Stalkings, CSI: Miami, Burn Notice, and NCIS. More recently, he played a wealthy advertising executive and husband of a supermodel on an episode of Law & Order: Criminal Intent. He also had two guest appearances on NBC's Journeyman, playing the father of protagonist Dan Vasser.
Gretsch has also had supporting roles in a number of films including playing Bobby Jones in The Legend of Bagger Vance (2000), Minority Report (2002), The Emperor's Club (2002) and National Treasure: Book of Secrets (2007).
In 2008, Gretsch had a recurring role as Pete Raynor, Lindsay Boxer's love interest, on the TV series Women's Murder Club.
Gretsch has reunited with Scott Peters (creator of The 4400) on his highly anticipated new series, a remake of V: The Series. Gretsch is playing a priest in the pilot episode who sees a "renaissance in faith" after the Visitors appear on Earth. He was a regular cast member on the series. The show was canceled in May 2011 after two seasons.
He recently guest starred in the new Diablo Cody created Emmy Award nominated Showtime Comedy-Drama The United States of Tara in the 1st season's last two episodes.
- Married to 'William Shatner' (qv)'s daughter, 'Melanie Shatner' (qv).
- Brother-in-law of 'Lisabeth Shatner' (qv) and 'Andy Clement' (qv).
- Was in a number of appearances at the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis.
- Has two daughters, Kaya (born 2002) and Willow (born 2005).