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Gregory Sporleder
Born (1964-04-24) April 24, 1964 (age 58)
Years active1989–present
Spouse(s)Megan Sporleder (m. 2001)

Gregory Sporleder (born April 24, 1964) is an American actor and filmmaker, notable for playing military men in films such as The Rock, Black Hawk Down and Renaissance Man, as well as Calvin Norris in the HBO series True Blood.

Early life

Sporleder graduated from University City High School in St. Louis, Missouri and was voted the top dancer in his class.[1][failed verification]


Sporleder got his first major role in the 1989 romance Say Anything... alongside John Cusack. In 1994, he appeared as "Billy" in the music video for Sheryl Crow's song "All I Wanna Do". He had supporting roles in films such as A League of Their Own, True Romance, 1998's quirky Uncorked and episodes of Murphy Brown, NYPD Blue and Smallville.

Sporleder also appeared in Being John Malkovich, Black Hawk Down, S.W.A.T., The Big Bounce, Hotel for Dogs, Andersonville and 17 Again. Sporleder landed the role of Calvin Norris in True Blood, the father of Crystal Norris. In 2014, he appeared on Criminal Minds as Sam Caplan.

In 2016, Sporleder participated in a documentary about the Missouri painter George Caleb Bingham, playing Bingham as an adult.[2]



Year Title Role Notes
1989 Say Anything... Howard
Cold Justice Cop 1
1990 The Grifters Sailor - Spooney
1992 Roadside Prophets Deputy Credited as Greg 'Spoonie' Sporleder
A League of Their Own Mitch Swaley
1993 Trouble Bound Irwin
True Romance Burger Stand Customer
Fatal Instinct Court Clerk
1994 Renaissance Man Pvt. Melvin
1995 Mind Ripper Rob
1996 Twister Willie
The Rock Captain Frye
Skin & Bone Habadasher
1997 Men with Guns Richard Lucas
The Fanatics Johnny DelFino
1998 I Woke Up Early the Day I Died Loan Manager
At Sachem Farm Tom
Clay Pigeons Earl
1999 Never Been Kissed Coach Romano
Being John Malkovich Drunk at Bar
2000 G-Men from Hell Cheetah Man
2001 Wooly Boys Deputy Sheriff Orville Spratt
Black Hawk Down Galentine
2003 S.W.A.T. Robber #1
2004 The Big Bounce Frank Pizzarro
2009 Hotel for Dogs ACO Dooley
17 Again Ohio Scout
2010 The Crazies Travis Quinn
The Sierra Billy Short film
Love & Vengeance
2015 Easy Ken Short film
Also writer, producer and first assistant director
2016 The Importance of Doubting Tom Joe
The American Artist: The Life & Times of George Caleb Bingham George Caleb Bingham - Aged 50–70 Documentary
2018 In the Wake of Ire Benjamin
Young Benjamin


Year Title Role Notes
1990 The Kid Who Loved Christmas Vendor TV movie
1992 1775 Bert TV pilot
On the Air Sax Player Episode #1.7
1994 State of Emergency Larry TV movie
Murphy Brown Tadeus Episode: "The Tip of the Silverburg"
1995 NYPD Blue Edmond Burke Episode: "Boxer Rebellion"
1996 Andersonville Dick Potter TV movie
Chicago Hope Bobby Trenkwada Episode: "Divided Loyalty"
1997 Gun The Sheriff Episode: "The Hole"
1998 Friends Larry Episode: "The One Where Ross Moves In"
1999 The Drew Carey Show Wally Episode: "Drew Goes to the Browns' Game"
The Strip Tucker Mudd Episode: "Winner Takes It All"
2000 Fail Safe TV movie
2001 Dead Last Rudy Episode: "Heebee Geebee's"
2002 Smallville Kyle Tippet Episode: "Hug"
24 Dave Episode: "Day 2: 9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m."
2003 Carnivàle Father of Dead Body Uncredited
Episode: "Milfay"
2005 Little House on the Prairie Mr. Edwards TV miniseries
2009 Monk Kenneth Nichols Episode: "Mr. Monk and the Foreign Man"
2010 The Mentalist Terence Badali Episode: "Rose-Colored Glasses"
True Blood Calvin Norris
2011 Memphis Beat Jeffrey Gibbs Episode: "Inside Man"
American Horror Story Smoldering Children Episode: "Smoldering Children"
2013 Sons of Anarchy Pastor Episode: "John 8:32"
2014 Criminal Minds Sam Caplan Episode: "Blood Relations"
2015 Agent Carter Otto Mink Episode: "The Blitzkrieg Button"
A Cannibal's Handshake Officer Jimmy McDaniels Episode: "Officer Jimmy McDaniels"
2017 Days of Our Lives Lyle Episode #1.13077