Jeffrey Nordling
Jeffrey Richard Nordling

(1962-03-11) March 11, 1962 (age 61)
EducationRamsey High School
Alma materWheaton College (BA)
Southern Methodist University (MFA)
Years active1988–present
Notable work
SpouseFrancia Dimase

Jeffrey Richard Nordling (born March 11, 1962) is an American actor. He is known for his roles as Jake Manning in Once and Again, Larry Moss in 24, Nick Bolen in Desperate Housewives, and Gordon Klein in Big Little Lies, as well as various films.

Early life and education

Nordling was born March 11, 1962, in Ridgewood, New Jersey, to Robert George Nordling and Lois Nordling (née Dickson).[1] He grew up in Washington Township. After moving to Saddle River, New Jersey, Nordling attended Ramsey High School, graduating in 1980.[2] After high school, Nordling attended Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in art in 1984. He received a Master of Fine Arts degree in 1987 from the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas, Texas.[3] Nordling is a Swedish surname.


One of his major roles was playing Ted Orion, an NHL pro turned hockey coach in D3: The Mighty Ducks. The 1997 TV movie Soul Mates, starring Nordling and Kim Raver, is shown by market researchers at Television Preview as a "new" pilot. He played Gaëtan Dugas in And the Band Played On, the HBO production of Randy Shilts' chronicle of the evolving AIDS epidemic, and Capote Duncan in Sex and the City. In 1999 he portrayed original Apple investor Mike Markkula in the TNT movie Pirates of Silicon Valley.[citation needed]

He played Sela Ward's ex-husband, Jake Manning, on the TV drama Once and Again from 1999 to 2002. He starred as Brent Barrow alongside Courteney Cox in the series Dirt on the FX cable network in 2007–08. He has also appeared as FBI agent Larry Moss in the seventh season of 24.[4]

During the 2009–10 season of Desperate Housewives, Nordling played Nick Bolen, a regular and the on-screen husband of Drea de Matteo, but the roles of the Bolens were discontinued after the one season.[5][6]

Nordling starred as 9/11 hero Tom Burnett in Flight 93. In 2011, he began a recurring role on the medical/crime drama Body of Proof, playing Todd Fleming, the ex-husband of Dana Delany's character, which he played until the show's cancellation.



Year Title Role Notes
1988 Working Girl Tim Rourke
1992 Ruby Hank
1994 Holy Matrimony Link
Quiz Show John Van Doren
Love Affair Lou
1996 D3: The Mighty Ducks Coach Ted Orion
1998 Polish Wedding Father Don
1999 Turbulence 2: Fear of Flying Elliot
2006 Flicka Rick Koop
Home of the Brave Cary
2008 Hole in the Paper Sky Prof. Cory Short
Surfer, Dude Eddie Zarno
2009 Love Hurts Curtis
2010 Tron: Legacy Richard Mackey
2014 Beautiful Girl J.B.
2016 Sully Barry Leonard
2023 The Locksmith


Year Title Role Notes
1988 Beauty and the Beast Tyler Episode: "The Alchemist"
Shooter Matt Thompson / Grunwald Unsold TV pilot
1989 American Playhouse Roy Howard Episode: "Ask Me Again"
Alien Nation Ted Healy Episode: "Chains of Love"
1990 The Outsiders Dean Viola Episode: "Maybe Baby"
1991 The Young Riders Frank Pike Episode: "The Exchange"
Brooklyn Bridge Gil Hodges 2 episodes
Mission of the Shark: The Saga of the U.S.S. Indianapolis Tasker Television film
1992 Black Death Dr. Jake Prescott
Citizen Cohn G. David Schine
1993 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Tahna Los Episode: "Past Prologue"
Journey to the Center of the Earth Chris Turner Television film
Time Trax Carl Manheim Episode: "Face of Death"
And the Band Played On Gaëtan Dugas Television film
Murder, She Wrote Bruce Hastings Episode: "Dead to Rights"
1994 Murder, She Wrote Richard Hawkes Episode: "To Kill a Legend"
Dangerous Heart Lee Television film
Baby Brokers John
Someone She Knows Greg Philips
1995 The Shamrock Conspiracy Frank
A Stranger in Town Larry
Chicago Hope Mr. Schepps Episode: "Songs from the Cuckoo Birds"
Trail of Tears Michael Television film
Touched by an Angel Jackson Spears Episode: "The Big Bang"
1996 Harrison: Cry of the City Frank Television film
Roseanne Joe Matthews Episode: "Morning Becomes Obnoxious"
Remembrance Col. Brad Fullerton Television film
Apollo 11 Neil Armstrong
1997 Soul Mates Dennis
The Sleepwalker Killing Det. Lloyd Boyko
True Women Dr. Peter Woods
Veronica's Closet Tom Episode: "Veronica's First Date"
Melrose Place Eric Baines Recurring role
Almost Perfect Jack Chenault 2 episodes
1998 Sex and the City Capote Duncan Episode: "Sex and the City"
Arliss Joe Lansing Episode: "Behind Every Great Client..."
Saint Maybe Danny Bedloe Television film
1999 Blue Moon Billy Medieros
1999 Pirates of Silicon Valley Mike Markkula
Chicken Soup for the Soul Tom Episode: "A Salesman's First Sale"
1999–2002 Once and Again Jake Manning Main role
2000 Personally Yours Jesse Stanton Television film
2001 Just Ask My Children Scott Kniffen
2002 State of Grace Dell Adams Episode: "Take Good Care of My Baby"
Providence Dr. David Baylor Recurring role
2003 The Flannerys Barrett Flannery Television film
War Stories Ian Rhys
The Lone Ranger James Landry
Still Standing Matt Russell Episode: "Still Sisters"
Crossing Jordan Tom Crane "Episode: Cruel & Unusual"
The Lyon's Den Special Agent Colton Mead Episode: "The Fifth"
2004 Beverly Hills S.U.V. Jeff Aronson Television film
Cold Case Roy Minard Episode: "Hubris"
Nip/Tuck Roger Episode: "Kimber Henry"
Searching for David's Heart Bill Deeton Television film
2005 Life As We Know It Mike 2 episodes
Listen Up Dr. Swerling Episode: "Colon-oopscopy"
Judging Amy Prof. Kurt Tomko Episode: "Too Little, Too Late"
All Grown Up! Big Red / Crazy Australian (voice) Episode: "Dude, Where's My Horse?: Parts 1 & 2"
The Closer Hart Phillips Episode: "Good Housekeeping"
Killer Instinct The Professor Episode: "Pilot"
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Mark Thayer Episode: "Secrets & Flies"
Bones David Ross Episode: "The Man on Death Row"
Close to Home Coach Matt Whiting Episode: "Baseball Murder"
2006 Flight 93 Tom Burnett Television film
Justice OC DA Richard Lane Episode: "Behind the Orange Curtain"
2007 Shark FBI Special Agent Oliver Hayes Episode: "Student Body"
2007–2008 Dirt Brent Barrow Recurring role
2008 The Mentalist Price Randolph Episode: "Pilot"
2009 24 Larry Moss Regular role
Mrs. Washington Goes to Smith Prof. Terry O'Neill Television film
2009–2010 Desperate Housewives Nick Bolen Recurring role
2010 The Quickening Gabe Television film
2011 Normal Mark Maddux
In Plain Sight Kurt Gaffney Episode: "Kumar vs Kumar"
The Protector Lt. Jack Brennan 2 episodes
CSI: NY Sen. Kirk Matthews
2011–2012 Body of Proof Todd Fleming Recurring role
2012 This American Housewife Stanford Swift Episode: "Pilot"
Happily Divorced Matthew Episode: "Peter Comes Out, Again"
Malibu Country Bobby 2 episiodes
2012–2014 Arrow Frank Bertinelli 3 episodes
2013 Necessary Roughness Glenn Purlman Episode: "There's the Door"
2014 Sea of Fire Rev. Bobby McAllister Television film
Cloud 9 Sebastian Swift
Killer Women Sen. Jake Colton Guest role
Rake Bruce Mangan Main role
Castle Marcus Lark Episode: "The Time of Our Lives"
Criminal Minds Jack Westbrook Episode: "The Boys of Sudworth Place"
2015 Cain Enabled S.G. 2 episodes
Hawaii Five-0 Josh Bennett Episode: "A Make Kaua"
Motive Deputy Chief Earl Halford 2 episodes
2017–2018 Nashville Brad Maitland 19 episodes
2017 Big Little Lies Gordon Klein 14 episodes
I'm Dying Up Here Eli Gershmann 7 episodes
Salvation Daniel 3 episodes
2017 & 2019 The Gifted Daniel Reynolds 2 episodes
2018 The Man in the High Castle Dr. Daniel Ryan 5 episodes
2018–2019 Suits Eric Kaldor 4 episodes
2019 Proven Innocent Rick Zahn 5 episodes
The Summer People Robert Television film
2020 High Fidelity Tim Parker Episode: "Uptown"
Better Things Donny Episode: "She's Fifty"
2021 Walker Stan Morrison 4 episodes
2022 This Is Us Eric Episode: "One Giant Leap"
Law & Order Jordan Reed Episode: "Free Speech"
2022 Five Days at Memorial Richard T. Simmons, Jr. 3 episodes
2022– So Help Me Todd Gus Easton Recurring role

Video games

Year Title Role
2016 Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare Ethan


  1. ^ Jeffrey Nordling Bio Archived February 18, 2020, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Rohan, Virginia. "Bergen County native’s ‘Dirt’ character reaps what he sows" Archived 2007-12-25 at the Wayback Machine, The Record (Bergen County), January 1, 2007. Accessed September 22, 2007. "Nordling was born 3,000 miles from the craziness, at Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, and grew up mostly in Washington Township (in the only house on the town's Times Square). When he was 15, the family moved to Saddle River, and Nordling transferred to Ramsey High School, where he became a soccer star."
  3. ^ Jeffrey Nordling at Antaeus Theatre Company Archived November 16, 2022, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ FOX Broadcasting Company 24 Minisite. Archived 2008-04-04 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "Desperate" Books Nordling, Mirchoff Archived July 19, 2009, at the Wayback Machine, Hollywood Reporter, July 10, 2009.
  6. ^ "Desperate Housewives" Welcomes the Bolens Archived 2009-08-26 at the Wayback Machine, TV Guide Magazine, August 5, 2009.