Tall and chiseled actor Joel Gretsch began his acting career in late-'80s romantic melodramas like the soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful and Family Album, the TV-movie adaptation of Danielle Steel's book. He followed this with several random television guest-star appearances and a role in the straight-to-video erotic thriller Kate's Addiction. His feature-film breakthrough came in 2000 with a small role in Robert Redford's golf drama The Legend of Baggar Vance. By 2002, he got small roles in Minority Report, The Emperor's Club, and Steven Spielberg's Sci Fi channel miniseries Taken. Gretsch became known for his roles on The 4400 (2004-2007), a sci-fi television series from CBS in which he played Agent Tom Baldwin, leader of a division of the Department of Homeland Security responsible for investigating the strange reappearance of 4400 people who had been missing for decades - and hadn't aged. In 2007 he appeared in director Jerry Bruckheimer's thriller National Treasure: Book of Secrets, and returned to the small screen to play Father Jack Landry on ABC's science fiction series V (2009-2010).
Biography by Andrea LeVasseur
- Studied at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis before pursuing an acting career in Los Angeles.
- Made his professional acting debut in a stage adaptation of Molière's comedy Tartuffe.
- Was featured in Golf Digest's list of the Top 100 Golfers in Hollywood.
- Son-in-law of actor William Shatner.