John Henry Diehl (born Might 1, 1950) is an American character actor. Famous for his work in avant-garde theater, Diehl has carried out in extra than 140 films and television reveals, along with Land of Lots, Stripes, Metropolis Limits, Nixon, Jurassic Park III and the TV sequence Miami Vice, The Protect and Level Nice.
In 1997, Diehl reprised his operate in Motion on the Public Theater, and in 2005 he labored as quickly as as soon as extra with Padua Playwrights, displaying in two performs in Mednick’s Gary Trilogy. Amongst others, his theater credit score embody Lifetime of Mine, (with Holly Hunter) on the Mark Taper Discussion board, Samuel Beckett’s Endgame and Blissful Days, thought of certainly one of three performs which Diehl directed.
He continued to work in theater in New York, nonetheless, and steadily returned to the stage there, most notably for a Shepherd play on the Public Theater with Shepard in residence on the Signature, and Mednick’s Joe And Betty, which was produced twice on Theater Row in New York.
Diehl moved proper right into a basement home in Greenwich Village in New York, and no matter a drastic low cost in his income, he declined television roles, and chosen as an alternative to proceed working in film whereas pursuing a crucial stage occupation. He subsequently appeared in The Hanoi Hilton (1987), a film in regards to the experiences of American prisoners of warfare in Hanoi throughout the Nineteen Sixties/70s, and Alex Cox’s Walker (1987), which was shot in Nicaragua via the Contra Warfare. In late 1988, Diehl relocated to Los Angeles after he was solid in Sam Shepard’s A Lie of the Thoughts on the Mark Taper Discussion board.
In 1984, Diehl was solid as Detective Larry Zito in Miami Vice. Diehl found the operate unfulfilling, and decided to depart. On January 9, 1987 — the 57th episode of Miami Vice — Diehl made his closing look in a two-part episode, “Down for the Rely”, by which his character was killed off.
Diehl’s first necessary film operate was throughout the 1981 movie Stripes. Within the twenty fifth Anniversary DVD launch of Stripes, Laroquette in distinction the improvisation of Sweet and Diehl to the improvisation of Laurel and Hardy. In 1983, Diehl appeared in Nationwide Lampoon’s Trip, which Ramis directed.
Though he had no earlier experience as an actor, Diehl’s curiosity turned to showing after he arrived in Los Angeles. He took a three-hour scene analysis class in Hollywood twice per week, and in 1979 he was solid in Motion, a one act play written by Sam Shepard. In 1980, he turned an showing member of Murray Mednick’s Padua Hills Playwrights Pageant, an annual event which launched youthful playwrights from all via the US collectively to dwell and work with such playwrights as Mednick, Shepard, Maria Irene Fornes, John O’Keefe, John Steppling, and Robert Glaudini. Diehl labored with all of the playwrights in residence over the course of his various years as an showing member of the competitors.
In 1970, Diehl moved to New York, impressed by his sister, who had merely graduated from the Neighborhood Playhouse Faculty of the Theatre. He spent 1971 squatting in Amsterdam and returned to New York in 1972. In 1976, he moved to Los Angeles. He had always been involved about drawing and making points, and presupposed to pursue a occupation throughout the seen arts there. Initially he supported himself in LA by transferring furnishings and objet d’paintings.
Diehl was born in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1950. His father, John A. Diehl, was a civil engineer, and his mother, Mary, was a social worker. Raised in a devoutly Roman Catholic family, he was educated at parochial colleges, and graduated from St. Xavier Excessive Faculty in 1968.
Diehl has “largely prevented the typecasting that is an accepted part of most character actors’ careers.” He has been a member of The Actors Studio since 2004.