Chelcie Ross - Does it the old-fashioned way

Chelcie Ross - Does it the old-fashioned way

First Published: March 2002
Chelcie Ross | Working Actor

Chelcie Ross | Working Actor

Chelcie Ross, Gene Hackman | "Hoosiers" (1986)
Chelcie Ross, Steven Seagal, Metta Davis | "Above the Law" (1988)
Chelcie Ross | " Major League" (1989)
Charlie Sheen, Tom Berenger, Wesley Snipes, Corbin Bernsen, James Gammon, Dennis Haysbert, Chelcie Ross | " Major League" (1989) [a]
Michael Maccaron, Chelcie Rosse, Macaulay Culkin | "Ri¢hie Ri¢h" (1994)
Bill Paxton, Chelcie Ross | "A Simple Plan" (1998)
Jon Hamm, Chelcie Ross | "Mad Men" (2007)
Ed Lauter, Chelcie Ross, Raymond  Anthony Thomas | "Trouble with the Curve "(2012) [b]
Clint Eastwood, Raymond  Anthony Thomas, Chelcie Ross, Ed Lauter | "Trouble with the Curve "(2012) [b]
Dennis Quaid, Chelcie Ross | "At Any Price" (2012) [c]
Chelcie Ross | " Major League" (1989)
Chelcie Ross | "Rudy" (1993)
Chelcie Ross | "Grey's Anatomy" (2005)
Chelcie Ross | Working Actor
Chelcie Ross | Working Actor

Chelcie Ross was born in Sacramento, California, the eldest of three sons of a career Air Force Officer. A military "brat", he attended many schools in the United States and abroad, graduating Stateside from Pemberton Township High School in New Jersey. Very athletic, Chelcie lettered in Baseball, Football and Basketball. Up until this point, he still had yet to discover acting. It wasn't until he was a Senior at Southwest Texas State University, that he took on his first theatre production, playing the Title Role in William Shakespeare's "King Lear". Along with acting, he continued his collegiate baseball career, and also became the Commander of the AFROTC Corp of Cadets.

After college Chelcie became a radio disc jockey in Texas, but left that line of work in order to go on active duty as a Commissioned 2nd lieutenant in the USAF. He spent one year in Than Son Nhut, Saigon, Viet Nam, and was a recipient of the Bronze Star. The following year he was stationed at the Pentagon, and after that assignment, Captain Ross resigned his commission to become an actor.

In 1970, he entered the MFA program at the Dallas Theatre Center. It was during that time, in which he appeared in his first feature film, "Keep My Grave Open".. He spent the next four years as a member of the resident acting company of the DTC. In 1975, Chelcie left Dallas and moved to Chicago, where his stage debut was in a local production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream." Ten years later, He was cast opposite Gene Hackman in "Hoosiers". It would be the first of many major film roles.

Ironically, "Hoosiers" was also the first of three films that Chelcie appeared in that have gone on to become the three largest grossing "sports-themed" films, the other two being "Major League" and "Rudy". His most recent feature work has included three films either starring or written by his fellow Southerner, Billy Bob Thornton: "The Gift", "Waking up in Reno" and "A Simple Plan". His latest television appearance was a starring role opposite Mare Winningham and Felicity Huffman in the Lifetime Cable Film "Snap Decision".

To date, Chelcie has appeared in over 60 films, over 80 plays, 63 Television Guest Appearances, and well Over 4,000 voice over and radio spots.

Chelcie Ross' advice to the aspiring actor:

1)   BE GOOD TO YOUR FELLOW PLAYERS: We are all in this together. Whether you are working, or in-between jobs, you need all the help you can get.. I just read an interview with a very famous director who decided to slum a bit and try the other end of the camera. He reported that this acting thing is a stroll in the park and he was mystified as to what the big deal is. I've got a hint for him: What that little experiment missed is the part where you go 0 for 22 in auditions, spend 11 months wondering where the next paycheck is coming from, your mother suddenly has health problems that tap half of your cash reserves, your summer love from "Shakespeare Under The Stars" lands a network series, and you mentor (and probably the best actor you have ever seen) gives it up because he can't get cast and has to feed the family. Factor that stuff in and then come tell me how easy it is. Try to remember that your contemporaries now will be the same 30 years from now. You need them. Treat them like family.

2)   DO THE WORK: I've been watching some of the (2002) Winter Olympics and I keep hearing the sports reporters say that Jenny Jack has "waited four years (since the last games) for this chance". Got a flash for you folks. She wasn't waiting. If she had been she would not be ready when the chance came along. She has been training constantly and competing every time someone would let her. We all know actors who are waiters. Some are waiting for the "big break" (they say), others are waiting tables. There is nothing wrong with the latter. We all have to eat. Just remember to make a way to do our work. Study as much as you can afford to. Find the people who will let you act. Community theatre, church drama, four friends who want to do scenes, they are all chances to exercise these instruments. I have done all those forms plus industrial films, live industrials, legit theatre, musical theatre, reader's theatre, radio D.J., radio drama, on-camera commercials, voice-over, TV, independent film, and major studio, big budget whoppers. Everyone of them contributed to what I bring to the job today.

3)   LEARN A LESSON FROM MR. ROGERS: Do it the old-fashioned way. Know your words and be on time, hang up your wardrobe and say please and thank you. You will be appreciated by the rest of the team and you probably will work for the same people again. That is important. How many repeats are on your resume?

4)   PERSEVERE: Hang in there friends. I'll see you on the set!


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Chelcie Ross' Credits
 2018 The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (TV Mini-Series) (pre-production)
- The Mortal Remains (2018) ... Trapper
 2017 New Money
Boyd Tisdale
 2017 Cowboy Drifter
 2010-2017 Grey's Anatomy (TV Series)
Harper Avery / Dr. Harper Avery
- Go Big or Go Home (2017) ... Harper Avery
- Perfect Little Accident (2010) ... Dr. Harper Avery
 2016 Imperfections
Lil Pop
 2014-2016 Chicago P.D. (TV Series)
Robert Platt / Trudy's Father
- All Cylinders Firing (2016) ... Robert Platt
- Knocked the Family Right Out (2016) ... Trudy's Father
- Turn the Light Off (2014) ... Robert Platt
 2015/II Consumed
Senator Bob McHenry
 2014 NCIS (TV Series)
Joseph Hanlon
- Crescent City: Part 2 (2014) ... Joseph Hanlon
 2012 Scandal (TV Series)
Harold Pierce
- Defiance (2012) ... Harold Pierce
 2012 The Mob Doctor (TV Series)
Seamus O'Connell
- Game Changers (2012) ... Seamus O'Connell
 2012 Boss (TV Series)
- The Conversation (2012) ... Royczyk
- Backflash (2012) ... Royczyk
 2012 At Any Price
 2011 The Chicago Code (TV Series)
Jarek's Father
- Mike Royko's Revenge (2011) ... Jarek's Father
 2011 The Last Rites of Joe May
Billy Tidrow
 2011 CSI: Miami (TV Series)
Wesley Habeck
- Hunting Ground (2011) ... Wesley Habeck
 2011 Fertile Ground
 2011 The Dilemma
Thomas Fern
 2009 The Strip
Mr. Davis
 2009 Mad Men (TV Series)
- Shut the Door. Have a Seat (2009) ... Connie
- Wee Small Hours (2009) ... Connie
- Souvenir (2009) ... Connie
- Seven Twenty Three (2009) ... Connie
 2009 Formosa Betrayed
 2009 Drag Me to Hell
Leonard Dalton
 2009 Horsemen
Police Chief Krupa
 2009 The Beast (TV Series)
Alan Posner
- Infected (2009) ... Alan Posner
 2008 The Express
Lew Andreas
 2007 My Name Is Earl (TV Series)
Mr. Waadt / Mr. White
- The Trial (2007) ... Mr. Waadt
- Get a Real Job (2007) ... Mr. White
 2006 A Little Thing Called Murder (TV Movie)
Ken Sr.
 2005 Prison Break (TV Series)
Bishop McMorrow
- Pilot (2005) ... Bishop McMorrow
 2004 JAG (TV Series)
Dr. Mallory
- A Girl's Best Friend (2004) ... Dr. Mallory
 2003 Cold Case (TV Series)
Henry Phillips (2003)
- A Time to Hate (2003) ... Henry Phillips (2003)
 2003 Uncle Nino
Stewert (uncredited)
 2003 Everybody Loves Raymond (TV Series)
Reverend Stevens
- Robert's Wedding (2003) ... Reverend Stevens
 2002 Waking Up in Reno
Fred Bush
 2001 The Majestic
Avery Wyatt
 2001 Novocaine
 2001 Snap Decision (TV Movie)
Det. John Collins
 1999-2001 King of the Hill (TV Series)
Councilman Fred Ebberd
- It's Not Easy Being Green (2001) ... Councilman Fred Ebberd (voice)
- Not in My Back Hoe (1999) ... (voice)
 2001 Madison
Roger Epperson
 2000 The Gift
Kenneth King
 2000 Once and Again (TV Series)
Warren Wyler
- Ozymandias 2.0 (2000) ... Warren Wyler
 1999 Charming Billy
Raymond Starkman
 1999 Judging Amy (TV Series)
Simon McKinley
- Last Tango in Hartford (1999) ... Simon McKinley
 1998 A Simple Plan
 1998 Primary Colors
Charlie Martin
 1997 My Best Friend's Wedding
Priest (uncredited)
 1997 Early Edition (TV Series)
Nick Harper
- Dad (1997) ... Nick Harper
 1997 Chicago Hope (TV Series)
FBI Agent Tom Strickler
- The Day of the Rope (1997) ... FBI Agent Tom Strickler
 1996 Chain Reaction
Ed Rafferty
 1996 Evil Has a Face (TV Movie)
 1994-1995 Christy (TV Series)
Ben Pentland
- Second Sight (1995) ... Ben Pentland
- Ghost Story (1995) ... Ben Pentland
- A Man's Reach (1995) ... Ben Pentland
- Judgement Day (1994) ... Ben Pentland
- Both Your Houses (1994) ... Ben Pentland
 1994 Ri¢hie Ri¢h
 1994 Against Their Will: Women in Prison (TV Movie)
Warden Henley
 1994 Christy (TV Movie)
Ben Pentland
 1993 Missing Persons (TV Series)
 1993 Rudy
Dan Devine
 1993 Moon Over Miami (TV Series)
Gwen Cross's Father
- Pilot (1993) ... Gwen Cross's Father
 1993 Amos & Andrew
 1992 Legacy of Lies (TV Movie)
Phil MacFarlane
 1992 Basic Instinct
Captain Talcott
 1992 The Burden of Proof (TV Movie)
Dr. Nate Cawley
 1991 The Last Boy Scout
Senator Baynard
 1991 Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey
Colonel Oats
 1991 Equal Justice (TV Series)
Coach Nichols
- The Devil His Due (1991) ... Coach Nichols
 1990 Dallas (TV Series)
Dr. Wykoff
- One Last Kiss (1990) ... Dr. Wykoff
- Charade (1990) ... Dr. Wykoff
- April in Paris (1990) ... Dr. Wykoff
 1990 Gabriel's Fire (TV Series)
Capt. Jack O'Neil
- To Catch a Con: Part 2 (1990) ... Capt. Jack O'Neil
- To Catch a Con: Part 1 (1990) ... Capt. Jack O'Neil
- Pilot (1990) ... Capt. Jack O'Neil
 1990 The Long Walk Home
 1990 Rainbow Drive (TV Movie)
Tom Cutler
 1990 Tales from the Crypt (TV Series)
George Yates
- Four-Sided Triangle (1990) ... George Yates
 1990 Elvis (TV Series)
Bill Kenney
- Grand Ole Opry (1990) ... Bill Kenney
 1989 The Package
Gen. Hopkins
 1989 Major League
Eddie Harris
 1988 Above the Law
Nelson Fox
 1987 Sable (TV Series)
Mr. Wylie
- Evangelist (1987) ... Mr. Wylie
 1987 The Untouchables
 1987 Murder Ordained (TV Movie)
 1986-1987 Jack and Mike (TV Series)
Polaski / CPD Detective
- Till Death Do Us Part (1987) ... Polaski
- Pilot (1986) ... CPD Detective
 1987 Night of Courage (TV Movie)
Lieutenant Beiber
 1986 Hoosiers
 1986 One More Saturday Night
Dad Lundahl
 1984 Hard Knox (TV Movie)
 1983 The Last Leaf (Short)
 1983 The Big Score
 1981 The Children Nobody Wanted (TV Movie)
 1981 Skokie (TV Movie)
 1981 On the Right Track
 1979 Mark Twain: Beneath the Laughter (TV Movie)
Buck Harkness
 1978 The Awakening Land (TV Mini-Series)
Billy Harbison
- Part III: The Town (1978) ... Billy Harbison
- Part II: The Fields (1978) ... Billy Harbison
- Part I: The Trees (1978) ... Billy Harbison
 1977 Keep My Grave Open

 Photo camera Credits 
[a] © 1989 - Mirage Enterprises
[b] © 2012 - Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.
[c] © 2012 - Vesic Photography

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