Leland Jones Orser

Leland Orser

Leland Orser, an American actor and director, has a diverse career. Over his creative journey, he engaged in 70 unique film projects, including iconic ones like “The X-Files,” “L.A. Law,” “NYPD Blue,” “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” “Married… with Children,” and more. He spent a substantial amount of time in supporting roles, enduring a challenging path to fame.

What we know about this person

Full name:

Leland Jones Orser

Date of birth:

August 6, 1960

Zodiac sign:



San Francisco, California, USA





Marital status:

Married to Jeanne Tripplehorn




5' 8" (1.74 m)


actor, director

Early life

Leland John Orser, born on August 6, 1960, in San Francisco, California, had a childhood shrouded in mystery. He rarely broached the subject in interviews. Nonetheless, he did complete high school in his hometown, harboring an early passion for natural sciences, with no ambitions of becoming an actor.

Contrary to the norm, Leland Orser aspired to be a biologist for most of his life. Deep down, he nurtured a penchant for creative pursuits. Unlike his renowned peers, whose creative talents were evident from childhood, Orser’s family didn’t detect any such inclinations. They described him as reserved in his demeanor.

Orser himself admitted in limited interviews that embarking on an acting career presented formidable challenges. His surroundings didn’t provide encouragement, and he lacked the tenacity to tread that path. Additionally, he believed his appearance lacked memorability, hindering him from securing significant film roles.


Leland Orser, nearing his thirties, realized the need to alter his professional trajectory. At this juncture, he revisited his youthful aspirations, searching for a fitting endeavor. After several fruitless quests, he landed a role in the series “Gabriel’s Fire” in 1991.

His debut was a triumph, endowing Orser with self-assurance in his capabilities. While acting in this series, he carved a niche as a supporting actor adept at kindling viewer interest in specific plot junctures without overshadowing the main cast. This talent would eventually pave the way for long-term projects.

Subsequently, Leland Orser embarked on parallel ventures in various projects. Notably, he contributed to the iconic series “The X-Files,” centered around anomalous events involving extraterrestrial forces. He made appearances in three episodes of the sitcom “Married… with Children,” two in the Western series “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman,” and assumed diverse roles in “NYPD Blue.”

Later, he showcased his prowess in psychologically demanding roles on the set of the gangster thriller “Baby Face Nelson.” Some time afterward, he joined the ensemble cast of David Fincher’s “Se7en,” collaborating with Morgan Freeman, Brad Pitt, and Gwyneth Paltrow. In this film, Orser portrayed a licentious massage parlor employee.

Without wavering from his goal of establishing himself as a sought-after actor, Leland Orser signed on for the legendary “Star Trek” franchise. Over the ensuing years, he sporadically appeared in series such as “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” and “Star Trek: Voyager.” In these productions, he frequently embodied Dejaren, a cunning hologram assassin bent on causing maximum harm.

By the early 2000s, Orser had risen as a bona fide star, emerging from the shadow of his peers. The dedication he invested in the early ‘90s bore fruit a decade later. His filmography includes titles like “Taken” and “Taken 2,” where he portrayed Sam Gilroy, a close associate of the main character (Liam Neeson). In the medical drama series “ER,” he assumed the role of Dr. Lucien and more. In the psychological thriller “Faults,” he portrayed Ansel Roth, a specialist in manipulating minds.

To date, Leland Orser has contributed to over 70 projects in his filmography, leaving an indelible mark on American cinema. Importantly, he still anticipates a slew of forthcoming projects. His journey has seen him accomplish his childhood ambition.


Leland Orser in The Bone Collector

Leland Jones Orser Movies and TV Shows

  • 2014

    Taken 3

    Sam Gilroy

  • 2012

    Taken 2

    Sam Gilroy

  • 2007


    Sam Gilroy

  • 2003


    Wesley Owen Welsh

  • 2001

    Pearl Harbor

    Major Jackson

  • 1998

    Saving Private Ryan

    Lieutenant DeWindt

  • 1997

    Alien Resurrection

    Larry Purvis

  • 1996

    Independence Day

    Tech / Medical Assistant

  • 1995


    Crazed Man in Massage Parlour

  • 1993

    The X-Files (episode “Firewalker”)

    Jason Ludwig


Leland Orser in Saving Private Ryan

Leland Orser's personal life and family

In the early 1980s, Leland Orser crossed paths with Roma Downey, leading to a swift marriage. However, their union was short-lived. Following initial success in the film industry, their relationship encountered conflicts, culminating in separation. Orser recalls this period as particularly perplexing and far from content.

A decade later, Orser met Jeanne Tripplehorn, a star of “Basic Instinct.” They opted for a protracted courtship before formalizing their union. The couple now shares a son named August, with whom they relish their leisure. Social media posts paint a picture of Leland Orser enjoying a fulfilling and joyous life.

Leland Orser now

As of 2022, Leland Orser has increased his television appearances, showing a predilection for the small screen over film shoots. He ranks among the top-earning supporting actors. His career underscores that success in the film industry can be achieved without headlining roles. He assumed central characters in series such as “Berlin Station” (featuring Richard Armitage, Rhys Ifans, Michelle Forbes) and “I Am the Night” (starring Chris Pine, India Eisley, Yul Vazquez).

Published: September 13, 2023
Updated: June 24, 2024