Brett Rice

James Brett Rice (born April 20, 1954) is an American film, television, and theater actor. He is perhaps known for his roles in the films Forrest Gump (1994), Remember the Titans (2000), Monster (2003), Super 8 (2011), Foxcatcher (2014), and Sully (2016).

Brett Rice
James Brett Rice

(1954-04-20) April 20, 1954 (age 66)
Years active1982–present

Early lifeEdit

Brett Rice was born in 1954 in Chattanooga, Tennessee, the oldest of four children. He attended a number of schools until finally he was sent to Marist Military Academy in Atlanta, after which he had a short time in the U.S. Army.

Acting careerEdit

He went with a friend to the theater building to wait as he auditioned for a show. While he waited the director asked him if he wanted to audition. He landed a role and from that moment on lived, ate and drank the theater. Over the next five years he went to every theater in Atlanta and auditioned for almost everything that came along. This included a TV pilot for The Catlins (1982) which led to a two-year contract. He got a part in The Bear (1984), with Gary Busey and then a role in a TV movie called Poison Ivy (1985), with Michael J. Fox, Adam Baldwin and Nancy McKeon. Work was hard to find for a while but he worked throughout the 1990s. He played in many TV shows such as In the Heat of the Night (1988), I'll Fly Away (1991), Walker, Texas Ranger (1993), and many more. Theatrical films included Edward Scissorhands (1990), Passenger 57 (1992), Kalifornia (1993), Forrest Gump (1994), From the Earth to the Moon (1998), The Waterboy (1998) and as a co-star in Remember the Titans (2000) in which he played Coach Tyrell opposite Denzel Washington and Will Patton. He had a guest appearance on the television show, Sheena (2000) in the episode "Stranded in the Jungle" (2002). Brett has over 75 credits for TV and film, and at least that many credits for the stage. He has become a Councilor at Large with SAG to get more closely involved with the unusual politics and negotiations with producers in Los Angeles and New York. He starred as Tucker Baggett in the A&E/Netflix series Longmire.


Year Title Role Notes
1984 The Bear Don Hutson
1986 Running Mates John
1988 Final Cut Mark
1990 Edward Scissorhands Reporter
1991 Problem Child 2 Maitre D'
1992 Passenger 57 Cop #1 as James Brett Rice
1993 Kalifornia Police Officer
Matinee Gene's Dad (voice)
1994 Forrest Gump High School Football Coach
1995 Gordy Jud as James Brett Rice
1996 Fled Officer Thornhill
1997 Rosewood William Bryce
1998 Palmetto Crash Site Cop
Holy Man Detective #1
The Waterboy Laski
Making Waves Mr. Davis
1999 Selma, Lord, Selma Sheriff Potts
All Shook Up Deputy Lowden
2000 Small Town Conspiracy Doc DeLibo
Remember the Titans Coach Herb Tyrell
Unshackled Captain Tucker
2002 The President's Man: A Line in the Sand Stephen Mornay
Longshot Older Valet as James Brett Rice
Sunshine State Buyer #2
2003 Small Town Conspiracy Doc DeLibo
Dunsmore Rev. Borland
Monster Charles
2004 Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius Big Bob Jones
The Eliminator Pilot
2005 Today You Die Taggert
2006 Glory Road George McCarty
Last Time Forever Sam Masterson
Once Not Far from Home The Sheriff Short
The Ultimate Gift Bill Stevens
We Are Marshall Lloyd Boone
2007 A Death in the Woods Reuben Short
Autographs for French Fries Andy Cook, Manager Short
Pawn'd Joe Medici Short
Who's Your Monkey? Chris
Dusk James Farmer Short
2008 A Minute Too Late Lead Short
Conjurer Fulton Moss
Sex Drive Mr. Lafferty
2009 Like Dandelion Dust Judge Evams
National Lampoon's Van Wilder: Freshman Year Sergeant Hayes
The Blind Side Cousin Bobby
2010 Dear John Pastor
Father of Invention Howard Camp
Prime of Your Life Richardson
Letters to God Bar Guy
Endure Trooper Rodney Morris
Unrequited Gill Austin
The Trial Dr. Newbern
The Way Home Chief Gary Thomas
2011 A Little Bit of Heaven Ad Agency Client
Super 8 Sheriff Pruitt
Seeking Justice Long
Footloose Roger Dunbar
The Saints of Mt. Christopher Tom
2012 Hope Springs Vince
2013 The Ultimate Life Uncle Bill
Wait No Longer Judge Charles Mathis Short
2014 Moms' Night Out Sgt. Murphy
Foxcatcher Fred Cole
Summer Snow Mr. Jenkins
Kill the Messenger Hansjorg Baier
Red Dirt Rising Roy Lewallen
2015 The Square Root of 2 Ben Lehrer
Christmas in the Smokies Mr. Baxter
Woodlawn Whitehurst
2016 The Choice Dr. McCarthy
Sully Carl Clarke
The Wedding Party Tobias
2017 The Case for Christ Ray Nelson
Thumper Mr. Carter
Intent Daniels
Year Title Role Notes
1982 The Catlins Seth Quinn
1985 Poison Ivy Martin Blair TV Movie
1986 Dalton: Code of Vengeance II Sergeant Brown as James Brett Rice
1989–1992 Superboy Whitehead / Suit 2 episodes
1990 B.L. Stryker Benny Episode: "Winner Takes All"
1990–1992 Swamp Thing Headman / Everett Baxtor 2 episodes
1991 Wife, Mother, Murderer Fowler TV Movie; as James Brett Rice
1992–1993 In the Heat of the Night Delbert Pike / Brian Moss / Manager 3 episodes
1992 Stay the Night Blanchard TV Movie
I'll Fly Away D.A. McKeeson / McKeeson 4 episodes
1993 Stolen Babies Robert Taylor TV Movie
With Hostile Intent N/A TV Movie; as James Brett Rice
Deadly Relations Tom Porteous TV Movie
1994 A Passion for Justice: The Hazel Brannon Smith Story Sheriff Cole TV Movie
Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All Mag Exec Uncredited
Thunder in Paradise Kenneth Episode: "Distant Shout of Thunder"
Fortune Hunter Nick Gunn Episode: "Millenium"
Summertime Switch Judge TV Movie
1995 Trade-Off Angry Drunk TV Movie
seaQuest 2032 Dustin Thaw / UEO Guard 2 episodes
Pointman Ellis Parker Episode: "Prisoner of Love"
Saved by the Light Leonard TV Movie
1996 Andersonville Lt. Dahlgren TV Movie
The Cape Technician #1 Episode: "Pilot"
Sudden Terror: The Hijacking of School Bus #17 Detective Sims TV Movie
Second Noah Major Ed Thomas Episode: "The Choice"
1997 Savannah Bringer Episode: "Where There's a Will..."
1997–2001 Walker, Texas Ranger Detective Ed O'Carrol / Kyle Meadows / Danny Barnes 3 episodes
1998 From the Earth to the Moon Sam Langfitt Episode: "We Interrupt This Program"
1999 Passing Glory N/A TV Movie
The Paper Route The Man Short
Shake, Rattle and Roll: An American Love Story Joe Hart TV Movie; as James Brett Rice
2000 The Runaway Deputy Hugh TV Movie
2001 Three Blind Mice Charlie Stubbs TV Movie
2002 Sheena Shanahan Episode: "Stranded in the Jungle"
2004 Frankenstein Detective Frye TV Movie
2005 Charmed Sheriff Episode: "The Seven Year Witch"
2006 Aquaman Commander Haley TV pilot
One Tree Hill Detective Episode: "I Love You But I've Chosen Darkness"
2007 The Staircase Murders Detective Castell TV Movie
2008 Recount Judge Charles Burton TV Movie
2009 Strokes Mr. Hamilton TV Movie
Criminal Minds Detective Bates Episode: "Bloodlines"
Lie to Me Chief Jack Morrow Episode: "Unchained"
The People v. Leo Frank Luther Rosser PBS Video
Drop Dead Diva Warren Gunther Episode: "The Dress"
2011 Leverage Alfred Ross Episode: "The Van Gogh Job"
The Glades Gerry Whitlock Episode: "Iron Pipeline"
2012 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Ben Gerard Episode: "Altered Stakes"
Firelight Mr. Lewis TV Movie
The Mentalist Chief Burt Anson Episode: "So Long, and Thanks for All the Red Snapper"
TalhotBlond Foreman TV Movie
Burn Notice Union Rep Episode: "You Can Run"
2012–2013 Magic City Senator Ned Sloat 8 episodes
2013 A Way Back Home Wes Cameron TV Movie
NCIS Los Angeles Anthony Trager Episode: "The Lifelong Day"
2014 Suburgatory Hubba Episode: "The Ballad of Piggy Duckworth"
True Blood Paul Mills Episode: "Lost Cause"
2015 Complications Detective John Dacy Episode: "Pilot"
True Detective Mr. Wyman Episode: "Church in Ruins"
2015–2016 Transparent Pastor Gene 3 episodes
2016 Angie Tribeca Warden Harding Episode: "Inside Man"
Workaholics Judge Brownton Episode: "Meth Head Actor"
NCIS Captain RJ Hammond Episode: "Decompressed"
Roots William Byrd Episode: "Part 3"
2016–2017 Longmire Tucker Baggett 4 episodes
2017 Lethal Weapon Samuel Petry Episode: "Lawmen"
The Son William Philpott 2 episodes
Ballers Councilman Bob Sawyer Episode: "Bull Rush"
The Good Doctor Mr. Wilks Episode: "Point Three Percent"
There's... Johnny! Andy's Dad Episode: "Andy Goes to Hollywood"
Snowfall Senator Patrick Original pilot
2018 Nobodies B.G. Newbury Episode: "Alone Star State"
Beerfest: Thirst for Victory Mr. Fitzgerald TV Movie
Insatiable Robert Armstrong Sr. 3 episodes
2020 9-1-1: Lone Star Wayne Gettinger 2 episodes
Paradise Lost Uncle BB Series regular
USS Christmas Captain Chet Jenkins Hallmark Movie

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