George Gerdes has guest-starred on many a hit TV show, including NCIS:LA, The Mentalist, Criminal Minds, Castle, Bones, True Blood, and Dexter. Seinfeld fans know Gerdes as the vigilante leader in the classic ‘Bubble Boy’ episode. X-Files aficionados remember him as the fiery southern preacher in ‘The Miracle Man.’
An ever changing chameleon, George is best known to some movie fans as ‘Borg,’ the vicious dog-sledding Swede in Disney’s Iron Will with Kevin Spacey. Gerdes pursued Michael Keaton through the dark streets of Manhattan in The Squeeze. He was Robert DeNiro’s affable blue collar boss in Jacknife, the 18th century Federal Marshal confronting Anthony Hopkins in Steven Spielberg’s Amistad, and the Swedish detective in The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo directed by David Fincher.
Morphing from being a born again rapist on NYPD Blue into playing the sympathetic yet explosive LAPD detective in William Friedkin’s Jailbreakers, on HBO’s Rebel Highway series, Gerdes had recurring roles as both a loving granddad on ER and a hired killer on General Hospital.
On Broadway, he was in the original cast of Aaron Sorkin’s A Few Good Men. Off-Broadway he played the great Russian Jewish expressionist painter Soutine in Dennis McIntyre's Modligliani and also starred as Eddie, the loose cannon of a Wyoming cowboy, in Sam Shepard's Fool For Love. Lloyd Richards directed Gerdes as the volatile baseball legend Ty Cobb in Lee Blessing’s Cobb.
George is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University's Drama Department. On stage he has done everything from Shakespeare to Samuel Beckett. Regional theater credits include Actors Theater of Louisville, the Alliance in Atlanta, The Old Globe in San Diego, New Haven’s Long Wharf, and The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.
As a singer-songwriter and recording artist, George Gerdes has two albums on United Artists Records entitled respectively, Obituary and Son of Obituary. They created a very special cult of Gerdes fans including both Peter Sellers and John Belushi. Joni Mitchell once said that Gerdes' song ‘Say So What Else Is New?’ is “the happiest sad song I’ve ever heard.”