If you’ve watched television over the past 20 years or so, there’s a good chance you’ve seen Greg Germann on your screen. Not only has he been on some of your favorite shows over the past couple of decades — like Ally McBeal — he’s also guest starred on many as well.
From how he got his start in acting to his award-winning role, here are five fast facts you must know about the actor who portrays Dr. Tom Koracick (and will be a regular next season) on Grey’s Anatomy!
In The Beginning
Born in Houston but raised on Lookout Mountain outside of Golden, Colorado, Germann’s father was an award-winning children’s playwright and theater professor. Not surprisingly, his son became a Theater major at the University of Northern Colorado, where he graduated in two years and moved to New York in 1982.
Before becoming a major television actor, Germann cut his teeth on Broadway! He was in the play Fancy This with Matthew Broderick in 1982, which he also co-wrote, and he was also in the musical Chicago the same year. In 1983, he appeared in The Wizard of Oz.
Moving Out West
He moved to Los Angeles in 1985 and by 1986, he appeared in the film The Whoopee Boys. Later, he appeared in Child’s Play 2, the sequel to a very popular horror film and co-starred with former NCIS star Lauren Holly in Down and Derby. He’d go on to recur on NCIS himself as Assistant Director Jerome Craig.
Germann was cast in the highly acclaimed David E. Kelly TV series Ally McBeal as Richard Fish. He was on the quirky show for all five seasons, from 1997 to 2002. He also won a Screen Actors Guild award for the role.
The Write Stuff
In addition to the play he wrote and co-starred in back in New York, in 1998, his short film, Pete’s Garden, (he also directed and starred) premiered at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival. It later aired on The Sundance Channel in 1999. He also wrote the play, The Observatory, which was performed at New York’s Ensemble Studio Theatre.