Where’ve I Seen that Face? L.A. Noire’s Character Actor Line-Up: Detective Biggs, Gloria Bishop, Captain Gordon Leary and More

Posted on June 13 2011, 10:52am | Author: R* Q | Filed Under: Games

With L.A. Noire now available worldwide, players working their way through the game are bound to come across various actors from the worlds of television and film that may look familiar (fans of Mad Men are sure to recognize many faces beyond Aaron Staton, who plays Detective Cole Phelps).

So for those that may have a burning question about where they may recognize some of these character actors from, we present the debut edition of Where’ve I Seen that Face? L.A. Noire’s Character Actor Line-Up.



Arson Detective Herscel Biggs is played by Keith Szarabajka, who you may recognize from his role as Detective Stephens in The Dark Knight, or from his turns on the small screen as vampire hunter Daniel Holtz in Angel and mercenary Robert Morrison during season 4 of 24.



Gloria Bishop, the wife of film producer Mark Bishop and a person of interest in "The Fallen Idol" Traffic desk case is played by Carla Gallo.  In addition to a litany of roles in some of writer/director/producer Judd Apatow's most popular work (Undeclared, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Superbad and Forgetting Sarah Marshall among them), Carla's also been a frequent guest star on both Bones and Californication.



In addition to recent appearances on Mad Men and The Event, Ned Vaughn, who plays Traffic desk Captain Gordon Leary, has a long history of character roles in action-oriented film and television. His resume includes 24, Heroes, Murder One, China Beach, The Hunt for Red October and Star Trek: The Next Generation.



Courtney Gains plays Eli Rooney, one of the suspects in the Golden Butterfly case. In addition to a role in Back to the Future, Gains is known for his roles as superstitious gunner Sgt. Eugene McVey in Memphis Belle, and most memorably as Malachai in the 1984 film adaptation of Stephen King's Children of the Corn.



Brian Krause, who plays shopkeeper Clem Feeney, is probably most recognizable as Leo Wyatt on Aaron Spelling's long-running TV show Charmed.  Additionally, Krause starred opposite Milla Jovovich in Return to the Blue Lagoon, and has also appeared in episodes of CSI: Miami, Mad Men and Castle.

Look for more character actor line-ups in the weeks ahead, and be sure to let us know in the comments if there's somebody you recognize in L.A. Noire but you just can't put your finger on where you remember them from.

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  • BrainDead928on September 7 2011, 7:10pmReplyFlag
    Eli Rooney is one creepy S.O.B.
    • girlgamer79on July 15 2011, 11:37amReplyFlag
      Carla Gallo was in carnivale. my bad.good show wish it was still on.
      • girlgamer79on July 15 2011, 11:33amReplyFlag
        Gloria Bishop was also in Carnivale
        • RTdennison July 4 2011, 12:25pmReplyFlag
          This is some great stuff. Playing through the game several times I had that feeling "I've seen this guy/girl before."
          More of those acrticles, please!
          • 201277on June 29 2011, 7:03pmReplyFlag
            Whenever I see Courtney Gains, I think of Bruce Dern eyeballing him in The 'Burbs.
            Klopek? What is that... Slavic?!
            HEY PINOCCHIO! WHERE DO YOU THINK YOU'RE GOIN?!
            • coleslaw7070on June 20 2011, 11:32amReplyFlag
              Anyone notice Patrick Fischler that plays Mickey Cohen he has had tons of small roles!!! Like: Black Dahlia, Lost, Twister, and like so many of the actors...Mad Men
              • Reidbynatureon June 20 2011, 3:30amReplyFlag
                Loved that guy in The Dark Knight. It would be real shame if he isn't in The Dark Knight Rises. He made a good impression with a small, but memorable role.
                • R* Aon June 18 2011, 7:59pmReplyFlag
                  @NiceFella Haha - yes, he's also well known for playing the sidekick to Patrick Dempsey in "Can't Buy Me Love" from the 80s
                  • NiceFellaon June 17 2011, 10:52pmReplyFlag
                    Ah yes, "Outlander, we have your woman! Her blood will spill!"
                    • gryzor1000on June 17 2011, 3:04pmReplyFlag
                      Kurt Fuller who played Archangel Zachariah in Supernatural is car salesman Richard Coombs in the case A Slip Of The Tongue
                      • R* Yon June 15 2011, 11:03amReplyFlag
                        @Namssorg @lordemil @NikkyFlippers & others, good stuff guys, we'll have another article in the weeks ahead
                        • 30359on June 15 2011, 10:52amReplyFlag
                          I can swear that the Bar Man from El Dorado (In the same case where Clem Finney Appears) Is Carl, the barman of McLaren's in How I Met Your Mother.
                          • Skillet2012on June 15 2011, 10:09amReplyFlag
                            Wow - I *thought* that was Holtz from Angel! That bring the total to three people from Angel in L.A. Noire: Holtz, Vonnor and the guy who plays Mickey Cohen was a conspiracy theorist who worked at a bookstore in the fourth season.
                            • NikkyFlipperson June 15 2011, 3:47amReplyFlag
                              I love it how there are some actors from Mad Men in L.A. Noire, such as, of course, Aaron Staton, Andy Umberger and Vincent Kartheiser. Anyone else, Rockstar?
                              • lordemilon June 14 2011, 11:30pmReplyFlag
                                Matt Parkman in Heroes, real name Greg Grunberg.
                                he was in "The Golden Butterfly" homicide case.
                                • Namssorgon June 14 2011, 8:01pmReplyFlag
                                  Anyone recognize this guy (Max Adler), Karofsky from GLEE? http://imgur.com/A6oTZ
                                  • R* Yon June 14 2011, 2:07pmReplyFlag
                                    @JustoDaDon Nice catch, you're right
                                    • nybklynguyon June 14 2011, 1:38pmReplyFlag
                                      "I was watching an episode of Lost on netflix the other day and I couldnt figure out why one of the characters looked so familiar, then I popped in La Noire and I realized it was the captain, I thinks his name was Capt. Donnelly. I thought that was pretty cool. "

                                      I recognized him right away too. He was also Blumburg on the show Felicity and I think he was on the show Heroes too.
                                      • Darell2207on June 14 2011, 12:34pmReplyFlag
                                        This is awesome.. Now its gonna be like "hey, this is the dude from L.A Noire.."

                                        • JustoDaDonon June 14 2011, 12:20pmReplyFlag
                                          I was watching an episode of Lost on netflix the other day and I couldnt figure out why one of the characters looked so familiar, then I popped in La Noire and I realized it was the captain, I thinks his name was Capt. Donnelly. I thought that was pretty cool.
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