Daniel Roebuck

Daniel Roebuck is an American actor whose physique allowed him to play a number of policemen and non-Hollywood Everyman characters. Born in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania in 1963, Roebuck took to performing as a kid, performing magic, stand-up comedy, and even traveling with a regional circus as a clown. He moved to Los Angeles when he turned 21, finding stage work and landing the role of the teenage killer in the youth drama "River's Edge" in 1986. Roebuck worked steadily with supporting TV parts and larger roles in independent films before being cast in 1987 as Andy Griffith's partner in the series "Matlock." In 1993, he played Deputy Biggs in the action hit "The Fugitive" as well as recreating the role in its semi-sequel "United States Marshals" in 1998. A particularly difficult role came his way in 1996, when he was cast as Tonight Show host Jay Leno in the TV film "The Late Shift," acting behind a prosthetic chin. Also in 1996, Roebuck landed a recurring role as a corrupt inspector on the TV cop show "Nash Bridges." In 2005, he appeared as a junior high school science teacher in ABC's "Lost," and his character's death in the first season did not stop him from reappearing in later seasons of the fantasy series. A horror fan in his private life, Roebuck has had roles in a few of slasher director Rob Zombie's films, and he also wrote and directed "Monsterama," a series short of documentaries on horror collectibles.