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Daniel James Roebuck, born March 4, 1963, is an American actor, writer and producer. He is known for his role on Matlock and he portrayed Paul Karofsky on Glee.

Personal life

Roebuck was born in Bethlehem, PA. He was married twice: Leslie from 1983 till 1987 and Kelly. He and Kelly have two children together.[1]


Roebuck made his film debut in Night School in 1981 and his television debut on The Love Boat in 1986.

He had a recurring role on Matlock for fifty-five episodes for eight years till 1995 and Nash Bridges for fourteen episodes for four years till 2000. Roebuck was in the first Final Destination in 2000 and he appeared in Agent Cody Banks in 2003 and it's sequel in 2004.

He appeared on Glee for three episodes for three years and he appeared on Sonny with Chance for year.


Year Title Role Notes
1981 Night School uncredited
1985 Cavegirl Rex
1986 River's Edge Samson 'John' Tollet
The Love Boat S. C. U. Lambda (Hippies and Yuppies/Frat Wars/Return of the Lambdas)
1987 Dudes Biscuit
Project X Hadfield
Matlock Cliff Lewis 1987 - 95 (55 episodes)
1988 Miles from Home Young Trooper uncredited
Dirty Dozen: The Series Irwin Moskowitz (Danko's Dozen)
1989 Terror Eyes
Disorganized Crime Bill Lonigan
1990 Capital News Haskell Epstein TV Movie
Capital News Haskell Epstein (13 episodes)
1991 Star Trek: The Next Generation Jaron (Unification I and II)
Lookwell Cop uncredited and TV Movie
The Killing Mind Dennis Jepson TV Movie
Palace Guard Ernest Lyle (Memories)
1992 Only You Marty
Dark Justice (Prime Cuts)
Eddie Presley Keystone the Magnificent
Quantum Leap Neil (The Play's the Thing - September 9, 1969)
1993 King B: A Life in the Movies Commander Comet/Captain Storm
The Fugitive Biggs
Now Renting Mark short
1994 Moment of Truth: Caught in the Crossfire Randy Wood TV Movie
1996 The Cold Equations Mitch TV Movie
Drivenm' Dale Schneider
House Arrest
Officer Brickowski
Abducted: A Father's Love TV Movie
Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman Herkimer Johnson (Oedipus Wrecks)
The Late Shift Jay Leno TV Movie
Nash Bridges Richard Bettina 1996 - 00 (14 episodes)
1997 American Hero Vincent
Cadillac Mike
Money Talks Detective Williams
Spy Game Anthony J. Poll (Lorne and Max Drop the Ball)
Stir Joseph Bekins
The Pretender Daniel Carlson (Bomb Squad)
1998 Together & Alone Dougie Westa
Buddy Faro Rex Nardo (Ain't That a Kick in the Head)
Vengeance Unlimited William Hargess (Cruel and Unusual)
V.I.P. Iron Green (Beats Working at a Hot Dog Stand)
George & Leo Danny (The Massage: Part 2)
U.S. Marshals Deputy Marshal Bobby Biggs
Sweet Jane Kellygreen
1999 The King of Queens Jeffrey (Court Date)
2000 Family Law Bruce (Generations)
Mexico City Chris
The West Wing Lieutenant Buckley (And It's Surely to Their Credit)
The Drew Carey Show Mr. Grayson (Drew's Inheritance)
Up Against Amanda Officer Red
Quints Jim Grover as Dan Roebuck and TV Movie
Hollywood Off-Ramp (Big Screen)
Final Destination Agent Weine
Martial Law Waldo (The Thrill Is Gone)
Early Edition Michael Fielding (Gifted)
The Invisible Man Agent Norman Miller 2000 - 01 (Cat & Mouse and Ghost of a Chance)
2001 eMale Dale Fortunato short
Squint Rabbi short
The Greatest Intergalactic Hero Fennington Wilburton short
Any Day Now Father Michael (Still My Little Soldier)
The Guardian Web Hall (The Funnies)
The Parkers Producer (Family Ties and Lies)
Crossing Jordan George Falk (Believers)
A Glimpse of Hell PO Dale Mortensen TV Movie
A Mother's Testimony Police Officer TV Movie
Boston Public Northampton Symphony Orchestra Man uncredited (Chapter Fifteen)
The Vampire Hunters Club Dracula
Double Take Agent Norville
FreakyLinks Stu Carmichael (Subject: The Harbingers)
2002 Mary Christmas Mac Reeves TV Movie
Malcolm in the Middle Zoo Worker Randy (Zoo)
Hansel & Gretel Dad
Bubba Ho-Tep Hearse Driver
Six Feet Under Male Sex Addict (The Last Time)
Judging Amy Alvin Twycoff (Boston Terriers from France and Come Back Soon)
NYPD Blue Dave Burgess (Oedipus Wrecked)
We Were Soldiers Medevac CO
2003 ER Kyle Martin (Out of Africa)
Miracle Dogs Dr. Elliot TV Movie
Windfall Packard TV Movie
The Division Ronald Crenshaw (Diagnosis)
Dark Walker Radio D.J. video
Behind the Camera: The Unauthorized Story of 'Three's Company' Ted Bergman TV Movie
The Low Budget Time Machine Mook
The District Officer Up For Promotion (Bloodlines)
Agent Cody Banks Mr. Banks
Becker Mr. Stoler (The Pain in the Neck)
A Minute with Stan Hooper Pete Peterson 2003 - 04 (13 episodes)
2004 Blowing Smoke Ray TV Movie
Monsterama: A Tribute to Horror Hosts Dr. Shocker TV Movie
The Substitute Waiter Dan short
Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London Mr. Banks
Straight Into Darkness Soldier
The Sure Hand of God Marcus Bowser
2005 Take Out Fredo Holt
Law & Order Nathaniel Prentiss (New York Minute)
Desperate Housewives Mr. Flannery (You Could Drive a Person Crazy)
Supercross Mr. Lang
Monk Larry Zwibell (Mr. Monk Gets Drunk)
The Devil's Rejects Morris Green
American Black Beauty Doc Chavez TV Movie
Murder at the Presidio Major Dawson TV Movie
Cold Case Butch Beard, 2005 (Kensington)
Graves End Sheriff Hooper
The Naked Monster Captain Company
Behind the Camera: The Unauthorized Story of 'Mork & Mindy' Garry Marshall TV Movie
Confessions of a Sociopathic Social Climber Alex TV Movie
Lost Leslie Arzt 2005 - 10 (8 episodes)
2006 Close to Home Big Freddy Wade (Homecoming)
The Closer Alan Roth (To Protect & to Serve)
Red Riding Hood Red's Dad
Ghost Whisperer Adam Emerson (The Vanishing)
Boston Legal Russell Blayney (Shock and Oww!)
Flourish Charles Covner
NCIS Port Security Chief Matthew Lake (Boxed In)
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Frank Rosetti/Fred Paulsen 2006 - 13 (Rashomama and Dead Air)
2007 Lost: Missing Pieces Leslie Arzt uncredited (Arzt & Crafts and Tropical Depression)
Misty & Sara Phil short
Christmas Is Here Again Paul Rocco/Jacque voice and video
K-Ville Arnie Canesco (No Good Deed)
Halloween Lou Martini
Orion Slave Girls Must Die!!! Jules' Dad short
Shredderman Rules Bob Bixby TV Movie
Trail of the Screaming Forehead Amos
LA Blues Mr. Whittmore
A Family Lost Steve Walsh TV Movie
Without a Trace August Black (Eating Away)
2008 Eleventh Hour Principal Craig (Cardiac)
Bryan Loves You Professor Spine
Flash of Genius Frank Sertin
How My Dad Killed Dracula Uncle Ronny short
Rex Sheriff Bobby
Bones George Francis (Player Under Pressure)
Finding Amanda Link
2009 A Fork in the Road Martin Cheeder
The New Adventures of Old Christine Josh (It's Beginning to Stink a Lot Like Christmas)
Woke Up Dead Shadow Man (14 episodes)
Wizards of Waverly Place Mr. Evans (Halloween)
The Haunted World of El Superbeasto Morris Green voice
Halloween II Big Lou
Dark Blue Paul Tivnan (Ice)
Angels and Fire Sen. Stevens short
The Mandala Maker The Other Person short
Dark and Stormy Night 8 O'Clock Farraday
The Lost Skeleton Returns Again Gondreau Slykes
Sonny with a Chance Mr. Condor 2009 - 10 (5 episodes)
2010 Changing Hands Tommy
Jack and the Beanstalk Mayor Lichfield
CSI: Miami Mark Bullock (Getting Axed)
Crafty Phil Sheridan (Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Baked)
Dozers Thurman Stewart
The Rooneys TV short
Glee Paul Karofsky 2010 - 12 (Furt, Born This Way, and On My Way)
2011 Grimm Lt. Peter Orson (The Three Bad Wolves)
The Congregation Solomon Hostetler short
The Mentalist Det. Wade (Scarlet Ribbons)
T is for Temptation Killer short
L.A. Noire Mark Bishop voice, video game
InSight Sgt. Reed
That's What I Am Jim Nichol
Night Club Frank
Big Love Jeff (The Oath)
Final Sale Ted
2012 Beyond the Basement Door Roman Grady short
Changing Hands Feature
Everyone Wants Theirs George Charlie (The Levels of Resurrection)
Castle Joe Silva (Swan Song)
Doctor Shocker's Monster Campaign Ads 2012 The Wolf Man short
The Walking Dead B.J. uncredited and TV mini-series
The Lords of Salem Frankenmonster (Frankenstein and the Witchhunter) uncredited
Weeds Detective Jensen (Messy and See Blue and Smell Cheese and Die)
John Dies at the End Largeman
Hot in Cleveland Director Perkins (Two Girls and a Rhino)
2013 After Life Garrett
Compound Fracture Jim
The Cynicism of Harvey Kay Harvey Kay short
Mob City Nick Bledsoe (6 episodes)
Dead Rising 3 Gary Finkel voice, video game
See Dad Run Bill (See Dad Dance Around the Truth)
Neil Gaiman's We Can Get Them for You Wholesale Burton Kimble short
King & Maxwell Hamilton G. Skales (Job Security)
Lionhead Detective Heilman
Vegas Teddy Brown (Scoundrels)
Crash & Bernstein Ed (Crash vs Flex)
It's a Frame-Up! Edgar Kennedy short
CSI: NY Ray Tortucci (White Gold)
2014 Grumpy Cat's Worst Christmas Ever George TV Movie
NCIS: Los Angeles Paul Barnes (The Grey Man)
Franklin & Bash Dewey Barber (Good Cop/Bad Cop)
The Walk Mr. Simpson short
At the Devil's Door Chuck
2015 His Neighbor Phil Harvey post-production
Phantasm: Ravager Demeter post-production
The Flag Chef Jim post-production
Give Til It Hurts Dallas post-production
Soaked in Bleach Tom Grant documentary and post-production
A Place for Heroes (completed) Lloyd completed
American Kings announced
Major Crimes Sgt. Staples (Internal Affairs)
Classic (They Made Me a Criminal)


  • Bears a slight resemblance to actor Lee Majors II, son of "The Six Million Dollar Man" (1974) star Lee Majors.
  • Is a major Universal Monster collector.
  • Profiled in "Character Kings: Hollywood's Familiar Faces Discuss the Art & Business of Acting" by Scott Voisin in 2009.
  • Once guest in an episode of The Walking Dead.