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Brett Cullen (born 26 August 1956; age 67) is the actor who portrayed Deral in the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine third season episode "Meridian". Cullen has found success in feature films, with supporting roles in movies including The Dark Knight Rises, Joker, National Security, The Replacements, Something to Talk About, Apollo 13, Leaving Normal, and Ghost Rider.

Cullen spent three years as "Dan Fixx" on the TV drama Falcon Crest and two years he portrayed "Marshal Sam Cain" on The Young Riders. He played Apollo 15 commander David Scott in From the Earth to the Moon. Others who appeared in the mini-series are Sam Anderson, David Andrews, Dan Butler, David Clennon, Gary Cole, Ronny Cox, J. Downing, Ann Cusack, David Drew Gallagher, Jerry Hardin, Clint Howard, Daniel Hugh Kelly, John Carroll Lynch, Dakin Matthews, Kieran Mulroney, Conor O'Farrell, Holmes R. Osborne, Ethan Phillips, Harve Presnell, Mark Rolston, Stephen Root, Alan Ruck, and Winona Ryder.

He played Detective Burnett on Desperate Housewives (along with Teri Hatcher, Steven Culp, Mark Moses, Brenda Strong, and the late Hamilton Camp). He has also been featured in a recurring capacity on True Detective, Narcos, The Blacklist, The Mountain, Once and Again (with William O. Campbell and Susanna Thompson) Suddenly Susan, Ugly Betty (with Alan Dale, Vanessa Williams, and Tony Plana), Friday Night Lights, and Damages (with Michael Nouri)

In 2019 he appeared as Thomas Wayne in Joker, (which also featured Star Trek: The Next Generation guest star Jeff McCarthy).

He has also made guest appearances on The Mentalist (with fellow Deep Space Nine guest star Gregory Itzin and Jamie McShane), Without a Trace (with Enrique Murciano), Ghost Whisperer (with Ann Cusack), Family Law (with Christopher McDonald and Julie Warner), The Outer Limits (with Kevin Tighe), Ally McBeal (with Jerry Hardin), the original V (with Jeff Yagher and Leslie Bevis), M*A*S*H (with David Ogden Stiers), and The Incredible Hulk (with Anne Lockhart).

He played Arnold Vinick's running mate, Governor Ray Sullivan, on The West Wing, along with Stephen Root, Tim Kelleher, and J. Patrick McCormack.

He also made a number of appearances on J.J. Abrams' and Damon Lindelof's Lost, appearing with Daniel Dae Kim, Terry O'Quinn, Sam Anderson, and Alan Dale. Cullen has since guest starred in Under the Dome. Currently Cullen stars as moneyed attorney Michael Stappord on the Lifetime drama series Devious Maids. In the first season Cullen co-starred with Stephen Collins.

Cullen also owns a production company with the musician Meat Loaf known as "The Yellow Rose, Inc."


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