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Christopher Gorham
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General Information
Gender: Male
Birthday: August 14, 1974
Age: 42
Birthplace: Fresno, California, U.S.
Other Information
Height: 6'
Occupation(s): Actor
Director
Education: Roosevelt High School
UCLA
Talents: Acting
Directing
Family & Friends
Family: Lucas Gorham (son)
Ethan Gorham (son)
Alondra Cecilia (daughter)
David Gorham (father)
Cathryn Gorham (mother)
Relationships: Anel Lopez Gorham (wife)
Series Information
Character: Wizard of Oz / Walsh
First appearance: New York City Serenade
Last appearance: Kansas

Christopher David Gorham is an American actor who is best known for the ABC series Ugly Betty. He has also appeared in such series as Popular, Odyssey 5, Felicity, Jake 2.0, Medical Investigation, Out of Practice, Harper's Island, Covert Affairs, and Once Upon a Time.

View the Christopher Gorham Gallery.

Early life

Gorham was born in Fresno, California, to David Gorham, a certified public accountant, and Cathryn Gorham, a school nurse. He attended Roosevelt High School and graduated from UCLA with a B.A. in Theater in 1996. While in college he participated in many sports, including martial arts, stage combat, fencing, rollerblading, and ballroom dancing.

Career

His first job in the acting business was as an intern on Baywatch (1989). Gorham has appeared in a number of science fiction TV series, ranging from a starring role in Odyssey 5 to the title character in Jake 2.0. He also had roles on Party of Five, Felicity, and Without a Trace. He has also acted in films, including 2001's The Other Side of Heaven co-starring Anne Hathaway.

Gorham played Harrison John in the WB series Popular and Dr. Miles McCabe in the NBC drama Medical Investigation. He played the lead role in the short-lived CBS series Out of Practice. He was also the lead of ABC Family's original movie Relative Chaos.

Three years after Jake 2.0 ended, Gorham had a recurring role as Henry Grubstick in Silvio Horta's new series, Ugly Betty, and played the main love interest for the series' heroine Betty Suarez (played by America Ferrera). He joined the cast full-time for the series' second season. He then left in July 2008, but returned for the Season 3 and then also the Season 4 finale. He starred in the 2009 CBS TV miniseries, Harper's Island, in which characters were killed off every week leading to the eventual reveal of the murderer.

In summer 2010 he was cast as one of the leads in Covert Affairs, playing a blind special ops agent, Auggie Anderson, who leads the main character, a trainee CIA agent played by Piper Perabo, at her new job. The series on the USA cable network received high ratings right from the airing of its pilot episode and was renewed for a fourth season on September 25, 2012. Covert Affairs had a season 5 premiere on June 24, 2014. BuddyTV ranked Gorham No. 5 on its list of "TV's Sexiest Men of 2011".

In 2014 Gorham recurred in the back half of the third season of Once Upon a Time as Walsh, the Wizard of Oz. He currently plays rival pageant coach Bob Barnard on the Netflix series Insatiable which premiered August 10, 2018.

Personal life

Gorham is married to his former Popular co-star, Anel Lopez Gorham, with whom he has three children: sons born 2001 and 2003, and a daughter born in January 2009. He is an autism awareness advocate as he has a child diagnosed with Asperger syndrome.


Filmography

Year Title Type Role
1997 Spy Game TV Series Lucas / Daniel
1997 Shopping for Fangs Extra
1997 A Life Less Ordinary Walt
1997 - 1998 Party of Five TV Series Elliot
1998 Buffy the Vampire Slayer TV Series James Stanley
1998 Vengeance Unlimited TV Series Jason Harrington
1999 Saved by the Bell: The New Class TV Series Mark Carlson
1999 Star Trek: Hidden Evil Video Game Ens. Sovak (voice)
1999 - 2001 Popular TV Series Harrison John
2000 Dean Quixote Real Happy Fella
2001 The Other Side of Heaven John Groberg
2001 - 2002 Felicity TV Series Trevor O'Donnell
2002 - 2003 Odyssey 5 TV Series Neil Taggart
2003 Boomtown TV Series Gordon Sinclair
2003 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation TV Series Corey
2003 Without a Trace TV Series Josh Abrams
2003 Medal of Honor: Rising Sun Video Game Adam / Pvt. Thomason (voice)
2003 - 2004 Jake 2.0 TV Series Jake Foley
2004 Spam-ku Short Roy
2004 - 2005 Medical Investigation TV Series Miles McCabe
2005 - 2006 Out of Practice TV Series Benjamin Barnes
2006 Relative Chaos TV Movie Dil Gilbert
2006 - 2010 Ugly Betty TV Series Henry Grubstick
2008 The Batman TV Series William Mallery / Wrath
2009 Harper's Island TV Series Henry Dunn
2010 My Girlfriend's Boyfriend Ethan Reed
2010 - 2014 Covert Affairs TV Series Auggie Anderson
2011 The Ledge Chris (as Chris Gorham)
2011 My Life, the Video Game Short Michael Ramsey
2011 Answer This! Paul Tarson
2011 Love Bites TV Series Dale
2012 Hot in Cleveland TV Series Casey
2012 Somebody's Hero Dennis Sullivan
2012 Covert Affairs: Sights Unseen Video Auggie Anderson
2012 - 2013 Covert Affairs: Sights Unseen TV Series Auggie Anderson
2013 Yellow Face
2013 The Stream Glenn Terry
2014 Justice League: War Video The Flash / Barry Allen (voice)
2014 See Dad Run TV Series Burwick
2014 Once Upon a Time TV Series Wizard of Oz / Walsh
2015 Justice League: Throne of Atlantis Video The Flash / Barry Allen (voice)
2016 Justice League vs. Teen Titans Video The Flash / Barry Allen (voice)
2016 Heartbeat TV Series Wyatt
2016 A Boy Called Po David Wilson
2016 Major Crimes TV Series Dax Pirig
2016 Full Circle TV Series Rick D'Andres
2017 The Magicians TV Series Senator John Gaines
2017 2 Broke Girls TV Series Bobby
2017 We Love You, Sally Carmichael! Simon
2018 The Death of Superman Video The Flash (voice)
2018 - 2019 Insatiable TV Series Bob Barnard
2019 Reign of the Supermen The Flash (voice)
2019 The Other Side of Heaven 2: Fire of Faith John Groberg
2019 The Death and Return of Superman Video The Flash (voice)
2019 Modern Family TV Series Brad
2020 Justice League Dark: Apokolips War Video The Flash (voice)
2020 One Night in Miami (completed) Johnny Carson
Work Wife (pre-production) TV Movie

Trivia

  • Attended high school at Roosevelt School of the Arts and graduated from UCLA with a BA in Film & Theater arts. While in college, he participated in many sports including martial arts, stage combat, fencing, roller-blading, and ballroom dancing.
  • He resides in San Fernando Valley, California, USA.
  • Although he doesn't actually play the trumpet, his brother does, so he was guided in his determination that his fingering would at least appear authentic in The Other Side of Heaven (2001). Likewise, he does not speak Tongan, but he practiced hard, and his coach declared that he had perfect pronunciation. The cast and crew were quite impressed and, in this way, he set the work ethic for the entire shoot. Gorham was cast in the starring role as a Mormon missionary although he is not part of the LDS church in real life; in the director's words, Gorham was chosen because "he has a very gentle soul.".
  • While still in high school, he won Young Male Talent of the Year at an International Modeling Talent Association competition in New York City.
  • In the fourth grade he starred as the Mad Hatter in Lewis Carroll's Alice Through the Looking Glass, for which he won the Best Actor award that was usually reserved for sixth graders.
  • He is a licensed auctioneer, having trained with his grandfather in Kansas City, Missouri, USA.
  • First job in the business was as an intern on Baywatch (1989).
  • Attended Roosevelt School of the Arts in Fresno with Anita Kopacz, Yvonna Kopacz Wright, Audra McDonald, Matthew Floyd Miller, Kurando Mitsutake, James Runcorn, Matt G. Wiens, and Mick Wingert.
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