Harry Groener
Harry Groener
General Information
Gender: Male
Birthday: September 10, 1951
Age: 67
Birthplace: Augsburg, Bavaria, Germany
Nationality: German
Other Information
Occupation(s): Actor
Education: University of Washington
Talents: Acting
Family & Friends
Family: Andrea Groener (cousin)
Relationships: Dawn Didawick (wife)
Series Information
Character: Martin
First appearance: That Still Small Voice

Harry Groener is a German-born American actor and dancer, perhaps best known for playing Mayor Wilkins in Buffy the Vampire Slayer (seasons 3, 4 and 7).

Early life

Groener was born in Augsburg, Bavaria, Germany, to an opera singer mother and a father who worked as a concert pianist, office clerk, and composer. He emigrated to the United States with his family at the age of two. As a teenager, Groener was apprenticed at the San Francisco Ballet; he went on to study drama at the University of Washington.


Groener's reputation in New York City rests almost entirely on his work in musical theater, although the bulk of his roles outside New York have been in classical drama or contemporary plays like Eastern Standard. His Broadway credits include Is there life after high school?, Will Parker in Oklahoma! (Tony Award nomination, Theatre World Award), Munkustrap in Cats (Tony nomination), Georges/George in Sunday in the Park with George, and Bobby Child in Crazy for You (Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle Award nominations). In 1999 he performed off-Broadway with Twiggy at the Lucille Lortel Theater in If Love Were All, a musical revue based on the friendship of Noël Coward and Gertrude Lawrence. He has performed in regional theatres across the country, including the San Diego Old Globe Theatre (where he is an associate artist), Mark Taper Forum, Westwood Playhouse, South Coast Repertory, Pasadena Playhouse, Long Wharf Theater, A.C.T., and the Williamstown Theater Festival.

Groener has performed regularly on TV, including guest appearances on Star Trek: The Next Generation (1990), Star Trek: Voyager (1996), Star Trek: Enterprise (2005) and several dozen other series; he was also a series regular on the sitcom Dear John. In 1998 and 1999, Groener portrayed Richard Wilkins, the evil mayor of Sunnydale on the third season of cult TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Groener reprised his role in cameo appearances in Buffy's 4th and 7th seasons. From 2004 to 2006 he appeared as the chef Gunther on the TV series Las Vegas. Notable film work includes Road to Perdition and About Schmidt. He also appeared in two episodes of The West Wing as the Secretary of Agriculture and the Bones episode "The Woman at the Airport" as a plastic surgeon, Henry Atlas. In 2009, Groener appeared in the second season episode of Breaking Bad, "Bit by a Dead Bee", as protagonist Walter White's psychiatrist. He also portrayed the role of Clint, Ted's stepdad, in How I Met Your Mother.

He was a regular vocalist for the Varèse Sarabande label, performing on such recordings as Shakespeare on Broadway, Cole Porter: A Musical Toast, and various installments of the Unsung Broadway and Lost in Boston series. He played King Arthur in Monty Python's Spamalot during 2006. In 2010, he appeared as the title role in the Antaeus Company's production of King Lear. He won the L.A. Drama Critics Circle Award for this performance. In 2012 he starred in the debut of Christopher Hampton's play Appomattox at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, playing a dual role as both U.S. President Abraham Lincoln in 1865 and Lyndon B. Johnson in 1965.

Awards and nominations

Ovation Awards

  • 2010: Won the award for Featured Actor in a Play for the role of Richard in the Geffen Playhouse production of Equivocation
  • 2018: Won the award for Lead Actor in a Play for the role of Big Daddy in the Antaeus Theatre Company production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards

  • 2010: Won the award for Lead Performance for the title role in the Antaeus Theatre Company production of King Lear
  • 2018: Won the award for Featured Performance for the role of Big Daddy in the Antaeus Theatre Company production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

Joseph Jefferson Award

  • 2011: Won the Jeff Award for Actor in a Principal Role - Play for The Madness of George III at Chicago Shakespeare Theater


Year Title Type Role
1980 Brubaker Dr. Campbell
1982 The Country Girl TV Movie Paul Unger
1984 George Washington TV Mini-Series Patrick Henry
1985 Kane & Abel TV Mini-Series Lowell Kane
1985 Remington Steele TV Series Preston Hayes
1987 St. Elsewhere TV Series Klaus Brinkmann
1987 Jack and Mike TV Series Johnson
1987 Leg Work TV Series Steve Amati
1988 Spenser: For Hire TV Series George Lynnwood
1988 Matlock TV Series Rod Greenwood
1988 - 1991 Dear John TV Series Ralph Drang
1989 Studio 5-B TV Series
1990 Star Trek: The Next Generation TV Series Tam Elbrun
1991 Quantum Leap TV Series Detective Ward
1995 Law & Order TV Series Terrence Dwyer
1996 Star Trek: Voyager TV Series The Magistrate
1996 Caroline in the City TV Series Henry
1996 - 1997 Mad About You TV Series Lance Brockwell
1997 Home Improvement TV Series Fred
1997 George & Leo TV Series
1997 Just Shoot Me! TV Series Headmaster Reilly
1997 Amistad Tecora Captain
1997 Murphy Brown TV Series Concert Master
1997 - 1998 Sleepwalkers TV Series The Smiling Man
1998 Working TV Series Alan Norman
1998 Dance with Me Michael
1998 Buddy Faro TV Series Miles Marengo
1998 Cupid TV Series Michael Bennett
1998 Patch Adams Dr. Prack
1998 - 2003 Buffy the Vampire Slayer TV Series Mayor Richard Wilkins
1999 Mercy Point TV Series Stenneth Lock
1999 Buddy Boy Father Gillespie
1999 Family Law TV Series
2000 Profiler TV Series Vincent Capobianco
2000 Time of Your Life TV Series Alan
2000 Charmed TV Series Father Thomas
2000 Judging Amy TV Series Mike Holcombe
2000 City of Angels TV Series
2000 - 2003 The West Wing TV Series Secretary of Agriculture Roger Tribbey
2001 3rd Rock from the Sun TV Series Dr. Breen
2001 18 Wheels of Justice TV Series Travis Jordan
2001 Boston Public TV Series Mr. Jacobs
2001 King of the Hill TV Series Dr. Tate / Larry (voice)
2001 The Drew Carey Show TV Series Dr. Hershlag
2001 The Day the World Ended TV Movie Sheriff Ken
2001 The Guardian TV Series Fulton Trout
2001 Dead Last TV Series Dr. Casey Henderson
2002 Malcolm in the Middle TV Series Rudy
2002 Role of a Lifetime Brad Collings
2002 Watching Ellie TV Series Robert
2002 Roswell TV Series Dr. Burton Weiss
2002 Philly TV Series Dabney Cooper
2002 About Schmidt John Rusk
2002 Road to Perdition Mr. McDougal
2002 Manna from Heaven Tony
2003 The Mayor TV Movie Dick Winterhalter
2003 - 2006 Las Vegas TV Series Gunther the Chef
2004 I'm with Her TV Series Principal Marvin Talbot
2004 Dr. Vegas TV Series Hank Harold
2004 Less Than Perfect TV Series Dr. Lars Skaarsgard
2004 Huff TV Series Mr. Wayne
2005 Monk TV Series John Ricca
2005 Jack & Bobby TV Series Joe's Boss
2006 The Bernie Mac Show TV Series Dr. Lyons
2006 Bones TV Series Dr. Henry Atlas
2006 The Last Time Customer at conference
2006 - 2013 How I Met Your Mother TV Series Clint
2007 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation TV Series Peyton Tallman
2007 The Happiest Day of His Life Mrd. Bloom
2008 Beautiful Loser Ronald Riley
2009 Breaking Bad TV Series Dr. Chavez
2010 Nolan Knows Best TV Movie Frenchy
2011 The Selling Auction Man
2011 Law & Order: LA TV Series Attorney Spicer
2011 The Middle TV Series Gene
2011 Once Upon a Time TV Series Martin
2012 Supernatural TV Series Professor Morrison
2013 The Mentalist TV Series Francisco Navarro
2014 Major Crimes TV Series Mr. Kleiner
2014 Bread and Butter Donald Karinsky
2015 The Atticus Institute Lawrence Henault
2015 Kittens in a Cage TV Series Judge Dodd
2016 Diani & Devine Meet the Apocalypse Hap
2016 A Cure for Wellness Pembroke
2017 Ghosted TV Series Stafford Yates
2018 Young Sheldon TV Series Elliot Douglas
2018 Disjointed TV Series Judge Nelson
2018 A Futile and Stupid Gesture Harry Kenney
2018 Criminal Minds TV Series Leonard Hagland
2018 Delirium Psychiatrist
2018 Modern Family TV Series Joel L.L. Logan
2018 The Rookie TV Series Mr. Walker
2018 The Resident TV Series Bartholomew McGainn
2020 Storyville (pre-production) TV Movie Hamilton LaChance
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