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Gregory Itzin (born 20 April 1948; age 66) is an actor who has appeared in five episodes spanning three spin-off series of the Star Trek franchise. He was first cast as McNary in the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "The Big Goodbye", but instead dropped out in favor of doing an episode of L.A. Law instead, something he later expressed regret for. 
Outside of Trek, he may best be known for his Emmy Award-nominated role as Vice President (and later President) Charles Logan on the hit Fox TV series 24. His co-stars on this series have included fellow Trek veterans Jude Ciccolella, Glenn Morshower, Roger Cross, Peter Weller, Ray Wise, Tzi Ma, and Tom Wright. He once again popped up on the show for its sixth season in 2007, during which time James Cromwell, Maury Sterling, and Itzin's DS9 co-star Alexander Siddig were also members of the cast.
Itzin began appearing on television in the late 1970s. One of his first roles was a bit part in the 1979 mini-series Backstairs at the White House, which also featured Ian Abercrombie, John Anderson, Bibi Besch, Robert Hooks, Bill Quinn, Noble Willingham, and Paul Winfield. He went on to become a familiar face in episodic television, guest starring on such shows as Hunter (in an episode with Nana Visitor), Falcon Crest (with Bibi Besch, Robert Foxworth, and Jonathan Frakes), The A-Team (starring Dwight Schultz), St. Elsewhere, Matlock (including a two-parter with Scott Bakula), L.A. Law (working with James Avery, Corbin Bernsen, Bill Cobbs, Larry Drake, and Anne Haney), Night Court (starring John Larroquette), Murphy Brown, Beverly Hills, 90210, Quantum Leap (starring Scott Bakula and Dean Stockwell), Picket Fences (with Roy Brocksmith, Ray Walston, and Paul Winfield), and Murder, She Wrote (in an episode with Bill Smitrovich).
He was a regular on the acclaimed drama series Murder One, which also featured Daniel Benzali, Barbara Bosson, John Fleck, Kevin Tighe, Donna Murphy, Conor O'Farrell, Adam Scott, Ned Vaughn, Juliana Donald, and Bruce Wright in regular and recurring roles. Since then, he's been seen on series like Chicago Hope (with Ethan Phillips), Millennium (with Terry O'Quinn and Bill Smitrovich), The Practice (with Bruce McGill, Leon Russom, George D. Wallace, and Alfre Woodard), JAG, Profiler (in a recurring role, working with the likes of Matt McCoy, Andrew Robinson, Raphael Sbarge, and Ray Wise), CSI (with Glenn Morshower), Wolf Lake (alongside Bruce McGill and Sharon Lawrence), Firefly (alongside Ron Glass and Jordan Lund), NYPD Blue, Friends (along with Cristine Rose, playing Paul Rudd's parents), and The Lyon's Den (with Jim Beaver and Robert Picardo). He also appeared opposite William Shatner and Rene Auberjonois in the two-part second season opener of ABC's Boston Legal, along with Randy Oglesby.
He also has a number of made-for-TV movies to his credit. In 1983 he was seen in The Other Woman, along with future Star Trek: Voyager star Robert Picardo. In 1998 he appeared along with Wil Wheaton, Donna Murphy, and Titus Welliver in The Day Lincoln Was Shot. And in 2003 he was one of the few Star Trek performers who appeared in DC 9/11: Time of Crisis, in which he played US Attorney General John Ashcroft. His co-stars included Penny Johnson, Stephen Macht, Lawrence Pressman, and original Trek series star George Takei.
Itzen appeared on the CBS series The Mentalist as California Bureau of Investigation director Virgil Minelli. He also reprised his role as Charles Logan in Season 8 of 24 - the final season of the show's run.
Most recently, he has appeared as Senator Dwyer in Big Love, Dick Barrows in Desperate Housewives and Henry Wilcox in Covert Affairs.
Itzin is also no stranger to feature films, either. He made his debut in the medium with a role in the acclaimed 1980 disaster film spoof Airplane! (also featuring Jonathan Banks, Kenneth Tobey, and Jason Wingreen). This was followed in 1989 with a supporting role in The Fabulous Baker Boys, co-starring Albert Hall and Dakin Matthews.
One of his largest roles came in the 1995 family movie Born to Be Wild, co-starring Alan Ruck, Titus Welliver, and Star Trek: Enterprise star John Billingsley. Since then, he has had supporting roles Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998, with Larry Cedar, Jenette Goldstein, and Richard Riehle), Small Soldiers (1998, with Kirsten Dunst, Dick Miller, Robert Picardo, and Wendy Schaal), What's Cooking? (2000, with Alfre Woodard), Evolution (2001, with Miriam Flynn, Michael McGrady, Jennifer Savidge, and Sarah Silverman), Original Sin (2001, with Joan Pringle), and Adaptation (2002, with Jim Beaver), among others.
More recently Itzin appeared in a leading role in the drama Float (2008), again playing husband and wife with Cristine Rose. Kyla Kuhner served as co-producer for this film. Itzin later acted alongside Mark Harelik, Jack Kehler, and Ron Perlman in The Job, a film which premiered at the San Diego Film Festival in September 2009. He can currently be seen in the action thriller Law Abiding Citizen, which also stars Star Trek: Voyager guest actor Bruce McGill and TNG/DS9 regular Colm Meaney.
He also appeared in the Steven Spielberg film Lincoln (2012), documenting the efforts of President Abraham Lincoln to abolish slavery during the American Civil War, again appearing with Bruce McGill, as well as Grainger Hines and Dakin Matthews.