Rod McLachlan – Resume & Bio

Television (selected credits)
PENNY DREADFUL Showtime
THE LOUDEST VOICE Showtime
MADAME SECRETARY CBS
VEEP HBO
HOUSE OF LIES Showtime
AQUARIUS NBC
GLEE FOX
MODERN FAMILY ABC
CRAZY ONES CBS
MAD MEN AMC
MEDIUM CBS
CSI CBS
CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM HBO

 

Feature Film (selected credits)
CLASS RANK ERIC STOLTZ
CAUGHT MAGGIE KILEY
CONFESSIONS OF A TEENAGE DISCIPLE ERIC STOLTZ
CALIFORNIA WINTER ODIN ODZIL
SUPERHERO MOVIE! CRAIG MAZIN
THE BULLS ERIC STOLTZ
HOW YOU LOOK TO ME J. MILLER TOBIN
NATIONAL TREASURE JON TURTLETAUB
SPIDERMAN II SAM RAIMI
MAGNOLIA P.T. ANDERSON
4AM – OPEN ALL NIGHT J. MILLER TOBIN
WHERE THE MONEY IS MAREK KNEIVSKA
INSTINCT JON TURTLETAUB
CONSPIRACY THEORY RICHARD DONNER
RADIOLAND MURDERS MEL SMITH

 

Broadway
THE AUDIENCE (with Helen Mirren) Gerald Schoenfeld
WHEN THE RAIN STOPS FALLING Lincoln Center
OBSERVE THE SONS OF ULSTER Lincoln Center
CYRANO DE BERGERAC Roundabout
HOLIDAY Circle in the Square
TIMON OF ATHENS/THE GOV’T INSPECTOR/ST. JOAN National Actor’s
THE REAL INSPECTOR HOUND Roundabout
OUR TOWN Lyceum
DEATH & THE KING’S HORSEMEN Lincoln Center

 

L.A. & Off Broadway

Cake: Geffen Playhouse, These Paper Bullets: Geffen Playhouse, What the Butler Saw: Mark Taper Forum, Wait Until Dark: Geffen Playhouse, November: Mark Taper Forum, Keep Your Pantheon, School: Atlantic Theatre/ Kirk Douglas Theater, Williamstown Theatre Festival (5 Seasons), Huntington Theater (4 shows), NYSF, South Coast, LA Theaterworks, Trumpet and the Swan: Wallis Annenberg

Sketch & Improv

Slap and Tickle, HOME THERAPY KIT: Catch a Rising Star, West Bank, Duplex, HBO Workspace, Atlantic Theatre Practical Theatre Co. Chicago, LIGHT SWEET CRUDE, Stevedore Productions, Slap and Tickle, Practical Theatre Co. Chicago

ROD MCLACHLAN - BIO

Chicago
Rod McLachlan is a film, television and stage actor & writer, living in Los Angeles, CA. He received his theater training at Northwestern University and, upon graduation, was welcomed into The Practical Theater Company, a sketch comedy group, alongside fellow members Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Brad Hall. Since then he has been an avid writer of sketches and comedic short pieces, performing them in a wide variety of venues and situations. Rod did several shows in Chicago until, armed with little more than a crazy dream and magnificent head of hair, he moved to the Big Apple in 1986.

New York
Soon after moving from Chicago to New York, Rod appeared with Martin Sheen and Al Pacino in Julius Caesar at the New York Shakespeare Festival and on Broadway in seven shows, most notably in Holiday, with Laura Linney. His other Broadway credits include: Death and the King’s Horseman, Our Town, The Real Inspector Hound, Saint Joan, Timon of Athens, and The Government Inspector. In 2015, Rod returned to Broadway playing Prime Minister Gordon Brown in the Tony award winning production of Peter Morgan’s play, The Audience, directed by Stephen Daldry and starring Helen Mirren.

Rod has also appeared in dozens of Off-Broadway productions, including Cyrano De Bergerac starring Frank Langella. At Lincoln Center, he is proud to have been part of several stellar ensemble productions, including When the Rain Stops Falling and Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme, featuring Justin Theroux and Scott Wolf. A member of The Atlantic Theater Company, Rod has also performed in their productions of School with John Pankow as well as Keep Your Pantheon, with Ed O’Neil, Edmund and Clean.

In 1998 Rod booked two feature films back to back: Instinct with Anthony Hopkins and Where the Money Is with Paul Newman. With “two in the can” and an even more refulgent head of hair, Rod moved to Los Angeles.

Los Angeles
Over the better part of two decades, Rod has appeared in numerous episodics, among them House of Lies, Modern Family, Mad Men, The Crazy Ones, Glee, Numb3ers, CurbYour Enthusiasm, Boston Legal, The Medium, The Guardian, as well as old standards like Judging Amy, CSI, ER… and the show on every actor’s resume, Law and Order.

Throughout his career, Rod has also written countless screenplays, stage plays and comedic sketches. His screenplay, The Bulls, was produced and directed in 2005 by Eric Stoltz and stars Rod and Chris Pine. His stage play, Good Television, was originally produced at the Atlantic Theatre company in 2013 and opened to critical acclaim and sold out performances. Based on the behind-the-scenes story of A&E’s hit show, Intervention, Good Television was cited for its powerful dialogue and raw, compelling storyline. Since then, Good Television has received additional productions in Boston, Denver and Baltimore.

Rod’s modern day farce, The Experts, saw readings at the Williamstown Theater Festival, the Huntington Theater, and the Atlantic Theater. His newest play, The Devil’s Party, received a staged reading at the Atlantic in June 2015. Rod is also the author of numerous sketches for the LA based Slap and Tickle group, and co-wrote / performed in a two-person show called The Home Therapy Kit at The Complex in LA and Catch a Rising Star in New York.

In addition, Rod managed, taught and directed showcases at the Atlantic Acting School’s West Coast Conservatory for five years, taught at Eugene Buica’s The Acting Corps for three years and has done guest seminars at the Williamstown Theater and UC Riverside.

And through it all, Rod’s leonine mane of hair (though streaked with a distinguished silver by the vicissitudes of a show biz career), remains resplendent.