Derek Cecil – Famous Actor

Who is Derek Cecil?

Derek Cecil is an American actor. He is best known for his role in House of Cards, as well as appearances in Banshee and Black Monday.


January 5, 1973

Birth Place

Amarillo, Texas, the United States of America

Zodiac Sign


Personal Life

The actor graduated from the University of Houston and the American Conservatory Theater.

Professional Life

Cecil debuted in film in 1995 in The Unspoken Truth. His debut on television took place in 1998. He was in Nash Bridges. His next role on the small screen came in 2000, and Cecil got a recurring role in The Beat as Mike Dorigan, appearing in 13 episodes. He also appeared in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit the same year.

In 2000, he was in Little Pieces, followed by The Back Page the next year, 2002’s Men in Black II, and 2003’s Pretend.

Between 2001 and 2002, he played the role of Tom Bellow in Pasadena, appearing in 11 episodes. In 2002, he was in Push, Nevada, as James A. Prufrock for eight episodes. This series was experimental, as viewers were offered a money prize if they could figure out the mystery of the show.

In 2004, he was in Mall Cop, then in That Night in 2005.

2005 saw him return to Law & Order, this time to the original show. The next year he was in Masters of Horror, then Gossip Girl in 2007. In 2008, he was in Fringe and played a different character on Law & Order.

In 2007, he appeared in The Killing Floor. 2009 saw him appear in Reunion, Winter of Frozen Dreams, and Frank the Rat. In 2010, he was in The Next Three Days. In 2009, Cecil appeared in The Good Wife and Mercy, followed by Grey’s Anatomy and Law & Order: Criminal Intent.

In 2011, the actor was in Too Big to Fail and Friends with Kids. In 2013, he appeared in Mutual Friends and Parker.

Between 2011 and 2012, he played Chas on Treme. Between 2013 and 2014, he played Dean Xavier on Banshee.

In 2014, Cecil was cast as Seth Grayson in House of Cards. He would remain with the series for 42 episodes until 2018. House of Cards was a widely acclaimed Netflix political drama that focused on Frank Underwood, played by Kevin Spacey, and his wife, Claire Underwood, played by Robin Wright. The series is full of intrigue and high-stakes drama against a political backdrop.

Other cast members seen in The House of Cards include Kevin Spacey, Robin Wright, Michael Kelly, Boris Mcgiver and Jayne Atkinson.

2018 saw Cecil in Family Games. In 2019, he was in The Tomorrow Man. 2019 saw a return to Law & Order, this time to the Special Victims Unit series.

In 2020, he played Andy Katcavage in The Outsider, another recurring role. In 2022, he is set to appear in The First Lady, playing Donald Rumsfeld.


Derek Cecil also serves as Associate Artistic Director of the Rude Mechanicals Theater Co. in New York.

He went to the same high school as actor James Roday, best known for portraying Shawn Spencer in Psych.


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