Leigh McCloskey

Leigh McCloskey
Born Leigh Joseph McCloskey
(1955-06-21) June 21, 1955
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Other names Leigh J. McCloskey
Occupation Actor, artist, author, teacher, visual philosopher
Years active 1975-present
Spouse(s) Carla Reinke McCloskey (m. 1978)

Leigh Joseph McCloskey (born June 21, 1955) is an American artist, actor, and writer. As an actor, he has appeared in numerous television shows and movies, including a 46-episode stint as Mitch Cooper on the popular American soap opera Dallas, and a leading role in the Dario Argento-helmed supernatural horror film Inferno.


Born in Los Angeles, California, McCloskey was classically trained as an actor at the Juilliard School in Lincoln Center, New York. He began his professional acting career playing Billy Abbott in the original miniseries Rich Man, Poor Man. He went on to star in three nighttime television series: Executive Suite, Married: The First Year, and performed the role of Mitch Cooper (husband of Lucy Ewing Cooper) on the CBS nighttime soap opera Dallas. McCloskey was a series regular from 1980–1982, and made brief appearances in 1985 and 1988.

McCloskey starred in made-for-television films and miniseries including The Bermuda Depths, Dawn: Portrait of a Teenage Runaway and its sequel Alexander: The Other Side of Dawn in which he played the title role. He was given the lead role in the 1980 Italian horror film Inferno after the director's original choice of James Woods proved to be unavailable. He starred in Trouble Shooters: Trapped Beneath the Earth and with Linda Gray (Dallas) in Accidental Meeting. He starred in the television miniseries Gone But Not Forgotten in 2005. McCloskey has also appeared in the films Just One of the Guys, Cameron's Closet, Fraternity Vacation with Tim Robbins, and Inferno directed by Dario Argento, among others.

McCloskey has guest-starred on television series and pilots including Bones, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Voyager, Jake and the Fatman, JAG, Life Goes On, Chicago Hope, Medical Center, and many others. He has played villains on four sci-fi television series: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Star Trek: Voyager, as well as Babylon 5 (2 parts) and Buck Rogers in the 25th Century with Dorothy Stratten. He has also appeared in a number of daytime soap operas, including Santa Barbara, General Hospital, The Young and the Restless and One Life to Live.

Artwork and books

McCloskey’s Codex Tor illuminated books, Volume One, Winter Solstice, Volume Two, Summer Solstice and Volume Three, Equinox comprise over 500 hand drawn and painted images in three volumes and was created over a 21-year period beginning in 1982. The Codex Tor books were published in three volumes between 2006 and 2008.[1]

Beginning in 1985, McCloskey spent seventeen years creating an entirely new series of 22 pen and ink, black and white drawings, representing the Major Arcana of the Tarot. He also wrote and illuminated his first book, Tarot ReVisioned which was first released in 2003 See* Whole Life Times Nov. 2004 Vol 26 No 11 WLT Book Review for book for artist and author, Tarot ReVisioned

Celebrity Artist : Leigh McCloskey By Ken Hall

Vision, Malibu’s Ark of Creation, Leigh McCloskey Shares his mind, home and creative universe. By Laden Cher The Malibu Chronicle Dec-Jan 2004-05 No.39 “In the Splendor: The Art of Leigh J. McCloskey A.Barnes

Beginning on September 11, 2001, McCloskey began an enormous undertaking a 3-D painting and painted environment called The Hieroglyph of the Human Soul. This multidimensional “cave painting * now covers the floor, walls, ceiling, furniture and books of the library studio in Malibu, California. The Hieroglyph of the Human Soul is written and painted in what McCloskey refers to as the “Watcher” language.

Magazine and Journal references

“Leigh J. McCloskey, Last of the Cave Painters” By Jason Hall Malibu Times Vol.1 No.3 March/April 2004 The Holy Grail, Malibu Style: Leigh McCloskey’s hand painted library floor takes visitors on a mystical tour of goddesses, underwater worlds and the universe”. By Vicki Godal

The Painting Phoenix Arise and the Mandala-DNA - Double Helix Effect Phoenix Arise is a 5x7ft. oil painting that McCloskey completed after four years in 1997. The image of his Phoenix Arise painting was printed as post cards in 2003. Accidental dropping of the cards led to a discovery that when the painting is mirrored with itself a DNA double helix image appears. This discovery led to another that revealed the Phoenix Arise cards also create mandala-medicine wheels when they are formed into a circle. The first three Phoenix Arise mandalas McCloskey discovered revealed visually the mythic story of the Phoenix Bird of Immortality and Rebirth, in card form. The first Phoenix Arise mandala creates a nest, the second mandala shows the nest erupting into flames, the third mandala reveals the flames transforming into a blossom.[2]

Published books


Year Title Role Notes
1975 Phyllis Donald Ralson 1 episode "Bess, Is You a Woman Now?"
1975 The Secrets of Isis Bill Cady 1 episode "The Sound of Silence"
1976 Medical Center Mihail Zankov 1 episode "A Very Private War"
1976 Rich Man, Poor Man Billy Abbott 1 episode "Part VIII: Chapters 11 and 12"
1976 The Streets of San Francisco Gil 1 episode "Most Likely to Succeed"
1976 ABC Afterschool Specials - Blind Sunday Jeff TV movie
1976 Rich Man, Poor Man Book II Billy Abbott TV miniseries
1976 Dawn: Portrait of a Teenage Runaway Alexander Duncan TV movie
1976-1977 Executive Suite Brian Walling Series regular
1977 Alexander: The Other Side of Dawn Alexander Duncan TV movie
1977 Hawaii Five-O Ted Bonner 1 episode "Tsunami"
1978 The Bermuda Depths Magnus Dens TV movie
1978 Doctors' Private Lives Kenny TV movie
1979 The Paper Chase Paul Chandler 1 episode "The Man in the Chair"
1979 Married: The First Year Billy Baker 4 episodes
1979 Buck Rogers in the 25th Century Jalor Davin 1 episode "Cruise Ship to the Stars"
1980 Inferno Mark Elliot
1980-1988 Dallas Mitch Cooper 46 episodes
Series regular (1980-1982)
Recurring; (1985, 1988)
1981 Hart to Hart Vernon Casper 1 episode "Hartland Express"
1983 I paladini - Storia d'armi e d'amori Rinaldo
1983 The Fall Guy Webb Covington, Jr. 1 episode "Pirates of Nashville"
1983-1985 The Love Boat Peter / Ralph Burrows / Charles 'Chip' Reynolds Multiple episodes
1983–1986 Hotel Hank Miller / Joel Shubert / Lou Valentine 3 episodes "Scapegoats", "Passports", "Secrets"
1984 Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer 1 episode "Vickie's Song"
1984 Fantasy Island Paul Spenser "Sing Melancholy Baby/The Last Dogfight"
1984 Velvet James Barstow TV movie
1984 Agatha Christie's Partners in Crime Casey Quinn 1 episode "Murder in the Museum"
1984 Finder of Lost Loves Travis Burke 1 episode "White Lies"
1985 Fraternity Vacation Charles 'Chas' Lawlor III
1985 Just One of the Guys Kevin
1986 Hamburger: The Motion Picture Russell
1986 Murder, She Wrote Todd Amberson 1 episode "Murder by Appointment Only"
1986 Blacke's Magic Paul Thompson 1 episode "The Revenge of the Esperanza"
1986 Crazy Like a Fox 1 episode "The Duke is Dead"
1987–1992 Jake and the Fatman Hank Goldman 2 episodes "The Man I Love", "Nightmare"
1988 Sonny Spoon Dick Darling 1 episode "Wizard of Odds"
1988 Dirty Laundry Jay
1988 The Bronx Zoo Richard
1988 Cameron's Closet Pete Groom
1988 Double Revenge Mick Taylor
1988 Lucky Stiff Eric West
1988–1989 Santa Barbara Dr. Zach Kelton / Ethan Asher 18 episodes
1990 Shades of L.A. Dr. Ernest Lindstrom 1 episode "The Teacher from Hell"
1992 Life Goes On Phillip Jorgens 1 episode "The Whole Truth"
1993 Raven Pirate / Randall 2 episodes "Rip-Off", "Bloody Beach"
1993 Trouble Shooters: Trapped Beneath the Earth Frank Mather TV movie
1993–1996 General Hospital Damian Smith Multiple episodes
1994 Accidental Meeting Richard TV movie
1994 Chicago Hope Soap Doctor 1 episode "Death Be Proud"
1995 Terror in the Shadows Alex Williams TV movie
1996 Star Trek: Voyager Tieran 1 episode "Warlord"
1996-1997, 2013 The Young and the Restless Kurt Costner
1997 3rd Rock from the Sun Matthew 1 episode "Tricky Dick"
1997 Almost Perfect Tommy 1 episode "The Laws"
1998 Babylon 5 Thomas 2 episodes "A Tragedy of Telepaths", "Phoenix Rising"
1998 I Might Even Love You Hank Price Opposite Actress Tracey Birdsall*[4]
1999 JAG Dan Lander 1 episode "War Stories"
1999 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Joran Belar 1 episode "Field of Fire"
1999 Beverly Hills, 90210 Bigelow 1 episode "Fortune Cookie"
2000 Brutally Normal Corey 1 episode "Stretching Ethics"
2000 One Life to Live Drake Faraday
2005 Gone But Not Forgotten Detective Ross Barrow TV miniseries
2009 An Elaborate Plan Donald Cavanaugh Short
2011 Bones Lee Coleman 1 episode "The Truth in the Myth"
2013 The Young and the Restless Nikki's Doctor


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