Clark Gregg, popularly known today as Agent Phil Coulson from the Marvel Universe, is a multi-awarded American actor, screenwriter, and director. He is also a founding member and artistic director of an Off-Broadway non-profit theater called Atlantic Theater Company (founded in 1985). The said theater company is also responsible for building students’ careers in every corner of the performing arts.
Clark Gregg’s net worth as of early 2020 is around $10 million. He made most of his fortunes in starring for movies and TV shows. He started his career back in the 80s with supporting roles for movies, tv shows, and being involved in the production as well.
Gregg’s life is kept private by maintaining a low-key profile as much as possible which is why we can’t see much of his possessions like cars or a single house tour. Nonetheless, we have a couple of inputs as to how much the actor is getting in his career.
A single episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. earns him around $75,000 each which makes it around $975,000 in a single season alone. According to Celebrity Talent International, his minimum talent fee for a simple event guesting is also $75,000. His Facebook account has 951,000+ followers and his Instagram has gathered about 1.2 million followers.
Born on April 2, 1962, in Boston, Massachusetts, Robert Clark Gregg is the son of Mary Layne Shine and Robert Clark Gregg Sr (a professor at Stanford University and an Episcopal priest). His family usually relocates from places to places and before he’s 20 years old, he already lived in 7 cities in total.
Before taking a professional career in the entertainment industry, Gregg had experienced working as a security guard at the Guggenheim Museum, a parking valet at a restaurant, and a bar back. Eventually, he enrolled at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and graduated in 1986.
His Almost 2 Decade Marriage
The recent news about the actor left most of his fans sad, he and his wife Jennifer Grey, made popular with her excellent acting skills such as with Dirty Dancing (1987), filed for divorce after their 19 years of marriage. The two married on July 21, 2001, and by December of the same year, they were blessed with a daughter whom they named Stella.
They made the announcement back in July on their own Instagram accounts. “After 19 years together, we separated in January, knowing we’d always be a family who loves, values, and cares for each other. We recently made the difficult decision to divorce, but we remain close and are deeply grateful for the life we’ve shared and the wonderful daughter we’ve raised. P.S. totally crying as we post this.”
His Amazing Daughter
Stella Gregg. Born on December 3, 2001, Stella Francis Gregg is best known for her performance in the movie Trust Me (2013) and appearance(s) in the popular Marvel Comics TV show Agents of Shield.
In an interview with The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Gregg shared his experience in preparing for the day when his daughter begins dating. He admitted that he is nervous around that topic and then said: “Recently, she went to a party with some people from her elementary school, now that she’s in middle school, and boys were there. And she came back and she said, ‘I think I’m getting thirsty for boys.’ So that’s a thirst we’re not going to let her quench for a while.”
Together with casting director and producer Mary Vernieu, Clark formed their joint producing line under the name of Savage Bunny. So far, the company only produced one film which is Trust Me back in 2013. It was written and directed by Gregg himself. It stars Sam Rockwell, Saxon Sharbino, Felicity Huffman, and Gregg himself.
His Notable Roles in Movies and TV
According to IMDB, Clark has a total of 85 acting credits under his belt and counting. We are then going to discuss some of his most memorable performances in his entire acting career so far.
Things Change: Stage Manager
Clark’s initial on-screen appearances mostly consist of short roles or characters made just to have additional dialogues. The very first one in his list would be his gig in the 1988 comedy crime drama Things Change where he played the role of a stage manager. This role came to his hands after his Atlantic Theater co-founder and playwright David Mamet gave him this shot. Gregg also appeared in minor roles in great films like Clear and Present Danger (1994) and The Usual Suspects (1995).
The Adventures of Sebastian Cole: Hank/Henrietta
Probably one of his solid roles in his early years would be his lead character portrayal in the 1998 indie film The Adventures of Sebastian Cole. He plays Hank, Sebastian’s step-father who announced his gender change decision leaving Sebastian in shock. This role earned him his nomination for a Best Supporting Male Actor title in the Independent Spirit Awards held in 2000.
The Sex and the City Role
While his early movie roles are a bit unstable, his TV show appearances are what’s making a name for Clark. His first TV role was a potential suspect in the first season of Law and Order back in 1991. It was followed by several other TV roles such as the character of Harris Bragen in an episode of Sex and the City back in 2000.
He stated that he gets stopped a lot on the street because of it. “I really thought this would have been something where I popped in as a guest star and that would be the last, I’d ever hear of it, but women and gay men always go, ‘You were the speed-dating pathological liar!”
The West Wing: FBI Special Agent Michael Casper
It was during the year 2000s that Gregg’s TV show career started to have a boost when he was asked by Aaron Sorkin to have a recurring character in The West Wing. This offer was made possible after his 2-episode appearance in Sorkin’s Sports Night.
Fans of the MCU also speculated that his role was a pre-Coulson version of him. “Certainly, there are a lot of people on Twitter who feel like Agent Mike Casper was really a nom de guerre of Agent Phil Coulson. They feel that he got his training as a young FBI agent working for President Bartlett and went undercover as Agent Coulson.”
Marvel Cinematic Universe: Agent Phil Coulson
His experience in the field of playing an agent for the government became his stepping stone into acquiring the role of Agent Coulson when he first appeared in Iron Man (2008). It was in the mid-2000s when Jon Favreau approached him for the role which was meant to be a short gig. “It was just three lines, but I’m a comic-book geek, so I couldn’t say no.”
Until Favreau decided to add more scenes to Coulson which means more screen time. Eventually, the role of Agent Coulson became a common character in the following films from Marvel Studios such as Iron Man 2 and Thor. As the universe expanded, it was then realized that his character, together with Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury, would be the link needed to form the Avengers initiative.
His portrayal of Agent Coulson became a fan favorite in which the character received a spin-off series on ABC with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. The series earned 7 seasons so far while maintaining Agent Coulson as the lead character together with stars like Chloe Bennet as Quake and Ming-Na Wen as Melinda May.
(Spoiler) Clark’s main man Coulson died at the end of Season 5 only to be brought back again in Season 7 as a Life Model Decoy. Since this would be the series’ final season, would there still be a chance that we’ll meet Agent Coulson again in the future, or is he gone for good?
The Clark Gregg University Website
One more interesting stuff to explore about Clark is his website dedicated to his years of work: The Clark Gregg University. This includes some cool trivia and videos about the actor. You’ll know here that he is a black belter in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. So, the next time you’ll see him in a hand-to-hand action sequence, it’s safe to assume that he is not using any body-double.
And for the finale, time for you guys to check how Agent Coulson decided to distract Thanos before his attack. Here’s Clark Gregg in his amazing performance in the Lip Sync Battle:
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