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Joe Chrest is an American actor and academic . He first debuted on screen in the 1993 film King of the Hill, directed by Steven Soderbergh. He portrays Ted Wheeler in Stranger Things.

His other roles include David Schmidt in 21 Jump Street and as Amos Deason in Free State of Jones. He has also appeared on stage. He also had a Minor role in Ant-Man.

Filmography

Film:

Year Title Role
1993 King of the Hill Ben (as Joseph Chrest)
1993 House of Secrets Batist
1993 The Pelican Brief Song and Dance Man from Bar (as Joseph Chrest)
1994 Cries from the Heart  Brandon Richards
1995 The Underneath Mr. Rodman
1995 Kingfish: A Story of Huey P. Long Carl Weiss
1996 The Lottery  Deputy Jeff Simmons
1996 Desert Breeze  Jack
1997 Clockwatchers Detective
1998 Yukie Michael
1998 Dangerous Proposition Mark
1998 Out of Sight Andy
1999 Hefner: Unauthorized  Ed Gunn
2000 Erin Brockovich Tom Robinson
2000 Lush Greg
2000 Auggie Rose Rhineback (uncredited)
2002 Full Frontal Sex Shop Man #1
2002 The Ring Doctor
2003 Runaway Jury Owens
2004 3: The Dale Earnhardt Story  Jake Elder
2004 The Aviator Hell's Angels Director of Photography
2004 Nikki and Nora  Charlie
2005 Faith of My Fathers Craner
2005 The Skeleton Key Paramedic
2007 Ocean's Thirteen Fender Roads' Manager
2008 The Secret Life of Bees Mr. Forrest
2008 Miracle at St. Anna MP Doyle Ellis
2008 Who Do You Love Malcolm Chisholm
2008 Front of the Class Jim Ovbey
2009 I Love You Phillip Morris Steven's Dad
2009 Kink Ed
2009 The Informant! Visiting Client
2009 The Blind Side Clemson Coach
2010 House of Bones  Benjamin
2010 Welcome to the Rileys Jerry
2010 Louis Tom Anderson
2010 RED Retirement Home Detective
2010 Secretariat Sports Broadcaster
2010 Knucklehead Child Services Inspector
2011 Drive Angry F***ing Passenger
2011 Battle Los Angeles 1st Sgt. John Roy
2011 Mask Maker Electrician
2011 That's What I Am Mr. Clear
2011 Love, Wedding, Marriage John
2011 Seeking Justice Detective Rudeski
2011 Butter Butter Fan
2011 Texas Killing Fields Salter
2011 Jeff, Who Lives at Home Paul
2011 Hound Dogs  Trainer
2012 21 Jump Street David Schmidt
2012 Battleship JPL Controller
2012 The Lucky One Deputy Moore
2012 Killing Them Softly Business Suit Agent
2012 On the Road Virginia Cop
2012 The Campaign Rainbowland Audience
2012 The Baytown Outlaws ATF Agent
2012 Playing for Keeps Referee
2013 The Last Exorcism Part II Pastor
2013 G.I. Joe: Retaliation Chief of Staff
2013 The Hot Flashes Millie's Dad
2013 Now You See Me Elkhorn Janitor Agent
2013 Lee Daniels' The Butler White Usher
2013 Occult Agent Colquitt
2013 Oldboy Johnny / Schizophrenic Man
2013 Homefront DEA Agent #1
2013 King of Herrings The Professor
2014 Barefoot Trooper
2014 22 Jump Street David Schmidt
2014 Black or White Dave
2014 American Heist  Captain Sullivan (Police)
2015 Focus Jeweler (uncredited)
2015 Ant-Man Frank
2015 I Saw the Light Oscar Davis
2015 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 Mitchell
2016 Showing Roots Fuzzy Canaday
2016 Cold Moon Chalres Darrish
2016 Free State of Jones James Eakins
2016 LBJ McGeorge Bundy (uncredited)
2016 Deepwater Horizon Sims
2016 Killing Reagan  Jerry Parr
2016 Like Son Jeff Rugger
2017 Gifted Kevin Larsen
2018 Assassination Nation Lawrence
2018 The Front Runner Ira Wyman
2019 The Dirt David
2019 The Perfect Date Harvey Lieberman
2019 Average Guys Tommy
2019 Turducken Bob Miller
2020 The Lovebirds Red Robe Man

Television:

Year Title Role
1993 Law & Order Lt. Charles Bates
1994 Family Matters Officer Carmichael
1994 Columbo Mercer
1995 Sweet Justice  Dylan
1995 Fallen Angels  Dino
1996 Nash Bridges  Kevin McMillan
1996 Millennium Raymond Dees
1997 Promised Land Gary McNeely
1998 Chicago Hope  Judas
1999 Snoops  Joel Hilburn
2000 Touched by an Angel  Joe
2001 Level 9 Derek Santos
2004 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation  Al Maguire
2004 Deadwood  Persimmon Phil
2004 Star Trek: Enterprise  Bar Patron
2005 Medium Henry Yellen
2005 Surface  Rich's Friend
2006 Thief  Art Luster
2007 K-Ville  Det. Ray McPherson
2010 One Tree Hill  Investor
2012 Breakout Kings  Detective Estes
2012 Treme James Townsend
2014 Nashville Ed Marshall
2014 True Detective Detective Demma
2016 - present Stranger Things Ted Wheeler
2017 Sun Records  Vernon Presley
2018 Mr. Mercedes Detective
2018 The Purge Ross Bailes
2019 Looking for Alaska Walter Halter / Walt Halter
2020 When the Street Lights Go On Mr. Chambers

Awards & Nominations 

Year Award Category Nominated Work Result
2017 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Stranger Things Won

Trivia 

  • He was born and raised in St. Alban's, West Virginia.
  • He attended St. Alban's High School.
  • He is married to Christine Chrest and have two childern Nicolas and Samantha.
  • He is a veteran of the United States Air Force earning expert marksman and Cold War commendations.
  • He resides in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States.
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