| Why I Admire Lee Tergesen
By Anne (email@example.com)
The first time I noticed Lee was on Oz, where he played Tobias Beecher, a lawyer who was convicted of drunken driving and vehicular manslaughter. He played the role for the entire run of the series from 1997-2002.
My first Oz episode was "A Cock and Balls Story," which I saw when it first aired in July 2000. I was immediately drawn to the Beecher character -- his heart, his weaknesses, his strengths.
Beecher hates himself for his crimes but he also has a huge heart and tries to reach out to do good, even when it's not always the best idea.
I empathized with Beecher so strongly that I found myself justifying his actions, even when he was clearly making the wrong choices.
Lee's performance really struck me right in the gut and I defy anyone to watch an episode of Oz -- any episode -- and not be moved Lee's work.
A few weeks after watching that episode, I began to explore more about the man behind Beecher and was surprised to find out that I had seen Lee in a few movies and
TV shows but did not remember him.
Lee played Terry ("I love you, man") in Wayne's World I and II, Officer Chris Thormann in Homicide: Life on the Street, and Rosie in Point Break.
But those roles don't begin to show the depth of Lee's talent. I highly recommend viewing Oz to get a real feel for how much Lee is capable of. He also did a phenomenal job as Frank Gilmore in Shot in the Heart. He's also wonderful in Bark, in which he plays a man dealing with his wife's mental breakdown. His performance is heartbreaking and spellbinding.
Lee also starred as Chett Donnelly in Weird Science, the TV show, which showcased his amazing comic timing. His best performance
IMHO is in the "Funhouse of Death" episode, where he plays a sadistic clown.
I've been lucky and blessed to meet Lee in person several times over the
past decade or so.
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