Thatcher Karsten

Played by James Cromwell


Thatcher Karsten is one of Chicago’s most powerful real estate magnates. As a rags-to-riches entrepreneur, he founded Karsten Allied but his company is now under fire for alleged unsavory dealings. Obviously not a man who's afraid to get his hands dirty, Thatcher doesn't stand for betrayal, be it by business partners or family members.


James Cromwell earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his memorable performance as Farmer Hoggett in the international smash, "Babe," and went on to play the role in the hit sequel, "Babe: Pig in the City." Cromwell's other memorable motion picture work includes the Academy Award-winning phenomenon "The Artist," "The Longest Yard," "I, Robot," Frank Darabont's critically acclaimed "The Green Mile," Stephen Frears' Oscar-nominated "The Queen," "Secretariat," "Spiderman Three" and "LA Confidential," among many others. He stars next in the Samuel Goldwyn release of "Still Mine," opposite Genevieve Bujold, which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival and was voted among the Top Ten Canadian Films of 2012. Cromwell won the Best Actor Award at the 2013 Canadian Film Awards for his performance. Later this year he will be seen starring opposite Kate Beckinsale in the feature "Trials of Cate McCollough," directed by Karen Moncrieff.

Cromwell appeared as Andrew Mellon on HBO's "Boardwalk Empire," and last year played a pivotal role on the hit series "American Horror Story," opposite Jessica Lange and Lily Rabe. He earlier appeared on the Fox series "24" as Phillip Bauer, the father of main character Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland). He earned multiple Emmy nominations for his work on the HBO original series "Six Feet Under," the HBO movie "RKO 281" and the NBC drama "ER." His body of work encompasses dozens of miniseries and movies-of-the-week, including a starring role in TNT's "A Slight Case of Murder," HBO's "Angels in America," "West Wing," "Picket Fences," "Home Improvement," "L.A. Law" and "Star Trek: The Next Generation."

Cromwell has also performed in many revered plays -- including the Centennial Los Angeles production of "Waiting for Godot," "Hamlet," "The Iceman Cometh," "Devil's Disciple," "All's Well That Ends Well," "Beckett" and "Othello" -- in many of the country's most distinguished theatres, including the South Coast Repertory, the Goodman Theatre, the Mark Taper Forum, the American Shakespeare Festival, Center Stage, the Long Wharf Theatre and the Old Globe. He played A. E. Houseman in the American premiere of Tom Stoppard's "The Invention of Love" at A.C.T. in San Francisco. Cromwell has directed at resident theatres across the country and was the founder and artistic director of his own company, Stage West, in Springfield, Mass.

Born in Los Angeles, Cromwell grew up in New York and Waterford, Conn., and studied at Carnegie Mellon University.

HOMETOWN Los Angeles, CA
BIRTHDATE January 27