Michael Trucco

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Edward Michael Trucco

(1970-06-22) June 22, 1970 (age 50)
Years active1994–present
(m. 2009)

Edward Michael Trucco (born June 22, 1970) is an American actor known for his role as Samuel T. Anders on the reimagined Battlestar Galactica and his recurring role as Nick Podarutti in How I Met Your Mother . He also appeared on the 2017–2018 Netflix series Disjointed , as Tae Kwon Douglas.


Early life

A native of San Mateo, California, Trucco attended Junipero Serra High School. He is the son of a police officer, and was once interested in becoming one himself until college, when he was attracted to theatrical performance. He took a theatre course for non-majors while he was studying Criminal Justice, but he did so well that he was asked to consider changing majors. He changed majors and completed his bachelor's degree in Theatre Arts at Santa Clara University. [1] He has Italian and Norwegian ancestry. [2]


Trucco became active in television in the late 1990s with appearances in episodes of Touched by an Angel , Silk Stalkings , Beverly Hills, 90210 , Sabrina The Teenage Witch , Dr. Quinn: Medicine Woman , and Pensacola: Wings of Gold among others. He continued appearing in shows of similar genres like CSI , Heartbeart, Strong Medicine , CSI: Miami , and others into the 2000s. He played Cooper Lee in six episodes of One Tree Hill from 2005 to 2006.

In 2002, Trucco starred in Wishmaster: The Prophecy Fulfilled . In 2005, he joined the drama Battlestar Galactica in the role of Samuel T. Anders. In 2008, he guest-starred on NBC's Law & Order: Special Victims Unit [3] and The Big Bang Theory . In 2010, he guest-starred on ABC's series Castle as Detective Tom Demming. In 2010, Trucco was cast as a series regular in the USA Network series Fairly Legal .

Trucco guest-starred in a season 6 episode of How I Met Your Mother in 2011, and had a recurring role in the show's eighth season. He played the recurring character Nate Ryan in the second season of Revenge .

He later played Elliot's brother in the 2017 film The Bye Bye Man .

Trucco is also the lead guitarist of the band Simpleworld. [4]

Personal life

On Sunday, December 2, 2007, Trucco was involved in a car accident with a friend who was driving a Ferrari 360 on the Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, California. The vehicle flipped on an embankment, landing upside-down, impacting Trucco's side of the car. Trucco was badly injured in the accident, fracturing four of his vertebrae, whereas his friend walked away uninjured. He has stated that he initially lost feeling in his arms. He was eventually able to get out of the vehicle after regaining feeling in his hands and used his cell phone to call for emergency help. He was airlifted to UCLA Medical Center for a surgery and there were some complications although he made a full recovery. As of December 10, 2007, Trucco was out of the hospital and expected to make a full recovery. Doctors said he was extremely lucky, suffering almost the same injury as Christopher Reeve. [5]


1994Eyes of TerrorOfficerTelevision film
1998 Confessions of a Sexist Pig Troy
2001Knight ClubDerek
2001 A Girl, Three Guys, and a Gun Trevor
2002 Wishmaster: The Prophecy Fulfilled Steven Verdel / The DjinnDirect-to-video
2003The GroomsmenScott
2004Perfect RomanceMiles "Boogie" HealeyTelevision film
2007 Next Kendall
2009 Battlestar Galactica: The Plan Samuel T. Anders Direct-to-video
2010 Meteor Storm Colonel Tom YoungTelevision film
2010All American ToolesTodd TooleShort film
2016 Hush John
2017 The Bye Bye Man Virgil
2018 Hunter Killer Matt Johnstone
1995 Hang Time Tim RitterEpisode: "Earl Makes the Grade"
1996 Sisters Young Elton GrenthalEpisode: "The Best Man"
1996The GuiltMichael McKenzieEpisode: "Dean's Office"
1996 California Dreams Dann HazakoffEpisode: "Babewatch"
1997 Silk Stalkings DaveEpisode: "Air-Tight Alibi"
1997 Sunset Beach OfficerUncredited; season 1, episode 215
1997 Touched by an Angel Thomas "Tommy" DoyleEpisode: "Venice"
1998 Beverly Hills, 90210 Josh Hunter3 episodes
1998 Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman Patrick CollinsEpisode: "Seeds of Doubt"
1998–2000 Pensacola: Wings of Gold Lieutenant Tucker "Spoon" HenryMain cast (seasons 2–3); 40 episodes
1999 Charmed AlecEpisode: "Love Hurts"
2000 Nash Bridges Gil ValloneEpisode: "Missing Key"
2000 Freedom NolanEpisode: "Siege"
2001 Sabrina, the Teenage Witch Kevin4 episodes
2001 Family Law Lee BigelowEpisode: "Bringing Up Babies"
2001 Arliss Rounder FlemingEpisode: "The Price of Their Toys"
2001 That's Life Jason Prader2 episodes
2002ArlissFred RussellEpisode: "Playing It Safe"
2002 Bram & Alice RobertEpisode: "Required Reading"
2002 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Fred DacksEpisode: "High and Low"
2003 Tru Calling Nick KellyEpisode: "Putting Out Fires"
2003 The Parkers BillEpisode: "Out with the Old, in with the New"
2004 Strong Medicine VictorEpisode: "Selective Breeding"
2005Strong MedicineZackEpisode: "First Response"
2005 CSI: Miami Mitch LockhartEpisode: "One Night Stand"
2005 Joey PaulEpisode: "Joey and the Wrong Name"
2005–06 One Tree Hill Cooper Lee 6 episodes
2005–09 Battlestar Galactica Samuel T. AndersRecurring (seasons 2–3); main cast (season 4);
35 episodes
2008 Eli Stone Adam MitchellEpisode: "One More Try"
2008 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Eric LutzEpisode: "Smut"
2008 The Big Bang Theory Dr. David UnderhillEpisode: "The Bath Item Gift Hypothesis"
2010 V John MayEpisode: "John May"
2010 Castle Detective Tom Demming 4 episodes
2010 100 Questions LukeEpisode: "Have You Ever Dated a Bad Boy?"
2011–12 Fairly Legal Justin PatrickMain cast; 23 episodes
2011–12 How I Met Your Mother Nick Podarutti7 episodes
2011 Psych Cal EasonEpisode: "Dead Man's Curve Ball"
2012 Young Justice: Invasion Adam Strange Voice; 4 episodes
2012–13 Revenge Nate Ryan7 episodes
2014 Killer Women Billy ParkerMain cast; 8 episodes
2014 Intelligence Secret Service Agent Charlie GriffinEpisode: "Secrets of the Secret Service"
2014 Criminal Minds Owen McGregor2 episodes
2014 Scandal Charles "Chip" PutneyEpisode: "Baby Made a Mess"
2014 The Exes JeffEpisode: "Love and Death"
2015 The Librarians Sam DenningEpisode: "The Librarians and the Infernal Contract""
2016 Grandfathered Craig4 episodes
2017 Disjointed Tae Kwon DougRecurring Character
2017 Chicago PD Frank BarrettEpisode: "Rabbit Hole"
2019 The Rookie Shawn Delmonte2 episodes
2019 The Good Doctor Ethan MurphyEpisode: "Friends and Family"

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  5. Logan, Michael (April 25, 2008). He married actress Sandra Hess in July 2009; they were wed in Mexico. She and Trucco both played the parts of Lieutenants in the same Marine unit in the Pensacola: Wings of Gold series. "BSG's Michael Trucco: "I'm the Luckiest Guy Alive". TV Guide .