Gallagher appeared on Broadway with Glenn Close in Tom Stoppard’s The Real Thing, but first achieved fame for his role in Steven Soderbergh’s Sex, Lies, and Videotape (1989). He also starred as Sky Masterson in the 1992 Broadway Revival of Guys and Dolls.
Gallagher played a potential career threat to Tim Robbins’ studio executive in The Player (1992); the comatose “fiancé” of Sandra Bullock in While You Were Sleeping (1995); an egotistical real estate salesman having an affair with Annette Bening in American Beauty (1999); a villainous media executive in Mr. Deeds (2002); and a political reporter exposing media ethics during a presidential debate in The Last Debate.
From 2003 to 2007, Gallagher starred as Sandy Cohen, a Jewish public defender and corporate lawyer, on the Fox television show The O.C., a show which has introduced him to a whole new generation of TV viewers. He hosts an annual award ceremony named “The Sandy Cohen Awards” or The Sandys, which, in honor of his character… read more