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Jul 08, 1965

Lee Allen Tergesen (born July 8, 1965) is an American actor. He is best known for his roles as Tobias Beecher in HBO’s prison drama Oz and as Evan Wright in Generation Kill. Tergesen was born in Ivoryton, Connecticut and graduated from Valley Regional High School in Deep River, Connecticut. While Lee was in high school his grandmother worried about his choice of acting as a career. He recounts that when she asked "What are you going to fall back on?", he responded, "'Well, grandma, if I have something to fall back on, won't I fall back?', which is sort of a youthful attitude, but I've always followed my gut". Lee moved to New York at the age of 18 to try to become an actor. He graduated from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in Manhattan (two-year program). In 1986 - 89 he worked at the Empire Diner in New York. "I wasn't a great waiter. I was funny, but I gave a lot of attitude," he said in Rosie Magazine, March 2002. However, he said, "The place is like a vortex for me." In 1989, the diner was where he met Tom Fontana (Writer and Director of Oz), who lived around the corner from the diner. Lee did some stage work during this time. "I was doing plays all the time, but

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