Michael Jonathan Zegen, also credited as Mike Zegen, is an American actor, best known for his role as probie firefighter "Damien Keefe" on the FX Network television drama Rescue Me, as well as his recurring role as "Dwight the Troubled Teen" on over 50 episodes of the Late Show with David Letterman.

Life and career

Zegen's father is a lawyer and his mother is a teacher. He has two brothers.[1] He is Jewish and his grandfather is a Holocaust survivor.[2][3] Zegen is a 2001 graduate of Skidmore College.[4] He is a member of the New York City sketch comedy troupe "Hottie$ Galore".[5]

His role on Rescue Me began as a recurring character in Seasons 1-3, playing the nephew of series lead Tommy Gavin (Denis Leary). In Seasons 5-6, he was promoted to the main cast when his character began probie school to become a firefighter.[6]

In late 2010, Zegen was officially cast as gangster Bugsy Siegel for the second season of the HBO series, Boardwalk Empire.

In 2011 Zegen, along with James Ransone, were cast in supporting roles in the HBO comedy series How To Make It In America. In mid-2011, Zegen was cast in a recurring guest role in the second season of the AMC series The Walking Dead.


Year Title Role Notes
2005 Bittersweet Place Todd
2007 Girl Next Door, TheThe Girl Next Door Eddie
2008 Assassination of a High School President Steven Lohman
2009 Adventureland Eric
Taking Woodstock Bernie (Young Man #1)
Box, TheThe Box Garcin
2012 Frances Ha Benji
2015 Brooklyn Maurizio
Year Title Role Notes
2004 Sopranos, TheThe Sopranos Partygoer 1 episode
2004–11 Rescue Me Damien Keefe Seasons 1–3, 5 and 7 (recurring; 32 episodes)
Season 6 (series regular; 10 episodes)
2006 Love Monkey Luther 1 episode
2009 Mercy Jason Keener 1 episode
2011 How to Make It in America Andy Sussman 4 episodes:
"I'm Good" (season 2: episode 1)
"In or Out" (season 2: episode 2)
"Money, Power, Private School" (season 2: episode 3)
"What's in a Name?" (season 2: episode 8)
2011-14 Boardwalk Empire Benny "Bugsy" Siegel 11 episodes:
"Ourselves Alone" (season 2: ep 2)
"What Does the Bee Do?" (season 2: ep 4)
"Bone for Tuna" (season 3: ep 3)
"Blue Bell Boy" (season 3: ep 4)
"You'd Be Surprised" (season 3: ep 5)
"A Man, a Plan..." (season 3: ep 10)
"Golden Days for Boys and Girls" (season 5: ep 1)
"The Good Listener" (season 5: ep 2)
"What Jesus Said" (season 5: ep 3)
"Friendless Child" (season 5: ep 7)
"Eldorado" (season 5: ep 8)
2012 Walking Dead, TheThe Walking Dead Randall Culver Recurring role, 4 episodes:
"Triggerfinger" (season 2: episode 9)
"18 Miles Out" (season 2: episode 10)
"Judge, Jury, Executioner" (season 2: episode 11)
"Better Angels" (season 2: episode 12)
2014 Girls Joe Recurring role, 3 episodes:
"Free Snacks" (season 3: episode 6)
"Role Play" (season 3: episode 10)
"I Saw You" (season 3: episode 11)


  1. ^ a b Blank, Matthew (October 15, 2013). [http://www.playbill.com/celebritybuzz/article/1 83249-PLAYBILLCOMS-CUE-A-Boardwalk-Empire-and-Bad-Jews-Star-Michael-Zegen "PLAYBILL.COM'S CUE & A: "Boardwalk Empire" and Bad Jews Star Michael Zegen"] Check |url= scheme (help). Playbill.com. 
  2. ^ "The Allure of the Jewish Tough Guy, From 'Exodus' to 'Boardwalk Empire'". The Atlantic. June 30, 2011. Retrieved March 1, 2012. Zegen, a young Jewish actor from the suburbs of Jersey,... 
  3. ^ "Bad Jews Kvetching Over Good Soup Off-Broadway". TheaterMania.com. December 3, 2012. Retrieved June 30, 2013. My grandfather (who was a Holocaust survivor) discovered years after that his brother had survived (also),... 
  4. ^ "2001 Graduates" (PDF). Skidmore College. 
  5. ^ IMDB bio for Michael Zegen
  6. ^ "Actor Michael Zegen of 'Rescue Me' opens up about playing a brain-dead firefighter". Los Angeles Times. September 1, 2010. 

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