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John Terlesky


Born May 30, 1961 in Cincinnati, Ohio, John Terlesky enjoyed a career as an actor before gradually turning to directing in the late 1990s. His acting credits include parts in CSI: Miami, Murder, She Wrote, Walker, Texas Ranger, Empty Nest, Our House, V (the original series), and The Facts of Life. Behind the camera, he began with TV movies, before turning to series, directing five episodes of Ugly Betty and three of Body of Proof.

But by far his biggest body of work as a director is Castle; he has directed 23 episodes – a full season's worth – including the second-ever episode, two finales (S5 and S6) and a premiere (S6). At the end of season 6, he left the show to take up a senior role on Castle's sister ABC drama Revenge. In 2015, after Revenge finished and Castle was renewed for season 8, it was revealed that he would return to direct episodes of Castle.


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Selected Additional Credits[edit]

  • Drop Dead Diva - director of 1 episode
  • Army Wives - director of 3 episodes
  • Ugly Betty - director of 5 episodes
  • Grey's Anatomy - director of 1 episode
  • Boston Legal - director of 3 episodes