Orser made his television debut in 1991 on the show Gabriel's Fire. His next roles were bit parts and small roles on The Golden Girls, Cheers, L.A. Law, The X-Files, NYPD Blue, Law and Order: SVU and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. In 1999, he played the (rather demanding) main role of Dr. Arthur Zeller in The Outer Limits episode "Descent", a part seemingly tailored by writer Eric Saltzgaber for Orser's particular talents. Fans of Married... with Children know him in his recurring guest role as the cynical director of advertisements.
He has had minor roles in many popular films. He appeared in 1995's Se7en as the man who was involuntarily recruited as the punisher for the lust sin. He was credited as "Crazed Man in Massage Parlour". He played Larry Purvis in 1997's Alien Resurrection. He played the antagonist Richard Thompson in the 1999 Denzel Washington thriller The Bone Collector. In 2001, he had a small part in the movie Pearl Harbor playing an injured man saved by Kate Beckinsale's character. In 2003 he appeared in the comic-turned-film Daredevil. He also appeared in Saving Private Ryan as the traumatized pilot of a crashed glider.
Orser also appeared in various parts in the Star Trek franchise, among them playing a Changeling posing as the Romulan Colonel Lovok in the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "The Die is Cast" and in the episode "Sanctuary" playing a bit part as a member of the Skrreean race. He also played a homicidal hologram in the Star Trek: Voyager episode "Revulsion". And finally in the franchise's most recent series Enterprise, he played a low-life in the time-travel episode "Carpenter Street".
From 2004 to 2009, he played Chief of Surgery Dr. Lucien Dubenko, a recurring character on the television show ER.
From 1987 to 1989, Orser was married to actress Roma Downey; he is currently married to the actress Jeanne Tripplehorn and has one child with her.
|Season 1 credits|
|"The Year of the Fin"||"Feeding Frenzy"||"Castles Made of Sand"||"Atonement"|
|"Suicide Blonde"||"The Harder They Fall"||"Who's The Horse And Who's The Rider?"||"Time and Tide"|
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