and "Friday Night Lights,"
You know him as:
Bionic tech-support guy Nathan on "Bionic Woman" and quad-rugby player Herc on "Friday Night Lights"
Why we like him:
Rankin has been less of a presence on "Friday Night Lights" this season, which is a shame, because Herc is one of the few people in Dillon, Texas, who seems OK with his lot in life. He's been there less because he's also had a recurring part on "Bionic Woman," injecting life and a sense of humor into what was becoming a very somber show. His presence doesn't look like it was enough to save the latter, but the upside is that maybe we'll get to see more of him on "Lights," where his live-wire personality has a salutary effect, particularly on Jason Street (Scott Porter). We should note, too, that the physical acting he (and Porter, for that matter) does while playing a wheelchair-bound man is remarkably true-to-life.
Where else you've seen him:
On "Six Feet Under," "Grey's Anatomy" and "State of Mind," among others.