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Heath Freeman (1980–2021), actor known for “Bones,” “Skateland”

by Linnea Crowther

Heath Freeman was an actor known for appearances on TV shows including “Bones” and “NCIS.”

Acting career

Freeman’s first major credit was on a 2001 episode of “ER.” He made appearances on “Tru Calling,” “NCIS,” and Medical Investigation” before his two-season arc as serial killer Howard Epps on “Bones,” spanning several episodes from 2005 to 2007. Freeman had a regular role as Gavin Dillon on the 2008 legal drama “Raising the Bar.” In 2010, Freeman co-wrote and produced the indie film “Skateland,” as well as starring as Brent Burkham. He continued to appear in movies, including the upcoming “Devil’s Fruit” and “Terror on the Prairie.”

Notable quote

“I think all the failures you have as an actor, it either breaks you or makes you stronger. I believe in that. … If you’re a painter you keep painting, it doesn’t matter if you’re selling the paintings, but you evolve as a painter, as an artist. I think it’s the same with acting or filmmaking.” —from a 2010 interview at South by Southwest


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