Gene Wolande (born September 3, 1956) is an American character actor, writer, and director who has appeared in many mainstream film and television projects. He is best known as Ray Pinker in the Academy Award winning film L.A. Confidential and also for his recurring role in the acclaimed HBO series Carnivàle. As a writer, he has won awards from Francis Ford Coppola's American Zoetrope Studios for his screenplay American Canvas. He has also written for the television series Wonder Years and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.