It seems to me that there are three kinds of roles he usually plays (this is not to say he doesn't do others because of coarse that is not true) and they are:
Villians (Disturbing Behavior, Double Jeopardy and, to a lesser extent, Rules of Engagement)
Grieving Dads (Exotica, The Sweethereafter and Here on Earth)
Authority figures (Thirteen Days, Below and The Core)
Has anyone noticed this too?