David Krumholtz

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David Krumholtz
David Krumholtz 2012.jpg
Krumholtz at the 2012 PaleyFest: Fall TV CBS Preview Party
Born (1978-05-15) May 15, 1978 (age 35)
Queens, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1992–present
Spouse(s) Vanessa Britting (m. 2010)

David Krumholtz (born May 15, 1978) is an American actor, known for playing Charlie Eppes in the CBS drama series Numbers. He appeared as Seth Goldstein in Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle and its two sequels, Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay and A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas. He is also known for his role as Bernard the Arch-Elf in The Santa Clause and its sequel, The Santa Clause 2. Additionally, he is known for his role as Mr. Universe in the 2005 film Serenity. He also played Michael, the AV geek, in 10 Things I Hate About You.

Early life[edit]

Krumholtz was born in Queens, New York City. He is the son of Judy, a dental assistant, and Michael Krumholtz, a postal worker. He grew up in a "very working-class, almost poor" Jewish family.[1][2] His mother moved from Hungary to the U.S. in 1956,[3] and his paternal grandparents emigrated from Poland.[1]

Career[edit]

Krumholtz began his acting career at the age of 13 when he followed his friends to an open audition for the Broadway play Conversations with My Father (1992). Though he did not expect to get the part, he won the role of Young Charlie opposite Judd Hirsch, Tony Shalhoub, and Jason Biggs, who was also making his Broadway debut. Soon after his run on Broadway, Krumholtz co-starred in two feature films, Life With Mikey (1993) opposite Michael J. Fox, and Addams Family Values (1993) opposite Christina Ricci. For his role in Mikey, David was nominated for a 1993 Young Artist Award.[4] Although his work in these two films garnered him critical attention, David is probably best known by children as the sarcastic head elf Bernard from The Santa Clause (1994) and its 2002 sequel The Santa Clause 2, but due to filming overlap with Numbers was unable to take part in The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause.[citation needed]

In 1994, Krumholtz co-starred in his first television series, Monty, with Henry Winkler; the show lasted only a few episodes. Krumholtz later starred in several short-lived series over the years. Along the way, he had the opportunity to work with Jason Bateman (Chicago Sons, 1997), Tom Selleck (The Closer, 1998), Jon Cryer (The Trouble with Normal, 2000), and Rob Lowe (The Lyon's Den, 2003). In 2005 he finally found television success with the CBS series Numbers.[5] Along with his starring roles on television, Krumholtz made guest appearances on ER as schizophrenic patient Paul Sobriki, as well as on Law & Order, Undeclared, Lucky, and Freaks and Geeks.

Krumholtz at the premiere of Serenity in September 2005

He broke out of the children's movie genre with The Ice Storm (1997), directed by Ang Lee, and Slums of Beverly Hills (1998), starring Alan Arkin and Natasha Lyonne. In 1999 David starred as Michael Eckman in the popular teen movie 10 Things I Hate About You with Larisa Oleynik, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Julia Stiles, and Heath Ledger. That same year, he portrayed a completely different teen character – that of Yussel, a young conflicted Jewish man in Liberty Heights.

It was the role of Yussel that brought Krumholtz to the attention of actor and filmmaker, Edward Burns, who cast him in the 2001 independent film Sidewalks of New York.[1] Playing the romantic and slightly obsessed Benny, Krumholtz was on a path to larger, more complex film roles. His first role as a leading man was in the 2002 romantic comedy You Stupid Man, playing opposite Milla Jovovich. Although never released theatrically in the United States, You Stupid Man, directed by Edward Burns's brother Brian Burns, was released on DVD in 2006. Krumholtz carried his first leading role in a released American film when he starred Big Shot: Confessions of a Campus Bookie, which premiered on FX Networks in 2002.

Big Shot was a true story based on the Arizona State University basketball fixing scandal of the early 1990s. Krumholtz played Benny Silman, a college student and campus bookmaker who was jailed for his part in shaving points off key Arizona State basketball games. Benny was unlike any character Krumholtz had played before, and he garnered critical praise for his performance, proving that he was not just a sidekick.[6]

In 2005, Krumholtz played Max in My Suicidal Sweetheart (formerly Max and Grace), once again starring opposite actress Natasha Lyonne. Krumholtz also returned to smaller key roles in the successful films Ray and Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle – two very different movies released in 2004. In September 2005, he was seen in Joss Whedon's science fiction film Serenity as "Mr. Universe", a hacker and information broker. Most recently, in early 2006, Krumholtz's 2003 film Kill the Poor screened in New York City at IFC Center and across the country on Comcast's On Demand cable service.

From 2005, he portrayed Charlie Eppes, a mathematical genius who helped his brother Don (Rob Morrow), an FBI agent, solve crimes using mathematics, on CBS' show Numbers. The cast of Numbers also included Judd Hirsch and Peter MacNicol, who appeared with him in Addams Family Values as a camp counselor. Television critic Matt Roush (TV Guide) called Krumholtz's work on Numbers "probably his best TV work to date".[citation needed] Numbers was officially cancelled by CBS on May 18, 2010.[7]

In 2012, Krumholtz was cast opposite Michael Urie in CBS' comedy TV series Partners[8] but the show was cancelled after six episodes.[9]

Personal life[edit]

He appears in two documentaries on the Knocked Up DVD (one being staged and the other being genuine). "Gummy: The Sixth Roommate" tells the true story of how David dropped out of the film to play the lead part in a Woody Allen movie in Paris that got canceled before production, and Apatow would not write him back into his script. He would have played one of the main character's five roommates (along with other Freaks and Geeks alumni Seth Rogen, Jason Segel and Martin Starr).[10][11] Friend and fellow Freaks actor Jason Segel appears with him in a short scene in Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny.

On May 22, 2010, Krumholtz married actress Vanessa Britting (born Vanessa Almeda Goonan), at The Plaza Hotel, in New York City; they had been engaged since July 2008.[12]

In July 2011, Krumholtz was diagnosed with thyroid cancer, and began a radioactive iodine treatment five months later.[13] At the end of January 2012 was diagnosed cancer-free.[14]

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Title Role Notes
1993 Life with Mikey Barry Corman
1993 Addams Family Values Joel Glicker
1994 Santa Clause, TheThe Santa Clause Bernard the Elf
1997 Ice Storm, TheThe Ice Storm Francis Davenport
1998 Slums of Beverly Hills Ben Abromowitz
1999 10 Things I Hate About You Michael Eckman
1999 Liberty Heights Yussel
2000 How to Kill Your Neighbor's Dog Brian Sellars
2001 Mexican, TheThe Mexican Beck
2001 Sidewalks of New York Benjamin Bazler
2001 Two Can Play That Game Jason
2001 According to Spencer Ezra
2002 Big Shot: Confessions of a Campus Bookie Benny Silman Television film
2002 You Stupid Man Owen
2002 Santa Clause 2, TheThe Santa Clause 2 Bernard the Arch-elf
2002 Cheats Evan Rosengarden
2003 Scorched Max
2003 Kill the Poor Joe Peltz
2004 Looking for Kitty Abe Fiannico
2004 Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle Goldstein
2004 Ray Milt Shaw
2005 My Suicidal Sweetheart Max
2005 Guess Who Jerry MacNamara Uncredited
2005 Serenity Mr. Universe
2006 American Storage Kurt Short film
2006 Nail, TheThe Nail Daniel Short film
2006 Bobby Agent Phil
2006 Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny Frat boy #2 Uncredited
2007 Live! Rex
2007 Superbad Benji Austin
2007 Battle for Terra Terrian commander Voice only
2007 Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story Schwartzberg
2008 Demption Detective Joseph Schneider Short film
2008 Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay Goldstein
2009 I Love You, Man Sydney's buddy #3 Uncredited
2011 Mr. Popper's Penguins Kent
2011 Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas, AA Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas Goldstein 2012 21st Jumpstreet, AA 21st Jumpstreet Principal
2013 Teddy Bears Andrew
2013 This Is the End David Krumholtz
2013 Tuna Getty
2014 Judge, TheThe Judge Mike Kattan Post-production
2014 Casual Encounters Sammy Deetz Post-production
2015 Sausage Party Voice
Filming
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1993 Law & Order Scott Fisher Episode: "Sweeps"
1994 Monty David Richardson Main cast
1995 Pig Sty Timmy Episode: "Tess Makes the Man"
1997 Chicago Sons Billy Kulchak Main cast
1997 Justice League of America Martin Walters Unsold CBS pilot
1997 Union Square Russell 2 episodes
1998 Closer, TheThe Closer Bruno Verma Main cast
2000, 2002 ER Paul Sobriki 3 episodes
2000 Trouble with Normal, TheThe Trouble with Normal Bob Wexler Main cast
2000 Freaks and Geeks Barry Schweiber Episode: "Noshing and Moshing"
2001–2002 Undeclared Greg 2 episodes
2003 Lucky Tony Episode: "Savant"
2003 Lyon's Den, TheThe Lyon's Den Jeff Fineman Main cast
2005–2010 Numbers Charlie Eppes Main cast
2010 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Vincent Prochik Episode: "Wet"
2011 Playboy Club, TheThe Playboy Club Billy Rosen Main cast
2012 Raising Hope Carl 2 episodes
2012 Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 Patrick Kelly Episode: "Shitagi Nashi..."
2012 Newsroom, TheThe Newsroom Dr. Jacob "Jack" Habib 3 episodes
2012 Partners Joe Goodman Main cast
2012 Childrens Hospital Dookie Episode: "Wisedocs"
2013 League, TheThe League Joel Cocque Episode: "Rafi and Dirty Randy"
2014 Men at Work Myron Recurring role (Season 3)
Web
Year Title Role Notes
2007 Wainy Days Ortez Episode: "Tough Guy"
2011 Marcy Agent Rose Episode: "Marcy Does an Agent"
2013 Breaking Fat Male detective 2 episodes

Theatre[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1992–1993 Conversations with My Father Young Charlie Royale Theatre
March 22, 1992 – March 14, 1993

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "JewishJournal.com". JewishJournal.com. Retrieved 2012-08-23. 
  2. ^ Krumholtz, David. "I'm Jewish". Retrieved 30 July 2011. 
  3. ^ "TV2 Videó". Tv2video.hu. Retrieved 2012-08-23. 
  4. ^ http://www.imdbpro.com/
  5. ^ "CBS 2007 Fall Preview". Retrieved 2007-05-16. 
  6. ^ "DVD Review: Big Shot...Confessions of a Campus Bookie". Currentfilm.com. Retrieved 2012-08-23. 
  7. ^ Joyce Eng (May 18, 2010). "CBS cancels seven series, including Ghost Whisperer, Numb3rs and Cold Case". TV Guide. Retrieved February 22, 2013. 
  8. ^ Michael Ausiello (March 1, 2012). "Scoop: David Krumholtz eyes lead role opposite Michael Urie in CBS comedy pilot Partners". TVLine.com. Retrieved February 22, 2013. 
  9. ^ Matt Webb Mitovich (November 16, 2012). "CBS pulls the plug on Partners". TVLine.com. Retrieved February 22, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Everything is Numb3rs :: Actors always familiar in Judd Apatow's films". Everythingisnumb3rs.eponym.com. 2012-04-15. Retrieved 2012-08-23. 
  11. ^ "Woody casts Paris pic – News – Film – Time Out London". Timeout.com. Retrieved 2012-08-23. 
  12. ^ Wihlborg, Ulrica (May 22, 2010). "David Krumholtz Ties the Knot". People. Time, Inc. Retrieved May 23, 3010. 
  13. ^ David Krumholtz on his cancer diagnosis on Twitter. December 9, 2011. Retrieved February 9, 2012.
  14. ^ http://www.assignmentx.com/2012/interview-partners-star-david-krumholtz-on-his-new-cbs-comedy-series/

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