Fisher Stevens

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Fisher Stevens
Stevens at the 2007 Toronto Film Festival
Born Steven Fisher
(1963-11-27) November 27, 1963 (age 50)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1981–present

Fisher Stevens (born Steven Fisher on November 27, 1963) is an American actor, director and producer. His most recent successes include the 2010 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature for his film The Cove and 2008 Independent Spirit Award for Best Documentary Feature for his film Crazy Love.

Life and career[edit]

Stevens was born Steven Fisher in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Sally, a painter and AIDS activist, and Norman Fisher, a furniture executive.[1] He co-founded Naked Angels Theater Company with longtime friends Rob Morrow, Nicole Burdette, Pippin Parker, Charles Landry, Nancy Travis, and Ned Eisenberg in 1986. He also co-founded a film production company called Greene Street Films, located in Tribeca, New York City in 1996. Stevens performed as Edgar Allan Poe on Lou Reed's album The Raven in 2003. He is also an accomplished harmonica player.

As an actor, he is well known for his portrayals of Chuck Fishman on Early Edition, Seamus O'Neill on Key West, Eugene "The Plague" Belford in Hackers, Iggy in Super Mario Brothers, Hawk Ganz in The Flamingo Kid, and Ben Jabituya in Short Circuit and Short Circuit 2.[2] His television credits include Frasier, Friends, Law & Order, Key West, and Lost. He recently appeared on two episodes of the TV show Numb3rs.[3] Fisher also has a distinguished Broadway and off-Broadway career spanning nearly 3 decades. He played Jigger Craigin in the 1994 Lincoln Center revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Carousel. He had an early success in the 1982 Broadway production of Torch Song Trilogy playing David, the adopted son of the gay protagonist played by the show's writer Harvey Fierstein, and the original Broadway production of Brighton Beach Memoirs, where he succeeded Matthew Broderick in the starring role of Eugene. Throughout his career, he has acted in and directed more than 50 stage productions.[4] In 2010, Fisher co-founded a new media and documentary film company, Insurgent Media, with Andrew S. Karsch and Erik H. Gordon.

In June 2010, Stevens made his major theatrical directing debut with John Leguizamo's one-man show, Ghetto Klown (originally called Klass Klown), which eventually ran on Broadway from March to July 2011.[5][6] The two had appeared together in a production of A Midsummer Night's Dream at The Public Theater about 20 years earlier. On July 13, 2012, PBS debuted Tales From a Ghetto Klown, a documentary about the development of the show which prominently features Stevens.[7]

In 2010, Stevens won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature for co-producing The Cove.[8]



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Written work[edit]


  1. ^,,20113092,00.html
  2. ^ "SHOOTING STARS : 'Short Circuit's' Stevens No Foreigner to Ethnic Roles". The Los Angeles Times. August 2, 1988. Retrieved January 1, 2011. 
  3. ^ Fisher Stevens at the Internet Movie Database
  4. ^ "Biography for Fisher Stevens". 
  5. ^ Hurwitt, Robert (June 3, 2010). "John Leguizamo goes deeper, darker in 'Klown'". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved July 13, 2012. 
  6. ^ Isherwood, Charles (March 22, 2011). "A Queens Guy Toughs It Out in Hollywood". The New York Times. Retrieved July 13, 2012. 
  7. ^ Aucoin, Don (July 12, 2012). "In ‘Tales From a Ghetto Klown,’ Broadway minus the glitz". (The Boston Globe). 
  8. ^ "Nominees & Winners for the 82nd Academy Awards | Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences". Retrieved April 7, 2011. 

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