Michael Lerner (actor)

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Michael Lerner
Born (1941-06-22) June 22, 1941 (age 73)
Brooklyn, New York
Occupation Actor
Years active 1969–present

Michael Lerner (born June 22, 1941) is an American actor. He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Barton Fink (1991).

Life and career[edit]

Lerner was born in Brooklyn, New York, of Romanian Jewish descent, the son of Blanche and George Lerner, who was a fisherman and antiques dealer.[1][2] He was raised in Bensonhurst and Red Hook. His brother, Ken Lerner, is also an actor.[3] After graduating from Brooklyn College and the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, Lerner began his acting career in the late 1960s at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco. At the age of 24 he appeared as Hieronymous the Miser in a KPFA radio production of Michel de Ghelderode’s Breugelesque play, Red Magic.

During the seventies, Lerner began making several guest appearances in television shows such as The Brady Bunch, The Odd Couple and M*A*S*H. He appeared in three episodes of The Rockford Files. In 1974, he appeared in the teleplay The Missiles of October as President John F. Kennedy's press secretary Pierre Salinger.

In 1970 Lerner made his film debut in the Paul Mazursky picture Alex in Wonderland, starring Donald Sutherland. He then went on to appear in supporting roles in various Hollywood movies such as Robert Redford's The Candidate, Charles Bronson's St. Ives and Jack Nicholson's The Postman Always Rings Twice. In 1991, after co-starring in the Eddie Murphy comedy Harlem Nights, Michael played film producer Jack Lipnick in the Coen Brothers' Barton Fink, a performance for which he received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor.

Lerner's later projects include the Christmas comedy Elf and Poster Boy, as well as appearing in television programs such as Law and Order: Special Victims Unit and Entourage.

British audiences know him best for his role in a 1990s TV ad for Heineken lager saying, "You like the limo? It's yours".

In 2002 he appeared in London`s West End production of Up for Grabs with Madonna. Michael also appeared on Radio Four in 2008 as a member of the cast of David Quantick's Radio Four's series One.

In 2013, Lerner appeared in a season 4 episode of Glee. Lerner plays Sidney Greene, one of the investors in the revival of Broadway musical Funny Girl. His character is on the panel of judges, watching the shows main character, Rachel Berry, audition for the lead role. Lerner reprised his role as Sidney in season 5 in several New York based episodes, as Funny Girl opens on Broadway.[4] He portrayed Senator Brickman in the Marvel Comics/Twentieth Century Fox film, X-Men: Days of Future Past.


Year Title Role Notes
1968 Smile (Original Title "No. 5") Michael Directed by John Lennon & Yoko Ono
1969 The Brady Bunch Johnny
1970 Alex in Wonderland Leo
1972 The Candidate Corliss
1973 Firehouse Ernie Bush
1974 Busting Marvin
M*A*S*H Captain Bernie Futterman
Newman's Law Frank Acker
The Missiles of October Pierre Salinger
1975 Sarah T. - Portrait of a Teenage Alcoholic Dr. Marvin Kittredge
Hangup Richard
1976 Dark Victory Manny
St. Ives Myron Green
Scott Free Santini
1977 The Other Side of Midnight Barbet
Killer on Board Dr. Berglund
Outlaw Blues Hatch
1978 A Love Affair: The Eleanor and Lou Gehrig Story Dr. Canlan
Ruby and Oswald Jack Ruby
Kojak Dr. Fine
1979 Goldengirl Sternberg
1980 The Baltimore Bullet Paulie
Coast to Coast Dr. Frederick Froll
Borderline Henry Lydell
1981 The Postman Always Rings Twice Mr. Katz
Threshold Henry de Vici
1982 National Lampoon's Class Reunion Dr. Robert Young
1983 Hill Street Blues Rollie Simone
Strange Invaders Willie Collings
Rita Hayworth: The Love Goddess Henry Cohn
1984 Movers & Shakers Arnie
1985 The Execution Sidney Ferraro
The Child is Mine Abe Rosenberg
1986 That Secret Sunday Mario Pinelli
1987 Anguish John Pressman
Hands of a Stranger Capt. Cirrillo
The King of Love Nat Goldberg
1988 Any Man's Death Herb Denner
Vibes Burt Wilder
Eight Men Out Arnold Rothstein
1989 Harlem Nights Bugsy Calhoune
1990 Framed Elliot Shane
Maniac Cop 2 Edward Doyle
1991 Barton Fink Jack Lipnick Academy Award nomination for Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Omen IV: The Awakening Earl Knight
1992 Newsies Weasel
The Comrades of Summer George
1993 Amos & Andrew Phil Gillman
1994 Blank Check Biderman
Radioland Murders Lieutenant Cross
The Road to Wellville Goodloe Bender
No Escape Warden
1995 Girl in the Cadillac Pal
No Way Back Frank Serlano
A Pyromaniac's Love Story Perry
1997 For Richer or Poorer Phillip Kleinman
1998 Godzilla Mayor Ebert
Safe Men Big Fat Bernie Gayle
Celebrity Dr. Lupus
Tale of the Mummy Professor Marcus
1999 The Mod Squad Howard
My Favorite Martian Mr. Channing
2000 Murder at the Cannes Film Festival Morrie Borelli
Attention Shoppers Khourosh
2001 Mockingbird Don't Sing Dr. Stan York
2002 101 Dalmatians II: Patch's London Adventure Producer Voice only
2003 Elf Fulton
Nobody Knows Anything! Uncle Lou
2004 The Calcium Kid Artie Cohen
Poster Boy Jack Kray
2005 When Do We Eat? Ira Stuckman
Love and Other Disasters Morty
2006 The Last Time Leguzza
2007 A Dennis the Menace Christmas Mr. Souse
2008 Entourage Guest Star
Yonkers Joe Stanley
2009 A Serious Man Solomon Schlutz
Life During Wartime Harvey Wiener
2010 Wax On, Fuck Off Cy Rosenthal
Pete Smalls Is Dead Leonard Proval
2011 Atlas Shrugged Wesley Mouch
2012 Mirror Mirror Baron
Burning Man: Metropolis Hoover Robinson
2013-2014 Glee Sidney Greene 5 episodes
2014 X-Men: Days of Future Past Senator Brickman
2015 Ashby Filming


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